GUEST POST: The Ins and Outs of Cannabis Edibles

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
— Hippocrates

Fresh, locally sourced organic food has real transformative benefits. My husband and I always tell our boys, aged 4 and 6, that there are five main pillars to wellness: sleep, water, nutrition, exercise, and laughter.

The reason we instill these values in them is that we want our children to grow up knowing they are in complete control over how they move and interact with their bodies and the natural world around them. If they treat their bodies and their mind like the sacred temple they are, there is no limit to what they can feel and achieve.

Will cannabis be part of their wellness journey? Maybe… Regardless of how they view and/or possibly use cannabis as an adult, my husband and I have already started this discussion with our boys. Why? Cannabis has been hugely beneficial for my husband, specifically for calming the anxiety that occasionally renders him unable to summon even a small degree of motivation.

With all of the changes that have happened over the past few years, I am so grateful that our children are going to grow up in a world where cannabis is not demonized and the possibilities for healing and positive transformation are endless.

Why Cannabis Edibles?

So why cannabis? And, perhaps even more importantly, why edibles? Well, it’s been established that there are downsides to smoking, regardless of the type of product we light up or vaporize--just one reason why alternative forms of cannabis treatment and use like edibles are gaining popularity.

As of this month, cannabis edible products are not legal in Canada yet but are slated to be in October of this year--and they are legal in a number of U.S. states that have legalized cannabis for either medical or recreational use, or both. Currently, in Canada, where we operate, consumers that are partial to edibles are forced to purchase their own legal or medicinal cannabis and then produce their own edible products for their own private consumption. In the U.S. markets where cannabis edibles are legal, edibles account for nearly 60% of all consumer sales. Edible-related spending is projected to be close to $2.2 billion in U.S. and Canadian markets in 2019. Clearly, there is no denying consumer demand for cannabis edibles--a longstanding method of cannabis consumption that dates back for as long as many of us can remember.

Ingestion vs. Inhalation

Ingesting cannabis is a completely different experience than inhaling cannabis.  Why is this? When cannabis is ingested through a delicious Botanical Brownie Amazeball, for example, your liver transforms its THC content into 11-hydroxytetrahydrocannabinol, a potent psychoactive metabolite that readily crosses the blood-brain barrier. This means that the effects of ingesting cannabis is much more prolonged than inhalation. Depending on your tolerance, weight and how much you have eaten that day, an edible experience can last from 4 to 12 hours. This prolonged experience is great news for consumers that experience chronic pain, depression, anxiety or a host of other ailments for which cannabis is beneficial. Cannabis edibles are also a great option for the consumer that wants to microdose throughout the day, perhaps via a 2- or 5-mg edible ingested several times a day to manage symptoms such as chronic pain.

Concerns About Dosing

Because of how they work, proper dosing is absolutely crucial for edibles. I’m sure many of us have had that experience where we ate way too many or too much of an edible and ended up rocking in a corner by ourselves with the lights off… not cool, regardless of why you’re using the edible format. This means that a key component of edibles is going low and slow; no one wants to be the one in the corner. This will be an experiment for even the most experienced cannabis user--an experiment in which you determine what dose is right for you and your specific condition and needs. Every individual’s experience with cannabis is different.

At The Botanical Brownie, we’re invested in promoting cannabis edibles that are both healthy and delicious. Why? There will always be tons of room in the market for cannabis gummies, candies, and other cannabis treats. For me personally, it doesn’t make sense to infuse junk food with a medicinal, transformative, and healing plant, which is why I am extremely passionate about combining real food and top-shelf cannabis.

This simple philosophy birthed the craft beer industry. I am taking a page from this successful industry and incorporating real organic food, locally sourced when possible, and infusing them with quality, organic cannabis. Each edible is properly and carefully dosed, so each edible experience is memorable and enjoyable rather than frightening or overwhelming. My team members and I are incredibly driven to provide comfort and delicious relief.

What’s important to remember, however, is that whatever cannabis experience you choose, you should do it with mindfulness and careful thought and consideration for your health and wellness, and after consulting a great team like the one at Doctor Jane.

Jennifer Allen has always loved to bake and create. In fact, some of her fondest childhood memories involve baking with her mother and grandmother. She has always been passionate about the healing power of diet and exercise and loves the benefits afforded by nutritious and fresh food. She truly believes that food is medicine; awesome nutrition in, awesome energy out!

The Botanical Brownie was created by Danya Kaminer, but once introduced to the idea of cannabis edibles, Jennifer fell in love with it as well. When asked to become a partner in the business, Jennifer jumped at the opportunity to come on board and bring healthy, delicious edibles to those that truly want them.

Cannabis edibles are a natural progression of Jennifer’s deep-seated belief in healthy and natural foods--after all, why not take delicious, fresh and healthy baked treats and infuse them with the healing power of cannabis? Jennifer is truly excited to serve each and every one of The Botanical Brownie’s clients with the pinnacle of cannabis edibles. You can expect only the best in quality and nutrition from Jennifer and The Botanical Brownie.

About The Botanical Brownie

Based in Calgary, Alberta, The Botanical Brownie is a cannabis edibles company created by Danya Kaminer. The Botanical Brownie is passionate about the mental, physical and spiritual health of consumers that choose to enjoy cannabis edibles. The company’s select line of Take and Bake mixes are incredibly easy to infuse with your own cannabis oil.

The Botanical Brownie’s products are made for those who want to enjoy the healing benefits of gourmet edibles in a controlled way. Cannabis has healing properties that can provide relief from minor ailments to life-threatening diseases. Whether you’re an overwhelmed mom seeking a moment of delicious relief or someone who is suffering from chronic pain, The Botanical Brownie looks forward to becoming your herbal remedy of choice.

All of the company’s products are organic, vegan and gluten-free. You can learn more about The Botanical Brownie by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or visiting