The RIGHT Way to Buy Weed

THC% matters less than you think!

Forest City Green wants to help correct the mistaken belief that high THC percentages count.

Customers continue to demand cannabis with high percentages. It sells quickly and flowers with lower percentages sit idle on the shelves. Less than ethical dispensaries began charging higher prices because people continued to pay the inflated prices. Believing they were getting more bang for their buck with better highs, the myth of THC percentages perpetuated.

The higher the THC% the better the high

THC, short for tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis creating the “high” it’s known for. Many leap to the conclusion that the higher the THC count, the stronger effect.

But they are wrong

Buying your weed based on THC levels is like buying wine for the label. Cannabis users claim a variety of strains hit hard. When you review the THC content in  those strains, levels differ dramatically. THC is definitely not the only component of cannabis that determines how you feel.

A short science lesson

There are over 480 compounds in the cannabis sativa plant. Each plays a role in the effects you experience, the two primary ones being cannabinoids and terpenes. Terpenes are aromatic compounds that work together with cannabinoids to contribute to how you feel.

The most well-known cannabinoids are THC and CBD. CBD is short for cannabidiol, which evidence suggests may have an anti-psychotic effect and are often attributed to promoting sleep and suppressing arousal.

CANNABINOID COMPOUNDS OF CANNABIS

Beyond the cannabinoids you introduce to your body through cannabis use, you must remember to consider your own endocannabinoid system (ECS) and the receptors in your brain already interacting with the natural cannabinoids in your body.

Harvard Medical School’s article “The endocannabinoid system: Essential and mysterious,” explains this recently discovered system within our body responsible for regulation and control of many of our most critical bodily functions.

So, all these cannabinoids, both natural and those you add in yourself, on top of any aromatic terpenes, react with each other and your ECS affecting how the THC interacts with your body.

High THC does not mean you get higher

It goes much further beyond a THC count when determining how a strain will affect you. THC percentages do not mean your weed is good or bad and they do not indicate potency.

Research conducted at the University of Colorado could not provide proof of different THC levels or strengths causing different effects on blood, mood, cognitive function, and intoxication levels either immediately after or an hour later after use. Study participants couldn’t report different levels of “highness” either even after testing concentrates containing up to 90% THC.

The conclusion was despite high levels of THC in the bodies of the participants after use, they were not “more high.”

High THC does not mean you get higher

It goes much further beyond a THC count when determining how a strain will affect you. THC percentages do not mean your weed is good or bad and they do not indicate potency.

Research conducted at the University of Colorado could not provide proof of different THC levels or strengths causing different effects on blood, mood, cognitive function, and intoxication levels either immediately after or an hour later after use. Study participants couldn’t report different levels of “highness” either even after testing concentrates containing up to 90% THC.

The conclusion was despite high levels of THC in the bodies of the participants after use, they were not “more high.”

BUT …

Percentage is not the same as dosage

On a side note, just because the percentage of THC doesn’t determine the potency, you still must select a dosage that is right for you.


Edibles are labelled with the number of milligrams of THC. There is a drastic difference between 10 mg and 100 mg of THC.

BUT …

Percentage is not the same as dosage

On a side note, just because the percentage of THC doesn’t determine the potency, you still must select a dosage that is right for you.


Edibles are labelled with the number of milligrams of THC. There is a drastic difference between 10 mg and 100 mg of THC.

Why do people think THC % matters?

As a result of delayed legalization of cannabis, scientific research fell behind. This left room for assumptions, rumours and underhanded sales tactics to drive the conversation and people’s beliefs.

People naturally compare the effects of recreational cannabis use to alcohol. I suppose it makes sense that without proper evidence, users assumed that if indulging in beverages with higher alcohol content gets your drunker, the same theory must be true of THC.

Researchers, growers, and sellers are well aware that THC percentages do not matter. But consumer misconceptions about what gets you high were fueled by merchants inflating prices and increasing supply to match misdirected demand.

Sadly, misunderstanding continued to spiral because the higher THC strains were more expensive so that really must mean it was better. Wrong again.

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