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

August 11, 2021

Should you try edibles for your first high? The answer is, like most things with weed, complicated. You probably have a couple of questions about your first high, and if you’re worried about coughing or hurting your throat, you might be considering edibles. This article will serve as a guide on how to handle edibles, especially if you’re not an experienced smoker.

First and foremost, whether you have consumed cannabis before or not, I recommend reading this article: 7 Tips For Your First Time Smoking Marijuana. Even experienced smokers can learn a thing or two--even a small, helpful tip can make your high that much better.

Now if it’s your very first time touching cannabis and you're not sure how much THC is in that brownie, I would stay away from it (no matter how yummy it looks!). Edibles are very tricky and the amount of THC can be hard to gauge. Without knowing exactly how much THC you’re ingesting, it can be easy to have a bad high. Some not-so-nice side effects can include:

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

Some people become so uncomfortable with their trip that they take themselves to the emergency room, however, there is little that can be done for a bad high. There are definitely plenty of ways to overcome anxiety while high, but other physical symptoms simply need time to pass. 

The good news is this: no one has died from smoking too much weed! Of course, you still don't wanna have a miserable trip, which is why it’s important to be responsible.

I’ll never forget my first time trying edibles. I was couch-locked in my buddy's basement, and I thought I was going to die. Seriously--it felt like my soul was leaving my body, and I was facing death. The other half of my brain kept trying to get me to relax by saying "dude, you're just high, calm the fuck down.” That experience doesn’t have to be yours, though--be safe, be smart, and don’t eat a whole 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’ve decided to try edibles, even if you are a daily marijuana smoker

, you wanna be careful. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Get your edibles from a trusted source, or make it yourself. This is my favorite 1 gram cannabutter recipe if you’re looking to experiment in the kitchen.

  • Make sure you have at least 4-6 hours of free time for your high--no appointments or obligations that can stress you out.

  • Make sure you're consuming the right dose. It can be hard to know that you’re consuming the right amount in an illegal state since you probably can't find trusted, prepackaged edibles. In a legal state, however, you can go to a dispensary and get a bunch of 5mg THC infused mints or candies, so you know exactly how much you’re consuming.

  • Your first dose shouldn't exceed the suggested amount in the table below. Even if you smoke daily, you STILL need to start slowly with edibles, since your body metabolises them differently.

  • Patience is a virtue, and one that you shouldn’t forget! Most people get too high and a terrible trip because they weren't patient 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, so it takes time to get high.

  • 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 as it works its way out of your system.
  • Keep talking to yourself internally, reminding yourself that you are simply high and it will pass. Being "too baked" CANNOT hurt you. 
  • Watch TV or stay distracted if possible. A comforting, funny show or your favorite podcast can help pass the time.
  • Get as comfortable as you can. It’s best to sit or lie down, close your eyes, and relax.
  • Meditation can help. Although it sounds paradoxical, 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 a few minutes than overstimulated and uncomfortable. When I get too high, I take a bathroom break to relax. 
  • Keep hydrated!
  • Stay away from caffeinated drinks like green tea or any herbal tea that doesn't contain no or next to no caffeine. Chamomile tea can be soothing and perfect to calm you down.

    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