How to use marijuana edibles safely

Safety with cannabis and edibles, it’s important. Marijuana edibles are a healthier alternative to smoking cannabis, thanks to the fact that they don’t harm your lungs. However, eating or drinking marijuana does still expose you to THC, the key active ingredient in cannabis, though it does so in a way that is fundamentally different to inhalation methods.

How does the process work? Essentially, the THC in ingested marijuana is converted by the liver into 11-hydroxy-THC, a potent metabolite that typically offers a more intense and psychedelic high than inhaled cannabis. Given the strong effects of edibles, it’s important that you use them responsibly and take things slow.

Using marijuana edibles responsibly

A single dose of 10 mg of THC is enough to impact your ability to drive and operate heavy machinery, though this exact threshold will vary depending on your physiological makeup and your tolerance to the drug.

Regardless of whether you’re a cannabis veteran or a first-time user, it’s important to go slow when using edibles, especially when consuming more than one serving. Before you have another piece of that brownie, wait until you can feel the full effects of the previous dose. This is vital as the effects of edibles grow over time, and in some cases you may need to wait as long as four hours for the drug to hit its peak.

How can you prepare edibles hygienically?

In many regulated cannabis markets, there are clearly defined rules and regulations that manufacturers must follow to ensure their products are of a safe standard for human consumption. Here in New Zealand, unfortunately, the illegal status of cannabis means that there are no such requirements, and as a result there is always a certain level of risk involved with preparing edibles.

There’s ultimately no way to guarantee safety when making marijuana edibles. However, applying safe food handling principles in the same way that you would when preparing and cooking any other dish can go a long way toward reducing the chances of spreading viruses and bacteria through edibles.