Adults can now use marijuana in all kinds of ways. Users can buy from a wide selection of indica strains, sativa strains, and hybrid strains depending on the kind of effects and potency they want. Aside from weed, there are also all kinds of unique marijuana products such as edibles, tinctures, and concentrates which can provide an even stronger high than regular cannabis.
But before you use any kind of product, it’s important to know how to control your marijuana dosage. Although marijuana won’t cause a fatal overdose, taking too much can result in unwanted side effects. With that said, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to how much marijuana you use. Different products have different effects, and even individual differences can impact how you’ll experience them.
One of the most important factors when it comes to marijuana dosages is your experience. Simply put, frequent marijuana users will have a much higher tolerance for THC than beginner users. That means that, while you may have heard recommendations from people on how much you can use, new users generally need much less marijuana to get high.
It can be confusing to know how much to take, especially with so many marijuana products out there. Here’s a Marijuana Dosage guide for beginners to help make sure you get an enjoyable high.
Marijuana Dosage for Beginners
Much like with any substance, frequent marijuana users quickly gain a sense for how much marijuana they need to get high. However, new users need to control their marijuana dosage carefully to avoid unwanted effects.
Fortunately, marijuana is much less harmful than other drugs- there’s no chance of a fatal overdose and even in high amounts, it’s unlikely to cause any long-term damage. However, beginners will still want to avoid a bad trip and have an enjoyable experience with marijuana.
Knowing exactly how much to take can be tricky, especially with so many confounding factors. For instance, marijuana now comes in all kinds of different forms. Smoking a gram of weed could give you a nice, balanced high whereas vaping a gram of shatter would cause much more intense effects. As such, how much you should take depends on the kind of product you’re using.
It can also depend on the potency of the specific product you’re taking. For instance, some strains of weed have higher levels of THC and, as such, induce a more potent high. It can even depend on personal differences such as your weight and your mindset.
But while it may take some trial and error to know exactly how much you should take, there are some general guidelines you can follow with each kind of marijuana product.
How Much Weed Should Beginners Use?
Although you can now use marijuana in all kinds of different forms, the tried-and-tested method of smoking marijuana is usually still the most popular, especially for beginner users. There are all kinds of strains of weed available, each with different effects and levels of THC. Although some are more potent than others, it’s still fairly easy to determine your dosage.
Various studies and polls indicate that the average marijuana user smokes around 0.5 grams to 1 gram of weed in each joint. Pre-rolled joints are usually sold with either 1 gram or 0.5 grams of weed, so this makes sense. Many experienced users can even smoke multiple joints before getting significantly high, but beginner users will want to stay on the low side.
A joint packed with 0.5 grams of weed should be enough for any beginner user, but you may even want to use less. The good thing about smoking from a joint is that you can smoke one hit at a time. If you start to feel strong effects after 0.25 grams, then you can stop there and enjoy the high.
Using different methods of consumption can also determine how much you should use. For instance, with a bong or pipe, you only need a pack a small amount of weed into the bowl. Take it one hit at a time until you reach the desired effects.
Vaping is another option, and research shows vaping cannabis delivers stronger effects than smoking. However, much like with smoking out of a bong or pipe, you can put a small amount of weed in the chamber and take it one hit at a time.
How Much Concentrate Should Beginners Use?
Another popular option for marijuana users is cannabis concentrates. These are products which extract the most potent parts of weed to create THC-packed products which come in various forms. Popular kinds of concentrates include shatter, wax, budder, and hash.
Concentrates are often bought in quantities of 1 gram or half a gram. However, even a gram can contain a huge quantity of THC. Beginners will want to split concentrates into very small pieces (often referred to as dabs) of just a fraction of a gram.
The potency of the effects you get from concentrates can depend on the strain and the type of concentrate. For instance, Live Resin will generally produce stronger effects than Hash in the same quantity. However, there are ways to control your dosage and ensure you don’t get too high.
Concentrates are often used with a vaporizer or vape pen. Much like with weed, you only need to pack in a very small amount (even just a small pinch can be enough) and take it one hit at a time. For beginners using potent concentrates, it may only take a hit or two to feel strong effects.
Another popular method of using concentrates is with a dab rig. This is a type of bong designed for use with cannabis extracts where you apply the concentrate to a heated nail and inhale. However, dab rigs are extremely hard-hitting. One hit is often enough for even experienced users, and beginners should stay clear of these.
Another option is to mix concentrates with dry herb in a joint, blunt, pipe or bong. Using cannabis concentrates will provide stronger effects much quicker, so use with caution. You may even want to mix concentrates with tobacco rather than weed so you don’t get too high.
How Much Edibles Should Beginners Use?
Even if you’ve smoked a lot of weed, you’ll likely feel like a beginner all over again when you use marijuana edibles for the first time. Edibles deliver a much stronger high than smoking or vaping weed or even concentrates. When you consume THC in edible form, your liver converts the chemical to 11-hydroxy-THC, which induces much stronger effects which last much longer.
After you consume marijuana edibles, you’ll have to wait a while for the effects to kick in. According to research, effects usually occur around 30-90 minutes after consumption. However, they can also last for anywhere from 4 to 12 hours. As such, you need to be especially careful with your edibles dosage- don’t take more while you’re waiting for the high to kick in, and only use a small dose at first.
One of the good things about edibles is that they usually make it very easy to control your dosage. Edibles are usually split into servings of 10mg of THC. This is more than enough for a beginner user, and you may even want to split it into smaller servings of 5mg or less for milder effects. This is known as microdosing.
Once you become used to edibles, you may want to take higher doses of around 20 to 30mg of THC. However, even for those experienced with marijuana, the high from edibles can be overwhelming. Try a small dose (2.5-10mg of THC) before you try to increase it.
How Much Tincture Should Beginners Use?
Cannabis Tincture or THC Tincture is another popular alternative method of consumption for marijuana. You use Cannabis Tincture by applying a small amount of oil under your tongue and holding it there for around 30-90 seconds to absorb the cannabinoids. Effects can kick in within around 20 minutes and also last for a few hours.
Tinctures are especially useful for beginners. Not only do they provide a convenient and discreet way to consume THC, but they also make it very easy to control your dosage. Each bottle of Cannabis Tincture comes with a dropper which enables you to measure out the exact dose of THC you want before administering it.
Much like with Edibles, a dose of 10mg of THC Tincture should be enough for a beginner user. As well as giving you the powerful recreational effects of THC, it’ll also provide fast-acting relief for things like pain, stress, depression, migraines, and more. If you handle the dose well, you may want to increase to around 20-30mg of THC in the future.
You may also want to experiment with microdosing by taking a small dose such as 5mg of THC Tincture. You’ll experience milder psychoactive effects, but this can be great for medical users who want strong medical relief without intoxicating effects.
You can also use Tinctures by infusing them into foods or drinks. When you use THC Tincture in this way, it’ll be converted by your body into 11-hydroxy-THC and provide stronger and longer-lasting effects. As such, you won’t need too much to get high, and 5-10mg should be plenty for beginners.
How Much Topicals Should Beginners Use?
Marijuana Topicals are unique in the sense that they won’t reach your bloodstream and, as such, won’t deliver THC to the brain. In fact, you won’t get high at all when you use THC Topicals. However, they can be useful for those who want the medical effects of marijuana.
THC Topicals are often used by medical users who want fast-acting pain relief. They can also help relieve skin problems such as acne and skin inflammation. You use Topicals by applying them directly to the area of the skin where you want the effects of cannabinoids.
Since they don’t get you high, it’s safe to use Topicals in any quantity. Topicals come in many forms, such as creams, balms, and lotions. Generally, as long as you use a dab big enough to rub into the area of your body where you want the effects, it’ll be enough. If you want stronger effects, you can always feel free to use more.
The lone exception is THC Transdermal Patches. These are absorbed through the veins into your bloodstream and your brain, giving you a slow release of THC that can give you mild psychoactive effects as well as all the medical benefits you need for hours. These come in doses of 20mg and 40mg. Beginners should start with 20mg but can quickly move up to 40mg as the effects aren’t too overwhelming.
How Much CBD Should Beginners Use?
Users who want the medical benefits of cannabis without the psychoactive effects also have an alternative in CBD Products. These come in many forms, often mimicking THC-infused products such as Tinctures, Topicals, and Vape-Oils. However, the difference is that CBD has no psychoactive effects and won’t get you high.
CBD is also free from harmful side effects. There’s no risk of an overdose, no risk of addiction, and you won’t get a bad trip from using too much CBD. CBD is safe to use in any quantity, but you don’t have to use too much to get beneficial effects.
A daily dose of around 25mg of CBD applied in any form is usually enough to tackle pain and anxiety, improve sleep, and ward off the risk of various health problems. Those who have more severe symptoms can feel free to increase their dose as much as they want.
Some studies recommend higher doses for certain ailments. For instance, in studies on using CBD for epilepsy subjects used 20mg of CBD per kg of body weight per day to reduce monthly seizures. A study on using CBD for social anxiety found that a single 600mg dose of CBD could rapidly reduce anxiety symptoms.
Since CBD has a high safety profile and is safe to use in any quantity, users can experiment with their dosage and use as much or as little as they feel they need.
Although the amount of marijuana you need can vary depending on your purposes, the product, and individual differences, this marijuana dosage guide for beginners should help new users use marijuana without experiencing overwhelming effects.
It’s always best to start with low doses to determine your tolerance before you start taking more. That way, you can ensure you have an enjoyable experience every time and avoid any bad trips. Fortunately, there are plenty of safe ways to control your dosage and enjoy marijuana safely.