10 Ways To Master Cannabis Edibles
With the legalisation of weed, Colorado has become a new mecca for pot enthusiasts the world over. It is now a symbol of progressivism, and example for others to follow. Yet it would be foolish to think that the outright legalisation of cannabis wouldn’t have some bumps that need ironing out, and those bumps have come in the form of edibles, with multiple reports of unsuspecting citizens taking on more than they can handle. That’s a shame, because edibles are great! But they can easily overwhelm the unprepared, and become daunting to even the most seasoned of smoker.
When you smoke cannabis, you have great deal of control over dosing, you are able to stop at any time, and it doesn’t last too long; this is not the case with edibles, and once you have consumed one, you are strapped in for the ride.
When it comes to edibles, the most important thing to do, above everything else, is get the dose right. It can be notoriously hard to do this, and varies depending on your metabolism and weight - and the strength of the weed.
To help you on your way, we have put together 10 practical tips that will allow you to overcome the potential surprises of cannabis edibles, and master the unruly beast.
1. Start Low, Go Slow
Tying in with the above point on dosing, eating the right amount of cannabis can be a tricky business. It can take a good 45 minutes to an hour for the cannabis to be digested and start taking hold. Novice users can easily become impatient, eating more to try and get the ball rolling – only to find they are thrown off the cliff when it eventually hits. The best thing to do is eat a small amount and wait for it to kick in – because it will. That way, you don’t become overwhelmed. Once it has kicked you can always eat more, but you can’t eat less – so take it slow. If you’re making your own edibles, it’s a good idea to start with a quarter of a gram of bud and see how it affects you. From there, increase incrementally, until you’ve found the sweet spot.
2. Stay Away From Alcohol Until You Are An Edible Expert
Sure, a nice cool beer can be a great accompaniment to a joint, but alcohol and edibles are a whole different ball game. Knocking a few beers back with your edibles can cause both nausea and dizziness, so watch out.
3. Eat A Proper Meal First
Eating cannabis edibles on an empty stomach will make an already strong experience much, much stronger. Make sure you have eaten a decent, hearty meal before you think about munching your bud.
4. Keep Unmedicated Snacks Nearby
When you eat pot infused food, you get the munchies. This in turn encourages you to eat more pot infused edibles, potentially tipping you over the edge. Make sure you keep some normal snacks about, so you can indulge without dosing yourself more.
5. Keep Your Stash Away From Children
It’s not really rocket science, is it? Children won’t know the difference between cannabis infused and non–cannabis infused food, and they are likely to eat anything that looks appealing, like pot infused sweets. Keep them out of sight and locked away.
6. Label Your Homemade Creations
Children are not the only ones who can become easily misled by a seemingly tasty treat. Make sure you label anything you make with weed - you don’t want to come home to find your significant other freaking out in the kitchen because they unwittingly ate a pot brownie.
7. Do Not Drive
Another no-brainer really, but you may be surprised how many people think it is ok. Not only will you give pot a bad name when you inevitably hurt yourself, you could also hurt someone else in the process. Cannabis intoxicates; it may be a different effect to alcohol, but you are certainly not sober. Don’t do it.
8. Don’t Freak Out
If you do find that you have eaten more than you can deal with, don’t freak out. It is impossible to overdose on weed, YOU WILL BE FINE. Just try and think calm thought, and find somewhere comfortable, like bed, to ride it out. Chances are you will find yourself falling asleep, cutting down the time of consciously being too high.
9. Consider Keeping Some CBD On Hand
Another option you can take when you have had too much for comfort is to pop a CBD capsule. CBD is one of the non-psychoactive cannabinoids found within cannabis, and is known to regulate the effects of THC. You will find that boosting your CBD levels can take the edge off the worry, panic and potential paranoia that goes hand-in-hand with consuming too much THC.
10. Don’t Prank Someone With Edibles, It Is Never Funny
You may think it sounds like a good idea to give a friend some THC laden food without their knowledge, but it is criminal, extremely irresponsible, and very harrowing for the person being pranked. It is a sure fire way to, at best, lose a friend, and at worst, end up in court.
At the end of the day, you have to treat edibles with respect, especially if you have never had them before. As long as you keep some ground rules in mind, you will quickly master them, and open up a whole new fun way of enjoying your green bounty.