I want to start using edibles as a way to relax discreetly on the daily. Where do I start?
Dear Discreet Eats,
Enjoying cannabis-infused edibles (from gummies to lozenges) can be just the thing you need to unwind during your yoga class, or the bit of pick-me-up you need after a long day so you can indulge in a relaxing evening out.
Using edibles is a super discreet way to expand your cannabis repertoire, and rack up some self-care points while you’re at it. Filled with a multitude of health and wellness benefits, a dose of CBD on the daily will help your body maintain homeostasis — or, your body’s natural “balance” — and replace those few glasses of wine when you want to unwind. Small amounts of THC-infused edible products will melt away the stress and leave you feeling chilled out and uplifted at the same time.
One of the reasons edibles are so loved in the cannabis world is because they provide a different kind of experience than one you would get from smoking or vaporizing dry flower.
For one, the effects last much longer, about 4-8 hours, depending on the dose. Also, because you are literally eating weed, different cannabinoids are metabolized by your body, resulting in a much more “body-centric” experience.
The one downside is, that depending on your metabolism, the effects of edibles can take anywhere between an hour to two to fully kick in. So, it requires a bit of patience on your part. And, patience, as we know, is good for the soul.
Because the experience you get from eating cannabis-infused products is so different from lighting up, and can last much longer, there’s a few things you need to keep in mind when engaging with edibles, because we don’t want you to experience anything less than a good time when you do.
Start with CBD
If you are new to cannabis, or have recently decided to get re-acquainted with it after a decades-long break, it’s a good idea to start low and go slow. And I mean Real. Slow.
Start with a CBD strain. CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the many compounds found in the cannabis plant, and it’s what’s responsible for decreasing inflammation, pain, anxiety and introducing a sense of well-being an relaxation. It’s also been shown to be neuroprotective, so your brain will definitely thank you later.
There are a couple of options when it comes to CBD. You could start with a “CBD only” strain. This type of strain will typically have very little THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in it. (THC is the famed cannabinoid known for getting you high.)
So, when you opt for a strain with a high content of CBD and a low content of THC (usually, less than 2%), you can enjoy the benefits of a relaxed time without feeling any of the psychoactive effects typically associated with cannabis.
If you’re feeling comfortable with your THC intake, but still want the anxiety-relieving effects of CBD, you can go for a cannabis treat infused with a balanced strain, one having an equal CBD:THC ratio. A balanced amount of CBD and THC is great for when you’re looking to feel a bit elevated while still being able to do what you need to get done.
Less is more: Start with a low dose
When it comes to CBD-infused products, there’s no danger of “getting too high”, so it’s relatively safe to be generous with your intake.
When it comes to THC-infused products, the psychoactive compound makes things a bit trickier. Here’s the thing. Everyone has a slightly different endocannabinoid system — the scientific term for the system made up of CB1 and CB2 receptors responsible for producing our body’s own cannabinoids, and also allowing us to reap the benefits of plant-based cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.
Variations across individual endocannabinoid systems, along with weight, metabolism speed, and more can make it really hard to figure out a good starting dose. So, if you’re not keen on “eating too many weed brownies” (which is so played out, IMO), then you need to begin with a minimal amount, and take some time to perfect the art of cannabis edible use.
A good starting dose is about 2.5-5 mg of THC per edible cannabis product. If you’re a seasoned smoker, then you can start a little higher, say 10 mg. But, in any case, it’s always better to start low and work up to your dose in increments of 5 mg. Finding the dose that makes you feel just right will take time, so be sure to spread this quest our over a few days, or a week.
Remember that it’s always a good idea to have some dry herb CBD on hand. It’s a great tool for making sure that if you do get elevated past your comfort level, you will be able to mitigate some of that by consuming some pot high in CBD. When consumed in a ration of 4:1 CBD:THC, CBD has the power to level off the unwanted psychoactive effects of THC.
Use edibles to enhance something you already enjoy
The next time you’re taking some time for yourself to go for a walk or a day at the spa, pop an edible treat for some added mellowness. A good edible will make that massage feel even deeper and leave your body feeling rejuvenated.
If you’re looking to take your edible game to the next level, incorporate cannabis-infused foods into your everyday culinary experience. A splash of extra-special EVOO over your favourite salad at lunch, if dosed low enough, will certainly add some spark to your day.
And nothing beats a good night with good friends. Instead of reaching for wine at your next girls’ night in, why not opt for some edibles instead? Although we don’t yet have access to California’s weed-infused booze, an evening of edibles will certainly bring a little spontaneity to your social life. After all, cannabis is known to be a socially-consumed plant for thousands of years.
Take it at bedtime
A really easy way to incorporate edibles into your daily routine is to take them in the evening, as you’re drawing yourself a bath full of cannabis-infused epsom salts. An indica-dominant strain is best in this scenario, as it will relax you at the end of the day and also help improve your sleep during the evening.
Bedtime is a great time to explore your optimal consumption dose as well. As long as you go slowly, this can be the perfect time to see how a slightly higher dose might make you feel because, if you’re not vibing with the change, you can always sleep it off.
Or, you might reach some low dose 1:1 edible truffles and work your way to an entirely new kind of orgasm. Figuring out the best combination of CBD:THC for your needs takes a little trial and error — which shouldn’t be too hard to do.
Just be sure to thoughtfully engage in any kind of edible activity. Medicated treats have the power to help you relax in a discreet and sophisticated way, but they must be consumed in moderation and with an open mind.