Cannabis, or hemp, has been legal in Canada for four years now, but the details of how it should be handled are still being felt out. Just like drinking, people have to learn, as a collective, what is safe recreational use and what isn’t. So, for a refresher, we’re taking a look at edibles.
Edibles seem like the perfect idea for your marijuana needs. No smoke is involved and usually, a tasty treat is involved. It’s party-friendly and aside from the calorie count, shouldn’t have any negative effects – if you’re careful. Read our guide to safely buying edibles online.
Make sure your distributor is licensed
There are a lot of fake websites on the internet. They pop up to “sell” you something, take your money and leave, and the marijuana industry is no different. At best you might not get your edibles and at worst you might get charged an unholy amount to your card.
Then, poof, the website’s gone and you’re out of pocket.
A reputable and trustworthy website is essential if you’re going to buy edibles online. A great site will look and feel like it has been created for the long haul. Plenty of products and information — particularly when it comes to the relatively new and unfamiliar world of cannabis.
There should also be a little lock symbol in the address bar that tells you if the details you entered are secure.
And if the deal is too good to be true, walk away.
Note the strength
It’s still important to check the dose when taking edibles. The element you’re looking for is the THC, which is the factor that gets you high. CBD, on the other hand, is likely to help you relax.
If it’s your first time taking edibles, take it slow. You’re looking for 1 to 3mg, which is perfect for someone with low tolerance looking for a mild experience. You can then go up to a stronger experience of 3-8mg, then 5-15mg. On the opposite end, 15 to 30 mg will give you a strong experience if you have a high tolerance.
Don’t eat it all at once
It’s a clichéd rule for a reason. Cannabis needs to be digested to be absorbed, so you’re not going to feel any effects until it’s fully digested. So, eat half and gauge what the experience is like before you take any more. But be patient, especially if you’re starting out.
That being said, edibles shouldn’t be eaten on an empty stomach. You’re likely to overconsume that way. Treat it the same way you would treat drinking, and line your stomach.
Don’t mix with alcohol
Alcohol and marijuana don’t go well together. The combination could lead to a bad trip, so aim to keep alcohol free for the day. Besides, you’re not likely to feel the effects of the edible if you’re drunk, or even tipsy, so it would just be a waste.
If you take too much…
It’s a good idea to have a plan in place if you’re new to edibles. There is the common trap of eating half your dose, waiting half an hour, thinking it’s not done anything, and deciding to eat the other half. Before you know it, you’re panicking.
As easy as this is to say: try not to panic. Instead, have a friend ready, maybe with some CBD-only edibles or drops, since they might negate some of the negative effects, and get to bed. Like a mild hangover, try and sleep it off.As an Amazon Associate, Icy Canada earns from qualifying purchases.