The cannabis edibles market is growing, and growing fast.
And it’s no wonder! With new states legalizing recreational marijuana every year, entrepreneurs and consumers alike are hopping on this bandwagon.
If it’s your first time eating edibles, though, you should understand that it’s different in important ways from smoking weed.
Let’s take a look at how to eat edibles and what you need to know when you’re a beginner.
How to Eat Edibles: First, Understand How It Works
You’ll get a similar sensation from eating weed than you do from smoking it. However, the way you ingest weed will determine how quickly the high kicks in, how long it will last, and how intense it will be.
When you vape or smoke, you feel high fairly quickly, with the effects hitting you within 5 or 10 minutes. This is because you’re absorbing the cannabinoids through your lungs which then go straight into your bloodstream.
When you eat edibles, though, your body has to digest it first. The cannabinoids have to be absorbed through the stomach, travel through the intestine, and journey on to the liver. There, in the liver, the THC will be broken down and sent into your bloodstream.
What this means is that it will take a lot longer to feel the effects of edible cannabis than cannabis that you smoke. It can take 30 minutes or even two hours to fully feel the impact of the weed you ingested.
It’s important to understand that eating edibles will impact different people differently, as well. How it affects you will have to do with your weight, how much you’ve eaten that day, your tolerance, and more. Just because your buddy was fine eating such and such amount doesn’t mean that it won’t be too much for you.
There can also be a difference between the types of edibles you consume. Beverages containing THC might get digested faster than a baked good containing THC.
How does it feel to eat an edible?
When your liver processes THC, it is converting it into a different kind of molecule than when THC is sent to the bloodstream by the lungs. This means that your high from edibles can be much more psychoactive than from smoking weed.
Expect It to Come on Slower and Last a Lot Longer
If you don’t abide by any of these edibles tips but one, let it be this one. It can take a lot longer to feel the effects of edible cannabis than smoking it.
Please, please, please don’t fall for the noob mistake of eating more because you “don’t feel it yet.” Give it some time. You might regret it if you don’t.
Not only does the high come on slower, but it’ll last a lot longer. That means that your high might last anywhere from 3 to 8 or even 10 hours.
This isn’t something to do in the morning when you have an afternoon shift. The effects stick around for a while, and it’s worth understanding that ahead of time.
Edible Weed: How Much to Eat
How much edibles to eat is really going to depend on a lot of different factors. The main rule for just starting out, however, is: go slow.
You can always eat more edibles, but you can’t uneat edibles. Start out with a low dose and give it some time to work it’s magic. If after a few hours you’re not feeling much then you can have a little more.
It’s better to play safe than sorry here. No one wants to take too much.
The standard dose is considered 10 mg for edibles. If you’re a beginner, though, you’ll want to start much lower than that. Don’t let people with higher tolerances convince you that “it’ll be fine.”
Your weight, how much you’ve eaten, how recently you’ve eaten, and your tolerance for weed in general will impact how much is a reasonable first dose for you. That being said, a safe starting dose is around 1-2.5 mg.
Remember the Importance of Set and Setting
Set and setting are terms that refer to your mindset and your physical and social environment. It’s important to take these into consideration when you’re eating edibles. This is particularly true if it’s your first time.
Your mindset going into a session can impact how the session goes for you. Similarly, your physical and social environment can affect whether you have a positive or less-than-positive experience.
It’s not a great idea to try edibles for the first time when you’re already feeling down. Similarly, you won’t want to do it in a place where you aren’t comfortable or around people you’re not comfortable with.
What to Do If You’ve Had Too Much
It happens to the best of us. Against all better advice and judgment, you’ve had a little too much.
It’s not a problem. The only thing that will really solve this problem is time. You don’t need to freak out and go to the emergency room, all you need to do is go to bed.
(If you have compounding factors like a heart condition or pregnancy, putting you at risk, then you might want to seek medical attention.)
Other things you can do if you get too high from edibles is drink some chamomile tea. Neil Young was famously a proponent of chewing on black pepper to fix a “had too much” situation. Another thing you can do is take a dose of pure CBD, which might help reduce some of your anxiety.
If you took too much, the most important thing you should do is just stay calm. According to the DEA, no one has ever overdosed on marijuana. That being the case, all you need to do is chill out, calm down, and let time do its thing.
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