Regardless of your reasons for lighting up, there’s no question that your first few experiences with cannabis and cannabis products entirely depend on your marijuana dosing. Although it can be challenging, it’s crucial for first time recreational marijuana smokers to know how much marijuana is too much.
Basics of Marijuana Dosing with Cannabis Products
There are thousands of marijuana strains to choose from, and the cannabis marketplace is growing every day as new cannabis-infused products start to hit dispensary shelves.
Given its usefulness in providing patients relief from medical conditions and symptoms, it’s important for all cannabis consumers to be aware that the drug affects each person’s endocannabinoid system differently.
As cannabis prohibition across America begins to lift, the cannabis industry is starting to see consumer and producer demands for dosing standardization to help ensure that all cannabis consumers have safe and reliable experiences.
Know the Difference between Cannabis Products
Regardless of the kind of product you turn to for your relief, the golden rule for veteran smokers is to start low and slow with your doses.
Smoking or vaping flower
Regardless of the accessory used to light up, smoking marijuana flower produces an almost instantaneous head change, unless the strain you’re smoking is high in CBD. For new smokers, a manageable daily dose of cannabis flower typically ranges between ¼ of a gram to a full gram that is consumed throughout the day.
If you’ve never tried marijuana before, smoking allows you to dose gradually. Begin your smoke session by taking a single puff from a weighed-out joint, bowl, or vape chamber, and assess how you are feeling before taking another hit. Also, give your dose time to work, between 15-30 minutes, before dosing again.
Cannabis-infused foods, drinks, and capsules are without question some of the most popular products on the market right now. However, because they are absorbed through your digestive tract, they can take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours to take effect.
When it comes to edibles, a common recommendation for those new to medical marijuana start with low, one to five milligram doses. A “standard” single dose of edibles is about 10 mg, but newbies will have to work up to this dose. Even more so than flower, it’s best to wait until feeling the full effects of your first dose before eating another edible.
Tinctures or sprays
Tinctures that are consumed orally and sprays that are infused with cannabis oil work faster than edibles with a comparable potency. Instead of two hours like edibles, sprays or tinctures generally start taking effect within 15-45 minutes of your initial dose.
New recreational marijuana users should start with one or two drops of a tincture or a single spray under your tongue. While some brands manufacture their tincture droppers with dosing lines to make measuring easier, the trick with these products is to let your mouth absorb them naturally, rather than swallowing right away.
3 Rules of Marijuana Dosing
- Watch your alcohol use, especially when you have dosed or plan to dose. According to a 2015 report from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, when consumers use cannabis with alcohol, it produces much higher concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in one’s blood which can lead to an uncomfortable experience, especially for new users.
- Take your stomach into consideration: is it empty or not? A full stomach can impact how quickly your dose kicks in and how potent its effects are.
- High altitudes can affect also affect your reaction to a cannabis dose; this is something that both new and experienced cannabis users could stand to remember more often.
Get Your Marijuana Dosing Right with Las Vegas ReLeaf
At Las Vegas ReLeaf, we pride ourselves on providing quality customer service to each person who walks into our marijuana dispensary. Stop by today to get all your questions about marijuana dosing answered by one of our educated and caring budtenders.