Make your own edibles with a personalized dosing of THC that’s right for you
Making edibles at home can be a fun and satisfying way to create your own, personalized THC treats. And while cooking up some cannabis-infused treats can be simple and easy, knowing how much THC is the right amount for you can be a challenge.
First things first: what is THC? Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the compound in marijuana that gives you the sensation of being high. And the amount of THC you put into your edibles can make the difference between a nice evening with a relaxing buzz, or a stressful, paranoid night wondering if you need to call a doctor. Edibles that are too strong have even been known to cause panic attacks.
The right dose is different for everyone, and factors like previous use and sensitivity are important to consider. The rule of thumb is, if you’re new to consuming cannabis edibles, start light with only one to five milligrams of THC. If you’ve occasionally sampled edibles, like on the weekends or holidays, think about trying anywhere between five and ten milligrams. And if you’ve consumed marijuana on a regular daily basis, you can up your dose from there.
If you’re not sure, it’s best to start with a low dose and work your way up from there. Be sure to give yourself one to two hours to see how a serving of THC edibles affects your body. Remember, it’s better to consume too few than too many.
How to Find Out the Right Dose of THC for Edibles
There are a few things you’ll need to know about the cannabis you’re using to make edibles with. First, what is the percentage of THC in the flower you’re cooking with? Make sure you write down that number. Second, weigh out your cannabis flower in grams.
The next step is to find out how many milligrams of THC is in a gram, which requires converting your flower weight into milligrams.
1 gram of flower = 1000 milligrams
Let’s say you have one gram of flower that’s 18 percent THC. All you need is a simple calculation:
1000mg X 18% = 180mg THC
Now, you’re ready to figure out your dosing of THC. Let’s say you want to make a cup of THC butter. That cup of butter will be 180mg of THC. Now, are you using that butter for some sugar cookies? The recipe calls for a quarter cup cannabis butter. So you’ll want to divide that 180mg by four:
180mg/4 = 45mg
Then, divide 45mg by the number of servings. Let’s assume you’re making a dozen sugar cookies.
45mg/12 = 3.75mg per serving
From the above calculation, you now know that each sugar cookie will have approximately 3.75mg of THC.
You can also keep things simple but using an online THC dosing calculator. Just measure your cannabis flower in grams, enter in the percentage of potency, the amount of butter/oil you’re using, and this handy calculator will give you the dosage.
How to Extract THC for Making Edibles
Now that you’ve figured out how much THC you have, and the amount of THC dosing you want to infuse into your edibles, you’re ready to start cooking. But first, you’ll need to extract your THC from the flower in order to incorporate it into your recipe. This involves decarboxylating your flower. The easiest method involves your oven and a baking tray.
Place some parchment paper on a baking tray, and then crumble your flower over the top. Then, stick it in the oven at 240 degrees for 45 minutes. Your flower will be golden brown and ready for cooking. If you’re baking something like those sugar cookies, you can merely simmer your decarbed flower in butter and water before you start baking.
But what if you’re interested in making some edible THC gummies? There is no butter or oil in that recipe, but rather, it calls for one tablespoon of cannabis tincture. You can make your own THC-infused tincture at home by adding your decarbed flower to alcohol.
The process is simple:
- Mix your flower with high-proof grain alcohol (like Everclear) and put it in a mason jar.
- Close the lid and let it sit in your cupboard for a few weeks, while making sure to shake it once a day.
- Filter the liquid through cheesecloth or a coffee filter.
Don’t have time to wait a few weeks? Try this method:
- After you add your decarbed flower to the alcohol, you can simmer your mason jar of ingredients in what’s called a water bath — it’s the same process you would use if you were canning a jar of pickles.
- Then, simply strain the mixture and your tincture will be ready.