Using Kiva Chocolate Bars As a Standard of Measurement

Kiva Chocolate Bar

Last week, Felicity and I visited SPARC in San Francisco, and one of the things we picked up there was a Kiva chocolate bar. I’ve gotten these in the past, and I really admire their quality and careful attention to detail and consistency.

Kiva (front) Kiva (rear)

This time, I happened to notice a cardboard package insert with the bar. Kiva is really trying to educate and alert people, to avoid that embarrassing overdosing problem when people who’ve never used edibles end up calling 911 and think they’re dying or something. Since I spend a lot of my own time giving out the same kind of advice, I’m with that 100%!

But their consistency and the cardboard gave me an idea. Since ¼ bar has 15 mg. of THC, breaking one into 16 pieces would give each piece pretty close to a 1 mg. dose, so that would be a relatively easy and standardized way for people (or at least California patients) to quantify their tolerance or sensitivity to cannabis.

As it turns out, a single 1 mg. piece gave me just about the same effect/highness as my now-standard two tokes from my MFLB. So I’d say that my typical microdose is 1 mg. of THC…just 1/1000 of a gram!

Kiva Chocolate BarJust as two MFLB tokes get me to a [2] — a nice tweak to my mood, but in no sense high — four tokes get me to a [4], which is definitely (yet safely) high. And I’m pleased to report that two of the 1 mg. pieces produce exactly the same effect. If it took someone four of these small pieces to get high to a level [4], they would have twice the tolerance (or half the sensitivity) to edible THC than I do.

So, properly and carefully cut up, this single Kiva bar could give me 60 medical or 30 recreational doses of cannabis (not half bad for $10!). And I’ve managed to maintain this same sensitivity — effectively zero tolerance — through over two years of daily use, simply by not getting way high all the time. How tiny is your tolerance?

Old Hippie is a father of two boys and thankfully living in California where all this kind of thing is legal. He started smoking marijuana in 1967 in high school, experimented with mind-expanding drugs of all kinds, and then straightened out 15 or so years later to become an airplane pilot. After being diagnosed with depression in 2000, he lost his job and most of the following decade to prescription medications (such as antidepressants) which sapped his energy and will. Finally, a chance conversation with a friend led to a doctor’s recommendation for medical marijuana (MMJ). This changed his entire life, health, and outlook for the better. is his continuing story. It’s also his way to provide experienced advice on using medical marijuana effectively and responsibly, as well as advocacy, activism, and support for others. Old Hippie teaches about safe use of cannabis edibles, Canna Caps, vaporizers, dosing, and even microdosing.


Hopefully Fl will become a part of the movement. I have ADD, depression, HTN, anxiety and I am really over taking 5 pills a day.

going to pick this up tomorrow and try it out… gonna be standing in line for a show and i don’t think it’ll be very 420 friendly if i brought a joint or pipe, hehee

I also have very small tolerance. I am vaping about 4 times a week and I use very small amounts. I have to say I love it, because I don’t spend very much on weed and still get high whenever I feel like… I don’t even pack the trenches of my MFLB full. Last time I did that I got high twice vaping and then ate the rest and went flying..

I just got a 45mg single square, and ate half of it. Then found your article and now I’m a bit concerned lol

dude im new to edibles and ate the whole thing, very bad….when im that high i usually think of allot for the next hour staring at the wall while people are around. is pretty bad…”are you ok and me ignoring them and then a good 10-20 sec yah im fine lmao” my high is enjoyable sense i think of my life and try to make it better by thinking of ways to change them, only down side is that i stare at what ever is in front of me. when im sober the next day i try to fix my issues. 🙂 “BlackBerry Dark Chocolate”

I have a question: Can I refrigerate this Kiva Espresso Dark Chocolate bar I just purchased today?.. I assume so… Thought I’d ask. Great, informative article!

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