Proper Dosage: One 10 mg dose is a commonly recommended starting point. This is the most you should consider consuming if you’re new to edible products. Make note of the potency listed on the packaging and be advised that many edible products contain more than one dose.
Patience: Edible products will usually require at least 30-60 minutes to take effect. Make absolutely sure you’ve given the product time to digest and begin taking effect before deciding whether or not to consume more. Since you likely won’t experience the full effect for at least an hour, additional consumption during that window of time can easily lead to overmedication.
Tolerance: Patients who are experienced with smoked or vaporized cannabis don’t always build up a strong tolerance for edible products. Don’t assume that you’ll require a large dose simply because you use other products frequently.
Effects: Edibles are metabolized differently than inhaled cannabis products and produce a different effect. Benefits such as improved mood, appetite, and pain relief are still likely to occur, but the physicial sensation may be slightly different that what you’re accustomed to. Do not plan on driving or engaging in other behaviors in which impairment could compromise your safety. The effect of an edible dose can often be felt for several hours. This can be very beneficial for patients seeking long-term symptom relief, but it can be inconvenient if you haven’t planned and prepared for the experience.
Eat First: Like other medications, consuming edibles on an empty stomach may intensify the effect and cause discomfort. It’s best to take edibles along with other non-medicated foods.
Tips from Leafly.com Edibles & Kids: 7 Safety Tips for Cautious, Cannabis-Consuming Caregivers
These tips from Leafly will keep you and your family safe.
- Lock ’em up
- Choose Your Infusions
- Easy Dose It
- Go Green
- Label, Label, Label
- Talk About It
- Play by the Rule
One more thing: CBD is a regulated phytocannabinoid under the Cannabis Act, regardless of whether it’s derived from cannabis or hemp. No matter what you know about the non-intoxicating benefits of CBD, unless your kid has a cannabis prescription, feeding them a CBD-infused edible is the legal equivalent of passing them a lit bong.