Edibles are foods and drinks, such as brownies or beverages, that have been infused with cannabis extracts, or concentrates, all of which contain active ingredients such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), with the most common being a blend.
There are two main types of edibles: sublingual and gastrointestinal. Sublingual is Latin for ‘under the tongue’ and that is exactly what you do – you place the edible on or under your tongue. This type of edible allows the cannabinoids to enter your bloodstream through the tissues in your mouth and the effects start to take place shortly after. With gastrointestinal edibles, absorption takes place after the edible has entered your digestive track. This means that it will take longer to feel the effects.
While edible cannabis products are a great option for cannabis consumers they can easily lead to disaster if you are not cautious. A common mistake that many first-time edibles users fall victim to is eating too much. Make sure to follow these steps when consuming edibles.
Start low and go slow
The suggested starting dose for an edible is 2.5mg. This may not seem like much for an experienced smoker, but it is best to consume conservatively the first time. Gastrointestinal edibles can take up to 90 minutes before the effects become noticeable. If you have eaten 2.5mg and still have yet to feel the effects, wait at least 90 minutes before consuming more.
While the effects of smoking cannabis are instantaneous, edibles tend to take longer to “kick in” and last for a much longer time. The effects from edibles are noticeable for roughly five hours with the peak of the effects occurring around two and a half hours after consumption. Because of the longevity of the effects, it is important to plan before eating an edible. Do not consume edible cannabis products on an empty stomach, as that may intensify the effects.
Make sure you are in a safe and comfortable place when using edibles. Never get behind the wheel of a car while under the influence of any type of cannabis. If you do have to leave for any reason, use a designated driver. Delicious infused chocolate and truffle edibles are easy to devour, so make sure to have some more snacks available.
Read the label thoroughly to make sure you are taking the correct serving size. Be sure to store your edibles out of the reach of children and pets. Make note of keeping your edibles labeled so they are not eaten by mistake by unassuming family members, friends, or roommates.