Wanting to Try Edibles for the First Time? Check Out Our Easy 101 Guide!

Cannabis cookies with a label marked 'edibles'

Cannabis cookies with a label marked'edibles'

Even if you’re new to the world of cannabis, odds are good that you have heard of edibles. You may have seen them for sale at our cannabis dispensary in Hanover, MI, or you have had friends tell you about their experiences with trying them. If so, these types of conversations have likely piqued your interest! 

If you’re curious about trying edibles, prior to getting started, you need to keep reading to gain some insight. You don’t want to just buy the first thing you see and end up with a negative experience! We’re going to take a closer look at what they are, the different types, and what effects they have on the body and mind. 

 

What is an edible?

By definition, an edible is a type of cannabis-infused food product that is typically either consumed orally (eaten) or absorbed by putting it under the tongue or inside the cheek. There are many different types of edibles out there, each one coming with a unique set of benefits and varying degrees of highs. 

For example, if you are a fan of sour candies or fruit chews, there are certainly a variety of options, including Kanha’s cherry chews. Or if your sweet tooth lies in the realm of chocolate, you can also pick up something decadent and delicious, such as Haze and Main’s cookies and cream bar. Regardless of what your flavor preferences are, you can always find something that suits your taste on the menu.

Here at From The Earth, we also carry many products that are vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free to accommodate a variety of dietary needs. So if you prefer an edible in that realm, odds are good that we have you covered!

 

What are the different types of edibles?

Though we touched on them briefly, there are actually several different types of edibles. Baked goods, fruit chews, hard candies: the possibilities are nearly endless. Keep reading to learn more!

 

  • Baked Goods:

A ‘pot brownie’ is a favored choice to mention in pop culture, but it is hardly the only one out there. While this particular treat may have laid the groundwork for other edibles, it has expanded since then. Pancakes, muffins, cookies, birthday cakes, etc.! The list goes on and on. Don’t see what you want in the store? No problem – you can even make your own baked edibles at home, too!

  • Gummies and Chews: 

If you’re a fan of sour things, or you enjoy gummy candies or even bubble gum, then you will love indulging in this type of edible. Be mindful when taking them, however, as with any edible, the effects do take some time to kick in. 

  • Mints and Hard Candies:

Freshen your breath with a cannabis kick by reaching for mints or other hand candies. Most of the time, these candies are meant to be consumed by sticking it inside your cheek or under your tongue, just like you would most mints or other hard candy treats. However, be aware that this can cause a high to kick in faster than just eating it.

  • Chocolate: 

The holidays may be behind us, but chocolates are a year-round favorite, especially with Valentine’s Day coming up. No matter which chocolate is your favorite: milk, dark, mint, white, cookies and cream, and so on, edibles are available in these flavors! Just talk to one of the helpful staff members at our cannabis dispensary in Hanover, MI, and they can help get you in the right direction.

  • Drinks and Drink Mixes: 

Yes, that’s right – edibles don’t necessarily have to mean food. You can also find cannabis-infused beverages. Iced tea, lemonade, and even some alcoholic beverages, such as hard seltzers, are available with cannabis. Just like with mints or hard candies, most of the cannabis in drinks are absorbed through the cheek and tongue, 

 

Which edibles are the most potent?

Typically, baked goods or chocolate tend to be the most potent. However, it all depends on the amount of cannabis found in the product. Before consuming, make sure to properly read the label and account for the recommended dosage. Also, you can ask one of the helpful From The Earth staff members for more information when going to make a purchase. Edibles are best enjoyed when they’re used correctly!

Pink and green cannabis macaroons

What types of highs or benefits can you get from edibles?

Once again, this depends on the product that you are using. For some folks, they enjoy edibles to help them sleep at night or to alleviate aches and pains or even stress and anxiety. For others, some may be looking for a more psychoactive effect, or are seeking to get couch locked. On the packages of products, it should be noted what type of high or benefits usually occurs upon consumption. 

 

What is the most common type of edible?

While this all depends on the person, and product sales tend to be different from state to state, the common denominator remains that baked goods and hard candies are the go-to choice. However, no matter which one you choose, the most important thing to remember when trying edibles is to start off slow.

Unlike smoking or vaping, consuming edibles takes quite a bit of time to kick in. Anywhere from 30-45 minutes sometimes, depending on the product, how hungry you are, and your body mass. If you’re just starting out, take it slow! Start with a small bite or a lower end dosage and wait up to an hour to feel the effects before trying another bite. 

 

What type of edibles should you try?

Well, the answer to this question is wholly up to you! Are you after a quick snack, or are you wanting to indulge in a sweet treat? Do you love trying different flavors of hard candies, or are you in the mood for a beverage? Regardless, come stop by our cannabis dispensary in Hanover, MI and let one of our helpful staff members be a guide! We are always here to help our customers have the best experience with edibles, and cannabis in general, as possible. 

What to Expect Your First Time at a Cannabis Dispensary

From The Earth cannabis dispensary in Hanover, MI staff member with customer

From The Earth cannabis dispensary in Hanover, MI staff member with customer

The first time you walk into a cannabis dispensary in Hanover, MI with your medical marijuana card, you might have a few questions or concerns. Thanks to long-standing stigmatization around cannabis, you may even feel like you’re doing something wrong or may even find the very idea of entering a little bit intimidating. 

While that feeling is understandable and even normal, we don’t want you to feel that way! A cannabis dispensary should be a welcoming and inviting place that is both informative and free of judgment. However, no matter what, it is still best to be prepared prior to walking in the front door. 

So what exactly should you expect and what do you need to do to prepare? Let’s find out!

 

Expect to be Carded

Every time you walk into a dispensary, whether you are barely 21 or are pushing 70 and bear a striking resemblance to Bernie Sanders, you’re going to need to have your state-issued ID ready. Staff members are going to need to look at it the very moment you walk in the door, and they may even ask to see it again at the register when you go to finalize your purchase. This is normal! So keep your ID somewhere that it is easily accessible. 

If you live in a state where cannabis is legal but approved only for medical use, make sure you have your medical marijuana card ready as well as your state-issued ID. Once again, you are likely going to have to show it again at the register when checking out. Even if you become a ‘regular’ around your favorite dispensary, it is absolutely necessary to bring your ID and/or medical card with you each and every time.

Some dispensaries service both. For example, at our cannabis dispensary in Hanover, Mi, we welcome medical patients as well as adult recreational users. 

 

Do a Little Research

Whether it is through word of mouth and personal recommendation by a friend or by browsing through reviews on the internet, it’s important to do a little research before choosing a dispensary. If you have friends who smoke, make sure to check in with them. Do they have a favorite spot or budtender? Why do they recommend this shop? Likes or dislikes? 

If you don’t have a personal reference to go by, that’s okay! Hop online and read through various customer reviews. If there is one thing you can say about the internet, it’s that people have no problem being honest on it, especially when leaving reviews. Be sure to read through to look for a few important things, such as how many stars or likes does the establishment have? Are the staff typically credited as being helpful and patient and willing to answer questions? What about the selection of products, are they affordable and fairly priced? These are just a few things to keep in mind.

 

Wait a Minute

In the medical market, you may be asked to wait outside in a lobby or sitting room before going into the main part of the dispensary. Oftentimes, only one customer is permitted back. If this happens, it’s perfectly normal and is important for protecting patient privacy. While you’re waiting, don’t just scroll aimlessly through social media. Try to make the most of your time by browsing through the shop’s products, or preparing any questions you may have in order to expedite the process.

Due to COVID-19 practices, even some recreational stores may only permit a single person or a very small number of customers in at a time as a way to encourage social distancing. Again, if this is the case, take advantage of your downtime and prepare in advance to expedite the process once you’re inside.

 

Ask Questions! 

Whether it’s your first visit or your hundredth visit, if you have a question, just ask! Here at From The Earth, cannabis dispensary in Hanover, MI, our staff is happy to assist you, and we are chock-full of knowledge on all of our products, ranging from CBD to THC and more. If there is something specific you’re after, please share that information. After all, we want you to leave our store with the best product for you. There is a reason you’re coming in today, and we want to hear it!

For example, if you’re on the hunt for a gummy to help you with joint pain? Let us make a recommendation! If you’re trying to find the perfect strain to get you energized and inspired? We totally have an answer for that. 

No matter what, don’t be embarrassed! We are so excited to help you along every step of the way. And don’t fret – our budtenders have heard it all. 

From The Earth Cannabis Dispensary in Hanover, Michigan counters, store

Look, but Don’t Touch

In most medical-only cannabis dispensaries, you will be permitted to look at the product, but you won’t be allowed to touch it yourself, especially when it comes to bud or flower. Your budtender is there to handle it for you, and can answer any questions you may have. You can certainly look at it up close, but won’t be able to touch it until after it’s been purchased. 

 

Don’t Feel Pressured

If for some reason, you don’t feel like making a purchase today, that’s okay! We understand. Buying cannabis is something totally new for you, and maybe you were just popping in to do a little research and get your bearings or check out the atmosphere. No matter what, you are always welcome to leave, though we hope you’ll come back and see us again soon! 

 

Take a Moment to Reflect

After your first visit, take a moment to reflect on how it went. What did you like about the atmosphere? Did you feel welcome? Was the staff helpful? Were you honest with your questions, needs, and concerns? 

After you’ve considered these questions, visit the cannabis dispensary’s website and leave an honest review about your experience. After all, this will be the roadmap that will be a guide for future beginners, as well as a helpful tool for the dispensary’s staff. 

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