Dosing homemade cannabis edibles can be incredibly challenging. Miss Envy has made dosing homemade cannabis edibles easier by providing you with easy to use cannabis-infused products. But let’s talk about dosing anyway so we can learn a little more about making edibles at home.
Why is it so hard to calculate dosages in homemade cannabis edibles?
If you’re making edibles from your favourite weed flower first you need to decarboxylate and then infuse it. These processes are never going to be 100% efficient.
There is also the consideration that most foods aren’t homogenous which can lead to one part of the meal being more potent than another.
Cannabis Dosing for the Home Cook
There are two main things to take into consideration when you’re dosing home-cooked edibles:
- How big is each serving? and
- How much THC (or CBD) should each serving contain?
When you determine these two things first you can work backward mathematically to determine what your recipe requires. For example; if you’re baking a dozen muffins for a snack and you’re assuming you will typically only eat one each time you may aim for a dose of 10 mg THC per muffin. That would be that you need 120mg of THC in the entire batch.
Where it gets complicated is then determining your conversion rate for your infusion to determine the total amount of cannabis that needs to be decarboxylated for the recipe.
Miss Envy has made dosing cannabis edibles easy by doing the infusion for you! So, with Miss Envy’s infused coconut oil (that can generally be used the same as butter) you only have to do the first calculation.
Still want to know how to calculate these conversions?
This is what we learned from Bong Appetit by the editors of Munchies:
We will use the same numbers we used above for the muffins to make it simple. So, our recipe requires 120mg of THC total. Next, we need to determine how much cannabis we need.
So, if we assume we get a conversion rate of 70 percent when making infused butter we need to account for the 30 percent we are losing in this process. This means we need to determine the total that 12omg is 70 percent of. To make it more simple we can multiply 120 by 1.43. This means we will need 171.5 mg THC. (Note: this is the simplest way to get a fairly accurate calculation but it will always be an approximation)
To determine the amount of flower we need we must know what percent THCA the flower is lab tested at. This is used to determine how much THC a gram of the flower will produce after decarboxylation. If the flower is lab tested at 15 percent THCA that means there is 150mg THC per gram. Therefore we will need 1.2g of cannabis flower.
This is exactly why we have tried to make it easier to make your own cannabis edibles at home. Check out the cannabis recipes section of our blog for some creative cannabis-infused recipes.
Tips for Reducing Variation in Dosing
When making edibles at home there is always going to be some variation in dosing which is why we always recommend aiming for a slightly lower dose to be cautious. Here are some tips on reducing this variation and getting more accurate dosing of your homemade cannabis edibles:
- Measure carefully. Don’t scoop a big spoonful of coconut oil into the batter – get out the measuring cups, and fill and level them precisely.
- Stir well. Stir until you’re positive the batter is perfectly homogenous – and then stir some more.
- Portion uniformly. Don’t attack the brownie pan with a fork; cut into equal pieces (using a ruler can help). Cookies are even harder; consider using a kitchen scale to weigh out equal portions of dough.
- Plan on variation. When in doubt, assume that the maximum amount of THC made it into your final product; you can always eat more if you find you were wrong.
Are you a cannabis home cook? What’s your experience with dosing your homemade creations? We want to hear from you.