Awesome! We’re happy to have you here. To start, check out our Cannabis 101 page. There you’ll read about choosing the right strain, common terms in the industry and what they mean, materials you’ll need, the importance of decarbing and how to properly dose your edibles.
In short, gather your materials, decarb your flower, infuse it in your choice of fat, and then pick a recipe to try!
It depends on your method. Generally, it is more cost effective to buy whole flower and make your own infusions, but a lot of people enjoy the convenience of concentrates. It really is a personal preference. I go into greater detail in Cannabis 101, including the difference between indica and sativa.
Budtenders are also very helpful, so don’t be afraid to speak up when you visit the dispensary. Just ask yourself what you want out of the experience. Do you want to be giggly? Do you want to relax? Is it medicinal? What activities do you plan on doing? Are you looking for creativity? Knowing the answer to these questions will help you and your budtender choose the right strain for you.
The first question you should ask is how long it has been since you last consumed your edible. It can be anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours before you begin feeling anything. If it hasn’t been 3 hours yet, be patient and give it some more time.
If you’re past that mark, there are a few ways it could have gone. Either there were some miscalculations in dosing and you simply haven’t had enough, the THC didn’t activate or burned off during the decarboxylating or infusing process, or the edibles got too hot and burned off THC during the cooking process. This is one of the reasons I don’t recommend using infused butter or oil on direct hot surfaces like a skillet.
First things first, take a deep breath and remember that no one has ever died from a marijuana overdose. But it is hella uncomfortable. I’ve been there; I understand. Here’s what you should do:
Take some CBD. CBD counteracts THC and will level out your high. This is by far the best option and good to just keep on hand if you partake regularly. If you don’t have access to that right now, there are a few things you can still do at home.
Sniff some black peppercorn. I’ve never tried this one personally, but lots of people swear by it. I know your ass is too high, so I have to say this. Do not literally stuff your face in the pepper shaker. You’re gonna be sneezing out black pepper for days. Gently waft the scent to your nose or smell whole peppercorns.
Stay hydrated. Avoid alcohol and don’t consume any more cannabis. Take small, frequent sips of water or a non-caffeinated beverage and try some light snacks – peanut butter, cheese, nuts, lunchmeat, fruit.
Relax and try to sleep it off. Remember, no one has ever died from an overdose and this feeling will pass. If you’re having trouble actually falling asleep, just get comfortable and focus on breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Stay focused with an enjoyable activity. Listen to music and dance! Play a video game. Watch some tv or a movie. Color in an adult coloring book. Play a board game or card game. Getting your mind off this feeling will help you ride it out. Don’t panic. This too shall pass.
Freezing is best! You can freeze all of your edibles and infusions without compromising potency, just let them come to room temp before consuming. Refrigerating is also a good option.
Store tinctures in amber dropper bottles in the freezer or a dark, cool, dry place.
It will vary from recipe to recipe. Most infusions if made properly will last frozen for 6 months, however lots of people have reported theirs lasting way longer (like up to 2 years). You’ll want to trust your senses, because fats can go rancid. And I can’t technically recommend going any longer than 6 months.
It’s different for everyone, even when two people consume the same strain. Sativas are the head high – buzzy, upbeat and creative. Indicas are the body high – deep relaxation and couch lock. And hybrids are a mix of the two!
The important thing is to remember that the high from edibles is different from vaping or smoking. It can take up to 3 hours for the edible to kick in and the high can last several more hours. Everyone is different and you won’t know until you try it, so that’s why we recommend starting low and going slow.
The elements of cannabis that get you high and/or produce medicinal effects. Check out our Cannabis 101 page for more detail.
Rick Simpson Oil – a concentrate of pure THC or CBD (or both) useful in making discreet edibles.
You absolutely can! In fact, I have some recipes that use whole flower (check out our recipe index). However, just dumping your flower in a box of brownie mix without consideration is both highly irresponsible and the easiest way to get edibles that are too potent. It’s very likely you’re gonna have a bad time.
And if the taste is a concern for you, infusions have a much milder marijuana flavor.
The answer to this depends entirely if you still have your plant material. If you do, simmer it with your butter and some water in a saucepan for 2-3 hours or cook it in a slow cooker for 24 hours.
If you don’t, well, sorry dude. Decarb next time.
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