Flower by the Numbers

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If you’ve scoped out the flower offerings at a dispensary counter before, you’ll have noticed the THC percentages for each strain. (For a primer on what THC is, click here!) These numbers encompass an intimidating range, but we’re here to help demystify the parameters.

“Does a higher percentage mean it’s better?” You may have asked yourself. It almost always comes with a higher price tag, so it must be, right?

The answer: it’s a nuanced decision that depends on a number of factors, including what you’re hoping to get out of the experience and your personal consumption volume. Are you chasing that big high, but with minimal smoking? If so, you may want to stick to higher percentages. Maybe you’re looking to enjoy a longer, mellow session hitting the bong? Then you may want to opt for lower percentages.

That’s why it’s so important to understand that THC numbers are a spectrum. With flower, specifically, numbers range from around 10% to 30%, give or take some margins. If you were to smoke one bowl of 30%, you would have to smoke two bowls of 15% to achieve roughly the same amount of THC intake. You should, however, always keep in mind your personal biochemistry, the strain’s Sativa/Indica balance, and its terpene profile. All of these factors will have an impact on how you will feel.

Not unlike choosing your favorite soda off the shelf, a lot comes down to your personal tastes. Just because a strain has a high percentage doesn’t mean it will be a flavor profile you will enjoy. Sometimes those lower percentages can pack a surprising punch, depending on your tolerance. Our advice? Try a few options, if you can, but ultimately smoke what you like and know that chasing the bigger, badder number doesn’t guarantee enjoyability.

What strains and THC content do you prefer? Let us know in the comments!

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