Edible forms of cannabis can produce effective, long-lasting, and safe effects.
THC-dominant edibles can induce a wide range of effects including relaxation, euphoria, increased appetite, fatigue, and anxiety.
The trick with edibles is to start small. You can always add to, but can’t take away! We recommend 5-10mgs for a beginners dose. Edibles also take much longer to kick in so we suggest waiting 60-90 minutes before deciding to ingest more. Everyone is different so we also suggest being in a safe and comfortable environment when trying edibles for the first time.
The right dose is different for everyone. Start with a small dose, especially if it’s your first time or it’s been a while since you’ve used cannabis. Each person’s response to a dose of edible cannabis can vary significantly. The recommended dose for a beginner is 5mg-10mg. You can always eat more but you can’t eat less.
Generally edibles take between 45 mins to 1.5 hours to kick in. People with faster metabolisms may feel effects after an hour; people with slower metabolisms may not feel the effects for two hours or more. Usually, the effects of edibles can be felt up to about 5-6 hours. The peak experience may only last 1-3 hours but may continue for much longer.
If you become uncomfortably high, don’t panic. Find a safe, comfortable place to rest. Put on music that eases you. Closing your eyes can also help. Take long, slow, deep breaths, ideally of fresh air – open a window if possible or step outside. And remember to hydrate!
Bottom line: start with a low dose and slowly work your way up to avoid uncomfortably long and uncomfortably potent effects.
Edibles vs. Smoking
Smoking is one of the most popular ways of enjoying cannabis, but how does it work?
When you inhale cannabis smoke into your lungs, the active compounds, such as THC, are almost immediately absorbed into the bloodstream, making their way to the brain.
Once the THC hits the brain, it binds to receptors in the endocannabinoid system, most notably the CB1 receptors, which produces the euphoria typically associated with getting high.
Because the time between inhalation and THC reaching the brain is so short, smoking cannabis has a rapid onset. You’ll feel the effects of smoking weed almost instantly.
Edibles will get you just as high as smoking will, or more! But when you ingest cannabis in the form of edibles, the process of getting high is a bit different.
When you eat an edible, it passes through the digestive tract where it’s then absorbed by the stomach. Cannabis’ active compounds are then metabolized in the liver, where the THC is converted into 11-hydroxy-THC, a compound that is both more potent and longer-lasting than THC. Because an edible has to go through the digestive tract and liver before getting absorbed into the bloodstream, it takes significantly longer for the THC to hit your brain. But once it does, it’s stronger and has a longer half-life.