If you are new to edibles, start slow and low. Edibles will creep up on you. Smoking hits almost immediately, ingesting takes time to feel the effects and lasts longer.
A rule of thumb: start with small doses and wait almost 2 hours to really judge effects. Give yourself plenty of time before deciding “I’m not feeling anything yet.”
Then increase your dose if necessary. Keep your second dose low to avoid overconsuming and getting too strong a reaction.
For beginners, try between 1-5 milligrams of THC to start with. Infused oils or butters can be very potent, particularly coconut oil with lecithin.
Hitting that Sweet Spot
Finding your personal potency level will be bit of trial and error. Patience and a good attitude are key as you determine your personal preference.
The ideal edible dose depends on a lot of things, including tolerance, individual body chemistry and experience you are looking for. Each person’s response is unique and can vary significantly.
The experimentation will be fun. Sure you might make some frustrating, disappointing dishes. But build on that and keep experimenting until you hit that sweet spot.
Eating Cannabis is Safe
Edibles are a safe way for people to explore cannabis, mistakes and all. You might have heard of others painful, awful, “oops” experiences from consuming too much. But that is why we advise, slow and low.
Even a federal DEA judge has agreed marijuana consumption is safe. In a marijuana ruling in Sept 1988, the honorable Francis Young, DEA Administrative Law Judge stated,
“In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume. For example, eating 10 raw potatoes can result in a toxic response. By comparison, it is physically impossible to eat enough marijuana to induce death. Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man.
To help with the learning curve, following are 10 Tips for Making and Eating Edibles
10 Tips for Consuming Cannabutter or Edibles:
Always Decarb before infusing to make your herbs more potent.
Dosage preferences will vary from person to person. Just because your friend Bob enjoyed 100mg doesn’t mean you will too.
Don’t scoop your butter from the top. Gravity will pull cannabinoids down. Butter from the bottom of a batch will be different than butter from the top. Cut straight down.
Measure carefully. Measuring cups are your friend.
Stir well. And then stir again to ensure thorough mixing.
With recipes such as brownies, make portions equal. Skip digging in with a fork, not knowing really how much you have eaten.
Taking edibles on an empty stomach may cause unwanted, side effects like paranoia or anxiety. Have a little something first…
If you want to make sure you feel the full effects, eat with a high fat food such as nut butters, avocado, cheese or high fat dairy. High-fat foods can increase the bioavailability of the cannabinoids.
If you start to feel dizzy or sick, close your eyes, drink lots of water or try orange juice to raise your blood sugar.
Label, label, and label. Store your edibles in labeled bags to avoid “uh-ohs”
And of course, always enjoy responsibly in the comfort and safety of your home.