Cannabis that you can eat (and that actually tastes good) sounds pretty great, right? It sure can be, with the proper guidance. If you're new to the world of edibles, never fear! You can start here.
One of the most important things to know when considering purchasing cannabis edibles is that the effects can last much longer than smoking or vaporizing your herb, as well as take longer to kick in [*]. This is because when ingesting cannabis, it has to be processed through the liver and go through the digestive system rather than through the lungs and directly into the bloodstream when inhaling [*]. Some patients report that the ‘high’ they experience is different than consuming cannabis by inhalation, as well. We’re breaking down everything you need to know to consume your edibles as safely as possible by addressing these commonly asked questions:
How do I know how to take the right dose?
Since everyone reacts differently to cannabis depending on their unique physiology and endocannabinoid system [*], there is no one-size-fits-all approach to finding the right dose. However, there are a few ways to reduce the risk of adverse effects and ease into the consumption of cannabis edibles. While it can be tempting to consume generous amounts of cannabis-infused treats, the most important thing is to start low and go slow - meaning start with a low dose of THC (2.5mg or less) and only increase the dose once experiencing its effects (at least 2 hours) [*]. Better yet, learn more about micro-dosing. Your cannabis edible package will indicate the total amount of THC, so to determine how much 2.5mg is, simply divide the total amount by 2.5 and then calculate how much to consume.
How do I safely dose cannabis edibles?
Besides starting low and going slow, here are a few more recommendations to create a safe and positive cannabis edibles experience:
- Be mindful that effects can last up to 12 - 24 hours. Make sure you don’t drive or operate heavy machinery during this window.
- Avoid consuming your edible cannabis with alcohol or other substances.
- Store in a child-safe container to keep out of reach from pets and minors.
- Consume your edible cannabis in a safe environment and with safe people.
To learn more about safe consumption before you shop for cannabis, visit Health Canada’s consumer information page, and if you have any other questions about our line of cannabis edibles, reach out to our support team via email, firstname.lastname@example.org