With all the ways to get high, edibles still rank as one of the most popular amongst users. It’s not hard to understand why. It’s like combining a high with munchies at the same time! Unlike dabbing or rolling a joint, there’s no learning curve to eating edibles. This makes THC edibles easy for beginners and pros if you know the right edible dosage to take!
With all the types of edibles on the market, however, it’s easy to be a little overwhelmed if you don’t know what you’re doing or what you’re looking for. What type of high are you looking to get? What are you trying to achieve (pain relief, a fun high, cure insomnia, etc.)? After spending forever debating between gummy rings, chocolate bars, and brownies, you may be tempted to throw your hands in the air and leave it to fate. That’s where we come in! We want to help you understand edibles, how they work, and the dosage you need for your desired experience.
What is an Edible?
Before jumping into the more technical side of things (numbers… eek!), let’s ask the most basic question: what are edibles, anyway? The simple answer is edibles are any THC-infused food product and ingesting them will get you high. There are tons of options on the market such as brownies, gummies, goldfish, lollipops, etc.
Sounds easy enough to understand, right? You just buy a brownie, eat it, and feel great? No! You need to check the edible dosage before you throw that brownie down the hatch. Many of these foods are 100mg edibles, so eating the entire thing would be ten times the recommended standard dosage.
How do Edibles Work?
How many mg of edibles should I eat? This question goes hand-in-hand with another question: How long do edibles take to kick in? Picture this: You’ve eaten that piece of weed brownie, and it was delicious — but you don’t feel anything! You’re considering taking another bite. This is your first one ever so it must just be a weak brownie or something, right? Absolutely not!
Unlike with smoking a joint or dabbing, edibles work on more of the long game. When you inhale smoke or vapor from a joint or pen, you get high faster (sometimes immediately) but it doesn’t always last as long. The effects of edibles may take up to a few hours to really kick in, though an hour is more typical. Edible highs last longer, though, and maybe amped up compared to that joint you usually hit. Be patient. Eat a little and wait for the effects to set in before adding more. You can always take more to build on your high, but you can’t take less. An overdose of THC can cause feelings of paranoia, a racing heart, or nausea.
What’s the Right Edible Dosage for Me?
With legalization comes standardization. Most companies max out at 100mg edibles for recreational marijuana users. The days of guessing the THC content of your edibles are gone. Dispensaries will have products clearly labeled with THC content and standard dosage, taking the guesswork out of the equation. Considering that 150 mg edible? Great! You can likely indulge from it at least 15 times. The standard dose is a 10mg peice. This doesn’t mean that everyone can handle 10mg, however. Beginners should consider a much smaller dose until they build a tolerance. If you’re just starting out, a smart idea is to cut the “standard dosage” in half and try that first. It has nothing to do with being weak, it’s about tolerance. Would you go on a total bender the first time you enter a bar? Probably not. Overindulging your first time could spoil edibles for you forever. You wouldn’t want to miss out on all the fun and delicious ways to get high, now would you?
Another trend is micro-dosing. This is the act of taking small doses (1-2.5mg THC) periodically throughout the day to keep up the positive effects of THC without the typical resulting high. Advocates of micro-dosing follow a “less is more” attitude. Many micro-dosers say they experience better relief from chronic pain this way. Micro-dosing can help keep up focus, pain relief, and reduce anxiety while increasing focus and creativity. It’s a great solution to those who can’t (or don’t want to) experience a full high during the day. Taking larger doses at night can help with insomnia, social anxiety, or larger pain problems (especially those medicating for cancer).
How Much Should I Take Right Now?
Take a dose of 1mg – 2.5mg for micro-dose. For a more solid high, consider the typical dosage of 10mg. If you’re very experienced with edibles, your tolerance may have built up and require more massive doses to achieve the same results. Healer.com created a fantastic edible dosage mg chart to help give users a better general understanding of the expectation for each dosage level.
At 1-2.5 mg, they say to expect mild pain relief, reduced anxiety, and increased creativity and focus. Expect a slight impairment to coordination or perception along with a euphoric feeling and stronger symptom relief on doses of 2.5-15mg. A beneficial dosage for those with sleeping issues, “social butterflies,” and those with persistent problems. Much more highly-experienced users and those medicating for severe health problems may find their dosage in the 15-30mg range. This level of dosage may provide strong euphoria but could also bring about adverse side effects for beginner users. These effects may include paranoia, shortness of breath, a racing heart, and anxiety.
The edible dosage mg chart continues with levels between 30-50mg and then 50-100mg. Both of these are extreme doses that could rapidly increase negative side effects of the psychoactive properties of THC and should only be considered by the most experienced users. Truthfully, doses that high should be avoided. It can’t be stressed enough that you can always add to your intake level of edibles but you can’t take it back once you’ve ingested them.
Overdosing on edibles is not uncommon, especially for beginners. If you think you’ve overindulged, stay hydrated, move to a calm environment, and consider a potentially large dose of CBD (without THC) to counteract the effects. Most people who overdose on THC do not require medical attention unless they have other severe health issues at play.
Tips for Using Edibles
Now that you’ve got a fuller understanding of edible dosage levels, we wanted to provide a few tips when taking them. First and foremost, it’s advisable to eat a non-medicated meal before eating an edible. Consider it like any pain medication and eat beforehand or take with food (it’s comical to suggest taking food with food, but there you have it).
Always read the packaging and dosing guidelines, as any reputable dispensary will have the product clearly labeled, and when in doubt, ask the staff. They should be knowledgeable about the product and may have some great tips about certain edibles they sell. If you still have no idea how to achieve the high you want, ask them for dosing suggestions. They’re there to help you! If you’re new to edibles, consider cutting that standard dosage in half. Add water if the effects are not strong enough for you.
Be patient with the effects. Remember, THC edibles do not bring on a high as quick as smoking THC, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t working! Instead of absorbing the THC through your lungs quickly, it passes into your stomach and transfers on to your liver before entering the bloodstream. The high can be more intense, depending on the amount of marijuana ingested, but will last much longer, as well.
Don’t forget to consider the CBD -to- THC ratio when choosing your edibles. This ratio plays a huge role in how your body reacts to the edibles, and remember that CBD helps counteract the psychoactive effects of THC. Consumers who want to experience more of the medicinal qualities of marijuana without an impairment should consider edibles higher in CBD.
Always remember to pace yourself! Eat edibles as needed, but don’t overdo it from the start. You can always take more, but you can’t take less! Start small and wait a proper 30-60 minutes before eating more or risk an unpleasant experience! Choosing the proper edible dosage for you is critical to have a positive experience. Be aware of your personal tolerance, take into account your experience with marijuana before taking part.
It’s not about keeping up with more seasoned users but about having a good experience yourself. Information is available everywhere and dispensaries are full of options to choose from. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different edibles and doses until you find that sweet spot!