Edibles have enormous potential for both recreational and therapeutic consumers when used appropriately. However, if not consumed properly, edibles have the potential to have the most negative side effects of any consumption method. We developed this dosing guide with an edible dosage chart since it’s crucial to get the dosage right if you want to have a good time.
There are many different types of edibles, including desserts, meals, capsules, mints, beverages, and more. It’s not difficult to take too much of these and have a really unpleasant experience, even though they’re harmless and you can’t actually overdose to the point that you’d suffer long-term effects.
Here is our approach to safely and successfully dosing edibles.
3 Elements That Affect the High You Get From Eating:
Contrary to popular belief, dosage is not the only factor in determining how high you will feel. There are several variables at play.
Everyone is different, of course. Because everyone has a unique physiology, no two people will respond to a chemical in precisely the same manner. What could make one person joyful and energized might make another person uneasy and suspicious.
Environment and Expectations
Make sure you consume edibles in a welcoming setting. Feeling unsafe and uncomfortable might have a greater negative impact on your high than anything else.
No real shocker there. The larger the dose you take, the higher you will become; the lesser the dose you take, the less high you will experience. I’m sure you’re saying, “Thanks Captain Obvious!”
Many people fall into a trap. We take a dosage that leaves us feeling quite satisfied. After that, we reason, “Well, if taking this much makes me feel “very good,” taking more will make me feel fantastic!”…Wrong!
There is a sweet spot, and if you go beyond it, your good feelings will fade. You’ll experience extreme misery
Here is a useful diagram provided by Leafly and Dr. Dustin Sulak of Healer.com:
Edible Dosage Chart: How to Administer Edibles Correctly
The authors of a research article on harm reduction argue that “being aware, intelligent, and well-prepared for using drugs, pretty much any drug, decreases the dangers and dangerousness of the experience and enhances good parts of the experience.”
That is great counsel. Almost everyone who has used edibles has had some discomfort at least once for a variety of reasons, but with a little information and planning, you can make sure that your experience is pleasant.
- Consider Your Cannabis Experience & Tolerance
How much cannabis-related experience do you have? Are edibles included? How THC-sensitive are you? It’s vital to think about each of these queries. In general, you should start with a low dose, observe the results, and then gradually raise it.
If you have a lot of cannabis experience, starting with a typical dose of 10 mg should be fine. You should ease into it, though, if you’ve never tried edibles, you don’t have much experience with cannabis in general, or you have a high sensitivity to THC. That might imply that you won’t feel much the first time. I understand. It’s preferable to consuming too much and experiencing negative effects.
- Read the Packaging Carefully
Do you remember when “edibles” meant nothing except “hash brownies”? Something your friend prepared, but you had no idea how much THC was in each brownie? Fortunately, such times are in the past. Precision dosage and lab-tested products are now available.
But you need to carefully read the box if you want to gain from it. However, it might be challenging because not all of the edibles in a package come in a typical dose (e.g. 10 mg). If you decide to compute the THC content of some candies after purchasing them, you might discover that each one contains an odd quantity, like 17 mg.
The greatest recommendation is to get goods that employ regular doses for each unit. Cannabis mints, for instance, come in dosages of 5 mg or 10 mg. This makes it much simpler to begin with 5 mg and go from there rather than attempting some challenging calculations!
- Don’t Consume Edibles on an Empty Stomach or with Alcohol
Because the THC will hit more strongly when consumed with alcohol or on an empty stomach, some users prefer to ingest edibles during these times. However, because it is far more difficult to anticipate what kind of consequence to anticipate, we do not advise that tactic.
Instead, ensure that you are properly hydrated, fed, and free of any medications that can intensify the effects.
- Prepare for the Worst
If you take our recommendations to heart, you ought to have a good time. Take cautious but don’t assume the worst. You should keep certain supplies on hand, including lots of water (for hydration), in case you accidentally drink too much and want to lessen the effects.
Black pepper or CBD are two necessities. Smoking or vaping a high-CBD strain will lessen the potency of the THC if you feel too high. Black pepper is similar. The truth. (Avoid smoking pepper!) Within an hour or less of chewing black peppercorns, you can have relief.
This is not a legend from the past. Scientific literature supports it. Don’t take our word for it; there are terpenes in black pepper that can lessen the effects of THC. Researchers describe how terpenes can contribute favorably to the “entourage effect” and how there are terpenes in pepper that can mitigate the effects of THC in “Taming THC,” an article published in the British Journal of Pharmacology in August 2011.
- Consume in a Comfortable Environment
Be sure to use edibles in a setting where you feel safe and at ease, especially if it’s your first time, like your home with friends nearby (ideally ones who have used edibles previously). Avoid eating edibles in settings that you are unfamiliar with because they could ruin your experience.
- Start Low, Go Slow
The most crucial piece of advise regarding edibles is this. Get off to a slow start. The dose may always be increased, but after you’ve taken it, it’s more difficult to take it back.
10 mg is the usual dosage. There are many people who have no problem ingesting 100 mg, 200 mg, or even more, thus those who use edibles frequently will chuckle at that quantity. You’re using too much and should probably think about taking a break if you reach the point where you need to take at least 100 mg to feel anything. There are certainly exceptions, but from a scientific standpoint, 100 milligrams of THC is a lot.
According to studies on chronic pain, under 10 mg is the appropriate amount for the majority of patients who want to manage their pain without necessarily getting high.
Starting with 10 mg, a normal dose, or less if you’re a woman, should be OK if you’re somewhat seasoned with cannabis. Start with half or a quarter of the recommended amount if you’re inexperienced or have THC sensitivity. Once more, avoid combining edibles with alcohol or other drugs, whether they be legal or illegal. It is imperative that you consult the edible dosage guideline before consuming alcohol.