Cannabis Edible Dosage Chart: A Guide to Safe Consumption


When exploring the world of cannabis edibles, understanding the appropriate dosage of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is essential for a safe and enjoyable experience. Unlike inhaled cannabis, edibles available at The Herb Centre are metabolized differently by the body, leading to a delayed onset of effects that can last considerably longer. Due to this delay, novice and experienced consumers alike must be attentive to dosage to evade discomfort and adverse reactions.

The potency of edibles is measured in milligrams (mg) of THC, the primary psychoactive component in cannabis. Low doses, generally between 1 – 2.5 mg of THC, offer mild effects that can alleviate pain, anxiety, and stress, often without significant psychoactive impact. This microdosing range is especially suitable for beginners or those seeking to enhance focus and creativity without the intoxicating effects commonly associated with cannabis.

As the dosage increases, so do the intensity and duration of the effects. Moderate doses ranging from 2.5 – 15 mg are typically sufficient to produce the euphoric effects that recreational users seek, including altered perception and impaired coordination, while also providing enhanced relief from pain and anxiety. Users are encouraged to start with a low dose and gradually increase as needed, always considering individual factors like body chemistry and tolerance to THC.

Understanding Cannabis Edibles and Dosage

Cannabis edibles offer a diverse and discreet alternative to smoking or vaping, with dosage levels key to tailoring the experience.

Types of Cannabis Edibles

Cannabis edibles come in various forms, each with its own onset time and duration of effects. Food items such as baked goods (e.g., brownies, cookies) have long been popular. Gummies and chocolates offer convenience and controlled dosing. Beverages, including teas and sodas, are emerging as a refreshing option. Tinctures and oils can be taken sublingually or added to food, while capsules provide a no-fuss, precise dose. Lozenges and mints facilitate microdosing with discretion.

Factors Influencing Dosage

Several factors affect how individuals may respond to edibles. One’s endocannabinoid system, body weight, metabolism, and tolerance can significantly influence the effects. Additionally, whether one’s stomach is empty or not, and the presence of alcohol in the system can alter how the body processes THC.



Impact on Dosage

Endocannabinoid System

Determines sensitivity to cannabinoids


Faster metabolism may require higher dosage


Regular users may need higher doses for desired effect

Food Intake

Taking edibles with food may slow onset but prolong effect

Alcohol Consumption

Can intensify effects; caution advised

THC and CBD Content in Edibles

The ratio of THC to CBD in edibles is critical for effect and experience. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive component responsible for the ‘high,’ with dosages as low as 1 – 2.5 mg being considered a microdose suitable for novices, offering mild relief for symptoms such as pain or stress. CBD (cannabidiol), on the other hand, is non-psychoactive and often sought for its potential therapeutic benefits, like anxiety or pain relief. Some edibles contain a balance of both THC and CBD to leverage their synergistic effects, known as the entourage effect. It’s essential to start with a low dose, especially for those new to cannabis edibles, and gradually increase as needed and tolerated.

Dosage Guidelines and Usage

When navigating the world of cannabis edibles, understanding dosage is crucial for a safe and enjoyable experience. This section provides clear guidelines, focusing on THC dosage charts, microdosing, and factors like age, weight, and tolerance.

Microdosing and Low Dose Options

Microdosing involves consuming small amounts of THC to achieve a minimal psychoactive effect, often used for therapeutic benefits such as stress relief and enhanced focus. Low dose options typically range from 1 to 2.5 milligrams of THC and are recommended for those who are new to edibles or looking to experience mild effects without significant intoxication.

Dosage Chart for Microdosing and Low Dose (THC):

  • Microdose: 1 – 2.5 mg THC
  • Low Dose: 2.5 – 5 mg THC

Calculating the Right Dosage for You

Calculating the right dosage requires consideration of numerous factors including individual weight, age, THC tolerance, and desired effects. A general edible dosage chart based on weight can serve as a starting point, but personal trial and attentive adjustment are necessary to find the optimal amount. Begin with the lowest recommended dose for your weight range and increase gradually if necessary.

General Starting Dosage by Weight:

  • 100-150 lbs: 5 – 10 mg THC
  • 151-200 lbs: 10 – 15 mg THC
  • 201+ lbs: Start with 15 mg THC and adjust as needed

First-Time Consumers’ Dosage

For those trying edibles for the first time, it’s advisable to start with a beginner’s dose which would be at the lowest end of the spectrum. First-time consumers should consider a dose of 1 – 2.5 milligrams of THC to gauge their body’s reaction and THC tolerance. Patience is key, as edibles can take several hours to take full effect.

Recommended First-Time Dosage:

  • Initial Dose: 1 – 2.5 mg THC
  • Wait Time: Observe effects for at least 24 hours before considering an increased dose

Potential Effects and Safety Considerations

When considering cannabis edibles, it’s important to understand both the potential effects they may have on the body and the proper safety considerations to prevent negative experiences. Dosages can vary and have different impacts on individuals, affecting factors such as anxiety levels and pain management.

Immediate and Long-Term Effects

Cannabis edibles introduce cannabinoids like THC into the body, leading to immediate effects such as altered perception, euphoria, and relaxation, which contribute to anxiety relief and pain reduction. However, these psychoactive effects can also include unwanted side effects such as nausea and impaired coordination. Onset times range from 30 minutes to 2 hours post-consumption, with effects potentially lasting 6 hours or longer. The long-term effects of regular use can involve changes in cognition and may affect liver health due to the metabolism of cannabinoids.

Avoiding Overconsumption

Overconsumption refers to consuming a high or very high dose beyond an individual’s tolerance, resulting in an overdose. This can manifest as intense psychoactive effects, severe anxiety, and physical discomfort. To avoid this:


  • Start with a low dose: For newcomers, 1 – 2.5 mg THC is recommended.
  • Wait and observe: Edibles may take a couple of hours to manifest effects fully, so it’s advisable to wait before considering an additional dose.
  • Understand personal tolerance: Recognizing how one’s body reacts to various doses is key to consuming edibles safely.

Interactions with Alcohol and Medications

The interaction between cannabis edibles and other substances like alcohol and medications can alter their anticipated effects. Alcohol may increase THC absorption into the bloodstream, intensifying its psychoactive properties. When combined with medications, especially those metabolized by the liver, there can be an altered rate of digestion and metabolism, potentially leading to heightened side effects or reduced medical benefits. Caution and consultation with a healthcare provider are advised before mixing.

Labelling, Legalities, and Purchasing

When navigating the purchase and use of cannabis-infused edibles in Canada, understanding label requirements, national legalities, and where to buy quality products is essential. This information ensures safe and legal consumption of marijuana edibles for beginners and experienced users.

Reading and Understanding Edible Labels

In Canada, edible cannabis products are required to have specific information on their labels to ensure safety and informed usage. Labels must include:

  • The standardized cannabis symbol
  • Product brand name
  • Potency details, highlighting THC and CBD content
  • Ingredients and the presence of allergens
  • Instructions for use and a “best before” date

For instance, the potency information is pivotal, as edibles interact with the body differently than smoking or vaping. When ingested, THC converts to 11-hydroxy-THC in the stomach, which is more potent and can cross the blood-brain barrier more efficiently. Consumers should pay close attention to the THC content expressed in milligrams to understand how much to consume, especially if they are beginners.

Navigating Cannabis Legality in Canada

Cannabis edible labels must be bilingual, displaying all information in both French and English, a reflection of Canada’s bilingual legal framework. Legalities also dictate that edibles must be purchased from licensed dispensaries, ensuring product quality and legal compliance. Furthermore, it’s legal for adults to possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis or its equivalent in other forms, such as edibles, in public under the Cannabis Act.

Finding Quality Edibles at Dispensaries

When purchasing edibles, it’s important to visit licensed dispensaries that ensure their products have undergone proper decarboxylation—a process that activates THCA into psychoactive THC through heat—critical for the efficacy of cannabis-infused edibles.

Buying from reputable sources also means that the products have passed the necessary quality controls for potency and safety. For example, while an empty stomach can lead to more intense effects due to faster absorption of 11-hydroxy-THC, dispensaries can provide guidance on consumption recommendations and what to expect from the edible experience.