You’ve been doing your research and you know you don’t want to inhale cannabis so you’ve decided you’re going to try an edible. Here’s the problem, edibles are very potent and it’s easy to take too much but you won’t know if you’ve taken too much for a couple of hours and you’re looking at waiting several hours for it to wear off.
Edibles are strong
When you ingest THC, it’s metabolized in your liver and turned into 11-hydroxy-THC which is more potent than THC. This gives you a much stronger psychoactive effect than other methods which is why it’s so important to start low and go slow.
You want to have a happy experience, you want to feel calm and at ease not seeing things and feeling paranoid, that’s not fun!
Here’s 5 things you need to know to have a good experience
1- Take it easy
The standard starter dose for edibles is 5mg.
If you’re a smaller person you may want to go down to 2mg, trust me it’s better to take too little and not feel it than take too much and feel terrible.
It takes two hours to feel the full effects of edibles. So whatever you do, don’t take more until it’s been two full hours. The biggest mistake people make with edibles is thinking it didn’t work and take more before giving it a chance to kick in.
If you took a dose of 5mg and didn’t feel much, go up in increments of 2mg however if you’re a bigger person go up in increments of 5mg. I recommend waiting a full 8 hours to let the first dose wear off before trying it again. However if you don’t want to wait that long, 2 hours is the standard.
3- The method matters
That tray of infused homemade brownies may look divine but you have no idea how much THC you’re getting. Same with that infused dinner, you want a precise dose with your edible. This is very important when you don’t know your tolerance level.
You can take capsules which are a good option if you have children around, they look like medicine making it easier to keep the kiddos out.
Personally I find the best ways to eat THC is with a gummy or a piece of chocolate. These will be available on the market in 2020, the maximum dose that will be allowed per package is 10mg.
4- Be in a place you feel safe and comfortable
Home is the best option however on vacation can be nice as well. Choose a time when you know you won’t be called into work or have to be with the kids so you’ll feel at ease and relaxed. It makes all the difference to feel at ease when you try THC.
5- Always take it with CBD
I can’t stress this enough, always take CBD with THC especially edibles. CBD helps to reduce the side effects of THC, I think of it like scrubbing bubbles cleaning up around the edges. CBD is the best thing to take when you’ve taken too much THC as it reduces the high and the anxiety. With edibles I would do at least a 3:1 ratio of CBD to THC. Unless the edible already comes with CBD, I recommend taking CBD in capsule form with your edible, around 25mg. Keep a tincture of CBD on hand for a quick way to calm the jitters from too much THC.
A less potent alternative to edibles->tinctures
Tinctures can be held under the tongue (sublingual) this is absorbed into the blood stream and takes effect faster, around 5 to 15 minutes and the effects usually lasts about an hour or so. This is an easy way to try cannabis and get a proper dose, the downside is that it can taste yucky however many tinctures are flavoured now and you can get some that have very little taste.
How to use tinctures
Use at least a 2:1 tincture as that means there’s 2 times the amount of CBD to THC. When starting you don’t want to exceed 5mg, the great thing about tinctures is because they’re fast acting you can re-dose quicker to get an idea of what’s a good amount for you. For people who are sensitive to THC or smaller people I recommend dosing 1mg at a time, put the drops under the tongue and hold it there for at least 30 seconds, up to 2 minutes is preferable to give the tincture a chance to be absorbed.
Respect the plant
Don’t wing it and just eat an edible because someone offered it to you and it seemed like a good idea at the time, THC is no joke if you take too much. I can’t stress this enough, I’ve known too many people who went to an infused dinner, or tried an edible that was too strong only to spend the entire evening crying while hugging a toilet from taking too much. The good news is, no matter how much you took, you won’t die. There isn’t a lethal dose of cannabis, if you took way too much you might feel like you’re dying, you won’t. (Please contact your doctor before trying cannabis if you have a serious heart condition).
Go easy, be smart and start with a low dose in a safe setting. Edibles can feel amazing if done correctly, it’s just takes a bit of trial and error to find your dose. What is my dose? 7mg that’s it, 10mg can sometimes be too strong but 7mg is perfect. Some people I know can go up to 100mg however the average is around 20mg. We all have a different tolerance level, everyone is different and it’s not a contest! You’re dose is your dose.
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