For many of us, our first experience with cannabis is a toke on a joint at a party. From this point on, rolling a joint and enjoying the smoke is a ritual that many don’t wish to stray from.
Smoking remains the most popular way to consume cannabis. However, other options are increasingly available.
In particular, our experimentation with cannabis edibles is evolving. The traditional hash brownies have now been joined by new edibles. From weed-infused versions of our favorite candies and chocolates – to salad dressings and soups.
With the taboos around cannabis use being broken down, people are now discovering new ways to enjoy the plant. Those who are averse to smoking or vaping are now considering edibles for their first time high. What many don’t realize is that consuming cannabis is completely different from smoking it.
With this in mind, you may be wondering – is it safe to use cannabis edibles? The good news is, edibles can be enjoyed safely if you arm yourself with the facts first!
Read on for 6 important things you need to know about cannabis edibles.
1: Microdosing – Knowledge Is Power
Recent research suggests that some people who try edibles are having difficulty judging the correct dose for them. This has led to unexpected highs and some unpleasant experiences.
You may be keen to get stuck in with the brownie mix – but take the time to do your research first. If you’re making your own edibles, you need to be very clear on the dosage you’re using.
Rather than sprinkling some bud into your chosen dish, why not try pre-dosed foods. These are available in stores and help you get the right amount.
In the US, states where cannabis edibles can be sold legally at dispensaries, have guidelines for consumption. Microdosing is recommended, and most states suggest a limited consumption of 10mg of THC.
This may not sound like a lot, but the limitation is there for a reason. For newbies to weed or edibles, 5mg may be exactly the right amount – better to start low and work up!
Edibles can be up to 5 times as potent as combustible methods of cannabis use, so microdosing edibles is a fine art. Make sure that you read the packaging of any edibles bought from dispensaries. They should be labeled with dosage info so that you know what to expect.
2: Cannabis Edibles Are Desert, Not The Main Course!
It’s important that you eat before enjoying your weed edibles. The digestive system processes weed very differently to when it’s inhaled. Absorption needs to be at a steady pace.
As with alcohol consumption, if it hits too quickly you’re likely to feel unwell, so it’s best to line the stomach first. Sure, you’ll want something a little later once munchies set in. But in the meantime make sure you’ve got something nutritious in you.
Whilst you’re in the kitchen, make sure you’ve got somewhere safe to store your edibles. They should be labeled and kept out of the reach of children and animals.
3: Comfort Is King
Anyone that’s familiar with cannabis highs will know that a good place to sit and enjoy the experience is crucial. If this is your first time trying edibles, it may not be a good idea to consume before going out. Wait to see how you feel first.
Many who’ve consumed edibles report feeling a ‘full body’ high. Your body will feel relaxed and heavy, so make sure you’ve prepared a comfortable spot to enjoy the sensations.
Highs from edibles can also last much longer – up to 12 hours. You may not want to move much for a while, so having snacks, drinks, and entertainment on hand is a good prep move!
4: Take Your Time
When inhaling cannabis, the effects can often be felt instantly. This makes it easier to judge how much to toke, and when to stop. With cannabis edibles, your digestive system will be slower to respond. It can take 45-60 minutes for you to start to feel the effects.
This is where some people have fallen into the trap of thinking that it’s not effective, and consuming more. By the time it kicks in, you’ve got a whole lot of weed in your system, which may lead to an unexpected high.
Patience is a virtue with edibles. Although the effects will be slower to kick in, they will last longer than when toking.
5: Stick To The Green
When trying weed edibles for the first time, it’s recommended that you don’t mix with anything else. This is not the same experience as enjoying a joint and a beer. Your body is going to respond in a different way.
Plus, the delayed onset can give you a false sense of sobriety. Being a few drinks in when the high starts could leave you feeling quite unwell. To prevent the room spinning, stick to water or soft drinks.
In the same way, don’t mix edibles with any other drugs. The THC interacts very differently with other substances when consumed.
6: Relax and Enjoy
If you’ve followed the above steps, you should be in for a pleasant experience with cannabis edibles. However, sometimes feelings of nervousness can arise, even if we do it by the book!
If you’re feeling out of sorts or having a negative experience, remember that it will soon pass. Do your best to physically relax and take some deep breaths. Drinking some water, eating something light and taking a nap will help.
Nobody has ever died from marijuana consumption! Remember that what you’re experiencing is not uncommon and soon you’ll be back to normal.
Now you’re armed with the facts, you should be ready to enjoy some cannabis edibles! Remember – check your dosage, take it slowly and relax into it. If you’d like to know more about our edible products before placing an order – contact us today.