Finding the right dose for cannabis edible products can be hard if you don’t know how to do it, but here’s part of the answer.
Cannabis edibles can be a real minefield. Many people throw themselves into it and think it’s the same as smoking, but they reminded of reality. Even those who use it regularly tend to be a little bit random in determining the doses used in the food. However, there are specific steps to follow to help edible cannabis enthusiasts (and beginners) determine how much cannabis is needed.
The Power of edibles
The first thing to understand is that the effects caused by ingested cannabis often felt to be far more potent than smoked. It is due to a fundamental difference between the way the body processes smoked and ingested cannabis. When ingested, THC is metabolized into a much more potent form by the liver. It explains why the same dose is much higher than when it is smoked.
The Right Dose for You
Once these foundations laid, it’s time to decide on a dose of THC. The following measures are a general rule determined by experience and evidence, as there is little scientific research on the dosage of edible cannabis. Therefore, you should keep in mind that these doses will have a different effect on different people.
- 2mg – This is considered the threshold dose for people with frequent consumption. This dose is unlikely to be a problem.
- 2.5mg – This dose is famous for those seeking to reduce social anxiety, improve concentration, or stimulate the appetite. It often compared to how it feels to be a little drunk on alcohol.
- 5mg – Virtually all occasional consumers report experiencing a significant effect. This dose usually causes pleasant sensations and stimulates the appetite.
- 10mg – occasional users report a strong effect. It causes power sensations, power psychoactivity, and significant distraction from pain. Most REGULAR consumers consider 10mg to be a pleasant base dose.
- 15mg – most occasional consumers report this dose as unpleasantly high. Regular consumers often reported 15mg as a standard high dose.
- 20mg -most regular consumers find that 20mg causes powerful sensations, power psychoactivity, and significant distraction from pain.
- 25+mg – This level often considered uncomfortable for regular consumers. However, the more cannabis you use, the more your body gets used to it. For this reason, daily users often need to increase their dose frequently as they become accustomed to it.
Note: All of this is taken from anecdotal reports and testimonials and does not take into account factors such as variation in CBD content.
Practical Applications of Dosing in the Kitchen
It’s all well and good to know how much THC is right for you, but you need to be able to translate it into a practical way of knowing how to use the cannabis in your kitchen. To do this, you first need to determine the THC percentage of the cannabis you have. If you have grown it yourself or know the variety you have, you should be able to get this by looking up the variety description on the internet.
Each gram of cannabis heads, therefore, contains 1,000 mg of dry substance. So, if you have a 20% THC variety, 1 gram of buds is equivalent to 200mg of THC. With one gram of this 20% THC cannabis, you can create 10 doses of 20 mg. If you have one gram of a 10% THC weed, you can create 10 at 10 mg or 5 at 20mg and so on.
With this information, you can determine the strength of each serving of your cannabis food and the amount of cannabis needed to achieve that strength. Of course, this guide is crude and assumes that cannabis evenly distributed in your paste, recipe (or any other food you prepare). It is best to use this guide as a basis on which to build through your experiments.