With so many different strains available to consumers, some may be wondering what the deal is with the different THC percentages displayed on dried flower. THC is the primary psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana, and the THC percentage of a flower is indicative of the amount of THC it contains per gram.
Some people prefer to enjoy high THC flower that gets them very buzzed very quickly, while others prefer low THC strains that allow them to better enjoy everything cannabis has to offer. Keep reading to find out more about why!
Why Do Some People Love High THC Flower?
Consuming high THC flower will allow you to enjoy THC’s multitude of cerebral and physical effects more quickly and more intensely. Most people love THC for its ability to produce uplifting sensations of happiness and euphoria. With high THC flower, more THC enters the bloodstream with every inhale, making these effects appear more quickly and with more ferocity. Simply put, if you’re all about the buzz, then high THC flower gets the job done quicker and easier.
Medical patients may also prefer high THC flower for this reason. For those looking to take advantage of THC’s analgesic (pain-relieving), sleep-inducing, or appetite-stimulating effects, high THC products can get them what they seek more quickly.
Additionally, more THC per inhale means less smoke overall. Health-conscious consumers tend to prefer high THC flower for its ability to produce potent effects while limiting the amount of potentially harmful smoke or vapor being inhaled.
More THC Isn’t Always A Good Thing
However, more THC isn’t always a good thing. Walking into a dispensary and choosing the highest THC flower on hand is a bit like walking into a liquor store and buying the strongest spirit in stock. While there may be some advantages to this approach, it also increases the likelihood of experiencing negative side effects.
One of the most common side effects of THC is anxiety. While some cannabis strains have gained a reputation for combatting anxiety, others can also trigger it. These strains tend to be higher in THC and may contain certain terpenes that exacerbate the effect. The more THC you consume, the more likely you are to experience this side effect, and the worse it could be.
What Are The Advantages of Low-THC Flower?
Low THC flower allows you to take it nice and easy on your way to enjoying all that cannabis flower has to offer. Cannabis is loaded with delicious terpenes and flavonoids that give the plant its unique smell and flavor. By simply focusing on THC, consumers may be robbing themselves of the opportunity to really enjoy the sensual experience of smoking or vaping marijuana.
Additionally, some people believe that the THC content of cannabis is not even all that important. How THC interacts synergistically with other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids in a phenomenon known as ‘the entourage effect’ may be just as important as a flower’s THC content. For example, the presence of a significant amount of CBD has been known to dampen some of the psychoactive effects that THC produces. But that is just one example of how cannabinoids interact.
As more research is performed on the therapeutic and synergistic effects of terpenes and flavonoids, it is possible that consumers may soon be more concerned with the terpene profile of their cannabis, rather than its THC content.