Cannabis Butter Potency

When using cannabis to enhance you cooking and baking it is important to recognize the potency. It reminds me of espresso shots. You may need 2-3 shots of espresso while you friend may only prefer a half shot.


This article from Marijuana Grower HQ Explains dosage well: “Estimating marijuana dosage depends largely on the cannabinoid content of the marijuana you incorporate. Sometime it is a process of trial and error.”

The best method to test the cannabis butter potency is to make a batch of butter and test it yourself. When ingested, cannabinoids take much longer to enter the bloodstream through the digestive system than through the lungs. So the full effects will not be apparent for 30 minutes to 2 hours. Wait at least two hours before you increase the dose. If you are trying to maintain a consistent potency, but using different types of marijuana for different batches, you might want to call our friends at SC Laboratories. They can test a small sample of the raw marijuana and tell you the precise cannabinoid content.


Cannabis butter can be made from leaf, trim, buds, and kief or hash.

The following amounts of marijuana are estimates for 1 pound of butter.

1 pound of butter equals= 2 cups OR 4 sticks

  • Leaf – 3 ounces
  • Trim – 2 ounces
  • Buds – 1 ounce
  • Kief and hash – 3 to 4 grams

It is better to make your marijuana butter a bit on the strong side. If your cannabinoid content is weak, you will have to use a lot of butter to get the desired effect. You run the risk of either using more butter than the recipe calls for, or having to eat more of the finished edibles than your tummy can hold. Since not all medical marijuana patients have huge appetites, a strong dose should fit into a moderate serving of the finished product. If you find the butter is a bit on the strong side, you can always use less marijuana butter and supplement it with regular butter or oil.”For Full Article Click Here

This is the reason why recipes are written in Full, Quarter, or Half Strength. Depending on what you are making your cannabis butter from (leaf, trim, bud, etc.) will give you a different potency. 


Author: Mike

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