What You Need To Know Before Buying Edibles
Buying edibles can be a complex business – there’s a lot to know. This guide has been created to help you do just that.
1. Understand Dosing Standards
Before trying edibles, make sure you know the right dosage to take. The term dosage here refers to the amount of THC – which is the psychoactive compound that gets you high – you should consume.
There’s also CBD, known to produce calming effects on the body and level out THC’s psychoactive effects.
Considering that THC levels in edibles range from anywhere between 1 milligram to 100 milligrams, this difference can cause some confusion, especially when it comes to how much one should consume.
Here’s how much you should consume based on your THC tolerance.
1mg to 2mg – Tolerance: Minimal; Experience: Mild
3mg to 8mg – Tolerance: Minimal; Experience: Medium
5mg to 15mg – Tolerance: Minimal; Experience: Strong
2mg to 7mg – Tolerance: Minimal; Experience: Mild
4mg to 12mg – Tolerance: Some Tolerance: Experience: Medium
10mg to 20mg – Tolerance: Some Tolerance: Experience: Strong
4mg to 10mg – Tolerance: High; Experience: Mild
6mg to 15mg – Tolerance: High; Experience: Medium
15mg to 30mg – Tolerance: High; Experience: Strong
While there are variations in tolerance levels, it’s advisable that you take things slow if it’s been a while since you were last exposed to THC or if it’s your first time trying edibles.
Furthermore, consider starting with a much lower dose. Many people new to edibles take too much and end up hating themselves for it later. 5mg is usually enough to get an individual with a low tolerance relatively high.
2. Only Take Edibles on a Full Belly
Avoid eating edibles on an empty stomach; that could lead to you over-consuming, leading to you overdosing. Edibles are just like alcohol; they are best enjoyed as a dessert or with a meal.
While you could wait to enjoy a sizeable meal, later on, avoid driving yourself since edibles tend to have long-lasting effects.
3. Always Consume Edibles in a Relaxing Environment
Always make sure you’re in a place where you feel relaxed and comfortable when doing edibles. It can be taxing on your nerves to be in a highly-stressful environment after consuming a THC-rich dosage. This can quickly lead to anxiety and panic.
Try and come up with a solid plan for the night or day you do it. If possible, have a friend who’s not partaking or taking it easy to keep an eye on you.
The best place to enjoy some edibles is a calming room that contains everything you need over the next couple of hours. Be ready to spend some time in there since THC-rich edibles tend to produce a lasting high.
4. Do Not Start with a Full Dose
One mistake a lot of people new to edibles make is consuming too much too soon. If you aren’t careful, you could find yourself making the same mistake. If you it’s been a while since you last had some edibles or it’s your first time trying them, avoid starting with a full dose, irrespective of how well you think you can handle the product.
If you don’t consume or smoke THC regularly, it’s likely that the average edible, be it a brownie, candy, or cookie, contains too much THC – more than you can handle.
5. Never Mix Marijuana with Alcohol
Weed and alcohol do not complement each other, and the same goes for edibles. If you are thinking of trying edibles, avoid drinking alcohol that day as it could increase your likelihood of experiencing a bad trip.
Moreover, you might have trouble distinguishing between the effects of the THC/CBD and alcohol if you consume them simultaneously – something that could impact your ability to tell how a specific dosage affects you.
6. Understand How Edibles Work
Before consuming an edible, start by understanding that the most significant difference between eating cannabis and inhaling it is the amount of time before you start feeling the effects.
Smoking generally elicits a high within a couple of minutes. Edibles, on the other hand, can take up to 2-hours before you start feeling any effect.
With edibles, you’ll likely peak anywhere from thirty to sixty minutes after you’ve consumed the snack. This prolonged period often leads many newbies to eat too many edibles before the initial dose has kicked in.
Another thing to note about consuming edibles is that the high is also different. Edibles are partially-processed in the liver, where a compound called 11-hydroxy THC is made.
And while there’s very little research on what this type of THC feels like compared to regular THC, some users have reported much stronger psychological experiences.
7. Here’s What To Do If You’ve Consumed Too Much
If you are trying the cannabis edible experience and are a low tolerance individual or newbie, plan for when you end up eating too many edibles.
Consider having CBD-only drops or edibles nearby as they’ve been known to help level out the negative effects of high THC dosages.
It’s also advisable that you talk to a friend and have them on standby to help you when you need it. Also, make sure you have a place where you can lie down for a bit and sleep the ‘highness’ off.
Find Quality Edibles
With so many cannabis dispensaries popping up everywhere in states where weed is legal, ensure the products you are using are of the best quality and grade. Search for a cannabis shop near you and ensure you are getting the highest quality edibles.
Choosing old cannabis could result in an unexpected or lousy experience, which can be hard if you’re visiting an area where it is legal for short periods only.
Furthermore, if you are not familiar with the slang and science of marijuana, a cannabis dispensary could help educate you, making it easier for you to make an informed purchase.