Before You Snack: Things to Consider When Taking Weed Edibles

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You’ve seen it in movies and your favorite TV shows: a character eats a suspiciously green brownie from his friend and gets blasted out of his mind. While these movies present a more exaggerated representation of cannabis edibles, they do a good job of showing that pot brownies are more potent than their joint brethren.

So why are the effects of cannabis edibles more significant? And is there anything you can do to ensure that you’ll have a safe experience with them?

Edible Potency

Edibles don’t provide as quick a high as taking a hit from a blunt or bong, but they produce a stronger effect. According to a Vice article about cannabis edibles, the main culprit is your liver. When you smoke, the psychoactive compound of cannabis called Delta-9-THC enters your bloodstream quickly, causing you to feel high almost immediately.

When you eat marijuana, this Delta-9-THC gets processed in your liver until it turns into 11-hydroxy-THC. According to scientific consultant Mike Tagen, in an interview with The Atlantic, 11-hydroxy-THC is much more potent than Delta-9, as it may activate more receptors. Therefore, you need to take certain precautions before taking your first bite.

  • Premade or Recipe? – There are many edibles available in your local Chandler dispensary. You can get a pack of gummies, taffy, or even mints that contain high-inducing THC. Try these bite-sized snacks out first to determine your tolerance and preferred flavors. Once you’ve figured out the taste and high you want, visit your nearest dispensary again to purchase strains for your recipes.

A potent and versatile cannabis food you can create is cannabutter. You can spread it on your toast, put it in a batch of brownies, or use it to add more richness and herb flavors to your steak.

  • The Environment – A good dose of 11-hydroxy-THC will leave you locked to your couch. If you’re alone, ensure that all your doors and windows are securely closed. Leave a jug of water on a table near you, too, so you can hydrate immediately after consuming your edible. If possible, take your edible with a friend or loved one around. This way, you’ll have someone guarding and assisting you.
  • Taking Bites – Edibles are very potent, but they take a while to get to your liver. You may need to wait an hour or two to start feeling your pot brownie’s effects. You should start with one bite and wait it out to see if you’ll feel any effects. Don’t finish a whole bag or devour a whole brownie block all at once. If you do, you’ll experience overdose symptoms like paranoia and vomiting. Even though the effects of cannabis overdose are temporary and won’t affect your health significantly, they’re still a hassle to deal with. So you need to resist temptation and take gradual bites, no matter how delicious your edibles may be.

Medical cannabis edibles may come in cute packages or small bite-sized pieces. Don’t be fooled by their appearance; they come with an 11-hydroxy-THC punch that will leave you sitting or lying for hours. Consider your limitations to ensure a healthy and peaceful cannabis moment.

Get High-Quality Edibles from a Trusted Source

If you want to get a consistent and safe high from your edibles, get your products from a trusted store like Territory Dispensary. We provide premium-quality cannabis goodies like gummies, concentrates, and buds. We offer our items online and in our different stores in Arizona, including Chandler, Mesa, and Gilbert.

Contact us today for all your medical marijuana needs.