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Potency and Dosing Guidelines for Cannabis Edibles Recipes found at Cannabis Spatula

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Thinking about making one of the recipes you see at Cannabis Spatula and wondering how potent they are? Keep reading to learn more about how we dose our recipes, and why that amount might change when you make it on your own.

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How Dosing Works with Cannabis Edibles

Here’s the bottom line. There is a lot that can factor into the potency of cannabis edibles.

  • The quality of your marijuana.
  • How well you followed the instructions to make your base recipe staples (CannaButter, Canna Oil and CannaHoney),
  • And even your own tolerance to cannabis.

While some people may feel a perfect daytime high after ingesting 10 mg of THC, others may feel nothing even after eating 80 mg of THC. It all depends on how your body responds to marijuana.

Combine everyone’s individual needs with the fact that the quality of cannabis you’re able to purchase could be anywhere from 3% THC to 25% THC (although you’ll need to be purchasing your weed at a dispensary to get a level as high as 25%), and you can see how dosing your edibles can become tricky.

How We Dose Our Recipes at Cannabis Spatula

For every cannabis edibles recipes you find on this site, we are making an assumption that the marijuana you’re using contains 10% THC (this number is based on the national average).

We also have found that 10 milligrams of THC per serving is usually a good starting point. Those that need less can cut their portion in half. Those that need more can double, triple or quadruple their serving size as needed.

For every recipe at Cannabis Spatula, we’ve calculated it to be 10 – 14 milligrams of THC per serving. If the recipe falls out of that range it will be noted within the recipe card. 

Start Low and Go Slow

I’m sure you’ve heard this countless times when it comes to ingesting marijuana, but it’s worth repeating.

Start at a low dose and wait before eating an additional serving.

It can be easy to overdo it when you’re eating a delicious bowl of Cannabis Chicken Chili and desperately want seconds.

We recommend that you start with one serving (or half of a serving). It can take 30 – 60 minutes for the high to kick in with edibles, so even if you don’t feel anything for the first 30 minutes, wait for an hour before having another serving.


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  3. papal roach

    May 26, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    I grow every year, since 1969, and only use cannabis for eating. I make butter then cookies etc. I use the recipe 1/2 oz of bud for 1 stick or 1/4 pound butter. It works out really well with the store bought cookie mix, thats in the box. I usually make 12-15 cookies for the recipe. If Im assuming my weed is about 10% THC what is the milligram of my cookies? Plus or minus. My son and his friends are regular smokers say 1/2 a cookie is great a whole one is intense. Any idea?

    • Cannabis Spatula

      June 2, 2020 at 8:07 pm

      Wow – I’m going to say they’re pretty strong cookies. Probably 40+ mg THC per cookie. Sounds delicious.

    • Wendy

      July 12, 2020 at 3:23 pm

      Will you share your recipe? Please?

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  5. Kenny

    September 18, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    Good morning! I’m currently in the process of making my own cannaBBQ sauce and was wondering about how much canna oil would you suggest using to yield a gallon of sauce, assuming the weed is 10% THC?

    • Cannabis Spatula

      September 18, 2020 at 4:18 pm

      This sounds delicious! Can you tell me which recipe you’re using? We have two live on our site, and one calls for Canna Honey and the other for Canna Butter. Both of those recipes make 1 cup of sauce, so you would want to multiply the total ingredients by 16 to make a gallon. Hope that helps!

  6. Diane S

    September 18, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    I use medical marijuana which the flower seems to be between 16-20% THC but it comes in 1 gram (1/28th of ounce). Can you give me an idea of a recipe for me for butter or oil? Thanks

    • Cannabis Spatula

      September 23, 2020 at 1:56 pm

      Are you able to purchase more than one gram? Assuming a 20% THC, I would use 3(ish) tablespoons of butter or oil for one gram (to get the same dosage that we use in our recipes). Ideally you would be able to purchase more marijuana and make a larger batch.

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  10. Tanya

    February 12, 2021 at 2:44 am

    So I made a pound of butter with half an ounce of weed. From they cannabutter, I took a half a cup and made 40 cookies. I’m trying to figure out how many milligrams there would be per cookie. I’m terrible at math.

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