From chocolate to gummies to cookies, the options for cannabis edibles are endless. Edibles are a delicious and easy way to consume cannabis. In fact, sometimes it can be too easy to eat edibles. Deliciousness combined with a delayed reaction time of edibles makes overdoing it a definite possibility.
To get the most out of your edibles, it helps to have an understanding of THC dose levels, and know which common mistakes to avoid. We’ve put together a quick guide to help you interpret what doses will lead to what kind of effects. Know what you can expect, and keep your edible experiences enjoyable.
There are a lot of factors that will influence how you react to different doses of THC, including how frequently you consume cannabis. Frequent users have a much higher tolerance than first-timers and require higher doses to get equivalent effects.
If you are still new to THC edibles, the best advice is to follow the adage of “start low, go slow.” It is far preferable to begin by eating too little rather than too much. Remember to be patient. It can take as long as 60 minutes to begin feeling the effects of edibles, and up to 3-4 hours before the effects peak. Taking another dose too early is a common way to experience adverse effects, including increased heart rate, dry mouth, and feelings of anxiety or paranoia.
Finding the Right Dose
Different edible products can be labeled differently, so before partaking, make sure you take the time to read the labels carefully. Some products contain just one “serving” of THC while others may have 5 or even 10. Don’t make the mistake of eating an entire chocolate bar only to realize it was 10 times the dose you were expecting!
Here is what you can expect from different THC doses:
- Micro (1-5 mg): In many states, 10 mg of THC is considered a “serving”. But if you’re new to edibles you should consider starting at half of that, or perhaps even less. You can still expect to feel mild relief of pain, stress, and anxiety, along with improved focus and creativity
- Mini (5-10mg): Stronger symptom relief, enhanced creativity, mild euphoria, and potential drowsiness.
- Moderate (10-30mg): Strong euphoria, may begin to experience altered perception and impaired coordination. New users may experience negative effects at this stage.
- Strong (30-50mg): Very strong euphoria and altered perception. Recommended only for experienced users, or those with poor GI absorption of cannabinoids
- Mega (50-100mg): Heavily impaired coordination and altered perceptions. Doses this high are only recommended for highly experienced users or for those with cancer and other chronic conditions that necessitate very high doses to treat.