Welcome to the world of cannabis! You’re in for quite a treat, but let’s take it slow. Everybody and every body reacts differently to a marijuana experience, so CanEx is here to help illuminate some key considerations as you embark on your new journey. Let’s review some key dosage tips.
Important factors to consider
There are a variety of factors that go into figuring out the correct marijuana dosage for a person.
- Cannabis use history
- Body weight
- General health
- Method of consumption
- Sensitivity to THC
Also, setting is everything! Make sure you are in an enjoyable, safe environment where you can enjoy your experience and explore a marijuana dosage that works best for you, your body, and your goals for wellness or your “high” experience. Because cannabis consumption is such a subjective experience, this guide to marijuana dosing should be used only as an estimation.
What to Expect
THC levels in marijuana products are measured in milligrams (mg). Consuming as little as 1mg may not have an effect on you, but it may on someone else, whether they’re experienced or not.
Below is a rough outline of how different levels of marijuana dosage typically affect the average marijuana user.
- 1mg-15mg: This is usually a newcomer’s safe zone. Between this range of potency, the average new user may be feeling giggly or extremely relaxed. Regular cannabis users may not experience any sensation at all from this range of marijuana dosage, but it can depend on the person.
- 16mg-25mg: This is a good place to be for a solid, commonly enjoyed weed experience. Comfortable marijuana smokers may be used to this range of potency whereas people new to cannabis may consider this territory a heroic dose. The higher you go, the more likely you are to experience potentially negative side effects. While these negative feelings are not permanent, it is better to avoid discomfort all together.
- 26mg-50mg: Not for the faint of heart. Even those who enjoy dosing marijuana at high levels can fly too close to the sun. Reaching such high levels of THC can lead to fast heart rate, paranoia, and even signs of anxiety. Of course, this does not apply to everyone. There are extremely experienced long-time cannabis users whose tolerance requires such high THC potency.
- 51mg+: You may be thinking, is there such a person who enjoys a marijuana dosage high enough to tranquilize a bear? And the answer is yes, yes there is. But it’s not something to necessarily aspire to. Side effects of high levels of consumption like this have been known to include hallucinations and severe paranoia. While a marijuana overdose is highly unlikely, there is still the possibility of having a bad experience.
Now that we’ve gone over the measurement commonly used for marijuana dosing, let’s cover the most effective ways to consume marijuana. While there is a laundry list of ways to consume cannabis, there are a few popular methods that take the cake as the easiest ways to dose.
Get The Most Out Of Each Dose
So what’s the best way to guarantee the best marijuana dosage? Well, it really depends on the bioavailability rate of your consumption method. This is the degree and rate at which a substance is absorbed into the bloodstream. In other words, this is how we track the percentage of cannabinoids that actually enter the body for an effective high. Bioavailability is used in methods of oral cannabis consumption, as well as topical methods like lotions and skin serums.
The experience of marijuana smoking is very personal. That being said, studies show that cannabis consumption via smoking contains a bioavailability rate of around 30%. The effects of smoking a bowl or sharing a joint amongst friends can come on in minutes and last as long as a few hours. When dosing marijuana via a bubbler, bong, or pipe, remember that you don’t have to clear the bowl before you take a break. Your weed will still be there when you get back!
This is the most effective way to dose marijuana. Because you are vaporizing the cannabinoids into gas, there is no plant matter lost in the process. This can lead to immediate effects. Studies show that, with the proper vaporizer, you could be dosing marijuana with bioavailability rates upwards of 50%. If you’re looking to experiment with a higher marijuana dosage that results in immediate sensations, then vaping might be the ticket!
When you enjoy an edible or a few drops of THC tincture under the tongue, you can expect a bioavailability rate anywhere between 4 and 20%. Edibles have a funny way of coming into their delayed effects. If you’ve ever overestimated the power of an edible and mistakenly taken another, you know what we mean. Oral consumption of marijuana does lead to intense feelings of being high, directly resulting from the high levels of psychoactive effects. Even though the bioavailability levels may not seem noteworthy, this method of consumption provides long lasting effects that can go on for hours.
Edibles are common with medicinal marijuana dosing because the therapeutic benefits may work wonders on someone seeking a gentler experience.
Let your comfort level be your guide.
Whether it’s your first time or you’re an avid cannabis consumer, learning about proper marijuana dosage may come in handy during the rest of your journey. It’s useful when experimenting with new products, especially in such an innovative industry where potency is everything.
Have more questions on dosing marijuana? Reach out to our online budtenders who can point you in the right direction. CanEx offers convenient, reliable marijuana delivery right to your door, so you can explore cannabis from the comfort of your couch.