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Tips for Consuming Cannabis Edibles

A Beginner's Guide to Consuming Edibles

Novices and experts alike are partaking in edibles as a regular method of cannabis consumption. It makes sense since you can pretty much add cannabinoids to almost any kind of food; from gummies and chocolate bars to full-course meals! A wide selection of delicious, infused treats is just one reason to buy from legal, licensed dispensaries. These retailers and the manufacturers they promote follow strict state regulations, ensuring that all products are tested for consistency at a certified lab. But, if you're new to shopping at your local pot shop, it's especially important that you follow our tips for consuming cannabis edibles. 

Have you been curious to see what the hype is all about? We’ve put together a list of guidelines so you can be prepared for your first edible experience.  

9 Tips for Consuming Cannabis Edibles

1. Start with a low dosage

You’ve may or may not have heard of the saying ‘start low, go slow,’ but it’s something all cannabis newcomers should remember. It’s never a good idea to try taking more than the recommended dose if you haven’t tried cannabis before. You can find plenty of stories from people who had a bad experience after consuming too much, too fast. 

2. Be patient

One important distinction between smoking and eating cannabis is the time it takes for the effects to start kicking in. When you smoke, the onset may only take a few minutes. But with edibles, you likely won't experience effects for 30 minutes to an hour after consuming; and, you should wait at least two hours before consuming more. Those who aren’t aware of this will sometimes eat another edible thinking the first dose wasn’t enough. This is a trap many first-time cannabis users can fall into, but it can be avoided if you stay patient and monitor how you’re feeling.

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3. Don’t mix with alcohol

Mixing alcohol with edibles doesn’t make for a good combo. One issue with this is you’d be unable to distinguish whether the effects you’re feeling are from the alcohol or the THC. Another is the alcohol may increase the THC concentration in your blood, which was found in a study from the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC). 

4. Read the packaging closely

Just like how you read the nutrition labels on other foods, you’ll want to carefully read cannabis edibles' packaging. Legal market products will always show the amount of milligrams of THC per package and per serving. In Colorado, the standard at recreational dispensaries is 10mg THC per dose. But at medical retailers, some edibles can go as high as 100mg THC per dose! 

5. Know your tolerance level

Chances are if you’re not an avid cannabis user, than your tolerance is relatively low. The effects will always differ person to person, but sometimes even the recommended dose can be too much for someone just starting out. If you're new to consuming edibles and are nervous about how your body may react, eat just half a piece for a 5mg serving! Nové Luxury Chocolates' fillings are stable enough to cut through without making a mess. This way, you’ll get a better sense for how you feel and be able to judge whether you need another dose or not. Remember, you can always increase the dosage, but you can’t put back what you’ve already eaten.

A female model eating a half piece of Nove Cafe Cappuccino, a 5mg THC serving.  Microdosing is one of our tips for consuming edibles.

6. Eat a meal beforehand

It’s not a good idea to eat edibles on an empty stomach. Having a meal beforehand will help keep the edible's effects more gradual and consistent. Plus, this allows the body to be able to absorb more of the infused cannabis at a faster rate. In particular, one study from Science Daily discovered high-fat foods can speed up cannabidiol absorption. Lastly, it might help curb some of the munchies later on! 

7. Be in a comfortable space (figuratively and mentally)

Your setting plays a bigger part in your cannabis experience than you realize. This goes for your mental headspace, too. Keeping your head in a positive place and being in a familiar environment that isn’t overstimulating will help you stay even more calm and relaxed. Putting on your favorite music or TV show can also make everything more enjoyable while keeping you occupied.

8. Store your chocolate edibles in a cool place

What you don’t want to do is let your cannabis chocolate melt. This will make it harder to properly dose how much THC you’re ingesting. Besides, a cool chocolate edible straight from the fridge hits just the spot.

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9. Key tip for consuming cannabis edibles: have a plan if you take too much

Even the most experienced cannabis consumer has gotten a little too high. But the good news is that no one has ever died from eating too many ediblesIf you accidentally overdo it, the first tip to remember is to breathe and stay calm. The symptoms will eventually pass, but one thing you can do is take a small dose of CBD to help lessen the intensity of the THC. Just put a few drops of the trupura CBD tincture under your tongue for 30 seconds, drink plenty of water, and find a quiet space to relax.

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Slices of pineapple on a cast iron skillet. Grilled Pineapple with Chocolate Drizzle is a great cannabis recipe from Nove.

Cannabis Recipe: Grilled Pineapple with Chocolate Drizzle

A Tropical and Summery Cannabis Recipe: Grilled Pineapple with Chocolate

You’ll definitely want to have these caramelized grilled pineapples at your next cookout. They’re great for dessert or as a snack, especially covered in a cannabis-infused chocolate drizzle made with our Island Coconut Chocolate. The sweetness of the pineapple with the fresh, nutty flavor of the coconut is irresistible. The perfect treat that captures the essence of summer!

Slices of pineapple on a cast iron skillet.  Grilled Pineapple with Chocolate Drizzle is a great cannabis recipe from Nove.

Ingredients for Grilled Pineapple with Chocolate Drizzle

Serving size: 6

  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 pineapple peeled, cored, and cut into even pieces
  • Wooden or metal skewers
  • 1 Nové Island Coconut chocolate bar (10mg THC/piece, 100mg THC/bar)

Inspiration source: Caramelized Brown Sugar Cinnamon Grilled Pineapple by The Recipe Critic

How To Tell If Your Pineapple Is Ripe

You don’t want to use a pineapple that isn’t ripe and ready to eat. You also want to avoid using one that’s overripe since the taste and texture won’t be the same. These tips can help you know how to choose a ripe pineapple from the store.

  • The skin should be firm but slightly soft when you squeeze it.
  • Ripe pineapples will smell sweet toward the bottom near the base of the pineapple. A slightly sour, vinegary smell indicates it’s actually overripe.
  • The color will be light to medium yellow with a mild green hue. Pineapples change from green to yellow when ripe. Some green pineapples can also be ripe, but not if it’s completely dark green.
  • It should have vibrant green, healthy frond leaves. 
  • Weight matters. Pineapples that are on the heavier side will have more juices, which means it’s ready to eat!

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Instructions for Cutting Your Pineapple

  1. Cut off about one inch from the top and bottom of the pineapple.
  2. Stand it upright and cut from top to bottom to remove the skin in strips. Go around the pineapple to trim off any remaining part of the peel and eyes.
  3. Cut the pineapple into four quarters lengthwise and remove the core from each quarter piece.
  4. Cut the quarters into smaller wedges.

How To Prep Your Pineapple for The Grill

  1. Toss the pineapple wedges into a bowl and coat them with the brown sugar. Put them on the skewers and sit for 10 minutes before grilling them. If you’re worried about the pineapple sticking, you can spray it with some canola oil.
  2. Grill over medium heat for about 7-10 minutes while turning them occasionally. You can tell the pineapple is done once it’s tender and golden brown with slight grill marks.

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Preparing the Coconut Chocolate Drizzle

An easy way to melt the chocolate is by using the double boiler method.

  1. Choose the dosage you want and break apart the Island Coconut chocolate squares.
  2. Fill a pot with 1 to 2 inches of water. Put a heat-safe glass mixing bowl over the pot and add the chocolate. The bottom of the bowl should not be touching the water. 
  3. Turn up the stove to low heat. The steam from the water will start to slowly melt the chocolate. 
  4. Continuously stir the chocolate with a rubber spatula until it’s silky smooth. 
  5. Use a spoon to drizzle it over the caramelized pineapple and enjoy!

Nove Island Coconut cannabis luxury chocolate packaging next to a cut-open piece of chocolate. This bar is perfect for our Grilled Pineapple with Chocolate Drizzle recipe.

Our Luxury Cannabis Chocolates Will Level Up Your Summer Cooking

Everyone is going to want your new summer recipes! Our luxury cannabis chocolates are a game-changer for anyone wanting to experiment with cannabis-infused cooking. See where you can buy all of our Nové Chocolate flavors with our store locator.