Getting the right cannabutter ratio is important if you want to make good edibles. Use too little and you won’t get high from your edibles. Use too much weed and you’ll be wasting weed.
When determining the ideal cannabutter ratio there are a few things to consider:
- edible to cannabutter ratio
- weed potency
- edible potency
- maximum saturation
The maximum saturation only matters if you want to make the most potent cannabutter possible. Check out our potent cannabutter recipe to learn how to do that.
Edible to Cannabutter Ratio
The first thing you should consider is how much cannabutter you’ll be putting in each individual edible. If I’m making brownies I’ll typically use a 1/2 cup of butter to make 12 brownies. That’ll give me 48 brownies in a pound of butter.
Next, we should figure out how potent our weed is. If you’re lucky enough to buy it from a dispensary, they’ll typically be able to supply you with this information. Otherwise, you can buy a weed potency test on Amazon for around $30.
If you don’t have the ability to get your THC percentages, the averages are:
- Bud: 10 – 20%
- Shake: 5 – 15%
- Stems: 5 – 10%
- ABV (Already Been Vaped): 2-7%
Now we should determine how strong we want each edible to be. This is going to vary from person to person depending on their tolerance. These are the generally recommended dosages:
- New Users: 2.5mg THC
- Average Users: 10mg THC
- Moderately Heavy Users: 40mg
- Heavy Users: 100mg
As a comparison, 10mg of THC is about the same as smoking an averaged sized joint or .7g of bud.
Maximum Saturation of Cannabutter
You can only saturate butter with so much THC. If you use more weed than the maximum saturation, you’re wasting it. However, butter’s maximum saturation point is so high that you’ll almost never reach it. At 11 grams of THC per stick of butter, you’d need almost 6 ounces of 15% bud! So go ahead and load your butter with lots of weed.
Determining Our Cannabutter Ratio
Now that we know how much butter is in each edible, how potent our weed is, and how potent we want it to be we can determine the ideal cannabutter ratio. Simply multiply the edible potency by the number of edibles then divide by the weed potency.
So if I want to make 48, 10mg brownies with a pound of butter and 15% THC bud I would multiply 10 x 48 the divide by 0.15. Then multiply by 100 to get grams instead of mg. Provided I had a perfect THC extraction with my cannabutter recipe, I would need 6.4 grams of weed which is just under a quarter ounce, which is what I use.