A Rough guide to Edible Dosages

Liz Filmer
01 Jun 2022

Edible forms of cannabis are discreet and can produce long-lasting, safe effects. They're great when consumed responsibly and knowing how much you're consuming. 

Knowing the product's dose and what edible quantity works best for you can avoid many unwanted side effects. But edibles can be trouble if you don't know the potency.

An edibles strength depends on many factors. Two people can have the same amount of the same batch of edibles, and they could have very different experiences based on the following.

  • Dosage 
  • Type of food
  • Tolerance
  • BMI
  • Speed of Metabolism

Here is an essential guide to edible doses' in milligrams (mg).

1 – 2.5 mg THC edibles

Gentle relief of pain, stress, and anxiety. It can boost focus and creativity. Perfect for edible amateurs or those wanting to microdose.

5 mg THC edibles

More substantial pain and anxiety relief. This is classed as a typical recreational dose. It will induce some euphoria and may degrade coordination and modify perception. If you are looking for edibles to help you sleep, then this is the minimum dose you should take for it to be effective. 

10 mg THC edibles

Strong exhilarating effects; significantly impaired coordination and perception. This is for those with a high tolerance to THC.

20 mg THC edibles

Intense euphoria will highly impair coordination and seriously alter your perception. This is only for those with a ridiculously high THC tolerance or patients with certain gastrointestinal diseases.

50 – 100 mg THC edibles

Seriously damaged coordination and perception; likely unpleasant side effects include pain, nausea, and increased heart rate. This is a recreational dose only for those who are very experienced and have a very high tolerance. It can be prescribed medicinally for those living with cancer and those suffering from inflammatory disorders or conditions that require much more substantial doses.

Ingesting weed edibles in doses of 100mg or more massively increases the risk of side effects such as nausea and paranoia, even for those with very high tolerances.

If you are new to edibles, take 2.5 mg, which is half a standard dose is a half dose. Store-bought edibles usually come in 5 mg or 10 mg doses. Try and buy gummies or something else that you can cut up easily to make smaller doses.

When buying your edibles check that the dosage is clearly labelled, so you understand how they are dosed. For instance, is the whole bar of chocolate 5mg or is each piece 5mg? There is a big difference.

The most important rule with edibles is to start low and go slow. This is especially true if you are eating homemade edible or are unsure of the dosage. It is challenging to accurately identify the strength of an edible without lab-grade testing, which none of us has at home in our kitchens. Take 2.5mg and wait at least an hour. If you don't feel anything following this hour, take another 2.5 mg. 


Liz Filmer