Edibles are a great way to experience cannabis! It is however a personal experiment that requires a lot of self education to land on the right amount for your desired outcome. Beginners to edibles should really do some homework before they decide that cannabis is the perfect snack!
The challenge is that if you are making them yourself at home or trying ones that are homemade by others, you may end up taking too much and end up having a really bad experience. The flip side to that is if you do it right it is actually quite amazing! Studies show that ingesting may produce a longer-lasting and less intoxicating high over smoking or vaping marijuana.
First let us tell you that it is pretty easy to eat too much – why? Because they often taste, really really great!
Imagine you are only suppose to eat a single piece of the chocolate bar not the entire chocolate bar.
The good news is that you will be fine if you over slightly over-consume but it will be an uncomfortable few hours.
The biggest mistake beginners to edibles make is not having enough patience.
You see, it does take some time to metabolize the edible through your liver and ultimately hit you! Some people simply metabolize faster than others, so your friends might be feeling it and you are not. To make matters slightly more complex some people don’t even experience a ‘high’ the first couple of times they try edibles for some unknown factor! So, please give your body a couple of hours before ramping up the dosage.
Trust us when we tell you it is not FUN to accidentally OVER CONSUME.
If you are able to purchase edibles in your jurisdiction please ensure you read the packaging.
- Ask yourself, twice, how many mg of THC per serving?
- What is a serving size?
- Is a serving size, part of the package or the entire package?
- Is the serving size appropriate for my tolerance level?
Be careful, we once misread the packaging and that resulted in a long evening of couch melt! It can happen to anyone that is not careful.
Maureen Dowd, winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary and author of three New York Times best sellers had a very bad trip because she was not clear on the dosage. Read about that disaster here!
First timers should consume with a friend, in a safe environment, like your home or theirs. Seriously.
Beginners need to learn the golden rule of Edibles
Tips for Safe First Time Edible Consumption
- If your first doesn’t seem to be enough, wait 2 hours to make sure it’s taken effect, and then try taking more
- You might not get high the first few times
- Have some healthy and non-infused snacks handy!
- Avoid mixing cannabis and alcohol
- Symptoms of a moderate to intense high include:
- Increased (and more noticable) heart rate
- Dry mouth
- Paranoia / anxiety
- Glassy, red eyes
- Increased appetite (the munchies)
- Lack of speech control
- Lack of coordination of limbs
Check out the dosing chart below which was designed to help you with your own self discovery and edible experimentation to prevent over-consumption.
Weed edibles, particularly high doses, can lead to extreme anxiety! This is not a good feeling so we are providing some anecdotal strategies that may help.
What to Do If You Get Too High
So you or a friend has over consumed cannabis – now what? We have compiled a list that will help you get through this experience.