If you are a first time cannabis user and are considering a marijuana edible over smoking/vaping, you should read this before you start making an edible/consuming your edible.
Please note, we’re not trying to discourage you from using edibles. When used sensibly, edibles are a great experience, and can be extremely effective in relieving pain, a lack of appetite and other conditions. However there are a few points you should consider before consuming an edible..
Edibles might put you off cannabis for good
A high percentage of people opt for eating a cannabis edible over smoking as their first time use of cannabis. However a large majority of those who consume cannabis edibles for the first time are completely put off using cannabis again.
Why are they completely put off cannabis again you might ask. Well, the high from an edible provides a MUCH stronger overwhelming, body high which lasts around four times as long compared to smoking/vaping. The high can be so intense that the user feels although they’ve taken a psychedelic drug.
We’re not trying to put you off consuming an edible, just don’t over-consume and you won’t experience a hallucinogenic, psychedelic high.
THC is metabolized differently
When consuming a marijuana edible, THC, one of the cannabinoids contained in cannabis, is not metabolized by the body in the same way as it is when smoking/vaping cannabis. When ingested, THC is converted by the liver to 11-hydroxy-THC. This metabolite is responsible for the more intense high from edible cannabis consumption.
Consuming large quantities of edible cannabis, especially if you’re new to cannabis, is not a good idea. High doses of 11-hydroxy-THC can cause extreme paranoia and some people have even reported they’ve experienced hallucinations after consuming too much.
Marijuana edibles take longer to kick in
When smoking/vaping cannabis, the user will feel effects within around 5 minutes.
Due to being metabolized by the liver, an edible can take anywhere between 30 minutes to over an hour to kick in. For this reason, many people become impatient and believe they’ve not consumed enough, only to realize after another 30 minutes that they’ve now consumed far too much.
Be patient, consume a small quantity to begin with and wait around an hour before consuming any more. It’s better to feel a small effect than an overwhelming, paranoia inducing effect.
Side effects of marijuana edibles
Edibles can produce extreme paranoia and anxiety when consumed. You may experience a feeling of a thumping heart beat, which worries some people so much that they think they’re going to die, resulting in a trip to the hospital. As stated earlier, some people are prone to hallucinations from high doses of 11-Hydroxy-THC.
Don’t over-panic, even if you do feel you’ve consumed too much – no one has ever died from consuming too much cannabis.
I've consumed too much of a marijuana edible, what can I do?
First off, don’t worry! As stated above, no one has ever died from consuming too much cannabis. You won’t be sent to a mental asylum either.
If you are panicking about anything, feel extremely paranoid or think you won’t feel normal again, the high WILL wear off after a couple of hours and you’ll be back to feeling yourself again.
In the meantime, to counteract the high, you could eat something with a high sugar content and drink some water. Then lay down and close your eyes, maybe put on your favorite music.
Some people swear by peppercorns to reduce cannabis induced anxiety/paranoia. Simply smelling or chewing a peppercorn is said to reduce the negative effects of cannabis.
Edible cannabis dosing
Everyone has a different metabolism and reaction to THC and 11-hydroxy-THC which makes dosing fairly difficult. For example, one person may be able to consume a whole marijuana cookie and feel minimal effects, whereas someone else will only need to eat a small chunk of the cookie and feel extremely high.
Always take it slow and don’t get impatient. Eat only a small quantity and wait, you will feel the effects at some point – it is exceptionally rare for a person to not be affected by cannabis at all, you may just have a slow metabolism and need to wait a while for the effects to kick in.