Marijuana Edibles: Know Your Limit

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Marijuana Edibles: Enough is Enough

7 Tips For Safe Consumption of Marijuana-infused Drinks and Marijuana Edibles

By: Paul @ CannabisOwl.

Marijuana may be safer than alcohol and tobacco but that still doesn’t provide a leeway for one to use it carelessly. In fact, if you consume more than the recommended dose, it can leave you very uncomfortable for several hours.

Marijuana edibles come in handy for people who want a discreet and healthy method of consuming cannabis.  Nevertheless, they take at least 30 minutes before they are synthesized. During this time, an inexperienced user could think that the delay is as a result of an insufficient dose and choose to consume more. This exposes them to potential marijuana intoxication once the drug begins to take effect.

Some issues associated with cannabis intoxication include rapid heart rate which increases the chances of heart attack, mental confusion causing one to be unaware of their environment, hallucinations, panic attacks, and extreme paranoia. No need to worry, though, since you can ensure your wellbeing by using these 7 tips for safe consumption of marijuana-infused drinks and edibles.

  1. Read and Understand the Labels
    The law demands that edibles are labeled to show the amount of THC or recommended servings for each package. If you purchase a chocolate bar labeled 100 milligrams THC, have in mind that if you divide it into 10 equal portions, each is expected to contain 10 milligrams of activated THC. Make sure you dose appropriately to avoid unwanted incidences.
  2. Consider your Level of Experience
    If you are a beginner in marijuana use, you probably haven’t figured out the dosage that would be appropriate for you. This makes it important to go slow. Start with a small dose, preferably lower than 10mg and weigh the effect before trying another dose. In case you have been smoking or vaping but are now trying out edibles, beware of the difference in absorption time as discussed below.
  3. Beware of the Digestion Time
    Unlike smoking and vaping, marijuana consumed in food and drinks takes at least 30 minutes to cause any effect on the consumer’s body. Many people mistake this slow onset for low potency and continue to increase the dose so that they can begin to experience a high. Unfortunately, the dose accumulates and the effects could be detrimental. Edibles have to be digested for their content to get to the blood stream. Food synthesis can continue up to 2 hours after consumption, at which time the effects of marijuana will be at peak.
  4. Listen to The Response of Your Body
    There are different factors that will determine the dose suitable for you. Your metabolism rate, age, body mass, and gender are some of these. As your weight or age changes, it is possible that the dose you had been using won’t fit you anymore. Talk to your doctor or supplier and have them help you determine a suitable dose depending on your body mass, age, metabolism and other variables.
  5. Keep off Marijuana when Hungry
    It may be food, but do not forget it is drug-infused. Just like you wouldn’t encourage a painkiller on an empty stomach, so too with marijuana-infused edibles or drinks. The effects could be stronger than you can handle or than you expected.
  6. Avoid Mixing with Other Intoxicating Substances
    Marijuana edibles mixed with other substances such as alcohol or tobacco can produce magnified effects. It is possible to experience nausea and dizziness too.
  7. Understand that Different Brands have Distinct Consistency
    The choice of marijuana edibles in the market is overwhelming. From cakes to gummies and hard candies, there is no lack of choices. However, note that each brand may have a different cannabis level depending on the strain of flower they use to prepare their edibles. Always go slow when trying a new brand and monitor how your body reacts before increasing the dosage.


It is crucial to understand that cannabis-infused drinks or foods take effect differently. They provide a distinct intense feeling, are experienced for longer time periods, and can take longer to vanish. One is also at a high risk of overdose if they do not have the right information or experience. Use the above tips to make sure you do not go overboard with your marijuana edibles and drinks.

About the Author

Paul has more than 5 years of experience working in the marijuana industry. He is a marijuana enthusiast that loves to read and write on anything that is remotely related to cannabis. At the moment, he is working as a content manager at CannabisOwl.

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