How Much Weed to Make Brownies & Two Bonus Recipes

Does your mouth water when you look at cannabis brownies?

The smell, the intriguing taste, and the potency, of course…it is food for the Gods, after all.

Whether you have some leftover cannabis you don't want to smoke or grow your own ganja, it's quite possible to make cannabis brownies, and today I'll show you how.

The tricky part to figure out: how much weed to make brownies.

Too little and you won't feel anything, but too much and you'll regret it.

Today, we'll teach you how much you need to feel just right, plus an easy to follow brownie recipe!


How Much Weed To Make Brownies?

If you’ve never tried a cannabis edible before, this is an important question to consider.

Cannabis edibles have different effects on different people because of the type of the strain, the metabolism of your body and even the way you react to THC matters.

It’s easy to eat too many brownies and get wrecked, so you have to take it slow.

The problem with hash brownies is that you can’t stop eating once you start, making it easy to get too stoned quickly.

Moreover, if you have friends coming over, it’s best to stick to small proportions unless you want to babysit someone!

If you're taking cannabis for medical purposes, stick to your doctors recommended mg of THC per dose.

If you're taking cannabis for medical purposes, stick to your doctors recommended mg of THC per dose.

For small batches of cannabutter, a ¼ ounce of cannabis works great, and you can even cut down the amount of butter used in your recipes if you decide to add more cannabis.

If you want to get the perfect about of cannabis for your edibles, use our cannabis cooking calculator.

And remember, a little goes a long way!

If you're new to edibles, start with servings that are 5-10mg of THC per serving and work your way up.

You also want to make sure you wait 45 minutes before you decide you need more since it takes a while for it to hit you.

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What Are Weed Brownies, By The Way?

Cannabis brownies don’t need an introduction, but I’ll tell you anyway.

They're nothing but brownies made with cannabis.

You don’t have to be a master chef like your grandma, but this one will surely make her proud of your skills!

Why Make Weed Brownies?

Smoking any strain of cannabis flowers is awesome, but for some connoisseurs, edibles are even better.

First off, it’s great for anyone who doesn’t want to smoke due to personal or medical reasons.

And secondly, the high is amazing, and since it's homemade, you're completely in charge of adjusting the potency.

With edibles, the liver metabolizes the THC and also rushes through the brain barrier faster, making it a robust and potent compound.

They are discreet, easy to handle and provide extended relief, making it a better option than smoking.

However, as a beginner, if you think that it’s as simple as sprinkling cannabis into the batter, then you’re completely wrong.

It’s not rocket science, really, but it’s not that simple either.

Cannabis brownies are so ubiquitous that it’s the preferred choice for beginners to try edibles for the first time.

Use small pans to bake small proportions, but if you have guests that adore marijuana, bigger pans will deliver chewy brownies.

Oh, and one more thing before you begin…

You'll need cannabutter to make these scintillating brownies, and you'll have to decarboxylate your marijuana, which brings us to the next question…

What is Decarboxylation?

Before you quit because you can’t even pronounce decarboxylation, hang on a sec!

Decarboxylation is nothing but a fancy term for “activating” marijuana so that it performs to its fullest potential.

THC – the psychoactive component we all love – is activated when it is introduced to heat.

When smoking a joint, you decarboxylate it naturally by lighting it with fire, but when you want to make any cannabis edible, it’s necessary to decarboxylate the cannabis so that the THC is active.

If you ignore this process, you might as well eat a regular brownie because you’re not going to get high!

How to Decarboxylate Cannabis?

Decarboxylation prevents bacteria, and it's pretty easy, so grab your supplies, and I'll teach you how to activate that THC.

What You Will Need:

  • Your favorite strain of cannabis (1/4 ounce for a small batch)
  • Baking pan
  • Parchment paper


Preheat the oven to around 220°F.

Temperatures above 300°F will burn the cannabis, but if you go lower, the decarboxylation process may be incomplete.

Meaning all the THCA present in the bud might not convert to THC, so keep an eye on the oven.

Line the baking tray with the parchment paper and break the buds (do not grind them) as much as you manually can.

Spread the buds on the paper and let them bake for at least 20-40 minutes.

You can now make any cannabis edible of your choice.

For those who don’t own an oven…

Create a double boiler by placing a container on top of a pan on the stove.

Fill the pan with water and allow it to boil.

Close the container containing the cannabis with a lid so that it’s not affected by the moisture, and of course, you don’t want boiling water splashing on your buds.

Once the water boils, place the container in the water and let it cook for at least 45 minutes, and voila, you have your decarboxylated cannabis ready!

How to make Cannabutter?

You don’t need days of preparation and waiting after making cannabutter because you can use it the same day you want to make the brownies.

What You Will Need:

  • A good, sturdy saucepan with a thick bottom
  • Your favorite strain of cannabis
  • Unsalted butter
  • An air-tight container
  • Strainer


Ratio: For every ½ cup of butter, you’ll need a ¼ ounce of the finest cannabis you have. (On average. Refer to the section above to properly dose your edibles)

Place the saucepan on low heat and add the butter.

Break the buds with your hands and grind them fine.

Remember that the higher the quality of cannabis, the higher the quality of the butter.

You can also make cannabutter in a slow cooker instead of the saucepan if you’re worried about the direct heat, or use a double boiler.

As the butter melts, add cannabis buds and mix well.

Allow the butter-cannabis mixture to simmer for at least 50 minutes while stirring in between.

Once bubbles form on top, mix well, and switch off the heat.

The mixture is too hot to handle, so wait until it cools down, but not until it solidifies.

Using the strainer, strain the mixture into the air-tight container, and apply some pressure to strain every drop of the butter!

Your cannabutter is now ready and can be used immediately or stored in the freezer.

Watch how to make cannabutter and pot brownies from start to finish.

How to Make Weed Brownies

Now that you have everything you need, you can proceed to make some yummy pot brownies.

What You Will Need:

  • ½ cup cannabutter (reduce to ¼ cup if you want to reduce the potency)
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • A little salt as per your taste
  • Baking pan
  • Cooking spray


Preheat the oven to 325°F.

Melt the cannabutter until it is fluid, but don’t let it become too hot.

Mix the vanilla extract and sugar and add it to the butter.

Grease the pan with the spray.

Now, mix the flour, salt, cocoa powder and baking powder in another container.

Add the eggs to the vanilla and mix well.

Combine both mixtures and stir everything until no lumps are seen.

Pour the entire mixture into the baking pan.

Place the pan in the oven and let it bake for at least 30 minutes.

After the brownies are baked, let it cool for a while.

To test whether it’s done, poke a toothpick or knife in the center.

If the knife comes out clean, your brownie is done, and you're good to serve them.

And that’s it!

That’s how you make brownies!

This is a basic recipe, but you can experiment with chocolate ganache and top the brownie with some frosting to reduce the bitterness.

If all this sounds like a lot of effort, simply buy a box mix and substitute the butter with cannabis oil!

You can do whatever you want, but do not forget to take it slow.

The potency may be a little on the higher side for some people, so wait it out before you go for that second helping!

Sprinkle the brownie with walnuts or cherries or almonds or whatever rocks your boat, but don’t forget to pat yourself on the back and beam with pride because you’ve just achieved an extraordinary feat!


So, how much weed to make brownies can be a little complicated as you see.

It all depends on how strong you need to make them.

Most recommend that you start around 5-15 mg of THC per serving to start.

Some people love edibles up to around 100 mg!

But if you are a beginner, you'll want to pace youself.

Edibles cause your body to react differently even if your an everyday smoker!

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