What You Need to Know Before Trying Edibles

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09/17/2019

Edibles can be tricky if you don’t inform yourself properly before you decide to try them for the first time. Today, there are so many different types of edibles, and you can expect so much more than just brownies with marijuana. Cannabis-infused foods have become a multi-million-dollar market, getting increasingly more popular, although smoking is still a preferred method.

If you are just now starting experimenting with edibles or still considering, there are a few things you should have in mind before you take any steps further.

You might be wondering; how does the body process the edibles?

People usually describe similar sensation from smoking and eating cannabis. However, the way it gets absorbed determines the way the body processes THC. When smoking, the body absorbs the THC through the lungs, then it goes directly into the bloodstream, and the effects usually kick in within 10 minutes. With edibles, this takes more time. The body first needs to digest the food or drink, and the THC is being absorbed through the stomach, then it passes through the intestine and makes its way to the liver. The liver then breaks down the THC and allows it to enter the bloodstream. The effects can usually be felt in at least 30 minutes or even two hours.

This all means that the “high” feeling lasts longer as well. When smoking cannabis, the effects are expected to wear off after 3 hours, but edibles can take much longer, 8 or 10 hours since edibles bind to fats in the body. This is why some people who suffer from insomnia take them before they go to bed. Some people can’t even go out in public after consuming edibles. Driving should be out of the question in such a state.

Another very important tip is a slow start! If you are a beginner, it is very important to start slowly and low, with no more than 10 mg of THC. Experts suggest waiting at least two hours before ingesting more cannabis. After a day you could try a slightly higher dose, increasing by 5 mg at a time. Patience is key, and being careful is the most important part of having fun.

Beginners should really be careful where they purchase the edibles from. Finding a legitimate dispensary that sells lab-tested edibles with labels that say how much THC is in them is very helpful and important. It is also important for the first time to be in a safe environment, around an experienced or a sober person. Eating good and drinking fluids is also helpful before starting. And in case you get too high at first, try not to panic! Get some good rest, drink lots of water and find something which will distract you until the effect passes. Having a dose of pure CBD on hand for balance may also be helpful!

Being extra careful is of immense importance for your health! Having fun may end up badly if you are taking careless actions, so consider these tips and enjoy your edibles!

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