Cannabis gummies are gummy candies that include tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), or a mix of THC and CBD. They’re appealing to both new and seasoned cannabis users because they allow for private, simple handling and ingesting, and they come in various dosage sizes and flavors.
THC Gummies vs. CBD Gummies
THC and CBD are both cannabinoids, and though similar in structure, THC gives a high sensation while CBD provides subtle calming effects. See our post on the difference between CBD and THC for more information.
What Are THC Gummies Used For?
THC gummies are a fan-favorite choice for cannabis consumption versus other forms of cannabis, and they are most commonly used for anxiety, insomnia, and pain management. THC gummies are also often used to help relieve chronic pain, as well as to provide relief for many of the symptoms and conditions below:
Pain muscle spasms
Mental health struggles, including anxiety and PTSD
Chemotherapy side effects
Many people also choose to use THC gummies as a replacement for smoking cannabis, or for other recreational purposes, like:
Expanding thought process
Creative problem solving
Mood enhancement or improvement
Taking THC Gummies
Where Should You Take Your THC Gummies?
An important part of ensuring a successful experience with THC gummies, especially for first-time edible consumers, is to ensure you take your THC gummy in a safe environment. To avoid anxiety-producing effects during your high:
Find a familiar place where you feel comfortable and safe
Avoid big crowds or loud environments
Stay hydrated while taking edibles
Avoid consuming edibles on an empty stomach
If you’re an anxious person, we also advise having a trusted, sober friend nearby—whether they stay with you during your high or are just within earshot is up to you.
How Many THC Gummies Should You Take?
“Start low and go slow” until you find your sweet spot—this is recommended for both new edible consumers and seasoned stoners. In Minnesota, recent legal updates have allowed for the sale of 5mg edibles, provided they’re sold in packages that don’t contain more than 50mg total.
For beginners, we recommend cutting a 5mg gummy in half. If you don’t feel the effects after two hours, consider taking that other half. Make sure you note down how much you took to inform your experience next time.
How Long Does a THC Edible High Last?
You'll feel the peak effects of your THC edible gummies around an hour after consumption. The effects will begin to fade after about 6 hours, but they could last longer. The length and intensity of your high will be determined by an individual’s tolerance, and certain factors, like edible type, dosage, metabolism, age, body weight, and preexisting conditions.