How Much Marijuana is Safe to Consume? You Might Be Suprised

How much marijuana is safe to consume?

America’s hysterical drug warriors’ denunciation of any cannabis consumption always cites the nonsense that THC concentrations are way higher today in comparison to cannabis 20 years ago.

They do this not to just make taxpayers feel it is good that they are fleeced for $20 billion a year so they can say it with government authority, but to make cannabis consumers look like evil crazed stoners puffing away at cannabis so powerful that it kills your brain cells and drives you mad!  


Regardless of the fear tactics used, it is a fair question — How much marijuana is safe to consume?

How can you determine what is the right amount of cannabis to consume?

Looking at how doctors prescribe medications can be both instructive and helpful.

Prescription drugs have directions on how to take and how much to take.

Antibiotics along with many other drugs are “take-as-directed” in which the doctor prescribes a specific number of pills that you should take at prescribed intervals until all are consumed.

Pain medications and some anti-depressants are often dispensed “p.r.n.”  That's medical lingo for “take-as-needed.”

"Take as needed" doesn’t mean you can take them whenever you want or as much as you want. Most p.r.n. medications have quantity and time limit restrictions, for instance take two pills every six hours, as needed, for pain.

If you have pain six hours or more after you took the pills then it is OK to take two more.  But for safety reasons, you must wait at least six hours before taking more pills even if the pain continues and is not abated.

Furthermore, you don’t take all the pills unless you need to and how long they will last depends on how often you need to take them.

Take Freely or Ad Libre

“Ad libre” or “take freely” is a medical term almost never seen as there is not a single medication that you can truly “take freely." 

Even vitamins cannot be taken freely.

Cannabis is the only therapeutic substance so safe you can take it “ad libre” to alleviate whatever debilitating symptoms you are experiencing or whatever euphoric state you are seeking.

It's physically impossible to fatally overdose on cannabis. Each person has their own unique cannabinoid intake requirements for producing the sought after results from cannabis ingestion and those requirements are substantially different from person to person.

How do you determine what your requirements are? Simple—you use as much as you want to achieve whatever therapeutic benefits you are seeking—whether it’s pain relief, a good night’s sleep or to facilitate socialization.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Weed* 

A Crash Course in Cannabis

*But were afraid to ask

How Much Cannabis: Use Caution with Edibles!

There is a caution here, especially for beginners, which has to do with ingesting cannabis through edibles. It's not that too much cannabis is unsafe, but too much cannabis can be mighty uncomfortable.

It is the same cannabis you smoke, but because it is hard to determine concentrations and portions as well as the 30 minute delay or longer before its effects are felt, you may become uncomfortable if you consume too much. Your health will not be severely endangered but it is not a fun experience.

Some Days are Different

With that one proviso, the amount of cannabis to be used to reach “nirvana” whether it be for relief of pain, a good night’s sleep or a euphoric state of sublime pleasure, is dependent on your own needs and tolerances at the moment you are using the cannabis.

Some days you will need a lot, others very little, if any is needed at all.

The only real concern about how much cannabis is safe to consume is that no matter how much you do consume, you can only obtain so much relief and get so high.

Once you get there, if you consume more, all you are doing is wasting good weed!

Lanny Swerdlow's Book - The Cannabis Chronciles

Check out Lanny Swerdlow's book!

About the author 

Lanny Swerdlow

Lanny Swerdlow, RN is host of the Internet radio show Marijuana Compassion & Common Sense and founder of the Marijuana Anti Prohibition Project and the Brownie Mary Democratic Club. Contact him at

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

{"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}
Subscribe to Senior Stoner to get the latest updates