Does More THC Mean You’ll Get Higher?
If you ask a group of cannabis lovers which strain gets them highest, you’re going to end up with a slew of different answers. High THC strains are known for bringing on a super-stony experience, leading some bud lovers to judge the quality of a strain on its THC percentage alone. But does more THC always equal a more intense high? Here’s why THC percentage might not be the best way to predict your experience and what really controls the potency of a strain.
Will High THC Strains Get You Higher?
The truth is a higher THC percentage won’t always make you higher. Surprised?
Because THC isn’t the only factor that contributes to the ultimate effect of a specific flower, it actually isn’t a reliable indicator of potency at all. In fact, some of the hardest-hitting strains you’ll ever try may only have 10% to 15% THC. And it isn’t uncommon for people to experience stronger-than-expected effects from lower testing strains while being slightly underwhelmed from a higher-testing flower.
So, if THC content doesn’t reliably predict potency, what’s responsible for the difference between cannabis varieties?
The answer has to do with the complexity of the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids like THC are only part of the equation when it comes to the effects the plant can produce. In fact, it isn’t hard to find strains with the same THC levels producing widely different effects. Ultimately, cannabis is composed of many different compounds that influence the way THC interacts with your brain, which make getting high a lot more varied than you may have imagined.
Don’t get us wrong, THC percentage does matter, but not as much as how the THC combines with other cannabinoids and terpenes to create a specific synergistic effect.
While THC is known for producing the classic psychoactive effects of cannabis, there are many other cannabinoids with varying degrees of psychoactivity that can change the way THC reacts with your brain.
For example, you’ve probably heard that CBD can curb some of the negative side effects of THC. Thus, people who are sensitive to THC can enjoy larger doses when toking cannabis that has a balanced THC:CBD ratio. On the other hand, if that person uses a product with the same amount of THC but only one-twentieth the amount of CBD, they’re going to have a much stronger high.
Terpenes are another compound that play an important role in determining how a strain will make you feel. Terpenes are molecules that provide the unique flavor and aroma in cannabis and many other plants. Each strain has its own district terpene content which works together with other cannabis molecules to influence each other. This synergy is known as “the entourage effect” and is the reason terpenes have become a popular area in cannabis research.
When certain strains are known for producing a specific effect, it’s often the terpenes rather than the THC percentage that is responsible. For example, terpenes like pinene and limonene can promote an elevated mood, alertness, memory retention, and can counteract some of the effects of THC. On the other hand, terpenes like myrcene and linalool can promote relaxation, anxiety relief, and the sedating “couch-lock” effect. Sounds like a good reason to start getting into terps.
Is High THC Cannabis Right For Me?
If you still love those high THC strains, we can’t blame you. They certainly have their place. Our newest strain, Mintz, has a THC percentage of 25.14%, and we love it.
If you’re trying to just get as high as possible, try looking beyond the THC percentage and investigate terpenes. Check out our online menu now to get started.
If you don’t want to get too high, look for a more balanced strain with a higher CBD percentage. Our budtenders can help you find some great ones, just ask.
Get Social with These Fun Strains
Many people rely on cannabis to stimulate them in social situations, which makes sense since some cannabis strains are excellent at beating away feelings of anxiety and shyness. While everyone experiences anxiety differently, statistics show that approximately 15 million Americans suffer from some form of social anxiety.
If you’re one of them, why not give bud a try to help you alleviate the stress that parties Certain cannabis strains have proven to be better than others for alleviating anxiety. Here are some of the best strains for anxiety that you can find in our shop right now.
Best Strains for Anxiety
Gelato is a deliciously sweet strain that produces happy, euphoric, and uplifting effects that are sure to melt your anxiety away. Although this strain features slightly indica-dominant genetics, it won’t leave you feeling you overly sedated or too tired to talk.
Instead, Gelato’s balanced high creeps in over time allowing you to enjoy its cerebral and physical effects as they develop. Most people find that gelato’s uplifting effects boost their sense of happiness and creativity in a calm and tranquil way. Whether you are trying to alleviate anxiety, depression, or stress, gelato may be able to help.
Girl Scout Cookies
Similarly to gelato, Girl Scout Cookies is a top-shelf indica-dominant strain that is a great choice for alleviating feelings of anxiety and depression. This strain’s soaring THC levels can reach as high as 28%, making it one of the more potent strains available to medical patients.
GCS produces intense waves of euphoria and deep relaxation that stop stress and anxiety in their tracks. Many people find that consuming GSC with others in a social setting quickly has them giggling and laughing their worries away.
High Season’s very own Moscato is a cross between potent indica Grandaddy Purple and potent sativa Durban Poison. This strain provides an immediate mood boost whenever you’re feeling down and is sure to leave you happy and laughing. Additionally, this strain contains the terpene linalol, known for reducing stress and anxiety. Our Moscato clocks in at about 17%-18% THC, making it an especially good choice if you prefer to avoid high-THC strains.
Because of Moscato’s low-THC levels and well-balanced effects, it can be used at any time of the day or night, making it one of the best strains for anxiety around.
This strain, sometimes called London Pound Cake, is named for its intensely sweet, nutty, and citrusy flavor. A 70/30 indica-dominant strain, High Season’s Pound Cake produces calming, relaxing, and self-centering effects. Due to its ridiculously high THC content that can reach up to 29%, pound cake can be great for a quick fix for intense feelings of anxiety or depression. If you find yourself easing into patterns of anxiety or negative thought, pound cake can help bring you back down to earth.
Thanks to its euphoric and relaxing properties, Wedding Cake is one of the best strains for anxiety around. A cross between Cherry Pie and Girl Scout Cookies, this rare top-shelf strain features just enough indica effects to relax you, but not enough to couch-lock you. You will quickly feel this strain’s cerebral head high before its delightful body high envelops you. When consumed in social settings this strain tends to produce giddiness and euphoria that leads to stimulating conversation.
While you probably still won’t be the life of the party, you’ll probably enjoy it more with these fun strains. Nab yours now.