Marijuana 101: Calculating How Much THC Is In Your Homemade Edibles

Know before you offer them to others.

How Much THC
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For how popular edibles are, there’s a surprisingly little information out there about the process of making them. We’ve all heard that story from a friend about how easy it is to “overdose” on edibles, even for the most seasoned of marijuana enthusiasts. This is all due to a lack of understanding regarding how to calculate how much THC is in a serving, and how the THC present in edibles affects your body.

Here’s a simple set of guidelines to follow when it comes to prepping and consuming your own edibles, because there’s no such thing as having too much information:

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Identify How Much THC Is In The Strain You’re Cooking With

On average, most strains have about 10 percent THC. Strains with 15 – 20 percent are above average and the ones with over 30 percent are often medicinal. Be sure to look up your strain online or ask your provider about how much THC the strain contains.  

How Much Should You Start With

If your strain has 10 percent THC, then a gram of cannabis contains 100mg of THC. This simple math problem will allow you to know, or to give an educated guess, on how much THC you have per serving. This will grant you some power over your high and prepare you for your edible.  

A good starting point for beginners would be 5 milligrams per serving. 3 grams of ground marijuana equals 300 milligrams of THC. If you make 60 cookies, each one will have 5 milligrams of THC and you’ll be the best cannabis cook there ever was.


Tips For The Best Cooking Experience Ever

Prep your kitchen! Wash your utensils so that you avoid contamination and be sure to prop open a window or two because it will get aromatic. 

Managing Your High

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Eating cannabis with protein rich and fatty foods will elongate the effects of marijuana on the body. Eating cannabis in an alcohol base will produce  effects with a shorter duration. Keep this in mind when consuming. 

Patience is also key when consuming an edible. If it’s been two hours since you consumed the edible and you’re still not feeling high, eat something that’s rich in proteins which will kickstart the effect of marijuana. On the other hand, if you’re feeling a little too high, try raising your blood sugar with some OJ or something that’ll get your spirits up. Ingest wisely!

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