how to dose edibles

How to Dose Edibles: Complete Guide

by | Feb 16, 2023

We all have that friend that is always nibbling on cannabis edibles as their preferred way to catch a buzz. What’s not to like? They’re often fruity, flavorful, and reminiscent of our favorite types of candy. But if you are new to edibles or had a bad experience in the past, a friendly little gummy doesn’t seem all that friendly. It’s not that edibles are bad. You probably just didn’t have the right edibles dosage. So, let us help you learn how to dose edibles so you can enjoy the sweet buzz from a THC-infused treat.

Understanding Edible Dosage

Cannabis edibles come in many forms. From gummies to hard candies, gum and lozenges, baked goods and even savor snacks. Basically, if you can eat it, you can put cannabis in it. But edible cannabis doesn’t work the same way smoking does, and that’s why there’s a bit of a learning curve to get it dialed. 

How the Body Processes Cannabis Edibles

Cannabinoids are absorbed into the bloodstream through the digestive system, which is why edibles take longer to take effect and why the effects can last longer. They have to go through the entire digestive process! 

When you eat a cannabis edible, active cannabinoids like Delta-8, Delta-9, HHC, and THC-P are first metabolized by the liver into a more potent compound called 11-hydroxy-THC. This is what causes the stronger and longer-lasting effects associated with edibles. The peak effects of edibles can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to set in, and the effects can last for 4 to 12 hours or more.

It’s important to be patient and to wait for the effects to kick in before deciding to eat more. Eating too much too soon can send you straight into the bad place of cannabis and no one wants that! 

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Tips for Dosing Edibles

If you are gearing up for a little THC-infused snack, there are a few tips and tricks to help you calculate your dose and have a good time. 

Read the Package Carefully

Before consuming an edible, make sure to read the packaging carefully. Look for the number of cannabinoids in milligrams, and pay attention to any other ingredients that may affect your experience, such as caffeine or sugar. The last thing you want is a hit of caffeine with your nighttime gummy!

When you look at the packaging, make sure that the dosing of each serving and the dosing of the entire package are both listed. It’s not a bad idea to run the math just to make sure you know how much is in each piece. For example, a package of 20 gummies might say 200 mg on the bag. Yet, that doesn’t mean that each gummy is 200 mg; rather, each gummy has 10 mg. Still – double-check and read all information on the package to ensure you know what you’re getting. 

Know Your Cannabinoids

Not all cannabinoids offer the same effects. For example, DIMO Delta-8 gummies off a nice mellow buzz that is a bit milder than a Delta-9 gummy.  Yet, for those wanting an even lighter, microdose type of experience, HHC is a super smooth ride. When you would like a heavier-hitting dose, THC-P might be right up your alley. 

Still, the amount in milligrams does matter, but generally, you can expect HHC to be the mildest, and THC-P to be the strongest.

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Consider Your Physiology

Everyone is different, and factors such as weight, tolerance, and metabolism can all play a role in how you experience edibles. Start with a low dose, such as 5-10 milligrams, and wait for the effects to kick in before deciding to consume more. You might not feel much at all, but trust us, that’s way better than blasting off to space even though your butt is planted on the couch. 

You can always take more – you can’t take less! 

Set Your Intention

Think about why you’re consuming edibles and what you hope to experience. Are you looking for relief from pain or anxiety? Or are you hoping to have a fun, relaxing evening with friends? Knowing your intention can help you determine the right dosage for your needs. You might want a milder dose for socializing than you would before bed. 

Choosing the Right Edibles Dose

When in doubt, check out our handy guide. Remember, this is an estimate based on reports from others that have experienced edibles. It’s not the definitive truth of what you will experience. You’re unique! But let this serve as a starting point for your foray into the world of finding your edibles dose. 

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How Long Does an Edibles High Last

The duration of an edibles high can vary, but it typically lasts anywhere from 4 to 12 hours or more. The effects can be stronger and last longer compared to smoking or vaping, so it’s important to be mindful of your dosage and to be patient as you wait for the effects to kick in. Yeah, yeah, we know those Sour Belts are tasty, but you will likely end up regretting your second, third, or fourth dose if you don’t know what to expect. 

How long an edible high lasts also depends on dosage. Common sense says that the more you take, the longer your high will last. If you need to get your mind right before work, maybe err on the side of caution with a mild dose. Save the heftier doses for a mellow evening at home when you can get a great night’s sleep and wake up feeling refreshed!

Blast Off With Alt Noid Edibles

DIMO offers a whole collection of delectable gummies in every flavor under the sun. Do you like Peach Rings? We have those. Rainbow Belts? Yep, got you covered. Blue Raspberry Sour Belts? You bet your booty we do. Check out all of our mouthwatering edibles below. Just remember – take it one bite at a time, and you’ll be soaring in the clouds of sweet, stony bliss in no time. 

  • Rainbow Sour Belt Delta-8 Infused - 1,000mg
    Rainbow Sour Belt Delta-8 Infused – 1,000mg
  • Sour Peach Rings Delta-9 Infused - 200mg
    Sour Peach Rings Delta-9 Infused – 200mg
  • Rainbow Sour Belts Delta-9 Infused - 200mg
    Rainbow Sour Belts Delta-9 Infused – 200mg
  • Strawberry Sour Belts Delta-9 Infused - 200mg
    Strawberry Sour Belts Delta-9 Infused – 200mg
  • Green Apple Sour Belt Delta-8 Infused - 250mg
    Green Apple Sour Belt Delta-8 Infused – 250mg
  • Blue Raspberry Sour Belt Delta-8 Infused - 1,000mg
    Blue Raspberry Sour Belt Delta-8 Infused – 1,000mg
  • PREMIUM DELTA-8 EDIBLES: Blue Raspberry Sour Belts HHC
    Blue Raspberry Sour Belts HHC Infused – 250mg
    Sour Peach Rings HHC Infused – 250mg
  • Strawberry Sour Belts HHC Infused - 250mg
    Strawberry Sour Belts HHC Infused – 250mg

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