Marijuana Edibles for the First Time, Dosage and What to Expect

July 20, 2023

Is Trying Edibles for Your First High a Good Idea?

When it comes to trying edibles for your first high, the answer is not straightforward, much like many things related to cannabis. If you're new to the experience and have concerns about coughing or throat irritation, edibles might seem like a tempting option. However, navigating the world of edibles can be challenging, especially if you're not an experienced smoker. Here's a guide to help you handle edibles more effectively.

Before delving into edibles, whether you're a cannabis consumer or not, I highly recommend reading the article 7 Tips For Your First Time Smoking MarijuanaEven seasoned smokers can benefit from these tips, as even a small piece of advice can enhance your overall high.

If you're completely new to cannabis and uncertain about the THC content in the edible you're eyeing, it's best to steer clear (regardless of how appetizing it looks!). Edibles can be tricky, and it's challenging to accurately gauge the amount of THC they contain.

Consuming edibles without knowing the exact THC dosage can lead to a bad high, which may result in unpleasant side effects such as: 

  • Sleepiness/drowsiness
  • A strong heavy-body sensation that can slow your reflexes
  • Racing heart and anxiety
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Paranoia and panic

In extreme cases, some individuals feel so uncomfortable during their trip that they end up seeking medical help. Unfortunately, there's not much that can be done to alleviate a bad high. While anxiety can be managed with various techniques, other physical symptoms may simply require time to pass.

The reassuring aspect is that no one has ever died from smoking too much weed. Nonetheless, you undoubtedly want to avoid an unpleasant experience, which is why being responsible is crucial.

Related article: Marijuana and Anxiety - Tips and Tricks To Overcome Your Paranoia While You're High

I still remember my own first time trying edibles—it left me couch-locked in my friend's basement, feeling like I was on the verge of death. It was an intense experience where I felt disconnected from my body. Thankfully, you don't have to go through the same ordeal. To ensure a safer and more enjoyable experience, remember to be cautious, make informed choices, and avoid consuming an entire pan of brownies at once!


I also recommend checking out this reddit thread if you’re interested in more first-hand accounts.  

How much THC mg is enough? 

If you're thinking of trying edibles, even if you already smoke marijuana regularly, it's important to be cautious and follow these guidelines:

  • Source Matters: Get your edibles from a trusted source, or consider making them yourself. If you're curious about experimenting in the kitchen, you can try my favorite 1 gram cannabutter recipe.

  • Free Time: Set aside 4-6 hours of free time for your high. Avoid scheduling any appointments or obligations that could cause stress during your experience.

  • Finding the Right Dose: Knowing the proper dosage can be tricky, especially in places where edibles are not pre-packaged or from reliable sources. In legal states, dispensaries offer THC-infused mints or candies with clearly marked doses (e.g., 5mg THC). This helps you understand exactly how much you're consuming.

  • Start Slowly: Even if you're a regular smoker, don't exceed the suggested amount in the table below for your first dose. Edibles are processed differently in the body, so it's essential to take it slow.

  • Be Patient: Patience is key! Many people end up having a terrible experience because they didn't wait long enough for the effects to kick in. Digesting edibles takes more time than inhaling, so give it at least an hour before considering more.

  • Please refer to the table below and stick to the recommended doses:


By following these guidelines, you can have a safer and more enjoyable experience with edibles. Remember to be responsible and respect the effects of cannabis. 

What to do if you get too high? 

  • Remember, you're going to be okay, and this high will pass soon enough. It's just a matter of time until it works its way out of your system.

  • Keep talking to yourself in your mind, reassuring yourself that you're simply high and that it will eventually fade away. Being "too baked" won't harm you, so don't worry about that.

  • If possible, watch TV or find something distracting like a funny show or your favorite podcast to help time pass more easily.

  • Try to get as comfortable as you can. Find a place to sit or lie down, close your eyes, and relax.

  • If it helps, try some meditation, even though it might sound strange. Just try to clear your mind and think about nothing specific.

  • If you're with friends and feeling overwhelmed, don't hesitate to tell them you need a break because you're too high. Taking some time alone is better than feeling overstimulated and uncomfortable. You could even take a short bathroom break to relax.

  • Make sure to stay hydrated! Drink water to keep yourself refreshed.

  • Avoid caffeinated drinks like green tea or herbal teas with caffeine. Instead, opt for soothing options like chamomile tea, which can help you calm down.

  • Remember, it's normal to feel this way, and it will pass. Take care of yourself, and everything will be alright.

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