Weed: How Much Should I Smoke? How Much Should I Eat? Finding Your Cannabis Dosage And Method

This article was originally published on Flowertown, and appears here with permission.

Cannabis is experienced very differently between different people. A product that one person finds perfect for relaxing might be too lethargic for another. Someone might find one strain great for creative work, and someone else might find it anxiety-inducing. As a “bimodal” drug, the effects can also vary greatly depending on your dosage and consumption method. With such a wide range of potential effects, finding the dosage and method that’s right for you is essential for good experiences and avoiding bad ones. The following guide generalizes what is ultimately a very subjective experience, so keep in mind it might take some trial and error to find your favorite way to consume. If you’re embarking on this journey, remember three things:

1) Start low and slow

(The effects of smoke or vapor can be felt within seconds, but the effects of an edible can take up to an hour or more)

2) You can always take more, but you can’t take less

(Self-explanatory, no?)

3) CBD is the antidote to the feeling of too much THC

(Keep a CBD-only vape or cookie around if you’re venturing into higher THC doses)

How does it work?

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive molecule in that makes you feel “high”. Every mammalian body, including us humans, has an endocannabinoid system that regulates a wide range of behavior, including sleep, memory, appetite, pain and more. This system has an array of receptors that are perfect “keyholes” for THC. This is the primary mechanism by which cannabis affects us. While these mechanisms operate virtually the same way every time you partake, the amount and method by which you consume has a potentially drastic effect on your experience.

When is smoked or vaporized, THC is transferred from your lungs to your bloodstream, and then to your brain, where it does it’s work. Eating or drinking THC routes it through your stomach, and most importantly your liver, where THC is metabolized into the scarier sounding but largely similar 11-hydroxy-THC. It does virtually the same thing, but is more easily diffused from blood to the brain, commonly resulting in a more intense feeling, even with the same amount of THC.

Flowertown Figuring out your favorite dosage and method is key to enjoying THC Here is how

Should I eat it or smoke it?

Again, everyone’s different. Despite the conventional understanding that ingested THC packs more of a punch than if inhaled, there are people who find smoking to be more intense. Especially if you do one or the other regularly, your body can build tolerance to one over the other.

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