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Guides | 01.17.2022

What Happens If You Eat Too Many Edibles

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If you’re a fan of weed edibles, chances are you know what it’s like to go overboard.

The good news is you’ll be fine. The bad news is you’ll probably be feeling anxious, out of it, or too high for a while. It seems almost like a rite of passage to have too much too soon in the cannabis world, but it doesn’t have to be.

Luckily for you, we’ve partnered with the good people at Cannabis Life to create this helpful guide with everything you need to know about edible dosages.

How To Dose Edibles

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When you’re smoking a joint, you’ll immediately start to feel the effects of marijuana swimming around your brain and making your body feel different.

When it comes to edibles, however, you’ll be waiting a while until you feel it – but no doubt, you’ll feel it. When it comes to finding the correct dosage, smoking is easier as you are in control and can just stop taking hits when you’ve had enough.

Edibles are on another playing field because once you’ve taken them, there’s no turning back. So how should you dose your edibles?

“Start low, go slow” is the best way to experiment with edibles if you’re a first-timer (or even a nervous cannasseur). If you buy a pack of edible gummies, the dosage will clearly be marked on the box, with a standard of 10 mg per candy.

If you’re feeling nervous about getting too high, start by taking half of a gummy, waiting 60-90 minutes, and taking more if needed.

You can always take more, but you can’t un-take if you down too much.

What If I’ve Had Too Much?

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Maybe you’re reading this article a little too late and are already in the middle of experiencing the firm grip of edibles.

If this is the case, rest easy. Sure, you might feel like your heart is beating out of your chest, you’re not sure which way is up and down, you’ve turned your breathing on manual, and the conversation doesn’t seem to make sense, but we promise you that you’ll be alright. 

There’s no way in the world that you’ve had enough to cause bodily harm, although the feeling might be uncomfortable.

If you overdo it, make sure you find a quiet and comfortable, safe space where you can relax and have a person you trust around to assure you you’ll be okay and hold your hand. 

Make sure to stay hydrated and focus on breathing in and out, maybe putting on a movie to take your mind off of things. If you can, take a nap, and you’ll probably wake up feeling rested and at ease. A snack might help you feel better, and being in a calming spot surrounded by blankets and pillows will definitely keep your mind at ease.

We aren’t going to lie to you: if you’ve gone overboard, you’ll feel strange and anxious for a while.

However, we can assure you that you aren’t going to die. After a few hours, you’ll be feeling great again, so just try to get into a calming mindset until the effects pass.


Overindulging in weed edibles isn’t fun, so the best way to enjoy the experience is to give yourself time to feel the effects at a low dose before taking more.

Once you’ve got the correct dosage for you (remember, everybody is different, so it’s an individual guessing game), you’ll be able to make the most out of the edible adventure. 

Whatever the case, breathe easy knowing that you’ll be safe no matter what, even if you feel like you’re going to die (you won’t, pinky promise).

Weed is meant to be enjoyed, so learn how to take it correctly, and you’ll enjoy conversation, love watching stoner-friendly movies, indulge in a cheesy pizza, dance to your favorite playlist, and make the most out of your edible adventure.

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