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Edibles 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Cannabis Edibles

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It’s easy to accidentally over-indulge when consuming edibles.

To better understand what to expect when consuming edibles, we’ve put together this beginner’s guide to cannabis edibles.


What are Edibles?

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Cannabis edibles are defined as any food product that contains cannabinoids, especially tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

This includes things like the traditional “pot brownie” and has expanded to include drinks, snack foods, and desserts like ice cream and cakes.


Do They Taste Like Cannabis?

Yes and no. How much an edible tastes like cannabis depends on a variety of factors, including the flavor profile of the edible and its potency. Edibles with strong flavor profiles, like chocolate or coffee, will mask the taste of cannabis better than a lighter edible. Edibles with higher potency also tend to taste more like cannabis.


What Are the Best Edibles for Beginners? 

The best edibles for beginners are edibles with low potency. We suggest starting with the lowest potency and working your way up. It’s always possible to consume more, but impossible to consume less once it’s in your system.


How Long Do Edibles Take to Work?

This is a tricky question because it ultimately depends on external factors, like the type of edible consumed, and physical factors, like your tolerance level and your metabolism. The difficulty in finding a clear answer is also why many users over-medicate the first time they take an edible.

Edibles take between 45 minutes and two hours to take effect, and liquid edibles (like teas, coffee, etc.) are typically felt 15 to 60 minutes after ingesting. If it’s your first time taking edibles, wait at least two hours before consuming more.

Here’s a dosing chart that can help…


Edibles dosage chart by milligrams of THC


edibles dosing chart

How Long Do The Effects of an Edible Last?

One thing to keep in mind when taking a cannabis edible is that the effects last much longer than they do if you’re smoking. Some edibles can last as long as eight hours, while those in the liquid form typically cap out at five hours.


How Do Edibles Work?

Edibles work by being digested and then metabolized by the liver. The cannabinoids then reach the brain. This is why it takes longer to feel the effects of an edible – when someone smokes, the lungs metabolize the cannabinoids, and then reach the brain through the bloodstream.


What are CBD and THC?

Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are two natural compounds found in cannabis plants. CBD can be extracted from hemp or cannabis, has anti-inflammatory properties, and won’t make you feel high. THC, on the other hand, is the component of cannabis that makes you high. It can also be used in pain management.


What is Potency?

Potency is a word used to describe how strong edibles are. It’s usually calculated by how many milligrams of THC or CBD an edible contains. The strongest edibles contain 1,000mg or more of THC and low-potency edibles can contain as little as 1mg. If you’re just starting out, we recommend starting with a low potency first and moving your way up.


How Much Should I Eat?

Again, the proper dosage depends on your tolerance, metabolism, and weight. Trial and error will be the only way to find the perfect dosage for you. A standard starting dose is 10mg, but we recommend starting small with 1-2.5mg and then adding another 1-2.5mg the next time you take edibles until you find your sweet spot. Just remember- once you’ve eaten an edible, there’s no going back, so always err on the side of caution.


What Can I Expect to Feel?

While the effects vary depending on the person consuming the edible (and the type of edible consumed), most users say that eating an edible gives more of a body high.


Are Edibles Dangerous?

Yes and no. While there are no deaths directly associated with cannabis consumption, accidentally consuming too much cannabis can result in side effects ranging from dizziness and anxiety to vomiting. Some people might also be allergic to cannabis, so if you have trouble breathing consult an emergency medical professional immediately.

Consuming cannabis can also cause feelings of anxiety and panic. If you live with mental health conditions, please consult your doctor before trying cannabis.



I Think I Ate Too Many Edibles!! 

What Do I Do Now?

We have an entire blog on the subject, so please watch for it, but the short version is:

distract yourself, go for a walk, move to a calm, quiet room, eat something, drink water, and reassure yourself that everything will be OK. If you feel threatened, seek help from your closest confidante or if you are feeling physically ill, consult a medical professional right away.



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