First time? Weed edibles can honestly be intimidating to a lot of us, especially if you’re not sure how much you should be taking to feel that perfect high. You’re not alone, and we’re definitely here to help. Here’s our comprehensive guide on best practices and recommended dose of weed edibles.
What will happen: Wait 1-2 hours, feel it for 4-6 hours.
Weed edibles have come a long way since pot brownies. From gluten-free to Paleo-friendly, cannabis retailers offer something for everyone to get high – or not. What type of weed edibles you consume will determine how quickly you feel its effects. If you let a gummy or hard candy dissolve in your mouth, cannabinoids like THC & CBD are absorbed sublingually. Sublingual administration is absorbed quickly into your bloodstream through the cells of the tissue in your mouth. Swallowing an edible means it must be processed through your liver and this increases your time to onset.
PROS: longer duration of effects can help with pain and sleep.
CONS: individuals metabolize cannabis differently, and getting to your right dose of weed edibles may require some trial and error.
METHOD: Ingested orally and metabolized by the liver.
DOSAGE: Product choices of weed edibles include CBD only; CBD +THC. THC only. For THC, start with a low dose. We recommend you start with 2.5mg THC. For CBD, the standard dose is 8-10mg taken 1-2x per day. The first dose before 10am, then second dose usually between 2-4pm.
ONSET: 1-2 hours.
DURATION: 4-10 hours, depending on the dose.
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Weed edibles will have different onset times based on whether the cannabis is absorbed through your lungs, skin, or as an oil in your mouth (feel effects faster) or eaten and absorbed through your liver (slower).
do the pot
Take a low-dose of weed edibles. We like infused Potli honey or Kikoko’s cannabis tea an hour before bed. Weed edibles have a prolonged, body-high effect that will help you fall and stay asleep.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF WEED EDIBLES?
Chocolates, gummies & cookies. This form of weed edibles is metabolized by the liver, which means slower onset and longer duration. It takes 1-2 hours to feel the effects (be patient!) and effects can last for 4-10 hours depending on the dose.
Beverages & teas. This form of edibles is a mix of oral consumption methods, with some absorption sublingually and some metabolized in the liver.
HOW DO I KNOW MY WEED EDIBLES DOSE?
Start with a low dose. Our recommended dose of edibles is starting with 2mg of THC – because many believe consuming weed edibles is the trickiest of all consumption methods. Most Adult-Use legal states mandate a 10mg max serving size. This can be further broken down into 2.5mg or 5mg doses. Read the label and confirm with your budtender before leaving the store exactly what a serving size is for the product you purchased. For CBD, the standard dose is 8-10mg taken 1-2x per day – with your first dose before 10am, then second dose usually between 2-4pm.
WHY DO WEED EDIBLES TAKE SO LONG TO FEEL?
Set a timer. Every time you take a dose of an edible set your phone or watch for 1-2 hours. Weed edibles are notorious for creep, which means you will lose track of time. Set a timer for one hour if you’re fatigued and/or dehydrated and know yourself to have a faster metabolism.
Cannabis is fat soluble. Consuming weed edibles with a high fat oil or meal will maximize the effects and duration of THC. Plus you’ll remain high longer. Furthermore, if you eat little food at the time you eat an edible but have a meal high in fat hours later, the THC will process with the newly introduced fat. To optimize the body’s absorption of CBD, try taking your CBD oil with coconut oil or olive oil.
The ratio of CBD to THC in an edible has an impact on its effects. The more CBD there is in a product, the more mellow the high will be. CBD actually helps bring you back down to Earth if you’ve had too much THC. So look for high ratios of CBD if you’re looking to avoid a more intoxicating experience.
WHAT WEED EDIBLES CAN I TAKE WITHOUT SMOKING?
Technically cannabis oil tinctures are weed edibles because they are ingested but rather than being swallowed and digested through the liver, tinctures are administered sublingually – under the tongue.