Edibles present the opportunity for people to explore the medical benefits of marijuana without needing to smoke it
Medical cannabis users tend to have a lot of questions on how to determine the THC content of a homemade edible. Since THC levels vary widely, this can be quite tricky. Even after baking the batch, you might not be sure how many milligrams of THC are in each serving.
The amount of THC directly relates to potency and the effects you will feel after eating the edible. Every person has a different tolerance, and you need to be sure you are not overdoing it while also getting satisfactory results.
Dosing Homemade Edibles
We can start by looking at the formula.
It starts with the average THC percentage. This table reveals THC percentages based on cannabis quality. Some cannabis runs as little as 3 percent THC while higher-quality strains provide 25 percent or more.
For this example, let’s say it is 10 percent THC since the formula is more straightforward with a round number. Divide 10 into 1000 for the per-milligram amount.
- One gram of cannabis = 1,000 milligrams
- 10 percent of 1,000 milligrams = 100 milligrams
So, one gram will have 100 milligrams of THC.
Creating the perfect edibles is often the result of trial and error since both determining dosage and finding potency preference is subject to choice.
There are a few dos and don’ts to help this process along though.
Tips for Homemade Edibles
- Don’t use too much cannabis. The lipids in oils will bind with only so many cannabinoids. After a point, the extra becomes waste. A 1:1 ratio typically works well.
- Do adjust if the recipe does not produce the right dose per serving. If the recipe is overpowering, add more regular butter or oil. If it is too weak, add THC with an extract or oil.
- Don’t forget to decarboxylate the cannabis before cooking. Raw cannabis will not produce any effects, i.e. it makes the edible ineffective. Not sure what decarboxylate means? Plenty of enthusiasts have their own videos on YouTube and Instagram!
- Do stir the batter vigorously. Stirring ensures the even distribution of cannabutter so that all doses have equal amounts.
- Don’t grind cannabis into powder. Otherwise, it will be too fine to strain. A powdery texture creates an overwhelming, plant-like taste that no one will want. Use a hand grinder instead and grind it coarsely.
- Do test the potency before baking. You want to check before instead of doing so retroactively. Think of that formula in reverse. Add a little oil to food or drink, wait an hour, and see how you feel. If the oil gives the desired effect, you are good to go and have the right potency.
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