420 with CNW — How to Calculate THC Levels in Marijuana Edibles
THC, or delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical agent responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive effects. When ingested, the effects of THC tend to be stronger and last longer, meaning any dosage mistakes can leave users feeling uncomfortably high for hours. In fact, many a first-time user has ingested too much THC and vowed never to consume cannabis again due to the intense and often uncomfortable experience.
So how exactly would you calculate THC levels in marijuana edibles at home without access to scientists and fancy machines?
The first thing you should do is find out the cannabinoid content in the cannabis flower you plan to use. This will include THCA, the precursor to THC. In cannabis flower, THCA usually converts to THC once the flower is combusted in a process called decarboxylation, but in the case of edibles, you will have to heat your flower in butter or high-quality oil. The amount of THC that will convert to THC is referred to as the decarb rate and will determine the final dosage of edibles. The recommended dose for beginners is one to five milligrams of THC with one equaling 1,000 milligrams. Once you’ve settled on a dose, it’s time to estimate the decarb rate.
Let’s assume 90% of the THCA in your flower will decarb into THC. The next step will be to estimate the extraction efficiency, meaning the amount of THC that will be extracted from the flower and infused into the oil or butter. Most experts set the average extraction efficiency at 30% to 40% but we’ll assume a 60% extraction efficiency to stay on the safe side.
Once you know how much THC your flower contains and you have the decarb rate and extraction efficiency down, you’ll have to do a little math. Presuming you use 10g of cannabis flower with 20% THC, giving you a total of 2,000mg THC, your formula would be 2,000mg x 0.9, or the amount of THC x decarb rate.
This would give you a THC yield of 1,800 mg, which you would then multiply by the extraction efficiency of 60%; 1,800 x 0.6 would result in oil or butter infused with 1,080mg of THC, enough for 216 5mg portions. Regardless of the decarb rate and extraction efficiency estimates you use, you should multiply the amount of cannabis by the decarb rate and then multiply the answer by the extraction efficiency rate. Do the math several times. Furthermore, make sure you mix the oil or butter thoroughly to ensure THC is evenly distributed.
Cannabis manufacturers such as Hero Technologies Inc. (OTC: HENC) often have edibles of varying potency, so it is good to acquaint yourself with a method to calculate how much THC is in each serving, especially if you are using cannabis for medicinal purposes.
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