Introduction to Edibles

On July 12, 2023 By Elevated Staff in General

As marijuana legalization sweeps across various states in the US, an increasing number of individuals are exploring its consumption for the first time. With a multitude of ways to experience THC, it’s natural to feel a tad overwhelmed and unsure about where to start. Thankfully, there’s an option that tends to have a more approachable appeal: gummies and edibles. These treats offer a lower barrier for entry, making them a popular choice for newcomers. However, diving into the world of edibles may raise numerous questions, and it’s crucial to have an understanding of what to expect in order to ensure a positive experience.

When THC is ingested rather than inhaled, the way your body processes it undergoes significant changes, resulting in a unique experience. To understand this phenomenon, let’s delve into the process of consuming edibles and explore the sequence of events that take place within your body.

Digesting Cannabis

After consuming edibles, the initial hour is dedicated to the digestion and transportation of THC to your liver. To experience the desired high, the THC undergoes a crucial transformation in the liver, converting into 11-hydroxy-THC. This newly formed compound then circulates through your bloodstream, reaching your brain and manifesting its effects, which will become noticeable.

It’s important to recognize that the digestion and conversion process can vary among individuals. However, most people typically begin to feel the effects of the high within a timeframe of 30 minutes to 2 hours after ingestion.

It’s worth noting that the liver has limitations in terms of how rapidly it can metabolize THC. If a substantial dose was initially consumed, the liver may require more time to fully process the entire batch. As a precaution, we recommend starting with a maximum of 2.5mg for your first dose and waiting the full 2 hours before considering any additional intake. This allows you to gauge your response to the edible and make informed decisions about subsequent doses.

How Some Describe The High

Once the high from edibles begins, the effects can vary depending on whether you’ve consumed a sativa, indica, or hybrid edible. The high is often characterized as a sense of euphoria, but the way you personally experience it can differ. Sativa edibles are typically associated with a head-high, which may provide an energizing or creative effect for some individuals. On the other hand, indica edibles are more commonly associated with a body-high, often inducing relaxation or a sedative effect.

There is also the option of hybrid edibles, which combine characteristics of both sativa and indica strains. Many people find this to be an ideal starting point as it allows them to experience both effects, enabling them to determine their preferences.

It’s important to note that while inhaled THC can produce a range of subtle effects that vary depending on the strain, this is not the case with edibles. Instead, edibles are typically identified by their base strains, such as sativa, indica, or hybrid, without necessarily capturing the nuanced effects associated with specific strains.

Drymouth, The Munchies, and More

Once you start feeling the high, you might notice various effects as THC interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system. This fascinating system regulates physiological functions like appetite, pain sensation, and mood. It’s also responsible for saliva production, so you might experience that dry mouth and throat feeling.

As THC engages with your endocannabinoid system, it can trigger the release of a hormone called ghrelin, which ramps up your appetite and makes you more inclined to indulge in food. It can also heighten your sense of taste and smell, making food even more enticing. You’ve probably heard it referred to as “the munchies”.

To make the most of your experience, it’s a good idea to have some healthy snacks ready and keep some water or your favorite teas nearby before you enjoy your gummies. It’s best to avoid alcohol since it can intensify the effects and leave you feeling unwell. These side effects might make you want to eat or drink more than you intended, but having nutritious options on hand will help ensure you have a great time.

How Long Will It Last?

The effects of ingesting 11-hydroxy-THC are generally considered stronger and longer-lasting compared to THC that is inhaled. However, it’s important to note that each individual’s experience can be influenced by numerous factors. On average, most users start to come down from the high after approximately 3 hours, but there are instances where some individuals report still feeling high even after 12 hours.

The initial dose plays a significant role in determining the duration of the high. Since the liver’s processing capacity for THC is limited, a larger dose will take a longer time to be fully metabolized. This processing rate can vary from person to person, so we highly recommend starting with small doses when consuming edibles. This approach ensures a better understanding of the high you’re experiencing before considering further intake.

Another helpful suggestion is to have a satisfying meal before consuming your edible. By ensuring that your body is already in the process of metabolizing food, it can aid in normalizing the digestion of the edible itself. This can contribute to an improved overall experience and may even enhance the speed at which you feel the effects of the high.

How Should I Prepare

For your first time consuming THC, it’s crucial to take some additional precautions. Keep in mind that you’ll be in an altered state, so it’s important to only consume THC in a safe environment surrounded by people you trust. It’s worth noting that edibles can have a significant relaxing effect, and you might find yourself drifting off to sleep. Being prepared for this possibility in advance is recommended.

Here are a few more suggestions:

  1. Avoid planning snacks that require the use of an oven or stove, as this can pose a fire hazard if you happen to forget about it or fall asleep.
  2. Choose a location and be in the company of individuals you feel comfortable spending the night with.
  3. Prepare some simple entertainment options such as a movie marathon, your favorite TV series, video games, or a good book.

You might find yourself in the company of individuals who are more experienced with THC than you are, and they may suggest engaging in more adventurous activities. However, we do not recommend this, as it can potentially lead to a negative experience. It’s best to prioritize your comfort and have a relaxed and enjoyable time.

What About a Negative Experience?

In some cases, the experience of consuming THC can result in feelings of anxiety, paranoia, or an elevated heart rate. If someone you know is experiencing these effects, it’s important to take the following steps:

  • Reassure them: Let the person know that they are safe and that the effects will eventually wear off. Providing reassurance can help alleviate their concerns.
  • Stay with them: Offer your company and let them know that you are there to support them through the experience. Your presence can provide a sense of comfort and stability.
  • Help them relax: Encourage the person to take deep breaths and try to relax their body. Suggest calming activities such as listening to soothing music, practicing meditation, or taking a warm bath or shower.
  • Offer water and healthy snacks: Providing water and offering healthy snacks can help reduce feelings of anxiety and promote a sense of well-being. Staying hydrated and nourished can contribute to a more grounded state.
  • Avoid stimulants: Advise against consuming caffeine or other stimulants, as they can exacerbate feelings of anxiety and intensify the situation. It’s best to steer clear of anything that may further agitate their state.
  • Seek medical attention if necessary: While rare, there are cases where a negative THC high can lead to severe symptoms such as chest pain, difficulty breathing, or loss of consciousness. If you are concerned about the person’s well-being or they are experiencing severe symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.

Remember, being there for someone going through a challenging experience can make a significant difference, and taking these steps can help them navigate and mitigate any discomfort they may be feeling.

Wrapping It All Up

Edibles offer a wonderful way to experience THC for the first time. As with any substance, it’s crucial to use it responsibly and in a safe environment.

Here are a few key points to keep in mind:

Start slowly: Begin with a conservative dose of 2.5mg and wait for at least 2 hours before considering consuming more. While this initial dose may not have a significant impact for some individuals, it’s important to note that the effects of consuming too much cannot be reversed. It’s always better to exercise caution and take it slow.

Allow ample time: Be prepared for the experience to span several hours. Avoid making any plans to operate vehicles or heavy machinery for the remainder of your day. Give yourself the freedom to fully enjoy and embrace the journey without any unnecessary responsibilities.

Prepare your snacks and drinks: Prior to indulging in your edibles, have your favorite healthy snacks and non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated drinks ready. It’s common to experience “the munchies” and dry mouth as side effects of the high, so having delicious snacks and hydrating beverages on hand can enhance your overall enjoyment.

Plan enjoyable activities: Choose a safe location where you can engage in easy-to-enjoy entertainment. Consider activities like watching movies, catching up on your favorite TV series, playing video games, or immersing yourself in a good book. These low-key options often provide a better first-time experience compared to more physically demanding endeavors.

We sincerely hope that you have a positive first experience with edibles. If you have any additional questions, we would be delighted to answer them at our store in Longmont.