Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Tips for Enjoying Marijuana Edibles

Gone are the days when getting your hands on a marijuana-laced treat meant a chance encounter at party or in a park. Not knowing if its dubious origins and even more dubious dosage will lead you to nirvana or down a dark path of paranoia.

Luckily, marijuana edibles now come in a range of products, are clearly labeled with exactly how many milligrams of THC or CBD are in each dose, and can accommodate a range of diets – whether you are vegan, paleo, gluten-free, or dairy-free.

Controlling your high from a cannabis edible has never been easier, but that’s not to say there aren’t ground rules. Remember these tips to enjoy edibles safely and responsibly.

Remember: You can eat more but you can’t eat less. If you are eating marijuana edibles for the first time, a low dose is generally recommended to see how your body processes THC. A low dose is considered 1-5mg THC, and you can find products with single servings with low dosage.

Remember: Time can be your friend – or your enemy. Depending on the marijuana edibles and how your body processes them, it may take up to a full hour before you feel the full effects of the edibles you’ve ingested. Resist the temptation to eat more if you’re not feeling any effects after 30 minutes because rule one.

Remember: Read the package carefully to understand the dosage, serving size, and type of effect (e.g., sativa vs indica vs. hybrid). This can give you a sense of what to expect. Plus, no one is going to read the details on a package after they’re stoned.

Remember: Eating marijuana edibles on an empty stomach can irritate sensitive stomachs and cause unwanted effects like vomiting or cramps. Try to eat something light, healthy, and protein-rich before your edible.

Remember: Edibles combined with alcohol or other substances can result in unwanted side effects. Stick to just edibles to get their full therapeutic effects.

Remember: Store your marijuana edibles in a safe place before enjoying them. Taking your stoned pet to the vet while stoned is not an experience you will remember fondly.

Tips on serving size:

1-5mg of THC: Start here if you are new to edibles. A lower dose will let you see how ingesting cannabis can impact your body.

5-10mg of THC: Suitable for those who occasionally consume edibles. This is considered a typical dose.

15mg or higher: For those who rely on edible cannabis for medical reasons or have a high tolerance.

Also, it is worthwhile to explore edibles that provide THC vs. CBD or various ratios of both, as they will provide different effects.