Edible Cannabis comes in many fun and enjoyable varieties including Sour Patch Kids, Brownies, Cheetos, and many more. Although they may be tasty and enjoyable, it is not uncommon to over ingest and ruin your good time. Effects of an edible overdose can include paranoia, panic attacks, and hallucinations. These effects are easily avoidable as long as you keep in mind how edible cannabis affects the body differently than smoking and dose yourself accordingly.
How Edible Cannabis Works
With edible cannabis, THC enters the bloodstream after the edible has been digested. Therefore, the effects and “high feeling” are delayed. It can take 30-60 minutes to begin to feel the effects depending on the dose you take. When THC is ingested by smoking, the THC hits the bloodstream almost immediately depending on the users tolerance. Based on those differences, it is important to understand how to properly dose when using edibles to ensure a positive experience.
How to Properly Dose Edibles
The chart above provides a brief layout of what to expect based on the amount of THC per dose in an edible. It’s important to note that every individual person will have a different reaction. Factors to take into account include weight, THC tolerance, and if the individual is currently on any medications. It is recommended to brand new users of cannabis to begin with a dose of 1-2.5mg. It’s a good idea to wait at least 2 hours before taking another dose. It’s also not uncommon for new users to feel no effects at all the first few times they try. “The most common mistake in cannabis dosing occurs when a person doesn’t feel any effect from an edible after one hour and decides to take another dose; two hours later, the individual experiences the unpleasant effects of an overdose.”– Dr. Dustin Sulak, DO.
How to Prevent Negative Side Effects
As stated above, one of the main ways to prevent negative side effects is to know your limit. Though important, there are many other ways to ensure that your experience goes as smooth as possible. Making sure that you’re in a positive and supportive environment will calm any nerves and make the experience much more enjoyable. Also, staying hydrated and comfortable is another plus. If you do happen to take a bit too much and overdose, try your best to remain calm and remember, you’re just high and it will go away.
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