It doesn’t matter how potent an ounce of weed may be or how low your tolerance is. You’re not going to get totally wasted by loading a one-hitter and taking a toke. How much you smoke will determine how high you’ll get.
That’s why a list of the strongest edibles on the market doesn’t tell the entire story.
Just as you weren’t going to smoke that entire ounce of weed in one sitting, you’re probably not going to consume an entire edible. Almost all of them are designed to be eaten gradually.
So why does it matter which edibles are the strongest?
Two reasons. Purchasing potent edibles gives you the best bang for your buck — and if you need a high dose, they allow you to get one without consuming tons of extra calories.
So let’s look at the strongest edibles available in dispensaries after talking a bit about these psychoactive treats.
Why the Strength of an Edible Can Be Misleading
You see a tasty weed treat on the dispensary shelf, so you look to see how much THC it contains. Right away, you could be making a judgment based on faulty information.
Researchers writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association purchased 75 different edibles at dispensaries in three different states and then measured their THC content. Only 17% were labeled correctly; 23% had more THC than their labels stated, and a whopping 60% had less THC content than they claimed.
High Times looked at the edible entries they received for several years’ worth of Cannabis Cups and found similar results; 71% contained less THC than the producers had claimed.
That’s one problem, but here’s a bigger one.
It’s virtually impossible to know how to dose most edibles until you’ve had some and felt how it hits you. Gummies or candies manufactured to each contain a specific amount of THC are easier to dose. But eating a piece of a large candy bar or brownie is more problematic, especially since edibles don’t take effect for at least 30-60 minutes, sometimes even longer.
That’s where the saying “start low, go slow” came from. Whether you’re making your own edibles at home or buying them at a dispensary, you shouldn’t be eating much of that candy bar or brownie at first. If you’re just sampling a small piece, it won’t matter much whether it’s extremely potent.
Experienced consumers, however, can figure out fairly quickly how much of an edible will do the job. That’s when it makes sense to look for the strongest edible available because it will provide the most servings for your weed budget.
Here are the ones to consider.
The 8 Strongest Edibles
One note before we start: many of these treats aren’t available in dispensaries nationwide. Some are only sold in the state where they’re manufactured. For many, that means California.
1. LOL XL Rice Crispy Treat: 1800mg
LOL is the brand name, not our comment on the name itself — or its 1800mg THC content.
What does 1800mg mean in terms of a normal cannabis consumer? Well, the standard edible dose for most people is either 5mg or 10mg; beginners are often advised to start with 2.5mg or even less.
Looking at it another way, Leafly’s edibles dosage chart says that a 20mg edible will normally produce very strong euphoria and is likely to impair the user. 100mg causes serious impairment and possibly nausea, pain, and rapid heart rate and is only recommended for patients suffering from serious diseases like cancer.
Admittedly, this Rice Krispie (oops, that should be Crispy) treat is pretty large, so it’s not difficult to microdose. Even so, the temptation to eat more than you should might end up being dangerous. It won’t kill you, of course, but you could be suffering nasty aftereffects for quite a while.
LOL XL Rice Crispy treats are tasty, with a delicious chocolate layer on top of the cereal. LOL also makes another 1000mg candy bar, the G-Bar, which tastes of chocolate and coconut.
2. The 4.20 Brownie: 1000mg
When you’re talking brownies or cookies (we’ll get to those shortly), the “danger” is even greater.
We’re all accustomed to eating an entire brownie or cookie in one sitting, but as we’ve discussed, that could be a huge mistake with the 4.20 Brownie — which is the same size as a brownie you’d get at a bakery or supermarket.
On the positive side, it holds its shape well, so it won’t crumble into little pieces when you cut off a small slice to microdose. It also tastes good; it’s “cookies and cream” flavored without an overpowering weed taste. Now the negative: it’s incredibly difficult to stop eating after you’ve consumed your desired dose.
3. The Elvis Cookie: 1000mg
Why “Elvis?” The inspiration comes from the singer (Presley, not Costello), whose favorite sandwich was peanut butter, bacon, and banana. Bacon in a sweet treat would be a bit too gourmet for most people, so this oversized cookie contains peanut butter, chocolate chips, and banana.
That makes it more of a delicious dessert treat, but once again, how can you only eat a small slice of a chocolate chip cookie?
The Elvis is also available with white chocolate chips, and that version contains 1000mg of THC as well.
4. Korova Black Bar: 1000mg
This is another brownie, which isn’t as easy as the 4.20 to cut into small pieces without making a mess. It’s also a little drier than the 4.20, which makes the Korova brownie a distant second choice to our minds.
The company says 1000mg should equal 20 doses, which would mean 50mg per dose. That’s awfully high for most people, but as we’ve said, start low and go slow.
5. Kaneh Best of Both Worlds Brownie: 1000mg
They call it “Best of Both Worlds,” but most bakeries call this combination of brownie and cookie a “brookie.” The brownie is fudge, the cookie is chocolate chip, and the combination is tasty. We’re not fans of brookies, but you may be — just pace yourself carefully despite the temptation.
6. Hashman 420 Cherry Bomb: 420mg
This pre-scored candy bar is a step down in potency, but in our view, it’s a step up in taste. It contains 65% Belgian dark chocolate plus cherry “pot rocks” (which are actually like pop rocks). Each section of this bar is 42mg, still an extremely high dose; we’d advise eating less until you’ve tried this product a few times.
7. Topanga Harvest Mini Muffins: 400mg
No, not all edibles are chocolate. These muffins are available in four flavors: blueberry, apple cinnamon, banana nut, and butterscotch, and each one contains 50mg of THC. The product is also available in smaller sizes and doses.
8. LOL Pot Chips: 300mg
A few decades ago, Lay’s sold their potato chips with the slogan “bet you can’t eat just one.” That’s the big problem with LOL’s chips, too: it’s super easy to eat too many of them.
Pot Chips have a flavor that will remind you of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos but are also available in milder flavors like crunchy Cheetos and chili cheese, and each bag is labeled with the strain the chips have been made from.
The 300mg figure is for an entire bag, though, and if you want to spend time figuring out how many chips are in the bag to calculate your desired dosage, best of luck.
Strongest Edibles: FAQ
Q: Are all of the most potent edible products sold in bakery treats or candy form?
A: There are other options. One of the most intriguing is Clean Healing Pizza Sauce, which contains 500mg in a jar of sauce that the company says will make a 10-12 inch pizza. The jar looks to us like it would make more than one pizza, but be careful; it’s easy to eat a ten-inch pizza on your own, and the joy of pizza won’t compensate for the misery of consuming 500mg of THC.
Q: What are the strongest gummies you can buy?
A: Some of the strongest we’ve seen advertised are Voodoo Sours gummy strips, but we’ve also seen some claims that they’re not a legit product. If you really need potency, we’d suggest Exhale Wellness gummies, which can be purchased in 1500mg containers with 50mg of THC per gummy. Their 750-mg containers with 25mg gummies might be a safer choice for most people.
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