What Dosage is Right for Me?

By Jessica Catalano

What Dosage is Right for Me?

For first-time edible consumers, I generally recommend 5mg if you are sensitive to medications or 10mg if you feel you respond to medications reasonably. As edibles become more habitual in your life, you will find that your tolerance will go up with time. In this case, it is recommended to increase your dosage by increments of 5mg. For some, 5mg or 10mg right off the bat may not be enough, and it is advised in that situation to increase the dosage in increments of 5mg until the right dosage is achieved.  For regular users, knowing your “happy dose” or how many milligrams produce the desired effect on your body is key for making the right dosage at home. Most seasoned edible consumers will know how many milligrams work best for them based on edibles they buy from dispensaries or collectives. If you fall into this category, simply make your edibles at home with the same dosage as the edibles you are buying. For regular smokers, it is recommended that you also start with 5mg and work your way up in 5mg increments to a dosage that works best for you.

There are two methods in which to make sure you are getting a controlled dose in each serving of the edibles you make. The first method is a simple math formula based on the THC percentage of each individual cannabis strain used. Each gram of cannabis bud has 1,000mg of dry weight. If a strain has about 10 percent THC, 10 percent of 1,000mg would be 100mg. This means that every gram contains 100mg of THC. If you were to bake a batch of cookies with seven grams of the strain infused into butter, the entire bowl of cookie dough would contain 700mg. If the recipe yielded 30 small cookies, each cookie would contain 23.3mg of THC. The second method is simply using the weight of the flower per serving if the percentage of THC is unknown. For example, if you made a large pot of chili and used olive oil that had seven grams of flower that produced 14 servings, then each serving of chili would contain .50 grams of flower. It is recommended that you start off with a low dose of .25 grams per serving if you are going to use this method. Thus, a simple adjustment of recipe yield or the amount of grams you infuse into your recipe is all you need to create the right dosage at home.

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