Edibles have been around for a while now, and if you don’t know what they are then you’ve definitely been living under a rock. Cannabis-infused edibles are exactly as their name entails, they are food, usually sweet food like brownies or biscuits, which are infused with weed – and they pack a powerful punch. However, when making these delicious treats, it is crucial that you calculate the dosage correctly, so you don’t use too much. Nobody wants an overwhelming, uncomfortable high.
When calculating how much cannabis to put in your cookies, there are a few factors that need to be considered. For example, a person’s weight, tolerance and mental state are all incredibly important in determining how much THC they should ingest.
The first thing you need to clarify is the total percentage of THC in whatever strain you’re using to cook your edibles. The majority of strains nowadays have a potency between 15-20%, though good quality bud may have a little more, and bad quality, well, a little less. To be safe, I will use a hypothetical strain with a THC percentage of 10%.
One gram of weed is equal to one thousand milligrams of dry weight, with a total THC content of one hundred milligrams. If you’re a novice, its best to start off with five to ten milligrams of THC per serving, assuming you will eat more than one edible from your batch. Therefore, a mere two grams of dried cannabis should be enough to make 20 cookies suitable for beginners – or, edibles with ten milligrams of THC.
However, the above calculations assume that all of the THC from the flower gets entirely transferred to the edible(s), and so if you aren’t careful, you will lost the majority of your THC. In fact, it is common for 50% of THC to be lost in the baking process, and so some experienced bakers claim you should double the dose I have recommended above – though results really do just depend on the individual and the situation, so some trial and error would be best to find out what works for you personally.
With that in mind, here’s a little run down on rough dosages:
- 20 novice edibles = four grams of cannabis (around ten milligrams of THC per serving)
- 20 medium-strength edibles = eight grams of cannabis (around twenty milligrams of THC per serving)
- 20 potent edibles – sixteen grams of cannabis (around forty milligrams of THC per serving