Let’s Break Down Dosing For Edibles

I think questions about dosing for edibles is one of the most frequent questions I get. It’s pretty simple once you understand the formula. Let’s see if I can break it down for you here.

THC Percentage

The amount of THC milligrams in your medicine is based off of its THC percentage. In order for you to calculate your dose, you’ll need to know its weight and the THC percentage. Fortunately, when you buy cannabis flower from a dispensary, they are both listed on the label. If you are getting your cannabis from other sources, be aware that there is no way to be accurate unless you have the product measured and tested. The best you can do is a good guess based on the average range of the strain you have available.

How To Calculate The Amount Of THC

First figure out how much THC is in your bud. No worries, there are just a few easy calculations to make.

The first thing is to convert the flower weight (grams) to milligrams. *Note: 1 gram of cannabis = 1000 milligrams dry weight.

For this example, let’s assume you have purchased 7 grams of flower that is labeled as having 15% THC. Follow along to learn the formula, and then you can plug in your own numbers.

  1. Multiply the 7 g dry flower x 1000 which equals 7000 mg flower weight
    7 g x 1000 = 7000 mg
  2. The next step is to multiply that 7000 mg flower weight by the THC%
    In our example 7000 mg x 15% THC
    7000 mg x .15 = 1050 mg
  3. Now you know that there will be 1050 mg THC total to use in your oil/tincture/recipe.

You can use this same method to determine the amount of CBD, CBG, or other cannabinoids in any particular recipe as well. Just replace the % of THC with the % of the other cannabinoid desired.

The Dose For Portions

cannabis infused coconut oil

So, now that you know how to calculate the amount of THC in your dry cannabis flower, you can easily determine individual doses for your edibles. All you have to do from there is divide by the number of servings.

Let’s look at how potent a batch of brownies would be with infused oil from our example 7 g above.

Lets say you infuse that same 7 g of cannabis flower into 1 cup (8oz) of coconut oil, which means you have infused oil with 1050 mg THC total in it. But the recipe calls for 1/4 cup of oil, and there are 12 servings in the recipe.

More math:

We know that 1 cup of your oil has 1050 mg THC so we divide that by 4
1050 mg ÷ 4 = 262.5 mg THC.

Since you know that your 1/4 cup of infused oil = 262.5 mg THC for the batch of brownies, you can easily figure out the approximate dose in each serving.

Simply take that 262.5 mg and ÷ by the amount of servings
262.5 ÷ 12 = about 21.86 mg of THC

Your brownies will be pretty potent at about 21.86 g THC per serving. The best part is you still have 3/4 cup of oil left over to use in other recipes!

Here is another great recipe for infused olive oil. Remember, you can always sub the oil in this recipe for any high fat oil.

Happy medicating!