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Edibles are one of the most popular cannabis consumption methods – and for good reason. In legal states, they are widely available and you can get the exact dosage. It’s also really easy to make your own at home if you aren’t lucky enough to live in a legal state, from classic magic brownies, through to the more contemporary cannabis-infused fine dining. FHM reached out to some industry experts to get their opinions on the ideal locations to eat your first edible, so you have the best possible time, instead of a freak-out.

1. The great outdoors

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Cannabis and nature have always been a wonderful pair. Whatever your favorite outdoor activity happens to be, the slow onset effect of an edible really helps to elevate the therapeutic effect. – Jordan McAulay, Founder at Green Labs, Swift Edibles

2. Be relaxed

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At home, at the beach, camping- those are ideal places as you are relaxed and not rushing to be anywhere. Start small- no matter your size, there are so many factors at play that will determine how you are affected.

And make sure you have somewhere to lay down in case you get sleepy and some snacks on hand. – Lisa Harun, Co-Founder of Vapium

3. Have a gameplan

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I’d personally recommend that anyone wishing to consume edibles do so with a very clear game plan. Whether you’re planning on consuming and relaxing in a park, spending an evening at home with friends, or going out to the movies, an edibles high comes on slowly but lasts for a long time.

Anyone wishing to consume should do so with a clear idea of where they’re going and what they’ll do when they get there. Beyond that, listening to or playing music and hanging out with friends is always a safe bet. – Neil Demers, CEO of Diego Pellicer, Colorado

4. Music to our ears

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Because the effects of edibles can be unpredictable for a first-time user, I would recommend being in a safe, comfortable place such as your home, a hotel room or a camping trip where you are spending the night and not planning to drive anywhere.

Music festivals can be a great place to use edibles, but avoid mixing edible cannabis with alcohol and time your trip so you don’t pass out during the band you’ve been waiting to see! – Elise McDonough, Edibles Editor at High Times

5. Have a focus

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Anyone interested in consuming edibles should seriously consider doing so in a calming setting, preferably with something to focus on, so that they’re able to enjoy the experience without overthinking it.

Jazz or classical music concerts serve as great opportunities to enjoy an edibles high in an upscale, safe fashion. – Richard Huang, CEO of Cloudious9

6. Start slow and low

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For new edibles consumers, I would recommend starting with a low dose, ranging from 5-10mg of THC. I would also recommend a 1:1 THC/CBD cannabinoid ratio, as the CBD will help balance the high of the consumer, and help them avoid that “awkward/paranoid” feeling some users get.

When combined with THC, CBD can provide a consumer with medical relief that otherwise cannot be achieved. Also, edibles range in how the body absorbs them, so expect a time frame of 30 minutes-4 hours for full consumption and expected effects. – Alejandro Canto, Owner/COO at Diego Pellicer, Washington

7. Be safe

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The number one factor that should be considered when someone’s deciding where to consume edibles for the first time should be safety. If you’re going to consume outdoors, be sure you’re doing so in a state where outdoor consumption is legal, and that the area you’re in is safe.

Wherever you are, having a close friend that you trust will help enormously. – Shauntel Ludwig, Director of Sales and Marketing at DaVinci Vaporizer

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