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Edibles can be fun, but they can also be challenging to use, especially if you’re new to using them. One of the biggest problems people run into when they’re trying edibles for the first time is that they take too much and have an unpleasant experience that puts them off of edibles forever. To help ensure you enjoy your first edible experience, keep these five tips in mind.

Get Ready

It can take anywhere from 15 minutes to two hours to feel the effects of edibles, but it’s important to remember that not everyone will react to them in the same way. To help you know what to expect — and make your first edible experience as enjoyable as possible — follow these tips!

Go Slow

As mentioned above, it can take edibles anywhere from 15 minutes to two hours to kick in, so you’ll want to pace yourself. Don’t take a huge bite or gulp down a big drink of an edible — take it slow and wait out that high! If you don’t feel anything after 20-30 minutes, try a smaller dose. Keep going until you start feeling something.

Take One Bite at a Time

The key to enjoying an edible experience is to take it slow. Try just one bite, and don’t try anything too potent (or something you wouldn’t be comfortable with if sober). Or even try a single dose edible to make it easy on how much to consume at one time. What happens if you take too much? Go take a hot shower, eat something, lay down, meditate, breathe; it will pass!

Let It Set In

It’s best to give the edibles time to set in. Take it slow, have a little something in your stomach if you feel hungry, and give yourself time to experience what you are feeling. This is especially important if you aren’t familiar with how edibles affect your body!

Don’t Panic!

We’ve all heard stories of people who over-indulged in marijuana-infused treats and ended up, how shall we say, couch-locked. It happens. The good news is that there are several ways to avoid getting too high, such as taking smaller doses or spacing them out over time.