Have you ever wondered about CBD or THC infused edibles? At Fine Fettle dispensaries, we offer a wide variety of these options and are happy to assist you in finding the right choice for you!
Edible cannabis products (edibles for short) are products containing cannabinoids that you eat or drink. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in cannabis that can affect your mind and body when consumed. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is a cannabinoid that has intoxicating effects. CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid that is being studied for its therapeutic benefits.
Benefits of Edibles
There is a wide range of edible cannabis products. Edible cannabis products provide an alternative method of cannabis consumption to smoking and vaping. For those people with respiratory related health issues, along with anyone who is sensitive to smoke or simply searching for a different way to consume cannabis, edibles provide an easy alternative.
History of Cannabis Edibles
It is believed that cannabis consumption was first noted around the 15th century BCE in China, where it was made into tea. By roughly 1000 BCE, cannabis was being cultivated in India. Ancient collections of Hindu religious texts referenced cannabis as one of five sacred plants.
Even though cannabis is illegal in India today, the cannabis infused drink known as ‘bhang’ - perhaps civilization’s oldest cannabis recipe - is still sold. Another ancient cannabis recipe still popular today in the Middle East is known as ‘majoun’. This uncooked jam features dates, nuts, honey, spices, and cannabis hashish rolled into bite-sized balls.
During the Renaissance, Italian writer Bartolomeo Platina wrote what is believed to be the world’s first cookbook and it included a cannabis recipe. Platina’s recipe called for making cannabis-infused oil, a process which is still practiced today. Jumping ahead to the mid-1800s, France’s intellectual and cultural elite would consume cannabis in coffees, teas, and candy along with and infused tinctures at the popular ‘Club des Hashischins’ - or ‘Club of the Hashish-Eaters.’
In 19th century America, cannabis products were common enough that reputable publications like Vanity Fair carried advertisements for the Gunjah Wallah Company’s “Hasheesh Candy” promoted as a “medicinal agent for the cure of nervousness, weakness, and melancholy.” Back then most Americans knew little about cannabis and certainly didn’t think of it as an intoxicating drug. Then a shift in political agenda led to the Marihuana (not a typo) Tax Act of 1937, under which the importation, cultivation, possession and/or distribution of marijuana were regulated. Almost 60 years later, California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana which opened the door for store-bought, commercially made adult-use cannabis edibles. In 2014, Colorado became the first state to legalize adult-use (recreational) cannabis (imposing a limit of 10 milligrams of THC per serving in edibles). Now in 2023, with adult-use cannabis edibles legal in Connecticut and Massachusetts, Fine Fettle is proud to offer these products alongside flower, pre-roll and vape options to cater to all preferences
Types of Edibles
There are several kinds of adult-use cannabis edibles since almost anything that you can eat can be infused and transformed into some type of edible. Common edibles found at dispensaries include baked goods (like brownies and cookies), gummies, chocolates, candies, tinctures, capsules, drinks, and more. Some people refer to anything that is ingested as a cannabis edible, which would essentially include things like THC capsules or ingestible oils. Each kind of edible has its own effects and can be enjoyed in a variety of ways.
Commercial grade adult-use cannabis edibles are typically made utilizing a cannabis distillate or cannabinoid crystals. To be effective, these ingredients will be infused into the edible by pairing them usually with butter or oil. The potency of edibles is measured by the number of milligrams of THC present and edibles purchased from dispensaries will clearly state the THC content in milligrams on the packaging. Make sure to always check how many milligrams of THC you are consuming and to review the packaging for recommended serving sizes.
Effects of Edibles
Cannabis edibles can deliver a more intense, longer-lasting effect. So, getting familiar with what to expect, what to eat, and what to look for with dosage is a good plan of action before consuming. The details of dosing are listed with each product. When you visit us in-store, one of our friendly staff will go over the details of your product selection with you at check out.
At Fine Fettle, we realize that smoking or vaping isn’t for everyone. We want to be able to accommodate our customers who are more comfortable with consuming our products by eating or drinking them. This is where our adult-use edibles come in.
Fine Fettle Connecticut locations currently provide edibles sourced from CTPharma and Advanced Grow Labs. Both are industry leaders in Connecticut, applying pharmaceutical industry safety and quality practices to deliver adult-use cannabis products with precise potency and consistency. Currently Fine Fettle Connecticut locations are offering a variety of fruit flavored gummies (blueberry, strawberry, grape, mango, watermelon, etc.) infused with your choice of Indica, Sativa, or Hybrid THC.
In Massachusetts, our Fine Fettle Rowley location offers a wide-range of edible adult-use cannabis including candies, chocolates, capsules, and baked goods. These products are sourced from beloved brands like Kanha, Betty's Eddies, Curaleaf, Harbor House Collective, Coast Cannabis Co. and more!
Our Fine Fettle Martha’s Vineyard location is unique in that we are literally on an island! As such, all licensed cannabis products sold on the Vineyard are produced by Fine Fettle in our cultivation facility where we produce a range of small batch, hand crafted products including edibles such as gummies and hard candies in popular flavors such as Sour Apple and Strawberry Kiwi.
The effects of cannabis edibles can last for several hours, making them a good option for people who need relief for chronic conditions or for those who want to enjoy a more extended experience. The effects of eating cannabis can take 30 minutes to 2 hours longer to kick in than when you smoke or vaporize it. Most of the time, the effects are also stronger and last longer, sometimes up to 8 hours. To avoid taking too much, you should start with a small dose (2.5mg - 5mg THC) and wait at least 2 hours before taking more.
This will vary depending on a few factors, such as dosage, metabolism, and tolerance levels. Taking a very large dose or a dose with very potent THC levels may cause a stronger, longer high, as the body takes time to process the THC out of the system.
Individual tolerance levels will also play a part here. People who are not used to cannabis products may feel the effects more strongly and for much longer than a person who regularly uses cannabis products if they take the same dose. Tolerance levels will also fluctuate depending on how much cannabis a person has ingested within a given period. Metabolism may also play a role, and a person with a very fast metabolism may not feel the effects for as long as someone with a slower metabolism.
Medical Benefits of Edibles
Besides longer lasting effects, cannabis edibles can be consumed inconspicuously making them a good option for people who want to use cannabis in public or in a social setting without drawing attention to themselves. Cannabis edibles can help with chronic pain management for those with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and neuropathic pain. Doctors also often recommend medical cannabis (in any form) to treat muscle spasms.
Like other forms of cannabis, edibles have been clinically proven to alleviate nausea. However, given the fact that edibles take longer than smoking or vaping to take effect, they may not be able to reduce unanticipated bouts of nausea. Therefore, only consume these products after doing something you know may cause you to feel unwell. Cannabis infused edibles contain many antioxidants, which are vital because they shield us against anxiety, as well as cancer and other severe illnesses.
If you have recently experienced drastic appetite or weight loss (due to cancer or any other reason), cannabis edibles may help treat this issue as well.
Cannabis appears to improve sleep in certain cases. For people with certain conditions such as chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and multiple sclerosis, cannabis may help them fall asleep faster, wake up less during the night, and enjoy better sleep quality overall.
If you’re thinking about using edibles for any of these health-related issues, make sure to start with a low dose. It's important to start with a low dose of cannabis edibles, as the effects can be more intense and longer lasting than smoking or vaporizing. A low dose is typically around 2.5mg to 5mg of THC.
It is also important to store cannabis edibles in a cool, dry place, away from light and humidity, to ensure freshness and potency. Cannabis edibles can be appealing to children and pets, so it's important to keep them out of reach in a safe place.
These are all details we will review with you at checkout, but we want the best for our customers and to ensure that you are getting the most out of each of your experiences with our products!
Fine Fettle Edibles
Don’t hesitate to contact our expert team at Fine Fettle to learn more about the benefits of cannabis edibles. We aim to provide a customer-friendly experience that includes staff who are highly knowledgeable about all our high-quality products.
If you do not wish to smoke cannabis because of any reason, edibles are the perfect alternative. The edibles we offer differ by state and store location, so make sure to check our website, https://www.finefettle.com/, before visiting. The language of cannabis can be confusing. Whether you want to learn more about its physiologic properties - or if you don’t know your indica from your sativa–our cannabis glossary can help you figure it out, just click here: https://www.finefettle.com/glossary/. And if these definitions don’t answer your questions, just ask us. We’re always here to help.