What New Users Need to Know About Cannabis Edibles

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When we talk about “edibles,” we mean cannabis-infused foods, available now for any adult over 21 years of age in California.

Cannabis or hash can be added to almost any food or drink, including baked goods like brownies and cookies, chocolates, candies and gummies, granola, mints, and juices. The variety is endless, with new edibles debuting constantly.

When trying these products, it’s important to educate yourself first, since you want to have the best possible experience. Edibles can be intense, and eating too much THC can be very unpleasant and disorienting.

A positive experience with edibles should feel really good. Waves of bliss will comfort you, dissolving pain and leading to deep relaxation, increased sensuality, giggles and restful sleep, with effects lasting for 6 to 8 hours.

What's the Right Dose for Me?

Finding the right dose is essential to accessing these positive experiences. We recommend starting with no more than 5 milligrams of THC for new users. If 5 milligrams doesn’t result in noticeable effects, slowly increase your dose to 7mg for the next experiment.

California’s new regulations require all edibles to clearly indicate THC content and divide edibles into serving sizes of 10 milligrams, with no more than 100 milligrams in a package.

Onset time for edibles can be up to 2 hours or even more. The most common rookie mistake involves eating an edible, waiting just 30 minutes or so, becoming impatient and eating more, resulting in over-consumption and an unpleasant experience.

Understanding Product Labels

When purchasing edibles, look for the THC content listed in milligrams. Choose items with an appropriate THC dose at a satisfying portion size, for example, a whole cookie with just 10 milligrams of THC would be recommended for a new user of cannabis. Avoid products without lab-tested dosage information, as well as items that list their potency in generic terms such as “Extra Strength.”

Look for information about CBD content listed in milligrams as well. CBD isn't psychoactive, but it aids in relaxation, making products with a high CBD content ideal for new users. Many products will list a ratio, such as 1 to 1, 4 to 1 or 20 to 1; which indicates the ratio of CBD content to THC content. For instance, an edible with a 1:1 ratio contains an equal amount of THC to CBD. Adding CBD to your diet is a great way to enjoy a balanced high!

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Top 4 Tips For Edibles Enjoyment:

  • Start with a low dose of 5mg of THC.
  • Go slow, waiting for at least two hours to feel effects.
  • Walk, don't drive! Never drive or operate machinery after consuming edible cannabis.
  • Avoid alcohol. Don’t mix edible cannabis with alcoholic drinks, since doing so can make you feel very disorientated.

Keep Away from Kids and Pets!

Responsible adults must take action to protect kids and pets from accessing cannabis products. Lock up edibles to prevent underage kids from experimenting with these substances.

If you are a parent with young children, it’s recommended that you choose cannabis products like capsules and tinctures that don't resemble any type of food.

Edibles Are Safe When Used Responsibly

When discussing responsible consumption and the consequences of eating too much THC, it’s important to remember that even if you overdo it and have an unpleasant experience, you are in no danger of permanent harm. 

Cannabis is a non-toxic natural product, with an incredible safety record throughout thousands of years of human consumption. No one has ever died directly from ingesting cannabis.

What to Do If You Ate Too Much THC

Symptoms of "overdosing" on THC can include an elevated heart rate, increased anxiety or panicky feelings. If you experience these symptoms, make sure to find a safe place to relax and calm down. Practicing deep, slow breathing can help you relax, and wait for a few hours to pass.

Retreat to a safe place, distract yourself by watching a favorite movie or by listening to music. Allow yourself to get plenty of restful sleep and when you wake up you’ll be feeling much better.

Another cannabinoid present in herb, CBD is known to balance THC and can mitigate the worst parts of a too-intense THC high. A few hits from a CBD-rich vape pen can help calm you down.

Other homemade antidotes include inhaling and/or chewing on black peppercorns, which contain a terpene called carophyllene, known to provide relief for those who are too high.

Drinking juice can help raise blood sugar, which can help you feel less high, along with plenty of regular food and water.

With some common sense education, any responsible adult can enjoy cannabis-infused foods. That's why KindPeoples launched the "Go Low and Slow" campaign to inform our community and encourage the safe use of cannabis products.

Always remember to “Go Low and Slow” and you’ll have an enjoyable edibles experience every time!

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Learn How to Medicate Thanksgiving Leftovers

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We all know that the best part of Thanksgiving is leftovers, so coast through the holiday weekend with dark meat and medicated mushroom gravy, guaranteed to create an THC-and-tryptophan synergy that just might lead hibernating through the winter!

There’s numerous uses for leftover roasted turkey, and adding some ganja gravy into the mix makes it easy for cannabis cooks to be flexible when planning meals as well as simplifying THC dosing.

Using professionally prepared cannabis infusions purchased from a dispensary makes THC dosing easy. Cali Vida Cannabutter contains 300 milligrams of THC in 4 ounces, which equals one stick of butter, or 8 tablespoons. Determining that one tablespoon contains 37.5 mg of THC will enable you to easily add cannabutter to recipes without the complicated, imprecise calculations involved in making your own infusions at home.

So get ready to roll up your sleeves and do some cooking!

Turkey on Toast with Marijuana Mushroom Gravy

A personal favorite of mine, this recipe comes from Peter Berley, a well-known vegetarian chef and author of the book Fresh Food Fast. We’ve adjusted it to include cannabutter as well as turkey, but tempeh is the original protein used here, making this dish perfect for vegetarian friends or family as well. This savory gravy also works well on mashed potatoes.

THC Dosing: Using 2 tablespoons of Cali Vida cannabutter adds 75 mg of THC to this gravy. Divided among 4 servings, that’s approximately 18.75 mg per dish.

Ingredients:

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp Cali Vida cannabutter (optional)

1 lb. of leftover roasted turkey, shredded OR 2 packages of tempeh (8 ounce per package)

1 cup yellow onion, minced

1 cup brown mushrooms, sliced

1 cup Shitake mushrooms, sliced

1 clove of garlic, minced

1 tbsp sage, minced

3 tbsp flour

4 tbsp soy sauce

3 cups of stock (vegetable, turkey or chicken stock)

1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped

To Serve: 4 thick slabs of nicely toasted rustic bread or mashed potatoes

Warm the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat for a minute or two, until you begin to smell the oil’s fragrance. Add the cannabutter and melt it, then add the onions, stirring to coat. Saute onions until they begin to turn golden, then add the chopped mushrooms, garlic and sage and cook for 5 minutes.

Add the leftover turkey (or tempeh) and cook for a minute before sprinkling the flour over the pan. Stir to coat all ingredients in the flour, then add the soy sauce and stock. Scrape the bottom of the pan to release all of the browned bits that might have gotten stuck. Raise the heat to medium-high and bring the liquid in the pan to boil.

Reduce the heat and simmer the gravy for 5 to 7 minutes until it has thickened. Pour the gravy over the rustic slices of toast and sprinkle parsley over the top.