Consuming Illinois edibles? Here’s how to do it safely

Best edibles in the Bay Area, and where to find them

A while back we talked about the best edibles in Chicago. Since then, we’ve gotten a lot of requests to talk more about edibles. How does consuming edibles differ than smoking flower? There’s a number of differences. We want to go into some of those with you. It’s important to us that you enjoy your product of choice. We also want to make sure you consume your cannabis safely. So, let’s talk about that a bit. Consuming Illinois edibles? Here’s how to do it safely.

Why are cannabis edibles stronger than smoking weed?

Well first of all, around 60 percent of the THC in marijuana flower is lost when you heat it to smoke. Secondly, when you eat an edible, the THC is metabolized in the liver, so that the high hits you sooner and faster. As a result, you’ll get a high that’s more intense and longer-lasting. 

So how is consuming edibles different than consuming flower?

When you ingest weed edibles, you absorb them more slowly since you’re taking them in through your digestive system. That means that the effects may take hours to set in. Also, the potency of the effects gradually increases. You might feel the high set in within 20 minutes, or as long as 3 hours. The duration can last between 4 and 6 hours, which is a longer period when compared with other methods.

Consuming Illinois edibles? Here’s how to do it safely

Knowing the right dosage of your edible, and eating it at a measured pace is extremely important. This is because of the delayed onset time and different dosage options. The recommended dose for beginners is 1 to 5 milligrams of THC. The usual beginning dose is 2 milligrams. So, when you take your dose, just drink water, eat snacks, and relax while you’re waiting. Always listen to your body and don’t overdo it. As the saying goes, “start low and go slow.”


Since we’re spending so much time social distancing right now due to COVID-19, we’re in the house more than ever. While we are isolated more than usual, it’s important to keep these best practices in mind. We need to stay as healthy and as safe as possible while we get through these crazy times. So be conservative with your edibles dosages, and take care of yourself.