Anyone who has done edibles more than a few times in their life has one of those stories. That one time where they took way too much and had a very unpleasant experience.
The extreme paranoia, rapid heartbeat, and disorientation from ingesting too high a dose has happened to most of us. Thankfully, scientific research has helped humanity understand how to properly enjoy THC, CBD and other compounds found in marijuana.
For those who are new to cannabis, it should be noted that THC is the compound known for its psychoactive effects. People have varying tolerances for THC and, like alcohol in some cases, different people are very sensitive and just can’t handle the weed.
On the other hand, CBD has no noticeable psychoactive effects but does provide an overall feeling of relaxation and is used for a growing list of serious conditions.
Earlier this year, Leafly did a series of articles on cannabis dosing and included an edibles dosing chart which details how much might be too much.
Microdosers and Newbies
For THC, 1 – 2.5 mg is considered enough for microdosers and first time users. Someone in those categories should expect to feel mild relief of pain and anxiety with an improved focus and creativity.
Marijuana for Sleep, Being Social, or Patients Needing Chronic Relief
For those of us who happened to have between 2.5 and 15 mg of THC in our system, relief of aches and pains will be stronger, there will be a sense of euphoria and, depending on how high you are, the THC may alter your perception. That level is intended for restless sleepers, those who have stress in social situations and patients with chronic conditions.
A Little Turbulence
If perhaps you’ve taken one too many bites of that brownie and find yourself handling a dose of 15 – 30 mg, hopefully you are a chronic user. If not, you can experience unpleasant effects including stress or mild paranoia. On the other hand, if you have a high tolerance you could simply feel a strong sense of euphoria.
Entering Potentially Rough Waters
As we travel into the stratosphere of dosing THC, anywhere from 30 – 50 mg will very likely impair your coordination and alter your perception. If you are unaccustomed to taking this much THC, you may experience effects of extreme euphoria or paranoia.
Finally for THC, if you are one of those people who ate the whole pot cookie, felt nothing and then ate another one, you may have between 50 and 100 mg of THC in your system. Enter the aforementioned bad experience.
At this level, even chronic potheads can feel like they’ve had too much. This is where someone can experience a rapid heartbeat, nausea and pain. It’s also likely to impair coordination and perception. This level of THC is usually meant for patients with cancer or inflammatory disorders.
THC can be awesome and it can also be frightful, but on the other side of the spectrum exists THC’s chilled out cousin CBD.
CBD is used for an incredible amount of elements including treatment for epileptic seizures, MS symptoms, those with HIV, people suffering from side effects due to cancer treatment and many other conditions.
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CBD is also a fabulous, natural antidepressant and anti-anxiety compound. If that wasn’t enough, CBD is perfect for those of us who want to enjoy the benefits of cannabis without getting high.
Regarding dosing for CBD, the great thing is it’s next to impossible to overdose and the side effects are almost nil. We’re talking things like dry mouth and that’s it.
Having said that, various charts have outlined dosage for CBD based on the users weight.
For the Lightweight
For adults with no pain between 100 – 150 pounds, 12 mg is the recommended dose. Going up the chart, if the same individual is experiencing severe pain a dose of 18 mg is recommended.
A person weighing 151 – 240 pounds with no pain should take approximately 18 mg of CBD and that same person with severe pain should take up to 27 mg.
If Less is More, Think About How Much More, More Will Be
Finally, if you’re a big dude or dudette and are over 240 pounds, a starting dose is 22.5 mg and can go as high as 45 mg for those with severe pain.
Although these charts act as an effective guide to how much ganja should be ingested, the level of THC or CBD really depends on the individual. That is why there is an old slogan that is constantly being uttered for those buying edibles and other ingestibles.
Start low and go slow!
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