Calculating CBD doses and accurately measuring your daily cannabis intake is one of the more challenging parts of using dietary supplements. This is especially true for people just starting out in the hobby. As you continue using supplements, you’ll start to develop an idea of how much CBD you need, just by looking.
That said, novice cannabis enthusiasts still need to start somewhere. In this article, we’ll discuss ways to estimate CBD dosages and one very specific question – what does 1 gram of THC look like?
Understanding Measurements for Doses: Grams and Milligrams
The most common measurement for dosages in the industry by far, is grams. This is closely followed by mg or milligrams but before we move on to that smaller measurement, let’s understand grams. To put things into perspective, 30 grams make an ounce.
As you may imagine, an ounce of any cannabinoid is usually a little more than what you might need for a single dose. That’s why you’ll often see doses being talked about in milligrams or mg. While an ounce is 30 grams, a milligram is 0.001 grams. More commonly, you’ll see terms like 100mg, which is 0.1 gram of cannabis.
What Does 1 Gram of THC Oil Look Like?
Now that we have a basic understanding of what a gram is, the next big question is what it looks like, particularly what 1 gram of THC oil looks like.
Well, the volume of any material (liquid or otherwise) is determined by its density. For instance, water has a 1:1 conversion factor, meaning 1 gram of water is also 1 milliliter (ml) of water. The density of THC oil is different and varies depending on what else it contains.
That said, generally, the density of THC oil at room temperature is 0.915 mg/ml. In other words, the density of THC oil is very close to that of water.
This means that a gram of THC oil will more or less look like 1 g of water. But we can go even further.
Since we know that a droplet of water contains approximately 0.05 mL, we can assume that a droplet of THC oil will contain just under 0.05 mL as well. So coming back to our original question, what does 1 gram of THC oil look like? It looks like 15-20 droplets.
How Can You Tell How Much THC is in Oil?
Answering this next question is slightly more complicated as the amount of THC in a particular brand’s THC oil will depend on a myriad of factors, everything from the quality of hemp used to other additives and even the extraction process.
The best way is to only purchase your CBD products from a trusted retailer. For instance, as a top manufacturer and wholesaler of CBD products in the Tennessee region, all of Smoky Mountain CBD’s products undergo comprehensive third-party testing.
More importantly, all of our lab results are available on our Certificates of Analysis page. And within those lab results, you can find two key metrics “Delta 9 Tetrahydrocannabinol” and “Delta 8 Tetrahydrocannabinol”. These tell us the exact amount of THC that is in any of our products.
How Many MG of THC Oil is in a Gram?
Once again, the answer to this question will be unique to each product. In order to find out exactly how many mg of THC oil is in one gram of your specific product, refer to its packaging label or Certificate Analysis. You should be able to find the exact amount in mg/g.
For instance, in the above example, one gram of Delta 8 Tincture contains about 25mg of THC.
If your product does not come with such information, reconsider whether or not the product has been thoroughly tested and consider buying from a reputed store.
How Much THC Oil Should I Take A Day?
Your daily dosage of any cannabinoid will depend on numerous factors because everyone’s bodies digest CBD and THC at different speeds.
That said, we recommend 2.5mg per dose if you’re just starting out. As you build tolerance, you can increase your dosage to match your needs but it’s generally recommended to not exceed 40mg of THC in a day. And as with any dietary supplement, consume cannabis in consultation with your physician.