With recreational legalization sweeping the nation, a larger variety of edible products are now available to more consumers than ever before. Between candies, baked goods, drinks, and even pizzas, cannabis customers have access to a plethora of yummy options when they visit their local dispensary.
However, with all the fun that comes along with edibles, if you're trying one for the first time, it's important to be prepared! Edibles can be a convenient and discrete means of dosing cannabis, but there are things to keep in mind when determining proper edible dosage.
Pay Attention to Labels
In recreational and medical cannabis dispensaries, edible products must be labeled with THC content and other edible dosage information. Thus, they can generally be relied upon to provide consumers with an idea of the potency of the edible—you know, as long as you take the time to read it.
Edibles typically come in varying strengths and often highlight different strains or types of flower in the baking process. Make sure to read what a serving size is and how much THC or CBD is in a serving. You may find you only need a gummy, half a cookie, or a bite of brownie—but you have to pay attention to all the info you're provided to be sure. And if you have any questions regarding what one dose may be, don't hesitate to ask your budtender!
Right now, a package or container of edibles can be up to 100 mg of THC, with the expectation that it is dosed out at 10 mg per piece. If you've never done edibles before, it's smart to start with half that: 5 mg THC. Wait at least an hour and a half before taking any more. Kiva Blueberry Bites are perfect for beginners because they're dosed at 5 mg.
Eating edibles can be an all-day activity. After all, you may not feel the effects until an hour or an hour and a half after you consume your tasty treat. Therefore, prepare yourself! Gather supplies to enhance the experience. While experienced users understand well the wild hunger or staggering thirst that can arise from an encounter with edibles, many first-timers underestimate the power that a potent edible can possess.
Cold water, snacks (of the non-infused variety), and a comfortable space in which to experience your high will go a long way towards creating the most memorable edible experience possible.
Go Slow with your Edible Dosage
When dosing with edibles, the most important thing to keep in mind is that you can always eat more, but you cannot eat less. Many inexperienced users, especially having never experienced the effects of edibles before, believe they can take large bites with little consequence. This can lead to terrifyingly bad experiences and harsh, unforgiving highs.
Only a small amount of a potent edible is needed to start experiencing its effects. Begin with a tiny piece, and then wait for the specified amount of time on the package before beginning to consume more. Edibles affect everyone differently, so what works for one person may not work for another. You may need to wait longer to feel the effects. Patience is key for having an enjoying edible high!
If you ever feel too high, relax! Try taking some CBD, eat some sugar or something with black pepper, or take a nap. It will wear off, but it may take some time.
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