Cannabis is arguably one of the safest substances for recreational use. As with everything though, too much can turn a good experience into a bad one. Cannabis edibles have high amounts of THC and it is easy to overdo it. Those new to edibles, including long-term cannabis smokers, need to take precautions if they are consuming edibles for the first time.
The Cannabis Consumers Coalition advocates for responsible consumption and suggests that consumers always keep these guidelines in mind:
Cannabis affects everyone differently.
Read product labels carefully to determine dose and amount of servings in each package.
Edibles are available in multiple servings that can add up to 100 mg or more.
Average dose amount is 10 mg.
First time users should start with 5 mg and wait up to 2 hours before consuming more.
2.5 mg is considered a micro dose.
Do not mix cannabis edibles with alcohol as cannabis intensifies the effect.
It is often difficult to discern marijuana edibles from regular foods, so do not leave them laying around.
Keep cannabis infused products away from children and teach them not to eat anything that is unfamiliar.
Keep edibles labeled and away from other food.
Do not give unsuspecting people edibles.
Do not drive or operate heavy machinery.
Consuming edibles is supposed to be a fun and relaxing experience when done right. Symptoms of over-consumption are anxiety, paranoia, or extreme sleepiness. If you nd that you have consumed too much, remember that:
The effect of edibles is only temporary and last between 4 – 6 hours.
Effects are stronger on an empty stomach.
Cannabidiol (CBD), reduces the intensity of THC and is available in pill form at legal cannabis retail and medical centers.
Relaxing by sitting, lying comfortably, or by taking a warm bath or shower while breathing deeply can take the edge off.
If you feel really paranoid or anxious and nothing helps, have someone take you to the emergency room.
And remember - no one has ever died from a cannabis overdose.