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The 10 Commandments of Marijuana Edible Safety

Eating an excessive dose of THC can be scary, even for seasoned smokers. Before legal medical marijuana and the revolution in lab testing, it was extremely difficult for a novice to determine the potency of a home-baked batch of brownies, but now we have candy bars with the THC content listed in milligrams. Legalization has made cannabis foods much safer, but it’s also introducing them to a whole new audience, many of whom have no idea what to expect.

So here’s the scoop: Eating 10 – 25 milligrams of THC will make your muscles relax, and waves of bliss will blanket your body. Giggling and silliness are common. You will feel relaxed and cozy, and get the best “super sleep” of your life. The high can last from four to six hours, or longer with higher doses. Keep in mind that everyone’s metabolism is different, and your weight and fitness will play a role in how your body reacts to edible pot foods. Pain patients seeking to replace pharmaceuticals can grow to tolerate daily doses of THC in the hundreds of milligrams.

To help cannabis users who are new to edibles avoid making some common mistakes, we’ve compiled 10 Commandments of Edible Cannabis Safety:

1. Thou shalt go low and slow

Start with a low dose of 10 milligrams of THC and wait two hours before consuming any more cannabis. Your digestive system processes pot slowly, especially if you’ve already eaten a substantial meal. Once inside your liver, THC is converted into another chemical called 11-hydroxy-THC, which is actually more potent, explaining the intensity of an edible high.

2. Thou shalt label homemade pot foods

If you prefer to create your own cannabis-infused foods at home, be sure to always label items to prevent accidental ingestion by a roommate, neighbor, friend, babysitter, house-guest, family member, etc.

3. Thou shalt not mix with alcohol

Combining edibles with alcohol should only be attempted by those who have mastered both substances. Smoking a jay while rocking a beer is a completely different vibe than scarfing a pot brownie when you’re already wasted. Keep in mind that a few glasses of Chardonnay will magnify the effects of pot chocolate significantly, causing nausea and dizziness, aka “the spins.”

4. Thou shalt eat a proper dinner

Edibles are much more intense when consumed on an empty stomach. Be sure to eat a solid, nutritious meal before taking your THC dose.

5. Thou shalt not drive or operate heavy machinery

Save the cannabis until you’re at home, ready to relax and rejuvenate.

6. Thou shalt keep away from children

Store your edibles in a locking cabinet or box. At an appropriate age, educate any minors about the effects of edibles and make sure they understand these substances are for adult use only.

7. Thou shalt have unmedicated snacks on hand

Don’t let yourself get too stoned from sheer hunger. If you’re eating pot chocolate, keep some regular chocolate on hand if you need to taste more deliciousness.

8. Thou shalt keep CBD capsules on hand

CBD, another important cannabinoid with healing properties, is known for it’s confounding effect on THC. Meaning that CBD can lessen the paranoid, panicky feelings that come on after ingesting too much THC. Keep some CBD-rich cannabis on hand for smoking, as well as high-CBD capsules, as antidotes that will take the edge off and return balance to your high.

9. Thou shalt remain calm

If you do happen to overindulge on pot-laden treats, remember that you will recover just fine. Retreat to a safe place where you can lay down, and most likely you will drift off to sleep for 10 or 12 hours. Upon waking, you will feel incredibly rested, if not a little groggy.

10. Thou shalt never prank!

Never prank people by giving them infused foods without their knowledge, as such actions are criminally irresponsible. Ingesting pot food without expecting its effects is scary and dangerous.

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    thaddeusbuttmunchmd

    September 6, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    I used to make brownies with a whole OUNCE of Bud-dissolved in coconut oil in a double-boiler. I took a small piece and was couch-locked all WEEKEND last Jaunary! Now I’m afraid to Touch the stuff! Maybe I’ll leave some out for the mice in my basement.

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      Insert Name Here

      October 6, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      I’ll take it.

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      Henry B

      April 28, 2020 at 7:57 pm

      That’s funny!

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    Henry B

    April 28, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    I’m just finding that not all edibles are crap. Or that weed and hashish need to be heated to get a buzz. well it doesn’t say hashish but I got arrested when I was a young lad, the Fuzz took me off to jail for the night for something stupid. And while I was in the back seat of the cop car, and before they ….. searched me, I was able to get my hash out of my pocket, about 22 grams worth. Blonde Lebanese hash with the string ahhhhhh! It was 1977. Anyways I was cuffed but managed to wiggle the ounce of hash I had in my pocket up to my mouth with my knees when the cops were out of the car having some kind of cop reunion LOL! (I won’t get into that part of this story) Anyways I got the ounce up to my mouth and “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing”, but when the cops got back in the car, it must’ve been about 5-10 minutes later, but I had managed to scarf it all down but had this great big shit face ring of hash residue all over my lips and my teeth and it had streamed out of the corners of my mouth onto my clothes. And there was just this just so horrible shitty taste in my mouth,pure Lebanese Camel hash taste all the way. But it isn’t that great when you have to scarf down about an ounce in a record time so you don’t get popped for possession (the old days when and ounce could get you 6 months to 18 months in the county,…… depending on his honor the prick.) I never let on and the cops didn’t find out, and I wasn’t going to tell! Plus I still had about 10 grams of Black Nepalese up my butt. So they finger printed me and then took me to the cell block for idiots, to go in front of his honor the dick for bail in the morning. Well there were some really tough wannabe biker dudes in there and I was just 17 year old kid. I got to the twoiletta and dug in. I managed to grab the edge plastic saran and proceeded to pull out the wrapped hash. I shared that with those two guys, who (who would know) turned out to be my couldn’t get rid of em best moochie buddies for the next few days after we were all released on our own recognizance. But man was I high even when the judge cut me loose, I had eaten 22 grams of Lebanese hash, and about 4 more grams of the Nepalese Finger hash. Those guys were fried after about an hour after they ate it, so I guess I must have been more fried??? I don’t remember too clearly. And whats that got to do with dogs eh?

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    Wayne Fujioka

    June 1, 2020 at 3:29 am

    I adored your content, the whole post is written very well. I have been searching for informative regarding the sleep subject and this really helped me. I have always struggled with falling asleep I am not sure why either. Sleep drugs have always made me feel worried as they can have side effects. Thank you again stay safe and wishing you a lovely day.

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