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.
“10-15mg of active cannabinoids is a good starting point for medical marijuana patients that are ingesting cannabis for the first time.”
Just like the old saying goes, you get out of it what you put into it, and the same is true for edibles. For example, a candy bar that contains five grams of shake or poor quality bud is not necessarily going to be stronger than one that has two grams of primo bud. Some manufacturers list their products in strengths such as 10x, 20x etc. Although these numbers help a bit with 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, THCV, CBD, CBN, CBG, etc).
10-15mg of active cannabinoids (THC, CBD, etc.) is typically a good starting point for medical marijuana patients that are ingesting cannabis for the first time. 30-100mg of active cannabinoids is considered a daily dose by most patients who consume cannabis regularly, although it will vary per individual. Only you and your caregiver can determine what dosage works best for you. Finding your ideal ratio of cannabinoids often requires experimenting with different potencies and types of infused edibles while tracking your progress in a journal.
When purchasing infused products, look for edibles that are lab tested, use quality ingredients, and have proper labels on the product’s packaging (including recommended dosage). Use the cannabinoid content numbers on the packaging as a rough guideline to determine your preferred dose.
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