Research suggests that in states and regions where recreational cannabis has been legalised, there’s been a huge uptick in the number of people experiencing ‘unexpected highs’. Roughly translated – the kind of high you didn’t expect to be nearly as pronounced or prolonged as it actually was.
On the plus side, there’s still zero evidence to suggest that getting carried away on cannabis edibles is in any way harmful. You may be in for a rough ride temporarily, but you’re unlikely to do your general health and wellbeing any permanent damage.
Still, it pays to be mindful and ensure your first experience with edibles isn’t one you’d rather forget. So with this in mind, what follows is a brief rundown of six important points to ponder, should a little edible experimentation be on the cards:
Consider the Dosage
First up, there’s a reason most states have implemented legislation regarding the maximum dose of THC that can be present in a single serving. Nevertheless, there are no rules regarding how many servings you can buy and summarily consume in a single sitting. 10mg of THC might not be much to some people, but is more than enough to catch an unsuspecting newcomer off guard. Keep an eye on the dosage and start out slowly and carefully.
Eat Before You Eat
In theory, the same amount of THC is going to enter your system irrespective of what’s in your belly at the time. Nevertheless, the rate at which it enters your system can be controlled by ensuring you don’t try edibles on an empty stomach. Make sure there’s a decent amount of insulation in your gut before you get started, which should set you up for a nice, gentle and controlled ascent.
Set the Mood
Always remember that the hit delivered by a cannabis edible can be far heavier and longer-lasting than you might expect. Hence, it’s a good idea to plan for the long-term and expect you’ll be riding things out for some time. Set the mood, get yourself comfortable and ensure there’s nothing and nobody in the vicinity that stands to ruin things for you.
As a rule of thumb, it’s said that cannabis edibles start kicking in after around 45 minutes to one hour. However, it’s possible you could start feeling the effects after just 20 minutes, or as long as 90 minutes after consumption.Patience is therefore a virtue, as the last thing you want is to introduce more THC before the prior batch has entered your system. Ensure you’re happy with the effects you’re feeling before stepping things up a gear.
It’s also advisable to keep alcohol completely out of the equation for the time being. Alcohol and cannabis have never been the best of bedfellows – something that counts double where edibles enter the equation. Particularly if you’re a beginner and just getting started with edibles, you’ll want to stick exclusively with soft drinks and avoid alcohol and caffeine completely.
Stay Calm and Enjoy the Ride
Last but not least, if you do start feeling anxious or unsettled along the way, remember that it’s perfectly normal and only temporary. There’s never been a recorded case of a cannabis overdose fatality – nor is overconsumption associated with any terrifying health concerns. When things go south, it’s simply a case of taking a deep breath, grabbing a glass of water and reminding yourself of the reality of things. Give it a couple of hours and you’ll be right as rain once again!