Explore SunMed’s THC edible dosage chart to learn your ideal THC edible dosage and to discover more about THC edibles.

THC Edible Dosage: A Quick Chart 

If you’ve ever tried THC edibles, you probably already know that finding the right dose is key to having a positive experience. If you’re considering trying edibles for the first time, you might be feeling confused by the conflicting information out there about what constitutes “the right dose” for beginners. Whether it’s your first time or your fiftieth, check out our THC edibles chart below to find the right dose for you.

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How to Determine the Best THC Edible Dosage

Determining the ideal THC edible dosage is personal - what’s best for you is influenced by tolerance, metabolism, previous experience, with potential effects from factors such as gender and body weight. 

In our experience, it’s best to start low and slow, with 2.5mg or less for beginners. Observe effects after 1-2 hours before considering more. Listen to your body's signals. If you’re trying to zero in on that perfect dose, you can keep a dosage journal to track your journey, empowering you to fine-tune your consumption over time.

What THC Edible Dosage Should You Take the First Time?

For first-timers, a conservative THC edible dosage is key to a positive experience. We recommend 2.5mg to gauge your sensitivity and response, but you can start even lower if you’re more comfortable. Allow 2-4 hours to pass before taking more. This approach ensures a more comfortable introduction to THC-infused edibles and will help you avoid the adverse side effects of overconsumption.

What THC Edible Dosage is Best for Experienced Cannabis Users?

Experienced cannabis users often find their sweet spot with THC edibles ranging from 10-30mg. However, individual tolerance varies, and it's essential to consider factors like metabolism and desired intensity. Experimenting with various doses in a positive setting allows both recreational and medical users to tailor their experience over time.

THC Edible Dosage Chart

THC per Dose Dose Category Potential Effects Recommended for Recommended edibles
1-2.5mg Microdose Gentle relaxation, mood enhancement, mild pain, anxiety, and nausea relief. Beginners & low-tolerance users Low-dose or partial gummies, mints
2.5-5mg Low Subtle euphoria and mood enhancement. Feeling of intoxication for low-tolerance users.  New, inconsistent, or low-tolerance users.  Gummies, infused seltzers 
5-15mg Moderate Euphoria, relaxation, mood elevation. May aid with sleep, pain, anxiety, and nausea. Can be overwhelming for new users.  Intermediate and experienced users.  Gummies, chocolates, baked goods, candies
15-30mg High Intense euphoria and heightened sensory changes. Impaired coordination. May be helpful for people with chronic pain.  Experienced edible users  Gummies, chocolates, and other candies
30mg+ Macrodose Possibility for intense euphoria and psychedelic effects. May cause anxiety and not recommended for those dealing with severe mental health issues.  Experienced users Infused shots, tinctures, gummies, chocolates

Tips for Safely Consuming THC Edibles

To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience while consuming THC edibles, follow these tips: 

  • Start Low, Go Slow: Initiate with a small dose, especially for beginners, and gradually increase to find your comfort zone.

  • Patience is Key: Allow 1-2 hours for effects before considering more to avoid overconsumption.

  • Stay Hydrated: Counteract potential dry mouth by staying well-hydrated throughout your experience.

  • Know Your Limits: Understand your tolerance and tailor your dosage accordingly for a safe, positive experience.

  • Choose a Comfortable Setting: Create a relaxed environment to enhance the overall enjoyment and safety of your edible journey.

  • Give Yourself Time: Effects of edibles can last for many hours. Cannabis smokers who try edibles are often surprised by the duration. Give yourself plenty of time for the experience, especially at higher doses.

  • Label Awareness: Thoroughly read product labels for accurate dosing information and potential allergens.

  • No Mixing: Avoid combining THC edibles with alcohol or other substances to stay safe and keep your experience predictable.

  • Seek Professional Advice: Consult with experienced budtenders or healthcare professionals for personalized guidance on dosage and consumption methods.

Guidelines for Increasing THC Edible Dosage Safely

If you’re increasing your edible dosage, adopt a gradual approach. Increase in small increments, perhaps 2.5-5mg at a time depending on your starting dose, and observe how your body reacts. 

Allow ample time between adjustments, typically a few days, to fully realize the effects before considering further increases. By proceeding slowly and attentively, you can customize your THC experience while minimizing the risk of overwhelming effects of higher doses

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What are the Risks of Exceeding Recommended THC Edible Dosage?

Exceeding recommended THC edible dosages can lead to adverse effects, including heightened anxiety, paranoia, extreme sedation, agitation, cardiac stress, and vomiting. 

Users looking for relief from anxiety need to be especially cautious - while THC and CBD can be super helpful for relaxation and a reduction in anxiety for many people, overconsumption can worsen it, especially for those prone to paranoia. 

Symptoms of overconsumption present differently for different people, so as you adjust to THC edibles, be sure to note how your body and mind react at various levels so you can stay within a safe and comfortable range for your body. It’s always better to take less than overdo it and end up with an adverse experience. Remember: start low and go slow!

THC Edible FAQs

How Long Does an Edible High Last?

The duration of a THC edible high varies but typically lasts between 4 to 8 hours. Factors such as dosage, individual metabolism, tolerance, and type of edible influence the length of the experience. Expect a gradual onset, a peak, often occurring around 3 hours after consumption, and a gradual decline. Some people feel tired after the dose wears off.

SunMed Sunnies multicolor THC gummies stacked in a pyramid

Can you Overdose on THC edibles?

While a THC overdose is unlikely to be fatal, overconsumption can lead to intense discomfort, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, agitation, paranoia, and hallucinations. All in all, overconsumption is not a good time. 

The most common problem is impatience - inexperienced users often think the first dose “didn’t do anything” and take a second dose when in reality the first one has not yet kicked in. That’s why it’s key to wait at least two to four hours after eating an edible to decide whether to take more. 

What Type of Edibles Get You the Highest?

Edibles with higher THC concentrations, such as baked goods, chocolates, and candies, are more likely to induce an intense experience or high. However, the intensity also depends on the terpene profile of the strain, personal tolerance, metabolism, and the overall quality of the product. Check the label for THC and CBD amounts before consuming.

What’s the Difference Between THC and CBD edibles?

CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are distinct cannabinoids with different effects. While THC induces psychoactive highs, CBD provides non-intoxicating relaxation. THC edibles offer euphoria, while CBD edibles focus on therapeutic benefits without the "high." Understanding these differences ensures you choose the right edibles for your desired experience.

Edibles that contain both THC and CBD often provide a more balanced experience for users. Try out different edibles to see what works best for you.

Can I Trust the THC Dosage Information on Edible Product Labels?

In states like Maryland, strict testing guidelines and procedures are in place to ensure that the product claims on the label match precisely what’s in the package. This is especially true for THC levels, which are strongly regulated. Homemade treats are way less likely to have even dosage, though, so be especially cautious when you aren’t getting your edibles from a trusted source like SunMed.

What Should I Do if I Experience Discomfort or Side Effects After Consuming a THC Edible?

If discomfort arises, remain calm. Hydrate, eat a light snack, and find a quiet, familiar, and safe space. CBD, found in some cannabis strains, may help counteract THC effects. If your symptoms are mental rather than physical, (ie heightened anxiety or a feeling of paranoia) try to do a familiar activity that captures your attention, such as watching a favorite movie or playing a game.

If symptoms escalate, you can seek medical attention. Always prioritize your well-being and safety.

Try a Tasty THC Treat: Explore SunMed’s Edibles

Dive into a world of premium, sun grown cannabis experiences with SunMed's delicious range of edibles. From precisely dosed chocolates to yummy gummies, our products offer quality, potency, and consistency. Find the right THC edible for you at a SunMed dispensary.

Erin Tyszko