When it comes to the powerful punch that a marijuana edible can pack, cannabis-infused foods can be difficult to dose correctly. Despite this, the potent and body-focused effects of cannabis-infused edibles make them an ideal product for those who suffer from pain, nausea, or appetite issues. Do you know the basics of dosing with marijuana edibles?
One of the traditional ways of consuming marijuana has always been to smoke it. However, the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana in multiple states means that cannabis consumers enjoy a larger array of products at their disposal. From tinctures to concentrates and edibles, recreational cannabis users and medical patients are starting to gravitate towards cannabis concentrates and marijuana edibles instead of the traditional dried flower.
Although edibles are finding their way into more mouths than ever, one of the benefits of smoking or vaporizing cannabis is that dosing is much simpler. As soon as you dose by taking a hit, you feel the effects of the cannabis instantly. Consuming dried flower also makes it easier to tell how much marijuana you’ve consumed, as well as when you’ve had too much.
This is NOT the case when you eat or drink products with active THC in them. That’s because, depending on the product, the THC will be absorbed by different systems of the body at different rates. For example, products like candies, mints, and tinctures are absorbed through the membranes of your mouth and as a result will get into your blood much more quickly than edibles which must be digested.
Unlike candies or mints, after you’ve eaten an edible, your body will need to digest and metabolize the product before you feel the effects. Cannabis-infused products like brownies or cookies must be processed by your liver before any effects manifest themselves. The amount of time it takes for a consumer or medical patient to feel the effects of an edible also varies according to how fast their metabolism is. Those with faster metabolisms may feel the effects of dosing with an edible in less than an hour while those with slower metabolic rates may not feel anything for more than two hours.
There’s a variety of reasons that edibles are so potent. Because cannabis-infused products are made with highly concentrated cannabis oils or cannabis infused butter, it is incredibly easy to overdo it with just one extra bite of an edible. To that end, cannabis product manufacturers are required to include easy dosing guidelines on all of their products.
When it comes to dosing with marijuana edibles, for most cannabis infused products, one standard dose is considered to be 10mg. For simplicity’s sake, you can think of this as the cannabis equivalent of one beer. A small amount will affect people differently depending on their tolerance factors.
Though there haven’t been any reported deaths from cannabis overconsumption, ingesting too much can result in a very long and uncomfortable dosing experience. Remember that most cannabis products, even those like cookies or candies are often considered to be more than one dose. When it comes to marijuana edibles, it’s best to start slow and wait at least one or two hours before dosing again.
As the potency of edibles also varies from unit to unit, finding brands that provide consistent results each time can be challenging for patients. Our educated budtenders can walk you through the dosing guidelines for marijuana edibles and labels to help you establish what the correct portion size works best for you. Stop by our premier Las Vegas marijuana dispensary today!