Smoking medical marijuana is one of the fastest and most efficient ways for patients to experience the therapeutic effects of cannabis. This is because, when inhaled, the medicine moves quickly into the blood stream through capillaries in the lungs. The effects are usually felt within a few minutes, which makes it easy to find the right cannabis dosage. Because of its immediacy, this method may be ideal for symptoms such as nausea and muscle spasms. The effects from cannabis inhalation can last a few hours.
When selecting an edible, it is very important to pay attention to the potency of the product. This will help you determine how much of the product to eat, as many edibles are designed to be split into multiple doses. However, the exact potency of an edible can be tough for a patient to determine because the strength of an edible depends on the potency of the product used to infuse it.
Some manufacturers list their products in strengths such as 10x, 20x etc. Although these numbers help a bit with cannabis dosages (typically 5X per dosage, so 20X is 3-4 doses) it is impossible to determine exactly how much cannabis is in one of these products without asking. Other edible companies label their products with the amount of cannabis that is infused in grams. The problem with this, is that unless you know how potent that gram of marijuana was, there is no way for you to tell how potent the edible will be. The same goes for manufacturers who test their products for total cannabinoid content and list the number in milligrams (mg). These numbers can be misleading because they completely disregard the individual bioactive compounds in the plant (THC-a, THC-V, CBD, CBN, CBG, etc).
Nonetheless, 10-100mg of active cannabinoids is considered a daily dose by most patients (depending on your experience). 10mg is a good place to start if you are brand new to ingesting cannabis. However, only you can determine what dosage works best for you, and this often requires experimenting with different potencies and types of edibles. Long story short, look for edibles that use quality cannabis ingredients and use the numbers on the packaging as a rough guideline. Never hesitate to ask customer support about a product, we will be more than happy to give you advice on edibles and any of our other products.
If you’re just getting started with edibles, we recommend you start low and go slow. Factors like your personal tolerance, and your weight, play a part in determining your ideal dose. A 5mg dose is a good place to start, since starting smaller is always the best bet.
Always remember to wait at least an hour after consuming edibles before you take another dose – sometimes it can take awhile before you begin experiencing effects, since your dose is being digested.