When you hear the word edibles, your mind most likely jumps to an image of stoners sitting around together eating pot brownies, but believe it or not, edibles come in all shapes and sizes. If you live in a legal or medical state, stop by your local dispensary sometime and ask them just how many cannabis infused goodies they carry. Chances are, you will be astounded by the wide variety of weed treats that range anywhere from baked goods to honey tinctures to weed chocolates, to your favorite grocery store candies infused with THC.
In this Edibles 101 article, we are going to share with you everything you’ll need to know about this incredible smoking alternative to marijuana.
Pros and Cons of Cannabis Edibles Over Smokable Bud:
Why Cannabis Edibles?
The consumption of edibles is a discreet and simple way to get your dose of cannabis. A little goes a long way with these tasty treats, and for those who cannot tolerate smoke for whatever reason- allergies, asthma, etc.- edibles let you still experiment into the world of ganja, without some of the negative side effects that can arise from long-term smoking. Even though cannabis is known to be incredibly medicinal, it is a common fact that the act of smoking anything can pose detrimental over long periods of time.
If you are selecting edibles as your method of consumption, it is important to know all the medical facts before going down this road. For example, the over consumption of pot-infused goods can cause some freaky side effects, including paranoia, anxiety and even sometimes hallucinations.
What Dose Is Enough?
For each individual, your ‘proper’ cannabis dose is very unique. Each person reacts differently to various levels of THC, and there are a lot of factors at play. If you are more familiar with the effects of marijuana and have had your fair share of intake during your lifetime, likely you’ll be able to enjoy a larger dose than an individual who has never tried smoking or eating weed before. A safe bet is to explain your situation to a budtender at a dispensary and inquire with them what they believe a proper dose for you would be.
Doses are listed on edibles in milligrams (mg), and can range anywhere from 10mg to hundreds of mg. Best of all, these consumable goods are incredibly easy to split usually, so if you fear the dose is too large for you, only eat half or maybe even less.
Cannabis Edibles Important Info
The effects of edibles vary greatly from the effects of smoking cannabis. When you take a hit of a joint, bong or pipe, you feel the high almost immediately and it typically never lasts much longer than 2-3 hours. With edibles, many individuals have eaten too much because they don’t realize that it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to feel something. During this waiting period, a lot of individuals think the edibles didn’t work, or the dose was too low, so they decide to consume more. When the high finally hits them, it can be too intense.
A rule of thumb; start small, wait an hour, then increase your dose if necessary to avoid any negative feelings during your edibles experience.
Additionally, the high of an edible can last anywhere from 4 to 12 hours, depending on your intake, so be prepared to make a day of it. Choose a relaxing environment to feel safe in during your high, or surround yourself with friends that bring you great vibes and uplift your spirit.
If you are choosing to take the journey of experiencing cannabis edibles, be sure to be in an environment you feel completely comfortable in. The experience is supposed to be a positive, healing and relaxing one, full of fun and laughter. If you’ve tried edibles before and didn’t have a positive reaction, don’t be afraid to attempt the experience again. Each time could be completely different than the last; each time is unique within itself. Start small and work your dose up, and most of all listen to your body.
It is important to practice discretion when consuming cannabis, which is the sole responsibility of the consumer or user.