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Edibles - How Much Is Too Much?


Edible forms of cannabis, including food products, lozenges, and capsules, can produce effective, long-lasting, and safe effects. These forms of cannabis are also most likely to produce unwanted effects and overconsumption symptoms, which can be very unpleasant. The difference is, of course, the dose.

Here, you’ll find a chart that describes typical effects felt at different ingested doses. However, there are factors to consider when choosing the right dose for you, which you can read more about below. The right edible dose varies between individuals. Every person has a unique internal physiologic environment and can therefore experience different results with various medications. One person’s response to a dose of edible cannabis can vary significantly from the next, even more so than other medications or herbs. Why?

Several factors are involved, including the previous history of cannabis use, gastrointestinal factors, and the function/sensitivity of one’s endocannabinoid system.

What is the best quantity for a dose of cannabis?

Once you go above 100 mg and into extremely high doses such as 150 mg, 200 mg, or even 500 mg edibles, the risk of negative effects associated with the idea of over consuming cannabis—such as nausea and paranoia—increase, even for consumers who may have very high tolerances.

How many mg of edibles should you eat?

The ideal edibles dose depends on a lot of things, including tolerance, individual body chemistry, and the experience you’re looking for. But there are some basic guidelines that can help you find the right dose of marijuana edibles, which are measured in milligrams (mg).


1 – 2.5 mg THC edibles

  • Effects include Mild relief of symptoms like pain, stress, and anxiety; increased focus and creativity.

  • Good for: First-time consumers or regular consumers looking to microdose.

2.5 – 15 mg THC edibles

  • Effects include

Stronger relief of pain and anxiety symptoms; euphoria; impaired coordination and perception.

  • Good for: Standard recreational use; persistent symptoms not addressed by smaller doses; people looking for a good night’s sleep.

30 – 50 mg THC edibles

  • Effects include Strong euphoric effects; significantly impaired coordination and perception.

  • Good for: High tolerance THC consumers; consumers whose GI systems don’t absorb cannabinoids well.

50 – 100 mg THC edibles

  • Effects include Seriously impaired coordination and perception; possible unpleasant side effects including nausea, pain, and increased heart rate.

  • Good for: Experienced, high-tolerance THC consumers; patients living with inflammatory disorders, cancer, and other serious conditions.

How Long Does It Take To Feel An Effect From Edibles?

The most common mistake in cannabis dosing occurs when a person doesn’t feel any effect from an edible after one hour and decides to take another dose; two hours later, both doses come through and the individual experiences the unpleasant effects of cannabis overconsumption.

Adding CBD to THC can enhance the medical benefits of cannabis edibles, such as pain or anxiety relief, while decreasing the adverse effects, such as impairment and elevated heart rate.

CBD partially blocks the intoxicating effects of THC, so consumers who wish to experience the medical benefits of cannabis without as much impairment can best achieve this with products that contain both CBD and THC. It’s important for consumers to know the contents of each of these components and the ratio of CBD to THC. As the CBD:THC ratio increases, the likelihood of unwanted intoxicating effects decreases, and the quality of the medical effects will also change. At a 4:1 ratio or higher, adverse intoxicating effects are unlikely unless one takes a very high dose.

For example, a person who feels impaired after taking 5 mg of THC will likely feel less or no impairment when taking 20 mg of CBD + 5 mg of THC.