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Low and Slow: Edible Dosing for Beginners


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    The old adage “Start low and go slow” is a critical rule for dosing with edibles.

    Consuming cannabis edibles is one of many ways to enjoy weed. They are giggly, relaxing, and provide powerful relief. But if not dosed correctly, edibles may lead to paranoia, nausea, and just a general unpleasant feeling.

    If you haven’t had edibles before, make sure you first understand how they work.

    How do Edibles Affect the Body?

    Edibles affect the body differently than smoking weed. When you consume an edible, it’s digested, and your liver processes the THC into your bloodstream. This is also why it takes longer for edibles to hit.

    The impact of the edible is different for everybody. What works for your friend might not work for you. That is why it’s important to go low and slow. Start with a low dosage and wait a few hours for it to kick in. Then, for the next time, take note of how your body responds.

    How to Prepare to Take Edibles for the First Time

    If you’re eating edibles for the first time, there are a few things you can do to make sure you’re consuming safely and have an excellent first experience.

    Buy Safe Cannabis Products

    Make sure you know where your edibles are coming from and only buy from a licensed cannabis dispensary. When you purchase a cannabis edible from a reliable source, you know what you’re getting. In addition, this makes it easier to understand the proper dosage.

    It’s also important to read the package, so you know things like potency and other ingredients to avoid in case of an adverse reaction.

    Prepare Your Space

    When consuming edibles for the first time, make sure you are in a safe place. Try to have a sober friend with you in case you have a negative experience. You should also eat a full meal and drink plenty of water before having edibles.

    Find a nice, quiet, and safe place to enjoy your edibles, like your home or a friend’s place. Make sure you are also in the right headspace to consume edibles. If you’re feeling down or not up to taking edibles, then consider waiting until a day when you’re feeling better.

    Understand the Dosage

    A standard dose of a cannabis edible is usually 10g, but if you are taking edibles for the first time, you should consume a lot less. Start with 1g to 2g and see how your body reacts before upping your dose. For example, you can start with a quarter of a Wana Strawberry Lemonade gummy.

    A low dose will not necessarily get you very high but can improve your focus and creativity. And if you’re using it for the first time, it lets you know how your body reacts without a high risk of taking too much and having a negative experience.

    Take Precautions

    Don’t take more edibles if you don’t feel the effects right away. It can take up to three hours for some edibles to kick in. Taking more can result in a more intense experience than you expected and lead to paranoia and nausea.

    If you’re feeling overwhelmed or have too much of a high, take some CBD. CBD can counteract the effects of THC so it’s a good idea to have some handy in case you start to have a negative experience.

    Go Low and Slow

    When taking edibles for the first time, it’s important to start with a low dosage. In addition, understanding how your body reacts to different dosages and strains of cannabis edibles is essential to make sure you don’t end up having a bad experience.

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