It is important when trying edibles for the first time, or even just a new variety of edible, to start with a fraction of the suggested dosage. When you have waited the recommended amount of time and understand the intensity of the edibles dosage, use your judgment to increase or decrease dosage accordingly.
The effects of most edibles can be felt anywhere from a few minutes to 2 hours depending on the type of edible, the individual’s tolerance, strain potency, and whether or not taken on an empty or full stomach. Relief may last anywhere from one hour to an entire day.
One Dose/Serving is 10 Milligrams
A standard dose of cannabinoids used in many states is 10 milligrams (mg). For most people, 10mg is adequate for up to 6 hours of relief. Individuals who consume frequently or otherwise have high tolerance may need to double or even triple their basic dose. Per ADHS Guidelines, 1 serving = 1 dose.
Baked Goods – 10mg per serving, with relief lasting 4 to 12 hours or longer. The effects of baked edibles can be felt from 30 to 90 minutes after ingestion.
Lollipops & Hard Candy – 10mg per serving with relief lasting 2 to 12 hours. Since some ingestion also occurs in the gastrointestinal (GI) track, the effects of candies generally last longer than tinctures.
Chocolate – 10mg per serving, with relief lasting 2 to 8 hours. The effects of chocolate edibles are generally felt between 30 and 90 minutes.
Tinctures – 10mg per dose or 3-4 drops to 1/2 dropper (approx. 10 drops), with relief lasting from 2 to 6 hours.
Capsules – 10mg or 1 to 2 capsules with relief lasting 4-8 hours. Effects are generally felt within 30 to 60 minutes.
Important Things to Remember
- Start Low, and Go Slow. Start with a fraction of the recommended dosage. 10mg is typical for a normal user. New users should start with half or quarter doses (2.5-5mg), until their tolerance level is established.
- Edible effects always last much longer than smoking/vaping.
- User experience will inevitably vary from product to product, dependent on the cannabis strain used, the methods of infusion and ingestion, and other factors. Lower doses usually mitigate this variability.
- The weight and tolerance level of the user will alter how much they feel the medication.
The frequency with which the consumer uses cannabis will affect how much they will require to feel the effects.
- The effects of edibles on an empty stomach will be felt more quickly and profoundly.
- Alcohol compounds the effects of cannabis. For many people, the mix of alcohol and cannabis produces an unpleasant paranoid effect.
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