Cannabis for Beginners – Here’s everything you need to know    

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Finding that “dose”, is a very tedious scientific process that can help to ensure that you are having a positive experience when you’re medicating with THC. How many times have you visited a dispensary, popped a medicated edible in your mouth, and then only to find yourself having adverse effects and regretting it later on?

In Hawaii, we call that “chance ’em”, which means “take it and wish for the best.” But why wish for the best when you can work towards finding your right “dose”?  

Let’s just say that maybe you woke up on the wrong side of the bed, and you want just enough THC to lift your spirits to get you moving? Isn’t it the best time to “chance ’em?’. 

Cannabis in Hawaii is available medically for anyone with a Hawaii 329 Medical Cannabis Card! The best thing about medical cannabis is that everything is lab-tested and because of that there is a plethora of helpful medical information available to understand the benefits of cannabis better.  

Numerous cannabis-related products are tested at various medical testing facilities, but one of the most important tests (arguably) would be for Cannabinoids. 

Cannabinoids are what many people refer to as the chemical make-up of the plant. Here are some familiar cannabinoids- THC, CBD, CBG, THCV, etc. Each cannabinoid is special and has its own health benefits, but for someone who is just starting, it is suggested that they start with THC and CBD. 

The chemical makeup is written on the labels of all cannabis products, and it also indicates the levels you should pay attention to when trying to find your right dose.  

The best advice I can give a patient on how they can find their best dose is to read labels. ALWAYS read the label before you do anything!  

The cannabinoid for edibles is usually labeled in milligrams. Edibles such as gummies in a recreational market can range from 3 mg per gummy to 100 mg per gummy, and if you don’t read the label correctly, this could be a huge mistake that might lead to you having a bad reaction.  

We always suggest starting low and going slow because every person’s system reacts differently to cannabis and just because your friend can take 5 mg of THC and not feel a single reaction does not mean that you will also not feel anything.  

The golden rule that one must follow while dealing with cannabis is that they should do what makes them comfortable. If you want to start with 1 mg, then start with 1 mg! If you don’t feel any effects after 15 min, take another mg and from there, you can work your way up to whatever effects you are trying to achieve.  

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Here are a few tips and tricks you should keep in mind before starting to use cannabis. If you are ingesting THC, your effects will be stronger than inhaling it (i.e.: vape or flower). 

It is also possible that you will also not feel its effects for at least 15-30 minutes after ingesting. Once ingested, the THC has to take its course of the journey where first it has to be digested by your stomach which then leads to the liver where it is converted into a stronger form of THC and then the final destination that is your bloodstream.  

This journey takes longer than smoking or vaping, as these have almost instant reactions. 

At Aloha Green – our soft lozenges are always lab tested before they arrive at the dispensary. Purchasing a soft lozenge from a licensed medical dispensary gives patients the advantage to know exactly how much mg of THC each gummy consists of. You can even ask for lab testing! Since each batch of gummies is slightly different – read the label before anything! 

Once you figure out how to read labels, the next best thing to do if you want to find your ideal dose is to track your medicating sessions. Several resources can help you track your dose, including some mobile phone applications that help you track the dose digitally, or you can just write down how you feel in a journal. 

It is really important to track the dose so that you can remember how you felt later. For example, if you took 5 mg of a certain edible gummy, and it felt great, then you will want to write down how much you took, exactly what you took, and over what period. If it felt horrible, and if you can, we recommend writing about the horrible sessions too, in that way the next time you would be able to avoid the same situation.  

There are a few other factors that have to be considered like how much food you ate that day, the activities that took place that day, the way you were medicated (in this case, what did you ingest, what were its ingredients), etc.  

There are other factors too that can contribute to knowing if the medication session was beneficial or not because Medical Cannabis is so new to Hawaii, that if you are ever unsure you must ask for more help. 

We were once beginners too and our Cannabis Care Specialists can work one on one with you to help you find that right dose for you to have a smooth journey, to begin with! 

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