How to calculate THC dosage in marijuana edibles

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Although many people still consider marijuana a quite dangerous drug and don’t see its advantages and possible profits for human health. But in fact, however, marijuana is not only an intoxicant but also a substance with great healing properties. What’s more, it’s also used as a food component as a so-called ‘edible marijuana’. It can be of various types, for example baked food, drinks or capsules. However, although those products may be tasty and include a range of positive effects such as relaxation, the THC dosage in them should be carefully calculated to avoid causing any harm.

Types of marijuana edibles

The most popular marijuana edibles include various types of bakes, such as cookies and pies. It’s relatively easy to include marijuana in them. Drinks with marijuana are also becoming more and more popular, and they usually have around 4 percent of the cannabis extract. Marijuana capsules are another form of edible cannabis, as they are not considered medication, but they still have some healing and relaxing properties. Of course, with a little creativity, it’s possible to prepare more varied recipes that conform to your and your friends’ personal tastes. 

THC dosage calculation

Generally recommended THC dose in marijuana edibles is around 10 to 15 milligrams. But sometimes a more exact calculation is needed so that we don’t make a mistake. The first step to take is to estimate the percentage of THC in the marijuana that you’re using. In the US, the average percentage is around 10 percent, but it’s also possible to have a 20- or 30- percent THC marijuana. Anyway, it’s good to round up the percentage to make the calculations easier.

The next step is using the exact formula. Let’s assume that 1 gram of cannabis equals 1000 milligrams. The 10 percent would be 100 milligrams so that an average marijuana gram would contain 100 milligrams of THC. For your cooking, then you should use around 100 milligrams of cannabis, which would equal the 10 recommended milligrams.

When calculating a THC dose, it’s worth remembering about your weight, height, general intoxicant tolerance, and other health factors. The more health problems you have or, the less you weigh, the less the potential dose should be. 

The effects of marijuana in food

It’s good to remember that the effect of the marijuana in the form of food usually depends on the type of food. If you eat cannabis in fatty, greasy, or sweet foods, its effects won’t be that strong and visible. Marijuana in drinks, though, can be pretty strong effects. If you prefer a milder effect, try to decrease the THC percentage to, for example, five or ten percent. The other way round, to boost the marijuana activity, make the portion slightly bigger.

Overdosing marijuana in food

Although cannabis edibles sound and look innocent, it’s possible to overdose them just like the case of the traditional use of this substance. If the THC is not calculated correctly and it gets too high, it’s possible to suffer from side effects such as anxiety, confusion, fast heartbeat, insomnia, severe nausea, hallucination, high blood pressure, or vomiting. Overdosing of marijuana may also increase the risk of mechanical injuries and accidents because it influences the nervous system. It’s also good to keep in mind that using marijuana – in food and in general – shouldn’t be joined with using alcohol or any other psychoactive substances. Cannabis edibles may be more tempting to use along with other drugs or drinks, as they may seem ‘innocent’ and safe. In fact, though, it’s easier to overdose if we don’t feel the effect immediately.

Joining marijuana with food seems to be the right solution for those who appreciate new experiences or … simply like cooking. It has the effects of relaxation, euphoria, and increased appetite, so it’s often used as a stimulating substance at parties or other meetings. However, it’s extremely important to keep in mind that this variation of cannabis can be as dangerous as any other one, especially in miscalculating the THC dose in a meal. The values of 10 or 15 grams of THC per one person and one meal shouldn’t be excessed. All in all, marijuana can be a useful food component if it’s used with caution and reason.


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