Dosing Edibles

all about Edibles

Cannabis edibles are food items that contain cannabidiol (CBD) or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which are the active ingredients in cannabis. Edibles can come in many different forms, including candy, cookies, brownies, and cakes.

When consuming edibles, it is important to start with a low dose and increase gradually as needed. The effects of edibles can take up to two hours to kick in (depending on the edible) so it is important to be patient. Several factors can affect the experience, including:
bodyweight, metabolism, time since your last meal, gender, and the ingredients.


  • 5mg to 15mg is the sweet spot for most folks
  • Edibles with a 1:1 balance are ideal for newcomers
  • Low-dose edibles are recommended for folks naturally sensitive to THC
  • Start with a low dose (2.5mg – 5mg is recommended)
  • Wait a minimum of 45 minutes before eating another serving
  • Keep edibles in a sealed container and away from minors
  • Do not operate vehicles or heavy machinery
  • 30 minutes – 2 hours
  • Eating edibles on a full stomach increases onset time
  • Keeping to a low-fat diet increases onset time
  • Individual metabolisms will vary
  • 6 – 12 hours
  • Effects may last longer for folks with a natural sensitivity to THC
  • Do's
    • Have a fatty snack with your edible, it aids digestion
    • Take it low and slow, you can always eat another serving later
    • Keep non-infused snacks around for when you have the munchies
    • Set the mood before you enjoy your edible to maximize your enjoyment
    • Avoid eating more than 2 servings if it’s your first time with edibles
    • Avoid eating edibles on a full stomach, it interferes with digesting the THC
    • Avoid eating edibles on an empty stomach, it can induce an overconsumption event

    How to deal with overconsumption

    Overconsumption is the unpleasant feeling you get when you eat too many edibles. While 
    it is unpleasant, it is not dangerous and causes no lasting harm.

    Overconsumption is best avoided, but here’s how you deal with it:

    1. Take a dose of CBD (edibles, oils, etc.) about four-times greater than the amount of THC you consumed

    2. Chew or sniff peppercorns, they have relaxing terpenes that can calm you down

    3. Sniff pine essential oil, they have terpenes that will help you focus and ground you

    4. Drink lots of water; THC overconsumption can dehydrate you

    5. Call a friend or loved one for company; their presence will help calm you

    6. Take a walk if you feel up to it

    7. Try to sleep it off

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