Cannabis Edibles: How to Find the Best Dose for You

When it comes to edibles, “How much should I take?” is a pretty common question in our dispensaries, particularly among newer cannabis consumers. Understanding edible dosages and how to determine the right dosage for you is important for anyone who wants to use medical edibles, or even consumers who just want to have a good time. We’ll take a deep dive into edible dosage below. Let’s dive in!

Finding the Best Edible Dosage For You: Start Low and Go Slow

Before we get started, there’s one thing that anyone who wants to take edibles needs to understand. Edibles take much longer to kick in than inhaled cannabis products do. Likewise, they may also feel more powerful and typically last longer than vaped or smoked THC.

This leads us to one of the most important rules of edibles: don’t double dose. If you take your first dose and don’t feel anything, it is generally recommended to wait at least 60 and upwards of 120 minutes before taking more. Because edibles must be digested and processed by the liver before you start to feel the effects, it can take anywhere from one to two hours for cannabinoids like THC to make their way into your bloodstream. Everyone’s metabolism is different, and the onset time will also vary depending on your age, what you’ve eaten that day and other physiological factors.

If you don’t give your body enough time to break down and digest the edible before taking more, you might end up with a dose that is much too high. This can lead to an uncomfortable experience where you might feel excessive anxiety or panic, which is why you will often hear the old adage “start low and go slow” when it comes to figuring out the right edible dosage for you.

Edibles: How Much Should I Take?

Unfortunately, there’s no “standard dose” or “average edible dosage” when it comes to cannabis. Why? Because the effects of cannabis are very personal—each person will react differently to a particular dose, strain or type of product.

This means that you’ll have to do some careful experimentation to find your ideal edible dosage. Factors like yourweight, metabolism, and tolerance all have a part to play, and you’ll need to take all of these variables into consideration when determining your ideal edible THC dosage. With that said, here are some general guidelines to give you a sense as to what effects a variety of dosages may produce.

Edible Dosage Chart

If you’re looking for a place to start, we’ve thrown some of our most common edible dosage measurements down in this chart. Keep in mind that this is just a suggestion! You’ll need to fine-tune your own dosage to get the best results from your edibles.


Microdose Between 1 and 3 mg A very low dose that may not trigger any noticeable effects. Sometimes called “microdosing.” A safe place to get started with edibles
Small Between 4 and 9 mg Alow starting dose for newer consumers who have a little bit of cannabis experience. Effects may be discernible but mild.
Medium Between 10 and 30 mg At this point, we’re getting into higher doses  that are typically not recommended for those new to edibles. You should expect powerful effects, including either intense euphoria or deep relaxation.
High Between 50 and 100 mg This is considered a high dose that is generally only recommended for experienced cannabis users with high tolerances or for medical patients. Effects will be noticeable and long lasting and side effects become more common. .
Heroic 100 mg and up This is a very high dose.. It is generally useful for medical patients who have trouble absorbing THC through their GI tract. These doses have a much higher likelihood of triggering anxiety and uncomfortable experiences.

THC Edible Dosage: Wrapping Up

We hope this post about edible dosages was helpful. When in doubt, always remember to start low and go slow.

If you’re curious and want to explore the types of edibles at dispensaries, we invite you to visit any of Mission’s locations in Illinois, Massachusetts and Michigan. We stock a wide variety of edibles for everyone—from new to experienced cannabis consumers alike. Feel free to browse what we currently have in store through our online menus, and be sure to speak with our team if you have any lingering questions around edible dosages or how to get started. We look forward to seeing you soon!