Tired of coughing, throat soreness, and the constant need for new pipes, bongs, or vaporizers? The smell of smoked marijuana, or a big cloud of marijuana smoke, brings unwanted attention that is annoying for many users.
These days, marijuana edibles are an amazing alternative. They are readily available and come in many different forms including cookies, gummies, cakes, hard candies, drinks, chocolates, and much more. Unfortunately, if you don’t know you’re doing, all of the variety doesn’t mean anything to you and you may be wondering where to even begin.
The first big decision you need to make before diving headfirst into the world of edibles is what kind of high or relief do you want?
Didn’t think that was a decision you had to make? Well, depending on the edible and the strain of marijuana used, you can experience a vastly different high. And although cookies and brownies are a mainstay in the industry, if you want something a little different, we recommend gummies or chocolate bars because they’re not as intimidating.
Below are some more tips for users who are using edibles for the first time:
Relax & Let It Sink In
Unlike smoking cannabis, where cannabinoids enter the body via the lungs and the high is nearly instantaneous, edibles introduce cannabinoids through the digestive tract, specifically the liver. The liver converts THC into another more powerful chemical called 11-hydroxy-THC, a process which can take 30 to 60 minutes. The result is a high that is more intense than smoking and which lasts much longer. The other advantage of edibles is that they can be discreetly consumed where smoking is prohibited.
New users sometimes get it in their heads that they haven’t eaten enough. This can be a problem for impatient eaters who can’t wait an hour before eating another slice. Keep in mind that the effects can last anywhere from four to 12 hours, depending on the dose and that if you take too large a dose with edibles you risk a “green out” (the equivalent of blacking out after drinking too much).
Alcohol can not only heighten the effects of edibles but cause bad side effects. The magnified effects of using these substances together can be very unpredictable and may cause panic, anxiety, or terror for people who use both substances in the same period. It’s critically important to stay away from booze while on edibles.
Start Low, Grow Slow
Do what you can to not panic about dosage. A correct dose for you depends on your weight and metabolism.
If you begin to experience signs of an overdose –paranoia, anxiety, increased heart rate, dry mouth, lost coordination and hallucinations – don’t panic.
- If you are with friends, let them know what’s happening
- Drink fluids and eat food
- Stay in a safe, comfortable environment
Symptoms will usually subside within a few hours. Fortunately, marijuana is virtually non-toxic. You will most likely drift off to sleep for 10 to 12 hours, and wake up feeling groggy, but very well-rested.
Remember that taking edibles on an empty stomach will heighten the effect.
CBD can be a great way to manage your edible high. If you have some, make sure to keep it on-hand while you’re taking edibles. Other antidotes to reduce the intensity of your high include pistachios or pine nuts (they contain pinene, which helps with mental clarity), as well as lemons, oranges, and grapefruits.
A locked cabinet or box is best for your stash. This is mainly to keep them away from children, pets, and nosey guests. But it is a wise practice in general because whether you’re a child or adult, a brownie or gummy bear laced with THC looks exactly like a brownie or gummy bear not laced with THC.
Overall, as a beginner using edibles, it’s important to be very diligent about what you take, and how much you take of it. Taking too much can ruin your impression of edibles for the rest of your life, so for your own enjoyment, it’s key to slowly enter the space.
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