Everyone metabolizes cannabinoids like THC and CBD differently because the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is complex. This means that a dose that one person may find comfortable may be intolerable for another. People can develop a tolerance to THC with time, therefore the recommended dosage for an experienced user will differ significantly from that for a novice.
How to Determine the Proper Edible Dose
We advise starting with a dose of 2 mg to 3 mg THC, waiting an hour or two to see how you feel, and then taking an additional 2 mg to 3 mg THC if necessary until your symptoms go away in order to avoid an unpleasant experience. Finding the “sweet spot” between remaining functional and symptom-free and over-intoxication is crucial in this situation.
Can You Eat Too Much Edible Cannabis?
Everyone’s endocannabinoid system is unique, just like everyone else (ECS).This implies that different persons metabolize and digest cannabis at varying rates. This may depend on factors including height, weight, gender, age, and gender. The majority of people typically begin to experience THC’s high effects at doses of 5 to 10 mg. I know those Delta 8 Peach Rings are delicious, but don’t over consume!
A fatal overdose on cannabis alone is more of a theoretical possibility than a realistic one because the body also breaks down plant cannabinoids (phytocannabinoids) swiftly. That said, many people will start to feel uncomfortable if they consume too much THC. Overdosing on cannabis frequently results in the adverse effects of anxiety, paranoia, nausea, and sedation.
Although there isn’t a set “limit dose,” you will reach it when you begin to feel as though the edible is hurting rather than helping. This proves that it is possible to consume too much! We generally advise beginning with low dosages of THC and limiting daily THC intake to no more than 10 mg to 20 mg (or even less if it is alleviating your symptoms).
How to Calculate the Dosage for Food
So, how can you count the cannabinoids in a product accurately? You must be aware of how much of each cannabinoid is present in your flower or concentrate if you plan to make your own edibles (brownies are a common choice). This is frequently supplied as a percentage when combined with extracts, although if lab-tested, it is frequently given in milligrams.
So, for instance, 600 mg of THC is present in a gram (1000 mg) of concentrate with a 60% total THC concentration. To properly distribute the cannabinoids in this concentrate, you can add cooking oil. Use this formula to determine the quantity of cannabinoids in each serving:
Number of Servings = Weight of Concentrate x THC% x 1,000
For instance, 0.5 grams of a concentrate containing 600 mg of THC should produce roughly 300 mg of THC: (0.5 x 0.60) times 1,000 Equals 300.
The following recipe can be applied to tinctures and extracts:
Volume of Dose = Target Dose (mg) x Concentration (mg/mL) (mL)
Using a 60 mg/mL THC oil as an example, the calculation is 600 60 = 10.0 mL.
With extract, the formula is 100/600 = 0.17 g for a goal dose of 100 mg THC in a 600 mg/g THC extract. To calculate extracts, you must convert percentages into milligrams per gram. Going slow and low with cannabis edibles is crucial regardless of whether you made them yourself or purchased them from a dispensary, especially since THC concentrations might vary throughout the edible.
Fat’s Function in Cannabis Edibles
It’s a common misconception that all it takes to make edibles potent is to just add more cannabis. That is not the situation. The highest amount of cannabis and oil you’ll need to make the oil maximally potent is a 1:1 ratio, or 50 grams to 50 ml, because cannabinoids can only bond with a finite number of fat molecules (lipids). Please take note that many people would deem this to be too much cannabis and would recommend starting with 5 or 10 grams for such a modest amount of oil!
Additionally, different oils bind and transport cannabis in various ways. Canna oils are typically made from coconut, MCT (medium triglyceride), or olive oil. They may keep pretty well, have significant levels of saturated fats, and many people find the flavor and texture more enticing than that of other oils.
Even though butter and ghee (clarified butter) taste best when used in foods, they are less adaptable than oils like coconut or olive, which can be applied directly to the skin or hair in addition to being consumed. Oils don’t require refrigeration and stay fresher for longer.
How Reliable Are Labels for Food?
The majority of businesses who produce cannabis edibles, fortunately, list the combined amounts of THC and CBD in the product and frequently write out the quantity of THC in each piece so that you may split it yourself. It is challenging to say, nevertheless, whether these measurements are usually reliable.
According to a study by The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, only 17% of 75 items had appropriate labels, 23% had inadequate ones, and 60% had excessive ones that overstated the THC amount. This survey, which was conducted in 2015 and featured goods from California and Washington, may not accurately reflect the situation in all states right now, but it is still important to keep in mind.