There is a “common wisdom” among occasional cannabis users that eating the herb is better than smoking it. While that’s probably true for heavy users, I have to say a person is less likely to have a bad experience when they smoke it.
In almost every single incident where a “marijuana tourist” lost their cool and had a really bad experience…in Colorado…it involved edibles. Edibles are unpredictable for a number of reasons.
For one, the quality of the products vary wildly, as does the strength of cannabis used in the cookies, or brownies, or candies, or treats.
Secondly, when ingested, the timing of impact is highly unpredictable. I’ve had some products hit me quickly, within thirty minutes, while others actually took around four hours before I started feeling it. The average is about an hour, but it’s no guarantee.
Often what happens is that a person eats the recommended dosage–say one cookie or one candy bar–then they wait a couple of hours, don’t feel anything, then they eat two or three more cookies, thinking they’ve been gypped…and that’s where the trouble starts.
Here’s my unsolicited advice: if you take a trip to Colorado and plan to sample the wares, buy a little throw-away pipe, just a little one-hitter that you can buy anywhere for between five to ten dollars.
Then buy three grams of herb: one Sativa, one Indica, and one hybrid. Ask your “bud-tender” for suggestions. They’re usually pretty savvy. It shouldn’t cost much more than $40 in all for the pipe and three grams of good herb.
When you get back to your safe place, smoke just one little hit of the herb, then wait and see what happens. A little pot goes a long way these days. This way, you’ll establish a baseline and then you can decide if you should smoke more or less of the herb the next time.
When it’s time to go home, throw the freaking pipe away, especially if you live in a hard-ass state like Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, or Texas. Pot pipes stink, and if a cop’s looking for one, he’ll probably find it. It’s just not worth it.
So that’s my two-cents on the matter. Best of luck.