Medical Marijuana: Are You Getting the Right Dose?

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Unlike conventional drugs, marijuana dosage is quite difficult to measure. The fact is, each plant produces varying levels of cannabinoids so the dose isn’t as consistent. If you’ve been consuming cannabis for a while then you have built a tolerance for the drug. But for those who are just starting out, figuring out the right marijuana dose will require some trial and error.

Getting the right dose is important because consuming too little or too high of a dose inhibits you from getting the desired effects. Our advice is to work with a medical professional who will guide you through the process. If you need more tips on cannabis dosage, here are some tips to keep in mind:

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Users who take marijuana for individual consumption often take a half-gram joint. But for patients who consume cannabis regularly, a full gram roll may be needed. If you’re just starting out, opt for about 0.25 to test the waters, so to speak. A couple of tastes and you should feel the effects of the drug.

Although smoking is the most popular method to consume cannabis, we recommend vaporizing instead. This way, the smoke won’t irritate your lungs.


On average, an edible contains about 10 milligrams of either CBD or THC. After taking the first dose, most users will increase the dose in increments of 5 milligrams. Of course, this isn’t recommended for all users as different people react to cannabis in different ways.

Edibles are some of the most potent cannabis products out there and managing the dose is tricky. It’s best to wait for half an hour to two hours to feel the effects of the first dose before you consume more. Just pace yourself, do not consume edibles before the 2-hour window or you might OD.

Some edibles contain over 100 milligrams of THC, even a small amount could lead to an intense high if you’re new to consuming cannabis. High dose edibles are often recommended to patients who require intensive care. These products are not meant to act as a single dose.

Full Extract Cannabis Oil

Full extract cannabis oil is commonly used for intensive therapies. These therapies are meant to ease cancer and MS symptoms. This product is also recommended for patients who are suffering from a certain neurological disorder.

Full extract cannabis oil is not recommended for recreational use because the oil is extremely potent. In fact, full extract cannabis oil is considered as the most potent among medical cannabis products. Consuming the oil will affect how the brain and body work that’s why it’s an effective treatment for cerebral palsy and seizures.

A small droplet of cannabis oil – about the size of a grain of rice – should be enough for the initial dose. Then, consume the same amount three to four times per day. For regular cannabis consumers, consuming a full gram of cannabis oil each day is normal. Never self-treat with this product.


The average dose for CBD oil is 10 grams but you can take micro-doses of 2.5 to 5 milligrams every day. However, if you’re treating a certain condition, you may need a much higher dose. Our advice is to ask your doctor for the recommended dosage.


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Tina Lee-Almazar | Tinaciouslee

Tina Lee-Almazar is a writer and editor based in the Philippines. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting from Centro Escolar University in Manila. She started out as a production associate at ABS-CBN Broadcasting Network in 2004 before transitioning to creative writing in 2006. Her years of experience as a writer resulted in having considerable knowledge in a variety of writing fields. When she’s not surrounding herself with pretty things or discussing herself in the third person, Tina watches funny cat videos all day.

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