Of Cannabis Edibles And Overdosing

It has occurred to me that some people might just get the wrong idea.

After all, I’ve written at least half a dozen stories here about various of my adventures involving overdoses of Medical Marijuana edibles, which left me in various states of highness, generally in the double digits (AKA “tripping balls“).

I’d like to categorically state that I am not, by any means, attempting to act as a role model, portraying this behavior in a positive light, or trying to “impress” anyone by publishing these stories. Rather, I’ve been attempting to illustrate the dangers of blindly consuming new edibles, and especially the dangers of over-consuming, especially intentionally (recreational users, I’m mostly talking to you here).

As is common in medically oriented literature, I use the word “overdose” here in its correct meaning: a dose that is higher than medically necessary. A mild overdose will simply get you high. “Overdose” does not imply “something that will kill you”, though the term “fatal overdose” does.

While even massive overdoses of cannabis are not themselves acutely life-threatening to healthy individuals, high doses of sativas or other THC-rich strains can induce temporary symptoms of paranoia or panic in some people, with accompanying rise in blood pressure and heart rate. Very high doses of any strain can also cause temporary loss of consciousness (“greening out”). Clearly, either of these effects could have serious consequences based on other factors, such as a pre-existing heart condition or simply falling and hitting your head.

So now I’d like to promote these five safety rules for cannabis edibles:

1. Try less than 1/8 of the recommended dose for any new marijuana edible.
2. If it smells strongly, it probably is seriously strong.
3. If it tastes strongly, it really is seriously strong!
4. Wait at least 2 hours, or until you feel the effects, before adding another same-sized piece to your dose (assuming you decide you do want more).
5. Edibles always have a built-in time delay. Plan in advance what you’ll be doing and where you’ll be when they kick in (generally anywhere from 1/2 hour to 2 hours after eating).

Good luck and be careful!

About Old Hippie

http://gplus.to/OldHippie Old Hippie is a father of two boys and thankfully living in California where all this kind of thing is legal. He started smoking marijuana in 1967 in high school, experimented with mind-expanding drugs of all kinds, and then straightened out 15 or so years later to become an airplane pilot. After being diagnosed with depression in 2000, he lost his job and most of the following decade to prescription medications (such as antidepressants) which sapped his energy and will. Finally, a chance conversation with a friend led to a doctor’s recommendation for medical marijuana (MMJ). This changed his entire life, health, and outlook for the better. BeyondChronic.com is his continuing story. It’s also his way to provide experienced advice on using medical marijuana effectively and responsibly, as well as advocacy, activism, and support for others. Old Hippie teaches about safe use of cannabis edibles, Canna Caps, vaporizers, dosing, and even microdosing.


I had tried edible brownies before I must of got a bad batch because they had no effect. So I went searching to try and find what kind of car you get from an edible. I went to a collective and asked for a strong edible that I would actually feel and I was given a jolly rancher. About an hour after I took it I felt like I was on meth or something horrible horrible paranoia and I thought the world was going to end. I still smoke my medical marijuana but I will stay far far away from edibles

Well, you did ask for something strong! Unfortunately you didn’t specify what kind you wanted, so it sounds like you got a strong sativa, which can trigger paranoia at high doses. It’s not the fact that you ate it that caused your problem, it was the dosage. You wouldn’t smoke 6 strong joints, one after the other, because you could tell you were getting too high and you’d stop. That’s why the only safe way is to make your own edibles, so you can control the dosage. Anyway, nugs and hugs!

You could potentially die from eating rotten or contaminated food, but you can’t die of an overdose of the THC itself, as long as it’s from cannabis (several people have died from Marinol, which is the FDA’s “approved safe” version of medical marijuana, made with synthetic THC).

How can you stop shaking when you take thc ,I ate an edible about a month ago and still feel shaky and want to know how to treat this problem

I’ve got to watch those drinks. Those Cola’s if I don’t measure accurately? I’m thinking, now this is liquid THC and a little Cola. A 4oz. juice glass should be alright. Yeah, right. It depends on the person … but try little volumes at a time. I’m a medical user in Colorado Springs.

That’s usually an indication of the total potency. It’s supposed to signify that there’s 4x, 8x, or whatever that number of total doses in the edible.

“3. If it tastes strongly, it really is seriously strong!”

Oh boy, I wish I had had this information last night! I have very little experience with pot. I have smoked it with a vaporizer a few times to relax my legs when my restless leg syndrome is so bad that I can’t fall asleep. It relaxes me and I can fall asleep, and that’s about it. My boyfriend is the one with the script and the equipment. He’s been smoking for 20 years or so. He sets it all up for me and I take a puff and go to bed. Easy Peasy!

Last night I had a wretched headache. I could tell it was going to put me down for the count for a few hours or maybe days. I didn’t have the vaporizer and I don’t like the water pipe because it burns my throat… so he ran out and bought me a cake pop “edible.” It was marked “one dose.” I ate it and boy did it taste bitter. I could taste the green from the first bite. Still, I wasn’t expecting to feel any differently than I do when I smoke. Just a little tired.

An hour or so later, all hell broke loose. The floor was on the ceiling, the world made no more sense and I couldn’t stop laughing. But it didn’t feel good. I felt insane. And how come no one ever talks about how your tongue feels like it’s dipped in glue? I couldn’t stop laughing and when I tried to drink, it turned into the worst spit take ever. Then I just started crying, sobbing, weeping and saying that I didn’t like it. I really never want to experience anything like that again. It was really some of the most un-fun I’ve ever known. I finally fell asleep listening to the sound of my own voice saying, “aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.” I couldn’t have stopped if I’d wanted to.

On the upside. no headache!

I just wonder why no one talks about having that kind of experience?

Well, nobody else talks about that generally because they’re more worried about their ego. But I had mine mostly removed, so I happily and honestly talk about everything that happens, good and bad! Felicity has had the same problem from her occasional edible overdoses…she just sits there saying, “I don’t like this, I don’t like this” and waits for the room to stop spinning.

Glad it worked out OK for you (as with most people). I try to write a lot about this to save more people from the problem. Still beats overdoses of hard drugs or pharmaceuticals, which usually lead to a trip to the ER at best or the cemetery at worst…

My only regret is that — like you — I wish you had seen the article before your edible experience!

“One dose” my ass! Read this article and you’ll learn exactly how to calculate your own dosage to the milligram! Nugs and hugs!

My husband bought a Carmel chew from the cannabis club, ate half of it the other day (the dosage was 1/8), and said he just felt a low level buzz for quite a while. I ate the other half before our trip to the mountains today; it didn’t take effect for about 1 1/2 hours, then it hit me and it felt like I was having a bad trip or had taken too much ecstasy. I haven’t been that messed up in over 10 years! There were a few times I felt on the verge of blacking out and driving on the narrow, winding mountain roads was crazy! I would think the high was residing and then it would hit full force again- this went on for about 8 hours. The plan was to go hiking after we got to the cabin, but all I could do was lie on the couch. Moral of the story – Make sure you follow dosage instructions!

Are you in Los Angeles by any chance? I think I know of those cake pops! And they’re so totally devastating if you don’t have tolerance …and you definitely don’t have much tolerance at all! Eek! They recommended them to me when I said I wanted something strong, and the budtender told me to “be careful”‘ because they tended to knock her on her ass.

So I don’t really consume cannabis because I don’t like the high. Occasionally I’ll take one or two hits off hubby’s pipe to meditate or if I have a headache, but that’s my max. Yesterday hubby had a peppermint patty that he said was really tasty. It had 10mg of THC in it. I asked how much that was. He said that much would be nothing (he eats edibles like nothing). Well let me tell you, for me, 10mg is NOT nothing. That was the worst experience I’ve ever had. We’re talking uncontrollable laughter, crying, shaking, twitching, paranoia, panic, crippling fear. It was awful. I still vaguely feel the effects today. I will never eat an edible again, no matter how little the dose.

It’s perfectly safe to eat edibles when you’ve determined the right dose for you. I too will have a bad time on 10 mg, which is why I take far less (more like 1 or 2 mg) on a regular basis. Unfortunately it’s easy to forget that everyone has a different tolerance and sensitivity.

Jennifer, I’ve been a sufferer of RLS for many years and I wanted to pass this drug name on to you that my doctor prescribed for me. It’s really been a help since once It’s kept me up for an entire 8 days straight. The drug is called Pramipexole. I hope it may help.

Last night I ate a gigantic bho edible, it was maybe a 6x6inch rice krispy treat govered in bho frosting. The actual dosage I am not sure of, my friend makes them and I know he makes them strong. After about 2 hours of a great time,I fell asleep. I woke up having severe hot flashes, my feet and hands were ice cold, and my heart rate was through the roof. My blood pressure was so high that my veins were popping out. I shook violently unless I REALLY focused on relaxing, which is what I did the whole time to not freak the fuck out. After about an hour, it felt like the inside of my mouth was puffing up and sort of numbing out. I had bad cottonmouth although I had been drinking tons of water after the first symptoms in hopes that I was just dehydrated. After 2 hours of agony I was able to fall asleep again, shaking the whole time. I smoke weed heavily every day and eat edibles pretty regularly, so this came as a shock to me. This was my first bad experience in all my life. I have no idea what happened. Truthfully, I was on the verge of going to the hospital. But I just told myself that it’s merely an edible and that would be a bit dramatic. So I just meditated and tried not to let me insane thoughts take over. There was a few minutes when i thought I was possessed, that’s how bad it was. Just thought I’d share my experience in case this happens to someone else. We found little information on the issue when researching ways to feel better. I took deep breaths and alternated between laying down and sitting up, drinking water the whole time.

I’m new to edibles and the herb in general. My friend recommend I take a 1/4 brownie today… Huge mistake! I was spinning for hours and felt awful. BUT- I came up with some pretty awesome art ideas in the process. HOWEVER, I forgot them almost immediately after conception, then would get so frustrated at myself for losing such “magnificent” visions! I just now read your article and cried a big ‘doh! This brownie, supposedly lowest dose they make, smells and tastes very strong. Although I already figured out I took too much, it still helps to read this. 🙂

I had one of the worst experiences of my life today with edibles. After a number of years of not using pot at all, I became a medical marijuana patient a few months ago due to a health issue.

I’ve been very happy with smoking it, and usually don’t do it until late in the day. Well, my asthma started acting up due to the daily smoking. I decided to try edibles.

The woman who delivered my edibles to me from the dispensary really should have warned me about what she was selling. She sold my two 20 dose bars with 1,000 mg each of THC!

I ate only a tiny portion of one bar. Like a quarter inch sliver cut in half to “play it safe”.

Holy shit.

About an hour later I was so high all I could do was lay on my bed in a certain position with my head facing down. Any movement brought on intense dizziness and vertigo. I soon thereafter threw up about 30 times into a bog bowl that my husband brought in for me. Seriously, I wretched and wretched then cried hysterically and then wretched some more.

My heart was racing and I felt like I was dying.

After the vomiting finally stopped, I stayed in that exact position for another 3 hours and hallucinated. Yes, the walls were breathing. The baseboards buckled up and down. Lights were unbearable. Strange shapes, colors and sounds bombarded me at a frightening pace.

Finally, I fell asleep. An hour later I woke up still really really high, but I was able to walk to the kitchen and eat cereal, which helped me feel a bit better.

13 hours later, I am mostly normal but still a tiny bit high. I have these two big edibles now and I’m not sure I want to do them ever again. But, they were expensive. So, I might just try a little pinch of the open one next time to see if it suits me better.

I don’t know how they get them so strong! I’ve been making my own, since my bad experience and keeping things pretty mild, but in my mind, still using a lot of cannabis. On Saturday I took my step-mother to a dispensary, where she purchased a small cannabis chocolate. Before I knew it, she had popped it into her mouth! Oh boy! She is used to my edibles and despite my repeated warnings, she assumed it would be the same. For the next few hours she was high as a kite and very uncomfortable. She has ALS and one of her reactions to the medicine was a chattering jaw. It went on for a couple of hours and she was unable to speak. I feel horrible about it. I’m sorry to hear you had a lousy experience too! Better luck next time.

Well, I guess those were legit 1000 mg! I once bought a “1000 mg. chocolate bar” but I doubt there was more than 30 mg in the entire thing!

I suggest you melt those bars and mix them with 4 to 6 times their weight in chocolate, then “recast” them as small cubes using a candy mold. Then you will have some stuff at a dose you can deal with!

Thanks very much for sharing your story with us. Nugs and hugs!

A few weeks back, I ate an edible at a party and about 30 minutes later I felt like shit. I sat down on the couch and instantly felt stuck. I felt like my legs didn’t work. I felt very hot but my hands were cold. My friend told me I was very red in the face. I was shaking uncontrollably. It was an awful feeling that lasted about 2 hours. I finally was able to drive home and go to bed.

I’ve since then have eaten the same edibles and felt fine. Last night my brother and I ate them. He had a similar experience as I did when I had a “bad trip.” His heart felt like it was beating out of his chest, he was very nervous. He doesn’t smoke pot often so this was a completely new experience for him. He was shaking violently to the point where I felt like he might need medical attention. I told him to take deep breathes and stay calm, that he just had to ride it out. He was so uncomfortable. He says it was an awful headache and constant dizziness the whole time. He finally fell asleep and woke up completely fine.

Why do edibles make your body shake violently and uncontrollably???

Edibles don’t do this, per se, any more than bongs are more dangerous than joints. It’s simply a matter of dosage, and most edibles are made way too strong for most people. That’s why I teach people to make their own and control the dosage.

Wow, that sounds like you just described exactly what happened to me last night…. Horrendous isn’t it?

I ended up hugging my dog and watching the flames in the open fire to remind myself that everything changes, including my state of mind and therefore telling myself this would pass… Lol, sounds pretty funny now but it definitely was pretty dam far from funny at the time!

Little tip for anyone this happens to – focus on your breathing. Focus so totally on it that all you are aware of is the sensation of air passing in and out of your nose, keeping the pace slow and steady – this technique coupled with the knowledge that its basically impossible to do any serious long term physical damage to yourself by eating weed basically got me thru!

Worryingly I’m no newbie… Daily toker for 10 years and had plenty of experience… I just can’t imagine what this would have been like if I was a first timer – I’d have been sure I had permanently lost my mind.

Hahaha I just woke up from a similar experience, only I was playing a space game in virtual reality and 100% believed it was real and that I was going to die lost and alone. Once I focused hard enough to realize I could take off the vr headset, I watched penny dreadful to try and stabilize my concept of how much time was passing, but got horrible cotton mouth and went upstairs to get water… Then all of a sudden demons were trying to get in through all of the windows of my empty apartment and I was convinced I was possessed for the next 15 minutes, shaking and clawing at my bedsheets to try and make it all stop. I remember my first time experiencing an ‘overdose’ where people’s shoes were elephants trying to eat me, and I thought I’d permanently lost my mind and would never be the same so I sat there crying believing I’d ruined my life- but if you’re reading this thread while freaking out, just remember that you’re not stuck this way! If anything try to enjoy it; it’s sort of a fascinating experience and probably the closest most of us will get to feeling like we’ve been sprayed with Scarecrow’s toxin haha. It would almost be fun if it weren’t for the violent spinning and moments of sheer terror. PS I smoke every evening and 2/3 of a 30mg caramel edible took about 2 hours from having fun to hiding under my bed not knowing the difference between reality and my imagination.

Think about Tommy Chong’s voice saying this: “That’s a real trip, man!” Glad you have a good perspective on it! It’s amazing how many people boast about taking 300 mg at once (which is generally BS), when clearly there are lots of people out there who have this kind of reaction on just 15 to 25 mg of THC. Stay safe, nugs and hugs!

New user here,
I’m 55, and have smoked weed maybe five times since I left high school. I drink 2 beers a week. I have CKD and am bipolar, and am trying to reduce the meds I rely on for my kidney inflammation and the anxiety that defines my bipolar experience. So I made 7 cups of canna oil last night. Had dinner around 7, and decarbed and started the greens in the crock pot. Had a 22 ounce 10.9 ABV craft Root Beer. Fell asleep woke up at 3:40. Oil was done, maybe A little too done. I straining and separating he coconut oil and solids and spilled a little. No sense wasting it right? Soaked it up on two pieces of bread. Too much. TOOOOOOO MUUUUUCH! I had to get up and pee twice, could barely walk. And, at around 9:30 a.m. I puked so hard I blasted last night’s diner. Hell maybe last WEEKS dinner too. After that, I felt fantastic. At noon I was still walking unsteady on my pins. At 2:00, I was still floaty. I figure there was prolly 3-5 teaspoons of oil in that bread. I’m coming down on the dose. Gonna try one 1/2 teaspoon tonight.

I had a very bad expereince last night. I had ate a half a bar of white chocolate edible with a high dose of THC. Yes it smelled strong and tasted even stonger. I had been eating it a little each day and was fine; but then decided to eat the rest of the bar (which was about half). I felt like I was dying; my heart was beating so fast, I kept drinking water; bue felt extreme thirst. I then was sitting on the toilet many a times. I then wanted to throw up – my stomach would not release the contents of the bar via mouth. I was highly paranoid. It was the most horrible expereince. Never again. I wish the guy would have warned me. I flet like I was X; but with a little more control. It was awful.

Old Hippie – I have a bunch of BHO, and I was wondering about making an edible with.

In the past, I’ve had great success making firecrackers. Then, I got the idea to put about 8 ounces of nutella in a glass jar, heat it up, then an eighth ounce of finely ground bud and cook it at 275 for 30 minutes. Then, I’d eat a tiny spoonful, and it’d work marvelously for hours!

I wonder, now that I have a ton of BHO on hand, can I do the same with BHO? ..Can I cook a gram or two of BHO in nutella the same way I did with flowers?

Any other advice on making edibles with BHO?

Well, yes, but BHO has to be decarboxylated just like buds do. And don’t forget that BHO is generally at least 75% THC by weight so it is much more powerful. So be careful of your dosing! One gram of BHO is probably around the same THC content as an eighth ounce of bud, so that could be a convenient way to substitute. Nugs and dabs and hugs!

I have friends who smoke a lot so they have a high tolerance. Whenever I make edibles for them, it has to be high potency. Seriously, licking the spoon is enough for me! I remember making brownies once, I ate half a square and within half an hour was in the stratosphere. I was just WAY too high. And I kept getting higher and higher. It was uncomfortable, everything was a blur and my head was pounding. I was high for almost 2 days, the “trip” halted after about 18 hours. I didn’t feel nauseous but I just lost control of myself and I couldn’t think or focus at all. I had to stay in bed because I just wanted to come down. The next day I was just stoned and tweaking every now and then. A weekend wasted.

Now I am more careful with edibles. But I seriously think that the FDA should regulate it- it is very easy for people to consume too many edibles especially if they are new to it.

I can testify to what your calling Green Out ,not seeing it mentioned on any other site. Went to A Rascal Flatts concert last weekend and ate a oatmeal cookie that i had made that was a lot larger than the others. and i had said to myself that is too much but did it anyway.Also i have a strong tolerance. Now i have to stand alot during shows so i was up on the side behind the last row of seats cause they were takin. Half way through the show and (they were pretty good the band} they stopped the show cause something was goin on down front but you couldn’t quite tell and it was starting to take a long time. Next thing i know i was on the ground and there is a pretty girl in my face askin if im alright wakin me ,it was like i did nitreous oxide. I said yeah im fine and stood up, a minute later it happened again this time she woke me up and said i had to get in a seat. And by now they are calling for security, they took me down the steps put me in a wheelchair and when we got outside i got up and told them i was fine the lead security guy asked if i wanted medical i said no i wanna see the rest of the show. We went to the bathroom to look at my face and try to wipe it it wasn’t bleeding it was like road or rug rash scratches on my face around one eye and shoulder. He let me go back in but i had to stay down stairs. I was fine after that. two giant headrushes that and i splated the ground that luckily wasnt concrete or the edge of anything.

I’ve read that a gram or two of Vitamin C can help bring you back a bit faster when you’ve had too much herb.

I have never tried edible pot candy. My husband got some from Colorado and thought it would be fun to try it together. So yesterday I had 2 gummy candies. 1/2 hour later I was having full body involuntary movements. I thought I was having a stroke, seizure, or going to die. We waited 2 hours and then went into the ER. I was horrified and embarrassed. They gave me Ativan and it stopped the muscle spasms/ involuntary movements. Never, ever again will I try marijuana.

I’m a bit surprised at this. Weren’t you advised not to use two at once and that the recommended dosage for new users was 5 mg? That’s what I’ve been told is the situation in Colorado. What was the marked dosage on the candies?

There was a packaging and dosing issue in states like Colorado where I live with edibles. In the first several years after MMJ was legalized, manufacturers were free to sell packaged cookies, chocolate and other sweet confections including soft drinks with little regulation.

So you could have an average sized cookie with 100 mg of THC. A lot of people would read the label instructions to break into 6 pieces for example, but there were no dividing lines on it. So, people would eat a small piece, wait a half hour, then eat the REST of the cookie. Two hours later they were curled up into a ball with their heart pounding in their ears begging to get back to normal consciousness.

So it took a few years for Colorado to change the regulations for edible makers to package and dose their products differently. Still you have to be careful and follow the label directions closely. For instance, the Cheeba Chew is a very popular product which is packaged in “quad dose” 70mg size. It’s about the same size as a “fun size” candy bar, probably less than one ounce. So it’s natural for people just to pop the whole thing in their mouth. I at a 70mg quad dose at one time and that was an 8 hour ordeal! No vomiting or ER visit, but it is a feeling I’ll never forget and don’t want to repeat!

It would be safer for edibles to be packaged in individual serving sizes, if not, they should be easily divided into accurately sized doses (as with a scored chocolate bar). Otherwise, you will have more people going into “tripping balls” mode, or worse yet having to make an ER visit.

I became distrustful of prepackaged cannabis edibles and now make my own. In addition you can make them for several times cheaper than what they’re being sold for at retail and MMJ stores. There have been several news stories about how MOST MMJ edibles do not accurately reflect the amount of THC claimed on the labels.

I used to smoke more, but I haven’t in a year or so. Last night a friend gave me a Kiva bar – one of the single square pieces. It says 15mg on it, which all my insane friends swore i’d “probably not even feel anything”. i noted the package says specifically not to eat the whole thing at once, for the very reason of overdosing. But still hearing my friends voices in my head, I just ate all 15 mg. It took about an hour and then it hit me. I tried journaling (i used to journal a lot when i was high) but my writing sounds like it was literally written by a psychotic person. I didn’t panic or anything like i usually do with an excessive dose because i was alone and knew i could go to sleep if it got too much. Needless to say, what’s “nothing” to a seasoned smoker is NOT nothing to a tiny woman with no tolerance!!! today, more than 12 hours after consumption, i STILL feel sleepy and a little ‘off’!

Luckily, “overdosing” on cannabis generally only means you’re gonna have a bad time…but it literally can’t kill you! Nugs and hugs!

I’m a disabled veteran with PTSD and Bipolar 1. I just recently moved to Washington to be near a better VA hospital and to try marijuana, as none of the pills they gave me in the past have helped. I’ve only smoked a couple of times since I have been here, waiting on my gaming computer parts to get here so I can build my system, smoke, and play.

I have a 13%CBD/15%THCA strain that I tried and one hit off a bowl got me decently stoned for about an hour. I have a 7%THC/12%CBD strain also I will try. I get paranoid easily and wanted to know dosages before I start smoking. I will be starting easy with it, one or two good bowl hits at a time.

I’ve wanted to try edibles for awhile, due to their efficiency. Should I smoke what I have first, smoke for a few weeks to get used to the high again, then try edibles? I was going to try 2.5mg as a first dose, 1/4th of an edible. I’d rather feel nothing the first few times than have a severe panic attack. From your posts, it seems I should go even lower for my first time, though I considered 2.5 to be a prudent low dose. I’m kind of scared of edibles, from what I have read. I can’t imagine an 8 hour bout of severe paranoia, the idea has made me not even want to try them for a long time.

Any tips or advice? Thanks.

OK, well…if anyone is sensitive to your problem (as well as THC), it’s me. 2.5 milligrams of THC is a very low dose indeed, but there are some people who are affected adversely even at that level. Fortunately, you have taken this as seriously as it deserves, because by moving to a totally legal state, you have options that many people don’t, and you’ve already seized upon the one factor that can make all the difference, and that is CBD.

CBD has the wonderful property of calming anxiety without making you feel “doped up”, and should still continue to help you feel more equanimity when you’re on the “down” side of bipolar. Since you’re talking about easily going into a bout of paranoia, you actually should concentrate on much higher ratios of CBD to THC, because THC (and the kind of terpenes usually found in sativas) is what will cause paranoia in higher doses. And you don’t want to get near those doses, but by massively overloading the ratio with CBD, you will stop it from happening. I recommend 4:1 minimum, and 8:1 if you can find it (there are definitely strains like that available almost anywhere legal cannabis is sold).

Felicity and I once got hold of some 15:1 strain, and we not only never felt paranoia, but we couldn’t even get high on the stuff! But it definitely helped us stay calm.

So please find yourself some really high CBD bud and experiment. Once you get something that works, I urge you to sit down with our Canna Caps article and the one that tells you how to calculate dosages, and you can learn to make your own capsules. You can take pretty wild doses of CBD with no side effects, even munchies, but make sure you know how much THC you’re getting!

The other thing I’d really like you to look into is microdosing. Please check out these articles (and write back if you have other questions), because (a) microdosing is often more effective and practical for daily use with mental or emotional conditions than full psychoactive doses and (b) virtually all problems with THC can be stopped by just using less! Even a bowl hit is more than what I’m talking about here, but experiment slowly.

If you keep all that in mind, you will not have a problem with edibles. Nugs and hugs!

Just want to share my experience.
I wish I had seen this before my first edible as well!
I don’t smoke often at all, sometimes I’ll take some small hits off of my boyfriends pipe on nights I drink. I hate the idea of damaging my throat or lungs from the heat/smoke, so I thought an edible would be perfect. I could still experience the high without worrying about damaging anything. Well, my boyfriend got cookies and when I opened them the first thing I noticed was that they reeked. Since I don’t smoke much at all really, I’m not a fan of the smell, and thought they tasted awful, so I guess that should have been my first hint that they were strong. I ate half of one cookie, on an empty stomach which I’m sure didn’t help things, and started feeling it a bit after a few minutes. My tongue was also super tingly right after I ate it. At first I was having a good time, but after about an hour it got really scary. It felt like my brain couldn’t keep track of the order things were happening in. I think that was the scariest part. It was like the events of my day kept switching order so that at one moment that thing I did an hour ago just happened, and then what I just did happened hours ago. I had no idea how much time was passing, if it was minutes, hours, or days.
My body was basically completely numb, any feeling I had was very dull and there was a delay to everything I could feel. I felt border-line comatose. I felt like nothing was real, like I wasn’t really there, like I was dreaming. Like most people I just kept saying that I didn’t like it that I wanted it to stop. My boyfriend had to keep reminding me that this was only because I ate an edible, that it would pass. My mouth was so insanely dry as well, it was honestly like a nightmare, like I was dreaming and couldn’t wake up. At one point I felt like I was watching myself on a TV.
The biggest thing in my OD was that nothing felt real, I couldn’t feel anything, everything I saw and heard made it feel like I was under water. I just kept saying that I felt like I wasn’t really there, I think I said that to my boyfriend every few minutes.
This is the third day since I ate the edible and I still feel a bit off.
I wish more people talked about this! My boyfriend has never ODed and his friends who have been doing it a lot longer than him didn’t say anything about that possibility. I guess they didn’t want me to be scared off, I just wish I had the whole story before trying it.. I would have been way more cautious. I don’t do a lot of drugs, they still make me a bit nervous, so this experience really freaked me out. It helps a lot to know it wasn’t just me!

i kinda have built a tolerance for weed and last night i ate half of a 63.12 mg jolly rancher but all it did was give me a slight buzz. Do you think itd be too much if i ate a whole one?

The problem with all these edibles that are made from liquid which hardens is that there’s no telling if the half you ate had actually “half the THC” or just happened to be the “light” half. So, if you actually got 31.56 mg of THC from that half, taking a whole one is unlikely to be an uncomfortable experience, since half didn’t do much. But since there’s no way to know that, you’re taking a crap shoot, although one with some evidence at least.

I rented a house on vacation and used what I thought was olive oil in the carrots I grilled on the bbq. About 1 1/5 later I went into convulsion, racing heart beat, loss of speech, severe dry mouth. Not knowing what was happening, I thought I was having a stroke and went to the ER. The hospital staff thought I was lying and I my friend had to call 911 within the ER to get help. Even the EMT kept saying “tell us how much weed you smoked” and I did not know what they were talking about. Anyway, they gave me a urine test which came out positive for cannibus and discharged me in that condition. What I thought was olive oil must have been cannibus oil or hemp oil. Anyway, that happened last week, exactly 8 days ago. My head still feels funny. I wanted to know how long this strange feeling will last. I do not smoke or eat marijuana, and I had no idea marijana could do that to someone

Wow, I am so sorry to hear that story. I hope none of our readers would be so careless or negligent as to leave unmarked infused oil out where someone else could get hold of it like that! You obviously got a very high dosage by mistake and no fault of your own, and it must have been very frightening when you didn’t know what was going on. I can assure you that this is not a normal occurrence! It was an overdose to be sure, but luckily it was cannabis, for which there is no such thing as a fatal overdose.

It is common to have a “strange feeling” in your head for a week or two after an incident like this one, because your body absorbed a lot of THC at once and the metabolites are stored in your body. You might want to think about doing some light exercise (assuming you’re in good health etc) and drink plenty of water. The exercise will help burn off some fat cells and get rid of it faster, but it also may cause you to temporarily feel high for a few hours as the metabolites circulate in your body again, so try to time your workouts for “after work” and when you don’t have to drive or anything like that. Drinking coffee or tea should help clear your head a bit too.

Edibles are not to be messed i have recently found out over the weekend! I smoke around three-four times a week and they are relatively strong joints and i have no trouble dealing with the high but after taking half a hash brownie on saturday night i was in for the worst experience of my life ,ever!! I had forgotten i had eaten to be fair cause it didnt kick in till around two hours later. I felt good initially talking shit, and laughing around then it just got more intense and more intense and i kept needing something to distract me to take my mind of the fact i was losing my complete shit!
I started shaking, my chest got tighter, i couldn’t breath, i had to keep going to the bathroom on my own to compose myself didnt work! haha the noise of the tv was annoying me and making me feel more worse, i had to go outside to try and walk around didnt help it was horrible! the feeling of not knowing how to breath was the worst i said to the guy i was with i need to be alone i sat downstairs in his lounge lying on the floor thinking these were my last moments i genuinely thought i was gonna die the feeling is absolutely horrific i kept getting worse and worse the panic attacks over and over and over again, he kept finding me in different rooms of the house lying down in a feral position saying i may need to call the ambulance i didnt know how to get through it it was horrible and I’ve dealt with panic attacks before. My mouth was so dry, i heard voices i kept hearing other noises when i lied down i managed to listen to the sound of my heartbeat and realised it wasn’t beating fast which made it better for me then to calm down but every time i drifted off i heard loud footsteps coming towards me a door slamming and then i jolted up again but noone was walking towards and everyone was in bed! the next day, i still felt fucking high my chest was so sore from me tensing it all night from not breathing properly! ugh worst experience never touching again and I’m gonna stick to smoking it!

horrible horrible horrible

Tried my first edible in late-October of this year. It was a 250mg (indica) brownie from the Venice Cookie Company. I ate about a quarter of it and it kicked in about a half hour later out of nowhere. This was the most frightening but fun moment because I consumed it on a whim; never smoked/ingested marijuana in my life. It literally crept up on me. The high was relaxing but what I found frustrating was how slow I felt everything was going, and how big I thought everything was. It didn’t help that my hearing somewhat diminished because I felt I could only hear my own breathing. I went to lay down and I’m not joking when I say that I forgot how to get up. I began to somewhat panic because I had to use the restroom. Looked over at the clock and thought that it would subside within the hour…WRONG! I felt somewhat normal 4 hours later, but sleepy as hell for the rest of the night. Didn’t get up until noon the next day–13 1/2 hours of sleep, thankfully it was my day off. About a month ago, on a Saturday, I and a few friends tried a 1000mg (sativa) brownie from another distributor. We all ate the same amount because the brownie was quite big and we divided it by 4. Now, before I continue with my story, I want to make it very clear that NOBODY, not even my friends, had explained to me that one is supposed to build a tolerance for THC. It was a mistake on my part! Anyway, the high kicked in immediately for my friends but they all just became happy and moderately hyper. What confused me though was that the high kicked in for me immediately after I’d taken a few bites of a breakfast burrito. Again, it crept up and I was happy and moderately hyper. I went to lay on the floor and let the high run its course–it was enjoyable for about 45 minutes. During that time, my mouth got really, really dry and I got pissed that I couldn’t moisten the inside no matter how hard I tried. And the one time I did manage to moisten it, it dried up really quick! I even felt ticklish and thought that I weighed a ton because I couldn’t pick myself up. What really turned it into a bad experience occurred when my friend knocked over a fan and shattered a glass cup. I wasn’t scared by it at all, but my heart started to race, and I think I let it happen for a good two minutes before the high started to freak me out. All I remember was managing to pick myself up and demanding that someone call 911 because I felt I was having a heart attack. That was in the living room. Next thing I know, I’m in my bedroom surrounded by my friends who are now concerned and telling me to calm down. And then I ended up on the lawn and feeling water being sprayed on me. I couldn’t even open my eyes, and I was shaking very badly and apparently doing some strange movement with my arms. The feelings were different, too. Before the water, I felt as if I was in front of an industrial fan blowing air on me. After the water, my whole body had that sensation one feels when they’ve fallen asleep on their arm. I don’t even recall when the paramedics came or how I was able to get into the ambulance. Everything was a complete daze, and, again, I couldn’t keep my eyes open for more than a second. Apparently I had 2 seizures and vomited, but I do not remember this. And I was even more shocked to learn that I had been in the emergency room for a good 8 hours. I was brought in with a temperature of 40.7 before it rose to 96.8, and my vitals weren’t good because I was told the blood pressure I came in with usually preceded a stroke. I was fine when I was waiting for my ride home, but when my sister came to pick me up I blacked out again and only recall the ride home in snippets. The rest of the night, I couldn’t even move without feeling exhausted as if my muscles didn’t want to cooperate. Potheads (I do not mean that in a rude way), I don’t know how you all do it! I’m reading this comment thread and feel embarrassed that I might have been one of the rare exceptions who couldn’t handle the weed. I loved the feeling of the 250mg (indica) edible that I tried before the 1000mg (sativa) edible, but I don’t even want to experiment with finding the right dose for me because that experience was something else. Who knows? I might come back to it a few months or years down the road. However, right now, I am mentally recovering from the incident.

I had a pot overdose where I seriously forgot how to breathe. I had to have my spouse coach me in how to breathe and stop my panic attack as the world was going back and forth between black and snippets of my environment.

One has to know their limits. And what they can and cannot do. I totally forgot this last time that edible highs sneak up on a person. In the last situation I had- I should have just stuck to a quarter of this small cookie.

Totally happened to me last night. I had too large a piece of Cheeba Chew and I blacked out.
After my GF screamed and woke me up I puked up dinner. It’s was totally from OD.

Never again.

I never want to eat another edible again. I got incredibly sick yesterday off of a cookie. I vomited and dry heaved for hours, hugging a toilet. I couldn’t move or even open my eyes without feeling like the world was spinning. Which just made me want to vomit more. I’d say it took me about six-seven hours before I was out of the woods. And till after 11pm to feel 98% normal. All from one little cookie. Today my chest and forehead feel bruised from where they were pressing on the toilet. And I still feel wiped out. Has this second day wiped out feeling happened to others too? I just want to feel better.

Wow, I’m sorry to hear that. Yes, you often feel drained or foggy-headed after overdoing it. I’m guessing that wasn’t a 10 mg Colorado cookie either. The good news is that you “overdosed” on cannabis, so you only had a very uncomfortable time instead of being dead.

Glad I found this! My husbands buddy is selling homemade chocolate bars and he thought I should try it. I’ve smoked three times and each time I thought I was dying. Paranoia, thought everything was a dream and that I was floating while my body was still on the couch and I was watching myself, hyperventilating and just basically freaking the hell out. Anyways, they thought it would be a good idea for me to try this instead. Glad I looked into it. Babe handed me three squares but I’m a chicken and ate only half of one square. I can smell and taste the thc in it (gross) but he says Im just messing with myself. Will post what happens. I told him if nothing by like 11:45 I’ll finish the square.

My daughter ate a edible brownie for the 1st time on February 17th of course she was violently ill rocking back and forth crying acting strange, i took her to the hospital because I didn’t know what was wrong. She finally told me she had a brownie today is now March 6th and she just told me she doesn’t feel the same and something feels very wrong, can someone explain what is happening I’m definitely taking her to the doctor for a blood test I just can’t believe 1 brownie could do all of this.

There’s a lot of information missing here. How old is your daughter, first of all…6, 16, 26? Also…it’s kind of hard to follow the way you wrote it, but it sounds like you’re trying to say that this is one single incident that happened on Feb. 17 but you didn’t find out what actually happened until March 6.

So assuming for a moment that is the case, “she doesn’t feel the same and something feels very wrong” still doesn’t tell me a whole lot, because it’s not specific. Unless she’s used cannabis again, it’s definitely been out of her bloodstream for weeks, although a THC metabolite test would confirm that she did ingest THC, but you already knew that.

TL,DR: if your child “feels something very wrong” in her body, don’t ask a hippie online. Take her to the doctor or ER and make sure she’s OK. This likely has NOTHING to do with a brownie she ate 3 weeks ago.

I have to say, after the experience I shared here a while back it took me weeks to feel normal again. The first time I ‘overdosed’ I was also vomiting and shaking so hard that people thought I was seizing up. I felt very foggy for at least a week or two after, and it took a good 5-6 weeks to get past the experience (which I’m assuming kicked up a bit of ptsd after the horrible places my mind went during the experience). I was already a slightly anxious person so a few panic attacks also followed the ordeal…

I definitely agree that if she feels physically ‘wrong’ she should seek medical treatment. I am NOT a doctor, but from experience with myself and others we definitely felt mentally ‘off’ for long enough after the experience that we thought we had permanently messed ourselves up from eating too much thc and swore we’d never touch the stuff again. It might also be a good idea for her to seek some sort of counseling/therapy since this experience might have brought some buried feelings/emotions to the surface- which imo is the beauty of this plant when used responsibly!

Good luck and I hope she feels better 🙂

Thank you so much and yes you have assumed correct she’s 17 and yes it was her first time and I am taking her to the doctor I don’t know anything about this and was trying to figure out if her reaction is normal. Again thank you for the information

I hope she will be OK! I was quite concerned when you said “something feels very wrong” after 3 weeks. Her reaction at the time certainly sounded normal and quite typical for someone taking way too much their first time. That can be a very disturbing feeling, even if you know what it feels like “normally”. Some people will feel “foggy” in their head for a few days to a week, and I’ve heard of people feeling “off” for longer than that, but any kind of permanent damage is highly unlikely.

Also please see Lee Dee’s comment…sounds like she’s been there herself too! (just guessing at gender here, apologies if wrong)

I accidentally ingested marijuana infused oil and felt just like your daughter and thought I was having a stroke. (I’m much older than your daughter.) Being someone who does not smoke or ingest marijuana at al,l it took me about 5-6 weeks to feel normal again and because I am on the anxious side, I feel like my “normal” now tends to be a little bit more on the anxious side then before, since my body knows what it feels like to have a massive panic attack,which I’m assuming is what happened in my case.

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