When New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd tried edibles for the first time in a Colorado hotel room, she didn’t feel anything. So she did what many novices do: She ate more. Soon, she was curled up in a hallucinatory state for eight hours, convinced that she was dead or that the hotel was going to have her arrested for not being able to handle her high.
Although her “bad trip” became click-bait legend, her story isn’t new or surprising. Unintentional overindulgence has been happening in dorm rooms and living rooms for decades because of three simple truths: An edibles high is often far more of a intense, mind-altering experience than the high you get from smoking marijuana. Second, unlike smoking weed, which imparts an immediate and more short-lived high, cannabis’s full strength takes a lot longer to feel—and ride out—when you eat it. And third, and perhaps most important, edibles, especially of the homemade or unregulated variety, are famously inconsistent in potency, effects, or both: Eat one chocolate and you might find yourself dancing through the grass with a perma-grin; eat another from the same batch and you could be cowering in a corner with your eyes rolling back in your head.
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