Many of you reading this are likely new to cannabis drinks, and understandably so. These newer forms of edibles have yet to rise to the same level of popularity as space cakes and cookies, but they are getting their due recognition.
As the name suggests, these are sodas or juices that come with an extra THC kick. But just like any other ingestible form of cannabis, taking too much could end up in a disastrous, and sometimes traumatic outcome.
So for this article, we’ll give you a basic dosing guide for cannabis drinks. Hopefully, this helps you avoid the horror stories that many people have with edibles, which is mostly because of the lack of knowledge about proper intake.
Cannabis Drinks 101
For any edible in food form, the buds universally undergo the process of decarboxylation. It’s basically heating the plant material at around 220°F for up to 40 minutes. Eating raw cannabis won’t get you high, and you need this process to activate the cannabinoids including THC to elicit the desired effects. But with cannabis drinks, carbon dioxide in its liquid state is added to the buds under intense heat and pressure. Upon the completion of this process, the carbon dioxide is then released, leaving the concentrated weed extract behind.
The next step involves a process called short-path distillation. Here, the concentrated cannabis is turned into a more refined extract using vacuum and heat control. The final product will then be infused into the beverages. The final process is emulsification, which most food products go through. Here, a blending agent is added to the post-distillation cannabis extract to make it water-soluble.
How to Properly Dose Cannabis Drinks
Before we get into the numbers, it’s important to first take note of the onset and duration of its hit. Typically, you will feel its effects within the first half hour of ingestion, but that can stretch up to the two-hour mark.
As for the length of its hit, you may feel it for the next 12 hours. For some people, the effects could last up to 24 hours. That said, if you’re drinking a cannabis-infused beverage for the first time, you may want to start with a very low dose, between 2-4 mg of THC. That’s up to 12 fluid ounces of the drink, and make sure to go slowly. Think of it like your favorite hard-hitting cocktail that you gradually sip through the course of the night.
Now, if you’re a more hardened veteran user, you can elevate your doses to up to 20 mg. Ultimately, you’d want to feel it out to see which doses work best for you. But remember – and we can’t stress this enough – always start low and slow.
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