Building a Healthy Relationship With Edibles
January, 2018

With a new year comes the opportunity for fresh perspective. If you caught our step-by-step guide to making Releaf Rubies, you may have gotten the hint that we’re pretty enthusiastic about the subject of edibles. When consumed mindfully, they can lead to extended periods of relaxation and symptom relief. Their discreteness and long-lasting effects allow for versatile use. And, simply put, they can make you feel awesome.

We believe that edibles have tremendous potential to the medical world, but are often misunderstood or misused. We know that their benefits to patients can be very significant, but that many shy away from them after having or hearing about a negative experience. With all this in mind, our team has dedicated the month of January to spreading the good word about edibles, sharing tips for successful experiences, and encouraging others to do the same.

Want to build a healthy relationship with edibles this year? Here’s what we recommend:

  • Start with the lowest dose possible when trying an unfamiliar product.  We suggest starting with 2mg – 5mg of THC, even though many edibles on the market today have a standard THC serving size of 10mg.
  • Be extremely cautious when taking another dose, and in most cases, don’t.  Many bad experiences come from taking additional servings before the effects of the first dose fully kicks in.  As a rule of thumb, if you feel you need another serving or partial serving, wait at least two hours from your first dose to settle in.  Or, even better, just take a little more the next time you try the same edible.
  • Relax and enjoy the effects (this is much more likely with a low dose).  Start your experience off with a simple activity that brings you enjoyment and pleasure, like going on a walk or listening to some music.  Appreciate the fine-tuning of your senses and the unique feelings in your body.  Before you know it, you’ll be in it.
  • Pay attention to how your mind and body responds to edibles.  Track your experience. Here’s how.
  • Consider edibles a supplement and a tool, not a cure.  Solely depending on any substance to enrich your life, or make your troubles go away, is a mistake and often leads to new problems.
  • Try making your own edibles.  It’s easy, cost-efficient, and rewarding.  Participating more fully in the process of ingesting cannabis also brings you close to the plant, your medicine, and your experience.

This month, we’ll be covering everything from creating to consuming edibles: recipes, dosing tips, findings from real patient sessions, and everything else we learn along the way.  If you have anything to share on the subject, please let us know!  We love hearing from you.

Happy New Year.  Onward and upward!

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