First Time User
First Time User
First Time User
First Time User
Have you ever snacked on a cannabis edible only to hit the ceiling with a crazy high? Many first-time users have experienced this unfortunate event. You can’t accurately predict your first-time reaction from a tiny green cookie to a whole slice of dosed chocolate cake. Edible cannabis treats can potentially trigger a much more substantial high than smoking cannabis. What’s more, the high tends to sneak up on the user. Fortunately, knowledge can help you enjoy a safe and beneficial dosage from your cannabinoid edibles. Avoid adverse side effects of THC when dosing edibles for your consumption by adequately managing the dosage. In this article, we will provide you with a simple way how you can easily calculate the dosage of the edibles you make at home.
The Scientific Reason Why Edibles Feel Different Than SmokingOne of the main reasons edible cannabis treats tend to hit harder than smoking cannabis is the delayed effect of ingesting THC instead of inhaling it. This delayed reaction has seen a significant rise in ER visits by weed-using newbies who exceeded the dosage on edibles, leading to respiratory and hallucinatory complications. As with many controlled or banned substances, the reality is that when eating THC-containing foods, the desired level of reaction is reached only after a delay. Smoking a THC-rich cannabis cigarette or a bong will have a much quicker effect. As a result, first-time users tend to eat more cannabis edibles, wondering why they aren’t feeling any immediate effects. By the time the THC in edibles has been fully absorbed into the bloodstream, newbies may have already consumed more than what’s required. They may also have reached a more significant dosage than what is recommended for their experience level. Being unprepared, the beginner or total newbie user may suffer serious side effects such as paranoia, insomnia, and altered perceptions. With smoking, the user is more quickly able to reach therapeutic levels of the cannabinoids, so they will choose not to continue smoking. The THC quickly metabolizes via the capillaries in the lungs, which is a much faster absorption system than via the digestive tract. Dosed edibles are already in the system when the user realizes they are hitting a high. A significant dose has already been ingested and continues to raise the THC level long after the user has stopped eating.
Calculating Edible Dose for Beginners, Moderates, and Experienced ConsumersWhether making cannabis brownies or dosing jelly babies, using the correct dose for your edibles is vital to prevent nasty side effects or unwelcome reactions. Remember, the full efficacy of dosed edibles will only kick in when you have metabolized the food carrier. The recommended dosage for first-time users is about five milligrams of THC-containing cannabis. Spread the dosage across the number of edibles you will be consuming as a single serving. So if you intend to eat only one brownie, then the five milligrams should be the dosage for one brownie slice. Be sure to accurately measure your dose with a digital scale that measures milligrams. If you know you’ll be greedy and eat three brownie slices, keep in mind you’ll ingest 15 milligrams of THC. This is a significantly higher dose and may be overwhelming to a first-time or beginner user. Interestingly, the largest brownie ever dosed weighed in at 850 pounds, and it contained 20,000 milligrams of THC. How much cannabis should you be using to dose your edibles according to your level of experience and the desired result?
The Ideal Dose for a Total NewbieIf you are a microdoser, or this is your first time using cannabis to dose some edibles, use the lowest dosage possible. A starting dosage of one to five milligrams per edible is sufficient to give you gentle relief from pain and stress and help you deal with anxiety. At this dosage, you will feel more clear-minded and better able to focus on your studies and work. A quick way to dose is to add some cannabis-infused oil or cannabutter to some peanut butter as a yummy treat. This is a more suitable consumption method than the peanut butter gelato variant. That’s more effective but may be overpowering for first-time users.
The Perfect Dose for a BeginnerIf you’ve used cannabis before and are familiar with some of the after-effects, then you can up your dosage slightly. You will be more familiar with how many more edibles you can dose and consume without suffering an unpleasant high. If you are a beginner and use cannabis for simple relaxation or to sleep better, use a five to 15-milligram dose. If you start at the recommended 2.5 milligrams and find the effects aren’t strong enough, don’t simply up the intake of THC. Instead, wait several hours after eating the first dosed edible to let your body metabolize the THC. We are serious about this, you may even want to wait until the next day. After the waiting period, you can eat another edible of the same dosage. Please keep track of how much you dosed each edible, how many edibles, and how long it takes to reach the required level of therapeutic release. These steps will guide you in deciding whether to increase the dosage next time or not.
The Best Dose for an Experienced ConsumerThe dosage for an experienced user can range from mild therapeutic doses of 15 milligrams up to 30 milligrams. Your edibles will trigger euphoria, a soothing high, and improved sleep at these dosages. Those not accustomed to these dosages will find the effects problematic and negative.
A Dose for a Daily ConsumerWith daily use, users should be aware of the cumulative effect of THC, which remains in the bloodstream long after the ingestion. If you use weed daily, your quantities will begin to accumulate into a bigger high. Dosages should remain at the 15-50 milligrams per edible rate; however, you can increase this if you start building up a resistance to the levels of THC. What about those who require a bigger high or need higher levels of THC to manage chronic conditions? You can dose edibles with up to 100 milligrams or even higher if your body allows it. However, these levels are recommended for patients with chronic conditions such as cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. In short:
|Dosage||1 – 5 mg||5-15 mg||15-50 mg||50 -1000 mg|
|Experience||First-time users||Beginners||Experienced users||Medical patients or those with resistance to THC|