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Figuring out whether you’ll need 2 or 10 to calm the hell down is (you guessed it) also a mystery, says Jeffrey Bost, a clinical instructor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Start with one gummy per day. Nada? Try two. Still nada? Slowly up your dose until you get some results. It’s pretty tough to OD on CBD, says Bost. The worst side effects of very high doses are drowsiness and mood changes. (And pls note that the long-term effects are still TBD.)
Last year, “CBD gummies” was the third most-Googled food in the entire U.S. So yeah, you’ve likely heard of these little nuggets that contain cannabidiol (aka CBD), the part of weed that chills you out but not the part that inspires you to down a party-size bag of Doritos. Maybe you’ve even heard reviews—from stoner and non-stoner friends alike—about how the non-hallucinogenic bites are ideal for erasing Big Stress Energy or helping you wind down before bed. And you’ve probably still got questions. Great, ’cause we’ve got answers.
How many do I have to eat?
It does sound kinda like a scam, but solid scientific studies show that CBD can latch onto cells in your gut and immune system, relieving anxiety, pain, and inflammation, says Joseph Maroon, MD, a clinical professor of neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. But that’s the pure stuff—there’s no legit research on the effectiveness of CBD in gummy form. In other words: They maybe work (at least, they did for our editors—see our own reviews below!).
If you live in a state where all types of devil’s lettuce is legal, you can buy CBD gummies almost anywhere—even at some gas stations. For everyone else, there’s the interwebs. Amazon sells them and can ship to your door for about $40 (yeah, chillin’ ain’t cheap).
Among experienced cannabis consumers, a great many have at least one story of an edible gone awry, but few have a second occurrence. The worst part of a bad edible experience almost always tends to be the surprise. On a second go around, the consumer understands what they’re in for and can adjust the dosing a bit accordingly. A little trial and error is definitely needed for the best experience, but as long as you avoid eating too much in one sitting you should be fine! But even if you do eat a little more than you can handle, just use the tips above and remember everything will be okay!
I t’s been five years since the infamous “Maureen Dowd Moment,” when the popular journalist had a negative experience eating too much infused candy and chronicled her episode in the New York Times’ Opinion section. Almost anyone who has purchased legal cannabis can easily see where Ms. Dowd went wrong. “I nibbled off the end and then, when nothing happened, nibbled some more,” she writes. She also notes that, “The next day, a medical consultant […] mentioned that candy bars like that are supposed to be cut into 16 pieces for novices; but that recommendation hadn’t been on the label.” Here, we grow quite skeptical of Ms. Dowd’s account.
It’s also important to try and settle in. Edibles can take a few hours to clear the system, and dilated time perception can make this feel longer than it actually is. Try playing some music to distract your mind from counting down the seconds until your high is over – longer songs (jam bands especially) tend to work exceptionally well. You might also find other distractions useful like watching T.V. or talking with a friend.
Steps to Take if You Eat Too Many Edibles
If you think you’ve eaten too many edibles, the first thing to do is remember not to panic. It is best to lie down, eat something light, drink water, and take whatever measures possible to achieve a more comfortable body state. Adjust lighting and noise levels; take a relaxing, temperature-appropriate shower. Adjust clothing for better comfort. Some people find it useful to simply tell themselves it will all be over soon.
Though the experience may feel uncomfortable, it is foremost important to understand that if you eat too many edibles, it cannot harm you and that, in time, you will begin feeling normal again. As famously stated in a DEA report from 1988, “In practical terms, marijuana cannot induce a lethal response as a result of drug-related toxicity.”
If you do consume more than your personal limit and end up getting too high, you’re likely in for a few side effects, some of which can feel quite awkward, especially in tandem.
This shift in bodily comfort combined with heightened anxiety can induce a mental state that feels much worse than it actually is. Most of us are familiar with the famous “911 cop,” who asked dispatchers if he was dying after eating confiscated product. The only thing he was likely to die of was embarrassment. Understanding that these uncomfortable circumstances won’t cause you any physical harm and are temporary can go a long way in reducing the heightened state.