The Edible THC Experience: Tips for Safely Consuming THC Edibles
THC edibles are gaining popularity for several reasons. Firstly, they offer an alternative to smoking. If you are not comfortable with inhaling marijuana, THC edibles are a nice alternative. Second, THC edibles induce a high that lasts longer than inhaling marijuana. A THC edible high will typically last around 4-6 hours, saving your lungs from the smoke that would need to be inhaled more often in order to generate the same high. Lastly, they’re delicious! THC edibles come in many forms, including gummy/sour candies, chocolate, baked goods, drinks, and oil/butter that can be used in cooking.
When choosing to consume THC edibles, keep in mind that ingesting THC is different than inhaling. Once inside your liver, the THC from an edible is converted into another chemical called 11-hydroxy-THC. This chemical is more potent, which is why a THC edible high can be more intense. At Doobie Sisters, we want you to be comfortable with your THC edible experience. This article will help to prepare you for what to expect, how much to consume, and what to do if you consume too much. When you’re ready to try THC edibles, let the Doobie Sisters guide you through our selection of delectable treats!
Before You Consume THC Edibles
Be sure to keep your THC edibles separate from other food items and well labeled. You do not want your edibles to get into the wrong hands, like those of children or people that do not want to consume THC edibles. It is important that you NEVER prank someone with THC edibles. It’s not a good feeling to unsuspectingly ingest THC edibles and not be prepared for the side effects. Giving THC edibles to an unsuspecting victim can lead to dangerous situations or anxiety.
It is important to not mix THC edibles with alcohol, especially if you have never eaten THC edibles before. Consuming both THC edibles and alcohol should only be attempted if you are comfortable with the two substances. Even then, it is difficult to pinpoint what the outcome may be. Keep in mind that alcohol will intensify the effects of THC edibles. Consuming both substances can cause nausea and dizziness, which is also referred to as “the spins.”
A THC edible high should also be treated like an alcohol buzz. Just as in situations involving alcohol and driving, you can be issued a DUI if pulled over while operating a motor vehicle. If the acting law enforcement officer observes impairment, or you have five nanograms of THC in your blood at the time of the incident, you will be prosecuted.
The THC Edible Experience
When consuming THC edibles, it is best to start small. As of February 2015, Colorado State law requires that all THC edibles must have clearly labeled 10mg servings; each product is not to exceed 100mg. Therefore, any THC edibles purchased from a dispensary, including those from Doobie Sisters, will be your safest bet when choosing to consume THC edibles.
It is recommended that a substantial meal be eaten prior to consuming the THC edible, otherwise the effects may be more intense. Start by consuming 10mg, and wait at least 1½ – 2 hours before consuming more. The digestive system processes THC slowly, especially if a decent meal was eaten prior to the THC edible.
Keep in mind that THC edibles affect everyone differently their first time. Some people won’t feel 10mg, while others are content with the level if highness attained from 10mg. If after a couple of hours you are not feeling anything or wish to increase your high, consume another 5-10mg. It is important that you give this level of THC time to take effect before consuming any more. 10-25mg of THC will cause your muscles to relax, and you may enter a blissful state in which giggles and silliness are common. Some people find that they are more social and outgoing after consuming THC edibles. Enjoy the experience!
Help! I Ate Too Much THC!
Rule number 1: Don’t panic! When too much of a THC edible is consumed, side effects may include fatigue, discomfort, anxiety, paranoia, or an increase in heart rate. If you find that you have consumed too much of a THC edible, you have a couple of options to get you through this period.
CBD, another cannabinoid with healing properties, has a confounding effect on THC. Keeping CBD on hand can come in handy to counteract the paranoia and panicky side effects of consuming too much THC, thus bringing a balance back to your high. CBD comes in capsule, edible, and flower form.
If you don’t have access to CBD, retreat to a safe place. Once again, don’t panic; the side effects you are experiencing WILL wear off. Lie down and focus on calming your breath. Maintain a positive mindset. Chances are that you will eventually drift off to sleep. You will either wake up well rested or slightly groggy, depending on the amount of sleep you get.
Don’t feel discouraged if this happens to you on your first try. Even individuals that have experience with consuming THC edibles may have encountered these effects in their own use. Consuming THC edibles is not for everyone, but if you are willing to give it another shot, try starting with smaller doses over a longer period of time in order to achieve the right level for you.
THC edibles are best consumed when you are equipped with the proper knowledge and information necessary to any new experience. Doobie Sisters wants to make sure that you have the best experience possible when choosing to consume THC edibles. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to stop by the shop. We’re more than happy to help you make the best decision and find the tastiest THC edible selection that fits your taste buds!