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In this strange new era of medicinal marijuana and even recreational in some states, finding out about the varying ways that you can either treat yourself or have some extra fun can be rather daunting.  Smoking marijuana, while traditional, presents health concerns if you intend to use regularly. That is where edibles come into play. 

Edibles can come in all ranges of types and strengths.  You can find any number of options from honey, chocolate bars, gummy bears and of course the ever popular brownies.   The options are endless as are the dosage amounts.  We will go through each step from environment to edibles dosage, so you can make the most of your edibles high!


I have smoked before, so what’s the big deal?


There are many differences between smoking and an edible high beyond simply avoiding the health risks.  Knowing the proper edibles dosage can be a lot harder than it seems. Ingesting too much can make you feel panicked, paranoid and anxious, altogether ruining the moment for you.


When smoking marijuana your body metabolizes it at a much faster rate.  You will start to feel the effects almost instantly and be able to evaluate when you have had enough. When eating your edibles the THC, the active ingredient that gives marijuana its high, absorbs at a much slower rate.  You may start to feel the effects in 30 minutes but it has been known to take as long as 2 hours in some cases!


Now some of you may be thinking, why would I want to wait 2 hours before I feel anything?  Well that would be because there is another perk out there.  Your edibles high can last as long as 4 – 12 hours! That is, on average, far longer than the high you get from smoking!


With these things being said, you have to be careful. Misjudging your edibles dosage and ingesting too much can create an experience that is anything but enjoyable. Many products are packaged with the normal 10 mg dosage in mind.  Chocolate bars, for instance, are cut into squares that are 10 mg each.  Be careful and pay special attention to the labels when deciding how much to ingest.  You can always ingest more if your edible high is lacking, but it’s hard to take some away.


Prepare yourself for the experience.


Enjoying your edibles as the first course of your meal can have some adverse effects.  Simply said, you may get more of a high than you bargained for.  It’s best to eat a full meal and then enjoy your desired dose of your edible of choice. 

Make sure you are in a comfortable and calming place that you will not want to leave.  Experimenting at a party may have you ending up with a very uncomfortable experience with no safe option to escape.


Now of course as we have all heard, the “munchies” can still occur and having cannibis infused brownies on hand can lead to a bad situation.  Make sure you have plenty of fluids and regular snacks on hand to avoid too extreme of an edible high.


I’ve had too much, what can I do?


So, you have done everything right and tried to take every precaution but you start to spin, feel nauseous, dizzy and/or paranoid.  The main thing to remember is that it will fade, you are just high. Overdosing on marijuana is nothing like the other things out there and if there is a lethal dosage, it hasn’t been discovered yet.


There are some simple steps you can take to try to alleviate the symptoms of your edible high.  Start by taking some deep breaths and do your best to relax.  Drinking plenty of water and orange juice can also help by raising your blood sugar.  You can also splash some cold water on your face or take a cold shower.


You can also acquire something called Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, that acts somewhat like an antidote for the THC high.  It is also natural and derived from the same plant.  Just keep in mind that these can take as long as an hour to kick in as well.


Overall, the key to achieving a good experience the first time around and thereafter, is to follow these steps. The advantages and all the positives that can come from cannabis use varies from person to person, but the disadvantages seem few and far between.  So, sit back, eat a brownie, and relax!


Learn the dos and don’ts for everything edibles from getting the correct edibles dosage to having the best environment!  Get the most out of your edibles high!


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