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In the world of all things cannabis, edibles can be fickle beasts. Like weed, the effects of marijuana edibles can vary from person to person, but that doesn’t mean you should consider them equal.
Marijuana-infused products tend to be far more potent than the sticky green stuff with which you may be familiar. Not only that, they can take a while to kick in which leads many people straight to the corner of Discomfort and Regret after they eat too much. Learn how to consume responsibly and reduce the risk of having a bad reaction to edibles.
Edibles: A Brief Introduction
Marijuana-infused products are different from bud. They are created from concentrated oils and contain varied quantities of THC (the chemical component that gets you high). While consumables can fall under a number of categories, the potency of edibles can vary just as much.
The word “edible” is a sort of all-encompassing term to describe any marijuana that you digest either through the stomach, ingest through your saliva, or both.
It can come in many forms, such as:
- Foods like cookies, brownies, crackers, or other sweet/salty treats
- THC pill capsules
- Lozenges or candy
- Drops (tincture)
When you eat a cookie, for example, it may take a couple of hours before you feel the effects, though you will feel them for up to eight hours afterward. With suckers or lozenges, you will feel the effects more quickly; however, they will start to wear off after a couple hours.
When considering the edible high versus the smoking high, you will probably get closer to the experience of the latter with suckers or tinctures that are broken down through saliva. Remember, you can still feel strong negative effects from smoking marijuana so, in that regard, edibles can produce similar effects.
A Word on Safe Consumption
If there’s one thing you take away from our blog, it’s this: “You can always eat more, but you can’t eat less.” Moderation is the key to enjoyment with edibles. The following tips for consumption should help you:
- Ask about its potency. Understand that the recommended serving size is typically 10 mg; however, if you’re following the rule of thumb (you didn’t forget already did you?), it won’t hurt to start with five.
- Don’t eyeball it. Did you know a single cookie or brownie can contain as much as 100 mg of THC? Again, check your labels. We know you can eat a sleeve of Thin Mints without flinching, but the THC dosage in edibles isn’t for girl scouts. You may only need a fourth of cookie…or an eighth…or a sixteenth.
- Start slowly. If you’re new to edibles, experiment in the afternoon or evening on a day when you don’t have any other responsibilities. It may take a couple hours to kick in, so queue up Netflix and give it time. You can always eat more once you feel the effects.
- If you’re considering eating edibles while pregnant, please consult with your physician first. While it may alleviate morning sickness, marijuana is generally classified as a harmful product to expectant mothers alongside alcohol and tobacco.
Dealing with Negative Effects
So you didn’t listen and ate too much. Or maybe you heeded our words of caution, but still feel way too high. Now what? The first thing to remember is that you are going to be okay. You cannot overdose and die from marijuana.
You may feel the need to vomit. Do so if you need to – it’s a common side effect for first timers. You may have dry mouth or feel hot or cold, but that is just your body’s physical reaction to the drug.
Typically, your mental state is what will be driving your reactions, so it’s best to find a calm area in which you can relax. If you feel anxious or paranoid, try to distract yourself with music or a television show.
If you’re in public or with friends, tell someone you trust and make sure you have a safe exit whether it be with an Uber ride (don’t drive yourself!) or a quiet space where you can be alone.
Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do at this stage except get as comfortable as possible and simply “ride it out.” Repeat: you’re going to be okay.
Since recreational marijuana is legal in the state, you won’t have a hard time buying edibles in Colorado. A reputable dispensary will be able to tell you the potency of the edibles you’re interested in buying.
For the best selection in edibles and knowledgeable budtenders who are willing and eager to answer all of your questions, visit our team at LiveGreen. We cater to numerous clients throughout Colorado, from the excited newbie to the seasoned smoker. Your satisfaction is our utmost priority and we’re ready to introduce you to edible marijuana – now that you know a thing or two about consuming responsibly!