Thc and Total THC, what does the THC level tell us about the effect

Miguel1246

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Where I'm from legal cannabis packages are marked as THC and Total THC (THCA×0.877+THC).

Let's say a strain is marked at THC 4mg/g and Total THC 197.66mg/g ( 19.7%), we can assume the THCA levels are at 222.59mg/g (22.2%).

What I'm trying to understand is whether its better to have a higher or lower amount of THC

From my understanding 4mg/g of thc has already went threw the process of decarboxylation. Is this THC now lost? If its not lost will it affect you differently, maybe faster then the rest of the thc thats coming through a new decarboxylation process.

Let's pretend I'm comparing two great strains, similar terpene profile both let's say indica, both have been labeled as having a Total THC level of 20% or 200mg/g. The only difference one have a THC level of 3mg/g the other has 36mg/g, which is better? What effects could this have?

Seems like there isn't much information to be found on this subject
 

smokinrav

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User tolerance is such an important consideration when trying to suss these things out.
Have you been regularly using a 20% the strain? Then a 30% strain will probably be a joy. Been smoking stems and seeds? A 30% strain will knock your dick in the dirt.
Not very scientific, I know, but it is what it is.
 
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Rurumo

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I find THC level totally irrelevant. We've got a generation or more of people who grew up thinking THC level and production are the two most important metrics in determining a "good strain" when some of the best strains I've ever had were relatively low THC landraces with fluffy buds. You aren't going to find the best weed in a dispensary with a lab report attached. You're going to find it at an old school grower's house who has the knowledge and drive to keep an old sativa strain happy and healthy through 20 weeks of flower.
 

Miguel1246

New Member
I don't disagree, none the less I'd still like to understand the potential of effects of having the same amount of total thc with more or less "active" thc.
 

Miguel1246

New Member
Your absolutely right, but when I'm educating people about that exact concept I'd also like to be able to explain why both numbers are even there and what a higher or lower THC value will provide considering the other levels of total thc cbd and terpenes are the same.
 

Bagginski

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I find THC level totally irrelevant. We've got a generation or more of people who grew up thinking THC level and production are the two most important metrics in determining a "good strain" when some of the best strains I've ever had were relatively low THC landraces with fluffy buds. You aren't going to find the best weed in a dispensary with a lab report attached. You're going to find it at an old school grower's house who has the knowledge and drive to keep an old sativa strain happy and healthy through 20 weeks of flower.
I agree: my reading of history tells me that THC became famous because *it* is what produces the “primary observable signs” of “cannabis intoxication” - droopy eyelids, red eyes, distracted ness, etc, so it got conflated into ‘the’ active principle which we know to be false (so *many* active principles). By the 90s “everybody knew” THC was what got you high, except that it just kind of happened we all decided that (sloppy journalism, political spin)

Back in the day, smoking the Michoacán, the Thai, the colombian, the Jamaican, no-one wondered about shit like that - it was all about where it took you, which doors opened. By all reports, THC seems to have *very* little to do with that.

Or have I missed the rhapsodic posts of Marinol users?
 

Doug Dawson

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Where I'm from legal cannabis packages are marked as THC and Total THC (THCA×0.877+THC).

Let's say a strain is marked at THC 4mg/g and Total THC 197.66mg/g ( 19.7%), we can assume the THCA levels are at 222.59mg/g (22.2%).

What I'm trying to understand is whether its better to have a higher or lower amount of THC

From my understanding 4mg/g of thc has already went threw the process of decarboxylation. Is this THC now lost? If its not lost will it affect you differently, maybe faster then the rest of the thc thats coming through a new decarboxylation process.

Let's pretend I'm comparing two great strains, similar terpene profile both let's say indica, both have been labeled as having a Total THC level of 20% or 200mg/g. The only difference one have a THC level of 3mg/g the other has 36mg/g, which is better? What effects could this have?

Seems like there isn't much information to be found on this subject
The issue with THC is that it works in combination with the terpenes so the number does not paint a clear picture. You can get a much better effect with a 15% THC bud that has a good terpene profile over a 20% THC strain that has a crap terpene profile. At least that is what I have found.
 
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