How do I manage edibles without being too high?

by Sir Blaze Ridcully

I’m new to the world of edibles and while I enjoy them, I also find them frustrating because dosage feels tricky. For example, a friend gave me a brownie (with weed, obviously) and I ate a chunk of it. An hour or so later, I still felt nothing. So, I ate another chunk. Cut to me being way too high for the rest of the night. How do I manage edibles without being too high?

Blaze: If you’re struggling to manage your trip to space via pot brownie, you may want to reconsider your other options. I, too, had this issue when I first became interested in edibles. A friend gave me a pot brownie at a concert I was at and my baby stoner self had no idea what kind of trip I was in for. I was convinced that nothing was happening and ended up downing most of the brownie. It was not my shiniest moment and my friend ended up having to play babysitter for the night.

Instead, I highly recommend starting off with edibles that are specifically dosed piece by piece. There are even products out there that will allow you to experiment with microdosing to see how much you can handle. If you’re new to edibles, I recommend starting off with 5mg, then work your way up to 10mg over time, and so on.

Puf: OK, I’m maybe not the person to ask about this because I too cannot figure out the right dosage for edibles. (Look how much we have in common!) I feel like I’m either not high at all after taking one or SO HIGH that I cannot see. Like, I literally cannot see. My eyes get drier than Spongebob did when he tried to survive Sandy Cheeks’ reverse fish tank o’ horrors.

I’ve also tried dosing half, and then whole, and then like twice or three times as much. Apparently I have no chill, or no middle ground, or no…something. I don’t even know.

All I know is that it’s tricky. As Blaze, who regularly imbibes on edibles, said, you should probably start off with edibles that you can dose easily. There are low dose options that you can stack and then stack some more to get high. These types of edibles are a lot easier if you want to go low dose to start, because you can take a full edible without fear of being high off your ass, and you don’t have to worry about cutting the edible in the right way to halve the dose, either.

And, I’m going to tell you something else, too. Maybe edibles just aren’t for you. I don’t love them. I don’t take them very often. I prefer my vape or my flower or ANYTHING other than edibles, to be honest. Not that I won’t take them, mind you — I have been that desperate in recent weeks (while moving and my weed went MIA), but I just don’t prefer them.

That’s OK, in my opinion. There are so many other mechanisms with which you can imbibe. If you continuously have the same issues, it could be worth trying out some other way of dosing your THC. Not every product is going to work for everyone, and edibles may just not be your thang. That’s your call, obviously, but that’s about all the insight I have to add. For me, edibles are mostly no bueno.

I was reminiscing about my younger days and how I used to shove a towel under the door of the room I was smoking a joint in to prevent anyone from smelling my activities. Does that method even work? Puf: Let me say this: HA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA HA.

I’m sorry for laughing, but I am very traumatized from trying this method back in high school, as the towel method did not work then, and it got my ass busted for smoking in my bedroom closet. I was grounded for what felt like a dang eternity, and I’m still pretty salty about it, to be honest. That was basically pre-internet days (or dawn of the early internet, rather), back when rumors for how to cover up your weed habits were spread via AOL instant messenger rather than actual, reputable pot-smoking resources.

Being the total dumbass that I am, I trusted my good friend Pat M.’s advice to just stick a towel under the door. And that’s when things went awry.

By the way, nothing has changed. The towel method does not work now either. If you’re trying to hide your smoking habits from a landlord or a significant other, that is very much not going to cut it. Don’t even bother. You’re just going to end up grounded, or evicted, or at least sleeping on the couch, and all of those things suck.

But, you don’t have to go on the wagon to rid your home (or office or whatever) of the stench of the good-good. There’s no need to.

If you’re looking for a way to mitigate the smell of smoking your trees, you don’t need to use a dang towel these days. There are SO MANY good methods to use! There are smoking buddies that you can blow through, epic sprays you can, well, spray to remove the stench, and other handy dandy things that keep a stoner’s business where it should be.

A quick Google search can show you alllllll that the world of cannabis gear has to offer for this use, and chances are it won’t cost you very much to obtain the right tool. These things are affordable, easy to come by, and they work a hell of a lot better than that towel.

Seriously. Don’t bother with the towel. It ain’t gonna work. And it ain’t worth the hassle.

Blaze: I personally have never tried this as I tend to stick to vape pens and edibles most of the time. I don’t like smoke sticking to my furniture or clothes, so when I do partake in the flower, I usually smoke either outside or right next to a window. If you (or anybody else) are really worried about smell, I recommend forgoing the flower and stick to edibles and vapes. But I also get that a lot of people prefer flower to those options as well. We all have our preferences!

I’m not entirely sure of the science of sticking a towel under the door. To be honest, it doesn’t sound flawless, but I’m sure if you crack a window or use a filter you can hide it pretty well.

I’ve made a terrible mistake. I accidentally left some edibles in my car and they’re all melted together now. I don’t want to waste expensive edibles, but is it safe to eat? Blaze: RIP to your edibles. But only in looks! As long as your edibles remained in their packaging and didn’t become one with the floor or seats, they’re probably still safe to eat.

Another factor to consider is how long were said edibles sitting in your car. If it’s been there for a hot minute (thank you, thank you) you probably want to just cut your losses and toss it. THC degrades over time, especially if it’s exposed to air, light, and heat. Typically we use it all up before then, but in instances where you left your once tasty treats out in the sun for a long period of time, it’s most likely not going to give you the desired effect anyway.

Puf: MY DAD DID THIS. I FINALLY HAVE SOMETHING USEFUL TO CONTRIBUTE.

So, probably don’t eat those. They’re not unsafe, per se (caveat: I am not a food handler so I can’t say that for sure), but you will run the risk of getting very, very high.

Here’s my anecdotal evidence to back up that Puf fact. So, my father lives in a prohibition state, which sucks. When he comes to visit, he loads up on weed and edibles to take back with him to said prohibition state that shall not be named.

The only problem? He’s paranoid about carrying a felony or two worth of cannabis product back to prohibition hell. Can’t blame him.

The first time he slanged his dope back to <insert random prohibition state here>, he stuck allllll of his gummies in the very back of his SUV. They were fine in more moderate temped Colorado, but as he got closer to the 7th Circle of Hell, the heat took over. His boxes and canisters of gummies were de.stroyed.

But, he doesn’t have another source in said state, so he did what any resourceful stoner would do: He stuck them in the fridge to solidify when he got home.

They were obviously no longer gummy shaped, so he just kept cutting pieces of this weird gummy log to dose. The first few times he did it, he swore that he didn’t feel a thing. But, at some point, he hit the THC lottery with a now very high dose slice of gummy.

What happened, you ask? Well, he was way too high and my mom was annoyed. And trust me. You don’t want my mom getting annoyed. Remember how I was grounded for an eternity for the towel thing?

Yeah.

It scared him off that gummy log for good. And, I should note, he is not a small man. So, unless you have an extremely high tolerance for weed or are like the world’s most giant human, I 10 out of 10 do not recommend you eat those things.

Just buy some new ones, man. It’ll be worth every penny not to lose an entire day to being so stoned you can’t move. And, if your significant other simply tolerates your weed habits, it’ll REALLY be worth it to avoid stirring a bees nest of nagging.

The end. Don’t eat it. The end for real this time.

Do you think we’ll ever be able to buy mushrooms in dispensaries if they become legalized?Puf: Yooooooo. Not a chance.

I don’t think it would be the worst thing in the world to legalize mushrooms, but it does feel like there’s a steep uphill battle to legalize psychedelics like that.

Now, I’m not against psychedelics of any kind. In fact, they can be great tools in the fight against trauma, depression, PTSD, and other issues. And, if you dose them the right way, they’re very safe.

That said, it’s going to be hard enough for conservative states to get weed legal. Do you really think that mushrooms are going to be widely available behind a shelf like weed is?

If you want to imbibe on mushrooms, there are easy ways to grow them yourself anyway (hello, Reddit gurus). That is obviously illegal, and you should obviously think long and hard about the potential ramifications — legal and otherwise — of doing so. But, that’s about the only way you’re going to get your hands on them for a very long time, if ever.

Never say never, I guess, but I just don’t see it happening.

Blaze: Sorry to be a dream killer, but no. To my great sadness, probably not in the cards for shrooms. As an aside, remember, folks, psychedelic mushrooms are still not legal in Colorado. They’re only decriminalized in Denver, and I have a feeling we’re a long way off from legalizing mushrooms in Colorado. So, don’t expect to see any official shroom storefronts pop up anytime soon.

Also, being as marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms are very different products that will need to meet different codes and policies, the chances of them ever being shelved next to each other are nill.

That isn’t to say, however, that that’s not a nice dream. A place where you can legally obtain all your marijuana and shrooms needs in one fell swoop? It does sound very adult Harry Potter-esque which I am intrigued by. Sign me up.

Sir Blaze RidcullyDGO PufnstufHave questions for these two knuckleheads known as Blaze and Puf? Send them to [email protected] and we’ll make sure they get to the right potheads.

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