How Much Weed Should You Put In Your Edibles?
These days, more and more people are choosing to get baked on baked goods. Marijuana edibles are becoming increasingly popular and with a range of commercial products available in states where weed has been legalized, we've seen a boom in online recipes for those who want to make their own weed cookies, brownies or cakes at home.
The reasons for this culinary trend are varied. Some people, particularly those introduced to marijuana later in life, don’t like the idea of smoking due to health reasons, while others find baking up a batch of space cakes for a party a great way to share your stash with your friends and others simply prefer the high you get from eating weed instead of smoking it.
Rather than the instant high, you get when you smoke up, consuming weed edibles takes a little longer and affects you in a different way. It can often take 30-60 minutes to feel the full effect of a weed cookie or brownie and when it does hit you, it can hit you hard.
Unlike smoking where you absorb the THC through your lungs, sending the high directly to your head, eating marijuana makes your entire body feel stoned as the THC enters your body through your gastrointestinal system. And while it can take longer to kick in, it also means the effects can last longer - up to 8 hours in some cases.
Because of the different way the weed is absorbed when eaten, a lot of people are unsure as to how to use it in edibles to make sure you get the best high from your baking.
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Rather than using the weed as a direct ingredient, the preferred method is to infuse your herb into a fatty product like oil or butter which you’ll subsequently then use in your brownies or cookies. The fat in butter and oil will help to release the active ingredient in the weed which causes you to get high. The idea is to cook the marijuana slowly over a long period of time with your butter/oil which will slowly infuse the butter/oil with the psychoactive qualities of the THC.
Knowing how much weed to use in a recipe can be tricky. Ideally, you’ll know the THC percentage of your green. In general, most
types are around 10%, while some other varieties can be around 15-20% and other super strong strains even higher. Finding an average strain of around 10% will make your baking experience a little easier.
In states where marijuana edibles are legal, one ‘serving’ is generally considered to contain 5 to 10 milligrams (mg) of THC, which is generally more than enough to give a casual user a great experience. It is recommended when consuming edible weed for the first time to err on the side of caution, so you should probably aim for a target of 5mg per serve, to begin with.
Using an average variety, one gram (1000 milligrams) of weed will have around 100mg of THC and would, therefore, be enough for 20 servings (eg: 5mg x 20) using our target above. So if you have a recipe for some brownies that yields 20 serves, you should be looking to replace the butter or oil required in the recipe with the weed butter you’ve made from one gram of your herb.
It is important to remember that weed edibles affect people in different ways. A person’s build, health and diet can affect how they respond to the weed. Since it can take longer to digest and be absorbed into the system, you should avoid consuming another serve if you’re not feeling the effect after some time, as the effects can be delayed up to two hours sometimes longer. You could try eating some fatty foods as that can help release more of the active ingredients. Consuming too much weed through edibles can be a scary and uncomfortable experience, so give it time. If you do find that you have eaten too much, try drinking citrus juice such as orange or lemon as this can help reduce the effects, but never freak out! Remember nobody has ever died from consuming marijuana and studies show that this is very unlikely to ever happen.
Like anything, through experience, you’ll find you’ll get better at judging the right dosage to make sure you and your friends get the best high every time. Bon Appetit!