Cannabis can seem overwhelming when first introduced to the plant, but there are a few things to know that can help you get the right dose and determine which method is best for you.
Let’s look at the different methods of consuming cannabis and the dosage for each.
There are 3 different methods for experimenting with cannabis:
There are 2 ways to inhale cannabis – smoking and spray.
Smoking Cannabis has no way to adjust the dose other than buying low THC strains and smoking cannabis can be strong enough for some people. The smoke contains toxins which are not good for your lungs and I do not recommend this method.
Vaporize Cannabis means the cannabis is heated in a device that never achieves combustion, so you inhale vapor rather than smoke. This method is recommended by doctors rather than smoking because it contains less carcinogenic substances such as tar.
With vaping, you can choose a dry herb vaporizer where you can adjust the temperature to release the desired terpenes and cannabinoids, or you can vape concentrates in a device like a vape pen. Vaping concentrates is strong and not recommended for beginners unless you choose a low-dose, low-THC, high-CBD vape pen like the Dosist Brand.
Dosage for dry herb inhalation:
To start, you want to find a strain that is low THC content and rich in CBD.
Low THC content means 10% or less
High CBD means 5% or more.
A good example of this is Mango Haze by Color Cannabis. This sativa-dominant hybrid contains between 4% and 11% THC and 6% and 16% CBD.
There is more to consider than just the percentage of THC to CBD, terpenes also play a crucial role in the effect. If you can find the terpene breakdown which can be helpful in knowing how a particular strain might feel.
Color’s Mango Haze cannabis has these dominant terpenes: Beta-caryophyllene (can help relieve anxiety and pain), P-cymene (anxiety and pain), Beta-pinene (stimulating). Looking at the terpene profile, you can see that this strain can help you feel calm and reduce pain in your body, but with Pinene adding alertness, this one can be good for the day when you need some to make things progress.
Dosage for inhalation of concentrates
Concentrates in general are quite strong and not a good starting point for beginners. However, vape pens, which use an oil, can be delivered in lighter doses for a less intense sensation.
Many concentrates use an extraction method that removes terpenes and other plant properties, but some brands will add botanical terpenes. So terpenes may or may not be present when you are using a vape pen, if they are they will often advertise it as broad spectrum, which means all the properties of the plant are intact and none of the properties are present. has been deleted.
When buying a vape pen, look for products with CBD and low THC content. Low THC content in a pen below 30% THC. Sometimes they have the amounts in MG. Dosist pens buzz when you’ve inhaled 2.5mg of THC so you can control how much you inhale. They have low dose options which is why I recommend this brand for beginners.
You can buy a variety of edibles with plenty of low-dose options. Edibles come in the form of food products, beverages, oils (sold in capsules or tinctures), strips that dissolve, and sprays.
There are 2 types of edibles you can buy:
- Sustainable edible – onset up to 2 hours and duration 4-6 hours (or more)
- Fast action edible – start about 15 minutes and last for an hour (or more)
Most edibles you buy last a long time unless otherwise specified, but all drinks are fast-acting, as are dissolvable strips. Any water-soluble cannabis edible will work quickly.
Fast acting edibles can vary in onset and duration, but on average it is similar to inhalation methods with a faster onset and shorter duration. This is because fast-acting edibles bypass the liver and go straight into the bloodstream. This means they can feel lighter than long lasting edibles.
However, for me, fast acting edibles peak after an hour and fade in 90 minutes and my dose is the same. Everyone will have a different reaction to fast-acting edibles.
Long lasting edibles are processed by the liver creating 11-hydroxy-THC which is potent and why edibles hit differently than other methods. You have to be careful with the dose when it comes to edibles because they last a long time and can make some people uncomfortable if too much has been ingested.
Related article: Fast-Acting Edibles Reinvent Your Cannabis Experience
Dosage for edibles
Whether you’re buying fast acting or long lasting edibles, I recommend the same starting dose and that’s 2mg to 5mg.
If you are prone to anxiety, start with 2 mg. If you don’t feel anything after a few hours, you can take more but do not increase your dose by more than about 2 mg to 5 mg at a time. Edibles can take a while to feel the full effect and may take a few tries to find the right dose.
Terpenes aren’t as important with edibles and you’ll probably struggle to find terpene information with edibles, but some brands will have them, especially oils. You can visit the official product website to find this information or ask the budtender if they have this information.
Related article: Why should you always take CBD with THC
Topical use for cannabis
Topicals are products applied to the skin, most topicals have no psychoactive effect however, products like a transdermal patch will.
A transdermal patch is worn on the wrist or ankle and is absorbed into the bloodstream in a controlled, time-release microdose for up to 72 hours. Once you remove the patch, the effects will wear off after 15 minutes.
Dosage for topicals
This varies by product, with a transdermal patch you can wear a 20mg THC patch which will slowly release that dose over a long period of time so it’s not the same as a 20mg edible which is a very high dose for most beginners.
With other topicals, you generally want high doses of THC, especially CBD. However, if you are applying a face cream, where the skin is a little thinner, you may want to be more careful with THC as some can be absorbed into the bloodstream.
Topicals which are ointments meant for arthritis pain, you usually want a higher dose. Bath products should also have a high dose because they are dispensed in a large amount of water.
In general, a high dose for topicals is anything over 50mg for THC and over 100mg for CBD. However, I have tried 25mg THC topicals that work quite well, such as intimacy products.
Know which cannabis products to buy at first
With any cannabis product (except some topicals) you want to start low, as the saying goes. start low and go slow.
Look for products containing CBD, there are several on the market to choose from. CBD helps reduce the side effects of THC and THC helps boost the effects of CBD, the two cannabinoids work wonderfully together.
Use a Cannabis Diary
A very effective way to see which dose and which method will work for you is to keep track in a diary. There are reviews on the market that help you keep track, the one I have is from Golden leaf and they have several different types to choose from. the Patient diary is the one I recommend for tracking use.
This will help you see trends over time and make it easier to purchase cannabis products in the future, as you will have a better idea of what works for you and what doesn’t.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to cannabis, something that feels good to me can feel awful to you, so keeping track in a journal will guide you in finding your personalized cannabis experience.
Finding the right dose of cannabis and the right method for you will take patience and experimentation. Keep an open mind and be sure to try cannabis at a time when you feel comfortable, such as at home when you have free time. Feeling safe and starting with a low dose will help ensure you get the best experience.
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