Calculating Cannabis Cooking Dosages

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Calculating Cannabis Dosages in CookingNote: This is a very basic guideline to cannabis cooking dosages in edibles. More detailed information can be found in The Cannabis Gourmet Cookbook by Cheri Sicard, available from your favorite bookseller or on this blog.

It is impossible for any recipe writer to make an across the board recommendation for the amount of cannabis a given dish needs to be effective.  Far too many variables come into play.  It is important for the cook to always understand that the amount of cannabis listed in the ingredient section of any recipe is only a recommendation that is to be used as a rough guideline.

Dosing Considerations

Before you can determine exactly how much marijuana to use in cooking, there are some important key points that need to be understood:

  • All cannabis is not created equal! The same amounts of different strains of marijuana will NOT be equal in potency.  Identical strains from different growers or even different crops of the same strain, from the same grower, will vary.  Just because you have cooked with a given strain in the past does not mean that you will know the strength of the food made from the same strain from a different source. Aside from potency, every cannabis strain is different, each containing varying degrees of specific cannabinoids.  This is why some strains make you sleepy while others make you energetic.  If you are cooking with a new strain, test its potency and effects both before cooking and before eating a normal portion in order to estimate its strength.
  • The weight of the person eating the food will alter how much they feel the medication.  Naturally, larger people usually need larger doses and small people smaller doses.  I say usually, because again, different individuals have different metabolisms and tolerance levels and likewise react to cannabis in different ways.
  • The frequency the person uses cannabis will effect how much they will need to physically feel the effects.  The more you use the greater your tolerance will tend to be.  However, frequent and heavy cannabis consumers who stop for even a day or two will likely experience a heightened effect the first time they use marijuana again after abstaining.
  • Consuming marijuana edibles on an empty stomach will cause you to feel their effect more quickly and profoundly than if you had consumed them after eating other foods or in conjunction with other foods.
  • Alcohol can compound the effects of cannabis and for many people the mix of alcohol and cannabis produces an unpleasant paranoid effect.  Reduce, or better yet eliminate, alcohol consumption when using marijuana.

Recommended Dosage Ranges

The following chart will give a dose range for using leaf/trim, bud, and concentrates.  There is a large range, as you can see.  This is because each strain is different, containing a different mix of cannabinoids in varying strengths.  The dosage range for concentrates is even wider.

I will stress again that the information below is a very general guideline that needs to be weighed against the factors covered above when determining the amount of cannabis to use in your recipes.  The amounts are suggested for a person of about 150 pounds.  Try to determine an amount that seems reasonable for your needs, taking into account the strength of the plant material used and the factors listed above.  When you’ve finished cooking, eat a small amount and wait in order to test the strength of a given batch of edibles.

Cannabis Material         Recommended Dosage Range Per Individual Dose

Marijuana Leaf/Trim       1/2 to 2 grams

Average Bud               1/4 to 1 gram

High Quality Bud          1/8 to 1/2 gram

Kief or Hash              1/8 to 1/2 grams


What if the Dose is Too High?

Getting too strong a dose is a common problem, especially with people who are new to using edible marijuana.  In fact, there is no easier way to get too much marijuana than by eating it.  Because it can take an hour and a half or more for the medicine to take effect (two to three hours if you didn’t take it on an empty stomach), some people think it’s not working and eat more.  By the time it all kicks in they realize they’ve over done it.

If this happens to you or someone you know, first and foremost, do not panic!  It is impossible to ingest a toxic dose of marijuana.  Don’t take my word for it.  Here’s what the World Health Organization had to say on the subject:

“There are no recorded cases of overdose fatalities attributed to cannabis, and the estimated lethal dose for humans extrapolated from animal studies is so high that it cannot be achieved by users.”

So overdosing on marijuana will not kill you.  It just does not work that way in the body. It does not slow your respiratory system or cause organ failure even in extreme doses.  So calm down.  You don’t need to worry about those things.

That said, it is definitely possible to ingest more marijuana than you need or want.  When this happens you may have feelings of uneasiness, anxiety, or even paranoia.  You might also feel dizzy, groggy, nauseous, or get chills.  Your coordination might be effected and likewise you may have trouble talking clearly and could lose your balance when walking.  Some people experience heart rate acceleration, which can further increase the anxiety.

It goes without saying you should not be driving or operating heavy machinery.  The most common real danger in over medicating comes in the form of falls or accidents related to impairment of motor skills.  Likewise you should especially exercise caution and consult your cannabis physician if you have a medical condition that already causes any of the symptoms listed above.  You wouldn’t want to dismiss serious signals your body is sending because you attributed them to over medicating on marijuana.

The best remedy for ingesting too much cannabis is to simply sleep it off.  The peak of the effects should take place about an hour after you begin to notice them and then begin to dissipate after that.  It’s common to feel anxious or hyper active in the first hour, before becoming tired afterwards.   Lie down, go to sleep, and when you wake up a few hours later it will all be over.    Unlike indulging in too much alcohol, you won’t even have to deal with a hangover.

Should you discover a given batch of any recipe is stronger than you want it to be, don’t discard it!  The remedy is simple, consume a smaller portion next time in order to adjust the dosage downward.

 

 

 

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  1. Hi, what if i have 100% pure cannabis oil, what dosage would you recommend if i were to make say 12 muffins? should i make cannabutter with the oil? im just abit weary about the dosage i dont want to use too much
    thanks 🙂

    • When you say 100% cannabis oil what do you mean? RSO/ BHO? It is impossible to tell you how much to use as dosing is a very individualized thing. It will depend on the strength of the oil and your personal tolerance levels. For instance, I need a minimum of 100mg where that would put others under the table. As to whether you can use the oil, sure. No need to make cannabutter for this. Stir into your batter until well combined (warm oil stirs in easier). You are making 12 muffins so in theory 12 servings, now you need to determine how much you need, which is not something someone else can do for you. I would start with a little less than what you inhale per serving and test the waters. Hope this helps.

  2. Maybe I’m missing something here, but is the recommended dosage for kief correct? When the, necessarily broad, dosage of good bud is: 1/8 to 1/2 gram and the dosage for kief is 1/8 to TWO (my caps) grams, with kief being such a denser concentration of trichomes, it just makes me wonder if these amounts aren’t flipped? Any help on this?

    • Thank you for pointing it out, there was a typo, it should have said (and now does) !/2 (one-half) gram kief on the high end. Somehow the 1/ got left out when we put up the post. Cannabis dosing is such a fine art. The differences in tolerance from individual to individual are astounding. The tiniest amount effects some people profoundly, while others can safely ingest high doses with no ill effects.

  3. Hi, I make edibles on a regular basis w/all foods and have been having a hard time finding the kief to ounce ratio for making butter. I make 2cups of butter at a time in my butter machine. The last time I made kief butter I used 2g for 2cups (recipe from Internet) and it was ok but didn’t seem as strong as when I make butter or coconut oil from buds. So I’m trying to find how much kief equals an ounce of cannabis. I do know it is different w/strains, where it was stored etc but the ratio seems all over the place when I look for it.
    I use medical cannabis w/THC in the 20’s and keep my sativa and indica seperate.
    The most consistent I see is 2g – 4g kief = 1oz bud. Hoping you can help and was also wondering the CBD ratio of AVB (already vaped materiel) to an ounce if this is possible.
    Thanks and Cheers🍁

    • Dosing is somewhat of an art, as you are discovering. THe amounts given are always widely varied for the reasons you cite, different strains have different strengths and people metabolize them differently. The amount of CBD will be impossible to know as that will vary from strain to strain. As to the amount of kief, I generally aim for 1/4 gram per serving in a finished recipe, more or less depending on strength and tolerance of the person I am cooking for. I generally do not make butter from kief, but rather skip the process and just add decarboxylated kief directly into recipes, without making the infusion first, although you could also do it that way. So if infusing, I would determine how many individual servings I wanted to get out of the amount of butter or oil I am infusing and dose accordingly. For instance a cup of butter equal 16 tablespoons, if I wanted a tablespoon to be a serving, them I would use 4 grams. Hope this makes sense. However, I think you are doing it correctly by experimenting to find what works best for you, hopefully you are keeping notes too so you will have things to compare to next time.

  4. Thanks for the quick answer, I really appreciate that and appreciate the advice.
    What you said does make sense with the dosing amount for kief and is the best answer I have found. I do sprinkle kief on tomato based dishes as I read the THC binds better and I do find it works quickly when sprinkled on spaghetti, etc.
    The reason I like to make kief butter is that you don’t have that strong taste of cannabis, though I am finding things that hide taste.
    I am always working on recipes and making things that I can eat in the morning and on the go so do like to have my cannabutter, canna coconut oil & canna corn syrup prepared as I never know what kind of day my body is going to have.(spinal cord injury) It’s a lot easier to just pop a lozenge in the morning, although I would like to try something(?) in my morning coffee.
    With the CBD I totally get that as I have been trying to figure it out but when I have mixed all the strains in my AVB its a guessing game.
    The CBD is mainly for my poor old dog who has arthritis, hip & joint issues, sight & hearing and a cysts on spine and joints. I make her biscuits that are free of dairy & wheat. She has a sensitive stomach as well so the biscuits are made w/things a dog can easily digest. I started her on a very very low dose and slowly increased to the point where she isn’t holding her leg up or limping when walking plus she loves her medicine. I did a lot of research before I put her on them as dogs are much more sensitive than us so no THC, just CBD biscuits.
    Yes, I have started taking notes now which is making a world of difference in my successes but do need to start make more detailed notes. It really does make it easier I’m learning. 😉
    I must say that I love your site. It’s very informative, eye appealing & helpful. I have learned more on your site in the past few days than anywhere else.💚
    Thanks and Cheers🍁

    • Thank you for the kind words. I give my dogs cannabis too when they have needed it. THC and CBD but extremely low doses.

      You might also want to check out another site that I am editor for, http://www.SeniorStoner.com. I am not sure of your age, but even if you are not older, there are a lot of great medical articles there, written by my friend Lanny Swerdlow, who is a registered nurse. So you might find some of that information useful in your journey.

      All the best,

      Cheri

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