Are you new to using marijuana edibles?
Most beginners have some questions about these products, and edibles dosage is a top concern. In fact, you’ve probably heard a horror story or two about people taking too strong a dose and experiencing side effects.
Don’t worry! You can easily avoid this rookie mistake by following a few simple steps, and we’re here to share them with you.
If you’re just getting started with edibles, and you’re wondering how much to take, this is your guide. Keep reading for our top tips on proper dosage and get ready to enjoy a stress-free edibles experience.
How Do Edibles Work?
Marijuana edibles contain THC, CBD, or a combination of the two. These two natural compounds are both derived from the marijuana or hemp plant but have very different effects. So, how you feel after taking edibles will depend on which chemical compound you consume.
Simply put, THC gets you high, and CBD does not.
If you’re hoping to feel deep relaxation and mild euphoria, THC edibles are definitely your best bet. But, taking too much can leave you feeling “too high.” That’s why proper THC edible dosage is so important.
CBD edibles, on the other hand, are taken only for their medicinal benefits. Taking too much CBD might make you drowsy or cause fatigue, but it won’t ever deliver a powerful high like THC.
No matter which kind of edibles you choose, you can expect a 30 to 90-minute wait before you feel any effects. This delay is due to the time your body needs to digest the marijuana and pass it into your bloodstream.
This also means that you’ll feel the effects of your edibles for longer than you would from smoking THC or CBD.
Fast Acting Alternatives
If you need quick symptom relief or don’t have time to wait for your edibles to kick in, there are fast-acting options available.
Oils, tinctures, and distillates of THC and CBD work more quickly than other edibles like brownies, gummies, or infused drinks. The secret to their super-fast effects is in how you take them.
To properly dose with these potent liquids, you’ll place the recommended number of drops under your tongue and hold them in place for as long as possible.
This method uses sublingual absorption to bypass your body’s digestive system, allowing the majority of your dose to pass directly into the bloodstream. The leftovers will be digested and released into your blood slowly, just like regular weed edibles.
This method can offer relief within minutes, but you should still wait for a full 90 minutes before taking an additional dose.
Edibles Dosage 101
Whether you’re using THC or CBD edibles, you should start by reading the package’s instructions. That’s where you can find out how much each dose contains, and how many doses there are per package.
This is important information, and you should never throw away your edibles’ original product packaging!
If you don’t use marijuana often, start with a minimal dosage. 5mg will probably be enough for you to feel the effects of your edibles. That’s why so many products advertise this as a minimum or base dose.
The edible dosage for daily smokers is a bit different. If you’re a frequent marijuana user, you’ll probably need to use a bit more to feel the effects. But, you should still start with a small dose, 10mg or less.
When in doubt, start with a smaller dose. If, after 90 minutes, you don’t feel the effects, you can take a bit more. This gives your body ample time to digest and distribute whatever edibles you’ve already eaten.
Keep in mind that combining edibles with smoking weed will intensify their effects. This is also true of adding prescription medications and alcohol to the mix.
Combining alcohol and weed, known as crossfading, can lead to strong side effects. In many cases, when users believe they have “overdosed” on edibles, they are actually feeling this powerful drug interaction.
If you’re trying edibles for the very first time, you should avoid mixing them with any other intoxicating substances. This will help you gauge the proper dose and avoid unwanted feelings like nausea and paranoia.
Even if you have a lot of experience with edibles, you should test new products in a relaxing environment before using them in public. In most cases, the easiest option is to try them at home first.
Keep in mind that THC edibles don’t mix well with driving. So, you shouldn’t take them if you’re planning to get behind the wheel.
And, if you want to be extra cautious, consider using a cannabis delivery service. That way, you can safely order and consume your favorite weed edibles, without ever leaving home.
Most THC and CBD edibles look just like regular snacks. You should always leave them in their original packaging to avoid accidental ingestion. And, you should store them safely at all times.
These points are especially important if you spend time around children or friends who are completely inexperienced with marijuana use.
If you ever feel that you have taken too strong a dose of edibles, the most important thing you can do is remain calm. “Overdosing” on edibles is extremely uncommon, and the chances are good your feelings of discomfort will pass in an hour or two.
In the meantime, make yourself comfortable. Avoid crowded and stimulating situations, and try to relax. You might find it helpful to lay down, play music, or focus on your breathing.
If you feel intense and prolonged side effects like a rapid heart rate, shaking, or fainting, you might be experiencing something other than overdose. Contact emergency services for assistance.
Getting Started With Edibles
Now that you’ve got a solid understanding of how to dose edibles, you’re ready to give them a try!
Don’t be surprised if you need to sample a few products before you find one that suits you best. Experiment with different edibles and methods of ingestion until you find the perfect fit.
Remember, you’ll first want to decide on whether a THC or CBD product is best for you. Then, think about whether you’d rather ingest your weed or administer it sublingually.
Always follow the package’s instructions for edibles dosage, and don’t exceed 5mg any time you’re testing a new product. This rule goes for experienced smokers, too! If, after 90 minutes, you don’t feel anything, you can go ahead and try a little bit more.
Use all edibles in a safe and controlled environment like your home while you’re still getting used to their effects. And, keep in mind that edibles don’t mix well with drinking, pharmaceutical drugs, or driving.
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