Edible Cannabis products have become a popular choice for people looking for a smoke-free alternative to traditional marijuana consumption. Infused gummies might lead the pack in popularity, and product availability has exploded recently. There’s been heavy investment into these edible products, and numerous types exist to provide specific results.

Because of the sheer number of options available, it can often be overwhelming for newcomers to shop around and find their perfect gummy. Below, we’ll cover everything you need to know about these infused treats. From why they’re so popular to how to get started, you’ll be able to pick the right option for you.

What’s an Infused Gummy?

Cannabis gummy products combine the delicious, sweet flavors of fruit snacks or candies like gummy worms and bears while providing users with their favorite effects from THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids.

Different types of gummies will bring unique side effects – everything from sleep aids to energy boosters can be found, and as products evolve, the use cases will continue to expand.

Why are Gummies So Popular?

Infused gummies fly off the shelves at most dispensaries, and it’s not hard to see why. Here’s a look at some of the main reasons gummy products have become so popular.

Smoke-Free: Users commonly choose edibles over smoking or vaping marijuana to protect their lung health. While marijuana smoke isn’t necessarily as harmful as cigarettes or cigars, inhaling any type of smoke comes with risks to your health. Edible products provide an alternative for people with breathing conditions or just looking to avoid inhalation.

Easy Dosing: While some trial and error are involved when first starting with edibles, consuming the desired amount couldn’t be easier with gummy products. Most infused gummies come in 100mg packages, with 10 pieces each containing 10mg of THC. Specific products, such as CBD options, might be different, but this is the general standard with THC. It’s essential to read the label of your product to know exactly what the potency is.

Long Shelf Life: This is one of the most significant advantages for casual users. Cannabis gummies will far outlast their baked counterparts like cookies and brownies. They also don’t melt as quickly as chocolate bars, particularly vegan-friendly chewables made with pectin instead of gelatin.

DIY Friendly: While making cannabutter or infused oils has remained popular over the years, many people are just discovering how easy it is to make marijuana gummies at home. With simple ingredients and uncomplicated recipes, you can recreate your favorite infused treat in your kitchen.

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How to Start Using Gummies

Using gummies isn’t tricky, but it’s essential to take it slow and allow time for the products to break down and enter your bloodstream before ingesting more. Most edibles can take upwards of two hours to set in, and it’s one of the main reasons people have negative experiences when using these products.

Start by finding an edible that will produce the effects you’re after with cannabis use. Sleep aid gummies are very popular, and they typically contain indica strains and other cannabinoids that will help you sleep. Other products promote energy boosts, likely from sativa strains, and can provide an uplifting boost during the day and increase your focus.

If you prefer indica strains over sativa or vice versa, stick with your favorite when starting with gummies. Because the THC is processed through the liver instead of the brain, the effects often surprise even experienced users.

Start with a small dose, 10-20mg, and give it at least two hours before ingesting more. Users with a high tolerance may require substantially more than this, but it’s best to start slow and have patience. Edibles can sneak up on you, so only take small doses until you become familiar with how they’ll make you feel.

With patience and experimentation, you’ll find an infused gummy product that checks all boxes. Start slow and dose with caution, and you’ll find your perfect high with cannabis gummies.