5 Answers to Common Questions about Edibles


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By: Brittany Nye-Smith

Butter, chocolate, beef jerky, gummy candies, alcohol, and the ever classic brownie; cannabis can be infused into almost anything.

Marijuana edibles provide a distinct high that can be intimidating, whether you are a seasoned smoker or new to the wonderful world of weed. But never fear! We are here to put your mind at ease by answering 5 of the most common questions about edibles.

  1. Does eating edibles get you higher than smoking?

To be able to answer this question, we need to understand what marijuana does when it enters your body. When you smoke, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is delivered directly to your brain, giving you a short-lived high that peaks in 10-20 minutes. When you eat weed, it must pass through the liver before reaching the brain, where it is broken down into a chemical called 11-hydroxy-tetrahydrocannabinol (11-hydroxy-THC).

There are very few scientific studies that compare the effects of THC to 11-hydroxy-THC, as most studies have been focused on finding ways to detect 11-hydroxy-THC in the bloodstream. However, a study done in 1973 found that edibles produced a more psychedelic effect than THC in 9 men, who were casual marijuana smokers. The findings are subjective but suggest that, although the high is different, it is not necessarily stronger.

  1. Are edibles dangerous?

Habituated and new smokers alike might get nervous at the thought of edibles; dosage can be difficult to control, and the effects of taking too much can be unpleasant. However, just like marijuana, no one has ever died from consuming an edible; you are more likely to be attacked by a shark or mauled to death by a bear.

Like every other drug, the setting you choose to be in when you eat an edible is primarily responsible for the type of experience you will have. Make sure you are around people you feel comfortable with and that you do not have any plans for the rest of the day. For example, if you are not in a good state of mind and have a meeting at work in a few hours, it is best to smoke whole flowers and save the edibles for another day.

  1. How much should I take?

The golden rule is to start low and start slow. Edibles can take 1-2 hours to reach their peak, and the high can last 4-10 hours, depending on the dosage. If you are a regular smoker that has never taken edibles, consider trying 10 mg THC capsules. If you have never smoked and this is your first time using marijuana, try a 5 mg capsule. THC capsules are an easy way to control how much you are taking and are great for beginners.

It is important to remember that edibles take a while to work and you need to wait for them to take effect. If you want to get a stronger high, you can up the dosage in 5-10 mg amounts at intervals of at least an hour, until you reach your desired level of stoned-ness. If you are a weed aficionado, you can start with an initial dose of 30-40 mg and build your way up from there.

  1. What do I do if I took too much?

If you’ve inadvertently gotten too high, take a deep breath and try not to stress too much about it. It’s a good idea to keep some cannabinol (CBD) on hand if you regularly consume edibles, as CBD can help relieve the effects of taking too much THC.

Remember that, although unpleasant, you will not be left with any long-lasting consequences.

  1. Where can I get edibles?

Despite legalization, the government has yet to bring marijuana-infused food and drinks into its stores, making online retailers the top source for edibles. You can buy everything from tinctures to brownies and have them delivered directly to your door.

You can also make your own canna-butter at home and use it in the same ways you would use regular butter. A comprehensive beginner’s guide on making canna-butter can be found here.

Now that some of your questions are answered, you are ready to begin experiencing the high from edibles! Remember to be responsible, buy from a reputed website and always keep your cannabis products out of the reach of children.

Author Bio: Brittany Nye-Smith is a freelance writer from New Brunswick, Canada. She has a passion for learning and writing about everything from cannabis to climate change. Check out more of her articles and get in touch with her at https://www.freelancer.com/hireme/brittanynye