As children return to school after a long and hard lockdown, all precautions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, parents are breathing a collective sigh of relief. Across California, they are turning to edibles, currently rising in popularity and keeping weed delivery services busy. With kids out of the house and some time to experiment, folks are trying edibles in large numbers. Demand is soaring.
What are Marijuana Edibles?
Cannabis edibles account for an enormous sector of the legal weed market. They include all edible marijuana products, as well as all manner of beverages. Infused with cannabis extract, edibles include all types of snacks, meals, and creative recipes. Some folks even make their own edible at home. All you need is a potent, or not, cannabis-infused cannabutter, oil, or other fat-soluble medium.
In the past, edibles consisted of pot brownies, not much else. Today, popular granola, gummies, chocolates, baked goods, drinks, and even entire meals. You can add cannabutter or other fat-soluble extract to any foods you desire, but to feel “high,” weed must undergo decarboxylation first. This means heating it, in the oven or on the stove, to active its tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, content.
However, not all cannabis edibles contain psychoactive THC. The choice to buzz or not is yours. Some edibles are high in cannabidiol, or CBD, which is non-psychoactive and cannot make you stoned. CBD edibles are popular for medical use. Others are especially high in THC, ideal for recreational users. If you do devour THC-rich edibles, do so slowly. Effects take time to feel and too much THC can be unpleasant.
Why Edibles Now?
Edibles have been growing in popularity ever since California legalized its cannabis market. However, they have never been more in demand than now, especially during lockdown, and even more so with restrictions slowly lifting. People are experimenting, alleviating the boredom of staying home, and for both novices and connoisseurs alike, edibles offer some novelty excitement over buds.
Additionally, edibles are not fast acting. You can wait as long as two hours to feel their effects, as they first travel through the digestive tract and metabolize in the liver. Effects are also long lasting, much longer than buds and other forms of cannabis. You can feel stoned for several hours. These factors combined make edibles difficult at other times, when work obligations persist. Folks have time now.
What is more, if you have your own cannabutter, whether you make it yourself or buy it, you can make your own edibles at home. No need to leave at all, especially if you order it via weed delivery. People are experimenting with their own unique recipes, and lockdown presents the ideal opportunity for such kitchen shenanigans. However, for those with children, edibles can be a challenge.
Edibles and Children
Despite edibles flying off shelves during lockdown, many parents are hesitant to bring them home. According to the Canadian Pediatric Society, edibles can cause adverse side effects in children. Kids do not know what they are and eat too many of them, and while this is not life threatening, it does cause scary symptoms in children, such as erratic, fast heartbeat, anxiety, nausea, and more.
Despite laws in place to wrap all edibles in childproof packaging, many parents still neglect to store them safely, leaving them lying around. No child can resist a chocolate, for example, just waiting for it to find. If stored correctly, these are safe around children, but the fear of potential accidents keeps many parents from trying them or even having them in the house.
Additionally, edibles can be very potent. Very. Most parents do not want to be overly stoned while supervising children. Their return to school provides the perfect opportunity to try without worrying about accidental ingestion or keeping a beady eye on children, especially bored ones under lockdown. With kids out of the house and safely at school, parents can finally relax and enjoy edibles.
Edibles are widely available in Los Angeles. Simply type “weed delivery near me” into your favorite search engine to get an idea of the huge array of choices on offer. You can find edibles derived from various strains, made into various delicacies, and of various potencies. You can purchase cannabutter to make your own, using whatever recipes you desire, and your kids will be at school all the while.
Just make sure to reseal whatever you do not consume immediately. Put it back into its childproof packaging. Further, store it somewhere safe, out of reach of your children, such as in your gun safe or atop your highest cupboard. If you adhere to safety precautions, there should be no danger to you, your children, or your pets, and with your kids out of the house, you are free to experiment as you will.