If you vape or smoke cannabis, you know that you feel the effects right away. But when it comes to cannabis edibles, it tends to get more complicated. Why? Well, your body needs time to digest, metabolize and absorb the THC. Depending on your weight, metabolic rate, and other factors, you may feel the effects of an edible within 30 minutes or well over an hour. Whereas when you inhale THC and other cannabinoids, they go directly to your bloodstream and brain. Here, we’ll answer your edible questions and guide you through how to maximize your upcoming experience:
How is THC absorbed into your body through edibles?
- After traveling down your esophagus, the delicious edible lands in your stomach.
- The edible is then digested by your acids and enzymes that break it down into its component parts, including THC.
- The THC is then absorbed through the lining of the stomach and taken to the liver.
- In the liver, THC is transformed into 11-Hydroxy-THC, which is like super-THC. It’s more potent and can cross the blood-brain barrier more easily than THC that has been inhaled.
Pro Tip: Cannabis edibles are slower to hit — but can be stronger when they hit.
Portion control: How much of an edible should I consume?
Patience is a virtue and a necessity when trying out the edible life. Whether you’re new to cannabis altogether or just new to edibles, we recommend starting with the lowest amount possible. Consider cutting a piece in half to start and save the rest for later!
By many cannabis enthusiast standards, a 2mg THC edible is considered a “low” or “micro-dose,” while a 5mg THC edible is a standard dose. For those experienced with edibles, 10mg is a strong starting point with great pain relief and deep relaxation effects.
If you’re looking for an experience that doesn’t get you high, try an edible that is high in CBD and low in THC.
The best cannabis edibles to start with:
Eaze’s has a wide selection of premium THC and CBD infused cannabis edibles. Here are some of our favorites:
Should I eat before consuming a cannabis edible?
Having food in your stomach affects the absorption time and intensity of the edible. It’s advised to eat a snack before your first time consuming, just in case – as it’s also not a bad idea to have THC-free snacks on hand after you take an edible. It’s hard to resist only having one edible because of their tasty nature, so some chips or sweets should do the trick!
What if I have never smoked or vaped and want to try out cannabis edibles?
If you’ve never experienced the effects of THC before, that doesn’t mean you should avoid edibles. In fact, many people prefer edibles over smoking and vaping! That being said, start with the smallest amount of THC possible (2 mg, if you can break your edible treat into a smaller piece) and wait up to two hours for the effects to kick in.
Drink water, eat snacks, kick back and relax while you await your experience. That said, even if you have smoked and vaped before, you should expect different effects from edibles, which are slower but stronger. Edible tip: Always listen to your body!
What if I accidentally take too much of a cannabis edible?
Don’t worry, it happens – and unfortunately, it can be a bad time. When you’re ready to try edibles again, you’ll remember to go slow and low. (Reminder: You can always eat more, but you can’t eat less.) We believe in being prepared (and sometimes even over-prepared) so try to memorize and follow these steps if you get too high:
- Repeat the mantra: ‘This will pass’. Drink water, relax, and stay away from driving. The effects will go away, it just takes some time.
- If you have it, try some pure CBD. Make absolutely sure that your CBD source doesn’t have any THC, and try a little at a time. CBD is known to temper the effects of THC and can help slow down that “racy” feeling.
- Drink water – preferably cold. For at least 10 minutes, keep sipping iced water to dull your high and combat dry mouth. Adding some ground black pepper, lemon zest, shredded ginger, and mint leaves can also help settle your stomach and reduce the psychoactive effects.
- Sit back and stream your favorite show. Depending on your high and your personality, this is easier said than done. But this too shall pass, and you can distract yourself by getting yourself in a comfortable position and finding a passive activity.
- Sleep. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed, and though you may feel a little groggy or “off” the next morning, it will dissipate. It’s not like an alcohol hangover whatsoever.
My friend swears by this certain type of cannabis edible. Will it work for me?
We love that your friend is trying to assist you on your journey, but the same edibles with the same amounts of THC will affect each person differently. Bodies don’t metabolize THC in the same way or in the same amount of time as others. Always treat every new edible as a new experience.
You made it! You’re at the end of the guide and you’re ready for brownie bites, sour gummies, or chocolate squares.
Edibles take longer to process, but can also have stronger and longer effects once the THC reaches your bloodstream.
There is no one-size-fits-all with edibles: every body processes the same amount of THC differently. So read the doses on the packaging carefully, and follow the “start low and go slow” method. This isn’t the fastest way, but it can be one of the most enjoyable and effective!
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