Consuming Cannabis Edibles 101

If you're new to cannabis edibles, it can be hard to know how much is too much! In this post, we'll walk through the basics of consuming cannabis-infused foods, including the difference between eating edibles and smoking cannabis. We'll also discuss some important things to keep in mind when indulging in these delicious treats.

You should always start low and go slow when consuming cannabis edibles. When starting a new edible, don’t consume more than one dose. Wait at least 2 hours before consuming more. If you’re new to edibles or if it has been a while since your last experience, consider trying 5-10 mg of THC. You may feel relaxed but not high on this amount; if so, eat another 5mg piece within 2 hours and compare how you feel then with how you felt after eating the first piece.

In the case of cannabis edibles, the disparity between the amount of THC listed on a label and what's actually found in an edible can be pretty shocking—and not just because it's disappointing. The difference between these numbers can also mean that consuming too much THC could lead to undesirable consequences such as paranoia or anxiety, which is why being able to truly control your dosage with device like the Magical Butter Machine​ can be so important to so many consumers.

Once you've picked out a product that seems like it might work for you, there are still some important things to consider. For example: Does this item contain other ingredients aside from cannabinoids? If so, how much of each ingredient is included? What kind of experience am I looking for—a mellow chill or an intense high? How long will it take me to feel the effects of my chosen edible?


  • Don’t consume too much at once: Remember that it can take 30-90 minutes to feel the effects of edibles, so don't eat everything in one sitting.
  • Stay home: If you're going to consume an edible, make sure you're doing it in a place where you won't be bothered or distracted by other people (or pets).
  • Don't drive or operate heavy machinery: Unless you've eaten the entire edibles batch and plan on taking the day off from work, don't get behind the wheel. Also avoid operating heavy machinery such as lawnmowers or chainsaws if there's any chance at all that your judgment may be impaired after eating an edible.
  • Stay safe when cooking with cannabis: Eating too much THC has been linked with anxiety attacks among some users; seeking medical attention is recommended if this happens to you.

We know it can be a little intimidating at first, but once you know what you're doing (and why), it'll become second nature in no time!, especially if you go the home-cooked route with something like the Magical Butter Machine. So remember to start low and go slow, wait 2 hours before eating more if the effects aren't coming on strong enough for you, and don't forget about your friends who may not feel anything yet because they haven't eaten anything at all yet—or maybe even planned on eating anything at all...


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