If you are new to cannabis, you might have been introduced to different methods of taking the substance. These methods include smoking, topical, edibles, tinctures, and vaping. Although edibles are common among many cannabis users, they are not the best option for new consumers.
Let’s take a look at why first-time cannabis users should not take edibles.
- Edibles are more potent than most other options
When compared to other options of taking cannabis, edibles are known to be one of the most potent methods. In other words, they tend to have more and stronger effects on the body than smoking, tinctures, and so on.
Another important thing to note that is that effects of the edibles usually increase over time. That is, the effect you will feel after 5 hours of taking edibles will be lower than the effect of the substance after 6 hours.
- The effects of edibles are longer
When you smoke a joint or vape, the effects of the substance will last for about 2 to 4 hours. However, you can feel the effects of edibles about 8 to 16 hours after taking them. In some cases, the effects may even be up to 24 hours.
Besides, the body requires longer time to process edibles. As a consequence of this, you may not start feeling the effects of the substance quickly. However, when you feel them, they will be longer and stronger on your body.
- Edibles have different high experience
Comparatively, the high experience of edibles is different from what you will feel when smoking weed. The high experience of edibles tends to be a bit more intense than other options.
Although the aforementioned points may sound great to a regular cannabis user, they can be problematic for a first-time smoker. A study was conducted in Colorado to assess the effects of cannabis on the body. According to the study, edible sales were not up to 1% of cannabis sold in Colorado. But edibles were responsible for 11% of all cannabis-related ER visits. This clearly shows that edibles may lead to more negative effects on the body than most other methods of taking cannabis. For first-time cannabis users, the effects could be even more impactful.
Important tips for first timers
- Don’t start with edibles. You should rather go for vaping or smoking.
- If you prefer to start with edibles, you must start slowly. Take a small piece and don’t take another piece for the next 3 or 4 hours.
- Ensure that you have eaten good food before eating edibles. Also, avoid alcohol before or after taking edibles.
Understand your limits
It is noteworthy that the metabolisms of various people differ. Hence, two first-timers may have varying experience of taking edibles. But since it is unlikely that you will know how your body will react, you should be careful when consuming edibles.
You must determine what works for you when eating edibles. Also, you should not take too many edibles as a first-timer. In addition, make sure you know the limits of edibles you can eat to avoid horrible effects.