There is no shortage of reasons to cook with cannabis. It’s a different high, it last longer using less weed, and it removes carcinogens from the equation. Because of the way we metabolize the THC when it enters our body through ingestion even season smokers become lightweights.
One of the biggest rookie mistakes is not measuring the amount of THC That is going to be in a serving. Most people don’t even think about dosing at all. If you’re new to edibles, it’s best to start at around 5-10mg per serving till you learn how your body reacts. It’s also important you wait at least 45 minutes after ingestion before trying anymore.
You also want to use a cannabis cooking calculator, we recommend this one by, THCoverdose: https://thcoverdose.com/cannabis-cooking-calculator/, you can quickly plan the dosage of your recipe. But, you can do the math on your own too.
For starters, you need to know the amount of THC that is in your flower. Cannabis that is sold at dispensaries is lab tested and will be properly labelled. If you grow your own, however, you’re not so lucky. If this is you, use a base of 10% THC for average and 15-21% for really high-grade
Now, let’s say your recipe will make ten cookies, you want to use 2 grams of cannabis, and your bud has a THC percentage of 10%. To figure out how strong your cookies will be you multiply 2 (amount of bud) by 1000 to get the total milligrams, then multiply that .10 (THC percentage), and you’ll have the total amount of THC you’ll be using. Divide this number by the number of servings, and you’ll find that your cookies will each have 20mg of THC.
If you’re new to cooking with cannabis, you need to remember to take it slow and be patient. And, make sure not to grind up your flower to finely. A more coarse grind will help deter the some of the chlorophyll taste.
A lot of beginners also don’t realize the importance of decarboxylation and how much stronger it can make their edibles. See, raw cannabis isn’t psychoactive. The chemical compound on the plant is THCA until it’s activated and turn into THC, it’s psychoactive counterpart. Well, what
activates THC? Heat.
While most of the THCA will activate during the process of cooking butter, you’re leaving THC on the table by not decarboxylating beforehand. Make your edibles better by placing your cannabis on a cooking tray and baking it for 30-40 minutes at 240°F stirring every 10 minute before using it for your recipe.
You also have to think about the potential loss of cannabinoids during both decarboxylation and handling. This loss could make your edibles weaker than you planned. Unless you send edibles to get lab tested you’ll never know the exact dosage, but use the cooking calculator as a
guide, and you’ll be able to get your edibles to the potency you desire.
|Tony Hand Jr|
|Editor-in-Chief | THCoverdose.com|
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