For many people, the word “calories” is almost a taboo word. Many adults spend time counting calories and ensuring they eat enough to build muscle or don’t eat too much to help maintain a healthy weight.
Though the word “calorie” is such a large part of our vocabulary, most people don’t really know what it means. And how can calories impact your cannabis edible use? Let’s take a look.
What Are Calories?
So, what exactly are calories? Simply put, they are a unit of energy.
What does energy have to do with nutrition? Think of it this way: The food and drinks we consume provide us with energy to perform physical activity and for our body to perform general functions. So, the number of calories is how much energy a specific food gives us.
Because every body is different, the number of calories every person needs differs. Some people have fast metabolisms, meaning they need more calories each day. Others may need to consume fewer calories, as their body burns the energy from calories slower.
Calories are found in all foods and beverages. And cannabis edibles are no exception.
A Look at Cannabis Edibles
Edibles are among the most popular ways for people to consume weed. And there are many different types of edibles on the market today. Some you can find to purchase online include:
- Baked goods like brownies and cookies
- Cannabis chocolate
- Cannabis and CBD gummies
- THC drink mixes
These are just a few of the many edibles on the market today. Whatever your preference, you can likely find what you want online.
As more people start to eat their cannabis (but not in a raw form, as that won’t get you high), some have started making their own edibles at home. Not only can bakers make homemade cannabis edibles, but cannabis can also be added to meals. Using decarboxylated buds or cannabis oil allows users to add their favourite strain to whatever dish they are making.
Edibles and cannabis-infused food allow people to monitor their cannabis dosage and find products and recipes that meet their dietary needs. So, if you are counting calories, you can find an edible that falls within your preferred calorie count or make a low-cal cannabis recipe at home.
Calories in Cannabis Edibles
When you purchase a soda or buy a candy bar, the label will likely list how many calories it contains. Finding out how many calories you are eating in your edible takes a little more research—and some math.
First, you will need to look at the serving size of your product. Is a serving one gummy or two? One bite of chocolate or an entire bar? One cookie or half a cookie? Knowing the serving size is essential, as most labels will only show the number of calories per serving, and your container may hold more than one serving in it.
Some labels may only state how many servings are in a container, leaving it up to you to determine what exactly a serving is. If the label says there are 25 servings in a container that holds 50 gummies, that would mean the serving size is two gummies.
Once you know your serving sizes, look at the number of calories listed on the label. If it says something like 50 calories per serving on your container of 50 gummies that we discussed earlier, that means for every two gummies you eat, you are consuming 50 calories. If you eat four gummies, you have consumed 100 calories, and so on.
Remember that you need to keep an eye on the amount of cannabis in each serving as well as the calories. Just because your calorie count says you can eat an entire cannabis chocolate bar doesn’t mean your body can tolerate that much cannabis. As you watch your calories, watch your cannabis dosage so you don’t consume too much.
Other Label Information
In addition to finding the calorie information you need on a label, you can also find other helpful information. One of the most important things you should also look at is the ingredients list.
Here you can find what was used to make your edible. This is especially important if you have any food allergies. Reviewing the list before ingesting the product can help ensure you don’t eat anything you shouldn’t.
How Many Calories Are in Popular Edibles?
The number of calories edibles contain can vary widely. It depends on the ingredients used to make a given product. So, determining how many calories edibles contain on average is impossible.
But there are many options out there. Some online dispensaries may offer low-calorie or even fat-free options if those better suit your needs. You’ll need to check the labels of your edibles to find the information you need.
However, if you can’t find the nutrition information you need, don’t hesitate to ask your dispensary or contact the manufacturer.
Calories and Edibles
There are a lot of labels on cannabis products, including cannabis edibles. You’ll find everything from required notices and warnings to information on the amount of cannabis your edible contains.
You should also be able to find nutrition information, including calorie information. When reading the label information, you’ll want to check if the calories listed are calories per serving or container. If it’s per container, you’ll need to figure out the serving size and determine how many calories are in each serving. If it lists calories per serving, be sure to stay within the serving size or adjust your calorie counts based on how many servings you eat.
Because the number of calories each product contains can vary based on who makes the product, there is no set average you can expect to see when you purchase specific products. Instead, you’ll need to look at the label information and ingredients list to see what fits best within your dietary needs and preferences.
If you have any questions about the product you are buying, don’t hesitate to ask the dispensary.