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A Complete Guide To Edible Dosing

When it comes to federally legal, hemp-derived products, edibles are convenient, discreet, and especially powerful. Some of our customers enjoy the edible experience much more than smoking, vaping, and other routes of administration.

You don’t need to worry about charging your vape battery or having a way to smoke flower. All you need to do to enjoy edibles is have some on hand — and know what the right dose is for you.

Edible dosing has to take a lot of factors into account. From the potency of the edibles themselves to differences in metabolism, there’s plenty to consider. Keep reading to learn more about edibles and how to dose them for the best experience possible.

What are Hemp-Derived Edibles?

Understanding what edibles are and how they cause their effects can help you feel the desired effects without going overboard. That’s especially important because the effects of edibles take longer to kick in than smoking or vaping and tend to feel more intense as well. 

It’s easy to think you need a larger dose when, in reality, your body is still digesting what you’ve already eaten. That’s the most important thing to know when it comes to edibles and avoiding unpleasant side effects or the sense that you’re too high. By starting small and recognizing this simple fact, you can have a more enjoyable experience.

Are Edibles Safe?

Yes, edibles are safe. Outside of the potential for an allergic reaction to the non-active food ingredients in an edible, there aren’t especially serious or life-threatening side effects.

Some users report side effects like nausea, paranoia, and impaired movement when taking cannabis edibles, as Medical News Today explains. Those are similar to the side effects of hemp-derived edibles. And they’re much more common when taking too large of a dose.

By taking a small dose to start, something we’ll focus on in the second half of this article, it’s easier to avoid those negative side effects.  

How are Edibles Made?

The edibles we offer are infused with hemp-derived, federally legal cannabinoids. These are the active ingredient in edibles. Cannabinoids can be directly extracted from plants using an oil-based liquid, similar to melted butter or cooking oil.

That oil is then used in a variety of recipes to make gummies, chocolate, crips, tablets, lozenges, and a variety of other products.

What Happens When You Eat Edibles?

In simple terms, your body processes the cannabinoids in edibles. The edible is digested and your liver metabolizes the cannabinoids contained in them. This produces a different type of active chemical than what comes from smoking or vaping.

Differences in people’s digestive and other systems mean the same edibles can have varying effects from one person to the next. That said, this process leads to a few noticeably different results in the big picture, as compared to vaping or smoking:

  • It can take between 30 minutes and 2 hours to start feeling the effects
  • The high lasts significantly longer than smoking or vaping
  • The high tends to start very gradually and end the same way
  • The experience can feel more intense than inhaling smoke or vapor

How is an Edible’s Dosage Measured?

All commercially manufactured edibles come with a suggested dose listed on the package.

Dosing for Delta 8 and Other Hemp-Derived Edibles

How to Calculate the Right Dose for an Edible

There are many types of hemp-derived cannabinoids, each with different effects and levels of potency. If you’re trying out a cannabinoid for the first time, be sure to read the linked guide to understand the experience associated with each one.

However, every edible also includes a recommended dosage on the package. Whether you’re trying to figure out Delta 8 edible dosing or how to get the best experience from another cannabinoid, the suggested dose is the best place to start.

Once you understand how your body and the edible react to each other, you have plenty of options. If you want more intense effects, you could try a slightly larger dose. Negative side effects are more prevalent when you take too high of a dose, so it’s a good idea to scale up. 

Try taking 1.5 times the regular dose next time and moving up in small increments, instead of jumping from a single edible to three or four at once.

Remember that your tolerance level may increase over time if you regularly consume edibles. You may want to occasionally adjust your dosage if you feel reduced effects. You could also try some of our other offerings, like flower and vapes.

What is a Safe First-Time Edible Dose?

If you want to test out a new type of edible but are worried about side effects, consider taking half of the recommended dose. The worst-case scenario is that you’ll take the other half, or another dose, in a few hours.

Once you understand what works for you, you can adjust the dose upward or downward based on your experience and preferences.

Is Micro-Dosing Edibles Worth It?

People micro-dose edibles to get some of the effects of hemp-derived cannabinoids without experiencing a full high. This concept doesn’t have much scientific evidence behind it, so we can’t say there are proven benefits of micro-dosing. However, some users strongly believe in its usefulness.

The good news is that taking very small doses of edibles containing cannabinoids like Delta 8 and Delta 10 likely won’t produce negative effects. If you want to try it out, consider splitting a single edible into about 10-20% of its recommended dose. 

It can be difficult to be precise when cutting up a gummy or edible chocolate bar, but you can break off smaller pieces that pass the eye test in terms of size.

High-Quality Hemp-Derived Edibles You Can Count On

At Delta 8 Resellers, we only stock edibles from leading brands like Hixotic, with strongly positive reputations in the industry. We share lab reports for our products, too, so you can make an informed decision.

Ready to make your order? Shop all of our edibles here!


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