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Why THC Percentages Don't Tell You Everything

Many customers looking for cannabis flower are often looking for the highest percentage of THC. Our flower ranges usually from 20-30% THC. Now, I am not here to say that a 10% variance is totally insignificant - but if you are looking for ONLY the flower with the highest percentage - you may be missing out on new effects and experiences.

In the world of cannabis flower there are 3 broad categories: Sativa, Hybrid, and Indica. Sativa strains are generally uplifting and good for daytime use, Indica strains are generally more relaxing, and Hybrid strains are a balance of both and good for anytime! So, what exactly makes a strain a sativa or indica - the answer is not the percentage of THC - it's the essential oils that are in the plant known as cannabis terpenes.

Cannabis terpenes are organic compounds found in the essential oils of the cannabis plant. They are responsible for the aromatic diversity and contribute to the distinctive smells and flavors associated with different cannabis strains. Terpenes are not unique to cannabis and can be found in various plants, fruits, and spices.

Terpenes play a crucial role in the overall effects and characteristics of cannabis. They interact synergistically with cannabinoids like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) in a phenomenon known as the entourage effect. This means that terpenes can modulate or enhance the effects of cannabinoids, potentially influencing the overall experience of consuming cannabis.

While research is ongoing, here are some common cannabis terpenes and their potential effects:

  1. Myrcene: This terpene is found in high levels in many cannabis strains. It is associated with sedative and relaxing effects and may contribute to the "couch-lock" feeling. Myrcene is also found in hops, which are used to make beer.

  2. Limonene: As the name suggests, limonene has a citrusy aroma. It is known for its uplifting and mood-enhancing properties. Limonene is also found in citrus fruits like lemons and oranges.

  3. Pinene: There are two types of pinene: alpha-pinene and beta-pinene. Alpha-pinene has a pine-like aroma, while beta-pinene has a more herbal scent. Pinene is associated with alertness and memory retention. It is also found in pine trees and some herbs.

  4. Linalool: Linalool has a floral scent and is known for its calming and relaxing effects. It may have potential anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory properties. Linalool is also found in lavender.

  5. Caryophyllene: Caryophyllene has a spicy and peppery aroma. It interacts with the body's endocannabinoid system and may have anti-inflammatory properties. It is also found in black pepper and cloves.

These are just a few examples, as there are many other terpenes found in cannabis. The combination and concentration of terpenes in a particular strain can vary, leading to different effects and flavors. However, it's important to note that research on the specific effects of terpenes is still evolving, and individual experiences may vary.

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