Cannabis-infused edibles provide a discrete way to unwind, relieve stress, or bliss out. But if you don’t dose correctly, you risk overloading your body with THC. When it comes to cannabis edibles, there is no one-dose-fits-all. Everyone’s body is different. Some will absorb the THC faster, some slower, and some people’s bodies just won’t absorb an effective amount through their digestive system. Additionally, your own body may absorb the THC differently from one day to the next, depending on what you’ve eaten, the type of edible product you’ve consumed, and other factors. In order to dose edibles correctly, you’ll need a little time, a little patience, and some high-quality edibles. Here’s what you need to know.
The general rule of thumb for the safe consumption of edibles is: Start low. Go slow. Wait. If you’re in a hurry to reach that blissful state, edibles aren’t the best option. Their delayed onset time requires patience and careful attention to dosing in order to avoid the unwanted side effects of overindulgence. The following guidelines will help you dose your edibles correctly so you can enjoy the benefits of your products without waste and without worry.
When obtaining edibles, it’s best to avoid homemade products or those of uncertain origins. Registered dispensaries are strictly regulated, and the edible products sold in them are tested both for unwanted ingredients and consistent dosing. Choosing packaged and labeled edibles from a reputable dispensary is the best way to ensure that you know what you’re consuming.
When you’re whipping up confectionaries in the kitchen, a teaspoon of salt will enhance the sweet flavors but a tablespoon of salt will ruin everything. Just like in cooking and baking (ha), dosing is key in the enjoyable consumption of edibles. Assuming that your whole cannabis chocolate bar is a single dose when it’s actually 10 doses could put a damper on your whole day. Read all labels carefully.
To best enjoy your weed edibles, start with a low dose and slowly work your way up. If you’re new to edibles and you don’t yet know how well your body will absorb the THC, it’s best to start with a microdose of 1-2.5 mg. This may be a sufficient amount for relieving pain or stress but it might not provide a sense of euphoria unless you’re super sensitive to THC, which some people are. If you’re more seasoned and looking to bliss out a little more, you can start with a higher dose, but stay under 5 mg. You can gradually increase the dose to find your optimal dosage, but it’s important to remember that edibles have a delayed onset, so you’ll need to go slow and wait between doses.
Depending on the type of product you consume, the onset time for your weed edibles can be anywhere from 10 minutes to 2 hours. Gummies, cookies, and other chewable edibles tend to take longer because the active ingredients must be absorbed through the digestive tract and then metabolized by the liver before the effects kick in. Typically, you’ll feel the effects faster when you consume weed-infused drinks, tinctures, lozenges, and lollies because the THC doesn’t have to wait for absorption through the digestive system. Instead, it is first absorbed through the mucous membranes in the mouth. But again, remember that everyone is different. If you don’t feel anything right away, be patient. It’s important to wait the full two hours before increasing the dose in order to avoid overdoing it.
Our digestive systems can be a little finicky. If you’ve taken a chewable edible and you’re not feeling anything after an hour or so, it may not be that the edibles aren’t working but rather that your digestive system needs a little kickstart. A small snack might be enough to get the juices flowing so your body metabolizes the THC and gives you what you came for.
Remember: Start low. Go slow. Wait. And keep in mind that some people just don’t absorb THC well through the digestive tract. If you’ve tried chewable edibles a few times and haven’t had the blissful experience you’ve hoped for, try lollies or tinctures. You might find that you have better luck with sublingual absorption.
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