Despite what many people might think, cannabis can be used in a controlled way to allow for a comfortable and entertaining high. However, as most cannabis users may know, there are situations where you might feel uncomfortably high due to the amount of THC in the dosage you took. No matter how you consume the THC, it’s important to understand what the ideal dosage is so that you can get a comfortable and entertaining high rather than feeling like you can never come down.
So in this post, we’re going to explain everything you need to know about THC dosages.
What affects the high you get from THC?
First, let’s take a look at the factors that have an impact on the high you get from THC.
State of mind
Many people don’t realize that the state of mind you’re in when you start using THC can actually have a huge impact on the type of high that you experience. This can have lasting effects even after using cannabis products.
In addition, there are physiological differences in the brain and endocannabinoid system that is unique between users. This means that everyone experiences a different kind of high, resulting in different dosages in order to achieve the perfect high that is comfortable and entertaining.
Lastly, perhaps the most important controllable factor is the amount and type of THC used. Different methods of consumption can also call for different levels of THC, and there are also certain strains that may affect people differently.
Dosage guide for different consumption methods
Because it’s difficult to talk about the personal differences that people experience and also the differences in strains, we’re going to compare dosages on a very general level based on how the THC is consumed.
Smoking is perhaps the most common way to experience the effects of THC. When smoking cannabis, the effects are felt almost immediately. This makes it one of the fastest and most convenient ways to use cannabis because you can pre-roll joints in set dosages and then use them later in the future without having to measure out a dosage.
The most common joint sizes contain one gram, half a gram, and a quarter gram of cannabis. For light smokers, it’s recommended to start with a quarter gram and move up as you get accustomed to the effects of THC. For prolonged highs, we suggest a dosage of no more than one gram.
When smoking cannabis, one or two inhalations is usually enough to start feeling the effects of THC. However, as you develop a tolerance to it, you may need several more hits to start enjoying the effects. It’s important to take it slowly so that you don’t experience an uncontrollable high. We strongly recommend that you take it slowly so that you don’t overdo it.
In short, here’s a quick dosage guide for smoking joints:
- One gram, half-gram, or quarter gram dosages for joints
- One or two inhalations to feel the effects of THC, more as you build a tolerance
- Extend the joint as much as possible by doing one or two inhalations to feel the high
Smoking (bongs and pipes)
Smoking with bongs and pipes is another common way to experience the high from THC.
In most cases, there are two kinds of bowls; small group ones that range from a quarter to single gram sizes, and personal one-hitters. Larger ones are generally best for group use and personal ones are for use on your own. If you have a higher tolerance to THC, then it’s possible to use a small bowl for yourself.
One of the great things about bowls is that you don’t have to finish them in a single sitting. You can leave them out and then smoke whenever you want, allowing even newcomers to get plenty of value from each gram of cannabis they have. If you’re looking for a much stronger high, then you can consider different inhaling techniques.
Here are the things to keep in mind:
- Small bowls for group use or high tolerance
- Smaller one-hitters for personal use or newcomers
- Quarter to one-gram sizes
- Bowls are great for newcomers since the cannabis won’t be wasted if left unfinished
A very popular method of consuming THC is to use a vaporizer. These are very convenient personal devices that allow you to load a dosage into a vape pen or similar device. The cannabis buds or concentrates are then heated to a specific temperature, causing the cannabinoids to evaporate into a gas without igniting anything. It’s similar to smoking and offers an immediate high because you’re inhaling.
Much like with regular smoking, we suggest starting with smaller dosages. In most cases, you should only fill your pen or vaporizing device up to a maximum of ¾ the capacity. This is to prevent overfilling the pen and causing airflow problems. Since the chamber capacity can vary from each pen, filling it ¾ of the way is a general rule of thumb that applies to most devices.
In short, here’s what you should keep in mind:
- Dosages depend on the chamber size of the vaporizer
- In general, you should fill no more than ¾ of the chamber
- One to two inhalations is enough to feel a high for beginners
Edibles and oils
Lastly, perhaps one of the most convenient and accessible ways to consume THC is through edibles. Edibles are cannabis-infused products that can be consumed as food or drink. However, because the cannabis is absorbed through your gastrointestinal tract, you can expect to wait around 30 to 90 minutes before you experience a high.
Because it’s delayed, it’s hard to judge how much of a dosage you should take. In addition, the time it takes to experience the high will depend on your metabolism and if you’ve eaten anything on the day. Since it can be difficult to prepare or judge the right dosage, this is something that you’ll need to experience yourself and slowly work up.
So here’s what you should keep in mind:
- Start with roughly 1 to 5mg of THC depending on your previous experience
- Keep in mind it takes 30 to 90 minutes for the high to kick in
- You can always add more THC, so always start low and work your way up
- Learn about your metabolism and tolerance by slowly adding more until you’re comfortable