What It Feels Like To Eat A 10mg/THC Marijuana Edible


Since marijuana became legal in the state of Washington a lot of people I know are considering trying cannabis for the first time ever or in a very long time. A lot of these people are not smokers, not interested in smoking marijuana, but are really curious about trying marijuana edibles. Some of these people also have stories about how they ate homemade marijuana edibles back in the day where they got too high so they are freaked out to try them again.

I can’t blame them. I’ve experienced what it is like to consume too much THC from an edible and it freaked me out enough not to consume another for a couple of days. Actually, I was making infused cannabis chocolates and consumed too much from licking the bowl, spoon, and trying a sample on top of that. It was not the pleasant experience that I am accustomed to getting from taking cannabis. I gained some serious respect for edibles that day.

One great thing about being able to purchase Washington’s regulated marijuana edibles is that you should be able to easily figure out how much to take for your body depending on the effect you are going after. Gone will be the days of guessing how many bites to take and wondering what it will do to you. Now, you should be able to educate yourself on what a portion size of 10mg feels like for you, measure your edible portion size accordingly, and then be able to use them responsibly.

I went to Evergreen Herbal headquarters in Seattle to talk about this subject because their quality marijuana edibles are labeled really well and easy to measure 10mg/THC portions.

In the video, Marco brings up the point that eating a 10mg/THC edible is similar in intoxicating effects as a glass of wine or beer. I wouldn’t disagree with this comparison except that the effects of an edible can last for several hours which, by the way,  is a wonderful thing when you use the right amount for you. Everybody is different, so while 10mg might feel like nothing for me, it might feel like a lot or just enough for you.

My experience with edibles is that they don’t make you as mentally high as smoking or vaping but they do provide a lovely wash of body relaxation and a gentle mental uplift. That is, of course, if you are taking the right amount for your body.

When you eat an edible it can take 1-2 hours to fully feel the effects, depending on how you metabolize it. Many newbies make the mistake of not waiting long enough and thinking they don’t feel anything and end up taking more before the first portion kicked in. Oops, now you are too high and will be that way for several hours. Taking too much THC in an edible form could possibly be a very unpleasant experience, and again, it could last for several hours.

So, here are a few things I recommend if you are trying legal edibles for the first time:

Your goal is not to get super high, your goal is to learn how your body responds to marijuana edibles so you can know how much to take when you do want to get high. Pick a day when you are able to relax. Plan the time of day when you will take it and have something to preoccupy you while you wait 1-2 hours for the effects to kick in. Avoid drinking alcohol that day. Once you feel the effects you will then be able to make note of what 10mg/THC felt like for you. Was it hard to tell if you were feeling anything? Or did it feel like too much? If it felt like too much, take half next time. If it felt like nothing, you may want to try 15-30mg next time.

Since we are comparing edibles with alcohol, let’s assume that you wouldn’t responsibly guzzle an entire bottle of vodka in one sitting your first time drinking and then wait to see what happens. You would most likely only enjoy a drink or two from that bottle or you could suffer potential alcohol poisoning from overconsumption.  While nobody has ever been known to have died from too much THC, you don’t want to be that person who has a horrible experience on edibles and swears them off because you didn’t take it slow and learn how to eat them responsibly.

Marijuana edibles are wonderful when used properly. Do enjoy, Washington.



14 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by o. Karmon on November 22, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    I live in CA and has a permit for use of medical cannabis. How can I get these 60mg THC bars?

  2. Check out the Venice Cookie Company products in California.

  3. 10 mg is fine for me. it took about 45 minutes to feel it.

  4. tell me how potent this drink are? i’m not a heavy user both i love both flavors indica sativa, mora indica than sativa but i want something for medical heal, relax stoned not much.. tell me 🙂

  5. 10mg is not overly potent, but it really depends on your personal sensitivity to edibles.

  6. Posted by jess on May 5, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    For edibles 25-35mg is starting point. I’ve had that infused drink and got two doses. I’ve had some forty mg cookies and had half and had a slight buzz enough to help me sleep which is why I have my card

  7. Posted by whynocure.com on July 13, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Reblogged this on alternative medicine or natural cures and commented:
    I follow twiced baked because she is so knowledgeable of cannabis and understand how some of us “ain’t smoked pot in 30 years” mentality is. Thanks Twiced 😉

  8. As a resident of Washington state who has a qualifying medical condition for use medically, I’ve been able to legally consume marijuana for a while now. I live in a pretty rural area though and haven’t really had much access to any of the commercially available “edibles” currently being sold in our retail outlets.

    Being a bit on the older side of things has given me the experience to be able to “step back” and analyze (appreciate) my use, thus coming to the same conclusions as your advice. But what I truly appreciate is that you folks have established and presented a clear, realistic, and easy to understand baseline.

    My daughter has been visiting her grandmother for the last couple of weeks and when my mother returned her to me today she brought me a little present. It was a commercially available edible from one of the retail outlets named “Zootsdrops.”

    It is packaged as an “energy blend” concentrate that is added to your favorite juice drink. Each teaspoon (1 dose) contains 10mg’s THC. I went ahead and took a dose right then but honestly couldn’t tell how it effected me. I assumed it was because I was already under the influence of some when I tried it so I figured I’d wait ’till morning and try it again using the method explained above.

    Although I would have followed the packaging recommendation, (same as yours) I still wanted to understand what I was supposed to be experiencing. I’ve tried homemade brownies before but never felt like I “felt it.” I would scratch my head a bit every time someone told me that they “did too much” the first time they tried edibles.

    Your manual here has given me exactly the information I am going to need tomorrow in order to experiment with the method of ingestion in a safe, responsible, and effective manner so that I can test it’s efficacy. This can be very difficult to do when the effects are subtle and difficult to detect. Roller coasting (increasing/decreasing dosage uncontrollably) is expected to be avoided as you’ve covered that as well.

    Because of this very well written paper I am very much looking forward to tomorrow morning and the little trip I get to take. 🙂

    Thank you.

  9. Thanks for sharing! Peace. TwiceBakedinWA

  10. Well said. Cogent and concise, like this comment.

  11. Thanks Joel! Peace. -TwiceBakedinWA

  12. Posted by Paul on December 21, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    My friend got me a 9.3mg cookie in CO. I have probably smoked 20 times in my life (i’m 37 and drink enough that i dont need anything else). does anyone have recommendation for me for xmas when i’m with family? obviously don’t want to overdue it and want to remain functional… like 4 drinks in…
    also time of day so i’m not up all night or anything.


  13. Hi Paul, Hoping you got this Christmas conundrum figured out. Smoking cannabis and eating edibles feel different. Not only that everybody has a different sensitivity level to edibles. 9.3mg of THC will likely make you feel physically relaxed and be enhanced with the alcohol. Most people I have met tolerate 10mg of THC in an edible well in social settings. Happy Holidays!

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