When it comes to enjoying the benefits cannabis has to offer, one of the biggest questions users need to ask before using it is how much do they need to take? Just like users need to take the appropriate amount of over-the-counter pain reliever to feel relief, taking the right amount of cannabis is essential to having the best experience possible.
Taking too much cannabis can lead to a negative experience and cause adverse effects like paranoia, nausea, and anxiety. But when the right amount of cannabis is consumed, users can have a wonderful experience. They’ll feel the effects cannabis has to offer without tipping the scale towards a scary experience with weed.
So how much weed should you use? What’s the right dose for you? It depends on many different factors.
The Factors that Determine the Effects of Cannabis
There are many factors that play a role in determining how you will react to cannabis, including:
- The amount of THC in the product.
- The consumption method.
- Your metabolism.
- Your tolerance level.
- Your cannabis experience level.
- Your weight.
THC is the compound in cannabis that gives people the high associated with cannabis. The more THC in a product, the stronger the high you’ll experience. You’ll need to determine what type of high you want and the amount of THC you can handle.
Finding the right dosage is a bit of a guessing game because your body will process and react to cannabis differently than others’ will. You’ll need to work to find the right amount for you (learn more about this later in this article).
Cannabis Consumption Options
As we mentioned, the way you consume cannabis will play a role in the effects you’ll experience and the dosage you’ll want to start with. In fact, the way you consume your cannabis will even determine how quickly you’ll feel the effects cannabis has to offer and how long they’ll stay in your system.
- Smoking cannabis via a joint is one of the most popular cannabis consumption options. Users will begin to feel high within a few minutes of their first puff. Your effects peak around 30 minutes in and will taper off within an hour or two. The type of cannabis flower you smoke will play a role in how strong your high is, so choose wisely.
- Vaping has become the hot new way for users to enjoy cannabis. Like smoking, vaping offers users effects within minutes, making it easy to adjust your dosage and take more until you feel the desired effects. Vaping’s effects also peak about 30 minutes in before fading within a few hours.
- Cannabis edibles have been around for a long time; they allow users to enjoy cannabis with their favourite treat. Because the body has to process edibles, it can take about 30 minutes to an hour for effects to kick in. But the effects are long-lasting, with consumers feeling their effects for up to eight hours. Because of the delayed onset of effects, it is important to take the right dosage and allow yourself time to react before taking more.
There are, of course, more ways for users to enjoy cannabis. Each method will have its own timeline of effects, from onset to peak to fade. Your dose will determine if the effects are too strong or just right but won’t impact how quickly your body starts to feel the effects of cannabis.
How to Figure Out the Right Cannabis Dose for You
You may feel a little overwhelmed with the idea of determining your dosage. And while there is no standard dose for people, there is a guiding adage that many in the cannabis industry abide by when it comes to dosing: Start low and go slow.
If you are new to cannabis, you’ll want to start with minimal doses and minimal THC content until you see how it will affect you. Then, you can slowly increase your dosage the next time you use it. Or, if you are using something with immediate effects, you can adjust your dosage as you go.
Edibles offer a unique ability for users to manage their dosage since each edible contains specific amounts of THC and CBD. This makes it easier for users to know how much they are consuming. Here are some guiding dosage rates to help you get started with edibles:
- 1 to 2mg is a low dose and ideal for beginners or those who use edibles to microdose cannabis.
- 2 to 5mg is the next step. For those who aren’t microdosing, this would be the next step up in your dosage experiment.
- 5 to 10mg is considered a common dose of cannabis in edibles. It is often thought to be the ideal range for casual cannabis users.
- 10 to 50mg is a stronger dose and most recommended for experienced users.
- 51mg and above is very strong. Only those who use cannabis daily or for medical purposes usually take this high of a dose.
When it comes to smoking or using cannabis concentrates, you’ll want to look at the potency of the product and adjust your dosage accordingly. If you are using a flower strain that has a high THC content, only smoke a little. You can always smoke more if you aren’t feeling the right effects within 30 minutes.
The right cannabis dose is different for everybody. There is no universal dosage amount, but there are some guidelines and information people can consider, helping them decide what amount of cannabis they should start with.
Edibles and capsules contain a set amount of cannabis, making it easy for users to determine what dose is best for them. It is better to start with a low dose and slowly increase it each time you enjoy some until you reach the desired effects.
When smoking cannabis or vaping, keep the potency of the flower in mind when dosing. The more THC, the lower dose you’ll want to start with.
Finding the right dose for you will be a little bit of trial and error. Be patient; you’ll find the right dose for you soon.