Folks who are hesitant to inhale cannabis smoke or vapor often try edibles and are surprised by the intensity of the experience. Edibles are delicious, useful and fun when consumed at an appropriate dose. On the other hand, edibles may not feel right if consumed in too high a dose.
Cannabis edibles undergo what is called “first pass metabolism” – the process by which a compound like THC is administered orally, enters the liver and is transformed before it reaches circulation throughout the body. In the case of Delta-9 THC (the psychoactive compound people associate with “getting high”) it changes to a different compound we know as 11-Hydroxy THC. This secondary compound is actually more potent and lasts longer than its cousin, Delta-9 THC. That’s great if you need all day relief and the dose is appropriate to your tolerance and recent experience with cannabis. But if you aren’t enjoying the feeling, you’ll wish you had taken less. Don’t panic and simply wait until it wears off. It could be as long as 8-10 hours depending on how much you consumed. Try to relax and remind yourself that you are a good person who is going to feel fine fairly soon. Also, promise to take half as much next time.
Are Edibles Better In Small Doses?
You can understand why the maximum size per edible serving is limited to 5 mg in Massachusetts adult use dispensaries. Even 5 mg of edible THC is too much for some people and starting with a half serving is recommended. Eat a meal and hydrate with water before consuming edibles. Wait at least 2 hours before consuming another dose. The rule with edibles is always “Start Low and Go Slow.”
If you are one of those unique individuals who doesn’t respond to edibles (meaning you feel nothing even after waiting 2 hours), try eating a meal with some fat an hour or so before your next try. THC and CBD both dissolve in fat and need fat to break down in your digestive system and circulate throughout the body.
Edibles Are Discreet
Edibles can be a perfect choice for those wanting discrete dosing and an experience that lasts throughout the day or night. It may take you a few times to find the perfect dose but don’t give up. Blending cannabis with food can range from simple snacks to epicurean delicacies. Give it a try with our edible products and let us know what you think.
Jean Welsh, EdD
VP, Learning & Development