Cooking with Cannabis: How to Get the Right THC Dosage in Your Edibles

Edibles are an awesome way to enjoy the benefits of cannabis. They’re discreet and many people prefer them to vaping or smoking flower. Anyone who’s ever eaten THC-laden treats however, knows the potency can be all over the map. One brownie might send you over the moon, while another edible doesn’t do anything at all. Getting the right THC dosage is key in enjoying your edible experience.

Edibles are enjoyable…but can be completely unpredictable. Eating weed affects everyone differently. Get the wrong dose of THC in your edibles and you might not ever want to eat weed again. If you’re cooking with cannabis, you want to ensure you’re getting the right THC dosage. After all, no one wants to be call 911 because they got too high.

How Much THC is in Your Cannabis?

The trick to making your own edibles is knowing how much THC is in the cannabis you’ll be making your butter with. The average person with a bag of weed however, literally has no idea how much THC their stash contains. This is why it’s best to “estimate” how much THC it actually contains.

Unless you’ve purchased cannabis from a dispensary that lists the THC content, it’s all about guesstimating how much your bud contains. In Colorado, some strains are sold with THC content as high as 30 percent. In other parts of the country medical grade cannabis might just contain 3 percent. Don’t forget that swag typically contains way less THC than chronic. The average THC content according the DEA however, hovers at right around 12 percent.

How to Calculate the Right THC Dosage for Your Edibles

The first step is to make sure you know how much THC is in your edibles. With 12 percent being the average THC content, using this number is a good way to gauge how strong your edibles will be.

Here’s an example to get you started:

  • One gram of cannabis is 1000 milligrams.
  • 12 percent of 1000 milligrams is 120 milligrams (using the average 12 percent THC content, each gram of cannabis contains 120 milligrams of THC).
  • Using one ounce (28 grams) of marijuana to make one cup of cannabutter means 3,360 milligrams of THC are in that batch of butter. The amount of THC in a recipe will depend on how much cannabutter you use.
  • An example: If you use a half cup of butter to make 36 cookies, there would be 1,680 milligrams of THC in the entire batch. Divide this number by 36, and each cookie would contain around 46 milligrams of THC.

If the recipe you use is too strong, consider decreasing the amount of butter you use. You can always do half cannabutter/half regular butter if your infusions are too strong. If you find your recipes to be too weak, add more cannabis to your next batch of butter.

Have you found a way to get the perfect dosage in your edibles every time? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

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