Edibles are like THC, HHC, and CBD in that they are both cannabinoids. However, THC is the cannabinoid responsible for the psychoactive effects associated with marijuana use. CBD does not have psychoactive effects but is known to be therapeutic. Hemp-derived HHC edibles are non-psychoactive and are legal in all 50 states.
If you’re new to the magical world of edibles, you should know a few things before diving in. Here are 15 tips for taking edibles for the first time:
- Start with a low dose
When it comes to edibles, less is more. It can be easy to overdo it, especially if you’re inexperienced. Start with a low dose (5-10 mg) and see how you feel. Take another small amount if you don’t feel anything after an hour.
A good starting point is 5-10mg THC, but depending on your tolerance, you may need more or less.
- Don’t eat an entire edible in one sitting
Again, because it can be easy to overdo it, it’s important to pace yourself when consuming edibles. If you’re new to edibles, don’t eat the whole thing at once! Start with a small piece (1/16th of the edible) and wait at least 1-2 hours before consuming more. This will help you avoid adverse side effects, like anxiety or paranoia.
If you happen to overeat, don’t worry! Just relax and ride it out. The effects will eventually wear off.
- Be patient
Edibles can take a some time to kick in. Sometimes it can take up to 2 hours to feel the full effects. So, be patient and don’t give up if you don’t feel anything immediately.
Effects usually peak around 2-3 hours after consumption and can last up to 8 hours.
- Know your tolerance
Everyone’s tolerance is different. If you’re a heavy smoker, you may be able to handle a higher dose than someone who doesn’t smoke at all. On the other hand, if you’re new to cannabis, you’ll want to start with a lower dose.
It’s always better to err on the side of caution, especially if you’re new to edibles.
- Don’t mix edibles with alcohol
Mixing edibles with alcohol can amplify the effects of both substances and lead to an increased risk of adverse side effects. If you choose to combine them, start with a low dose of each and go slowly.
Some of the adverse effects that can occur when mixing edibles and alcohol include:
– Difficulty walking
– Slow or slurred speech
So be sure to proceed cautiously if you decide to mix the two!
- Edibles can be unpredictable
Edibles can be unpredictable, so it’s essential to be prepared for anything. The effects of an edible can vary depending on the person, the dose, and the edible. Some people may feel effects sooner than others, and others may feel more intense effects.
It’s always a good idea to have a friend with you when trying edibles for the first time, just in case you need help.
- Don’t drive after taking edibles
Edibles can impair your driving ability, so it’s essential not to get behind the wheel after consuming them. If you do need to drive, be sure to have a designated driver with you.
This is one of the big mistakes people make when taking edibles. They don’t realize how long the effects can last (up to 8 hours!), and they end up getting behind the wheel while still impaired.
So if you’re going to take edibles, have a plan for how you will get home safely!
- Store edibles properly
Edibles should be stored in a cool, dark place to maintain potency. If stored in a warm or humid environment, they can degrade and lose their potency.
You can store edibles in the fridge or freezer to help them last longer.
- Read the labels carefully
Be sure to read the labels on edibles carefully before consuming them. The label should list the THC and CBD content and the serving size. It’s also essential to check for any allergens present in the edible.
- Don’t eat edibles on an empty stomach
Edibles can be more potent when taken on an empty stomach, so it’s best to eat something beforehand. A light meal or snack will do.
- Edibles can have different effects than smoking
Edibles can have other effects than smoking, so be prepared for anything. Edibles can take quite a while to kick in (up to 2 hours), and the results can last much longer (up to 8 hours).
Smoking cannabis will give you a more immediate effect, but it will also wear off more quickly. Edibles are an excellent option for those who want a longer-lasting result.
- Be careful with your dosing
It’s easy to overeat when taking edibles accidentally. Be sure to measure your dose carefully, and don’t eat more than you can handle.
Remembering that edibles can be more potent than smoking is important, so start with a low dose and go slowly.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help
If you’re feeling confused or overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Plenty of resources are available to help you understand edibles and how to use them safely.
- Know when to seek medical help
If you start to feel uncomfortable or have any negative side effects, be sure to seek medical help. Some of the more serious side effects that may warrant medical attention include:
– Severe anxiety
– Rapid heart rate
– High blood pressure
If you’re ever in doubt, it’s always best to avoid caution and seek medical help.
- Edibles are a great way to enjoy cannabis
Edibles are a great way to enjoy cannabis, but they’re not for everyone. Be sure to start with a low dose and go slowly. And always be sure to store them properly and read the labels carefully.
Most importantly, don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it! Plenty of resources are available to help you understand edibles and how to use them safely.