Everyone has their story of the first time they tried edibles, which usually involves brownies, not waiting an adequate amount of time before eating a second and the inevitable uncomfortable trip to the moon. We would like to help users avoid this by being better prepared for their journey, whether it be with a gummy, drink, tincture, baked good or anything other consumable.
What do I need to know about dosing?
Edibles come in a wide range of strengths and for a first time user, it can be a little confusing…especially when you can find a whole can of infused cold brew coffee that only has 10mg THC and a chocolate bon bon with as much as 50mg, I mean how strong could the bon bon really be. Strong! a normal dose is generally around 10mg, which for a new user can be a bit overwhelming, which is why we recommend starting small.
Remember, THC doses are like adding salt to your cooking, you can always add more later, but you can’t take it out once it has been added. In general I like to recommend starting on something around 5mg and waiting an hour before adding another. Remember a standard does, even for seasoned consumers is around 10mg, so if this is your first time 5mg increments can help you find the perfect balance to your experience.
I have consumed my edible, but don’t feel anything. How long do I need to wait before I take another one?
Good question. Edibles can take anywhere from 30min to 2 hours to fully “kick in” depending on level of physical activity, whether you have recently eaten a meal, etc. We recommend taking your first dose and waiting a minimum of an hour before going in for a second. Remember that you will have to wait another hour after the second dose before trying another.
Is it safe to try edibles alone, or should I have someone watch me?
While consumption of cannabis is considered safe for individuals over the age of 21, we still recommend having someone with you the first time you try it, especially if you can find someone who has already experienced the effects. Remember one of the side effects of cannabis consumption is paranoia, so it is good to have someone who can help answer any questions you might have, even if the question is as simple as “is it normal to feel like this?”
I have consumed my edible and it is now kicking in, what do I do now?
Well, that depends. If this is your first time we recommend doing something relaxing like watching a movie, playing video games, listen to music…you know…the stereotypes. You can also do leisurely activities outside like going for a walk around the neighborhood, swing in a hammock, or just play it by ear.
What shouldn’t I do after consuming edibles?
Another great question. Here is a list of things you should never do after consuming an edible.
- Drive a car
- Operate heavy machinery
- Go for a hike alone
- Mix with other substances (large amounts of alcohol, over the counter meds, narcotics, etc.
Other things to keep in mind when consuming cannabis
There are a few things all consumers, not just first timers should keep in mind. First, never put anything in your body that you are not 100% comfortable with. Like any other substance, cannabis effects everyone differently, as no two people’s internal chemistry are the same, and no one knows your body better than you, so if you feel uncomfortable, simply say “no thank you”.
If you are on medications, be sure to check with your doctor before adding any new substance to the mix, including cannabis of any kind. Once again we want to make sure that everyone enjoying marijuana, whether recreationally or medicinally does so in a safe environment.
Finally, never be afraid to say no. Like we stated above, the best thing you can if you are uncomfortable or feeling undue pressure is to say “no.” not only is there nothing wrong with saying no, we strongly encourage it. We want you to enjoy yourself in safe and friendly environment. If you aren’t feeling safe, or just not in the mood “no thank you” is a perfectly valid response.