For a pretty long time, we’ve all been under the impression that the higher the THC percentage, the stronger the green. But recent research has shown that this might not actually be the case.
It’s a fairly common misconception, and let’s face it, it would be really. THC is what is responsible for the high so you would naturally assume the more of it there is, the higher you’d get. But apparently, this isn’t actually true.
This doesn’t stop high-THC strains from dominating dispensaries though. Data shows that strains with THC continue to be the highest selling, but are they getting you higher?
Probably not. Like with most aspects of cannabis, potency is a pretty complex system that involves several different factors.
So let’s try to break it down a little bit more.
Cannabinoids & Terpenes
It is true that THC is the chemical that is responsible for your high when you smoke, but it is not the only compound at play here.
Actually, it is just one out of 100 cannabinoids present in marijuana. And that’s just the ones we know about for certain.
So when you light up, you’re not just letting THC into your system but a whole load of cannabinoids and terpenes too. Each and every one of these has its own set of unique qualities that will affect the experience and high.
For example, when certain cannabinoids are paired together they can completely cancel out each other’s unique set of qualities.
Others when combined can enhance and boost those effects. And this can actually impact the high and effects that you’ll feel far more significantly than that of just the level of THC.
Each different strain of cannabis will have its own set of cannabinoids and terpenes that will all connect together in completely different ways.
This is why some strains will knock you clean out while others will have you giggling and munching on food for hours.
Good Weed Is Subjective
You also can’t really say that high THC strains are good weed because not everybody is looking for the same expierence when getting high.
A sedating and pain-relieving strong stain might be ideal for someone who suffers from chronic pain, but for someone who’s looking for a fun night with friends…not so much.
While one person may enjoy euphoria another might prefer a more mellow high. Therefore, you can’t really categorize good weed as just weed that is high in THC.
You also need to consider sativas vs indicas. Both can be high in THC but you’ll have a completely different experience with both types of strains.
A strong sativa will have you up and awake, euphoric, chatty, and hungry whereas a strong indica may leave you spaced-out, tired, and locked into your couch.
Just because the weed is high in THC doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll get the effect you’re looking for.
It’s pretty much the same thing as alcohol. Would you call the highest alcohol content the best just because it’s high? Not really. And while you might adore a merlot, your best friend might prefer a whisky.
When you purchase your cannabis purely based on a THC rating, you’re really doing yourself a disservice, to be honest. It should be selected based on flavor, aroma, and the intended effects over just its THC percentage.
Finding The Right Cannabis Product For You
As I’ve mentioned before, cannabis is not a one size fits all. In fact, it reacts that differently to each person that you could smoke the same strain as your friend and have different highs.
When it comes to purchasing the right cannabis product for you, you’ll want to look a lot more in-depth than just the THC percentage.
So, if you’re not just looking for high-THC strains, what are you looking for? Let’s find out.
- High-Quality – High-quality green doesn’t always mean a high THC percentage. What it means is that it is grown well. That it smells nice. That it tastes great. That it is effective. To find high-quality weed, you’ll want to look for high-quality growers. And this means taking the time and doing your research. If you’re a little lost as to where to start, it never hurts to start with what is popular.
- Know The High You’re Looking For – It’s been spoken about a lot in this article, but you can get many different kinds of highs from a variety of different strains. So, it’s important to know what experience you’re after. Do you want to be up for hours laughing, do you want a mellow and chilled-out vibe, do you want pain relief? Understanding your preferences will make it a whole lot easier to find the right strain for you.
- Understand How Cannabis Can Affect Your Body – The way you consume marijuana, the cannabinoid profile, and the strain that you use can all affect your body and mindset differently. Before you start using it, it’s good to know how all these factors work together and impact your high. This will allow you to find the most suitable option for you.
While THC percentage levels will give you some indication of how strong your weed will be, you should definitely never purchase your cannabis on this factor alone.
Simply put, there are just too many other varying factors that will impact how your high turns out to be.
Instead, you should definitely put more emphasis on the kind of high you are hoping to experience and base your purchases around this.
Ultimately, you want to be satisfied with your high and the THC content doesn’t necessarily determine its quality.
Take more time to research the kind of strains available and the effects they’ll have. I can promise that you’ll be much happier with any purchases you make this way. Remember good weed is subjective to each individual person.
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