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First-Timer's Guide to Edibles

May 31, 2017 11:59AM ● Published by Advisory Board

As cannabis legalization pushes forward, the stigma that has surrounded the plant for decades continues to erode. The adult-use market is opening up to people who have never tried cannabis before as well as those who haven’t tried it in decades. Whether motivated by reports of the therapeutic benefits, the lifestyle, or by simple curiosity, new cannabis consumers are emerging in legalized markets across the country and discovering a whole world of elevating choices that includes THC-infused edible products. 

Even seasoned users with experience smoking or vaping flower or bud may be new to the THC-infused edibles consumption method, which can provide a different type of elevating experience. Whether you are new to edibles yourself or you have a parent or family member that’s a first timer, it’s good to be prepared. Here are some important tips to help you have the most positive experience when testing the edible waters.

Consider a microdose.
Taking very small, measured amounts of THC (about 2.5 mg, or 1/4 of the standard 10 mg serving size) can provide the benefits of cannabis without the drawbacks sometimes associated with being too lifted, such as paranoia, anxiety, or lethargy (a.k.a. “couch lock”). Microdosing is a great option for novice users easing into edibles and for people who don’t know their tolerance level yet. Gummies, mints, and other infused products offer a variety of options for dosing with incredible precision, helping you to identify your minimum effective dose. 

Your budtender is a great resource. 
If you’re new to cannabis, walking into a dispensary filled with shelves of unfamiliar products can be a bit overwhelming. Your budtender is there to help. Consider the expert behind the counter your personal guide to all things cannabis. Ask questions, ask for recommendations.
Your budtender can help you discover a product that’s right for you based on your experience, tolerance level, and desired effects. 
 
“Start Low, Go Slow” and other considerations.
Regardless of how you chose to consume your cannabis, it’s important to know that each person’s THC sensitivities are as different as their tolerance levels. Additionally, a strain that you find uplifting may put your friend right to sleep—it all depends on body chemistry. To avoid the uncomfortable feeling that comes from consuming too much, start low and go slow—especially when it comes to edibles. Start with a low dose, and wait at least two hours before you consume more, as it can take a few hours for the full effects to set in. This kind of conscious, measured experimentation will help you discover how your body reacts to different kinds of cannabis strains and consumption methods. 

Bottom line is this: Cannabis newcomers should exert caution when experimenting in this new post-Prohibition world. Be mindful that different body types and experience levels require different doses of THC, and that edibles, flower, and concentrates impact each consumer differently. With all the options on the market today, there is sure to be a consumption method that will fit every person’s needs. To find the one that’s right for you, do the research and utilize the available resources—including knowledgeable budtenders—to fully understand potency and intended effects of consuming cannabis.

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