When it comes to THC dosage, getting it right takes some time. Even the most seasoned users have experienced what it’s like to get too much at once. It’s not a feeling most would care to repeat. Fortunately, nailing your THC dosage doesn’t have to be a hit-or-miss affair. With this guide, you can get your dosages right every time, no matter what method of consumption you choose.

Factors That Impact Your Dose

THC dosage is very personal. What provides effective results for one person may not do the same for another. Several different factors impact how much THC you should take:

  • Your age
  • Your size
  • Your tolerance level
  • Your metabolism
  • The method of consumption (fresh buds, concentrates, edibles, etc.)
  • The presence of other cannabinoids and terpenes


THC Dosage By Method

Here, we’ll take a look at THC dosage by consumption method. However, people handle THC differently and one persons perfect dose can be another persons unsatisfactory experience.


Smoking, whether by joint, pipe, or bong, involves the use of fresh cannabis buds. Dosing buds can be a bit of a challenge, as every strain has different potencies. They also have varying cannabinoid and terpene profiles. Even flowers of the same name can have slight variations.

Let’s say you buy a bud that has 10% THC. What this means is that there’s 100mg of THC in every gram. Approximately 50% of that THC enters your bloodstream, and the rest burns off. So, there may only be 50mg of THC in a 1-gram joint.

The general recommendation for smoking is 0.25 to 1 gram of ground bud. If you’re new, start on the low end and take a hit or two. The effects of THC typically kick in quickly, so you’ll know if you need more or not.


Vaping is another method that’s a bit harder to dose. Cartridge manufacturers do provide you with some essential information, though. Package labels tell you the amount of THC in the cart, as well as the number of hits. Like smoking, the effects kick in quickly. You can take a hit and set the vape pen aside. If you don’t feel anything after 30 minutes, you can take another one.


Edibles are one of the easiest methods of dosing THC. The labels tell you how much THC you get per serving. The general recommendation is 10mg (0.1 gram) of THC, but newbies may want to start with 5mg or less. Remember that edibles do take longer to kick in, so don’t take another dose until about 90 minutes or so later.


Tinctures are another easy-to-dose method of consumption. They contain specific amounts of ingredients and come with a dropper top, enabling you to dose accurately. The general recommendation here is to start with 0.5 to 1mg of THC. Letting the tincture sit under your tongue allows for rapid absorption. You should feel the effects in about 20 to 30 minutes.


Concentrates are the most potent cannabis products on the market. They range from 50% to as much as 99% THC. You’ll generally find them sold in one-gram units, but you only need a very small amount. Dabbing concentrates or using a concentrate vape pen, you should feel the effects within a few minutes.

At first, dosing THC can feel overwhelming. As you find what works for you, you’ll be able to provide yourself with the amount you need every time. Just remember to start low and gradually increase your doses. In doing so, you can get the relief you seek without the unwanted feeling of being too high.