We want you to love your first (and every) Koala consumption experience, so we’ve written this helpful blog. 

Today’s edibles aren’t quite the same as the homemade pot brownies and cookies aspiring canna-chefs baked pre-legalization.

Cannabis-infused foods are a growing product category, with medicated treats showing up at dinner parties, reality TV shows, weddings, and trailside. And while inhalable cannabis is always in style, consumers are increasingly reaching for edibles as an alternative to smoking flower or vaping concentrates. 

In the modern cannabis era, edibles are better tasting – and more powerful – than what consumers were used to. If you steered clear of cannabis during prohibition and are now grabbing our chocolates and granolas, we want to make sure you have the best experience – every time. 

A New York Times columnist famously documented her first Colorado edibles experience in 2014, and it tarnished infused treats for many would-be edibles lovers. Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen to you (don’t worry, a lot has changed since 2014). 

Cannabis Edibles versus Inhalants

If you’re new to cannabis edibles, or if you haven’t consumed since college, here’s what you need to know.

How do edibles compare to inhaled cannabis?

Edible’s effects aren’t dissimilar to the impact of inhaled cannabis. But the way you consume the plant determines how your body processes its THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid that gets you high. Your chosen consumption method impacts onset time and intensity. 

Our bodies absorb inhaled cannabis through our lungs. And the plant’s compounds go straight into the bloodstream, producing effects within five to ten minutes. 

Edibles, on the other hand, are digested. They’re absorbed through your stomach, passed through your intestines, and wind up in your liver where THC breaks down and makes its way into the bloodstream. It can take up to two hours for you to feel an edible’s effects. 

And its effects are unique to the individual. A lightweight person who hasn’t eaten tends to feel the effects more intensely than someone who weighs more and ate a large meal. Your metabolism and familiarity with cannabis (aka tolerance) also play a role.

You should start low and go slow.

Start low and go slow is the mantra for new edibles consumers. We suggest that you start with a 2.5 or 5mg dose. 

Koala products make dosing easy – each chocolate bar contains 100mg THC, equating to 10mg THC per piece. Cut one piece in half for a roughly 5mg dose, and slice it in half again for around 2.5mg. 

Our granolas are similarly easy-to-dose. Each package contains 100mg THC, with each bite containing 10mg THC; break one bite into smaller chunks for a reasonable beginner dose. 

Nearly all uncomfortable edibles experiences follow the same pattern. Newbies take a tiny nibble, and after 30 minutes with no effects, they nibble again, not realizing it can take up to an hour for THC to kick-in. The cumulative effect of those small bites is an overwhelming and uncomfortable high. And it’s entirely avoidable. 

You should wait at least two hours before ingesting more cannabis. Or, even better, try the next day with a slightly higher dose.

Safe Edibles Consumption

And anticipate a more extended high.

Clear the calendar – the duration of your high is significantly different from an edible than inhaled cannabis. The effects tend to last longer and are more powerful. 

While smokers typically feel high for three hours, edibles bind to fats stored in our bodies, and the impact is often felt up to ten hours after consumption. The lengthy high is what makes edibles a helpful solution for insomniacs.

But our chocolates and granolas are ideal for consumption throughout the day – not just at bedtime. Again, it all comes down to finding the appropriate dose – another reason to start low and go slow.

And never drive after consuming cannabis in any form.

Don’t panic if you overindulge.

Overzealous edibles consumers shouldn’t panic. Sleep is your best friend. Go to bed, and you’ll wake up feeling refreshed. And know that THC isn’t toxic regardless of dose; while you might feel panicked, you’ll be just fine. 

Water, chamomile tea, and CBD are also helpful if you’re too high. New consumers experimenting with edibles for the first time often keep a CBD tincture nearby to help balance out THC’s effects. 

And most importantly, stay calm and enjoy. Our edibles are safe, high-quality, and delicious.