Cannabis-infused edibles are one of the best ways to medicate, so long as you're certain of the potency of your homemade cannabis-infused delectables. Let’s face it, a cannabis-laced goodie with too much THC can be just as disastrous as one with too little.
But when it comes to infusing your oils and butters at home to then include in your favorite edibles recipes, are you still guesstimating your THC and CBD dosages?
Now with The Sanctuary Wellness Institute's Edibles Dosage Calculator, your days of making those "mystery-dosage" cannabis edibles can go up in smoke, for good!
All you will need to know is the quantity—in grams—of cannabis being used for the infusion as well as its percentages of THC and CBD.
If you’ve made a purchase from a licensed dispensary, the percentages of THC and CBD should be on the product’s label, as required. Be aware, however, that every state mandates different labeling regulations, so product labeling could vary depending on the state in which you made your purchase. If there is no label or the information on the label is lacking, you’ll have to rely on strain guides and other estimates to determine where your product falls on the potency scale—which won’t give you the most accurate measurement, but will be closer to the correct percentage than simply guessing.
Simple answer: Use the calculator above. An edibles potency can be difficult to estimate, especially when using recipes found online with no information on the strain used or cannabinoid content. With cannabis being such a commonly prescribed medication in the U.S., more people are trying to make their own edibles at home.
Generally, the average edible “dose” is about 10 mg of THC. When in doubt, keep in mind this simple—but important—phrase: Start low and slow. When trying to gauge the appropriate edible dosage for yourself—particularly if it is your first time ingesting them—remember that edibles can take a while to reach full effect, so don’t up your dosage too quickly. If you don’t reach a level that is perfect for you after a few hours of eating your favorite edible, increase your initial dose using small increments, like 5 mg.
Yes, it is. Quite a lot. Especially if it is your first time taking edibles. See the answer to the question above about the amount of mg in the average edible. Everyone is going to have a different tolerance level with regard to THC potency. Also, there is no direct correlation to one’s tolerance level when ingesting edibles vs. consuming cannabis using other methods, such as smoking it.
A 10 mg gummy edible, once consumed, will release about 70% to 80% of that THC into one’s bloodstream. So if 75% of the THC has entered your bloodstream from a 10 mg gummy edible, that means that you will have about 7.5 mg of THC coursing through your body. Consider also that the “high” feeling experienced after consuming edibles can be, for many users, more intense that consuming cannabis in other ways.
Just like consuming alcohol, the effects felt after ingesting an edible on an empty stomach will vary quite widely from those felt if consumed after eating food. The answer as to whether you should or shouldn’t eat other food before consuming an edible depends largely on what effect you are aiming for. THC, when absorbed by the digestive tract, changes its form which results in a stronger and longer-lasting “high.” When eaten on an empty stomach, edibles will hit harder and faster than if you’d taken them after having eaten something else. If edibles are new for you, it’s probably a smart move to avoid trying them on an empty stomach.