Truthfully, a lot of people that are interested in eating edibles may not know all that they need to know before taking the plunge.
For instance, it is not the same thing as using cannabis in other ways. The potency is different and the way it impacts your body changes as well.
To have the knowledge you need before you decide to start eating edibles, check out these 7 things to know below.
1. It Feels Different
If you use cannabis that has been put into food or drink, you have to pace yourself. Considering it takes longer to take effect, this may be difficult for some people.
If you’re new to edibles, you don’t want to start off with too much. Try just a little bit at a time and see how you feel. This is to make sure that you don’t feel worse than before and you can still enjoy the experience.
It’s a lot easier to add more little by little than to take too much and start panicking.
2. Don’t Forget About the Sugar
If you’re eating brownies with THC in them every day, they are still brownies. Remember that processed sugar has no benefit to you nutritionally, so you need to keep that in mind as you consume the calories.
Finding edibles that are more nourishing and less calorie-ridden may be a good idea if this is something that you are concerned about.
Check out the ingredients in the edibles you buy to make sure you know what you are putting into your body.
3. You May Become Anxious
If you accidentally ingest too much at once, don’t worry. You can’t overdose, but you probably will feel weird.
It’s easy to become anxious, have an elevated heart rate, or experience other symptoms when you overdo it.
Try to take some deep breaths and even take a nap to sleep it off. If you can’t sleep, drinking some water is a good idea because you can help flush the THC from your body and stay hydrated at the same time.
You can also try taking a shower, going on a walk around your neighborhood, or even doing exercise. If none of that seems possible, you could always just chill out on the couch and watch a movie.
You aren’t going to die, the feelings will fade, and you are going to be fine.
4. You Probably Don’t Need Much
People that use cannabis often are going to have a different experience with edibles than someone that never uses it at all. Keep this in mind when you are trying to figure out how much of an edible you want in one sitting.
Pace yourself and always remember that you can take a small amount and still feel the effects. When you take too much at once, you will start to have a negative experience.
Even people that use cannabis all the time can take too much when they don’t have experience with edibles.
Pay attention to what you are doing and be responsible with your consumption.
5. It Takes Longer
As stated previously, cannabis edibles will not kick in right away.
There is no hard and fast rule with how long it takes, but it takes longer than it would if you smoked a joint or used a vape pen.
Different things, like your weight, your metabolism, the strength of the edible, and what you already have in your stomach, all impact the length of time.
It may take as short as 20 minutes, but it also could take as long as two hours.
6. Know How Much You Are Taking
10 mg of cannabis is the single serving size for an adult. With that being said, that doesn’t mean you should take 10 mg right off the bat.
If you have never tried THC or CBD edibles before, you may want to go with a small dosage that is closer to 2.5 mg or 5 mg.
The reason for this is that you feel differently when you use edibles than you may expect. You need to know how that feels before you make the sensation even more intense for yourself with a high dose.
Your body may not react the same way as your friend’s body reacts, so you need to pay attention to how you feel and what your tolerance is.
7. Always Read the Label
If you have the opportunity to pick out an individually wrapped edible from a legitimate retailer in your state, you should pay attention to what you are buying.
The label can tell you a lot that you need to know. It can give you information about whether or not you are going to have a great evening with your edible or you are going to have a paranoid nightmare of a night.
A reputable edible manufacturer will test their products in a lab to see how potent they are and how much of each ingredient is in them. For example, the label should tell you how much THC is in the product and how much CBD is in the product.
The amount of THC (maximum THC) will indicate to you how high you will get from using the edible.
Interested in Eating Edibles?
Safety is the name of the game when eating edibles. If you want to have a good time, you have to be smart about it.
Anyone that is interested in eating edibles should start off small and work their way up to the big stuff.
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