tips for getting the right dose of cannabis

4 Helpful Tips for Getting the Right Dose of Cannabis - June 30, 2017

Dosing is crucial if you want to get the right amount of cannabinoids to treat a medical condition. But the dose depends on the illness, the strain of cannabis, and the individual. Thus, doctors can have a hard time choosing the exact dosage you need. Here are some things that you need to know about THC and CBD in order to get your dosing right.


A biphasic drug is a drug that has different effects at different dosages. A low dose of THC or CBD has different effects and drug interactions than a higher dose. Some people find high amounts of THC unpleasant. As a general rule, you should start with a low dose and see how well that works before trying higher doses.


CBD is the main compound used for medical treatment through cannabis, but its effectiveness can vary depending on the amount of THC in the strain and the illness. Neuropathic disorders may need a 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC. An anxiety sufferer may need a 10:1 ratio. Most of the unpleasant side effects of cannabis come with high THC doses, so it’s better to start with a low-THC blend and then ramp up.


It is better to take many smaller doses than one large dose. Large doses can lead to cannabinoid tolerance. Plus, you can run into biphasic effects. Splitting up doses into multiple smaller ones will help control tolerance and give you ongoing relief.


There are lots of ways to consume cannabis, which leads to problems about what’s the best method for taking cannabis and how doses differ. Depending on your state, you may be restricted to just a few of these methods. Here are some standard doses:

Flowers – Most pre-rolled joints weigh 0.5 grams, but the amount of THC or CBD you get will depend on the strain. Smoking cannabis is not the best route to go for medical use because combustion isn’t good for the body and destroys many of the cannabinoids. Using vaporizers is a better solution. For first-time users, start with 0.25 grams of flowers until you understand how sensitive you are to cannabis.

Edibles – Edibles are quite strong compared to smoking or using in a vaporizer. Many edibles deliver 10 mg of THC per dose. That said, edibles are much easier to control dosages with. Edibles take much longer to start affecting the body, anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours. You should never take more edibles until this time has passed. Start with 5mg to start. If you feel nothing after two hours, take another 5g.

Cannabis oil – Cannabis oil is extremely concentrated. Dose sizes are usually the size of a grain of rice 3-4 times daily. At most, only a gram is consumed across a whole day in multiple doses. Do not self-medicate with cannabis oil.

CBD Extracts – If you need a high CBD product, you can try a CBD extract. The standard dose is 10mg, but some patients find relief with half or quarter-sized doses. Others need higher doses. As stated before, start small and go up from there.

BHO/Shatter/Wax/Dabs – While different in consumption, these products are all concentrated forms of cannabis. A half-gram of these should provide around 20 standard doses. Speak with your dispensary on how to properly use Dabs/Wax , as you may need a vaporizer or other special equipment. Like with all medications, speak with your doctor about further guidelines for your condition. Using cannabis as medicine still needs much more research before we get firm dosing guidelines. Until more research is done, patients will need to do a little self-experimentation to find the right balance. The good thing is that if the dosage is incorrect it won’t cause lasting negative side effects. Follow the tips in this guide and you’ll soon find the best dose and ratio for your condition.

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