A Beginner’s Guide to Edibles

by Bridey Hicks
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So, you’ve decided to try edibles for the first time – welcome to the club. With so many different types of edibles out there, it can be a little intimidating to know where to start. Although it can be as simple as taking a bite and waiting to see how you feel, there are ways to figure out your dosage beforehand and go in with a better idea of what to expect.

From choosing the right edible that works for you to understanding the effects of THC as a whole, we wrote it all down right here for you.

Choosing the right edible

First things first, not all edibles are created equal, and the high can definitely be different from smoking cannabis. Different types of edibles offer different experiences and effects, so choosing one that fits what you want out of your experience is essential. Remember, it’s only the beginning, and you can up the ante any time if you’re restless to try more. That being said, If you’re looking for a mellow experience with pretty mild effects, opt for an edible with low doses of THC, which is below 10mg. If you’re looking for a stronger high or want to experiment with higher amounts of THC (brave), look for an edible containing at least 10mg per serving. Keep in mind that 10mg of THC is usually enough to feel the effects for most people who take edibles regularly.

Understanding effects & dosing

When it comes to actual dosing in edibles, it’s crucial to understand how THC affects your body. THC is where the psychoactive effects of cannabis come from, and it can have different effects on different people. The only way to know how it works with you is to try it. The effects of THC typically last between 3-6 hours but can vary depending on factors like weight and metabolism. It’s good to note that edibles take longer than smoking or vaping cannabis because they must pass through your digestive system before entering your bloodstream. Depending on the individual, that process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours.

That being said, it’s always best practice when consuming edibles, especially as a beginner, to err on the side of caution and start with small doses until you better understand how edibles affect your body. More importantly, be patient. You don’t want to over-consume an edible just because you don’t feel it working. Always wait at least 2 hours to increase the dosage if you don’t feel anything at all.

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What kind of edible should I buy?

When on the prowl for edibles, some key things should influence what type of edible you choose.

Consider potency – while some people may prefer stronger doses or more intense experiences, others may find them overwhelming or uncomfortable. 

Flavor is important too – do you like fruity things? Chocolate? Something to drink? There are different strokes for different folks, and edibles have a wide variety of ways to ingest them. And let’s be honest, most of us want at least some sort of convenience. If you don’t have access to a kitchen or don’t want to put in the work on making your own edibles, then pre-packaged items like gummies or chocolates might be more convenient than making something from scratch yourself; likewise, if time is an issue, then pre-packaged items will save time in preparation and cooking. All you have to do is open the package and pop one in. Bam, too easy.

If you’re looking to avoid the “high” effects of THC that usually come with a bit of anxiety, then you may want to consider CBD edibles. CBD is another compound found in the cannabis plant, but unlike THC, it is non-psychoactive. This means that you can experience the benefits of cannabis without the mind-altering effects of THC. That’s a win in our eyes.

There are plenty of options available when choosing an edible as a beginner – make sure that whatever product you pick meets your needs, and keep in mind how long it takes for edibles to kick in once consumed. Most importantly, though – have fun with it. There’s no wrong way to explore new ways to get high, so go with what feels right and enjoy yourself along the way. Eat up, friends.

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