A scenario: you’re at a party, and on the table in front of you are a plate of special brownies. You eat one and, feeling nothing, decide on having another. In a short while, you end up on the floor, either enveloped in a world of rich colour or freaking out, wondering exactly how you got there.
Safe, pleasurable experiences are in everybody’s best interest. The world of edibles can be a tricky one to navigate, so here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your baked flour flower power.
● Long gone are the days of guesswork. When it comes to dosage, knowing your limit — and staying within it — has never been easier thanks to advanced new testing techniques and regulatory standards. You may already be familiar with ratios of THC and CBD levels for your favourite strains. For edible products, the dosage is measured in milligrams and usually marked in the following intervals: 5mg, 10mg, 20mg, 40mg, 80mg, and 100mg.
● Did you eat anything? Edible effects can have an increased intensity on an empty stomach, and not in a good way. If you haven’t eaten, consider taking only a half dose – just to spare yourself a bad trip. ● What about drinking? If you don’t already know from experience, alcohol increases THC concentration in the blood and will heighten the intoxicating effects of cannabis.
Combining alcohol and cannabis can result in a host of negative side effects, including nausea, panic, and vomiting — just to name a few. Of course, you should never consume edibles and drive, even if you think you’re able to withstand a particularly heavy dose. As with drinking, play it safe and never get behind the wheel if you’ve partaken in either one.
● Common practice (and good etiquette) dictates that, if you’re brand new to trying edibles, don’t bite off more than you can chew. Starting with a baseline dosage, like 5mg, is a great way to determine your minimum effective dose, or MED. Following your MED can allow you to invite the euphoria in at your own pace instead of all at once. Those with lower tolerance levels can be susceptible to some gnarly side effects like dizziness, paranoia, and anxiety.
● Bear in mind that even if there’s a pile of spacecakes staring you in the face, it’s definitely not in your best interest to eat all of those infused snacks all at once. Exercise a bit of restraint. It can take up to 90 minutes for you to feel the full effects of your treats, so it’s a good idea to chill for that much time before you up your dosage level.
● While a dose can take a while to arrive, it really isn’t an exact timeframe. Your body type, tolerance, and metabolism are all unique, and each can tweak the time period between ingestion and euphoric high, which is why it’s always good to standby and wait for liftoff before downing more cannabis-infused snacks.
● Once you’ve had your fill, it’s time to get cozy. Edibles can go just about anywhere, but as with smoking, you’re going to want to be comfortable no matter where you are. If you’re plan to partake in a larger dose, it’s a good idea to tackle it at home or among friends. Having your partner or best mate there with you, especially if it’s your first time, is The presence of a loved one helps keep any anxiety-related side effects at bay.
● With experience come the comforts of familiarity, and with time, it becomes easier to feel at peace with your surroundings when consuming edibles. Until then, gather the people and things you love most and enjoy all the bliss, relaxation, relief, and laughter edibles have to offer in a secure, cozy place.
Edibles can be fun and enhance any experience, whether it’s at a party, sitting on your couch or exploring the great outdoors. Just like with any substance or variation of cannabis, taking the proper measures to ensure you’re taking appropriate dosages can help make for the best experience possible. If you’re looking for some recipe ideas, check back soon for my follow up to this article for some quick and easy enhanced eats. Happy noshing!
Author – Daniel John