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A Guide to Dosing Marijuana

Finding an adequate balance in marijuana use.

Every person has a unique response to marijuana and to the different forms in which it can be consumed. Because these responses can vary, finding the right dosage can be challenging. Learn about best dosing practices, finding the best medicinal product type, and incrementally adjusting dosage below.

Dosing Strategy

Patients are initially recommended to follow a conservative dosing strategy to find their ideal dosage. This strategy works by increasing the dose in small increments over time to find the most effective dose with the least side effects.

Begin Slowly

Every patient responds differently to marijuana consumption, so start low and go slow. Although this style of dosing may take some time to find desired effects, it allows new patients to build a tolerance and ease into any of the psychoactive effects that may occur.

How this strategy works…


Consume the recommended dose amount. Recommendations can be found below. 


Wait to evaluate the effects. Onset for each medicinal product can vary. Individual effects also vary.  


Redose if the effects were not satisfactory. Repeat process until desired effects are achieved. 

Recommended Dosage

The marijuana product you’re interested in consuming will play a large role in determining how to approach dosing, as seen below.

Cannabis topical salve


Conservative Dose: Penny sized amount
Wait: 5 minutes
Redose: Same amount


Transdermal Patch

Only use one transdermal patch at a time.

Cannabis tincture


Conservative Dose: Half or 1 serving of manufacturer recommended dose
Wait: 90 minutes (oral), 10 to 20 minutes (sublingual)
Redose: Same amount

Cannabis oil dispenser

Full Spectrum Oils

Oral Ingestion

Conservative Dose: Pen-tip size drop
Wait: 90 minutes
Redose: Same amount


Inhalation of Flower

Conservative Dose: 1 to 2 puffs
Wait: 10 to 20 minutes
Redose: Same amount

Cannabis resin pictured in glass jar

Inhalation of Dabbables

Conservative Dose: Pen-tip size portion
Wait: 10 to 20 minutes
Redose: 1 to 2 puffs


Inhalation of Distillates

Conservative Dose: 1 to 2 puffs
Wait: 10 to 20 minutes
Redose: Same amount

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