When it comes to marijuana, edible cannabis products are an accessible alternative to oils, smoking or vaping. In fact, a research study found that consumers prefer marijuana edibles for a variety of reasons. Edibles don’t produce the same smell as smoking, nor is there any second hand smoke. Edibles are also more discreet and, while it may take up to an hour to feel the effects, edibles can produce a high that lasts six or more hours.

Before making your first edible purchase, it’s important to understand the chemical makeup of edibles, and how they can affect your body. 


Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are two naturally occurring compounds found in cannabis plants, but they have very different effects on your body. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound, meaning that it doesn’t produce the “high” sensation you likely associate with cannabis. THC, however, is the main psychoactive compound that produces that “high” sensation.

How Edibles Affect Your Body

When buying edibles, it’s important to understand how much CBD and THC each product contains. If you’re new to cannabis, you should consume no more than 2.5mg of THC and wait until you feel the effects before taking more. There is no universal way to experience a high, and it takes time to learn how your brain and body are affected by edibles. You should also pay attention to expiration dates and ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction.

The ratio of CBD to THC can affect your experience. CBD counteracts the psychoactive effects of THC. So the higher the ratio of CBD to THC, the less of a high you’ll feel. 

Find the Right Marijuana Edible for You at UpTop’s Massachusetts Dispensaries

If you’re looking to try marijuana edibles, the budtenders at any of our UpTop dispensaries in Massachusetts are more than happy to help guide you. You can also shop online and discover a wide variety of edibles including chocolates, gummies, baked goods, drinks, tablets, hard candies, dissolvables and lozenges.