Dosage desk for edibles: Dosage of marijuana edibles
Dible forms of cannabis, including food, lozenges and capsules, can produce effective, long-lasting and safe effects. These forms of cannabis most likely also lead to undesirable effects and overuse symptoms, which can be very uncomfortable. The difference, of course, is the dose.
Here you will find a table that describes typical effects that occur with different doses taken. However, there are a few factors to consider when choosing the right dose, which you can read more about below.
Dosage table for cannabis foods
The correct edible dose varies between individuals
Everyone has a unique internal physiological environment and can therefore achieve different results with different medications. A person's response to one dose of edible cannabis can vary significantly from the next, even more than with other medicines or herbs. Why?
Various factors are involved, including the history of cannabis use, gastrointestinal factors and the function / sensitivity of the endocannabinoid system. About 3% of my patients are very sensitive to THC and are well suited for very low doses (e.g. 1 mg).
Going over 100 mg and taking extremely high doses such as 150 mg, 200 mg or even 500 mg of marijuana foods are at risk of negative effects associated with the idea of excessive cannabis use – such as Nausea and paranoia – increase, even for consumers who may have very high tolerances.
How many mg of food should you eat?
The ideal dose for food depends on many factors, including tolerance, individual body chemistry and the experience you are looking for. However, there are some basic guidelines that can help you find the right dose of marijuana foods, measured in milligrams (mg).
1 – 2.5 mg THC food
- The effects include: Slight relief from symptoms such as pain, stress and anxiety; increased focus and creativity.
- Good for: first-time users or regular consumers who want a microdose.
2.5 – 15 mg THC food
- The effects include: Greater relief from pain and anxiety symptoms; Euphoria; impaired coordination and perception.
- Good for: standard leisure use; persistent symptoms that are not treated by smaller doses; People who are looking for a good night's sleep.
30 – 50 mg THC food
- Effects include: Strong euphoric effects; significantly impaired coordination and perception.
- Good for: THC consumers with high tolerance; Consumers whose GI systems do not take cannabinoids well.
50 – 100 mg THC food
- Effects include: severe impairment of coordination and perception; possible unpleasant side effects such as nausea, pain and increased heart rate.
- Good for: Experienced, highly tolerant THC consumers; Patients with inflammatory diseases, cancer and other serious illnesses.
How long does it take for food to have an effect?
The most common mistake in cannabis dosing occurs when, after an hour, a person feels no effect from an edible and chooses to take a different dose. two hours later, both doses come through and the individual experiences the unpleasant effects of excessive cannabis use.
If you are unsure whether a particular dose of cannabis affects you, I recommend that you learn the healer's "inner inventory", a quick and easy self-knowledge tool that you can use to determine whether you are experiencing the effects from a feel special dose of cannabis. For strategies to methodically increase your cannabis dose for best results, go to Healer.com/programs.
Understand the effects of CBD and THC levels in food
Adding CBD to THC can improve the medical benefits of marijuana foods such as pain or anxiety relief while reducing the adverse effects such as impairment and increased heart rate.
CBD partially blocks the intoxicating effects of THC, so consumers who want to experience the medical benefits of cannabis without such a big impact can best do so with products that contain both CBD and THC. It is important for consumers to know the content of each of these components and the ratio of CBD to THC.
Products with a CBD: THC ratio of 1: 1 are highly therapeutic and cause less impairment than a THC-dominant product. Excessive doses of these products can still cause classic symptoms of cannabis overuse.
As the CBD: THC ratio increases, the likelihood of undesirable intoxicating effects decreases, and the quality of the medical effects also changes. At a ratio of 4: 1 or higher, adverse intoxicating effects are unlikely unless you take a very high dose.
For example, a person who feels impaired after taking 5 mg THC is likely to experience less or no impairment when taking 20 mg CBD + 5 mg THC.
Other tips for consuming cannabis-infused foods
- If you don't feel the effects of an edible after an hour, try eating a snack like an organic apple to activate digestion and absorption in your gut.
- Some people who are not yet familiar with cannabis need 2-3 doses before they even feel anything. Therefore, it is often best to try the same low dose three times with 8 to 24 hours between attempts before increasing the dose.
- I have rarely met patients who apparently cannot absorb a significant amount of THC via the intestine. In these individuals, absorption via the oral blood vessels (i.e., under your tongue) or the lungs is the best option.
Tips for alleviating excessive food consumption
- Be in a quiet, safe environment and gently make sure that everything is in order is the primary treatment.
- Stay hydrated.
- A large dose of 50-200 mg CBD (without significant amounts of THC) can act as a partial antidote. For this purpose, lemon oil has been used in the past, which is mainly contained in the skin and in smaller amounts in the juice. Rub a tablespoon of lemon zest and chew it before swallowing.
- Most people do not need emergency medical care unless they already have a heart condition or other serious medical condition. If vomiting and diarrhea persist, intravenous rehydration may be required.
This article was originally published on April 19, 2018. It was last updated on March 2, 2020.
Dr. Dustin Sulak
Dustin Sulak, DO, is the founder of Integr8 Health, a Maine doctor's office that serves over 8,000 medical cannabis patients. Healer.com, a resource for medical cannabis patients; and cannabis expertise, a medical education curriculum. Dr. Sulak is recognized as a leading clinician in the use of medical cannabis and is committed to educating clinicians and patients about the use of medical cannabis.