Weed candy, a popular form of cannabis edibles, is quickly growing in popularity. Why? Not only does weed candy taste delicious, but it also comes in lots of flavors and varieties. Most importantly, it’s a safer intake method than smoking.
While smoking cannabis is far less dangerous than smoking tobacco, smoking is still a lung irritant and not suitable for many patients and recreational users (especially those with a history or elevated risk of respiratory issues).
What is weed candy?
Edibles come in many forms, from cookies and brownies to drinks, tinctures, and even spreads. So, what exactly is “weed candy” and what makes it distinct from “edibles?” Weed candy is a type of edible. (All weed candy is classified as an edible, but not all edibles are weed candy.) Weed candy is simply a category of edibles that refers to edibles like gummies, chocolate bars, caramels, and even hard candy. Just about anything we commonly call “candy,” a cannabis-infused version probably exists.
How does weed candy differ from smoking flower?
Consuming cannabis in candy form (or any edible form) is much different than smoking cannabis in several ways:
When you ingest marijuana in edible form, your body metabolizes the THC through your liver. In turn, it converts to 11-hydroxy-THC, a metabolite that efficiently crosses the blood-brain barrier, potentially producing a much more intense “high.”
Because the THC must be digested and metabolized by your liver, it takes much longer to feel the effects than smoking (smoking affects users near instantaneously). Moreover, because of this process, weed candy affects users for much longer than smoking.
However, weed candy is much, much, more difficult to dose correctly. When you smoke cannabis, you feel the effects almost instantly (creeper reefer notwithstanding). So it’s very easy to self-titrate. Puff puff, pass pass, see how you feel, and smoke more if you want. When it comes to weed candy, it’s not so simple.
How much is a serving?
What exactly constitutes a “serving”? (We’ll dive deeper into dosing shortly.)
Finally, and as we pointed out earlier, consuming weed candy (or edibles) is considered safer than smoking (for the obvious reason that smoking anything is a lung irritant), and many people can’t tolerate smoking anything because of respiratory sensitivity or a clinical condition (lung cancer, for example).
Weed Candy Safety: How to Find the Right Dose
Start Low, Go Slow
Many consumers end up overindulging the first time they try edibles. The number one reason people have bad experiences with edibles is that they got dosing advice from a very high tolerance user or a poorly-trained budtender. While a seasoned user may be able to readily consume 80, 150 milligrams, or more, without any issues, for a novice user, these doses are SKY-HIGH! Even 25 – 50 milligrams can totally overwhelm a novice user.
Generally, 10 milligrams constitutes a single serving. But, what does that mean? Is a “single serving” similar to having a single beer or glass of wine? Or does it mean the amount you need to take to feel the euphoric effects of cannabis (e.g., to get “high”)? It could be either depending on the person. For someone who’s never tried edibles — or a person who has a low tolerance — 10 mg can be highly intoxicating. For more seasoned users, they may not feel anything. And, it’s important to note that if you’re consuming cannabis for the therapeutic benefits, lower doses or microdoses often elicit more therapeutic benefits. You don’t need to “feel high” for the medicine to be effective.
The best advice is to start low (like 5 mg), and gradually increase your dose (in 5 to 10 mg increments) until you find your sweet spot. You may want to start with 5 or 10 mg and increase from there. Edibles can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to take effect, so after your initial dose, wait about an hour before consuming more. Most importantly, if you end up underdosing and don’t feel any effects your first time, don’t sweat it. That’s ok! Just up your dose the next time you try. It may take 2 or 3 times (or more) to find your sweet spot. But, it’s better to ingest too little than too much.
California-based edible maker, Perrywinkles, put together a helpful table of suggested dosing based on your level of experience (see below). Keep in mind these suggestions are based on an average-sized adult with an average metabolism. But, everyone’s physiology is unique, and practical dosing can vary significantly from individual to individual irrespective of experience. For example, some people never need to go higher than 25 mg, while others may require 50 milligrams (or more) by their second experience.
Weed Candy Safety: What to Do If You Consume Too Much THC
If you follow our advice by starting low and going slowly, you shouldn’t ever have a bad experience. But, hey, it happens to the best of us! In the event that you overindulge, here are a few tips to calm your high:
1. Don’t panic: It’s virtually impossible to overdose (in the clinical sense) on cannabis. However uncomfortable it may be, the intolerable high will pass soon enough.
2. Hydrate and avoid booze: Cannabis, including weed candy, can cause cotton-mouth, so it’s critically important to rehydrate and drink lots of fluids. While hydration is not going to have a profound effect in neutralizing your high, it will keep it from getting worse, and it’s an important safety measure.
3. Take a bath or a shower: While there’s no evidence (yet) that bathing or showering will accelerate your comedown, either will at least make you feel a bit better. Most importantly, bathing or showering can help you relax while taking the edge off.
Hopefully, you prepared ahead of time and have the following on hand. You can try either or both of the following to help you come down from your high:
4a. Take CBD: While CBD acts in complementary ways to THC, it also has some opposing effects. CBD is probably the single best antidote to get rid of your high. Not only is CBD non-psychoactive, it actually neutralizes the intoxicating effects of THC. Make sure you have a high-CBD strain (or tincture) on hand that you can use in the event you overconsume.
4b. Sniff (or chew) black peppercorns: It may sound like an old wives tale, but sniffing or chewing black peppercorns can neutralize a high. Most people only need a few sniffs to take the edge off. Believe it or not, science backs this up. There’s a terpene in pepper called beta-caryophyllene. Beta-caryophyllene enables pepper to produce a phytocannabinoid-terpenoid effect that will neutralize the high and reduce anxiety.
So, there you have it! We hope you found our advice useful and practical, and most importantly, that you enjoy our edibles and weed candy safely.