The market for cannabis consumables has seen significant growth in recent years, thanks to policy reform and advancements in the industry. Edibles have come a long way since the primitive days of throwing low-grade shake into brownies. Nowadays, cannabis cooking is so mainstream that there are even weed-centric competition shows on Netflix and Hulu.
However, this explosion in the popularity of cannabis cooking and consumables brings with it the concern of what an edible dosage should be. Because of the way cannabis is broken down, it impacts our bodies much differently than smoking or vaping. This breakdown process is the main culprit for people consuming too much instead of enjoying their edible experience. In this article, we’ll dive into the specifics of edible dosage so you know exactly what to expect from the smallest microdose to ingesting 100mg and beyond.
1 – 5mg THC
This is the smallest of the edible dosages, which is perfect for beginners and those of us who like to microdose. Microdosing under 5mg is ideal for microdosing when working from home. At this level, we’ll feel mild relief of pain, stress, anxiety, and other symptoms. Some consumers experience heightened creativity and become better conversationalists.
5 – 15mg THC
At this level of edible dosage, you’ll feel stronger relief from your symptoms. This stage is where most consumers tend to feel a heightened sense of euphoria. Along with increased symptom relief and euphoria, you might also experience impairment of coordination and alter your perception of time. Anything under 15mg is a good choice for helping with insomnia, and Sativa-dominant strains can lead to increased social interaction in some users.
15 – 30mg THC
We recommended against inexperienced consumers ingesting edible dosages above 15mg. This level is where newbies tend to experience paranoia, while seasoned users enjoy the heightened euphoria and relaxation that comes with this stage. This stage tends to be a good choice for medical patients who have developed tolerances to lower doses.
30 – 50mg THC
At this stage, the majority of consumers experience impaired coordination and altered perception. Medical patients who have difficulty absorbing cannabinoids in their GI tract are helped by edible dosages of this level. This stage is also where many consumers with tolerance tend to feel the effects more than the lower dosages.
50 – 100 mg THC
This level is for those experienced with THC. Even in seasoned consumers, negative side effects like paranoia and rapid heart rate can occur. Coordination is almost always impaired at this stage. This level of edible dosage can be helpful for patients suffering from cancer and those with inflammatory disorders.
Beyond 100mg THC
This level of edible dosage is only recommended for the most experienced consumers. Often called a “hero dose”, it’s only for those who have taken high levels of edible dosages. Most consumers don’t need anything beyond 100mg, either for recreational or medical purposes.
Edible Dosage: A Little Goes a Long Way
It is crucial to keep in mind that every consumer is different. While one of us might feel plenty medicated from 5mg, others might not feel much at all. Especially for newer consumers, it’s imperative to take your edible dosage slowly. Start off small, and only gradually increase from there. If you ingest 2.5 mg and don’t feel anything after 2 hours, take another 2.5mg, and so on. Be sure to always follow the edible dosage guidelines on the package. Also, keep in mind that this list is strictly for THC, and edibles with a combination of THC and CBD can affect you differently.
Responsible consumption is how we determine what edible dosage works for us both medically and recreationally. As always, your friendly and knowledgeable team at Green Goddess Collective welcome the questions you have about edible dosage and any of the other products we carry here at the dispensary.