Edibles are one of the best ways to consume cannabis but how do you know how much to take? With an edible dosage chart, of course!
In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know to find the edible dosage that’s just right for you and give you a chart to start you on your way toward medicinal or recreational bliss.
What Is A Edible Dosage Defined As
The dictionary defines a dose, or dosage, as, “a quantity of a substance taken or recommended to be taken at a particular time.” The difficulty with trying to measure an edible dosage is that it largely depends on unique differences in your brain, your metabolism, and your circulatory system.
There are also differences in strains of marijuana from one harvest to the next. Our edible dosage guide will help you find a comfortable level to start with that won’t have you seeing horrible visions around every corner (unless you’re on the internet, in which case, we can’t help you).
The first step toward finding out how much edible to take, however, doesn’t involve kitchen utensils, it involves paper and pen.
Start An Edible Dosage Log
The "right" edible dosage is unique to each person. What works for you may not be enough or may be too much for another person.
As you’ll see in the next section, a number of “difficult-to-change” factors can influence the amount of edible you need to experience the choice psychedelic effects or the medicinal benefits that cannabis has to offer. Unfortunately, many of these factors change from day to day and even hour to hour. So finding the edible dosage that’s enough for you without overshooting the sweet spot is going to take a bit of experimentation on your part.
The good part is that those experiments involves eating on cannabis-infused food. The bad part if you can call it that is that your experiments shouldn’t be hit or miss. That means that you shouldn’t try one edible dosage on Wednesday and an entirely different dosage on Thursday. Similarly, you shouldn’t pick random numbers out of a hat and hope to eventually find the dosage that works for you. That’s like putting a bunch of monkeys and typewriters in a room in the hopes that they’ll eventually compose Shakespeare. It doesn’t work nor will it ever work.
Instead add a dash of scientific method to the process and record your experience down to the last detail until you’ve dialed it in. The easiest way to get started is to purchase a notebook. If that’s too much effort, a few sheets of blank paper from your printer tray will do the trick. Or if you’re more inclined to digital solutions, create a spreadsheet on your computer or open Notepad. Whatever method you choose, record such variables as:
- Your weight
- What you ate for at least two meals before taking THC
- The amount of THC you took
- How you feel before
- How you feel after
- Anything else you believe affects the experience
When making changes to any of the variables in real life, try to alter only one at a time. For example keep everything on the list above the same but tweak what you eat before lighting up. Is the experience better when you eat a meal containing more fatty foods (e.g., nuts, olives, olive oil)? Or is it better when you eat a vegetable-heavy meal before hittin’ that Thai stick?
When you change one variable at a time, it will be easier to determine which factors have the biggest impact for the good or for the worse on your cannabis experience.
Variables That Affect Dosage
A wide variety of variables can affect what a edible dosage does to your body. The quality of the cannabis product and the concentration of the cannabinoids therein are at the top of the list.
Other factors include:
- Your reason for eating the edible (e.g., medical or recreational)
- Your diet
- Your weight
- Your metabolism
- Your tolerance to THC or CBD
We’ll provide some general guidelines for finding the right edible dosage but keep in mind that your weight may change. This can cause the amount of cannabinoids that get you in the butter zone to change as well. If you lose weight (because of a decrease in anxiety, depression, or psychosis), the dosage may go down. If you gain weight (because of regaining your appetite — yay, munchies — or no longer being nauseated), the dosage may increase. That’s why it’s crucial to record your progress so you can adjust things accordingly.
Other factors are not so easy to adjust. Metabolism doesn’t really change unless you make a drastic alteration in your habits (going from a sedentary lifestyle to an active lifestyle, for example). In addition, you can’t put a number on your metabolism so it can be tricky to gauge the speed of your digestion. But from experience you probably know whether you have a fast metabolism or a slow metabolism.
Similarly, your tolerance level can have a major effect on the dosage you need. Tolerance is particularly stubborn and often requires weeks, months, or even years to change. Use your edible dosage journal to record, consider, and tweak all of these factors as you work through the process of finding the right dose for you.
Edible Dosage Chart
As we’ve discussed edibles are an easy way to get the THC or CBD you need. They’re also one of the strongest consumption methods for getting those cannabinoids into your system. That means it takes considerably less than your average joint to get high or feel the medical benefits.
The recommended starting dose for all things edible is 5 milligrams (0.01 gram), but it wouldn’t be a bad thing to go as low as 2.5 milligrams (0.25 gram) if it’s your first time. The important part of consuming cannabis in this way is to wait at least two hours after you’re finished eating before taking another dose. It can take anywhere from 60 to 120 minutes for the effects of edible cannabis to kick in. Unfortunately the long wait time means that it’s very easy to overdo it.
You’re waiting and waiting and nothing’s happening, so you pop another cannabis candy. Then, the 90-minute mark rolls around and WHAM! you’re down the rabbit hole with the walls closing in and a bad trip in the making. Don’t let that happen to you! Use this chart to find the edible dosage that’s just right. As you read, remember this: More doesn’t necessarily make the trip better. In fact, too much can make things much worse.
As your experience with marijuana edibles increases you’ll move through the columns from left to right but don’t feel like it’s a race toward higher numbers. It’s not a competition to see who can eat the most. It’s about finding the sweet spot that produces just the right benefits with none of the buzz-killing side effects.
Start Small Then Move Up
The key to finding the right edible dosage and having a great trip is to start small and increase slowly. Stay with a certain dose for three days to give your body time to grow accustomed. Then, adjust the quantity of cannabis up or down according to your needs for the next three days.
If you feel any adverse effects, decrease the dose the next time around. You can always increase it again gradually from there.
If you adhere to those simple rules, you’ll enjoy all your cannabis adventures without worrying about spinning out of control or experiencing any negative side effects.