Read the label
If you have purchased a marijuana edible, it should have packaging and an informative label on it. However, because marijuana remains illegal in most of the world. There is a certain lack of standardisation and consistency as well as auditing of these products and how they affect people. This makes correct dosing even harder for the consumer.
Therefore, always read the label carefully to figure out how much marijuana is contained in that brownie or cookie, and then determine how much of it you should actually eat. Of course, not all labels are going to have this clearly indicated, given the fact that the marijuana industry is still so young.
For that reason, you should opt for purchasing edibles that have clear labels and good packaging. This indicates a certain amount of commitment of the company to strive for quality and consistency, and that means it is probably a better product anyway
Consider Your Tolerance
About 10 milligrams is roughly one “dose” of marijuana, much like one “drink” of alcohol. Once you know exactly how many milligrams affect your body, you will be better able to make informed decisions. Keep track of how many milligrams you have consumed so that you don’t have too many all at once.
If there is a delicious dessert such as a chocolate bar that has 100 milligrams of marijuana in it, you should break it up into ten pieces and dose it that way. Use this logic for all aspects of eating marijuana edibles.
Remember, even taking your first dose of 10 milligrams can be too much for some people. Especially if you haven’t eaten recently and therefore have an empty stomach. Sometimes if you have a smaller body mass. Or if you are simply completely new to the marijuana edibles scene that can do it as well.
A member, you can always start with 5 milligrams and work your way up from there, but you can never take back the extra milligrams that you shouldn’t have eaten in the first place.
Edibles on the legal market typically label their THC/CBD contents in milligrams. The “standard dose” is considered to be 10 mg, but a cannabis newbie or low-tolerance consumer should start with half of that. There’s nothing wrong with dipping your toe in the water before jumping in. You can always add another 5 mg in an hour or two once you’ve settled into the effects of your first dose.
Starting with a small dose is always a good idea, especially if it’s your first time or it’s been a while since you’ve used cannabis. A low THC tolerance can make you particularly susceptible to negative side effects. This include paranoia, anxiety, and dizziness, and most would agree that an underwhelming experience is better than an overwhelming one.
Don’t try to “keep up” with more experienced consumers. Experienced, high-tolerance consumers not only need a higher dose to achieve desired effects, they also tend to be a lot more resilient to THC-induced side effects.
Type of edible makes a difference
Cookies and brownies may be a mainstay in the industry. However, if you want something a little different, Hawkes recommends gummies or chocolate bars because they’re not as intimidating.
If you are eating a chocolate bar infused with marijuana, you might have an entirely different experience than if you were eating a gummy treat infused with marijuana. Reactions to the various types of marijuana edibles will also vary from person to person.
For that reason, milligrams aren’t the only thing you need to pay attention to you should also remember what kind of marijuana edibles you have consumed in the past, and how that affected you.
Find a Comfortable Place
Edibles are delightfully portable, but keep in mind the importance of consuming in a comfortable setting. Larger doses are best tackled at home and among familiar faces. It’s always a good idea to have your best friend or partner there with you,
Especially if it’s your first time. 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.
They can help you through it more comfortably. They can also help you remember exactly how many gummy bears, cookies, or chocolate bars you had eaten and how it affected you so you will have more accurate information for the next time around.
As long as they are eaten safely and smartly, you can end up having developed an entirely better lifestyle simply through the safe consumption and use of marijuana edibles.
So what are you waiting for? Go out there, buy some marijuana edibles or find a recipe to make your own. You can see what all the hype is about. We’re sure you will be just as hooked as everyone else.