Dose Yourself Properly with this Cannabis Cooking Calculator
by Faye Sakellaridis
Marijuana edibles are a great alternative to smoking — they’re lung-friendly and trippier in nature. But unlike smoking, where discomfort can be gauged with more immediacy, you won’t know if your edible was too strong until after you’ve eaten the whole thing and find yourself mentally flailing in the nether regions of your psyche.
Thankfully, there’s an easy way to keep this risk at bay. The folks over at Whaxy — a fantastic resource for locating medical and retail marijuana dispensaries, as well as staying on top of the latest news in cannabis — have generously provided an app that helps you figure out how much THC is in each serving of your edibles recipe.
The instructions are simple:
While cooking with cannabis at home is a great way to medicate, it’s important to have an idea of the dosage of THC in your cannabutter. As noted in The Cannabist, Jessica Catalano experienced cannabis chef and author of “The Ganja Kitchen Revolution”, it all starts with the percentage of THC of strain (flower) you are cooking with. She notes that most strains test at around 10%, with strains testing at 15-20% being above average, and anything above 21% being considered exceptionally potent.
For every 1 gram of cannabis (in bud form) it has about 1,000mg of dry weight. If a strain has approximately 10% THC, ten percent of 1,000mg = 100mg. With that said, one gram of the cannabis used in this example would result in approximately 100mg of THC content.
While this is a handy cheat sheet to properly dose we realize not everyone remembers algebra, so we created an app to make it even easier. There’s 3 steps:
- Enter the amount of cannabis
- Enter the number of servings
- Enter the approximate THC %
Based on the information you enter, we calculate the approximate THC in each serving, measured in milligrams, based on the equation above. It’s really that simple. For quick reference, here is our cannabutter recipe.
The app is available for free download here.