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5 tips to enjoy marijuana-infused edibles without freaking out

Brownies

The growing menu of marijuana-infused products is mouthwatering – bubble hash brownies, Karma Kandy, Funny Honey, Mocha Java Sticks and Ganja Green Tea ice cream.

But these tasty little treats can pack a potent punch, even for seasoned stoners.

Since the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado, high-profile stories have surfaced of people freaking out after eating too much infused cannabis.

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd recently wrote about her horrifying experience of nibbling a cannabis chocolate that turned her paranoid and lethargic.

“I barely made it from the desk to the bed, where I lay curled up in a hallucinatory state for the next eight hours,” she wrote.

Remember the Dearborn cop who ate too much pot brownies and called 911?

Here are five tips to avoid a similar experience:

1. Read the labels
Stick to edibles that have been tested for potency. The THC content is listed in milligrams. A healthy first dose varies between 10 and 20 milligrams. Choose based on your weight and experience with cannabis.

2. Don’t rush the buzz
Cannabinoids take up to two hours to metabolize in the liver, so be patient. One of the most common mistakes is eating more edibles after nothing happens for the first hour.

3. Eat a meal
Like alcohol, infused edibles have a more pronounced effect on an empty stomach. Before indulging, eat a nutrient-rich meal for a more balanced high.

4. Access to non-cannabis munchies
You’d be surprised how easy it is to overindulge if the only munchies you have are packed with THC. Be sure to have plenty of non-cannabis munches on hand.

5. Choose a safe environment
Edibles produce a more lethargic high than smoking. Choose an environment that is safe and quiet.

Medibles are ideal for many patients because of the potency and body-focused effects.

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