Weed edible dosage

Weed edible dosage

Edible forms of cannabis, including food products, lozenges, and capsules, can produce effective, long-lasting, and safe effects. These forms of cannabis are also most likely to produce unwanted effects and overconsumption symptoms, which can be very unpleasant. The difference is, of course, the dose.

Here, you’ll find a chart that describes typical effects felt at different ingested doses. However, there are factors to consider when choosing the right dose for you, which you can read more about below.

The right edible dose varies between individuals

Every person has a unique internal physiologic environment and can therefore experience different results with various medications. One person’s response to a dose of edible cannabis can vary significantly from the next, even more so than other medications or herbs. Why?

Several factors are involved, including previous history of cannabis use, gastrointestinal factors, and the function/sensitivity of one’s endocannabinoid system. Approximately 3% of my patients are ultra-sensitive to THC and do well with very low doses (e.g., 1 mg).RelatedWhat is the best quantity for a dose of cannabis?

weed edible dosage

Once you go above 100 mg and into extremely high dosages such as 150 mg, 200 mg, or even 500 mg marijuana edibles, the risk of negative effects associated with the idea of overconsuming cannabis—such as nausea and paranoia—increase, even for consumers who may have very high tolerances.

How many mg of edibles should you eat?

The ideal edibles dose depends on a lot of things, including tolerance, individual body chemistry, and the experience you’re looking for. But there are some basic guidelines that can help you find the right dose of marijuana edibles, which are measured in milligrams (mg).

1 – 2.5 mg THC edibles

  • Effects include: Mild relief of symptoms like pain, stress, and anxiety; increased focus and creativity.
  • Good for: First-time consumers or regular consumers looking to microdose.

2.5 – 15 mg THC edibles

  • Effects include: Stronger relief of pain and anxiety symptoms; euphoria; impaired coordination and perception.
  • Good for: Standard recreational use; persistent symptoms not addressed by smaller doses; people looking for a good night’s sleep.

Most people experience different psychoactive effects at different dosages of edible THC. What kinds of effects should you expect with each dose?

1 – 10 MG THC

At such a low dose, the effects of THC should be barely noticeable, if noticeable at all. At this dosage, you can expect mild relief of stress, anxiety, and pain. This dose is ideal for microdosing or first-time users.

10 – 20 MG THC

At this dosage, you can expect even more effective symptom relief and may even experience very mild euphoria. You may experience a slight boost to social interactions, such as becoming more talkative, engaging, and creative. This is the perfect dose to enjoy mild psychoactive effects and is also great for maintaining sleep throughout the night.

20 – 30 MG THC

The cerebral and physical euphoria is much more noticeable at this dosage. This much THC may also impair coordination and perception. This dosage is more appropriate for experienced consumers and those seeking relief from more moderate problems.

30 – 50 MG THC

If you do not regularly consume THC, this much edible THC will produce strong euphoric and psychoactive effects. You can also expect strong anxiolytic, pain-killing, sleep-inducing, and hunger-inducing effects. This dosage is recommended for regular consumers that have already built up a tolerance to lower doses.

50 – 75 MG THC

This high of an edible dosage is likely to cause intense euphoria and potent symptom relief. This much THC is very likely to significantly impair perception and coordination and may also cause side effects such as rapid heart rate, anxiety, and nausea. This dosage is not recommended for beginners or occasional consumers.

  • Effects include: Seriously impaired coordination and perception; possible unpleasant side effects including nausea, pain, and increased heart rate.
  • Good for: Experienced, high-tolerance THC consumers; patients living with inflammatory disorders, cancer, and other serious conditions.

70 – 100 mg THC edibles

  • Effects include: Seriously impaired coordination and perception; possible unpleasant side effects including nausea, pain, and increased heart rate.
  • Good for: Experienced, high-tolerance THC consumers; patients living with inflammatory disorders, cancer, and other serious conditions.

100+ MG THC

Regardless of your tolerance and consumption habits, this dosage can be expected to produce strong cerebral and physical euphoria. At such a high dosage, some users may experience anxiety and paranoia. This dosage is only recommended for heavy consumers of cannabis.

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How long does it take to feel an effect from edibles?

The most common mistake in cannabis dosing occurs when a person doesn’t feel any effect from an edible after one hour and decides to take another dose; two hours later, both doses come through and the individual experiences the unpleasant effects of a cannabis overconsumption.

If you’re unsure if a particular dose of cannabis is affecting you, I recommend learning Healer’s “inner inventory,” a fast and simple self-awareness tool that can be used to determine if you’re feeling the effects of a particular dose of cannabis.

Understand the effects of CBD and THC content in edibles

Adding CBD to THC can enhance the medical benefits of marijuana edibles, such as pain or anxiety relief, while decreasing the adverse effects, such as impairment and elevated heart rate.

CBD partially blocks the intoxicating effects of THC, so consumers who wish to experience the medical benefits of cannabis without as much impairment can best achieve this with products that contain both CBD and THC. It’s important for consumers to know the contents of each of these components and the ratio of CBD to THC.

Products with a CBD:THC ratio of 1:1 are powerfully therapeutic and produce less impairment than a THC-dominant product. Excessive doses of these products can still produce classic cannabis overconsumption symptoms.

As the CBD:THC ratio increases, the likelihood of unwanted intoxicating effects decreases, and the quality of the medical effects will also change. At a 4:1 ratio or higher, adverse intoxicating effects are unlikely unless one takes a very high dose.

For example, a person who feels impaired after taking 5 mg of THC will likely feel less or no impairment when taking 20 mg of CBD + 5 mg of THC.

More tips for consuming cannabis-infused edibles

  • If you don’t feel any effects from an edible after one hour, try eating a snack like an organic apple to turn on the digestion and absorption in your gut.
  • Some people who are new to cannabis require 2-3 doses before they feel anything at all, so it’s often best to try the same low dose three times with 8 to 24 hours between trials before increasing the dose.
  • I’ve infrequently met patients who seem unable to absorb any significant amount of THC through the gut. In these individuals, absorption via the oral blood vessels (i.e., under your tongue) or the lungs is the best option.

Tips for relieving overconsumption of edibles

  • Be in a calm, safe environment and have gentle reassurance that everything will be OK is the primary treatment.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • A large 50-200mg dose of CBD (without significant amounts of THC) can act as a partial antidote. Lemon oil, found predominantly in the rind and in lower amounts in the juice, has also been used historically for this purpose. Grate a tablespoon of lemon zest and chew it up before swallowing.
  • Most people do not need emergency medical care unless they have pre-existing heart disease or another serious medical condition. For ongoing vomiting and diarrhea, intravenous rehydration may be necessary.

1 thought on “Weed edible dosage”

  1. I like 10-20mg personally. It gets me comfortably buzzed for a concert or night out but doesn’t incapacitate me.

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