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Why Are Some Batches of Edibles Weaker Than Others? 

By Cheri Sicard
August 21, 2019

Dear Cheri,

Why are some batches of edibles weaker than others when following the same recipe?  I made two batches of weed brownies using the same amount of decarbed cannabis and the same recipe. The strains were different but everything else was the same. One batch of edibles was much weaker than the other. Why?

When it comes to why are some batches of edibles weaker than others, the culprit could be several things.

The most obvious reason is that while you used the same amount of plant material, you used a different strain.  Different strains will affect you differently as each strain has a different mix of cannabinoids and terpenes that create its effects.  

All marijuana is not created equally and different strains will differ in potency.  The same is true of the same strain from different growers.

So in your case as, he second strain may not have been as potent as the first.  Or even if it did have a similar amount of THC, the other chemical elements in the plant (terpenes, flavonoids, and other cannabinoids) can change the way it makes you feel.  

Also, our bodies change and react differently to edibles too.  I know if I eat an edible in the morning with my coffee on an empty stomach, I will feel it a lot more than eating one later in the day with other foods. 

Also how deeply you feel marijuana edibles can change depending on how much cannabis you have been using overall, as you can build up a tolerance (although a day or two off can usually reset this). So if you ate the edible when you have been regularly consuming other edibles and/or smoking or vaping a lot, you may feel it less profoundly.

I hope this helps.

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Cheri Sicard is the author of Mary Jane: The Complete Marijuana Handbook for Women, and The Easy Cannabis Cookbook.  Her online courses at have educated 1000s of students about marijuana, cannabis cooking for home cooks, and making infused topicals.

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