As the legality of marijuana production and consumption continues to expand, so too do the methods by which cannabis enthusiasts partake. Joints, bongs, spliffs, blunts, thai sticks, vaporizers, dabbing—they’re all becoming more and more popular as new consumers enter the market. But all these methods require that you ingest the wacky weed by burning it and inhaling the smoke. What if you don’t want to smoke? What if you can’t smoke for various medical reasons? Are you left “not high” and dry? Thankfully, the answer is no. There is another option: edibles. Aka weed candy.CANNABIS CANDY
We’re all familiar with the “special brownie”, but cannabis-infused edibles come in so many more varieties: cookies, drinks, pills, snacks, spreads, and even candies. It’s this latter form—cannabis candy—on which will be focusing in this article.
As already mentioned, marijuana candy is a great alternative for those who can’t smoke, or don’t want to smoke. Those on supplemental oxygen can still get the benefits of marijuana without the risk of explosion and death. Similarly, patients suffering from eating disorder, digestive disorders, and nausea due to chemotherapy can find relief from their symptoms by directly ingesting the low doses of cannabidiol (CBD) found in cannabis candy.
Another great reason people choose to consume their cannabis via candy is because it’s more discreet. No smoke. No smell. No coughing. No open flame. You can get your fix wherever you are, whenever you want.
Another interesting effect of getting your THC via candy—and one that many people prefer—is that the effects last for quite a bit longer compared to smoking. This is because the candy, and the weed it contains, must first be digested. Smoking/inhaling, on the other hand, is a much faster process because the smoke moves directly through your lungs into your bloodstream without the need for intermediary steps.
Variety is the spice of life and consuming weed candy is no exception. Marijuana candy takes many forms, the most popular of which are lozenges (like Jolly Ranchers), lollipops (food on a stick is always better), and gum.
The type of candy you choose will depend on your situation. For office workers, class attenders, and those concerned about appearances, the lozenge is the most discreet. At other times, though, a nice lollipop or piece of gum can really liven up a slow afternoon.
Whether it’s made professionally or in your own kitchen, the process of cooking up marijuana candy is the same.
All you need is white corn syrup, flavoring of your choice, food coloring, water, sugar, and dry powdered marijuana. All you have to do is heat the corn syrup and the sugar in a pot until the mix hits 300 degrees and is melted together. After that you just add the marijuana and food coloring, stir, and pour into molds to harden. Joila! Marijuana candy. For a more complete explanation of the process, check out this link.
Marijuana candy enters your system in two ways: through the mouth and through the stomach. When the marijuana candy begins to dissolve in your mouth, cannabidiol is absorbed into the bloodstream via ducts under your tongue. This is known as oral uptake.
As the marijuana candy continues to dissolve, it’s mixed with saliva and swallowed into the stomach. Here the sugary solution is further digested and absorbed into the bloodstream. This is known as gastrointestinal uptake.
For marijuana candy, the majority of the uptake occurs orally. That said, there is still a small portion that is swallowed into the stomach. That’s why the effects of weed candy often last longer than smoking—because they are slowly released via digestion.
While marijuana candy falls decidedly into the oral uptake category with most of the absorption occurring in the mouth, other edibles like brownies, cookies, and pills rely on gastrointestinal uptake. Additionally, some edibles are designed to be absorbed in both the stomach and the mouth. These types of edibles are called hybrids. Infused drinks and chocolate bars fall into this category.
As mentioned earlier, the impacts of marijuana candy on your system can be thought of in terms of speed and duration.
Smoking your marijuana is like a drag race: its effects are felt almost immediately but they’re over just as quickly. Cannabis candy, on the other hand, is like a NASCAR race: the experience, though still great, takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour to get going. In addition, the effects of marijuana candy tend to last quite a bit longer (from 2 to 6 hours) because the cannabidiol is slowly digested in the stomach.
The benefits of marijuana candy are wide ranging. Individuals suffering from both acute and chronic disorders can find relief inside a marijuana candy. Those suffering from chronic pain, autoimmune disorders, insomnia, nausea, muscle inflammation, nervous system disorders, and muscle spasms can benefit by the way marijuana candy is processed into the body.
Individuals who suffer from gastrointestinal disorders like Crohn’s Disease are especially benefitted by marijuana candy and other edibles. This is because Crohn’s Disease is an autoimmune disorder of the gastrointestinal tract. Marijuana candy can deliver cannabinoids directly to the site of the disorder and provide much-needed relief.
Quality is always a concern when it comes to marijuana. Whether you get your fix by smoking or ingesting, you should at least verify the quality of the product you’re consuming. As it applies to marijuana candy, it’s important to keep a few simple things in mind.
Currently, there is no regulatory agency in place for marijuana candy. What this means is that there is no way to ensure the same commercial food-prep standards that apply elsewhere. This can mean that trace amounts of allergens (gluten, nuts, pet dander, lactose) can find their way into the marijuana candy. For people allergic to these things, major problems can occur and interfere with the healing effects that the marijuana candy offers.
Similarly, there is no way to determine the quality or amount of the cannabis used in the marijuana candy. Because the weed is hidden in the mix, it’s very easy for candy companies to dispose of reject marijuana that can’t be sold for smoking. It’s not always possible, but purchasing a marijuana candy that has been lab-tested for potency and contaminants is preferable. At the very least, it’s important to get your marijuana candy from a trusted source. The local dispensary that you’ve frequented for a number of years is a good place to start. If they don’t already sell marijuana candy, they might be able to find a reputable supplier.
If you’ve never tried marijuana candy before, we suggest that you purchase a piece or two from a trusted source and see what you think. If you like the taste and the effects it produces, you could then try cooking up your own batch of marijuana candy. As with every other method of weed consumption, the important thing is that you enjoy the ride. So don’t stress about whether oral uptake is better than gastrointestinal or pulmonary. Just try a variety of delivery systems and go with your favorite.