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If you’re new to using cannabis and want to use it for treating symptoms of a specific ailment, you may be wondering how much you need to take. You want the benefits of THC and other cannabinoids, but you want to avoid taking too much. There’s no exact amount of THC that works for everyone. To find your ideal dose, you need to go through the process of dose titration.

What Is Dose Titration?

Cannabis affects everyone differently. There’s no magic dose that every person can take that will provide the same results. Instead, you have to find the amount that works for you. 

The process of dialing in your dose is known as dose titration. It involves gradually increasing the amount you take until you find what provides you with the relief you’re seeking. The process allows you to find your minimum effective dose, so you get symptom relief without having to worry about getting too high.

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Best Methods for Dose Titration

There are many ways to consume cannabis today. Popular methods include:

  • Smoking 
  • Vaping
  • Tinctures
  • Edibles

You can titrate your dose using any method of consumption. Some are easier than others, though. For instance, it’s hard to gauge how much THC you’re getting when you take a hit of a joint or vape pen. Tinctures and edibles, on the other hand, are much easier. The product labels tell you how much THC the entire product and each “serving” contains. These methods allow much more accurate and consistent dosing. 

How to Dial-In Your Dose

Dialing in your dose can take some time, so patience is needed. The best way to do it is to start low and go slow. That means start with a very small amount of THC (between 2mg and 5mg, although you can start lower). Then, you gradually increase how much you take until you find the amount that provides results. 

Dose titration, and the amount of THC you need, will vary from one method of consumption to another. IF you enjoy smoking and edibles, for instance, you may need one THC dose for smoking and an entirely different amount of THC for edibles. 

Again, patience is key. Some methods of use take longer to notice any effects than others. A tincture dropped under your tongue might take 15 to 30 minutes to kick in, whereas an edible can take up to two hours. If you take a second dose too soon, you could overload your system with THC, which could then lead to unpleasant effects. Taking your time and recording your dose titration process can help to ensure success.

Find Your Ideal Cannabis Dose

Finding your ideal dose allows you to know exactly how much of your preferred cannabis products you need to use to get the results you’re looking to achieve. Once you know your dose, there’s no guesswork. Nor are there any surprises. You don’t have to worry about accidentally using too much and experiencing unpleasant side effects. And, if you notice that your perfectly titrated dose isn’t providing you the same results anymore, you can always reset your tolerance

The initial titration process does take time. Once you find your ideal THC amount, taking your dose is a breeze.