Cannabis edibles have gone through a serious glow-up in the past 10 years, graduating from the humble pot brownie to perfectly dosed, Willy Wonka-approved treats that are served over the counter at dispensaries across the country. These days, edibles come in many shapes and sizes—from sugar-coated gumdrops and micro-dosed mints to gooey caramels and decadent chocolate bars.
If you’re getting reacquainted with edibles or trying them for the very first time, it can all feel a bit overwhelming at first. “I like to make the joke that it’s like picking up the Marvel movies at Ant-Man and going, “Oh, gosh, what’s happening?” says David Cooper, the national retail trainer for Cresco Labs, a Chicago-based cannabis company.
Buying and consuming edibles should—and absolutely can—be fun when you know what you’re doing. Luckily, if you’re visiting a recreational or medical dispensary, the folks behind the counter are there to guide you to canna-bliss. Of course, it never hurts to come prepared with an understanding of the basics—like, uh, how many milligrams should I start with?
We consulted three cannabis experts from across the country to get the lay of the land and score some easy-to-remember pointers about buying edibles for the first time (or the first time in a long time). Let’s dig in.
MEET THE EXPERTS
David Cooper, national retail trainer for Cresco Labs in Chicago
Megon Dee, founder and CEO of Oracle Wellness Co. in Portland
Miguel Trinidad, chef and co-founder of 99th Floor in New York City
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