Don’t Get Tricked By THC Treats: A Guide to Safe Edible Consumption
Trick or treat?
BEWARE homemade edibles…
You’ve probably heard the story…
Someone–let’s call him Jeff– was given some THC edibles from a friend, entirely unaware of exactly how much THC is contained within them. Jeff eats what he presumes to be one serving, though he’s really just guessing, and he waits an hour for the effects to kick in.
Jeff’s friend told him that his edibles always kick in for him within 45 minutes, so when Jeff doesn’t notice any effects at the one hour mark, he eats another serving.
One hour later, Jeff begins to feel the effects of the THC. Two hours after his initial dose, his first serving is just starting to take effect. Jeff used his friend’s experience as a guideline, unaware that every person’s body will process edibles differently depending on a plethora of factors.
As the third hour since Jeff took his initial dose approaches, Jeff’s high increases in intensity, and he begins to feel extremely anxious. Jeff worries that he’s eaten far too much THC. His heart begins to beat faster and his mind races through the potential consequences.
Of course, in the end, Jeff was fine. There are no known lasting effects of taking “too much” THC. He probably calmed down after some time and took a nice nap. But still, no one ingests cannabis with the intent of inducing anxiety.
Eating a larger dose of THC than you intended can truly make edibles seem like a cruel trick. As a budtender, it’s one of my main goals to ensure cannabis beginners don’t have an experience like the one I’ve just recited. In order to avoid Jeff’s unfortunate fate, start by following this one crucial tip:
Only eat an edible if you know how much THC is contained in your serving.
This means purchasing edibles from legal, state-regulated dispensaries. All edibles sold in legal cannabis states are required to undergo laboratory testing before they become available to consumers.
If you are purchasing a legal cannabis edible product, the amount of THC contained within the package should be clearly printed on the front of the package. Cannabis edible brands are also required to provide each individual batch’s testing numbers, which can usually be found on a sticker somewhere on the package.
Cannabis edible packaging should also indicate the approximate amount of time it should take to feel effects after consumption. This information is usually presented as a range of timeframes, sometimes as broad as 45 minutes up to 3 hours, since effects will always be varied from person to person.
As previously stated, eating too large a dose of THC can feel pretty spooky. As much as a beginner may want to experience the effects of THC, the desired effects can only be achieved with the appropriate dose. So start with the minimum recommended dose and wait. Remember Jeff’s story and take it as a cautionary tale. Just because your friend ate x amount and felt it in y minutes doesn’t mean your experience will be the same!
Be safe this Halloween!