Edibles 101: Everything you need to know about eating cannabis safely

Since legalization, cannabis edibles have been on the rise — in fact, according to a recent report, the market in the United States and Canada will exceed $4.1-billion by 2022. And these days, companies are producing cannabis-infused colas, tinctures, luxury chocolates, nostalgia-inducing candies, and more so there’s something for just about everybody who wants to consume without smoking.

Whether you’re entirely new to cannabis or just trying edibles for the first time, there are a lot of factors that will shape your experience, often differently than other modes of use. Here’s what you need to know to have your best experience.

The products

Choosing the right edible for you will take some introspection and a willingness to ask questions. First figure yourself out: Are you a sweets person or do you like the idea of extracts you can add to meals? Then, it’s time to take advantage of the expertise at your local cannabis dispensary — Euflora has 6 boutique shops in Denver, Aurora, Longmont, and Aspen. You’ll find baked goods, beverages, candies, and even tablets. So, head on over, chat up your bud tender, and browse the selection.

Dose and timing

No matter how you prefer to use cannabis, dose is essential. But because edibles last significantly longer — up to 5 or 6 hours — and can take a while to kick in, it’s especially important.

Leafly notes that as little as 2.5 mg of THC can produce the compound’s effects but first-timers should start with even less. If you’re an experienced consumer who’s new to edibles, it’s still good to start slowly to make the experience a safe and pleasant one.

It typically takes 45 minutes to an hour to feel the effects of edibles, so it’s key to wait after consuming. Chat with friends, prep a meal, or play a game to kill the time. If you still don’t feel anything, go ahead and take another small amount, but remember to wait it out again.

Being patient reduces the chances that you’ll accidentally overindulge. And a great thing about many edibles is that it’s fairly easy to control dosage. Make sure to read the packaging so you know how many milligrams of THC are in a serving, and make sure you’re taking an appropriate amount.

Enjoy!

Just as when you smoke, you’ll get the most out of your edibles experience by paying attention to where you’re consuming and with whom. Plan to surround yourself with good friends or spend some time with your favorite music.

And remember, although it’s now legal to consume cannabis in Colorado, you’re still not supposed to use in public. By following the dosing instructions on the package, being patient and making sure to follow all of the laws in your area, edibles can bring a great new twist to cannabis consumption.

Read more at USA Today

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