When you go to a cannabis dispensary, budtenders will often send customers towards their highest THC strains on the shelves. If you’re one of the people that look for the highest percentage of THC to determine what strain of cannabis you buy, then you might just be doing it all wrong. Here are some things to take into consideration when purchasing cannabis.
High THC Content Isn’t Always Key
If a cannabis strain is high in only THC, frequently it is lacking other essential phytocannabinoids. This can lessen the effect of the THC by restricting the ability of the Entourage Effect. The Entourage Effect occurs when a full spectrum of phytocannabinoids are introduced versus one specific cannabinoid such as THC or CBD. This is why many people find more success with full extraction whole plant therapy vs. isolated THC or CBD compounds.
Many times people find that strains averaging 14 to 18% THC are more than sufficient to get the job done. Cannabis strains that average 22 to 32% THC typically do not have a pleasing taste, and the overall effects from it are not as enjoyable as that of a lower THC profile plant.
The Terpene Aspect
High THC strains of cannabis also are commonly void of valuable terpenes. Terpenes help to influence the way cannabis is absorbed by the body’s CB1 and CB2 receptors. Terpenes influence the entourage effect to help create a balance that is slightly different or could be somewhat different for each consumer.
What You Should Consider When Purchasing Cannabis
There are many different factors to consider when purchasing cannabis. Here are a few:
Dry Bud = Minimal Resin and Cannabinoid Rich Oils
Having buds that are not brittle and to dry is very important. If your buds are too dry, they will be lacking the necessary oil and resin content to produce sufficient results.
Properly Cured Cannabis is the Best
Being sure that the cannabis your purchasing is adequately cured should also be paramount in your decision.
The Smell Test
- The first sniff is a short one to pull the smell into your nose hairs.
- The second sniff is slightly longer to get it to the back of your nose.
- The third one is a long sniff so that you can almost taste the terpenes on your palate.
If you take 3 sniffs of some weed and can’t smell it or it doesn’t smell good to you chances are it’s not going to be the product you’re looking for.
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