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How Much Cannabis is TOO Much Cannabis?

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A Beginner’s Guide to Cannabis Edibles and Drinks

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Ready for a story? It starts with an unnamed person who ate way too many weed brownies and ends with that very same person thinking the cat is trying to tell them something with its eyes. 

 

Sure, they thought they were being responsible by waiting 10 minutes before sinking their teeth into a second serving, but as minutes turned to hours, they became more and more aware of their mistake. 

 

Isn’t it strange how the uncomfortable haze of over-consumption can make it OH so easy to TH-SEE how much cannabis is TOO much? 

 

Well, that fear is totally understandable, but remember that with the legalization of cannabis edibles and beverages on October 17th, 2019, came a wide range of government regulations aimed at ensuring a safer cannabis experience. 


Regardless, with the industry still being so new, diving into (or back into) the world of ingestible cannabis can be a bit intimidating.

That’s why your friends at Tweed (hey, that’s us) put together this useful article, making it easy to understand how much THC/CBD is in each product, and how much we recommend you start with.

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Edibles vs. Flower

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When it comes to cannabis consumption, the format of a product has a lot to do with how quickly it takes effect.

For instance, if you’re ingesting cannabis (either through cannabis-infused chocolate or drinks, or an oil, or softgels) active compounds like THC/CBD are metabolized through the liver and gut before entering the bloodstream. 

 

When inhaling cannabis, those active compounds are absorbed through the lungs and into the bloodstream—which is ultimately a much quicker process. 

 

But hey, if that’s a lot to remember, then take a look at this helpful chart:

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Format

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Smoking/vaping

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Onset Time

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Seconds to minutes

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Duration of Effects

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Up to 6 hours

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Format

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Eating/drinking/swallowing

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Onset Time

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30 minutes to 2 hours

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Duration of Effects

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Up to 12 hours

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Start Low, Go Slow

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Cannabis affects different people in different ways, which is why we always tell our friends to START LOW and GO SLOW.

 

When first trying ingestible cannabis (or any format, for that matter), we suggest starting with no more than 2.5 mg of THC, and monitoring how you feel after some time has passed. Otherwise you may end up like that unnamed person from the opening sentence of this article.

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And since knowing how much THC you’re consuming is half the battle, we thought we’d put together yet ANOTHER helpful chart illustrating suggested starting amounts for each of our products. Well, MOST of our products.


You may notice that we’ve left a pretty big category of products off the list: flower. Whether you’re smoking it or vaping it, when it comes to flower, sizing up just 2.5 mg of THC is pretty difficult. That’s why we suggest starting low and going slow. (Yeah, “start low, go slow” is kind of a mantra with us.)

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Drinks

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PRODUCT

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Houndstooth & Soda™ 

 

THC: 2mg     CBD: <1mg

Bakerstreet & Ginger™

 

THC: 2mg     CBD: <1mg

Houseplant Grapefruit™

 

THC: 2.5mg     CBD: <1mg

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SERVING SIZE

One can 355ml

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Chocolate

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Houndstooth & Mocha™

 

THC: 2.5 mg / piece     CBD: <1 mg / piece

Bakerstreet & Peppermint™

 

THC: 2.5 mg / piece    CBD: <1 mg / piece

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SERVING SIZE

One piece of the 4-piece bar

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In conclusion...

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Nervousness about consuming cannabis edibles and/or drinks is often due to a bad experience with a product that was likely purchased in the illicit market. It’s probably safe to assume that such products aren’t tested to meet safety standards, and that the person selling them doesn’t provide appropriate dosing information.  

 

Luckily, every Tweed product has gone through various levels of government-regulated testing and comes packaged with accurate information about its levels of THC/CBD. 

 

Pair that legitimacy with the sweet, sweet knowledge provided to you in the above charts, and you’ve got yourself a safe jumping-off point into the world of cannabis edibles and drinks. 

 

See you soon,

Your friends at Tweed

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