Edibles are a fun and exciting way to enjoy cannabis. And if you’re health-conscious, they’re also a great way to consume cannabis without having to inhale anything that is potentially dangerous.
But if you’re new to edibles, knowing just how much to ingest can be really tricky. Ingesting too much edible cannabis is no fun and can lead to you experiencing some of the unpleasant side effects of THC like anxiety and paranoia. Taking some time to think about your ideal edible dosage before eating a cannabis edible is always a good idea.
Edible Dosage: How Much Should You Ingest?
So how much should you actually ingest? That depends.
The most important thing to consider is your personal tolerance to cannabis and how often you use it. The more cannabis that you regularly ingest, the higher your tolerance will be, and the more THC you will be able to handle. However, if you are new to cannabis, or only enjoy it infrequently, then you will need to ingest a lower dosage in order to avoid overly-intense effects and possible side effects.
Additionally, some people are simply more sensitive to THC than others. These people should always stick to lower dosages. But because some people don’t know about their THC sensitivity, it’s important that newcomers to cannabis trying edibles for the first time start very low and go very slow when it comes to edible dosage.
How Long Does It Take For Edibles To Kick In?
Unlike smoking or vaping cannabis, you won’t experience the effects of edibles right away. In fact, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to really start feeling it, depending on how empty or full your stomach is.
If your stomach is empty or full, it will take longer for effects to kick in since digestion must start from a full stop on an empty stomach, and can take much longer on a full stomach. If you have a slow metabolism, that could also slow things down and result in your edible taking longer to kick in.
You Can Always Eat More, But You Can Never Eat Less
It’s REALLY important to give your edibles time to kick in before you ingest any more. Eating too much edible cannabis is a rookie mistake that has turned many people off of trying edibles ever again.
You should always wait 1–2 hours before ingesting any more edibles after your initial dosage. Eating more too quickly can result in overwhelmingly intense effects, especially once your high peaks. It’s always easier to wait a bit than it is to deal with a bad trip from too much THC.
What Can You Expect From Your Edible Dosage?
Because the digestion process takes so long, you can expect your average edible trip to last from 6–8 hours. Hard-hitting and long-lasting, you probably won’t be getting very much done when high on edibles. Make sure you set aside enough time to properly enjoy our edibles!
So what exactly can you expect during this time? That depends on how much you’ve ingested.
For most people, a low dose of between 0–10 mg of THC is not enough to produce noticeable effects. This low of a dose is perfect for micro-dosing without experiencing the euphoric or intoxicating effects of cannabis. However, if your tolerance is 0, even such a low dose can produce noticeably intoxicating effects.
Dosages of 20–50 mg of THC are much more likely to produce strong intoxicating effects. You can expect significant physical and cerebral euphoria as well as some loss of coordination at this dosage.
Going higher, dosages of 50–100 mg of THC will produce very strong intoxicating effects but will have an increased chance of also producing unwanted side effects like anxiety and paranoia. A dosage this high is only recommended for regular cannabis users who have already built a high tolerance to THC.
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