Edibles on an empty stomach - is it a good idea? Many enthusiasts wonder about the best way to consume these delightful treats for optimal effects.
They are, after all, food–so shouldn't they counter the effects of an empty stomach? Unfortunately, it's not that simple. While you technically CAN take edibles on an empty stomach, it's not the best idea. Here's why and what to do instead:
Edibles, known for their tantalizing taste and long-lasting effects, can hit differently depending on what's in your stomach.
Taking edibles on an empty stomach can lead to quicker absorption and potentially stronger effects. While this may sound appealing, keep in mind that edibles already produce stronger effects than other dosing methods. The combination of a moderate THC edible dose and an empty stomach has potential to induce an intense experience.
It's important to remember that everyone's THC tolerance and metabolism vary. Factors like body weight, metabolism speed, and individual reaction to cannabinoids play a role in how edibles affect you.
Still, taking edibles on an empty stomach can negate one of the best benefits of edibles–the smooth and steady ride.
While an empty stomach might seem like a fast pass to an elevated experience, a light snack before enjoying edibles is often recommended.
Eating a light, healthy snack before consuming edibles can help mitigate potential intensity. It also slows the absorption of the edibles, which means the high comes on smooth and lasts longer than when taking edibles on an empty stomach.
Having a snack ensures your body has a bit of fuel to work with while digesting the edibles, which can overall lead to a more energetic, comfortable high.
At times, you might want to experience the effects of your edibles quickly. Or perhaps you just ahven’t eaten and want to go ahead with taking edibles on an empty stomach. It’s okay to take edibles on an empty stomach as long as you are aware that the effects may be more potent and may hit you more suddenly.
If you want to take edibles on an empty stomach, you should consider reducing your dosage by 50% to ensure a positive experience.
Remember, most of the side effects related to THC, like paranoia and anxiety, are caused by overconsumption. It’s always better to start with small doses until you understand how your THC dosage will affect you.
If you already chowed down on your edible dose and realized that taking edibles on an empty stomach isn’t always a good idea, no worries! There are a few things you can do to help mitigate the effects:
Want some more options? Read “How to Sober Up From Weed FAST.”
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