Marijuana edibles can deliver an exciting, potent experience for individuals who are looking for new ways to consume cannabis. The catch is that eating too much can send you into a whirlwind of anxiety and confusion. With that being said, below highlights how to participate responsibly in the latest cannabis craze: edibles.
Getting the Right Dose
The most important part about consuming edibles responsibly is getting the right THC dose. The recommended dosage for beginners is 5-10 milligrams. The new recreational laws in Colorado require edibles companies to wrap each 10mg individually to help newcomers properly dose themselves. Less is more! Cannabis infused products that offer 20+ milligrams are reserved for individuals who can tolerate considerable amounts of THC. It is always a good idea to eat a meal before consumption. Doing this will ease your body and mind into the high smoothly without the risk of discomfort.
When eating an edible, it’s best practice to shoot slightly below your general tolerance level. This is because it’s easier to calibrate your high by smoking or eating more cannabis products, than to wait patiently for your high to normalize. “Edibles are a completely different game. As edible manufacturers pack more and more THC into each gram of food, eating even a small medicated chocolate bar, brownie, or breath mint, can result in an overwhelming experience,” explained Reset.me representative, Joseph Winke.
Anticipating the Delay
Unlike smoking weed, which provides an instant high due to the absorption of cannabinoids that takes place inside your lungs, edibles take a bit more time to reach its desired effects. Solid edibles, such as brownies and fruit bars, that are digested through the stomach may take as long as 45 minutes to an hour to reach full activation. While oral edibles, including lozenges and gum, that are absorbed through one’s saliva takes roughly 15 minutes for the high to kick into full gear.
Drinks fall into a hybrid category because they’re absorbed through both mediums. Those who are looking for a very fast-acting cannabis drink should check out Quigley’s. The unique beverage delivers cannabis dosages directly into the bloodstream through the soft tissue of the upper digestive tract for rapid absorption before it ever hits the liver. Individuals can choose between a light 10mg dose and a 50mg multi-dose shot, depending on one’s tolerance and personal preference. Furthermore, Quigley’s contains zero calories, zero fat, and is gluten and caffeine free.
Edibles offer a powerful body high due to the unconventional method of absorption. The effects can last between 3-6 hours, and there’s a good chance that you’ll feel traces of the high for the rest of the day or night. Infused products are very effective for people who are suffering from nausea, chronic pain and lack of appetite. With edibles, staying high is a straightforward process. When you feel the effects start to fizzle out, simply eat another calculated dose. As mentioned earlier, you can also smoke a bit of weed to maintain your high.