A lot of people will tell you that there’s no safe consuming THC, and that any THC consumption is potentially unsafe, but these people are missing the point of safe recreational use: it’s not about being risk-free, it’s about reducing your risk as much as possible without sacrificing all the benefits. With that in mind, there are some things you can do to optimize your intake of THC so that you get all the benefits without too many of the drawbacks. Find out more here!
What is THC
THC is the chemical in marijuana that gets you high. The level of THC in a product determines the user’s experience. For example, a beginner-level edible would have 15mg or less of THC per serving while an experienced-level edible may have more than 100mg per serving. If you are new to edibles, it’s best to start with a lower dose and see how your body reacts before increasing your dose (tolerance levels vary). Keep in mind that edibles can take up to 2 hours to fully absorb into the bloodstream. If you don’t feel anything from an edible after 30 minutes, it’s best to wait at least 2 hours before eating any more. Always consult with your doctor about using cannabis if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
How THC Affects the Body
THC affects the body in a variety of ways. For example, it can make you feel happy and relaxed or even paranoid and anxious. How it affects you depends on how much is taken in and the person’s biology. When inhaled, THC enters the lungs where some is absorbed into the bloodstream while the rest travels to the brain. The blood carries THC throughout the body, including to organs like the heart and kidneys. From there, it eventually makes its way back out of your body, mostly through your urine or feces.
The Optimal Level of THC for Safe Recreational Use
In order to know the optimal level of THC for safe recreational use, one must first understand what it is that cannabis does to a person. Cannabis produces psychoactive effects that give the consumer a high. The higher the level of THC in the product, the stronger these effects will be. CBD, or Cannabidiol, on the other hand, can counteract some of these effects such as paranoia and anxiety because CBD has been shown to have an anti-psychotic effect.
Tips for Beginners
If you’re a beginner, it’s important to start with products that contain lower levels of THC. You can always work your way up as you become more experienced and find the right level for you. One way to figure out which level is right for you is by starting off with small amounts and then gradually increasing your intake over time. If at any point you feel uncomfortable or unwell, stop using immediately.
Tips for Experienced Users
Experienced cannabis users are typically looking for a product with a higher concentration of THC, but it’s important to be mindful that this isn’t the only factor that determines the effects. The best way to figure out what’s right for you is to experiment and see how your body reacts, but here are a couple of tips:
- Research the strain before trying it – This can help you determine how much THC is in the product, as well as anticipate how it will affect you. If you’re not sure about the potency, go for something on the lower end of the spectrum or start with a small dose and wait at least an hour to see how it affects you.
- Experiment by using different amounts from time to time. If you use too little, there may not be enough THC in your system for any changes or symptoms; if there’s too much, these could include panic attacks or paranoia.