DEC 15, 2022 8:00 AM PST

What is the standard dose of THC?

WRITTEN BY: Helaine Krysik

Since the cannabis industry is still young, many of the standards that exist in other industries have not yet been developed in the legal weed world. For example, there’s a standard recommended daily intake when it comes to alcohol. U.S. dietary guidelines suggest that men consume no more than two drinks per day, and that women consume no more than one. But nothing like that yet exists in the cannabis industry. Furthermore, what is the recommended standard dose of THC?

There is no easy answer since every user metabolizes THC differently. Factors such as frequency of use, the person’s body chemistry, and environmental circumstances are some mitigating issues to consider.

However, an unofficial standard serving is widely considered to be five milligrams of THC per dose, although some experts recommend that first time users consume much less.

Some legal states even consider ten milligrams of THC to be a standard dose, which is often the amount in a single edible. While ten milligrams at once may be too much for infrequent users, frequent users may find that to be too little.

Since THC effects – when consumed in an edible form – peak on average of 1.5 to 3 hours after consumption, and last anywhere from five to eight hours, it is crucial that a new user go very slowly and consume conservatively, so as not to overdo it.

Furthermore, for a user to know how much THC they are consuming in any given dose, it’s important that they buy their products from a licensed dispensary. A reputable dispensary, licensed by the legal state in which it resides, will ensure that the products have been tested for quality, that they lack contaminants, they are licensed, and streamlined. Especially if a user is new to THC and cannabis in general, they do not want any unpleasant surprises.


Sources:  CDC, Leafly, Los Angeles Times

About the Author
Bachelor's (BA/BS/Other)
Helaine is a cannabis industry writer and marketing consultant. She has been active in the Illinois cannabis industry since 2020, and writes for a variety of national publications.
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