Using edibles as a way to properly dose THC is an efficient and accurate way to ingest cannabis. Edibles come in many different forms including food, lozenges, and capsules. The effects that edibles deliver generally last longer than if cannabis was consumed from other methods, such as smoking or vaping. Edibles can, however, produce unwanted effects that are too strong for some users. Overconsumption can lead to dizziness, nausea, vomiting, or paranoia. The key to finding out how much of an edible you should consume is to understand how to dose. We’ve put together a cannabis edible dosage chart that you can follow to properly dose. Keep in mind, there are some outside factors to consider when dosing such as weight, age, and tolerance.
Edible dosage can vary for each person
As is the case with most medications, cannabis can affect each person differently. Each person has a unique endocannabinoid system that naturally occurs in their body. THC and CBD can react differently for each person and some may do better with a lower dose, while others need to consume more THC to feel the same result.
Another factor to consider is a person’s previous cannabis use. Those who consume cannabis on a request basis will need to ingest more THC than someone who frequently uses it.
Consuming edibles with a high THC content, such as 150mg, 200mg, or 500mg, means that there will be a greater risk of adverse side effects such as nausea or paranoia. This is the case even for people who have a very high tolerance to cannabis.
So, how many mg of edibles should you eat?
Now you know that dosing for edibles can vary from person to person depending on body chemistry and tolerance. However, there are some basic guidelines to follow that can help you find the right dosage for marijuana edibles.
THC edible dosage:
- Ideal for first-time consumers or consumers who want to microdose.
- Effects: Pain relief, stress relief, anxiety relief, increased focus.
2.5 – 15 mg
- Ideal for: Most recreational use, euphoric feelings, insomnia relief.
- Effects: Impaired coordination and altered perception. Stronger pain and anxiety relief.
30 – 50 mg
- Ideal for: Those with a high tolerance to THC.
- Effects: Very impaired coordination and perception. Strong euphoric feelings.
50 – 100 mg
- Ideal for: Those with an extremely high tolerance to THC. Patients who have cancer, inflammatory disorders, or other chronic conditions.
- Effects: Impaired coordination and altered perception. Possible extreme side effects such as rapid heartbeat, nausea, and pain.
Edible dosage: How long does it take to feel an effect from edibles?
The body must break down the edible before THC is released into the bloodstream. This process could take up to two hours. A common mistake that edible consumers make is not waiting long enough for the edible to hit before consuming more. This can result in overconsumption and negative side effects. We recommend waiting 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours before consuming more THC.
How do CBD and THC content in edibles affect me?
THC and CBD have different effects. Using either of these cannabinoids can result in different effects such as pain relief or anxiety relief.
By adding CBD into a THC edible, it can actually enhance the medical benefits. CBD has an adverse effect on THC, so it can actually block some of the intoxicating effects of THC. Those looking for medical benefits from edibles should explore cannabis edibles with both THC and CBD.
1:1 CBD:THC products are very therapeutic and cause less impairment than pure THC edibles. However, overconsumption of a 1:1 ratio edible can still result in negative side effects such as nausea and paranoia.
Final tips on dosing with cannabis edibles
- Wait for at least one and a half hours before consuming more THC-infused edibles. If you don’t feel any effects after one hour, try eating a healthy snack that can activate digestion in your body, such as a piece of fruit.
- If you are new to consuming edibles, start with a low dosage.
- Some people have trouble absorbing THC into their system. In this case, try the same low dose 2-3 times within 24 hours before increasing the dose.
What to do if you’ve over-dosed
If you find that you have gotten too high from a cannabis edible, don’t worry. Follow these tips and read our guide to learn How To Sober Up If You’re Too High.
- Stay calm and lay down. Find a comfortable place such as a couch or bed. Keeping calm is the best thing you can do when you’re too high.
- Consume a large dose (100mg-200mg) of CBD. The CBD will counteract the THC and could help to relieve your symptoms.
- Find some sort of distraction. Put on a funny movie or music so that you don’t have a constant negative dialog running through your head.
- Remember, no one has ever died as a result of being too high. Although it may feel uncomfortable at the moment, this too shall pass.
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