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The right dose is different for everyone. Start with a small dose, especially if it's your first time or it's been a while since you've used cannabis. Each person's response to a dose of edible cannabis can vary significantly, more so than with other medications or herbs. The “standard dose” is considered 10 mg, but someone new to cannabis or with low tolerance should start with half of that. Trial-and-error is an integral part of finding the perfect dose for a great experience, just remember to start low and slow. Read more: Cannabis Edibles Dosing Chart: Find the Right Dose
The amount of time it takes for the effects to kick in varies and also depends on your metabolism. People with faster metabolisms may feel effects after an hour; people with slower metabolisms may not feel the effects for two hours or more. An important factor is whether you consume the edible on an empty stomach or after you've eaten. An empty stomach will feel the effects much more quickly — a full stomach will keep it from hitting you as hard. Read more: 5 Tips to Safely Dose and Enjoy Cannabis Edibles
If you become uncomfortably high, don't panic.A cannabis overdose isn't fatal, it's just uncomfortable and possibly disorienting. Find a safe, comfortable place to rest. Put on music that eases you. Closing your eyes can also help. Take long, slow, deep breaths, ideally of fresh air – open a window if possible. And hydrate! Read more: 8 Ways to Counteract a Too-Intense Cannabis High
Cannabis products aren't yet FDA regulated, which can result in a lack of consistency in dosage from one product to another. This can make finding the right dose even more difficult. Look for products that are clearly labeled and read the label carefully to figure out the correct portion size for the dose that works best for you. Read more: What to Know About Dosing, Potency, and Labeling
It may not surprise you that it's hard to pinpoint the exact length of the effect of a cannabis edible. The short answer: it varies. Generally, the effects of edibles can be felt up to about 5-6 hours. This varies widely based your individual biology, the dose, and the type of edible consumed. The peak euphoric experience may only last 1-3 hours but may continue for much longer. Bottom line: start with a low dose and slowly work your way up to avoid uncomfortably long and uncomfortably potent effects.
If you don't feel any effects from an edible after an hour, try eating a snack like an organic apple to turn on the digestion and absorption in your gut. Some people new to cannabis many not feel anything the first few times they try edibles, so it's often best to try the same low dose three times with 8 to 24 hours between tries before you increase the dose.