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

December 02, 2018

By Ayad Maher

Are edibles bad for your first time getting high? The answer is maybe. There is more to it. I wrote this because I wish someone had told/guide me beforehand. 

First and foremost, whether you have consumed cannabis before or not, first timer, noobie, seasoned or regular stoner, I would really encourage you to read this post first; 7 Tips For Your First Time Smoking Marijuana. You may need some of those tips even if you were an experienced smoker. 

Now, for your first time, if you're not sure how much THC there is in that brownie, I would stay away from it. Edibles are very tricky and the amount of THC can be hard to gauge. With wide range of symptoms, bad trip varies from a person to another depends on your level of comfort with being high, however it can cause: 

  • Sleepiness/drowsiness.
  • Distorted movements, a strong heavy-body sensation
  • Racing heart
  • Vomiting
  • A general sickness feeling
  • Paranoia and possible panic attack.


Although some people become so uncomfortable with their trip that they take themselves to the emergency room, but there is little that can be done for a bad trip, marijuana overdose experience.

The good news, no one has overdosed/died on weed, but you don't wanna have a miserable trip, and it can be very miserable if you weren't responsible. I vividly remember my first time on edibles, I was couch-locked at my buddy's basement, and I thought I'm gonna  die. Seriously. I did think that I'm gonna die and my soul is leaving my body. My "other-self" kept calming me down and telling me "dude, you're just high, calm the fuck down. It's why, AGAIN, I truly encourage you to read this post first; 7 Tips For Your First Time Smoking Marijuana

This redditor had talked in detail about his experience, you may find it useful. 

How much THC mg is enough? 


If you decided to go with edibles, even if you were a daily marijuana smoker, you wanna be careful. Here is what you need to do:

  • Get your edibles from a trusted source, or make it yourself. Here is your favorite 1 gram cannabutter recipe.

  • Make sure you have at least 4-6 hours of free time. 

  • Make sure you're consuming the right dose, it can be hard in know in an illegal since you probably can't find well gauged edibles. In a legal state, however, you can go to a dispensary and get bunch of 5mg THC infused mints.

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  • Your first dose shouldn't exceed the suggested amount in the table below. I'm a daily but light smoker, I started with 50 mg the other day and it got me high af. So if you were also a smoker and trying edibles for the first time, you STILL need to start slow.

  • Patience is a virtue. Most people get too high and a terrible trip because they weren't patent enough. Make sure to give it at least one hour before attempting to consume any more. The effect through the digestive system is a lot slower than through the lungs.

  • Stick with the table below, please!!


What to do if you get too high? 

  • REMEMBER: You are okay and this is going to be over really soon. It's just a matter of time. 
  • Keep talking to yourself internally, reminding yourself that you are simply high and it will pass. Being "too baked" CANNOT hurt you. So stop worrying.
  • Better to watch TV if possible. Whatever that can distract you away from listening to yourself 
  • Get as comfortable as you can, better to sit or lie down, close your eyes, relax or/and try to sleep. 
  • Meditation can help, push any ideas away and try to think about nothing. 
  • If you're with friends, tell them you're too high and you need a break. Better to be alone for few minutes. I usually when I get too high and I need a break, I use the bathroom. 
  • Keep hydrated.
  • Stay away from caffeinated drinks, however, green tea or any herbal tea that doesn't contain no or next to no caffeine can help. 

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

Everyone's first edible, or at least this is how it made me feel


Ayad Maher is a Cannabis Industry Entrepreneur, Blogger & Activist. eCommerce Specialist and Owner of a 420 Life Style Website; Monroe Blvd, an online smoke shop; 421Store, and an online CBD store; GoodyCBD.

Editor's Note: This post was originally published in August 2018 and has been revamped and updated as needed for accuracy and comprehensiveness.