THC is the chemical compound or cannabinoid contained within cannabis that gives you psychoactive effects. It’s also extracted for use in other products such as oils, tinctures, edibles, and more. THC is the cannabinoid which gives you intense mental euphoria paired with physical relaxation- in other words, THC is what gets you high. However, in order to not go too overboard, it should be used in moderation. So how do you figure out THC dosages?
The amount of marijuana, or THC, you should use generally depends on the product and how you’re taking it. For instance, you might smoke a higher amount of marijuana than you would with concentrates, which usually have a higher THC content. Things like THC Oils and Edibles are measured directly in milligrams of THC, so it’s much easier to control your THC dosage.
Controlling THC dosages helps you have a much better high. You can enjoy all the happy feelings and physical relief without getting overwhelmingly high. THC also has plenty of health benefits, from chronic pain relief to reducing the risk of cancer. Here’s a descriptive guide to THC dosages to help you out.
Recommended THC Dosage
When it comes to THC, different amounts can affect you differently. In general, you should aim to take a moderate dosage to get the positive effects of THC without experiencing adverse side effects.
The dose of THC you should take can depend on a few factors. Those with a higher tolerance for marijuana will be able to handle more without being too overwhelmed. Beginners should start off lower. Some users also intentionally take very small doses to induce mild but enjoyable effects- this is known as microdosing.
In general, 10mg of THC is the recommended dosage. Edibles are often split into 10mg servings, and other products such as oils often make it easy to only take a moderate amount. A 2018 study also found that 10mg of THC from smoking or vaping marijuana induced modest effects whereas 25mg induced more adverse side effects.
However, recommended dosages can depend on the kind of product you’re using. While things like tinctures and edibles usually tell you how much you’re getting, it can be harder to tell with other products. Cannabis strains and concentrates often have different THC levels, and you need to measure in terms of grams. Here’s a guide to help with THC dosages for different products.
THC Dosages for Smoking Marijuana
When smoking marijuana, whether it be in a joint, blunt, pipe or bong, it’s very easy to control your dosage. The benefit of smoking is that you can stop whenever you want. You don’t have to smoke it all- you can take one or two hits and leave it at that if you feel good enough. If you need to renew your high, you can always smoke just a little bit more.
The amount of THC you’ll be inhaling largely depends on what you’re smoking. For instance, strains like Bruce Banner are known for high THC content (up to 23%) whereas strains like Phantom OG have lower THC, offering a milder high. There are also high-CBD strains like CBD Dream which can balance out the effects of THC. High-THC strains will give you much more potent effects.
Usually, a joint is made with around 0.5 grams of cannabis. This is the general amount the government use in their pre-rolls. Experienced users often use up to a gram. A study found that cannabis users generally use 0.66 grams in a joint or 0.97 in a blunt.
Smoking from a pipe or bong is a little different. These methods usually give you a harder hit of THC- especially water bongs which give you purer smoke. According to the aforementioned study, users use around 0.4 grams on average in a pipe. You can always add more and take another hit if you need to renew your high.
In general, finding the best THC dosage for smoking can come down to trial and error. The effects come on hard and fast, so you can take it hit by hit and stop when you feel high enough.
THC Dosages for Vaping Marijuana
Vaping offers a good alternative to smoking marijuana. This is done using a vaporizer or vape pen which heats weed up so you can inhale it. You can also vape concentrates and oils providing you have a compatible vaporizer.
A recent study on the effects of vaping cannabis found that more THC was found in the blood after vaping when compared to smoking. Users also reported a stronger high from vaping than smoking. According to the results, 10mg of THC produced moderate effects while 25mg of THC produced much more pronounced effects with some adverse side effects. As such 10mg of THC is a good baseline dosage.
Different strains and concentrates have different levels of THC, and as such potency of vaping these can vary. You can often find information on THC and CBD levels of these online.
Much like with smoking, it’s easy to control your dosage with vaping. Some products, such as vape cartridges and oils, have information on the amount of THC contained within. However, even when vaping weed, you can control your high by taking it one hit at a time. This makes it easy to stop when you’re feeling too high, or take more if you want more potent effects.
THC Dosages for Marijuana Edibles
Edibles are a whole different ball game from smoking or vaping weed. The THC in edibles is digested by your liver and converted into more powerful 11-hydroxy-THC metabolites. It can also give you a high lasting for hours, sometimes up to 8-12. Since you’ll get a longer and much more powerful high, you need to be very careful with edible dosages.
Marijuana edibles often give you dosage information on the pack. Generally, packets come with a certain amount of THC split into servings. This can depend on the type of product. For instance, gummies are easier to split into small servings whereas with a brownie you may need to split it up yourself.
The usual serving size is 10mg of THC. This should be enough for most users- especially those who haven’t tried edibles before. Experienced users sometimes go up to 20-30mg of THC, but it’s best not to go too far. If you have a low tolerance or want milder effects, you can also split edibles up into smaller servings such as 5mg or even 2.5mg of THC.
It’s important to note that the effects of edibles take time- sometimes up to 2 hours. If you’ve taken a marijuana edible and don’t feel anything, don’t eat more. Taking too much can end up in a bad experience when the effects finally kick in.
THC Dosages for Oils and Tinctures
THC Oils and THC Tinctures are products which can be used by sublingual ingestion or via infusing them in other products. These are made with concentrated THC, giving you a potent high along with many medical benefits. Many oils also come with both THC and CBD, providing a balanced high.
Oils and tinctures often come with a lot of THC. For instance, Moonshine Extracts THC Honey Oil contains 780mg of THC to a bottle. Of course, your dosage should be much lower than this. Like with edibles and other products, 10mg of THC is enough for most users. Although, beginners might want to start at around 5mg or even less depending on their tolerance.
Most oils and tinctures come in a bottle complete with a dropper containing a certain amount. You will be able to see from the bottle how much THC you’ll be ingesting. For instance, some offer 4mg of THC per filled dropper, making it easy to control your dosage.
Like with other concentrated THC products, you can get a potent high from THC Oils. Make sure to use them wisely, start off small, and don’t exceed your limits.
THC Dosages for Topicals
THC Topicals are cannabis-infused products that you apply to the skin. This includes things such as THC creams, balms, body lotions, sprays, and even bath salts. These are often used to treat pain and skin infections, as well as improving skin health.
These products are a little different from other THC products. Cannabis topicals penetrate the skin without reaching the bloodstream. As such, using a lot won’t get you high and the dosage isn’t much of a concern. Products will give you information on how much THC is contained and how much you should generally use, but there isn’t a lot to worry about.
The only exception is THC transdermal patches. These are eventually absorbed into the bloodstream as well as binding to receptors throughout the skin. However, these are absorbed slowly over hours, so you’re not likely to feel much in the way of psychoactive effects. They’re also delivered in small enough dosages that you don’t need to worry about side effects from using them.
Can You Overdose on THC?
Unlike with other substances, you can not lethally overdose on marijuana or THC. There are no recorded deaths from marijuana use, so you shouldn’t worry too much about how much you take.
However, while you can’t fatally overdose, taking too much THC can still have some adverse side effects. Going beyond your limits can result in nausea, dizziness, vomiting, and increased anxiety and paranoia. It can also cause problems for your memory and focus. Therefore, it’s still important to control your dosage.
Too much THC can also cause some long-term complications. Those who smoke too much or take too much can suffer from impaired memory and a lack of motivation. You should also be careful not to become too dependent on the drug- use it in moderation for best effects.
What To Do If You Take Too Much THC
In moderation, the euphoric and relaxing effects of THC are very enjoyable. However, there are cases where you may experience adverse side effects from exceeding your limits. These will usually wear off within a couple of hours, although products such as edibles can last longer.
If you feel like you have taken too much THC, don’t panic. Worrying can make symptoms such as anxiety and paranoia worse. Instead, drink plenty of water, eat food, and try to get some rest. This will help your body flush out more THC while also helping you get over the worst of the effects.
Are CBD Dosages Different?
Many cannabis users may also wonder how to deal with CBD Dosages. A lot of cannabis products contain both THC and CBD, such as edibles and oils. Some also contain pure CBD, which many users use for medical benefits.
Different CBD dosages are recommended for different problems. Patients may be recommended to take anywhere from 2.5mg to 50mg of CBD a day. Sometimes even more. CBD products will often give you a recommended dosages along with information on how to take it. Since there are no intoxicating effects, you can take a lot without any complications.
While taking too much THC can cause problems, CBD is a different matter. The effects of cannabidiol are purely therapeutic without being psychoactive. It’s very safe to use and there are no adverse side effects from taking a high dose. Therefore, you don’t need to worry at all about how much CBD you take. However, excessive amounts can actually be less helpful, so it’s still worth taking a moderate dose.
THC Dosages can be tricky sometimes- how much you should take depends on a lot of factors. Those with a higher tolerance will be able to handle, say, 30mg of THC while beginners may be better off with 5mg. In general, 10mg of THC is recommended for most users. This can get you high and give you medical benefits without giving you adverse side effects.
It’s best to consider the type of products you’re using and how much they recommend. Edibles usually come in helpful serving sizes, as do oils. With cannabis strains and concentrates, you should take it a hit at a time if you’re not sure about your tolerance. Over time, your tolerance will build up and you’ll have a better idea of how much to take.