Cannabis edibles are becoming increasingly popular among those who want to enjoy the benefits of marijuana without having to smoke or vape. For many, gummies are the go-to option, as they offer precise dosing and come in a variety of flavours. But whether you’re new to cannabis or just trying edibles, it’s important to understand the dosing process and how to use them safely. Here is an overview of the safest way to dose cannabis edibles for your first experience.

What you need to know before dosing 

Before diving into dosing information, it’s important to understand the difference between CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD is non-psychoactive, which means it doesn’t make you “high” like THC does. When buying your THC gummy products, read the labels carefully so you know exactly what you’re getting and how much of each cannabinoid you’re getting. This will help ensure that your intake matches the desired effects you are looking for from your edible experience. 

Start low and slow 

Everyone metabolises cannabinoids differently, so start low with 5mg per dose and build up over time if necessary. It can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to feel the effects, so patience is key! Start conservatively – even if a packet says 10mg per dose – because everyone’s body reacts differently to cannabis edibles and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Take note of any physical sensations as well as mental effects while consuming edibles, as this can help guide future dosages. 

Keep track of what you have taken 

Keeping track of your dosage history will help you understand how different amounts affect you differently, so be sure to document all your experiences for future reference! As well as helping to understand individual tolerances, this will also help to avoid overdosing, which can lead to unpleasant symptoms such as paranoia or anxiety. If possible, keep track by writing notes after each session or even using an app designed specifically for tracking cannabis use!  

Don’t mix with alcohol or other medicines  

Combining cannabis edibles with alcohol or other medications can greatly increase their potency and cause adverse reactions such as dizziness, nausea, confusion and more serious symptoms if abused or taken in large doses. Although edible dosages may seem low compared to smoking/vaping methods – which allow cannabinoids to enter the bloodstream directly – they still carry potent psychoactive effects due to their slower rate of absorption through the digestive system, making them more potent than originally expected; therefore mixing with other substances should be avoided at all costs! 

Stay hydrated & eat before use 

Drinking plenty of water prior to use will help speed up metabolism and aid digestion, resulting in a faster rate of absorption, allowing the user to feel the effects sooner rather than later – ideal especially when first experimenting with different edible doses! Eating beforehand also helps to spread out any discomfort felt when consuming large amounts in quick succession by preventing stomach upset caused by an empty stomach; remember that not all bodies react in the same way when exposed to certain foods/substances, so proceed cautiously until you find the perfect balance of specific needs/desires!  

Monitor effects carefully & wait for effects to wear off completely 

After taking an edible dose, wait at least 45 minutes before increasing the amount, as peak levels in the bloodstream typically occur around this time; monitor slowly building intensity levels to ensure you don’t exceed personal tolerance limits further, as this can lead to potentially dangerous side effects such as extreme paranoia or anxiety attacks, depending on the type of strain consumed (doses vary significantly between indica/sativa strains). As long as you allow enough time between doses, you can safely experiment until you reach your preferred balance of desired results without taking too much risk!   

Final thoughts on the safest way to take cannabis edibles for the first time   

Taking cannabis edibles the right way requires careful consideration and attention, especially when trying them for the first time ever; starting slow low incremental increases proven best method to manage desired outcomes without putting health at risk due to its delayed yet potent effects caused by prolonged digestion process passing liver enzymes (which convert inactive forms into active ones) before entering bloodstream activating receptors throughout body producing various sensations both physical and mental lasting several hours depending on strength form taken (ie: tinctures tend to last longer than gummies). All said and done there is no universal answer to determining the ‘right’ amount for everyone as everyone reacts differently based on various biological factors however following guidelines provided above offers great starting point for anyone looking to explore the world new exciting ways to medicate safely responsibly enjoy pleasure alike!