What is the ideal dose of cannabis for your wellness goals?
According to experts in cannabis wellness, there are at least 15 factors
that can impact your cannabis experience. Dose might be the most important factor.
While it almost physically impossible
to ingest a lethal dose of cannabis, consuming too much THC can lead to unpleasant side effects like paranoia
or impaired movement
. To decrease your chances of adverse side effects, use Jointly to find your minimum effective dose
to get the results you want.
Jointly is a cannabis wellness app that lets you record how well a cannabis product helps you achieve your wellness goals
When you report your cannabis consumption on Jointly, you can precisely track your dose to determine how different doses affect your cannabis experience.
Perhaps you will discover that for improving sleep
, you have the best results when you ingest 50mg of THC. But for focus and create
, you get much better results with 5mg of THC and 5mg of CBD.
Our data indicates that Jointly works best when you report at least 10 cannabis sessions
. If you only fill out a few reports and then stop, you won’t have enough data to start to see trends and improve how you consume cannabis.
Different Doses for Different Goals
Your minimum effective dose may be different for different goals—and it might be smaller than you expect.
For example, a 2017 study
looking at how cannabis affected people subjected to a psychosocial stress task found that 7.5mg of THC appears to decrease anxiety, but 12.5mg produced a small but significant increase in anxiety. With the goal of anxiety relief
, low doses of THC are likely to produce better results.
For focus and create
, the minimum effective dose may be even lower. Research
conducted in the 1970s found that 3mg of THC improved divergent thinking—a measure of your ability to brainstorm—while 6mg of THC impaired divergent thinking.
What is a Standard Dose of Cannabis?
A recent paper
published in 2019 argued that a single dose of cannabis should be standardized at 5mg of THC.
However, determining a standardized dose of THC is complicated by the reality that different ingestion methods have different pharmacokinetics (PK). PK refers to the way a drug is absorbed, distributed, metabolized and excreted from the body.
For example, when you orally ingest cannabis, you can have levels of 11-OH-THC (pronounced 11-hydroxy-THC) that are ten times higher
than if you smoke or vape cannabis. 11-OH-THC is the active metabolite of THC, and it is much more psychoactive
There is also a large degree of variability in how people respond to a dose of oral THC. As a result, creating an exact equivalence
between a dose of THC in an inhaled product versus in an edible is “extremely difficult.”
The Colorado Department of Revenue tried to figure it out. They suggested that 1mg of THC in an edible produces a behavioral effect similar to 5.71mg of smokable THC.
How Much CBD Can You Take?
Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. Typical recreational doses of CBD range from 5mg to 500mg.
However, scientific studies on CBD typically use much higher doses than recreational consumers take. The average dose studied is 750mg per day
. Research suggests that doses up to 1500mg per day are well tolerated in healthy humans over the long term.
Many people feel that pairing THC with CBD allows for a more mellow psychoactive experience and less adverse side effects. As a result, when cannabis users accidentally ingest too much THC, they often take CBD to balance the experience.
Stay In Your “Therapeutic Window”
In general, you want to avoid consuming doses outside of your “therapeutic window” to decrease your chances of adverse side effects. According to Dr. Dustin Sulak
, the “therapeutic window” is the range between your lowest effective dose and the dose at which you experience unwanted side effects.
People who are new to cannabis typically have a narrow “therapeutic window,” whereas seasoned cannabis users will have some degree of tolerance that allows them to have a wider “therapeutic window.”
Microdosing is the best way to find your minimum effective dose.
The idea behind microdosing is that you start with a very low dose, wait until it takes effect, and then add subsequent microdoses as needed until you achieve the desired effect.
What is Your Ideal Cannabis Dose?
Finding your ideal dose is easier than ever. Cannabis products are lab tested and accurately labelled. New dose-focused delivery methods are popping up on the market.
But everyone is different. To find your ideal cannabis dose, use Jointly to record how different doses of cannabis affect you. Jointly can help you find the minimum effective dose for each of your wellness goals.
Remember: start small, determine the potency, and add more as needed.
If you find that your minimum effective dose is no longer producing the same effects it once did, you can increase your dose or wait longer between cannabis sessions
Getting Answers with Jointly
Curious about joining the cannabis club and tracking and optimizing how you use cannabis and CBD?
Jointly is a cannabis wellness app that allows you to track and record your cannabis and CBD consumption, including your dose, time of use, composition of the product and various other factors that can influence your experience. Explore our Wellness Center
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