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How much of your weed-infused brownie is enough for a nice high? How does one even measure dosage in brownies? 

We all know that too much of anything can be bad; heck, people suffer from hyponatremia due to excessive water intake. So, if you consume cannabis edibles, you probably have a few dosage concerns. And that’s valid! After all, we all want to have the best cannabis experiences possible.

That’s why, at Elevate Holistics, we aim to provide evidence-based cannabis information to help consumers navigate the world of marijuana safely and effectively. So, we’ve put together this comprehensive edible dosing guide to help you determine how much of your infused treat is right for you.

What Are Edibles?

Edibles refer to any food product infused with marijuana or marijuana extracts. And from what you may have seen on the shelves at your local dispensaries, you can tell there are many different types to choose from: chocolates, cookies, brownies, gummies, lozenges, candies, beverages, and more. While you can get most of these from a dispensary, some other consumers prefer to make theirs at home, especially as baked food products.

What is THC?

THC, the principal psychoactive compound found in marijuana, is often the most used marijuana ingredient in edibles. The processes involved in digestion help distribute nutrients all over the body through the bloodstream. This works to boost body sustenance and maintenance over a prolonged period. 

How Long Does It Take Edibles To Work?

Given the info above, this means that the effects of consuming edibles can last quite a long time. The concern here is that it may take up to 1-3 hours before the effects kick in – unlike smoking that hits under 30 minutes. Eventually, a consumer might take a few more edibles than they should have because they think the marijuana effects are not kicking in. Hence, consumers need to have an edible dosing chart or an edible dosing guide that can help them calculate how much THC they are taking via edibles – and know when they have had enough, even when they haven’t felt the effects just yet.

Edible Dosing Guide: How to Determine Dosing in Edibles

Like most things, there is no one-size-fits-all edible dosing guide. However, an edible dosing chart can help you navigate the world of cannabis-infused edibles more safely.

One edible dosage cannot work for every individual because people react differently to the same amount of cannabis. While some persons have a high tolerance, others have low tolerance; just as well, people want different things from marijuana.

Irrespective of all that, the edibles dosing chart from Leafly provides an ideal edibles dosage for different individuals.

Edible Dosing Chart

THC per dose


Good for

1 – 2.5 mg THC edibles

Mild relief of symptoms like pain, stress, and anxiety; increased focus and creativity.

First-time consumers or regular consumers looking to microdose.

2.5 – 15 mg THC edibles

Stronger relief of pain and anxiety symptoms; euphoria; impaired coordination and perception.

Standard recreational use; persistent symptoms not addressed by smaller doses; people looking for a good night’s sleep.

30 – 50 mg THC edibles

Strong euphoric effects; significantly impaired coordination and perception.

High tolerance THC consumers; consumers whose GI (gastrointestinal tract) systems don’t absorb cannabinoids well.

50 – 100 mg THC edibles

Seriously impaired coordination and perception; possible unpleasant side effects including nausea, pain, and increased heart rate.

Experienced, high-tolerance THC consumers; patients living with inflammatory disorders, cancer, and other serious conditions.

– Excerpt from Leafly.

Tips for Consuming Edibles: What’s the Perfect Edible Dosage?

The chart above provides an insight into what the appropriate edible dosing should be for various users. Nonetheless, you need to understand and acknowledge that people react differently, and all those categories might not cover everyone.

As someone new to cannabis consumption, a good first step would be to start small – never rush into it. Always bear in mind that consuming an edible would give you a stronger effect than what would have been obtainable if you smoked that same strain. More importantly, remember that you won’t feel the effects of consuming edibles immediately–it could take up to an hour before it kicks in. 

What Are the Effects of Marijuana Edibles?

Marijuana edibles often deliver long-lasting, safe effects that provide many health benefits and feel-good results. However, there is also a risk of experiencing unwanted effects when you consume more edibles than necessary. And with how tasty they are, this can be easy.

Measuring THC content in cannabis plants is often difficult. Arguably, this also means that, except for some very specific lab-tested edibles, it’s difficult to measure THC in edibles. Some people find that their body system is not always so agreeable to (what appears to be) moderate amounts of THC. Hence, they might easily overconsume THC in edibles.

In the same vein, the CBD + THC combo and the advantageous long-lasting effects of edibles also mean that patients get to experience the soothing effects of marijuana over a longer period.

The effect you get depends on the edible dosage you follow – or never followed. Let’s briefly look at the benefits of moderate consumption and the side effects of overconsuming edibles.

Benefits of edibles:

  • Pain management
  • Antiseizure effects
  • Relaxation
  • Relief from anxiety, moodiness, depression, etc.
  • Muscle spasm relief and control.

Adverse effects when you over-consume edibles:

  • Paranoia
  • Impaired cognition
  • Hallucinations
  • Psychotic episodes
  • Increased heart rate

The line between these effects is often thin, and you can cross them with one more bite, one more candy. So, it is essential to understand the edible dosing chart and what an edible dosage should be like for you.

Note: medical marijuana doctors advise that consumers looking to experience the potent therapeutic effects of cannabis should opt for edibles. See why your edibles may not work for you here. Although these can also provide adverse effects, the chances are more likely with THC-dominant edibles. The higher the CBD content, the lower the likelihood of experiencing adverse effects.

How should I take edibles for the first time?

  1. Start with small amounts of 1 to 2.5mg edibles and give up to a 3 hour-window to note how your system reacts to it. To speed things up, you can have an organic snack – such as an apple – to help your digestive system get to work.
  2. Read the label. If you are looking to experience the therapeutic effects of cannabis, then you would be better off with edibles with a high CBD:THC ratio. That is, a product with a 4:1 (CBD:THC) ratio would provide less intoxicating and likely adverse effects than products with higher THC levels.

READ MORE: What is a Therapeutic Dose of CBD? | How to Make Edibles — And Do You Really Want To?

Finding Your Perfect Dosage With Elevate Holistics

At Elevate Holistics, we understand that finding your ideal edible dosage isn’t always easy. In fact, it can take some trial and error! However, we’re here to help you understand the best, most productive ways of doing so. With us, discovering your perfect dose is only a few clicks away with our edibles dosage guide.

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About the author

Ally Hilbert is the Content and SEO Manager here at Elevate Holistics, working to publish and run Elevate’s blogs and landing pages, as well as conduct keyword research, competitor analysis, and more. After having brain surgery at the age of 17, Ally became fascinated with medical cannabis and its benefits, and, at 18, had her first CBD-related piece published. Today, she’s been writing about cannabis for the past six years, and simply can’t think of a better company to get to do it for. When she’s not writing or editing, Ally’s side-by-side with her pup Sadie in Seattle.
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