THC Gummies: 6 Things You Should Know Before You Try Them Out

THC gummies are an excellent starting point for those that want to experience the effects of cannabis without having to smoke.

You should note that while the gummies appear harmless, they lead to an intense high, so be cautious of how you take them.

Is this the first time you are trying out THC gummies? Read this guide to understand the proper THC dosage to take and plenty of other tips that will help you have an excellent cannabis experience:

Start small

When you are trying out THC for the first time, it’s easy to take more than you need, often due to excitement.

As much as you want to wolf down as many gummies as possible, you should note that the high might be too high that you end up hating the gummies.

To avoid this, start low. This calls for you to begin with gummies with 5 mg of THC. If you are more sensitive or anxious about what might happen, begin with a lower dosage, such as 2.5 mg or even 1 mg.

Most people will get the high they are after by consuming gummies containing between 5 and 10 mg, but if you have higher sensitivity levels, take a moderate dose of around 10-15 mg. If you are more experienced, take 20-30 mg.

To understand the dosage requirements better, here is a table to help you out:

  • 1 to 3 mg–Minimal Tolerance and a Mild Experience
  • 3 to 8 mg–Minimal Tolerance and a Medium Experience
  • 5 to 15 mg–Minimal Tolerance and a Strong Experience
  • 2 to 7 mg–Some Tolerance and a Mild Experience
  • 4 to 12 mg -Some Tolerance and a Medium Experience
  • 10 to 20 mg–Some Tolerance and a Strong Experience
  • 4 to 10 mg–High Tolerance and a Mild Experience
  • 6 to 15 mg–High Tolerance and a Medium Experience
  • 15 to 30 mg—High Tolerance and a Strong Experience

For more THC dosage advice, look at this delta 8 gummies guide.

Take your first dose in the evening.

One of the most common effects of cannabis is feeling relaxed and sleepy. While this is great for some people, others (especially first-timers) might not function in a relaxed state.

To avoid inconveniences, take your THC gummies in the evening after you are done with work. This way, even if you take a higher dosage and are too high, you don’t need to worry as you can easily sleep without ruining your day.

Wait for at least two hours before consuming more.

As fun as they are fun to take, the major downside with THC gummies and other edibles is they take a long time before they start working.

This can be frustrating to those used to consuming cannabis via vaping or smoking and even those taking the gummies for the first time and eager to experience a high.

If you consume THC gummies and don’t have any feelings after a few minutes, it doesn’t mean that the dosage is too low, and you should take more.

Research studies have shown that it can take up to two hours for the gummy effects to kick in, so wait at least two hours to consume more.

If you have never taken any other cannabis-related product before, avoid taking more than one dose in the same 12-hour period. This means that when you take your first dose at night and don’t have any effect, don’t take more—take another the following day.

Take your gummies in a comfortable space.

Marijuana can be unpredictable, and the effects can vary even while taking a small dosage. To stay safe, consume your gummies in a comfortable space.

Ensure that the space where you take the gummies is calm and you are familiar with the people around you. It’s also wise you do something you enjoy, such as watching movies, listening to music or playing board games.

Never take gummies with the children around as they can easily accidentally ingest them, and you don’t want to be responsible for their high condition, do you?

If you don’t like sitting in one place, you can go outside for a walk but never drive or operate heavy machinery.

Eat before taking the gummies.

THC gummies are usually processed faster when you take them on an empty stomach, and as a result, you get high fast. While this might be positive for some people, plenty of people have reported uncomfortable highs and upset stomachs when taking the gummies without eating a meal.

To avoid the side effects, take your gummies after a meal. Researchers from the University of Minnesota showed in a 2019 Science Daily study that cannabidiol is better absorbed when you take high-fat foods, so you should strive to keep your pre-THC gummy meals rich in fats.

If you have to take the gummies but are on an empty stomach, take a lower dose.

Of course, never take alcohol with the gummies. This is because the alcohol will cause dehydration and increase THC concentration in the blood, which is a recipe for adverse effects.

Bad trips happen, but you can avoid them.

Even the most experienced marijuana users have bad trips. In most cases, you have a bad trip when you exceed your dosage, which can be scary.

In the event you have a bad trip, stay calm and breathe. You can’t die from taking too much THC, so relax, and the panic will wear off. Drink water to speed up the digestive process and relieve the bad trip.

To avoid the bad trips, be cautious of the number of gummies you pop into your mouth. 

It’s easy to lose track of the number of gumming you take when the gummies are your favorite taste, or you are engaged in an activity. This is why it’s highly recommended you take the gummies when you aren’t engaged in any activity. 

If you are taking the gummies in a group, set the ground rules first. Discuss what you will do for each other in the event of a bad trip.

You should do this even if you are taking the gummies in the company of the most experienced marijuana users. This is because marijuana can be unpredictable. Remember?

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