When the first inventive chef decided to combine cannabis and chocolate – two of the most beloved treats around the world – they must have known they were on to a winner. The rise in popularity of edibles has led to the creation of cannabis chocolate, a delicious and convenient way to consume cannabis. However, many people wonder whether cannabis chocolate tastes like weed or not.
Whilst many love cannabis, the taste isn’t exactly something you particularly want in your chocolate flavor. Well, the taste of infused treats can depend on various factors, including the quality of the product, the type of cannabis used, and the manufacturing process. In this article, we will explore these factors and answer the question of whether cannabis chocolate tastes like weed or not. Let’s go.
What are Edibles?
Cannabis has been used for medicinal and recreational purposes for centuries. In recent years, there has been a surge in popularity of cannabis edibles, which are food items that are infused with cannabis. Cannabis edibles provide a convenient and discreet way to consume cannabis, but there are some important things to know about them. These products can come in a variety of forms, including baked goods, candy, chocolate, gummies, and beverages.
You’ll have probably heard of the famous THC cookies that seem to find themselves in every stoner film ever made. The active compounds in cannabis, such as THC and CBD, are extracted and added to the food items. The amount of cannabis in each edible can vary, so it’s definitely important to read the packaging and follow the dosage instructions. A friend of mine once didn’t do this and ended up eating an entire cookie, sat still for about 5 hours, buzzed out of his brain, waiting for the nausea to stop. This is why it’s crucial to understand the differences between consuming edibles and smoking.
How Edibles are Consumed
Cannabis edibles work differently than smoking or vaping cannabis. When you smoke or vape cannabis, the active compounds are absorbed into the bloodstream through the lungs, which results in a rapid onset of effects. This can literally take around 30-60 seconds. With cannabis edibles, the active compounds are absorbed through the digestive system, which can take a lot longer. It can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to feel the effects of cannabis edible, but the effects can last for several hours. The experience can also be far more intense. Why is this? Well, the active compounds are metabolized differently when consumed in food. You’ll usually be consuming more actual THC than you’re used to when you vape or smoke it. CCSA writes:
“Edible cannabis travels first to your stomach then to your liver before getting into your bloodstream and brain. The liver converts THC into a stronger form and this combined with the THC from the original product adds to the intensity of the high.”
Due to this intensity, it is probably ideal to start with a low dosage and wait for the effects to kick in before consuming more. You don’t want to end up like my friend and the THC cookies – he wasn’t very happy at all. This sometimes means literally waiting hours but, in the end, you’ll be happy you did.
Benefits of Edibles
Beyond the fears of overdosing on edibles, it’s important to note why people adore them and why they have gained deserved popularity. The world of THC or CBD-infused food and drinks has changed the way that cannabis is perceived. Suddenly you no longer need to smoke these substances to enjoy their benefits. This is great for both the recreational and medical world. Here are some of these main positives:
- Longer-lasting effects
Although this can be horrible if it’s undesired, longer-lasting effects means you don’t need to continue taking doses to experience the high. When cannabis is smoked, the effects typically last for a few hours. With edibles, the effects can last up to eight hours. This can be beneficial for those who need longer-lasting pain relief or other medicinal benefits.
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- No smoke inhalation
Another benefit of eating cannabis edibles is that there is no smoke inhalation. Smoking cannabis can be harsh and dangerous on the lungs, especially for those with respiratory issues. Edibles offer a smoke-free alternative for those who still want to experience the benefits of cannabis. This is far healthier.
- Precise dosing
When smoking cannabis, it can be difficult to accurately measure the amount of cannabis consumed. With edibles, the dosage is pre-measured and listed on the packaging. This makes it easier for individuals to control their dosage and avoid consuming too much cannabis.
- Discreet consumption
Edibles are a discreet way to consume cannabis. They can be easily consumed in public without drawing attention, unlike smoking. This can be beneficial for individuals who want to use cannabis for medicinal purposes but do not want to attract unwanted attention.
- Unique flavors and experiences
Edibles come in a variety of flavors and forms, which can offer a unique and enjoyable experience for consumers. From gummies to baked goods to chocolate, there is a wide range of edibles to choose from.
Cannabis Chocolate Flavor
So as you can see, there is a wide range of benefits when it comes to cannabis edibles. But one of the most popular types is certainly the chocolate products. This combines weed with one of most delicious treats available in the world. But does the chocolate get spoilt by the flavor of cannabis? Let’s be honest here, weed does not taste good. The habit itself is enjoyed and many people love the feeling of the smoke in their mouths. But eating it, for pleasure, is a totally different thing. If you’re someone that loves munching on something that tastes exactly like cannabis buds then I sit here mistaken, but I think the majority of you will agree with me. Engadget writes:
“One hundred percent of the edibles market is focused on removing that recognizable scent and flavor of the cannabis plant and replacing it with something that’s more aesthetically familiar.”
The truth is that cannabis chocolate can taste like weed but it also doesn’t have to – it all depends on the quality of the product. It depends on various factors, including the quality of the chocolate, the type of cannabis used, and the manufacturing process. Some cannabis chocolate brands use high-quality chocolate to mask the taste of cannabis, resulting in a more traditional chocolate flavor. Other brands use lower quality chocolate, resulting in a more noticeable cannabis flavor. This is the same with all brands of edibles, the more advanced products will spend more time and money on achieving their ultimate goal: making a tasty product that gets people high without the left-over flavor of weed.
The Taste of Cannabis
Like any plant, cannabis has an overarching bitter, earthy taste. Whilst it has incredible effects – both medically and recreationally – its flavor isn’t exactly what it is most loved for. Although, it does have a very particular smell. The smell is, in a sense, far more enjoyable than its taste. Cannabis plants contain compounds called terpenes, which are responsible for the distinct aroma and flavor of each strain. While some people enjoy the taste and smell of terpenes, others may find them overpowering or unpleasant. Weed can ultimately have a harsh and bitter taste that many won’t like. The taste can also linger in the mouth and cause bad breath.
Best Cannabis Chocolates
For me, the best cannabis chocolate needs to combine both great cannabis with great flavor. It’s as simple as that. Of course, this isn’t as easy to find as you think. Without research, you may easily purchase a product that tastes slightly of weed and gets you too high or not high enough. It’s important to spend time reading reviews. My preferred cannabis chocolate is this: Birthday Cake. It was recommended to me by Forbes Magazine and, as a lover of white chocolate, It’s my ideal. Vanilla cake with some colorful sprinkles, and the effects of high-quality THC. Plus, it doesn’t have any real lingering unwanted flavors. This is key.
Cannabis Chocolate – Conclusion
Cannabis chocolate is an art form in itself, and many products fail to really reach their true potential. Cannabis and chocolate are a great combination, but only when the best of each of them are highlighted. Without the right effects and the right flavor, there’s no point. These products can taste like weed, but usually due to a lack of quality. Make sure to do your research to try and purchase the right items for you.
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