Edibles: How to Have a Great (and Not Scary!) Experience

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Maybe you’ve heard some of the scary stories that surround edible marijuana consumption. Maybe you’ve had a bad experience yourself.

99% of the time, this happens for two reasons:

1) The consumer doesn’t wait the full 2 hours for the edible to take effect before they consume more.

2) The consumer is unaware of the potency of the product.

Some people are afraid to try edible marijuana products, such as brownies, cookies, or candies, simply because of these stories. But taking edibles can be a very enjoyable experience. All you need is knowledge.

The good news is that every cannabis edible at Mary Jane’s House of Grass, and in fact every edible in the state of Washington, is required by law to be tested for potency, and to display that potency on the packaging. This means that consumers are always aware of how much they are actually taking in. A product may be labeled at, say, 10 milligrams per serving, or 100 milligrams per package, and you will know exactly how much to take.

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What serving size is right for me? A lesson in milligrams

But when a product says it contains 10mg of THC, most casual consumers have no idea what that sort of potency means. They’re used to seeing it in grams, ounces, and percentages, rather than in milligrams. Well, converting from bud potency to edible potency can be a little volatile, so it’s generally best not to get caught up in the conversion.

Here’s the best way to start.

Understand that 10mg of THC is the recommended starting dose for edibles. This is a dose that is good for first-timers and those with a low tolerance. Some consumers will even recommend starting with 5mg if you are wanting to be extra cautious, but if you go any lower, you likely won’t feel anything!

In fact, the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board requires that all edibles in the state of Washington have a maximum of 10mg per serving. This is part of an effort to ensure that novice consumers don’t accidentally take too much.

“I’ve tried 10mg before, and I didn’t feel anything!”

An unwritten cannabis rule of thumb is that everyone is different. Some people inherently have a high tolerance to cannabis. Some first-time consumers need several servings more, while some cannabis veterans feel plenty of effect after only 10mg.

This is why we always, ALWAYS recommend that you start low, and work your way up from there. If you start at 10mg, wait the full 2 hours for it to take effect, and still don’t feel anything, no problem! Just increase your dose the next time. However, if you start at 50mg, or 100mg, and find out that it’s too much for you to handle, it’s already too late to go back. As they say, “You can always have more, but you can never have less.”

Edibles are very fun when taken responsibly, and now that marijuana edibles are legal and tested for potency, being a responsible consumer is incredibly easy! So if you’re interested in trying edibles for the first time (or if you’ve been wary in the past and want to try again), stop on by Mary Jane’s House of Grass, consult your favorite budtender, and grab some tasty culinary treats! You may just find that you’ve been missing out on a great way to consume cannabis!

-Budtender Matt

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