Now that the world is beginning to treat cannabis as a medicine, it’s necessary to think about dosage. Despite the fact that cannabis has been legalized for therapeutic use in Canada, the USA, Australia, and many other parts of the world, there is still no international standard for cannabis dosage. 

This could be the case for a number of reasons. Firstly, science has yet to identify a fatally toxic dose of cannabis. With that in mind, there’s no single dose a person could take that would dramatically affect their health or wellbeing. This could be one reason.

Another plausible explanation for the lack of a standard dose guide is that at the time cannabis was legalized, there were still a lot of gaps in the understanding of optimal dosing. In a professional sense, those gaps still exist, with many cannabis patients finding the right dose through trial and error. 

With all of that in mind, remember that this is a guide for cannabis dosing. Many factors will contribute to what you finally choose as your optimum dose, and as your condition progresses or improves, your optimal dose might change. 

This is a comprehensive guide on dosing for edibles, tinctures, oils, and topical treatments. We’ll briefly cover smoking and vaporizing, as these are still legitimate forms of medicinal cannabis consumption. However, dosage is less of an issue with these forms of cannabis consumption.

Factors that affect how much you need to take.

There are a few different factors that will affect how large of a cannabis dose you need to take. Remember, these are factors to consider, rather than hard and fast rules.

Weight

As you might imagine is the case with a lot of medications, body weight plays an important factor. Typically, for smaller people, smaller doses are required, and the opposite applies to bigger people. 

Metabolism

Metabolism is another factor that contributes to how strong a drug affects a person. Naturally, the longer a drug takes to pass through metabolic processes, the longer it takes to have an effect. It might also have a less pronounced effect as the “therapeutic dose” never quite arrives in a single moment. Therefore, those with slower metabolisms should consider this when starting their dosing regimen.

Smoking and vaporizing.

A strict dosing regimen is nearly impossible to achieve with smoking or vaporizing. There’s no real way of knowing the exact cannabinoid concentration in any given herbal sample. Then, there’s no real knowing how much of those cannabinoids were lost during combustion. 

Vape juices typically advertise the cannabinoid concentration on the bottle. But again, the amount of cannabinoids that actually arrive in your body is purely an estimation. 

That doesn’t mean that smoking and vaporizing can’t be used therapeutically. However, they shouldn’t be used in circumstances where the individual requires a strict dosing regimen. It can be used, however, in acute situations (such as anxiety attacks) where immediate relief is required. 

Dose can simply be controlled by abstaining from further use once the effects are where you want them to be. In short — stop smoking when you’ve had enough.

Dosage guide for THC edibles.

Edibles are the least bioavailable way to consume cannabinoids. Bioavailability refers to the amount of cannabinoids that actually arrive at target tissues. Because edible cannabis must pass through digestive processes such as stomach acid and liver digestion, some of it is simply lost. 

At the same time, edibles produce effects much more long-lasting than other forms of cannabis consumption. It’s also very easy to accidentally take too much. 

When you are using this guide, remember factors such as weight and metabolism. This dosage guide for edibles is for the average person. If you consider yourself heavier or having a slower metabolism than the average person, you may need a higher dose than what’s outlined here. 

A guide on how to consume edibles, by My Supply Co

If you believe you should be using more than 50mg THC per dose, we highly recommend that you do so under the guidance of a cannabis doctor. This isn’t because cannabis is unsafe at higher doses. However, if your medical condition necessitates higher doses, it is best done so under the guidance of a medical professional.

Dosage guide for THC tinctures.

Tinctures are received by the body faster and easier than edibles. The effects don’t last as long as edibles, but are specifically useful when faster therapeutic action is required. For maximum bioavailability, tinctures should be dropped under the tongue and left to dissolve through the mucous membranes. If swallowed, the tincture will take longer to take effect.

Depending on the reason you’re using THC, you may wish to spread your dose out over the entire day. This ensures lasting effects. If you’re using it for insomnia, for example, it would be best to take the entire dose before bed.

Tinctures offer a very flexible dosing regimen. For this reason, we recommend starting at a low dose and increasing your dose each day until you find the perfect one. Here are some starting points, depending on the severity of the problem.

A guide on how to dose tinctures, by My Supply Co

We recommend the following regimen to find your perfect dose within this framework:

  • Take 5mg in the morning and 5mg at night for the first three days.
  • Increase by 2.5 mg in the evenings for days 4-7.
  • Take 10mg in the morning and 10mg in the evening for 7 days.
  • Increase each dose by 2.5 mg every three days until the perfect dose is found. 

Topicals dosage guide.

When it comes to topical treatment with cannabis (THC or CBD), cannabinoid concentration matters a lot. Lower cannabinoid levels can typically improve skin health and address minor skin irritations, but for the treatment of muscular pain or inflammation, higher concentrations are required. Most commercially available cannabis topicals do not contain cannabinoid concentrations high enough to be considered suitable for muscle pain or inflammation. We’ve put together this guide so you know which topical is appropriate for which reasons.

A guide on how to dose topicals, by My Supply Co

CBD dosage guide.

We know that when it comes to CBD, things are a little different than THC. That’s why we’ve included this guide specifically for dosing CBD. To start with, CBD doesn’t have psychoactive properties, so there’s some more leniency when it comes to dosing. It’s still appropriate for most people to use higher doses of CBD while maintaining the ability to work and drive, for example. 

We also recommend low doses of CBD if it’s being used for everyday health and wellbeing, but recommend higher doses for symptomatic relief. We’ve also included weight ranges for our dosage suggestions to make it easier to factor in weight.

A guide on how to consume CBD based on severity of complaint, by My Supply Co

Understanding how to calculate a dose from your bottle of CBD oil

For some people, it’s all a little too complicated to figure out how to get 10mg of CBD out of their 30 mL, 1000mg bottle of CBD oil. We’ve included this visual breakdown so that you don’t have to get all mathematical on your own. It shows you the mg of CBD in each drop, so that you know exactly how many drops to take to make up your dose.

A reference guide for calculating different doses based on concentrations and bottle volume, by My Supply Co

How to use this reference chart

To use this reference chart you should:

  1. Check how many milligrams are in your bottle of CBD
  2. Check the volume of your CBD tincture bottle
  3. Refer to the reference guide on how many mg of CBD is in each drop, and take as many drops as required to achieve your dose

Example 1:

You want to take 10mg of CBD. You have a 350 mg CBD tincture in a 15 mL bottle. According to the chart, each drop will contain 1.17 mg. To achieve a 10 mg dose, you should take 9 drops.

Example 2:

You want to take 25 mg of CBD. You have a 750 mg CBD tincture in a 30 mL bottle. According to the chart, each drop contains 1.25 mg. To achieve a 25 mg dose, you need to take 20 drops.

Pay attention to your body’s response

Let all of this serve as a useful guide on doses for different cannabis forms. At the same time, watch your body and how it responds. It may take some time to find your perfect dose or the perfect combination of doses. You might also find that over time, your needs change, and so does your dose of cannabis. Let your body guide the way, and don’t forget to enjoy your journey with cannabis.

95 thoughts on “A Comprehensive Cannabis Dosage Guide

  1. This is very interesting. While I’m not against cannabis as I am aware they don’t have the detrimental effects Asians seem to believe, I can’t say that I’d seen smoking it in an entirely positive light.
    While the factors impacting dosages like weight and metabolism, as well as differing effects per dosage were facts I already knew, I was surprised that low dosages of topicals could be used for skin clearing.
    Perhaps one day I will end up purchasing a variety for my insomnia and skin

  2. Great article. Cannabis is certainly trial and error when it comes to dosing.

  3. what a comprehensive guide! answered a lot of questions I have

  4. this is a very useful post. thank u!

  5. Super useful, especially the CBD part

  6. Extremely informative and useful!

  7. This is full of amazing info!

  8. Super interesting analysis, thank you so much for this vital info!

  9. So helpful! Thank you!

  10. Thank you for making this blog this will definitely help

  11. This is super helpful for those just starting out! Thanks for all the information!!

  12. awesome article

  13. My problem is I do not take meds. If I have a head ach I go on the inversion table. When I had cancer surgery I was told to take 2pain pills I took one and got loopy. Lol So I might not be able to handle it the same as somebody else my size. I gave up drugs before having kids. That was about 40yrs. ago.

  14. I did not know that it could help minor skin irritations.

  15. Very good information to know!

  16. Great article, very interesting.

  17. Great article. I would like more information on how to overcome high tolerance levels.

    1. Hey Debbie, thanks for the suggestion! We’ll definitely be sharing on our blog some information about overcoming high tolerance levels. Stay tuned.

  18. This is the most comprehensive guide to dosing that I’ve come across. It’s very helpful for a newbie who’s afraid to take too much, yet I’m disappointed when I don’t take enough.

  19. Helpful – especially for someone who hasn’t used cannabis.

  20. Great article. Thanks for all the great information!

  21. is there a doseage limit guideline?

  22. This a great intro! Wish I had it before I found my sweet spot with edibles.

    1. Interesting! I never thought to take metabolism into consideration when consuming, but I guess it totally makes sense.

  23. Good info and charts ot help you decide what is for you

  24. I’m curious to know if there is a point where we can smoke “too much”.

    1. Smoking too much is a real thing. “Too much” doesn’t end in a fatal overdose, thank goodness, as nobody has ever officially died from a cannabis overdose. But the effects of taking too much are far from pleasurable. That point does exist. When some people smoke too much, they can feel nauseous, dizzy, and sometimes paranoid. It’s all about knowing the sweet spot with THC because once you cross the line, it’s not a very pleasurable experience!

  25. very informative

  26. Dosage is very important

  27. Great informative read, thanks for putting this together!

  28. This is a great article. I really like all the information about dosages.

  29. Learned something new from this post

  30. Wow this was very informative and I now know what ranges to be looking for

  31. Amazing guide! Thanks for sharing

  32. Wow!!! I really didn’t know this much about dosing! Thank you!

  33. Fascinating article!! Despite having used cannabis for a while, this information was still new to me and will definitely benefit my use in future. Thanks so much!!

  34. Such an informative article – greatly appreciated!

  35. Great read. thank you for the useful information

  36. Very helpful information

  37. great post thanks

  38. Wonderful article cleared up a few things for me.

  39. I think for me and my pain I’d stick to using CBD oil and thanks for the dose chart

  40. As frequently cannabis smoker, I think you guys are doing a great job teaching people about topics that are usually unfinished.

  41. I would love to try this, I have chronic pain due to AS and people tell me I should try this.

  42. Thanks for the guide

  43. Very informative!!

  44. This is a great guide. I have had to change dose levels a few times. I like to take a bit more at bedtime.

  45. This is a super helpful post!

  46. I think your weight and concentration of the product certainly have a lot to do with calculating appropriate dosage.

  47. CBD oil is the best thing I have tried! I can now zip up a zipper and button up buttons had so many problems tried it and would never change for another thig! It also helps my bone a lot, I can now walk up stairs with no pain.

  48. Great article team 🙂

  49. thanks for the useful tips!

  50. This is great! Very informative and useful information ! Thanks!!

  51. interesting

  52. Good to know

  53. This is a great read! Very informative for people who have questions about dosages and the different types of products. 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  54. Thanks for posting the dosage guides and what some of the affecting factors are. I am wondering about dosage guides when you incorporate it into foods and how cooking/baking may change the level as well.

    1. Thanks for your question. The article includes a guide about how to dose edibles because yes, the effects are different between edibles and other forms of cannabis. If you’re interested in cooking/baking with cannabis, you should check out our articles on how to decarboxylate your cannabis and How to Make the Perfect Cannabutter. You’ll get an idea of how you can measure out dosing when you’re preparing your own edibles. Then check out our blog regularly for recipes that we always share!

  55. This was probably the most useful article I have come across yet. The charts are great too, easy to read

  56. Interesting article with tons of great info! Thanks

  57. What a great article. Very interesting and informative. A must-read if you are unsure of how much cannabis you should take.

  58. This is really helpful, especially the general edible dosage chart. I’ll be referring to that when I get my edibles in the mail!
    ~Heather

    1. Awesome. We’re glad to hear the visual infographs help in understanding what can sometimes seem complicated!

  59. Very useful information.

  60. Very helpful article! Thank you!

  61. thank you for a great article on dosage

  62. Awesome information! Helpful for me just getting started!

    1. This is great to hear. That’s exactly why we create these easy to use guides — so that if you’re just getting started, it can be easy to find all the information you need. Enjoy the cannabis journey!

  63. This is really useful information, the first time I have seen such detailed information about dosage.

    1. Great! We’re glad to hear that and glad that you found it useful 🙂

  64. Excellent! I’m going to bookmark this article.

  65. Good to know!

  66. I find this interesting! However i cannot use 🙁

  67. I thought 5mcg was a microdose. I must’ve read a different article somewhere that said that.

  68. Fantastic info! Very handy reference to have. Ty

  69. I used to get paranoid every time I got a weeee to high. I could have used this in university 😂

    1. Hahaha, this is the funniest. We all could’ve used hindsight in university…

  70. Interesting read!

  71. I would never have guessed that there were such detailed charts for cannabis dosage!

  72. The charts are very helpful. Are the CBD dosage levels the same for animals? Our doggo has some joint issues and we will eventually have to look at pain management for him.

    1. Hey Sezwho! Actually, dosing for pets is a little bit different. For animals, we recommend 1-2mg per 4kg of weight. Be sure to check out our CBD Pet Tincture if you’re thinking to give your doggo some CBD-lovin.

  73. Fabulous hard-to-find information. And all in one place. Super!

  74. Really important to take the right THC dosage, because if you take to much you won’t be moving or walking around anywhere.

    1. Super interesting and handy to have this guide out there

  75. Any info on the quickest way to counteract a bad experience if you dose too high?

    1. Hey Sean. There are a few anecdotal techniques for this. You can try sniffing black pepper, taking a cold shower, or drinking orange juice. You can also try taking CBD to reduce some of the negative effects of THC. If all else fails, lie down, put the tunes on, and let it pass.

  76. Very Informative

  77. What a great article!! Thanks!!

  78. Gotta pay more attention to my body’s response

  79. that chart summarizes and display info very well

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