Weed Brownies: An Edible Pleasure
Cannabis brownies -- also called weed or pot brownies -- are classic dessert brownies with cannabis infused into them in the form of oils or butters. These brownies are arguably the most famous preparation of edible cannabis consumed across the globe today.
Edibles, as defined by Maximum Yield, refers to “any foods, candies, baked goods, or drinks that contain cannabis in some form that can be ingested, rather than smoked or vaporized.”
Aside from the traditional methods of consumption through inhalation such as smoking and vaping, oral ingestion methods are the most common method of cannabis consumption worldwide. In California alone, over $180 million worth of cannabis-infused food items were consumed in 2017, according to ArcView Market Research. The worldwide market for cannabis-infused foods and drink is valued at approximately $2,376 million and expected to grow 25.4% between 2019 and 2025, peaking at $11,564 million.
Purchasing Weed Brownies
Weed brownies can be purchased from cannabis dispensaries, generally being available in both physical stores and online. Both recreational and medical cannabis dispensaries offer various forms of edibles -- including brownies -- to their consumers.
The cost of brownies is determined by numerous factors including serving size and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration per milligram. Naturally, brownies with lower amounts of THC per milligram cost less than those of higher dosages. It is more economical, however, to purchase a serving with a high dosage and consume this in small pieces rather than purchasing several servings in lower dosages.
Depending on the size of the serving and THC concentration, weed brownies can cost anywhere from tens to hundreds of dollars.
What Does it Feel Like to Ingest Cannabis in this Way?
The overall experience of consuming cannabis using traditional inhalation methods differs significantly from consuming cannabis edibles, particularly weed brownies.
Differences between the manifestations of edible weed and traditionally consumed weed. Source
For starters, the time that it takes the high to set in with weed brownies differs greatly from that of traditional inhalation methods. With brownies -- and almost all edibles -- the time of onset is much longer than that of smoking and vaping methods. For most people, it takes at least 30 minutes for any psychoactive effects from consuming edibles to be felt.
Next, the predictability of the effects that will manifest with weed brownies is much lower. With traditional inhalation method, cannabis users can expect the high to set it quite quickly and prepare themselves for it. With weed brownies, the hit builds up and it is more difficult to predict where it will reach. Given these factors, there is no way to properly anticipate when you’ll get “high” and how “high” you’ll feel when it happens.
The effects of THC when consumed via weed brownies are significantly more intense than the effects of consuming marijuana by smoking or vaping. When brownies are eaten, cannabis is broken down in the liver and this releases over 50 metabolites, including the psychoactive 11-hydroxy-THC. 11-hydroxy-THC is more psychoactive than THC and will be felt more intensely than the cannabinoid.
Lastly, the duration of the effects of cannabis consumed via weed brownies is much longer that of cannabis consumed via smoking/vaping. When smoked/vaped, the duration of the effects generally lasts between 2-4 hours. With brownies, however, the effects can last anywhere between 4 to 12 hours.
What is the Future of the Edible Cannabis Industry?
The global market for cannabis-infused foods is growing at a rapid rate. Currently, the market is valued at approximately $2,376 million. It is expected to grow 25.4% between 2019 and 2025, peaking at $11,564 million.
Research suggests a growing number of cannabis consumers are opting to ditch traditional inhalation methods for edibles as they are healthier and stronger.
Aside from weed brownies, there are currently a wide array of food and drink options in which cannabis can be infused into. From chocolates and cookies to milkshakes and herbal teas, there are many potential ways that edible cannabis products can be presented. Weed brownies are a fun, delicious and potent way to consume cannabis that are available from most legal retailers.