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Calculate Edible Potency in 3 Easy Steps

If you’ve ever had homemade edibles, you know that sometimes the strength can be unpredictable. Especially if it’s your first time, it can be hard to know how much to eat in order to “feel something.”

Marijuana Edible Tips

A typical dose for beginners is between 5 to 10mg of THC – it’s best to start small, such as with a 5mg dose, and wait 45 minutes to see if you feel the effects before eating more. Edibles typically take 45 to 90 minutes before they start to kick in and this is affected by factors like your metabolism, your size/weight and tolerance level. It’s super easy to overdo it if you’re not patient.

Learn how to calculate edible potency with this guide. Don’t ruin your trip by overconsuming!

Steps to Calculate Edible Potency

Remember, every 1 gram of cannabis bud has 1,000mg of dry weight.

  1. Calculate the milligrams of THC in one gram of your weed 

    Store-bought flower or bud typically has been tested and has an accurate THC percentage. Suppose you have one gram of bud that is at 16% THC. That means that one gram contains 160mg of THC.

  1. Multiply by the number of grams in your recipe 

    Most edible treat recipes require you to extract THC from weed (for example, to make cannabis butter). If your cannabis butter recipe requires you to use five grams of bud, then the recipe would contain 800mg of THC.5 x 160mg = 800mg of THC

  1. Divide by the number of servings to get THC per serving 

    Suppose the cannabis butter recipe uses five grams of bud, extracted to 800mg (as calculated above) and yields 8 tablespoons – then each tablespoon of that cannabis butter will contain 100mg of THC. This is just an example.800mg ÷ 8 tablespoons = 100mg per tablespoon

    If you are using 2 tablespoons (200mg THC) of cannabis butter for a cookie recipe that yields 40 cookies, then this yields 5mg per cookie.

Have fun and enjoy your marijuana edibles responsibly!

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