What Do THC Numbers Really Mean?

Total THC (or maximum THC) is the amount of THC available for use, and it's the number most people look at when buying cannabis. Labels on cannabis products usually indicate cannabinoid levels as a percentage of the dry weight of the product, including the total levels of THC and CBD. But what does this number really mean?The percentage of THC in a flower is indicative of the amount of THC it contains per gram. However, this number doesn't reflect the amount you'll actually consume.

A higher THC content doesn't necessarily mean higher quality buds or a better high. Generally, products with a higher percentage of THC will produce a stronger and more powerful effect. Cannabis flower usually contains around 15-25% THC, with a biological limit of 35%. Anything above 25% can be expected to be extremely powerful. Some people prefer high-THC flowers for a quick buzz, while others prefer varieties with a lower THC content to better enjoy all that cannabis has to offer.

Remember that other cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids can interact with THC in a phenomenon known as the “entourage effect”, which may be as important as the THC content of a flower. High-potency flowers usually contain 17-20% THC (about 170-200 mg per gram). To calculate the total dose of THC per gram, simply move the decimal one point to the right. This way, you can get an idea of how much THC you're consuming.

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