Cannabis and the way people consume it has changed as it’s not just about smoking joints, bong rips, munching pot brownies and walking around in a stoned haze or laying on the sofa with a case of couch lock. The potency of cannabis has changed, the availability of cannabis has changed, and the way people consume it has changed.
One of the fastest-growing methods of consumption in the cannabis sector is cannabis-infused edibles. Consumers are finding they love these tasty treats be it for medical or recreational reasons; the proof is in the pudding.
Current predictions estimate the cannabis-infused culinary industry in the U.S. and Canada to be worth around $1.4 billion with those numbers tripling to around $4.1 billion by as early as 2022. In 2017, analytics from Headset Inc. showed that edible sales increased by a whopping 121% in Washington State. From 2014 to 2016, Colorado saw cannabis-infused edible sales go from $17 million to $53 million.
What Drives the High Sales of Cannabis Infused Edibles
Consumers are showing their love of cannabis-infused edibles but what exactly do they love about them? A lot of people find convenience in a cannabis-infused edible. They only need to eat a piece of candy, and within 30 minutes to 2 hours, they can enjoy the effects. There’s also the added benefit of discretion, as you can enjoy them pretty much anywhere and no one is the wiser if you don’t tell them.
Another benefiting factor for the increased popularity of cannabis-infused edibles is controlling the dosage or intake. Some consumers prefer to microdose with small amounts of cannabis to help with a variety of different symptoms and conditions, whereas other people prefer larger doses to treat severe illnesses and pain. Cannabis infused edibles allow consumers the ability to take as little as 2.5 or 5 mg or to take as much as 100, 500, or 1000 mg at once.
Smoking Vs. Edibles
There’s a big difference in the high between consuming edibles vs. smoking the bud. When you smoke a joint, bowl, bong, blunt, or whatever way you like to blaze, you typically feel the effects within minutes. For most people, they will achieve their peak within five to 30 minutes, and the effects will wear off shortly after that.
When you ingest a cannabis-infused edible, it has to make its way through your digestive system before it starts to work. This is why it takes anywhere between 30 minutes to 2 hours to feel the effects. Often the effects are also much stronger than when someone smokes so it is essential to learn your dosage before eating cannabis-infused edibles during your regular daily activities. Cannabis infused edibles can also metabolize differently with each person producing different results.
No matter what the reason is for it, you can’t ignore that cannabis-infused edibles are a hit!