Edibles offer a discreet way to get high in public or among disapproving company, and a single dose can power users through the worst bouts of illness-induced nausea or a marathon Netflix binge. It’s often the consumption method of choice for people using marijuana for medicinal purposes. The high from eating cannabis is very different from smoking it, although there is still some degree of familiarity that cannabis smokers would have as compared to first timers. After ingesting cannabis, the THC must work its way through your digestive system, which can take one to two hours. Effects will vary in intensity based on whether your stomach is full or empty
So if you are a beginner wanting to try out some delicious edibles or just someone who has previously gone wrong with edibles, here are 6 things to know before you consume cannabis infused edibles.
You should always read the label
Labels will provide you with information on serving size, and possibly on other elements such as cannabis strain, dose, etc. If you have been gifted a homemade edible, do question your baker friend. Do not underestimate the potency of a serving, even if you are an experienced cannabis user. Paying attention to the label on the packaging can be the difference between a Grade A night-in and a paranoia-wracked nightmare of an evening.
Never consume on an empty stomach
Consider having a snack or even a meal before you consume an edible. Just like how you would not drink alcohol or have your meds on an empty stomach.
Avoid drinking alcohol
Avoid drinking alcohol before or after eating THC, since booze can magnify the effects and make you feel too high.
Wait for it…
Once you have determined the size of your serving, consume it, and wait for the recommended time before considering consuming more. Be patient and give your edible about 30-45 minutes to kick in before you pop some more to prevent an over dose. Also, some brands mention an activation time on their edibles so keep an eye out for that.
Usually people who’ve eaten pot food like to chill out and relax. It’s best to experience edible cannabis for the first time at home, in a hotel or at a friend’s house. I wouldn’t recommend eating edibles in a social setting while out in the world, especially for your maiden voyage. Plan on watching a movie or listening to music, exchanging massages or enjoying some awesome snacks before drifting off to a pleasant and rejuvenating sleep.
You will be okay if you get too high
If your heart starts to race, your hands tremble, and anxiety strikes, it’s helpful to remember there are no recorded cases of people fatally overdosing on marijuana. Practice deep breathing if you need to calm yourself, and know that everything is going to be OK. Drink plenty of water and some orange juice, which can help you feel less high by raising your blood sugar. The good thing about consuming too much weed is, it can’t kill you.