Understanding how to dose cannabis edibles is extremely important! In this guide, you will learn more about dosing, discover your tolerance level, and get my helpful tips and tricks for dosing homemade edibles safely and effectively.
Table of Contents
- A simple guide to help you understand dosing
- Featuring the golden rule: start low and go slow
- Tips for increasing your dose safely
How To Dose Cannabis Edibles
Ignore the dosage charts! You know those who say you should consume xx if you weigh xx? Skip them!
Why? Because everyone responds to cannabis differently, and so many factors influence that response way beyond weight.
As I teach all of my Well With Cannabis Community members, dosing edibles, mainly THC, is highly unique to each person.
That is why it is essential to stay patient and take your time to discover your ideal dose according to your body’s tolerance.
In this guide, I will teach you how to do just that so you can dose your edibles safely, ensuring you have a safe and enjoyable time while getting the dose just right.
Edibles Affect Us All Differently
It’s important to remember that the ideal milligram serving size can vary from one person to another.
Some people get high with as little as 2mg of THC; others do so at 30mg; others won’t feel the effect until the dosing is over 100mg or more.
Others may not feel the effect of edibles at all.
This is all based on your tolerance. Many factors, including your weight, metabolism, and the unique endocannabinoid system, can impact your tolerance and ideal serving size.
Don’t assume that you should start with a higher dose because you smoke a lot. Edibles affect the body differently than other application methods.
Follow The Golden Rule
If you’re new to dosing cannabis edibles, specifically THC, it is crucial to follow the golden rule: start low and go slow.
This means you start with a low milligram dose, typically around 1-5 milligrams, and you wait three or more hours before taking another dose to assess your reaction.
This helps to ensure you do not take too high of a dose on your first try and end up consuming too much THC and having an unwanted reaction.
If you accidentally consume more THC than your body can handle, you may experience disorientation, dizziness or drowsiness, short-term memory issues, slow reaction times, anxiety, heart palpitations, and tachycardia.
While there are ways to come down from a bad high, the best option is to prevent this from happening in the first place by not consuming too much.
Wait Before You Take A Second Dose
As mentioned above, starting with a small dose AND waiting before taking a second dose is recommended.
This is because edibles have a delayed onset. They are slower to take effect due to their need to travel through the digestive system.
While you can feel the effects of smoking within 1-3 minutes, it may take 1-3 hours (or more) to feel the effects of edibles.
This means that if you take a 5mg dose, don’t feel anything, and take another 5mg dose 30 minutes later; you may accidentally consume more than your body needs.
This overconsumption can make you feel sick. That is why waiting several hours, if not a day, is recommended before trying a new, higher dose.
How to Titrate Your Dose
It is recommended to start with a small serving size and work your way up, taking time to evaluate how you feel.
If you have taken the recommended 1-5mg…
Feeling great? Keep up with the dose that is working! Or feel free to experiment as desired.
Not feeling it? Increase your daily serving size by 1mg-5mg each day until you meet your goals.
This slow, gradual increase of your dose is known as titration or titrating the dose. This slow, methodical increase helps ensure you do not consume too much at one time or develop too high of a tolerance.
Additional Factors That Impact Dosing
Several factors can affect the amount of cannabis required to meet specific goals or respond to a particular dosage.
Individual physiological factors, such as body weight, medical conditions, and absorption rates, can affect the experience from person to person. Additionally, your genes can impact your tolerance.
We are all different, be patient, and enjoy the journey to finding your perfect serving size.
What About Cannabinoids That Don’t Produce A High?
There are many cannabinoids you can consume beyond THC.
Luckily, there is no risk of feeling unwell from overconsumption, so you have more room to experiment with higher doses.
Many people start their dose between 10-20mg and can safely increase to 100mg or more at a time.
How to Dose Homemade Edibles
When purchased from a dispensary, edibles are much easier to dose because they come labeled with a milligram dosage.
This makes determining your tolerance easier because you can know that 5mg makes you feel one way and that 10mg makes you feel another.
However, dispensary edibles are not available to everyone. Many people prefer to make homemade edibles to control the final product, save money, and use up homegrown products.
Suppose you know the input value, the percentage of THC or CBD in your starting material. In that case, you can use our edible dosage calculator to get a rough guestimate of the potency of your final products.
You can also use the calculator backward before making a product to play with the numbers and determine how much cannabis you should add to get the final dose you desire.
Keep A Dosage Journal
If you’re finding it difficult to find your perfect dose, I recommend keeping a cannabis journal.
A cannabis journal is somewhere you can record your daily dosage, associated symptoms, and feelings. This will allow you to look back and see any patterns or apparent issues that should be addressed.
Your cannabis journal can be as simple as a pen and paper or a specific cannabis journal like these from Gold Leaf Journals.