Ingesting marijuana via edibles can affect the body much differently than smoking it, due to the digestive process. When marijuana is smoked, it rapidly hits the bloodstream, making it the fastest way to get high. Because an edible has to pass through the digestive system, it can take longer to kick in. However, the effects can last several hours. It also varies with the individual: an edible can hit your partner in 30 minutes whereas you may not be able to feel it for a couple of hours. More experienced users also have a higher tolerance and can usually handle a larger dosage than beginners.
Choosing the right edible can depend on desired effect. Pay attention to THC content on packaging. Under California law, edibles for recreational use that have more than one serving are now scored or separated into pieces that have less than 10 milligrams of THC. However, if you’re aiming for a non-psychoactive to help with back pain, simply opt for a CBD-only edible.
Do: Know your tolerance levels. Even for the seasoned cannabis user, it’s easy to go overboard. Don’t: Be cautious of mixing alcohol with marijuana. Drinking may increase THC levels. This sounds fun but can result in dizziness and nausea. Edibles plus alcohol may have a similar or even stronger outcome. Do: Err on the side of caution if you’re not sure when mixing alcohol and cannabis. Do: Keep a CBD edible on hand to help offset anxiety caused by high THC, just in case.
Do: Ease on in. Novice users should stick to the mantra of going “low and slow.” Don’t: Do not be afraid to try low doses of new products; you never know what new favorite you might discover. Do: Start with a reasonable dosage of edible, like a 5 mg mint, and go from there. Don’t: Refrain from doing edibles after a long day of smoking marijuana, unless you want to travel to another dimension. Do: Course out your edible choices over several hours, with intention, almost as you might a flight of wines. Don’t: Avoid gobbling a smorgasbord of different edibles all at once. There’s no way to know how they might mix.