Cannabis edibles can be a blast! But if you’re not careful with your dosage, it’s very easy to ingest too much and have a bad time. Here’s what you need to know about how to dose edibles and what to watch out for next time you’re enjoying some delicious edible cannabis.
How Edibles Work
One of the main advantages of edibles is that their effects tend to last for a long time. That’s because it can take awhile for the average person’s digestive system to process them and release cannabinoids into the bloodstream. As a result, a good edible buzz can last for as long as 6–8 hours.
However, the lengthy digestive process can also make it take awhile for effects to kick in. As the edible is digested bit by bit, effects build up over time. But it can sometimes take as long as 1–2 hours for effects to really be noticeable. Especially if you have a slow metabolism, or if you are eating them on an empty stomach (can take time for digestion to begin) or on a full stomach (can take time to digest everything at once).
You Can Always Take More, But You Can’t Take Less!
The most common mistake people make when enjoying edibles is to eat too much too quickly. Because they can take a while to kick in, many make the mistake of trying to eat more. But all this does is result in a stronger buzz later when your edibles do finally kick in. Be careful when reaching for another edible before your buzz has kicked in or you may get way too high. Remember, you can always eat more later if you find that your buzz isn’t strong enough, but you can’t turn back time and eat any less!
How To Dose Edibles: What Can You Expect From Your Edible Dosage?
So what can you expect from a certain edible dosage? That really depends on how often you use cannabis and what kind of a tolerance you have built to THC. If you enjoy cannabis on a regular basis then you should expect that a certain edible dosage won’t hit you quite as hard as it would a beginner or occasional user. However, if this is your first time consuming cannabis, or if you do so infrequently, you should really stick to lower dosages only.
For example, a 10 mg edible can be enough for some first-time users to feel a strong buzz, but it may not be enough for a regular consumer of cannabis to feel anything at all. A 25 mg dose can produce a mild buzz for a regular user but may be completely overwhelming for a beginner. And dosages in the 50–100 mg range should be avoided altogether if it’s your first time enjoying cannabis or if you haven’t done so in a while.
Had Too Much?
Even for seasoned edible fans, mistakes can happen when trying to figure out how to dose edibles. Eating too many edibles isn’t the end of the world, but it can certainly be an unpleasant experience. If you think you’ve had too much, it’s important not to panic. Remember that nobody has ever fatally overdosed on cannabis, and you won’t be the first. If you think you’ve ingested too much THC, there are a few strategies you can use to calm yourself down as you wait for the high to pass.
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