Top five tips for taking an edible
This may seem like a pretty obvious blog post, but you’d be surprised at the number of times we hear people getting in over their heads when eating cannabis-infused foods. This is all because they didn’t know how to consume edibles properly.
When consumed correctly, digesting an edible is a pleasant experience, and not something you frantically wish would end already.
1. Start light
This is especially important if you have never had an edible before. There is no shame in going slow, and starting light. The effects of marijuana can vary from person to person, so just because you’ve seen a friend swallowing two cookies whole, it doesn’t mean you can. Be selfish; focus on yourself and concentrate on making this a good experience for you. Don’t bow to peer pressure. If you want to take half a gummy bear, or only a spoonful of infused guacamole, that is absolutely fine.
2. Go slow
What’s wrong with this statement?
“Hm, I took an edible about an hour ago, but I can’t feel the effects. I guess I better have another one”
When taking an edible, you should wait two hours before ingesting another. Yes, it seems like a long time, but that extra hour could be the difference between you being on cloud nine, or rocking back and forth in a corner. Sometimes an edible doesn’t kick in exactly 60 minutes after you’ve taken it, so give it some extra time to take effect. If after two hours you still don’t feel anything, then it’s safe to take another.
3. Don’t have anything planned for the rest of the day
As the effects of edibles vary, you can never be quite sure when it will wear off. To play it safe, we wouldn’t recommend planning anything too vigorous for the rest of the day. A lazy day around the house is the perfect time to indulge. Don’t worry about the effects lasting too long – you should be as right as rain after a good night’s sleep.
4. Stay calm
In the event that you have had a bit too much, try to stay calm. Remind yourself that what you’re feeling cannot harm you, and that no one has ever died from overdosing on cannabis. You will be just fine. Breathe deeply, and tell yourself it’s all in your head. If you can, sit on a chair, lie in bed, or distract yourself by going for a walk or listening to some calming music.
5. Take it with friends/family, people you feel comfortable around
Part of having a good experience with cannabis is sharing it with good company. Only take an edible in a situation that you feel comfortable in. This is more likely to contribute to a good experience. Ingesting cannabis with people you don’t trust could trigger feelings of paranoia, and no one wants that!
Consumed the right way, edibles are a fun thing to do solo or with friends. Remember to take your time, stay calm, and do what you feel is right. And most importantly...have fun!