We have a soft spot for stoner movies. There’s something about the clichéd, cringe-worthy moment of a character’s mom or roommate accidentally eating the brownies they had baked for a special occasion. It might even be the first thing you think of when wanting to try edibles for the first time.
Though we’re always here for the pop culture references, we are also very passionate about the science and benefits of edibles. With that passion comes a responsibility to educate and guide cannabis connoisseurs through the labyrinth that is responsible edible dosage.
We know you must be thinking, how many edibles should I take? Keep reading we’ve got you covered in our edible dosage guide.
Types of Edibles
Edibles can come in many savory and sweet forms. With the legalization of recreational marijuana in seventeen states, Guam and Washington, D.C., dispensaries are coming up with fun ways to turn cannabis into a snackable opportunity.
Cannabis-Infused Snacks and Drinks
Nowadays, this is one of the most popular (and convenient) ways to try an edible. These days, you can find baked goods, potato chips, cookies, brownies, teas, alcoholic beverages, and our personal favorite, gummies, at your favorite dispensary. The reason that so many of these foods are desserts is that THC is fat-soluble. When you dissolve THC in butter (the baking standard), it can then be absorbed easily into the bloodstream.
With these ready-made foods, 10 mg of THC is typically considered one edible dose, though this will vary per product.
Cannabinoid Powder and Infusions
If you want to get fancy and make your own brownies and smoothies, powders and infusions can be a very economical option. Cannabinoid powder is dissolvable, which means you can add it yourself to whatever dish you prefer. You can also learn how to make cannabis-infused butter or coconut oil with any cannabis flower you have on hand.
Remember, when making your own dishes, you’ll want to be even more mindful of the dosage as you are measuring out your ingredients.
How Many Edibles Should I Take?
The main distinction that separates edible consumption from vaping or smoking is the way in which the body absorbs the cannabinoids and breaks down the THC. Because of the long trip from the stomach, through the intestines, and finally to the liver, it takes a while for the THC (the primary psychoactive component of cannabis) to reach the bloodstream.
When smoking, most people tend to feel the “high” within five to 10 minutes (depending on the person). When eating edibles, euphoric effects can take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours.
In other words, have patience, you. This might take a while.
With this in mind, there are some standard dosage ranges that we recommend, depending on the types of edibles, your experience, and your sensitivity. Any ready-made products that you buy will state the dosage per serving, so consume accordingly.
It’s important to keep in mind that some people are extra-sensitive to THC, and will require only a very low dose. Low dosages typically fall in the 1-2.5mg range. Users report this dosage feeling very mellow, with mild relief from anxiety, stress, and pain.
If you’re a beginner, it’s recommended that you start in the low-dosage spectrum. This will help you to avoid nasty side effects like nausea, pain, anxiety, and impaired coordination.
Average edible dosages usually fall into the 10-20mg range. For recreational users that have consumed edibles before, this should provide a healthy buzz and possible sleepy side-effects on the backend.
Dosages between 25mg to 100mg are considered high to extremely high dosages. Results are relative to the tolerance of the user, as well as any pre-existing conditions.
Overconsumption of cannabis can result in some unsavory side effects. Even if you have a high tolerance, it’s important to be mindful of the potential effects, including:
- Increased heart rate.
Remember, edibles stay in your system between three to 12 days, so keep that timeline in mind when preparing for your fun. There’s no reason for responsible consumption to interfere with life’s other plans.
Pro tip: if you don’t feel any effects from an edible after one hour of waiting, don’t take another dose! Eating a snack will increase absorption and aid in digestion, which should get the THC elements into your bloodstream quicker.
Don’t worry, there are no known cases of THC overdose death. If you’ve accidentally eaten too much of the pan (we see you), there are a few quick tricks you can try to alleviate some of the uncomfortable symptoms:
Keep Calm, and Stay With the Group
In other words, stay with your friends (the chill ones), in a safe environment. If they haven’t accidentally consumed an excess of THC, they’ll be there to reassure you that everything is going to be fine.
Hydrating is always important, but it’s going to be a requirement to get over the potency of this high. Keep drinking water to help avoid dehydration (and the accompanying symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea).
Try Some Lemon
We’re serious, the oils found in lemon rind and juice are a great antidote for the unsavory anxiety that accompanies too much THC. Sucking on a lemon will help your tissues absorb the terpene limonene, which is THC’s worst nightmare.
If you’ve ever wondered, “how many edibles should I take?” we recommend proceeding with caution. Consuming marijuana products is a personal preference that can affect all bodies differently.
Our number one recommendation for taking edibles is to start with small, slow doses. Please do not eat a pan of your roommate’s brownies, that’s unlikely to end well for anyone involved.
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