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Edible Survival Guide

Jul 25, 2018 05:33PM

If you’re new to the edibles scene or still in the early days of understanding dosing and how your body responds to ingesting cannabis, consider this a handy reference for the first time you’ve gone fast and furious into eating weed in its various forms and delivery models, and need something to reel you back, or simply remember our top tips on how to ride the wave

TAKEOFF: ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Edibles can be a great way to medicate, unwind, or just enjoy a night. But as with anything else, everyone’s body processes edibles in different ways and often at different rates. It can be unnerving for those new to cannabis, or even old pros who’ve just never lost control in a significant way, if and when that first cannonball into the scaries comes on and you’re not buckled in or experienced enough to know some go-to tips for sorting yourself out.

So say that brownie or delicious sour gummy or frisbee-sized cookie you just consumed with great aplomb and excitement begins, for various reasons, to hit you a little too hard. If you require the full extreme reassurance—and many do, especially on their first run or irresponsible dosing—remember that no one in recorded history has ever died from an overdose of cannabis edibles. And when we say overdose, we mean it in the truest medical sense—too much of a “dose” (not the way many movies use it to equate with instant death, as if you’ve had too much coffee in the morning and get the caffeine shakes, that’s an overdose all the same). So you got that going for you. You are not going to die. Take a breath. It’s all good.

YOUR OPTIONS AWAIT: TAKE SOME CBD

If you’re not familiar with CBD, think of it like Narcan for THC overdose. Have some around. If not, ask if someone has some (you’d be surprised how prevalent it already is). It calms the central nervous system and can lesson the psychoactive high of THC loaded edibles. If you want fast relief and have access, vaping CBD oils or taking tincture (isolate and full-spectrum alike) under the tongue are the fastest delivery methods. Taken every day, it will build up in your system and aid in producing more balanced highs, in addition to the many other health benefits of the compound.

NO CBD? NO SWEAT: GET MOVING

Get close to the ground if It makes you feel safer, even lay down on your back. Stretch. If you’re not too far down the river and fairly steady on your feet, get your blood and heart pumping, go for a walk in nature, run, make love (al-ways the preferred option), anything to activate and re-lease pent up energy. Remember to breathe. When we get our blood pumping, we release cannabinoids like Anandamide (AEA)—or as some call it “The Bliss Molecule”—from the root Ananda (Sanskrit for “bliss”). The body experiences “the runner’s high” as your heart rate increases, metabolism is activated, and so on. All these happy molecules, endorphins, serotonin, and oxygen working together will snap you out of it pretty fast.

JUST BUCKLE UP: THE SHOW BEGINS

Sit back, relax if you can, and be mindful of the experience. Recalling once more that no one has ever died of a cannabis overdose is the broadest blanket to take refuge under, but once you are apt at controlling your mind and perspective, take simple actions to stay grounded. Put on your favorite album. Pick up the guitar. Dance. Get out of your head. Once it’s not all about the unfamiliar sensation, it’s the small things that can really make the experience. Again, you’re in control here. Harness that feeling, whatever it may be, and let it go. 

LISTEN TO WHAT YOUR BODY WANTS

If you are thirsty, drink water. If you are hungry, eat, but try to eat well. If you are tired, rest. Cannabis will often reveal exactly what our bodies are craving, their cries made audible by the quieting of the mind and/or physical clarity cannabis usage often provides. And in the end, remember it’s just a waiting game. In time, it will wear off. You’ll be fine.

Sandy Bernier



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