Edible Dosing 101
Food products containing cannabis extract has become a popular and lucrative method of cannabis consumption. Legalization in California has brought on strict regulations of cannabis edible manufacturing which has provided consumers with a safe and effective form of medicating with accurate dosing. While inhalants (smoking and vaping) is known to have the quickest results as the cannabinoids can enter the bloodstream quickly, edibles can deliver stronger effects as they use highly concentrated forms of cannabis in their recipes such as canna-butter, infused oils, and concentrates.
How much should you consume?
The beginner’s rule of thumb with edible consumption is to start small and work your way up. The standard “dose” for edibles in the Cannabis Industry is 10 mg of THC. It is important to note that everyone will react to cannabis differently. Eating an edible may not have any effect on an experienced user, but for some, it can be the difference between a relaxing evening and a bad time.
Experts recommend consumers start with 10 mg of THC or less than wait an hour for your body to metabolize the edible. If after an hour you are not feeling the effects as strongly as you’d like, you can consume another 10 mg. A great product for beginners is PLUS Gummies, which contain 5 mg of THC or less in each gummy and come in a variety of delicious flavors such as Blackberry & Lemon, Sour Watermelon, and Pineapple & Coconut. There are companies such as Flav, Kiva, Chill, and PUNCH that manufacture chocolate bars with a variety of flavors and potencies in each piece.
Another popular method of edible consumption is with beverages. Kikoko carries a line of infused teas with organic ingredients such as chamomile, green tea, and ginger. With varying quantities of THC and CBD in each flavor, you can easily find a product that suits your needs.
How long do edibles last?
When you eat an edible containing THC your liver converts it into 11-hydroxy-THC which is a much stronger substance which results in an intense and longer lasting high compared to inhalants. Typically, edibles can take about 60 minutes to take effect. An edible dose will cause relaxation, euphoria, and giggle-fits with a high that can last anywhere from 6 to 8 hours. Edible consumption may result in a deep sleep, so it is important to devote the rest of your day for this experience.
While no one has ever overdosed on cannabis, you can still eat too much where you may experience dizziness and nausea. If you experience any negative side effects, try to find a comfortable place to relax while you wait for the for the high to wear off. Eventually, you will fall asleep and wake up feeling a bit groggy. Hydrating and eating (non-cannabis infused foods) will help mitigate any negative side effects as well. If the negative side effects continue to exacerbate it is recommended to seek medical attention.
Edibles with CBD
CBD is a cannabinoid found in Cannabis that does not have the psychoactive effects of THC. CBD has a lot of medicinal benefits and is commonly used as a treatment for pain, anxiety, insomnia, nausea, and even epilepsy. Studies have even shown that CBD can specifically target and attack cancer cells.
When consuming CBD edibles you will at most feel a mild lightness in the body but foregoes the high in the traditional sense. CBD is also believed to mitigate the effects of THC. If you over-consume on THC edibles you can try taking a CBD tincture or edible as a “remedy.”
Whatever edible you decide to eat, make sure to carefully read the label for THC quantities in each dose. While it may sound appealing to eat the entire bag of Korova Hazelnut Caramel Brownies in one sitting, it may not be the best choice. Whether you’re an experienced user or an out-of-state visitor to a legalized cannabis state you should always “start low and go slow.” Remember that you can always eat later, but you can’t eat less.