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By Michael Walters

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The edibles market is exploding, creating opportunities for more and more businesses to provide infused products to consumers. While this influx in companies gives the consumer many options for purchasing it also presents the unique challenge of sorting through the many choices. This sea of options can prove to be overwhelming for some, which poses the question – how do I choose the best edibles for me?

Don’t worry, we’re here to help guide you on your edibles journey and make sure you find the best edibles for your needs and lifestyle. With a little effort and determination, you’ll have a favorite product you can count on as your go-to infused edible. Now, let’s get down to business shall we?

The Best Edibles for You

When searching for the right edible for your needs, several factors must be considered. First, think about the type of experience you’re after. Are you looking to chill out and reduce stress? Or maybe relieve some pain throughout the day? Depending on your specific needs and purpose for consuming edibles, there are a few products that may work better than others.

For example, if you’re looking to relieve pain but stay uplifted and active throughout the day, you might want to try an edible that’s high in CBD and low in THC, such as Stratos CBD pills. Products that contain high amounts of CBD can help mitigate and relieve pain, anxiety and other negative effects that may hinder your lifestyle. Because they’re low in THC, you’ll be able to function and accomplish daily tasks.

If you’re seeking to mellow out and relax, then you’ll likely want something high in THC, infused with indica flower.

There are many edibles companies that make strain- or species- (indica, sativa, hybrid) specific products nowadays, allowing for you to better understand the high that will result after consumption.

Those seeking relaxation or sleep aid might have success trying an indica-dominant Cheeba Chew. Or, if you’d like something with less sugar, Julie’s Natural Edibles make granolas and seed mixes that are all strain-specific.

How Visiting Quality Dispensaries Can Help

If you’re simply seeking fun, entertaining edible effects but haven’t found the right product yet, we’d urge you to try several products and see which type of high you enjoy most. If you’re looking for fast relief, drinks and sublingual tinctures induce effects quickly and can take some of the waiting out of the edibles experience. If you’re not quite sure about what you’re looking for, visiting dispensaries with wide selections of edibles and quality brands will help you explore possibilities and find a favorite product with ease.

Dispensaries like Sliver Stem Fine Cannabis carry a large selection of edibles and are constantly featuring and stocking top-quality brands. In fact, Silver Stem has one of the largest edibles selection in the market. From gummies to chocolates and almost everything in between, there is undoubtedly something to suit everyone’s fancy. Just take a look at some of their infused products:

  • Waffles
  • Chocolates
  • Drinks
  • Cookies
  • CBD & THC Pills
  • Gummies
  • Suckers
  • Hard Candies

If you think these products sound enticing, head on over to one of Silver Stem’s dispensaries and check out their full inventory. But be careful, even though you may want to eat all the delicious treats you purchase in one sitting, remember that all edibles are infused with THC and should always be consumed in moderation.

Silver Stem has a wide variety of edible products, check out their selection today! photo credit

Another great way to learn about edibles and find the right product for you is to visit vendor days and pop-ups at dispensaries. These events offer a face-to-face consultation with representatives from the respective companies and brands, allowing you to ask questions, gain insight directly from the source and receive some great deals in the process.

Silver Stem is a great dispensary to visit for these events, as they regularly have vendor days at their stores. Not only do they have a great selection of vendors cycling through, they also have great relationships with these brands which results in great savings, deals and promotions for you.

Avoiding Low-Quality Edibles

When you’re looking for the best edible for your needs, there’s obviously no room for low-quality products. Which is why we’ve crafted the following information to help you avoid having a poor edibles experience. As you may know, edibles are infused with some form of activated cannabis (butter, oil, distillate), making it rather difficult to determine the quality of the cannabis products used to make them. Luckily, we have some tips so you can avoid a bad experience:

  1. Ask questions about the brand
  2. What is the dispensary’s relationship with this brand?
  3. Look at the cannabinoid percentages
  4. High cannabinol (CBN) means older flower was used
  5. Ask about what type of marijuana product was used for infusion
  6. Trim, whole flower and distillate yield best results usually
  7. Watch out for infusions made with stems and other undesirable by-product

So, why do edibles made with poor starting material yield undesirable effects? There are many explanations behind this concept, but a few stand out from the masses.

One of the most common issues is old plant matter.

When a company uses old flower or trim to create infusions, there is a high level of CBN in the product. High CBN content is found in old cannabis due to THC degradation and can result in extreme drowsiness and lethargic behavior when consumed. Many people write off edibles completely because of one experience “knocking them out.” If only they had tried an edible made from fresh cannabis, maybe they would have had a better experience!

One more issue some people have with edibles is experiencing headaches after ingestion. This could be due to a high sugar content in the product but also could be yet another result of poor starting material, such as stems or fan leaf.

Edibles made with starting material like stems and fan leaf can cause abrasive, unpleasant highs because we are not used to consuming these parts of the plant. You wouldn’t smoke a stem, right? So why eat it in your edible?

In the end, it’s all up to you and your personal preference to find the right edibles for you. Shopping at reputable dispensaries will definitely get you started in the right direction though. Whether you like gummies, chocolates, candies or cookies, there’s a high-quality edible out there for you – you just have to employ a little due diligence to find it.

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Michael Walters Michael Walters

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a degree in Writing and Rhetoric, Michael started his journey in the cannabis industry managing content, communications, and technical writing for one of Colorado's largest dispensary chains. In 2016, Michael pivoted to the ancillary sector to become PotGuide's Content Manager and was responsible for overseeing all of PotGuide’s editorial endeavors and content marketing strategies. Now, Michael is PotGuide's Director of Content & Marketing, focusing his efforts toward new educational content and exciting media endeavors.

With a life-long passion for cannabis knowledge and education, Michael devoted himself to becoming a subject matter expert on marijuana at an early age. Now, Michael has worked in the marijuana industry for over four years helping break down negative stigma and promoting safe cannabis practices. An avid consumer himself, Michael has worked tirelessly to improve content marketing strategies for cannabis businesses and is devoted to creating meaningful content that is useful to a wide variety of marijuana consumers. Follow Michael on LinkedIn and Instagram for updates and insights.

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