With legalization sweeping across the country, more Americans are trying cannabis for the first time. Edibles are a popular choice for first-timers, thanks to their health benefits and delicious taste.

Edibles are one of the safest, most straightforward ways to consume cannabis, but it’s essential to get your facts straight before indulging. The High Notes guide is here to help you separate fact from fiction so that you can enjoy every edible experience.

MYTH #1:

Making edibles is as simple as sprinkling ground-up flower over a cupcake.


You can’t eat raw weed and get high. First, you need to convert the non-psychoactive THCA into the psychoactive THC.

The A in THCA stands for acid. Decarboxylation removes acid from the compound and creates THC. When you’re making edibles at home, you can do this by simmering the ground flower in your fat of choice, creating cannabis-infused oil or cannabutter for cooking (but why make homemade edibles when you have High Notes?).

MYTH #2:

If you don’t feel anything after your first nibble, you should keep eating until you do.


You should wait at least six hours after you’ve eaten your first dose before consuming more. Compared to smoking or vaping cannabis, it takes a lot longer for edibles to kick in. It can take between 30 minutes and two hours to feel edibles effects, and the peak effects can last for six hours. Remember the golden rule: start low and go slow.

MYTH #3:

You should eat an entire edible for the best results.


You shouldn’t eat more of an edible than you can handle. 

Different brands and varieties of edibles contain differing amounts of THC. For example, all of our High Notes cannabis chews have 50 mg of THC. If you’re indulging in edibles for the first time, this would be way too much in one go. First-timers should start with 1 mg to 2.5 mg, so you just need to bite off a corner.

MYTH #4:

You can die from consuming too much of an edible.


No one has died from consuming too much cannabis.

Nevertheless, whether you’re eating an edible or smoking a joint, you can get uncomfortably high if you consume too much. Fortunately, this feeling passes with time. Just find a safe, comfortable place to wind down, and consider taking a refreshing nap.

MYTH #5:

“Double strength” edibles are the most potent.


Double strength” doesn’t mean anything unless you know what strength is doubled.

Some companies might label their products with catchy slogans like “high strength,” but you should focus on what THC content is listed for dosage.

MYTH #6:

Edibles aren’t as effective as smoking cannabis.


Milligram for milligram, the THC in edibles will get you higher than smoking flower or concentrates.

When you ingest cannabis, the THC is converted by the liver into 11-OH-THC. 11-OH-THC moves across the blood-brain barrier more easily than THC, so the effects of consuming 1 mg of THC are equivalent to smoking 5.71 mg of THC.

MYTH #7:

Edibles will put you to sleep every time you eat them.


You can adjust your dosage, so you can enjoy your High Notes experience in almost any way you want.

Consuming a high quantity of edibles will most likely have a sedative effect, making cannabis-infused treats suitable for treating insomnia. However, a smaller dose can often have the opposite effect, making you feel energized, focused, and creative.

MYTH #8:

All commercially produced edibles are created equal.


Edibles can vary widely in the quality of their ingredients and the stringency of the manufacturing processes used.

For instance, some brands manufacture edibles using butane hash oil, giving a harsh taste and adding harmful chemicals. High Notes cannabis chews, on the other hand, are produced using all-natural cannabis oil. Our chews are thoroughly lab-tested too, which means you can be confident in getting the dosage right.

And since taste is an essential part of the edible experience, our cannabis chews come in three delicious flavors – Dark Chocolate, Strawberry Cream, and Thai Iced Tea. Sounds much better than ground-up flower, right?