Edibles are often considered the ‘final frontier’ of Cannabis use by many. It offers more extended, stronger; border-line psychedelic effects which most stoners can’t get simply from smoking. But how much is too much when it comes to edibles? How can you make sure you’re making them properly, dosing properly and what should you expect if you start greening out? We’ve put together a beginners guide to edibles to explain just how it works, and how you’ll make your own!
Edibles and the Non-Smoker
1mg Edibles to Get you Started.
Many of us have heard the term ‘start low, go slow’ since the start of Cannabis legalization in Canada. This means one should both start with a low dose of Cannabis, as well as waiting at least 60 minutes before redosing again with Cannabis. You’ll want to have a little food in your stomach, but not too much. Something with some fat like butter or cheese is helps your body process the THC.
One problem of non smokers or beginners using edibles is the overall increased potency of the high. Because of this, many first-time edible users experience disassociation, anxiety, cold sweats and paleness or otherwise negative reactions known as ‘greening out.’ In this case, users should use grounding techniques such as mindfulness meditation reminding themselves the high will ultimately end soon. Placing both feet on the floor and both hands on something solid will help the feeling pass. It is also recommended to consume food and water, as these will dull the overall effects of the edible itself.
Beginners will want to start by measuring out a precise dose from a purchased pre-made edible or cannabis oil. Dividing these edibles into smaller amounts or taking the lowest possible dose from a THC oil dropper is the best way for new Cannabis users to experience edibles with the least likely amount of negative reaction. We’d recommend starting off with something like our Crooked Trees Cannaburst Candies Each piece is only 10mg, and can be easily divided into 1 or 2 mg pieces.
Of course, given the fact every body responds differently to Cannabis; this micro-guide for beginners may not be applicable to everyone. It’s best to start with the lowest dose possible, and to go from there to prevent negative interactions.
For the Marijuana Edible Novice
Enjoying your First Edible High
Let’s say you know your way around the Marijuana block; you’ve smoked a few times, and you’ve had a few not-so-great experiences with edibles. Perhaps you’re taking too much, or you’re just not ready for the sensation. This next portion covers you, and how you can get the most out of your next edible session.
While pre-made edibles and THC oil droppers allow for safe, measured dosing for those just starting out; some stoners prefer to make their own edibles out of flower to increase potency and fly higher than they have before! But how is this done? Can you just eat Cannabis and get high? Not exactly. There’s a small amount of activated THC in most bud, but you are wasting a lot of it.
Cannabis and its effects are activated by heat. Normally this takes place by smoking it or vaporizing it. For edibles – you put it through a process known as Decarboxylation – or “Decarbing”. Check out our article “HOW TO: Decarb Shatter or Flower“. Some concentrates, such as THC distillate, are already activated and easy to dose in your own home made edibles.
The many variables of Cannabis edibles make them one of the most interesting aspects of Cannabis consumption. It combines the worlds of culinary arts, chemistry, and pharmacology. It’s recommended to do your own research for recipes as opposed to using a single source. Check our article “everything is an edible” for more information on making your own edibles.
Finding the right guide like this one will set you on the path to your next great high, or being the guest of honor who brings edibles to your next smoking session with friends. Remember, edibles are best when shared!