Updated: Aug 19, 2020
Starting slow with a low dose is recommended since eating cannabis products is different from smoking it. Edibles are considered a safer option for your lungs, but they are not risk-free. While it takes just a few minutes to feel the effects of smoking cannabis, it can take between ½ an hour and 2 hours to feel the full effects of an edible. It may also take 3-6 hours for the effects of an edible to wear off, so plan ahead if you are a new cannabis user. Experts advise beginners to start with a THC dose of 2.5 mg if you’re new to edibles, know you’re sensitive to THC, or are over the age of 60. While it’s virtually impossible to overdose on cannabis, side effects from eating too much can result in feeling nauseous and vomiting. These symptoms however typically wear off after three to six hours.
Other external factors can make you more sensitive to THC on a particular day, which is another reason to aim low. Check in with yourself, and consider whether you’re:
Hungry or tired
Already anxious or experiencing PMS
Dealing with another medical condition
Mindful mixing with alcohol
Your weight, gender, and past experiences with cannabis can all impact the felt effects, and if you’ve eaten a lot of fatty foods that day, this alone can speed THC into your bloodstream. OUIDE Pastilles for example, will be absorbed sublingually (under the tongue), entering the bloodstream much faster than THC that gets absorbed by the stomach.
While some people need between 25mg and 50mg of THC to feel anything, by increasing the dose gradually you’ll enjoy the experience, find your ideal dose, and not overwhelm your system in the process. Overall, edibles are about finding relief, having fun, and taking small steps in the right way.