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. 

How to Use CBD to Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder

A young woman in a winter coat smoking cannabis outdoors

A young woman in a winter coat smoking cannabis outdoors

This time of year is known for many things: get-togethers with family and friends while eating a lot of good food, holiday shopping for the perfect gift, and doing all your favorite activities related to the changing of the weather. While there are so many positive things about the onset of fall and winter, if you’re someone who feels down once summer fades away, know that you are not alone. In fact, you may be one of the millions of Americans who suffer from SAD.


What is ‘SAD’?

SAD is seasonal affective disorder, a condition that is caused by the oncoming of the colder months where we tend to feel sad, tired, and sluggish. Often dubbed as the ‘winter blues’, it’s common among many Americans, especially after the time change. This is because we are spending less time out in the daylight, the sun usually setting below the horizon before we’ve even had a chance to finish our commute home from work. 

Overall, seasonal depression just leaves us feeling not at all like ourselves. While it can manifest in different ways and affect people differently, we want you to review this quick list of symptoms:

  • Carbohydrate or sugar cravings
  • Significant decline in overall energy
  • Social withdraw
  • Tendency to sleep a lot or go to bed much earlier than usual
  • Weight gain
  • Persistent sadness, seemingly out of nowhere
  • Lack of motivation
  • Difficulties sleeping or staying asleep throughout the night

While this is not a totally comprehensive list, if any of these sound like you, know you’re not alone! Unfortunately, we all can’t flee to some tropical paradise and wait it out until the winter months are done and over with. However, we have another, more realistic solution in mind: CBD.


Medical Cannabis Can Help

Depression and anxiety are often caused by reduced levels of dopamine and serotonin in the brain. When we have too little of these chemicals, we find ourselves feeling sad and disconnected, having a negative impact on our mood. Dopamine and serotonin actually serve as our brain’s neurotransmitters and play an important role in regulating our mood.

Don’t worry, we do have some good news – one of the main active compounds found in CBD has been proven to help boost serotonin and dopamine levels. This happens when the cannabinoids in CBD interact with our body’s endocrine system.

 

Which types of cannabis should you use?

To put it simply, you want to purchase products that are high in CBD. One thing that is important to note is that products containing only CBD, and no other compounds, will not have any psychoactive effects. This is worth mentioning just in case you are seeking to use cannabis to help alleviate some of the symptoms of SAD but are not wanting any of the ‘high’ feeling that comes along with it. 

If you are seeking prolonged relief, we recommend using CBD oils or CBD capsules and ingesting them. These should take a little while to work, but you will feel the effects from anywhere from 6 to 12 hours. 

For instant relief, we recommend vaping with CBD-infused dried flower. When using this type of product, the onset of effects should come on in just a few minutes.

A jar of CBD oil with a cannabis leaf

Recommended Products

When shopping around our weed dispensary in Hanover, MI, we have a few items we think you should add to your cart, especially if you are someone who suffers from SAD. Check them out below:

Papa & Barkley Tincture

Using a CBD product sublingually is a great way to ingest cannabis without having to smoke, vape, or eat an edible. Plus, you can always add it to your favorite mug of tea to help boost your mood, too. Papa & Barkley offers a great tincture to help you sleep. So if anxiety from SAD has you up at night tossing and turning, and the restlessness is starting to wear at you – don’t fret! Add this to your cart today and start feeling some relief.

Care by Design’s Gummies

For a discreet and delicious treat you can take with you almost anywhere, you have to grab a pack of Care by Design’s Mixed Berry Gummies. These gummies are crafted by a team of culinary experts and cannabinoid scientists to strike a powerful balance between deliciousness and wellness. Containing a flavorful combination of blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries, the Mixed Berry gummy is vegan and gluten-free. The 18:1 ratio includes just enough THC to amplify the benefits with little to no psychoactivity. The 18:1 is typically non-intoxicating and great for relieving mild stress during the day.

Pure Vape’s Rise and Shine

Just like the name suggests, Pure Vape’s Rise and Shine is sure to put a little pep in your step and combat those negative feelings brought on by the winter blues. This product is a CBD disposable, meaning that once you are done, you are free to throw away or recycle the cartridge. These are available in non-psychoactive (1:0 boost), low psychoactive (4:1 rise & shine) and psychoactive (1:1 half & half) options. Each disposable has a unique flavor to choose from!


Chocolate from ReCreate

This time of year is all about the sweets! The holidays are sure to bring around some of your favorite comfort foods. This time, however, we think you should reach for these delicious chocolates from ReCreate. Naturally flavored with Golden Chai, this healthy and decadent milk chocolate is packed with functional ingredients to help support a sense of calm and relaxation. Take a bite and let yourself unwind and relax this winter.

Shop From The Earth

Don’t let another winter season go by without feeling your best. If this time of year gets you feeling down and depressed, it’s more than okay to seek out a little help. In fact, stop by our weed dispensary in Hanover, MI, or any other of our great locations, and talk to one of our helpful team members today! Let us help you answer any questions you may have or provide more product recommendations to best suit you and your needs. If you suffer from SAD, know you’re not alone and From The Earth is here to help!

How CBD Can Help You Manage Your Anxiety

marijuana plant with CBD chemical compound

marijuana plant with CBD chemical compound

If you are the one in thirteen people around the world who suffers from anxiety, you know that it isn’t a fun thing to handle. Restlessness, sweaty palms, stomach aches – none of these symptoms are pleasant to deal with. According to the World Health Organization, anxiety is the most common mental health disorder worldwide.

For those who live with anxiety, finding a safe method to help manage it can be a huge concern. Some prescription medications, like Xanax or Valium, contain substances that can be addictive. While other medications, such as Prozac, can help decrease symptoms over time but don’t work for everyone.

So what does that leave? Don’t feel like you’re out of options – turn to CBD! CBD is the new rising star in helping people with anxiety by decreasing symptoms and creating an all-natural remedy. Keep reading to learn more!

 

Does CBD Really Work?

If you’re just beginning to take a look at CBD, you should know that it is a viable option for helping those with anxiety and has been gaining traction over recent years. Evidence has been accumulating in its favor, pointing to the medicinal benefits it has as well as its therapeutic potential. 

In a 2019 study conducted in Japan, 37 teenagers with social anxiety disorder, or SAD, received either a 300 mg dosage of CBD oil or a placebo each day for four weeks. The teens were then assessed with surveys used to diagnose and measure SAD symptoms. According to the reports, the anti-anxiety properties of CBD was able to reduce the symptoms that are associated with the disorder, proving that it was able to effectively offer aid. This is comparable to Paroxetine, a prescription medication that is often used to treat SAD.

In another study out of Fort Collins, CO, researchers took a look at 47 patients who reported having concerns with anxiety. Over the course of three months, the majority of those patients were given 25 mg of CBD in addition to their daily standard treatment. After the first month, almost 80% experienced an improvement in their anxiety symptoms. After two months, 78% of patients reported continued improvements compared to the previous months. 

 

Different Ways to Consume CBD

When you’re looking to get started with CBD, getting familiar with the various types of products that are available is a crucial first step. There are pros and cons with each option, and it is important to determine which one would best suit your needs.

Tinctures and Oils

If you are looking for an option that is quick, easy, and accurate to consume, then opting for CBD tinctures and oils would be the best route. Most tinctures contain CBD as an alcohol base. CBD oils often have CBD extracts that are infused with a carrier oil. For this, think along the lines of coconut oil or hemp seed oil. 

For this method, you can either add drop sublingually with a drop under your tongue or choose to mix it in with your favorite herbal tea. When consumed sublingually, the cannabis enters the bloodstream at a quicker rate, kicking in as fast as about ten minutes and lasting anywhere from three to four hours. 

CBD Vape Oils

In recent years, vaping has been a huge cause for concern due to some of the health issues that have popped up. However, based on reports from the Center for Disease Control, these issues were linked to illicit-market THC vape cartridges that contained vitamin E oil, making them dangerous. 

When purchasing from a legal, state-licensed cannabis dispensary such as From the Earth, you can rest assured that all of our products are highly regulated and safe to use. If you have any questions, be sure to ask one of our helpful staff members while in store!

Edibles

One of the best things about CBD is that it can be added to just about any food you desire. Gummies, chocolate, baked goods – doesn’t matter! This is an especially good choice if you are someone who finds comfort in food.

An important thing to note about edibles, however, is that it can take about an hour to feel the effects of CBD, so tread lightly, especially if you are new to edibles. Because CBD has to pass through your gastrointestinal tract, it slows things down a little bit.

Dosing for Beginners

If you read through the studies that were linked above, you will notice a key difference between the amounts that those in the trials were given. The students in Japan each were given 300 mg daily, while those patients at the Colorado facility were given 25 mg. At this time, there is no recommended ‘perfect’ amount for CBD. 

However, this isn’t necessarily an indication that CBD is unsafe. In fact, existing studies suggest that it appears to be a safe and well-tolerated treatment option. If you are considering experimenting with CBD, here are some basic factors you should consider.

  • Body weight
  • Metabolism
  • Concentration of CBD
  • Severity of your anxiety

Keeping these things in mind should help you when choosing which products to purchase. Once again, if you have any questions, stop into one of our locations. We would love to help you find the right fit for you and your needs. 

No matter what, don’t let anxiety keep you down or stop you from enjoying the things that really matter. Tincture, edible, vape – doesn’t matter! Harness the natural power of CBD and get to feeling better ASAP! 

 

Locations and Delivery

If leaving your house is something that contributes to your anxiety, don’t sweat! We here at From The Earth can now bring CBD right to your door. Online weed delivery from our Hanover, MI location, or one of our other locations, is so easy to use, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been using it before! 

With our user-friendly website, browse through the products available and check out reviews and other various information you may need to make an informed decision. If you’re choosing to do weed online delivery from your phone or laptop, but have questions, just pick up the phone and give us a call. We’re still happy to assist you! 

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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