Understanding Potency On Cannabis Test Results
Imagine you’re shopping at East of Eden, browsing the 90+ strains on our menu. You’re looking for a deal and grab a bag of FireSale’s Mimosa and see it has 11% THC and 24% potency. What does “potency” actually mean? As consumers, we tend to look for high THC first, but THC is only one part of the equation.
Potency refers to the total active cannabinoids in a cannabis strain. As we mentioned in one of our earlier blog posts, there are over 100 cannabinoids known to scientists. These chemical compounds are primarily responsible for the type of experience and high you get from consuming a particular strain. Common cannabinoids include THC, CBD, CBN, and CBG.
Unique Cannabinoid Profiles,
Seemingly “minor” cannabinoids can make up a significant portion of a strain’s cannabinoid profile. Take the Mimosa from Fire Sale, for example. While the test results show it has 11% THC and 24% potency, you’ll also notice it has nearly 9% CBD! This is a nearly 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD, which is quite rare to find in cannabis flower. This is a perfect example of why it’s important to read and understand the test results. What may appear as a low-testing strain at first may surprise you!
CBD is a powerful cannabinoid that can be useful for people struggling with epilepsy, anxiety, pain, and insomnia. The effects you feel from a high-CBD flower may be more calming, mellow, and relaxing.
These varying experiences are why it’s crucial to show the total active cannabinoids on each strain. Plus, as you learn what ratios of cannabinoids work best for you, you can have a more fulfilling and consistent experience.