There are two things we know to be true about edibles. First up, is that the average consumer has, unfortunately, become increasingly more wary of them. A quick search reveals countless consumer stories documenting “negative” experiences with edibles; consumers who got sick, ate too much, were the victims of bad reactions, and so on.
The good news, however, is that edibles aren’t what they used to be and we’re here to help lift the out-of-date stigma.
With that in mind, the second thing to note about edibles is that we love them. They’re fun, practical, great for sharing, and their effects can be pretty long-lasting when compared to other product types, including vapes and topicals.
Anyone can enjoy edibles.
They enhance your moments of joy and are available for immediate delivery, turning parties, hikes, days at the beach, and Friday-night movie marathons, into experiences to remember.
The History of Edibles
It’s probably fair to say that the most famous cannabis edible is the brownie, irrevocably linked to the flower power movement of the 1960s, when cannabis first hit the recreational mainstream in a big way.
The most famous brownie recipe no doubt goes to Alice B. Toklas, who published her innovative “Hashish Fudge” in a cookbook in 1954. But the beginnings of the cannabis edible can be traced a long way back before the 1960s.
Bhang, for instance, is a cannabis edible that’s most commonly associated with Holi, a springtime Hindu festival, and has been around since at least 1,000 B.C. This ancient cannabis edible is mentioned avidly in the Hindu holy book, the Atharvaveda, and commented on for its innate ability to aid relaxation.
Hashish, for example, is to Morocco what wine is to the French. The Berber villages, located around the Rif Mountain area, are populated with growing experts who have been cultivating cannabis for potent concentrate use since 1,000 A.D., or thereabouts. Mahjoun is a 1,000-year-old Moroccan hashish powder that’s both spiritual and psychoactive and a real favorite among travelers.
So, if the world has been consuming cannabis in a variety of edible forms for centuries, why has the modern cannabis consumer entered into edible trouble over the past few decades?
The Edible Overload
As with most things in life, you can always go too far, which is exactly what happened to the cannabis edible, operating in the shadows of an unregulated environment.
Consumers who have suffered at the hands of a cannabis edible have been the victim of poor dosing and/or misuse. Edibles can cause unfavorable reactions when they’ve been infused with extremely high levels of cannabis, or when the quality of the cannabis itself is poor.
It’s also fair to say that not everyone reacts in exactly the same way to each kind of edible. The human body is a complex structure and the metabolism of each individual is highly particular. No two bodies are the same. As such, it’s logical to conclude that no two experiences with a cannabis edible will, therefore, ever be the same.
So, what’s the answer?
How can the modern cannabis consumer embrace the edible without fearing a negative reaction at the same time?
Microdosing. Let’s Take it Slow
Microdosing is nothing more, nothing less, than the consumption of small doses of cannabis over the course of a few days in order to accurately measure effects and to experience as many benefits from the plant as possible.
Some consumers use microdosing for wellness purposes. Others want to increase creativity, enhance moments of joy, or just get the very best out of an edible, without going too far and without subjecting the body to an experience that it just doesn’t enjoy.
It’s common practice with microdosing to follow a one-day-on, two-days-off approach. This strategy helps to avoid building up a tolerance to the cannabis consumed and helps to separate the immediate experience from the feelings of a next-day, leftover effect.
It’s probably fair to say that the most famous touting of microdosing as a concept came from Steve Jobs. And although Jobs wasn’t famous for microdosing cannabis, his statement in favor of microdosing was a super shoutout from one of the big boys in innovation and it resonated around the world.
The most important thing to know about microdosing, however, is that it’s not really about getting you high. It’s a method that’s designed to heighten your experience and to guide the effects that cannabis has on your body. It’s about helping you find the exact dosage that’s right for you and not about sending you through the roof on an all-out, full-on trip, just so you know.
The Modern Edible for a Modern Lifestyle
With the rise of the regulated cannabis industry, we all have the opportunity to make cannabis a part of our modern lifestyle. That means making cannabis work for us, using it to help inspire us, to increase our creativity, and to enhance those moments of joy that we experience with friends.
With the regulation of this incredible plant, there’s little need for concern with regards to overdosing on edibles. Brands spend their time crafting edibles that are all about pleasant experiences, full of flavor, bursting with aroma, and packed to the brim with joy. The regulation of each edible means a safer array of products from which to choose from, with options ranging from the most discrete and delicious to the most creative and purposeful.
Edibles are fun, great for sharing, designed for cannabis-snacking throughout the day, colorful, convenient, and, more often than not, luxurious.
Out of the Shadows, Embracing Luxury
Grandma’s stodgy canna brownies are a thing of the past. The future of the cannabis edible lies
in luxury and decandence. We’re talking gluten-free, vegan-friendly, and proudly organic. And
that’s just to start.
Wellness, health, graceful ageing, mindfullness… These are all worldwide movements that in
today’s body-conscious society drive human consumption across the board. People want
organic coffee, gluten-free cakes, high-powered protein shakes, and detoxifying juices. The
cannabis edible has no choice but to follow suit.
Brands are determined to offer luxury, to promise wellness, to ensure positive effects, and to
help create experiences that are not only pleasureable, but good for you too.
So, the only real difficulty posed by the modern edible is which one to choose. But don’t worry, because the expert team of cannabis curators at HerbNJoy has compiled this snappy list of the best edibles for delivery in 2020 to help you filter your way through. We’ve also included a few opinions here and there about when, where, and how to mix and match your edibles to enhance your overall experience and create those moments of joy.
Chocolates & Brownies
Wherever you are, whoever you are, and whatever you like to do, chocolates and brownies rule. Despite being smothered in feelings of nostalgia, the classic brownie or chocolate has fully embraced a new-age twist.
Nutty, creamy, gooey, or chunky, they come infused with different flavors and varying grades of antioxidant-rich cacao. There’s toffee crunch and ginger, or cookies & cream and dark espresso. You can choose to go high high high on the THC, or fully-rounded and wholeplant wholesome on natural terpenes and cannabinoid profiles.
Think special occasions, awesome gifts, or weekly orders to keep your kitchen cupboards stocked. It’s a rare breed of human being who passes up on the chance to get up-close and personal with the good stuff. A great finish to any meal, they’re the perfect accompaniment for a late night movie, or the exact sugar rush needed on an energetic hike.
So, what do we love about gummies and why are they on our 2020 edibles list?
Convenience. Life is jam-packed with moments to remember and experiences to grab by the horns, which is why you need a cannabis edible that you can drop into your pocket; one that’s just as ready to bounce into life-enhanced action as you are. Gummies hit the mark every single time.
Colorful, flavorsome, aromatic, and fun, gummies are the ultimate on-the-go edible, that you can have delivered on-demand, whevever you might be, and they don’t melt like chocolates do. Vegan gummies, CBD-rich, THC-high, sugar-free, organic, sweet, sour, and more. Choice is endless, ease is unbeatable.
So, if you’re going on a hike, spending the day at the beach, cycling for hours, or heading to the gym, consider having a packet of canna gummies on hand to take your active experiences to the next life-enhancing level. And we’ll let you into a little secret… we’ve got our personal favorites, so feel free to quiz us about which gummies we recommend and when we think you should give them a try.
Fresh. Fresher. The freshest canna edible in 2020 without a doubt. It’s time to go minty. Minty cannabis edibles come in all shapes and sizes, including peppermint chocolates and peppermint gummies, but there’s a lot more to them than that.
Mint-infused cannabis edibles are on our 2020 delivery edibles list because they help to keep those all-important personal interactions in check. Are you on a date, at a party, meeting someone for the first time? Do you have your heart set on a meal that’s charged like a missile with creamy garlic? Are you entering into an important business meeting with a top client with a list of high expectations to meet? In each and every instance, mint edibles are your savior.
Whether you opt for a minty chocolate, a gummy, a tea, or another concoction, the result is the same… a minty-fresh experience for you and everyone around you.
Go Nuts, Get Snacks, Go Virgin
Did you know that you can also order cannabis-infused almonds, pretzels, peanut butter, honey, and even extra virgin coconut oil? You can cook with them, add them to your favorite brownie mix, or drizzle them over your morning pancakes. You can dip and lick your fingers to your heart’s content and test the water by comparing the offer from different brands, from one week to the next. The modern edible is all about variety, which means it’s time to open your hearts to the vast wealth of experiences and products on offer.
Choose Your Cannabinoid
As we glide gracefully into 2020, we also get the chance to choose the type of edible we want, based on cannabinoid content that most interests us too. Cool, right?
If you really want to choose your edible based on the kind of experience you want to have, then we recommend you make your choice based on your favorite cannabinoid. Fly high with THC or stay relaxed with CBD. Take it up, or bring it down. Push for active, or invest in a rest.
And then make sure you keep your eye on the ever-evolving market. We don’t doubt that we’ll soon be seeing THCv or CBG-loaded edibles in all kinds of forms: chocolates, gummies, mints, and shakes. Time will tell and we’ll be here to deliver some of the newest life-enhancing experiences as soon as the opportunity arises. You can be sure about that.
Delivery-Enhanced Edibles at HerbNJoy
On a final note, before we leave you to your thoughts about which type of edible to shop for first, we’ll just remind you of the importance of selecting who to buy from. At HerbNJoy, we only work with exceptional brands that far exceed California testing requirements, so you know that you’re always getting the best of the best from our menu, whether you go for gummies on-the-go, or something rich, smooth, and chocolatey.
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