Edibles Dosage – Risks of Errors
When you drink too much you will get a hangover. The more you drink the lousier you’ll feel and you even risk to die. So in that perspective cannabis is safer than alcohol. In addition, alcohol is about twice as addictive as cannabis.
When you consume edibles with cannabis, you cannot see how much THC you take and you also have a delayed effect. These are two things you need to focus on, in order to avoid this unpleasant space trip to the moon and back.
1a) Ready-made Edibles – Read the package
Most retailers and online canna dispensaries in Canada these days provide dosage information on the package in milligrams (mg), both package total and amount per edible.
1b) Home-made Edibles – Pay attention
When you didn’t make them yourself, ask and make sure the answers are clear and you positively know how much is in the edible you are about to eat. Usually, it is easy to calculate as a ratio of the total weight versus the weight of your edible.
For example, if you added 100 mg of THC to a brownie cake and you cut it into four pieces, one piece contains 25 mg.
2) Delayed Effect – Don’t be impatient
Probably the biggest reason of edibles overdosing is the delayed effect. This can catch off-guard both new and experienced cannabis edibles consumers. How long it takes before you start feeling the effects of the cannabis or hemp depends on several things.
The most important one is your stomach content. If you take the edibles on an empty stomach, the effects come much quicker. However, if you take them after a big meal, it can take up to four hours before you feel the effect.
The mistake people make is, that they think it doesn’t work. Nothing is happening. They start thinking, maybe I had a piece of the cake without cannabis in it. They get impatient and take some more, often going on a trip that can last for many hours.
Consider this when you don’t feel anything after you consumed a cannabis edible:
- To kick-start your digestion, take an organic snack like a fresh fruit.
- Sometimes people don’t feel anything for the first couple of times (two or three) eating THC edibles. Therefore repeat the same edible dosage at least 8 hours later or the next day.
- Some people do not react to marijuana edibles at all. Probably the absorption of the THC through their gut is somehow not working. In these cases, try other consumption methods like sublingual, vaping, topicals etc.
Cannabis Edible Precautions
If you are a new user the ‘high’ effect is the strongest. You need to take this into account when dosing an edible. Start with a very low dosage as a precaution.
The longer you take cannabis the more tolerance against its impairing effects you develop.
Unlike the ‘high’ effect, we do NOT develop a tolerance for the medical effects of cannabis. On the contrary, we do develop tolerance to many ‘big pharma meds’, making them less effective the longer we take them.
The medical benefits, however, do not fade, so there is no need to take more overtime for medical purposes.
Cannabis veterans recommend new users to choose the place they consume the cannabis carefully. The comfort of your own home or familiar place and being surrounded by loved ones or close friends can be an important comforting factor when some of the anxiety effects kick in.
Avoid Alcohol and drugs
When you drink alcohol or take drugs in parallel to the edibles, the effect might be amplified and you risk getting too high.