Are you ready to make cannabis butter or oil, but are stuck wondering how much to use? My cannabis flower to oil ratio guide will help you decide how much so you end up with a perfectly-potent end product suited to your unique tolerance and needs.
- An easy-to-use guide to determine how much flower, kief, or trim and how much oil or butter to use in your infusions
- Expert tips to help you determine your own personal tolerance level
- An option to download and print the both the 1:1 and 1:2 chart
Why The Ratio Matters
Edibles are a great way to consume cannabis to find relief from unwanted symptoms, but if you're buying them from a dispensary, the costs can really add up.
That’s why so many of my Well With Cannabis Community members love to save money by making their own edibles at home.
But the same question is always asked, how much cannabis and how much oil should I use?
It’s a great question because how much of each you decide to use will impact the potency of your final product.
In this guide, we will discuss how you can determine the perfect flower to oil ratio for your infusion so you can get your chill on and save money at the same time!
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Use The Ratio Chart
Looking for a quick and easy answer reference guide?
I've created this easy-to-use chart above to help you decide how much flower and oil to use based on how big you want your final batch to be.
This works for infusions that are made in a crockpot, Instant pot, or even an infusion machine, depending on the capacity it can hold.
The chart has two parts, a 1:2 ratio (1 ounce to 2 cups) and a 1:1 ratio (1 ounce to 1 cup). But, which chart should you use?
One of the best parts about making your own cannabis infusions is that you can make them as strong, or mild, as you prefer.
If you have a low tolerance, or if you are looking for a more mild dose, you should use the 1:2 ratio chart listed first.
If you have a high tolerance, or if you're looking for a stronger dose, you can reference the second chart and use a 1:1 ratio of cannabis flower to oil.
When deciding which ratio to pick, take your own personal tolerance into consideration, and if you’re new to edibles, be sure to follow the golden rule of “start low and go slow”.
Other Factors to Consider
As a general rule, it's important to know that the more cannabis flower you add to your infusion, the more potent your edibles will be.
You can also increase the potency by decreasing the amount of oil or butter to get the same effect.
My flower to oil ratio chart above breaks it down so you can easily and accurately mix the right amounts - but there are a few other factors to consider as well.
The Potency Of The Flower
While the amount of flower and oil you use matters, so does the potency of the flower you’re using.
Different strains can have different percentages of cannabinoids. Without lab testing, it is impossible to know this exact number.
If you purchased cannabis from a dispensary, it should come with a lab report or printed number stating the total percent of cannabinoids in the product.
If you grew your own flower and know the strain you used, online resources like Leafly should be able to give you an average percentage of what the strain typically produces.
Remember, the higher the percentage of cannabinoids, the more potent the final infusion will be.
If You're Working With Trim
The chart above is was designed with the thought that you would be using traditional cannabis flower buds.
But what if you want to make an infusion with trim or shake?
If you're working with trim, I typically recommend you double the amount of "flower" in the cart.
This is because trim, like fan leaves or sugar leaves, is typically less potent than flowers, so doubling up on the amount will help keep the potency higher.
Of course, this is just a rough guesstimate, and will again depend on the strength of the flower and your personal tolerance.
If You're Working With Kief
Again, the chart above is was designed for using cannabis flower buds.
However, if you're lucky enough to have collected a nice amount of kief, you can easily infuse it into butter or oil.
If you're working with kief, I typically recommend you *at least* halve the amount of "flower" in the cart.
This is because kief has the potential to be anywhere between 50-70% more potent than traditional cannabis flower due to its high trichome content.
Take care when preparing a kief oil or kief butter, as they can be very potent depending on how they are made.
A Calculator Can Help
While it is no substitute for lab testing, an online calculator can help you determine the potency of your final product.
For this to work, you will need to know the potency of the material you are working with, or at least have a general idea.
From there, you can input values into my edibles dosage calculator and see what the final potency will be - before you even infuse!
Get To Know Your Own Personal Tolerance
By changing the amount of flower to oil in your recipe, you can manipulate the final product to be as potent as you'd like.
The more flower you use, the more potent it will be. The more oil you use, the more you will dilute the infusion.
Since cannabis affects everyone differently and the endocannabinoid system is highly individualized from person to person, it's important to know your own personal tolerance level.
Cannabis enthusiasts typically agree that the best way to consume edibles safely is to "start low and go slow".
That way, you are less likely to experience the unpleasant side effects associated with too much THC consumption, like anxiety and paranoia.
It's always advised to start with a low flower to oil ratio for your first batch of edibles and see whether it meets your needs.
If it's not as potent as you'd like, you can try a stronger ratio next time. Keep experimenting with different amounts of cannabis flower and oil to find the perfect ratio for your tolerance level.
Once you've got the right potency, you'll be able to make all kinds of edible recipes at home on your own.
Whether you're just beginning your journey into homemade cannabis-infused treats, or if you're a seasoned baker, this flower to oil ratio chart will help as a quick guide.
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