There’s nothing better in life than the day you harvest a crop of home-grown cannabis. The next best thing? Scoring a completely legal free ounce from your next door neighbor.
The only drawback from getting cannabis outside of a dispensary is that it comes with the question “How much THC is in my weed?”
The amount of THC in weed can range anywhere from 0.3% in high CBD strains or reach up to 37% and higher (if the lab tests are to be believed). The percentage of THC in cannabis can vary widely depending on genetics, soil health, and harvest timing.
Why should I find out how much THC is in my weed?
If you’re smoking or vaporizing, it’s not as important to figure out how much THC is in your cannabis. The effects come on and wear off more quickly and you can start with a small puff and wait 10-15 minutes to figure out if you’ll need more.
When making homemade edibles and tinctures with high THC cannabis, it’s important to do the dosage math so you don’t end up experiencing things like extreme munchies, couch lock, dysphoria, cotton mouth, etc…
Cannabis, when taken as food or in tinctures, can be very strong medicine, and even if you have a tolerance, one misstep in dosage math could end in a negative experience.
The goal with dosage math is to get a close approximation of how many milligrams of THC will be in your cannabis recipes so you get more consistent benefits without the negative side effects sometimes associated with high THC cannabis use.
When you do your dosage math and start low and go slow, you’re much less likely to have an unexpected uncomfortable experience with high THC edibles and can reap the benefits that this powerful cannabinoid has to offer.
How much THC is in weed in the US?
When your mom takes a hit off your cannabis and says it’s so much stronger than it used to be, it isn’t just because her tolerance is low. The percentage of THC in cannabis in the United States has risen from 1% in 1972, to 4% in the 1990s, to 17% in 2017.
If you’re in the U.S., you can start by using the average percentage of THC in weed and go up or down from there, but this also varies by state.
Here in Colorado, dispensary shelves are full of flower that is 20-28% and most of the homegrown cannabis I’ve tried is on par with those high THC percentages.
In states like Colorado, Oregon, Washington and California, the average THC is atypically high. I was gifted cannabis grown by my neighbor and approximated 15% THC, at first, based on the national average. But, after testing and making an infusion with it, I realized it felt much stronger than the dosage math suggested. I adjusted it to 25% for future batches and it felt much more accurate.
In states where cannabis is still prohibited, the percentage of THC could be in the 10-20% range.
Estimating THC in weed based on visual cannabis quality
While we can’t know the exact percentage of the THC in your cannabis just by looking at it, you can use these estimates to get you in the ballpark so you can do…
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