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Edibles can be a scary thing if you have only heard horror stories about your friend's bad trip. For beginners, the risk of adverse effects and the difficulty in finding the perfect dose can turn them off from ever taking cannabis-infused edibles.

Finding the correct edible dosage is possible with the proper preparation and considerations. If you want to enjoy the long-lasting benefits of a cannabis edible, our edibles mg potency and dosage guide can simplify the process and ensure you have a safe and fun experience.

What Are Cannabis Edibles?

Cannabis edibles are any cannabis-infused foods, beverages, and other ingestible products that are orally consumed. Essentially, anything you eat or drink can be infused with the plant's cannabinoids (THC and CBD) and terpenes.

Popular cannabis edibles include:

  • Gummies
  • Chocolate
  • Mints
  • Tinctures
  • Sublingual strips
  • Cookies
  • Chews
  • Soft gels

Edibles can provide medical and recreational users with a potent and long-lasting CBD and/or THC dosage. However, finding the right dose for you can take a bit of trial and error before you find it.

The Perfect Dose Varies By Person

The perfect THC dosage varies by person depending on a host of factors, including:

  • Amount consumed
  • Type of cannabis edible
  • Frequency of use
  • Cannabinoid potency of edible
  • Environment
  • Terpene content of edible
  • Metabolism
  • Eating on an empty or full stomach

Your cannabis experience can depend on your genetics, the product, and your environment. Changes in any of these factors can affect how you absorb and experience a cannabis high from an edible.

Edibles Mg Potency and Dosage Guide

What is the perfect edible dosage for you? It depends on a variety of factors listed above, including tolerance and metabolism. Edibles are measured in milligrams (mg).

Here is a general dosage chart to refer to.

Mg THCEffectsType of user
1-2.5 mg THCMild symptomatic relief; increased concentration and creativityFirst-time users; microdose users
2.5-15 mg THCModerate symptomatic relief;  mild euphoria and impaired cognition and coordinationRecreational users; users with sleep issues; users who need more potent relief than a microdose
30-50 mg THCStrong symptomatic relief; intense euphoria and increased impairment of cognition and coordinationHigh tolerance users; users with absorption problems in their gastrointestinal tract
50-100 mg THCSignificantly impaired cognition and coordination;  the potential risk of side effects such as nausea and increased heart rate Seasoned, high tolerance users; patients with cancer, inflammatory issues, and other severe conditions.

The Onset of Effects From Edibles

A big reason cannabis edibles are commonly overconsumed is due to the varying and long onset of its effects compared to other delivery methods. Cannabis edibles can take effect between 60 to 90 minutes after consumption (or more), depending on various factors, including if you are eating the edible on an empty stomach.

Avoid consuming more of the edible if you do not feel any effects right away or even after a couple of hours. Taking a second dose of an edible too soon before the first one has taken effect can create a more intense effect with uncomfortable side effects later on.

How Long Does an Edibles High Last?

Cannabis edibles are beloved for their long-lasting highs, which can be especially helpful for medical patients that need strong relief. A high from a THC-rich cannabis edible can last between 6 to 8 hours or more with mild lingering effects up to 24 hours after consumption.

CBD and THC in Edibles

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Cannabis edibles can contain varying levels of CBD and/or THC. THC is an intoxicating compound that produces a euphoric high. CBD is non-intoxicating but has many therapeutic benefits as THC, including pain, anxiety, and inflammatory relief.

Scientific research has shown that consuming a full spectrum of cannabis compounds, including THC, CBD, and terpenes, can produce an amplified therapeutic effect while minimizing the adverse side effects.

In the body's endocannabinoid system, CBD can essentially block the binding of THC to cannabinoid receptors. Consuming products with a balanced blend of CBD and THC can produce more balanced effects. However, overconsumption of 1:1 CBD:THC products can also cause overconsumption effects.

A higher ratio of CBD-to-THC reduces the intoxicating effects of THC and its negative side effects. Experiment with varying ratios of CBD and THC to find the perfect blend for you.

What to Do If You Do Not Feel the Effects of an Edible?

In some cases, you may not feel any effects at all from your cannabis edible. This can be due to a variety of reasons, including:

  • You took too small of a dose. If necessary, gradually increase your dose after a few hours or even one day after the first attempt.
  • The first couple of doses may not register in your body. Try out the same dose for the first two to three attempts with several hours or up to 24 hours between attempts. It can take some time to feel the effects.
  • There are absorption issues in the gastrointestinal tract. Sublingual absorption or inhalation methods with vapes, dabbing, or smoking may be the best option.

What to Do If You Overconsume Edibles

No one plans to overconsume cannabis. Most cases of overconsumption happen by accident by taking too much too soon.

The side effects of overconsumption of an edible include:

  • Fast heart rate
  • Dry mouth
  • Dry eyes
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Impaired coordination
  • Confusion
  • Short-term memory issues
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty maintaining a conversation

While prevention is the best medicine, the effects will wear off over time (up to 24 hours later). Check out our practical tips for surviving the green out. Don't have time to read that? Here are a few quick tips to keep you safe:

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  • Don't panic, or you can risk worsening your anxiety.
  • Create a peaceful environment around you.
  • Use CBD to counteract the adverse effects of THC.
  • Drink some water to remain hydrated.
  • Take deep breaths.
  • Go for a walk.
  • Engage in a relaxing activity

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Karen Getchell, expert cannabis writer
Karen Getchell

Karen gained expertise in developing training programs and technical documentation as a Senior Editor at Cisco Systems. She began her journey in cannabis as a patient, searching for a way to heal herself. When she perfected a method for making cannabis oil, other patients began to seek her out. An early adopter of CBD medicine, she started her CBD-infused-products business in 2014. Over the last two decades, Karen has taught hundreds of patients and caregivers how to select strains, infuse oils, and extract cannabinoids.

When she isn’t teaching cannabis cooking classes, Karen works as a cannabis business consultant, writes for online cannabis publications like Cannabis Training University, Leafly, and Weedmaps, and runs a CBD-infused-product business.

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