edibles dosage

Cannabis edibles dosage can be frightening to even think about if you have never dealt with it before. But also for experienced edibles consumers, there is a lot to take into account. In this article, you will learn all about cannabis edibles dosing, so you can confidently and safely consume them.

But before we start outlining the things that you need to take into consideration, it is good to know that, unlike most big pharma meds, cannabis is not harmful to your body. Doctor Sanjay Gupta said that only about 6% of the scientific research on cannabis is aimed at the benefits and in all other studies (94%) researchers to try to point out negative issues.

So, despite the fact that people are waking up to the enormous benefits of cannabis, after roughly 80 years of prohibition, the unjustified bias against ‘marijuana’ is still there. Nevertheless, not one single death from cannabis has been recorded ever.

From 1999 to 2016, more than 200,000 people died in the United States from overdoses related to prescription opioids, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and prevention)

Why is Cannabis Dosage important?

The benefits of cannabis are so great we have dedicated a whole article on it, as well as on benefits of CBD oil. However, once you realize the benefits, the next mind-barrier is fear of side-effects. What are exactly the side effects of cannabis and how can we deal with them?

First of all, cannabis side-effects only occur when you take too much. How much that is, differs from person to person and depends on several things, which we will discuss later in this article.

Cannabis Side Effects

Even if you cannot die from a cannabis overdose or experience any harm to your health, it still can scare the living *** out of you. Some people get so scared they never want to touch it again. Therefore it is important to make sure you stay in your comfort zone.

Cannabidiol has no side-effects, other than perhaps a dry mouth with higher doses. THC, on the other hand, has one side-effect, getting ‘high’.

Some of the unpleasant effects of becoming  too ‘high’ are:

  • Concentration loss
  • Longer reaction time
  • Slurred speech
  • Red eyes
  • Confusion
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Coordination difficulties
  • Lightheadedness
  • Weaker muscles
  • Throwing up
  • Dysphoria
  • Low energy
  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Hallucinations (extreme cases)
  • Delusions (extreme cases)

Edibles Dosage – Risks of Errors

When you drink too much you will get a hangover. The more you drink the lousier you’ll feel and you even risk to die. So in that perspective cannabis is safer than alcohol. In addition, alcohol is about twice as addictive as cannabis.

When you consume edibles with cannabis, you cannot see how much THC you take and you also have a delayed effect. These are two things you need to focus on, in order to avoid this unpleasant space trip to the moon and back.

1a) Ready-made Edibles – Read the package

Cannabis Edibles Dosage

Most retailers these days provide dosage information on the package in milligrams (mg), both package total and amount per edible.

1b) Home-made Edibles – Pay attention

When you didn’t make them yourself, ask and make sure the answers are clear and you positively know how much is in the edible you are about to eat. Usually, it is easy to calculate as a ratio of the total weight versus the weight of your edible.

For example, if you added 100 mg of THC to a brownie cake and you cut it into four pieces, one piece contains 25 mg.

2) Delayed Effect – Don’t be impatient

Probably the biggest reason of edibles overdosing is the delayed effect. This can catch off-guard both new and experienced cannabis edibles consumers. How long it takes before you start feeling the effects of the cannabis or hemp depends on several things.

The most important one is your stomach content. If you take the edibles on an empty stomach, the effects come much quicker. However, if you take them after a big meal, it can take up to four hours before you feel the effect.

The mistake people make is, that they think it doesn’t work. Nothing is happening. They start thinking, maybe I had a piece of the cake without cannabis in it. They get impatient and take some more, often going on a trip that can last for many hours.

Consider this when you don’t feel anything after you consumed a cannabis edible:

  • To kick-start your digestion, take an organic snack like a fresh fruit.
  • Sometimes people don’t feel anything for the first couple of times (two or three) eating THC edibles. Therefore repeat the same edible dosage at least 8 hours later or the next day.
  • Some people do not react to marijuana edibles at all. Probably the absorption of the THC through their gut is somehow not working. In these cases, try other consumption methods like sublingual, vaping, topicals etc.

Cannabis Edible Precautions

Recreational Tolerance

If you are a new user the ‘high’ effect is the strongest. You need to take this into account when dosing an edible. Start with a very low dosage as a precaution.

The longer you take cannabis the more tolerance against its impairing effects you develop.

Medical Tolerance

Unlike the ‘high’ effect, we do NOT develop a tolerance for the medical effects of cannabis.  On the contrary, we do develop tolerance to many ‘big pharma meds’, making them less effective the longer we take them.

The medical benefits, however, do not fade, so there is no need to take more overtime for medical purposes.

Safe surroundings

Cannabis veterans recommend new users to choose the place they consume the cannabis carefully. The comfort of your own home or familiar place and being surrounded by loved ones or close friends can be an important comforting factor when some of the anxiety effects kick in.

Avoid Alcohol and drugs

When you drink alcohol or take drugs in parallel to the edibles, the effect might be amplified and you risk getting too high.

Edible Dosage Calculator

The trick with calculating your cannabis edibles dosage is to stay within your ‘comfort zone’ with regards to the impairing effects. In other words, avoid getting too high.

From what you have read so far you understand that there are many factors influencing how high you get from a certain dosage. Therefore there is no precise algorithm that will keep you from overtripping. Nevertheless, we have put together a chart that you can use as a guideline for calculating your edibles dosage.

New users will not get high if they use 2.5 mg to 5 mg of THC per dose. The limit for a new user probably lays below 10 mg for avoiding any mind-altering effects. While experienced users will not suffer strong impairing effects even at the higher dosage levels.

THC mg per DoseEffectsMedical EffectsTarget Audience
1 to 5 mg

  • No ‘high’
  • Focus
  • Creativity

  • Mild relief of Pain, Stress, and Anxiety etc.

  • Cannabis Newbies
  • Microdosers

5 to 10 mg

  • Probably no ‘high’
  • Better focus
  • More creativity

  • Stronger relief of Pain, Stress, and Anxiety etc.

  • 2nd week Newbies
  • Beginners

10 to 20 mg

  • Mind altering effects
  • Euphoria

  • Treatment of mild forms of medical conditons
  • Improved sleep

  • Beginners with slightly developed tolerances
  • Patients with mild conditions

20 to 30 mg

  • Impairing effects
  • Strong euphoria

  • Treatment of medical conditions

  • Users with developed tolerances
  • Patients with average conditions

30 to 50 mg

  • Strong impairing effects with new users

  • Treament of medical conditions requiring higher THC dosages

  • Experienced users
  • Patients with ALS, MS, Crohn’s and other GI disorders, etc.

50 to 100 mg

  • Extreme impairing effects with new users

  • Cancer treatment or other severe conditions

  • Very experienced users
  • Cancer Patients
  • Patients with other severe conditions

Following these guidelines and using common sense should make edibles dosing pretty easy, almost like dosing CBD oil.

Edible Overdose Treatment

We don’t want to overemphasize this aspect of THC edibles because even with a severe overdose, there is no harmful effect to your health or body. But it is important to realize and remember when you accidentally had too much.

Things you can do to ease an unpleasant overdose ‘high’:

  1. Drink enough. Make sure that you drink enough to keep your body hydrated.
  2. Calm down, and relax. The best way to overcome a strong ‘high’ is to sleep it off in a safe and familiar environment. Remind your self that cannabis is not harmful to your health.
  3. CBD is counteractive. Cannabidiol actually counteracts the impairing effects of THC to a certain extent. Take a high dose of CBD, depending on how much THC you had; 50 to 300 mg of CBD will maybe reduce the high or at least shorten it. CBD also strongly mitigates nausea and vomiting.
  4. Distraction. Take a walk, a shower or watch TV. Do something to distract you from your temporary unpleasant state of mind.

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Edibles Dosage Chart – Safely Dose Cannabis Edibles
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Fawaz Abomaray

Fawaz Abomaray

Medical Scientist at iDWeeds
A Medical Scientist with background in Cancer Pharmacology. Moreover, Fawaz is also a Stem Cell Biologist with speciality in Endometriosis.

He has both original articles and review articles published in peer-reviewed international journals.
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