By: Jordyn Raymon
Date: August 17, 2021
When consuming edibles, it is important you pick the right dose. The overconsumption of edibles can lead to unpleasant symptoms as a result of the amount of THC ingested. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis that produces a high sensation. Since everyone’s levels of sensitivity are different, reactions to various amounts of THC also fluctuate.
There are several reasons as to why one body could react differently than another. Some of these factors include previous history of cannabis use, gastrointestinal factors, and the function/sensitivity of one’s endocannabinoid system. There are many people who only need very low doses of THC, but once one consumes more than 100 mg, the likelihood of experiencing negative effects, such as nausea and paranoia, rapidly increases.
So, how many edibles should you eat? The ideal edibles dose depends on a lot of things, including tolerance, individual body chemistry, and the experience you’re looking for. However, there are a few tips and tricks to finding the right dose, which is measured in milligrams.
1 – 2.5 mg THC edibles are good for first-time consumers or regular consumers looking to microdose. The effects would represent mild relief of symptoms like pain, stress, anxiety, and increased focus and creativity.
2.5 – 15 mg THC edibles are good for standard recreational use, persistent symptoms not addressed by smaller doses, or people looking for a good night’s sleep. Effects include stronger relief of pain and anxiety symptoms, euphoria, and possibly impaired coordination and perception.
Consumption of 30 – 50 mg is recommended for individuals with higher tolerance or consumers whose gastrointestinal systems don’t absorb cannabinoids well. These effects will likely be strong euphoric effects and significantly impaired coordination and perception.
Lastly, 50 – 100 mg THC edibles or greater should not be consumed by first-time users. These effects result in seriously impaired coordination and perception, possible unpleasant side effects including nausea, pain, and increased heart rate. This amount is good for experienced, high-tolerance THC consumers or patients living with inflammatory disorders, cancer, and other serious conditions used for medical purposes.
It is key to remember that the effects of edibles do not happen right away. It takes about an hour or two for your body to digest the edibles and start to feel the effects. The most common mistake in cannabis dosing occurs when a person doesn’t feel the effect from the first edible within the hour and decides to take another dose, but a couple of hours later both doses come through and the individual experiences the unpleasant effects of cannabis overconsumption. In order to avoid having this experience, users that are not familiar with dosing should wait as long as possible before ingesting a second dose. If you don’t feel any effects from an edible after one hour, try eating a snack like an apple to turn on the digestion and absorption in your gut. Another thing to remember is that some people who are new to cannabis require 2-3 doses before they feel anything at all, so it’s often best to try the same low dose three times with 8 to 24 hours between trials before increasing the dose.
When or if you decide to eat edibles for the first time, all these factors should be considered when choosing the right dose. As we learned, there are many factors that vary between different individuals, so start small, and work your way up to avoid any unpleasant overconsumption symptoms.
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