Five Tips to Dose and Enjoy Edibles
What are edibles?
Edibles are any food product that has been infused with cannabis flower or concentrates. Edibles can include anything from beverages and oil, to baked goods and candy. Many people who opt for edibles do so because it removes the need to smoke flower to feel the effects, and many describe the “body high” to be very different from the “head high” they experience when smoking.
It’s important to be aware of how edibles interact with your body to ensure that you don’t get too high and especially not if it’s your first time indulging. Fear not, if you do get too high (aka you feel like you’re greening out) we have some handy tips for how to get through it over on our blog.
How do edibles interact with my body?
As Medical Jane explains, “edibles can all be split into three basic categories: those geared towards gastrointestinal uptake (digested through the stomach), those geared towards oral uptake (through saliva), and a few that fit into a hybrid category that targets both.”
When you’re snacking on infused brownies, cookies or something similar, these goodies fall into the gastrointestinal category. What does that mean? Simply, the THC is absorbed through your stomach. These types of edibles typically take longer for you to feel the effects (sometimes up to two hours later), but the effects can linger for up to 8 hours. Try the Euphoria Extractions CBD cookies or Mota’s milk chocolate Oreos.
On the other hand, edibles that you hold in your mouth, such as a sucker or tincture, fall into the oral category and the effects can be felt almost immediately. The downside to oral uptake edibles is the effects tend to wear off within two to three hours, meaning you need to dose again a lot sooner. Try CBDMove’s flavored CBD tincture or Mota’s hard candies.
Then there are hybrids, such as infused drinks or chocolate bars, which are designed to be absorbed in both the mouth and the stomach. These type of edibles offer fast-acting effects that typically last for four hours or more. They’re are the perfect middle ground! Try the Euphoria Extractions milk chocolate shatterbars or the Mota’s iced tea mix.
How do I know how much to take?
Now that we understand what edibles are and how they affect our body, how do you decide how much to take your first time? 5mg? 10 mg? 20 mg? When you’re considering taking edibles, consider these five tips to ensure you enjoy the experience.
Five tips to dose and enjoy edibles
- Start Slow
For a first timer, we recommend taking between 1 and 5 mg. Twisted Extracts’ jelly bombs are a great product to start with because they are equally split into 8 servings, 10 mg a piece, making it easy to know how much you’re taking. Start with a quarter or half serving to see how you react. Give your body time to process the edible and wait a couple hours before taking another dose. You don’t want to take another before your body has processed the first one and wind up higher than you intended. Start slow and build up gradually.
- Listen to your body
Similar to the effects of alcohol, the effects of edibles can differ depending on the person, your activity level, the amount of food in your system, or how hydrated you are. Don’t assume that you can enjoy 20 mg on a full stomach one day and do the same on an empty stomach the next. It’s best to experiment in a safe place to see how your body reacts.
- Read the label
Before ingesting anything, be sure that you have read and understood the label. If you’re new to edibles, it’s best to start by enjoying goodies from reputable companies versus homemade baked goods. It’s a lot harder to know how much THC you’ll be ingesting with a homemade cookie versus a gummy that explicitly says it contains 10 mg of THC and 10 mg of CBD. It will also give you an understanding of how you body reacts to what and will give you the ability to branch out to other treats down the road.
- Consider CBD
CBD is like the yin to THC’s yang and can increase the therapeutic effects while canceling out some of the adverse ones. Typically, the amount of CBD in an edible is written in a ratio in comparison to the amount of THC. As a rule of thumb, as the ratio of CBD to THC increases the likelihood of intoxicating effects decreases.
- Trial and error
As we already mentioned, not everyone reacts the same to edibles. What may work for your friend may not work for you and the best thing you can do is try out different brands, types and dosages (always in a safe place!) to see what effects they have on you. Make it a fun experience and you’ll be able to figure out in no time what is best for you and your body.
Enjoy edibles responsibly
Like anything, enjoy edibles in moderation. Educate yourself on how different products interact with your body, try out new types to see what effects have the most benefit for you and above all, have fun with it!
What are your go to edibles?