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Apr 26, 2016 9:50 AM

Cooking Homemade Weed Edibles: How to Calculate THC Dosage

Marijuana-infused edibles gain popularity every day. Head shops and dispensaries today have a lot to offer, starting from weed-infused snacks and cakes right down to sauces, beverages, and alcoholic drinks. While there are a lot of patients who prefer buying edibles at the head shops, there is a significant number of marijuana devotees who enjoy making weed-infused products at home. Indeed, the Internet is full of easy and interesting recipes of our favorite dishes. All you have to do is to buy any hybrid, indica, or sativa strain at the headshop and use it in the desired dish. Moreover, some of the recipes do not contemplate the usage of some sophisticated weed strain like Hawaiian diesel. You can easily get away with buying some cannabis butter and forget about the agonizing choice among many OG diesel strains. However, many patients find it hard to calculate the cannabutter ratio and THC dosage for marijuana-infused recipes. That is why we decided to help the home cooks and clear up this issue.

Cooking Homemade Weed Edibles: How to Calculate THC Dosage

While it is impossible to overdose on cannabis, each of us still can consume too much and have a bad day, to say the least. And this is certainly not a desirable outcome. Let us find out how to make weed edibles healthy and effective. By the way, we have already shared our easy cannabutter recipe with you. You can use it to cook various weed edibles.

THC Content

Jessica Catalano, the chef for Cultivating Spirits and the Summit Country-based author of The Ganja Kitchen Revolution, knows how to calculate the right THC dosage for your weed-infused dish. According to Jessica, first of all, you should find out the percentage of the THC content in the weed you are going to use for cooking marijuana-infused edibles. On average, a weed strain contains approximately 10 percent of THC. Some weed strains are more potent, containing 15-20 or 21 and more percent of THC. These types of strains are considered too strong.

Let us suppose that you have already got a marijuana strain. If you know its name, you can google for plant breeding information. That is how you can easily find out the percentage of its THC content. In case you do not know or remember the name of the weed, you may estimate it at 10 percent THC and build on it.

Easy Calculation

Start with a ¼ ounce marijuana, which is 7 grams. Therefore, ⅛ ounce marijuana is 3.5 grams. 1 gram of cannabis bud has 1000 milligrams of dry weight. Previously we supposed that the taken weed strain contains 10 percent of THC. 10 percent of 1000 milligrams is 100 milligrams. For homemade edibles, we can assume that a gram of cannabis contains 100 milligrams of THC.

According to the Jessica Catalano’s measurement formula, we can easily calculate how much THC each serving contains. Firstly, you need to convert the weight of your ground weed into milligrams. Then, divide its amount by the recipe yield. Now you know a pre-serving THC dosage. Remember that a starting dosage should not exceed 5 milligrams per serving.


Julie Dooley, Julie & Kate Baked Goods baker, recommends consuming marijuana-infused edibles together with fatty and protein-rich food. That will make the cannabis effects last longer. Homemade edibles devotees should also know that candy-based marijuana edibles provide short-time effects.

Remember that weed-infused edibles can start to affect you in 2 hours or more, so do not eat more edibles to feel high. Dooley recommends eating something fatty instead. It will increase the cannabis effect.

Jessica Catalano, in her turn, says that if you feel too high, it is better to drink some orange juice or any fruit juice. It will help raise the sugar level in your blood.