Before you consume edibles, there are a few things to know. The majority of negative cannabis experiences, particularly with over intoxication, occur with edibles. If you know these facts, you will be able to make smart decisions.
- The effect an edible has on the body has a number a variables, some of which are beyond your control. Taking the same product 3 days in a row will give you 3 entirely different experiences.
- When cannabis is inhaled it goes from the lungs to the blood the brain and body tissues. When cannabis is absorbed through the mucus membranes, such as tinctures, lozenges, or suppositories, it goes directly into the bloodstream and then to the brain and body tissues. But when cannabis is eaten, it goes to the liver first. The liver processes it into delta-9-THC, the component that is responsible for impairment. People that are tolerant to other methods may require much lower doses.
- An edible can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to take effect. It will depend on how recently you last ate, how much fat was in that meal, what kind of fat it was, what kind of edible it is, whether the edible is cooked in fat (i.e. chocolate vs gummy)
- As you stimulate your endocannabinoid system, it will stimulate the receptors and they will become more sensitive. If you take the same edible 3 days in a row, you may find a stronger experience on day 3 or 4.
If you follow these simple guidelines, you can have a safe, enjoyable experience.
- Take a low dose, see the dosing chart for recommendations.
- Wait 2 hours before taking a second dose if you don’t feel an effect.
- If you are taking it multiple days in a row, don’t increase the dose until day 4. If you took multiple doses the prior day, it is ok to take the total dose from the prior day at once.
- Try and keep your diet consistent. If you can’t, at least pay attention to it. Keeping a journal would be ideal. This would help you identify any patterns.