Smoking is the most popular way of consuming cannabis – but edibles are catching up in a big way. Why? Because they offer a more all-encompassing high.

As such, anyone new to the consumption of edibles should be careful the first couple of times to better understand how edibles affect the bodies, appropriate dosing, and what you can do while experiencing the effects.

Eating edibles isn’t as straightforward as smoking. One reason is that it takes quite a long time for THC to activate in your system. The THC needs to make it to your liver before it can enter the bloodstream and have an impact on your brain.

Choose Wisely

One of the most important requirements is making sure your edibles come from a reputable establishment. Some people like to make their own, but edibles in dispensaries are certified and will properly metabolize.

Create a Pleasurable Experience

Make time for an extended session and find a comfortable location before trying edibles for the first time. Ideally, you’ll want someone who has experience with edibles nearby – just in case you need assistance or have questions about how your body is responding.

As is the case when consuming alcohol, don’t take edibles on an empty stomach. You also want to make sure that you’re well-hydrated, particularly so you don’t become lightheaded.

What should be your first dose size?

What’s generally recommended is that you start out with 2.5 to 5 milligrams. However, if you really want to feel it, you can choose to take 10 milligrams.