Debunking the THC Myth: Why a Higher THC Percentage Isn’t Necessarily Better! (Source: https://www.substancemarket.com/why-a-higher-thc-percentage-isnt-necessarily-better/) You don’t choose your wine or liquor based on alcohol content — so why would you choose your cannabis based on THC percentage?
No cannabis connoisseur I know chooses her weed based primarily on THC content, and here’s why: First, this method overlooks a multitude of factors that contribute to the ultimate effect of any given flower. (Think about the wide array of factors that contribute to the effects of a glass of wine, for example.) Second, it turns out that THC isn’t necessarily a reliable indicator of potency in the first place. Yes, you heard me right: Perhaps the biggest myth about THC is that it has ever been a reliable indicator of potency in the first place. Here at the Skunk we want to educate you, not just sell you some THC products. Just like the statement above, THC ISN'T EVERYTHING!! Especially for our patients that are trying alternatives to pharmaceuticals, TERPENES MATTER!! You know that smell that's undeniable when you walk into our shop? Yeah.. those are TERPENES!!
What are cannabis terpenes?
Terpenes may play a key role in differentiating the effects of various cannabis strains. Some terpenes might promote relaxation and stress-relief, while others potentially promote focus and acuity.
Not unlike other strong-smelling plants and flowers, the development of terpenes in cannabis began for adaptive purposes: to repel predators and lure pollinators. There are many factors that influence a plant’s development of terpenes, including climate, weather, age and maturation, fertilizers, soil type, and even the time of day.
Over 100 different terpenes have been identified in the cannabis plant, and every strain tends toward a unique terpene type and composition. In other words, a strain like Cheese and its descendants will likely have a discernible cheese-like smell, and Blueberry offspring often inherit the smell of berries.
Terpenes may also play a key role in differentiating the effects of various cannabis strains – challenging standard beliefs held about indica vs sativa strains. However, more studies are needed to understand how and to what extent.
Some terpenes might promote relaxation and stress-relief, while others potentially promote focus and acuity. Myrcene, for example, is found in many relaxing cannabis strains like Blue Dream and Granddaddy Purple. Terpinolene is commonly found in uplifting, active strains like Jack Herer and Ghost Train Haze.
The effect profile of any given terpene may change in the presence of other compounds in a phenomenon known as the entourage effect. More research is needed to understand each terpene’s effect when used in harmony with others.(Source : Leafly)
So now that we've got a bit of an understanding on Terpenes and how they are responsible for a large sum of the effects you feel, where do we go from here? Well.. we always say "FOLLOW YOUR NOSE" if it's something that you sniff and it automatically triggers a "YES" in your brain. Then chances are your body will respond to it well!! If you ever have questions or wants suggestions give us a call or come on down to the shop so we can drop some knowledge on you!! We love guiding each of you to a strain that is truly enjoyable.