Here are some tips for safely consuming cannabis:
Find a safe, private setting in which to enjoy your cannabis. It is illegal to consume in public.
Keep yourself well-nourished and hydrated.
Know the time to onset: edibles can take between 30 minutes to 4 hours before you feel the effect, while flower and vapes only take 2-15 minutes. Tinctures can be held under the tongue for a couple of minutes, leading to effects within 20-60 minutes. *With edibles, go slowly and start with small amounts – don’t over-serve yourself! Consider starting with 2.5 or 5 mg, then waiting for effect. This is called micro-dosing, and it is a great way to get to know how cannabis will affect you. *
Plan how long the effects will last: for flower and vapes, expect 2-4 hours of duration, while edibles can have effects for 6-8 hours, and even up to 12 hours (depending on the serving size along with your metabolism and tolerance).
Understand the differences between topicals and transdermal patches. Topicals are designed to be placed on a specific area and do not penetrate through the skin to provide any systemic effect. These products usually provide relief within 30 minutes of application. Transdermals are specifically designed to penetrate deeper and can provide some systemic relief. This effect will last as long as the patch is in place, or for 8-12 hours depending on the brand and formulation.