Getting started with edibles

The THC content and dose information is always included on the package.

Because of the growth of the cannabis industry, there are new, innovative and unique consumption opportunities emerging all the time. When I initially started shopping for cannabis, I strictly bought dried flower and pre-rolls for smoking. However, the dispensary carries such a wide menu of edibles that I got tempted. I have found the flavor, efficiency and simplicity of them to be extra rewarding. At first, I was a little worried about trying cannabis-infused edibles, because I’d heard horror stories of bad trips. There are some products available with high THC potency for a strong psychoactive effect. There are others that lean more toward CBD and therapeutic advantages. The dispensary carries gummies, chews, chocolates, drinks, mints, hard candies, capsules and a really exciting line of baked goods. With edibles, the THC and CBD are processed through the intestinal walls. It takes a while for the cannabinoids to reach the bloodstream. This results in a delay of the effects. It can take hours to fully realize the potential high. Plus the effects tend to be more intense and longer lasting than with other methods. The right dosage for an edible is much different than with a vape or a joint. The budtender who talked me into buying a cannabis-infused peanut butter cup told me to “start low and go slow.” I am very careful about sticking with the lowest recommended dose, typically between two to three milligrams. I don’t consume more until I’m sure I’ve experienced the full effects. Because everyone’s tolerance, weight and metabolism is different, it can take a bit of experimentation to figure out what works best. The THC content and dose information is always included on the package. I also consult with the budtenders for recommendations. So far, I’ve tried chocolates, gummies, peanut butter cups and suckers. I noticed that the onset of effects with suckers is a little quicker because of sublingual absorption of cannabinoids.

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