How To Dose And Ingest Cannabis Edibles Properly?
published on April 7, 2020
Next time you are out to buy an assortment of cannabis edibles, make sure you go through the labels and select the right dosage.
The brownie mixes, puddings, candies, chocolates, punches, and more, which are flavored with the goodness of marijuana are trending nowadays. Not only are they treats available in a variety of flavors, but they also give the long-lasting effect all enthusiasts are looking for.
If you are a beginner in consuming cannabis edibles, you should pay special attention to the dose you are consuming so that you don’t end up suffering the consequences of overconsumption.
Here, we have tried to combine all the information you need to have in handy when you are planning to take a plunge into the rich and satisfying world of cannabis edibles.
Benefits Of Cannabis Edibles
Some individuals are not fans of smoking weed. Also, there are others who do not like to put in as much effort in making joints of flowers to smoke or vaporizing concentrates in some other manner. Therefore, they can ingest the edibles since they are delicious and eating and drinking involve negligible amounts of effort.
Well, all is not milk and roses with cannabis edibles as they can entail some side-effects as well, most of which arise due to overconsumption. Now, you might wonder that if overconsumption is the reason for side-effects, then you would not overeat. Well, you can only wish it was as simple.
The cannabis edibles are delicious. Therefore, they can be addictive, especially for individuals who have a sweet tooth. Since the marijuana content of the edibles only reaches the bloodstream once it is digested in the system, you might feel that you have not had enough and end up eating more.
Once you have had more of that chocolate than you were supposed to, then your body is seldom able to handle the potency of marijuana once it hits you. After overconsumption, you may have to live under its effect for more than 4-6 hours which can be tough for many.
How Long Does Marijuana Take To Show Its Effect?
Marijuana takes the digestive route to reach the bloodstream, which can take it from twenty minutes to three hours. The quickest onset is shown by the edibles which you consume sublingually (by placing under the tongue so that the intense network of nerves can show their effect). Since the potency of marijuana reaches your bloodstream, its effect lasts much longer than the ones administered through smoke or vapors.
Dose: What Does It Mean In Edible Terms?
There is a huge difference between the potency of the cannabis flowers, their concentrates, and the content of cannabis in edibles. Rather than defining the percentage of cannabis content in edibles, manufacturers usually use the term milligrams for defining the potency of an edible. Furthermore, the cannabis strength is divided into THC strength and CBD strength, which is present in every serving of the product.
For instance, if you buy a packet of marijuana-based gummy bears, single pieces of gummy bears in it will count as a single serving. Now, the label of the pack will contain the content of cannabis in each serving, such as 10 mg. Further, this 10 mg will be divided into THC and CBD strength, say 9 mg of THC and 1 mg of CBD.
Some packs can also state the total content of cannabis in the entire packet and the number of servings available. Well, it will require you to perform simple math before you arrive at a conclusion about the content in each serving.
The THC to CBD ratio is your decision when you are buying cannabis edibles because enthusiasts are spoilt for choice with an assortment of edibles in the market. Yes, since individuals believe that CBD is excellent for getting rid of stress and THC is the solution for people who have trouble letting loose, manufacturers have something for both.
When put shopping, you have to look for the THC content more seriously because it can be highly intoxicating when over-consumed.
Determining The Appropriate Dose For Beginners, Intermediate And Seasoned Users
- Since you are new to cannabis edibles, you are more likely to give in to the taste of brownies, chocolates, fruit punches, cookies, and candies. Therefore, you should stick to just one serving of edibles with not more than 1-5 mg of THC potent.
- Then again, if you have become accustomed to cannabis edibles for some time now and can handle a more significant high, then you can upgrade yourself to a 5-20mg serving at one go. This will ensure that you are not crossing the threshold but enjoying the high.
- Once you have been consuming cannabis edibles for a while and even the intermediate servings fail to get you high enough, then you can up the dose as per your requirements. Since you are not new to the effects anymore, you can identify the amount you should consume safely.
Edibles: How Do They Work, Their Onset, And, Preparation
When you ingest the edibles, like any other food item, they are processed into your gut. Then the nutrients and cannabis content absorbed into the stomach are metabolized into the liver. The remnants of THC then circulate in the body in the form of metabolites and reach the heart and brain. Therefore, the urine-sample-based drug tests check for the presence of THC-COOH (or THC Metabolites) in the body.
THC doesn’t have the same effect on all human bodies. While some livers realize the 11-hydroxy-THC within 45 minutes, others take over 3 hours to cause the same effect. The compound formed in the liver is incredibly intoxicating and has a longer life than that of regular THC.
The manufacturers use a wide variety of THC concentrates such as hashish and distillates to make edibles. These concentrates are added into the edibles with the help of butter or other kinds of fat for disguising their taste.
Cannabis edibles are an ingenious invention to experience great high. However, they are only fun when consumed with caution. So, make sure you stick to the right dose, avoid getting carried away by the taste, and allow the edibles to show their effect before you consume them again.