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Using edibles for the first time

Using Edibles for the First Time

Welcome to the world of cannabis edibles! Consuming cannabis in edible form is a popular choice for many due to its discretion, longevity, and the wide variety of tasty options available. However, diving into edibles without adequate knowledge can lead to an overwhelming experience. As your trusted source of knowledge at our Santa Ynez dispensary, we’re here to guide you through your first foray into edibles.

Understand the BAsics of Using Edibles for the First Time

Cannabis edibles are food products infused with cannabinoids, primarily THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and/or CBD (cannabidiol). They come in various forms, from brownies and cookies to gummies, chocolates, and even beverages. If you’re using edibles for the first time, you might want to start with something you know.

Start Low and Go Slow

Dosage: For beginners, we recommend starting with a low dose, typically 2.5 to 5 mg of THC. This ensures that you won’t consume too much too quickly, allowing you to gauge how your body reacts.

Duration: Unlike smoking or vaping cannabis, edibles have a delayed onset. Effects can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to manifest and can last several hours. Always wait a reasonable amount of time before consuming more to avoid overconsumption.

Choose the Right Product

THC vs. CBD: While THC is the primary psychoactive component, CBD is non-psychoactive and known for its therapeutic properties. Some edibles contain a mix of both. Determine what effects you’re looking for to choose the right product.

Strains: Cannabis strains—indica, sativa, and hybrids—offer different effects. Indica is more relaxing, sativa is more energizing, and hybrids fall somewhere in between. Our knowledgeable staff can guide you to the perfect strain-infused edible for your desired experience.


Consume in a Comfortable Setting

For your first time, it’s best to consume edibles in a familiar and comfortable environment, perhaps with a trusted friend who has experience with cannabis. This way, if you have questions or concerns, someone is there to reassure you.

Mind Your Stomach

Eating a substantial meal before consuming edibles can affect the onset and intensity of effects. A full stomach may delay the effects, while an empty stomach may intensify them.

Hydration is Key

Stay hydrated before, during, and after consuming edibles. Water can help if you feel too high or experience dry mouth, a common side effect.


Know the Law

Ensure you’re familiar with the local regulations and laws regarding cannabis consumption. Always consume responsibly and avoid driving or operating heavy machinery while under the influence.

Remember It’s Temporary

If you consume too much and feel overwhelmed, remember the effects are temporary and will pass. Lie down, breathe deeply, stay hydrated, and consider seeking out CBD as it can sometimes counteract the intensity of THC effects.


Cannabis edibles offer a unique and long-lasting experience. By understanding your dosage, choosing the right product, and following our guidelines, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable journey into the world of edibles. As always, the Farmacy Santa Ynez Cannabis Dispensary team is here to answer any questions and guide you toward the best products for your needs. Enjoy responsibly!