Last updated September 2, 2022.
One of the biggest benefits brought by the legalization of cannabis is the ability of consumers to more confidently control their cannabis dose. Cannabis growers, manufacturers, and retailers are now held accountable for the potency, consistency, and safety of their products. As a result, consumers can easily determine what is and isn’t in the cannabis products they get from a licensed dispensary, because products are also required to be clearly labeled with potency and dosing information. This makes it easier and safer for consumers to enjoy their cannabis, and to replicate that experience again and again. Knowing how much cannabis to take just became a lot easier.
Finding Your Ideal Cannabis Dose
Cannabis experts agree that a safe dose of cannabis is different for each individual. The ideal dose is determined by the composition of each individual’s endocannabinoid system and their previous cannabis experience. In general, however, when it comes to THC (the compound responsible for producing cannabis’ euphoric, mind-altering effects) 1-5 milligrams is considered a low dose, 6-15 milligrams a medium dose, 16-30 milligrams a high dose, and >30 milligrams a very high dose. Consuming over 30 milligrams (or 5 grams of dried cannabis flower) of THC per day is typically not advised except for individuals with serious medical conditions, as the risks of experiencing adverse effects and reduced efficacy tend to increase.
When it comes to CBD, dosing can be more forgiving. While there are no established guidelines for CBD dosing, individuals may experience benefits starting at 5 milligrams.
Cannabis laws require that cannabis products be clearly labeled with potency and dose information. Cannabis-infused chocolate bars, for example, are often manufactured in 5-10 milligram portions. This helps the consumer ingest the correct amount for the most positive experience. Other products such as hard candies and tinctures also take the guesswork out of dosing with precise formulas.
When in Doubt, Titrate
New cannabis consumers can benefit from titration. Titration involves taking a very small dose initially, then gradually increasing the dose each day until reaching the most beneficial dose for the circumstance. Research shows that through the process of titration, consumers can avoid taking more cannabis than is needed to achieve their desired results. This also reduces one’s chance of experiencing adverse side effects, such as paranoia or anxiety. Consumers are advised to keep a journal to record their experiences with different doses, product types, and strains in order to find the ideal dose.
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