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Dosing Cannabis Edibles: How Much Is Just Right?

One small bite, one giant leap.

Edibles have transformed the way we experience cannabis, offering a flavorful and discrete alternative to smoking and vaping.

As the popularity of infused treats grows, so does the importance of understanding how to properly dose them.

Whether you’re exploring gummies for relaxation or cookies for creativity, this guide will walk you through the essentials of edible dosing.

What Are Cannabis Edibles?

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Cannabis edibles are food and drink items infused with active cannabinoids like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) or CBD (cannabidiol), taken from the cannabis plant.

Introducing cannabis into your system through the digestion process, edibles lead to a much different and often longer-lasting high than smoking or vaping cannabis would.

Edibles can be made from virtually any food type. Common options available at most dispensaries include:

  • Gummies

  • Chocolates

  • Cookies

  • Chips

  • Nuts

  • Drinks

Many people opt for edibles as a discreet and convenient way to consume cannabis without the smoke, odor, or potential respiratory irritation that comes with traditional smoking methods.

How Do Cannabis Edibles Work?

When you munch on an edible, it can take around 30 minutes to 2 hours to feel its effects since they travel through your digestive system first.

Once they’re broken down in your stomach and absorbed in your intestines, the cannabinoids like THC or CBD in the edible reach your liver. If your edible contains THC, that’s where it will be converted into 11-hydroxy-THC, a metabolite that’s much more potent and longer-lasting than THC itself. This can be attractive for anyone needing extended relief from conditions like chronic pain.

But it also means that careful dosing is important to make sure your high doesn’t stick around for longer than you want.

How to Correctly Dose Cannabis Edibles: Gummies, Chocolates and Tinctures

To set yourself up for a great edible experience, it’s important to dose yourself right.

The golden rule is to start low and slow, especially if you’re new to the game. If this is your first edible, try a microdose to start – you can always increase the dose as you go (albeit, it might take more patience on your end to wait for it to kick in).

Microdose (1-2.5mg THC): Perfect for beginners or those looking for a minimal psychoactive high. This dose is subtle, enhancing mood and creativity without overwhelming effects.

Low Dose (2.5-5mg THC): A low dose can relieve mild pain and stress while still being manageable for those new to cannabis edibles.

Moderate Dose (5-15mg THC): Ideal for regular users, this range can give a classic high with altered perceptions and increased euphoria.

High Dose (15-30mg THC): For the experienced edible consumer, this dose range can give you a potent high.

Labels on Packaging

Each label on edible packaging should clearly state the amount of THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids per serving in milligrams.

Sometimes, the packaging lists the entire dose of the contents, which means you would then need to count how many edibles are in the bag and divide the entire dose by that amount (for example, a 100mg container with 10 edibles inside would mean each edible contains 10mg).

You can even halve your serving by biting off or cutting your edible in half.

Gummies

Seaweed Co.’s Pâte de Fruit adds a luxurious twist to the typical cannabis gummy. They’re infused with local fruit and potent THC:CBD blends coming in at 10x100mg packs.

And when it’s time to unwind? Seaweed Co.’s 100mg, 10-pack Relief Time Gummies are your go-to. These harmoniously balanced goodies offer a 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC, easing you into relaxation with each bite. full-spectrum, strain-specific extracts and available in a tempting Watermelon Cherry flavor, they enhance any leisure activity. Whether you’re sailing off the Maine coast, trekking through scenic trails, or simply relaxing after a hectic day, these gummies provide the perfect way to smooth out life’s edges.

Keep in mind that these Relief Time Gummies take their sweet time, making sure the good vibes stick around for as long as possible.

If you’re new to edibles, try starting off with half of one gummy, equivalent to 5mg. A more regular user can try a whole gummy or two to reach their desired high.

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Chocolates

Dosing with chocolate edibles is similar to gummies. Many bars, like the ones offered by SWC, are scored for easy portioning, allowing you to break off a piece—aim for about 1/10th of a bar for a moderate dose, or you can even break 1/10th into half for a lighter effect.

SWC takes chocolate edibles to a different world where flavor absolutely matters. They offer both the Milk Chocolate Cookie Crunch and the Dark Chocolate Coffee Toffee, available in Sativa or Indica strains, each infused with 100mg of THC. Some selections are even infused with rosin, giving you a full-spectrum kick.

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Tinctures

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Tinctures offer a way to turn almost any food or drink into a cannabis edible. Using SWC’s tinctures, you can effortlessly add a few drops to your morning tea or coffee. If wanting to munch, consider drizzling over your breakfast, lunch, or dinner. For beginners, less than half a dropper (1-2.5mg of THC) is recommended to start, while a seasoned user can try a full dropper (10-15mg of THC). Feel free to adjust the dosage over time as needed.

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