What Should I Expect from My First Experience with Cannabis Edibles?

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Medical professionals often prescribe cannabis to patients interested in the plant’s considerable therapeutic potential. Whether you’ve had medical marijuana authorization for years or are browsing your options for the very first time, it’s important to respect the differences between the various product types.

At Doc Green’s Dispensary in Stillwater, OK, we offer an impressive selection of products provided by some of the most respected cultivars and product manufacturers in the cannabis industry, flower, pre-rolls, gummies, and more. If you’ve never tried our cannabis edibles, you might naturally wonder what to expect with first-time use. Although there are far too many variables at play to provide a single, universally appropriate answer, we can explain some of the many factors that could impact your initial experience.


What Are the Benefits of Cannabis Edibles?

When you inhale cannabis, either by smoking or vaping, the THC and other potentially beneficial cannabinoids enter your bloodstream through your lungs. That’s why the effects peak rather quickly. Cannabis edibles provide the same therapeutic potential but are processed through your digestive system. Although it can take up to two hours for the effects of cannabis-infused edibles to peak, consider the potential value of the following benefits:

  • No Inhaling Tar or Chemicals – a better option for anyone concerned about smoking risks  
  • Longer-Lasting Results – the impact of edibles can last longer than smoking, usually 6-8 hours
  • Consistent, Precise Dosing – the amount of THC per serving is printed on each label
  • Product Selection – having many delicious options makes cannabis use more enjoyable
  • Portability and Convenience – a selection of discrete products ideal for home use or on the go


The Factors Influencing How Edibles Could Make You Feel

Since it can take quite a bit longer for the effects of ingestible products to peak, many people enjoying cannabis edibles for the first time make the mistake of indulging in a second serving too soon. To reduce the risk of overconsumption, it’s important to start slow and give your edibles time to work. Plan on waiting at least 2 hours between servings. Although you may be tempted to choose products based on THC content alone, the following factors can also have a significant impact on your first experience.  


The Dominant Cannabis Strain

The dominant strain used to make your cannabis edibles can have a significant impact on their overall effects. That’s why most product manufacturers identify their edibles as indica, sativa, or hybrid-derived. Although opinions can vary, indica strains are most often associated with a “body high” ideal for relaxation, while sativa strains are most often credited with an energizing “head high.” Hybrid strains tend to offer the “best of both.” Taking a few minutes to investigate the parent (genetic) strains of a hybrid, and their unique terpene profiles, can tell you a lot about the anticipated effect of your first edibles.


The Cannabinoid Profile 

Marijuana plants tend to produce high levels of THC and varying amounts of CBD (cannabidiol), CBN (cannabinol), CBG (cannabigerol), and other potentially beneficial cannabinoids. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) produces the sense of euphoria associated with cannabis use. CBD tempers the impact of THC. That means choosing edibles with higher levels of CBD will produce somewhat milder effects than edibles made with equal amounts of THC on its own. Whichever route you choose, consider starting with a partial serving when using any new-to-you product until you know how the cannabinoid content makes you feel.  


The Type of Edible Selected 

Although cannabis edibles require processing through your digestive system, not all ingestible products are metabolized at the same rate. Take the differences between the way your body processes a cannabis-infused cookie, for example, and a THC-infused beverage. Although both are consumable, the THC in beverages passes from your stomach to your small intestine much faster. With fewer cannabinoids lost to digestive processes, you may find the effects more potent.  If you’re concerned, consider reducing your intake slightly when choosing a THC-infused beverage, shot, or syrup for your first edible experience.  


Why Choose Doc Green’s for Cannabis Edibles?

Doc Green’s Cannabis Dispensary in Stillwater, OK, is dedicated to providing high-quality medical cannabis, products that meet and exceed consumer expectations. Whether you’ve been using cannabis for years or have just been approved, our experienced, knowledgeable staff can help match you to some of the best products available for your needs, preferences, and lifestyle.

At Doc Green’s, you’ll find the lowest prices in Stillwater, locally sourced products, and a convenient location right off Main Street (West Elm Street). Plus, every product we offer is backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee. For more information about medicinal cannabis, our selection of products, or our satisfaction guarantee, contact us at Doc Green’s.  

Oklahoma cannabis law allows adults 18 or older with a medical marijuana card up to 3 ounces of cannabis on their person and up to one ounce of concentrate. State laws also allow for up to 8 ounces in the homes of licensed patients. Public use is prohibited. You must be at least 18 to purchase from Doc Green’s, present a medical marijuana patient (or caregiver) license, and provide a valid photo ID.

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