Edible products such as infused food and capsules are a safe and exciting way to enjoy everything marijuana has to offer. However, dosing cannabis edibles can be tough. Knowing the exact edible dosage required to produce the effects you want can be incredibly difficult. As a result, overconsumption is common with edibles, and as we all know, consuming too much edible THC is an unpleasant experience.
While overconsumption isn’t harmful to your physical health, it can produce unpleasant effects. Carefully managing your THC dosage is key to an enjoyable cannabis edible experience.
The Right THC Dosage For You
Not everybody responds to edible THC in the same way. One person’s response to the same dose can be much different than someone else’s.
Several different factors play into the way somebody reacts to edible THC. A high tolerance to THC from regular consumption and a slow metabolism can significantly reduce the intensity of an edible.
Additionally, the sensitivity of an individual’s endocannabinoid system can also play a role. For instance, a small percentage of people are believed to be ultra-sensitive to THC, making smaller doses much more effective.
Finally, your height and weight both have a part to play in determining your THC tolerance. Generally, the larger you are, the more THC it takes to trigger your desired effects.
How Long Does it Take to Feel Cannabis Edibles?
Before you determine the right dose of edibles for you, you need to understand how edibles work. Edibles function a little differently from smoked or vaped THC. The main difference? Onset time.
When you smoke or vape THC, it passes directly from your lungs into your bloodstream. As a result, you’ll feel the effects of inhaled THC nearly instantaneously. However, that’s not how edible THC works.
Instead, when you take a marijuana edible, it has to pass through your entire digestive tract before it reaches your liver. Once there, your liver metabolizes it into another compound called 11-hydroxy-THC.
This new compound demonstrates more powerful effects than regular THC does. However, that comes at a cost. Edibles take longer to kick in than inhaled THC does. In fact, it can take up to an hour before you feel the effects of edibles.
As a result, it’s a good idea to wait at least an hour between edible doses. That way, you don’t accidentally double-dose yourself!
What Can You Expect From Your Edible Dosage?
What is a Good MG Dose for Edibles?
Most people experience different psychoactive effects at different dosages of edible THC. What kinds of effects should you expect with each dose?
Dosing Edibles: 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. A great choice for restless sleepers or medical patients with persistent, chronic problems.
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. If you’re a seasoned cannabis user and have already developed a tolerance to THC, this dosage may be the right choice for you.
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. It may also be an option for medical patients who know that their digestive tract and liver don’t absorb THC very well.
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. Instead, it should be a last resort for medical patients suffering from severe problems like chronic inflammation, crohn’s disease, or cancer.
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.
Although THC is the main active ingredient in cannabis, it’s not the only one. Some edibles may also feature other minor cannabinoids, like CBD or CBN. Thanks to a phenomenon called the entourage effect, these extra ingredients can have a significant impact on how an edible makes you feel across all THC dose ranges.
For example, CBD may actually work to lessen the effects of THC. As a result, if an edible has both THC and CBD, you’ll need a higher dose to achieve your desired results. Long story short, make sure you check the ingredients on your edibles before you eat them–you want to be sure you know what’s going into your body!
Finally, it’s important to keep the potential side-effects of edibles in mind. While THC is extremely safe–it’s effectively impossible to overdose–you may notice some side effects.
The most common include sleepiness and hunger (the notorious munchies). This can also lead to a feedback loop. You eat an edible, get hungry, and eat another one as a snack. While we’ve all done this at some point, it can get expensive! Make sure you have non-infused snacks on hand to combat the munchies.