CBD and THC are the most well-known cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds in cannabis that interact with the receptors in the brain and body to produce an array of effects.
CBD does not get you high like THC can, but has some great health and wellness properties. It can ease anxiety, inflammation and pain. It can also help buffer some of the effects of THC.
This is what we commonly think of when we think of cannabis. THC gets you high/euphoric when you take it in higher doses. It also can provide pain relief. In smaller “microdoses” it can induce relaxation and improve mood.
Products that are lower in THC and higher in CBD are great choices for new or returning users to cannabis.
Because we all have a unique number of receptors in our body that cannabis interacts with, one person’s experience with a certain percentage of THC/CBD can be very different from another person’s experience.
No one can tell you exactly what will be right for you, so you’ll need to experiment a bit.
This is where the mantra of “start low and go slow” kicks in.
It is best to ease into figuring out what your personal “sweet spot” is with this plant.
One way that can be helpful to think about cannabis is to view it like caffeine. A little caffeine is great—it puts a little spring in our step, some zing in our morning.
But too much caffeine? Our hearts are racing, we’re sweating and anxious, maybe even nauseous. It’s not a good feeling.
Also, similar to caffeine, we each have a “sweet spot” that’s unique to us. Usually we find that sweet spot by experimenting safely. Some of us find we are tea sippers and others find that a double shot espresso really gets them going in the morning.
It can mean ingesting 2.5 mg of cannabis if you’re consuming edibles. Remember that you can always cut a dose in half or quarters. For instance, the Petra Mints from Kiva contain 2.5 mg of THC which is considered a microdose, but you can start by taking half of a mint.
Remember that the effects of edibles can take up to 90 minutes to kick in.
Resist the urge to dive in for more before you let the first dose kick in.
If you’re smoking or vaping cannabis, look for strains that have a high percentage of CBD and a lower percentage of THC. Take a puff, wait a while then take another. Remember it can take 10-20 minutes for a high to fully kick in, you can always smoke more, but you can’t smoke less…
Eventually, you’ll start to get very familiar and comfortable with how sensitive your cannabinoid receptors are. You’ll get to know your sweet spot really well, which products and/or strains feel good to you, and at what doses. Cannabis is one of those things we really need to experiment with a bit first.
To better break things down, here’s some great info from safecannabisuse.com:
It’s okay, we have all been there, you are still learning your limits and over did it a bit-but you will be okay! If you are sitting there thinking “I smoked too much weed! What do I do?!” this section is for you. We are going to give you all the advice you need when you get too stoned.
First off, take a long deep breath. Ingesting too much THC can increase your heart rate and make you feel anxious but know that there have been NO reported deaths from overconsumption of cannabis. That’s right, you won’t die from smoking or eating too much of an edible.
So now that we have that worry out of the way, what can you do to feel better?