The world of edibles has expanded significantly over the last few years. If the idea of eating a delicious treat while also getting your dose of cannabis sounds like something you’d enjoy, then these types of products may be just what you need. If you’re new to edibles, though, you might be wondering where to begin. Here, we’ll discuss the average edible dose for beginners and how you can find what works best for you.

What’s an Edible Dose?

Edible potency is measured in milligrams, rather than a percentage. The package label shows you the milligrams of THC and/or CBD in the entire package and the amount per serving. For example, an entire chocolate bar may have 100 milligrams of THC. If it’s divided into ten squares, each serving has 10 milligrams.

The question many newbies have is, where should they start? Different products have different amounts of THC per serving. You’ll find many products with 5 milligrams per serving, and several have 10 milligrams. You’ll also find some products with as little as 2.5 milligrams.

Some beginners find success starting with 5 milligrams. For others, this dose may be too much. In such cases, you can either find a lower dose product, or you can break a serving in half.

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Factors that Affect Your Dose

Everyone is different. A dose that provides relief for one person might be too much for another. Several factors play a role in determining the ideal amount of THC for you. These factors include:

  • Your physical size
  • Your age
  • The other cannabinoids in the product (a more balanced CBD to THC will provide less of a high than a product with high THC and minimal to no CBD)
  • The terpene profile
  • Your tolerance
  • Your metabolism

How to Find Your Ideal Dose

The next question becomes, how do you find the best dose for you? If you’re concerned about the effects of THC and worry they might be too much, start small. Begin with 2.5mg and see what happens. Keep in mind that it can take around 90 minutes before you feel anything, so patience is important. If you don’t feel anything, try 5mg.

Gradually increase your dose until you start to feel the desired results. It may take a bit of time, but it’s worth the effort. You can always add more THC, but you can’t take it away. If you start with a dose that’s too high for your system, you could start to feel extremely anxious or paranoid. These effects will eventually wear off, but starting low helps you avoid these side effects in the first place.

When it comes to edibles — or any other cannabis product for that matter — everyone’s body is different. While the average dose can give you a good starting point, you may find that you need more or less depending on your preferences, physiology, and tolerance.

If you’re new to the world of edibles, don’t be afraid to start low and increase your dose gradually. It might take a little bit of time, but it will help you to find the amount of THC that gives you the best results.