In the life of any cannabis lover, there comes a time to explore the frontiers of edible weed tolerance. Being able to focus on an ideal THC dosage level, measured in milligrams, is useful knowledge for any stoner, but honestly I didn’t know mine other than knowing it was “a lot.” I made a conscious decision to push those limits and find out how far I could reach.
Determine your dose
The last time I got uncomfortably high was when judging a High Times Cannabis Cup edibles competition years ago, long before the days when lab results on labels were the rule and not the exception. Knowing that I have an extremely high tolerance, I discovered my effective dosage range through the research process of this article, but I’m not going to share that number with you. That’s my number. Your effective dose will probably be VERY different from mine. What gets me high is likely to differ from the average person by 100 milligrams or more! Cannabis use is not a contest to determine who can ingest the most, therefore it is much more important for you to determine your ideal range than to compare it to someone. else. There is no standard dose of marijuana *, or even a dosage range, that is right for everyone. Body type, weight, diet, and metabolism all play a role in how different people experience weeds. The amount a person can comfortably consume could make another paranoid, disoriented and nauseous. (* The State of Colorado defines “1 dose” as equal to 10 milligrams of THC, a relatively small amount intended to guide new recreational users. While overdoing it with edible weeds is generally not dangerous and has never been fatal, it can be very uncomfortable. When experimenting with high dose edibles, it is always a good idea to keep CBD on hand, as this cannabinoid acts as an antidote for those who have consumed too much THC. A few sprays of Bhang’s CBD Breathing Spray and my uncomfortable, over-medicated high mellowed almost instantly. Most importantly, don’t over-medicate in the first place. Start small and go slow, consuming only 10 mg. or even less if you consider yourself a light weight or if you are eating cannabis for the first time. Wait at least 4 hours to see how you are feeling before eating more, as it takes time for cannabis to be fully digested, especially if you ate a large meal that day. Try to increase the dose by 5 to 10 mg. every day, continuing to go higher until you find a place where you are comfortable. Remember you can always eat more, but you can’t eat less!
The benefits of mega-dose edibles
High-dose weed edibles have a small but dedicated fan base, and these patients tend to purchase edibles more often than the average casual user. It’s no surprise that these consumers include critically ill patients who are battling the ravages of cancer and other debilitating diseases as well as those with severe chronic pain. Several budtenders have noted that high-dose weed edibles are popular with insomniacs and others seeking sleeping pills. Surprisingly, a particular demographic buys a lot of high dose edibles, but not for the reason you might think. Aaron Justis, owner of the Buds and Roses Collective, explains that seniors are by far the biggest consumers of high-dose edibles, but they use these powerful micro-dose products throughout the day. dose the edibles to get super high, ”says Justis. “They eat just a little at a time and usually make this edible last for a week or more.” This makes sense because not only is it much cheaper to buy an edible in a high dose, as opposed to a moderate or low 10. dose the products, but the patient can also eat less to achieve the same results. For most edibles made from marijuana, that means less consumption of unhealthy ingredients like sugars and fats. “I don’t want to waste my calories eating a big medicated cookie or a brownie that will never taste as good as a non-medicated one,” says lawyer Mara Felsen. “I want something that will deliver a potent dose in a bite or two.” None of the edibles in this article are intended to be consumed in one sitting; especially not the 1000 milligram brownies! For most people, eating that much THC will make you feel bad. (Or you could just sleep for 12-24 hours). especially not the 1000 milligram brownies! For most people, eating that much THC will make you feel bad. (Or you could just sleep for 12-24 hours). especially not the 1000 milligram brownies! For most people, eating that much THC will make you feel bad. (Or you could just sleep for 12-24 hours).
In order to be as fair as possible, I tested these edible weed products under the same conditions, at the same time of day, on an empty stomach. I also allowed a minimum of four days of recovery between trying another edible. In doing so, I learned:
- Not all label claims and lab test results were accurate, judging by the strength of the effects. For example, a 175 mg. Cheeba Chew put me on the “it’s no longer fun” edge, while a 200 mg. Starr gummy buzzed me pleasantly.
- Sometimes there were variations in dosage within the same product. This could be because the product was not mixed properly, or it could also be that the edges of a baked goods pan are decarboxylating more than the inside (an edibles producer friend has already tested in the laboratory his brownies and confirmed that this phenomenon could occur). It could even be due to differences in my metabolism that day. Nevertheless, it is possible to experience small variations within a single edible divided into smaller portions.
So stock your fridge with plenty of healthy, non-medicated cravings to fight cravings, have plenty of ice water on hand in the event of Cottonmouth, and prepare to take a trip beyond the buds. Starting with 175 milligrams of Cheeba Chew and working your way down to the most psychedelic edible ever created – a 1000 mg. brownie – let’s explore some of California’s most popular high dose products. Cheeba Chews Deca Dose | cheebachews.com 175 milligrams of THCI It’s amazing that 175 mg. of THC is packaged in a single bite-sized piece of chewy taffy, and this edible is strong and fast. They come packaged in a box, but it wouldn’t be too difficult to cut them into smaller pieces; and I highly recommend doing just that. The taste is unmistakably herbal, leaving no doubt that you are consuming a very heavily dosed marijuana food. Fortunately, you don’t have to eat a lot! With a great reputation for consistency, you can be sure that every time you get a Cheeba Chew you will have a predictable experience. Hashman Infused Sativa Dark Chocolate | hashmaninfused.net 200 mg. It’s nice to have a choice between sativa and indica strains when choosing edibles, and Hashman doesn’t disappoint. This sativa chocolate inspires a lively high perfect for late night creative work. The newly redesigned packaging makes it easy to understand how much you’re consuming, with a chocolate wheel artfully divided into 10 x 20mg segments. THC each. With a slight hint of cannabis, this chocolate is high quality and tasty, suitable when you want to treat yourself! Starr 1 Purple Star Gummies | Twitter: @ starr1redstar200 mg. Unlike a lot of THC infused gummy candies, the drug they contain is actually incorporated into the candy, not sprayed on it. The flavor was acceptable, not too sweet with the only hint of cannabis flavor being a slight bitter undertone. The dosage, which called for 200 mg. by eraser, did not seem accurate. These candies are strong, I ate a little candy and was pleasantly buzzed for hours, but 200 mg. would normally have made me run for the CBD spray – and no such rescue action was needed. Strike bars | punchedibles.com 225 mg. of THC When I first saw this miniature box of chocolate claiming to contain 225 mg. THC, I was skeptical, but Punch lives up to its name. Gradually divided into nine small pieces of 25 mg. each, it’s easy to take a dose that is meaningful to you. With a nice creamy texture, chocolate has a strong cannabis flavor, but the amount you need to eat is so small that it doesn’t really matter anyway. The dosage also seemed consistent across the bar, from bar to bar. The milk chocolate and peanut butter variety had nice sweet and savory flavors. Topanga Harvest Mini Muffins | Instagram: @ topangaharvestco280 mg. THCMy’s new favorite edible! I liked everything about these little bites of delicious medicated specialties. With a lovely fruity flavor, the blueberry strain was not too sweet and barely tasted like cannabis. Eight bite-size muffins containing 35 mg. come in the package for a total THC dose of 280 mg. It’s easy to titrate your dose by eating just a few of these little muffins – but they taste so good you’ll be tempted to eat more! The THC buzz came quickly and left me relaxed all day. Waska Medical Cannabis and Hemp Milk Cream Cookies | chocowaska.com 300 mg. Buds and Roses staff say this is one of their most popular high-dose edibles, especially for people with sleep issues. The small 2-ounce bottle contains 300 mg. THC in a few sips of vegan hemp milk, gluten-free and GMO-free. I wanted to like this product, I really liked it! It’s well done, well labeled, is reasonably healthy, and is made from hemp, but the taste was both cloying and extremely grassy. It was powerful, however, and I slept well. Try diluting it with tea or adding it to a smoothie for a more pleasant taste sensation. Day Dreamers | daydreamerschocolates.com Dreamcatcher 360 Chocolate 360 mg. From the industry leader THCAn, this high dose chocolate is divided into six individually wrapped 60 mg segments. THC each, making it easy to titrate your dose, even if the candy melts! While there is some cannabis flavor to it, this product is very effective and seems to be dosed reliably for a consistent experience every time. Voodoo Sours Gummy Ribbons | Instagram: @voodoosours 375 mg. This packet of gummy ribbon candies claimed to contain 375 mg. of THC, but after eating half the bag, I hardly felt anything. Overall the candy tastes good, but some ribbons had a strong cannabis flavor while others did not, which means that even in the packaging the product is not dosed in such a way. consistent. Even choosing a bag to buy from a local collective, the budtender noticed that Voodoo Sours wrappers often get quite greasy on the inside, so it looks like they were medicated with added oil. Venice Cookie Company | venicecookiecompany.comThe 4.20 Brownie – Cookies & Cream1,000 mg. of THCYowza, 1000 mg. of THC in a single full-size brownie! While I’ve spoken to a lot of people who thought such a notion was absurd, in fact, these brownies are pretty handy to store in your freezer. Since you get so many doses with just one bar, they also end up being a good deal for those on a budget. This brownie has a rich, creamy texture that allows you to cut it into proper portions with minimal crumbling, and the cannabis has been evenly distributed throughout the baked product. Considering the immense dosage, the flavor of the herbs was strong but not overwhelming. Korova Black Bar Brownie | korovaedibles.com 1000 mg. almost as good as the Venice Cookie Company 4:20 brownie, this product was a bit drier and a bit more crumbly… but I’m splitting my hairs here. A pungent aroma usually portends a strong herbal flavor, but luckily the smell of this brownie was stronger than its flavor. It is important to deliver a large dose in a small bite, but I have noticed slight variations in the effects from room to room, meaning that the cannabis needs to be incorporated more consistently into the overall paste.