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THC % Levels - What do they mean

Updated: Dec 11, 2023

Understanding THC Percentage in Cannabis Flower: Beyond Just Numbers


When you're browsing through cannabis options, you're bound to notice the THC percentages prominently displayed on each pack. But what does a 22%, 24%, or even a 28% THC label actually mean in terms of your experience?


The Science of THC

THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, is the key psychoactive compound in cannabis. The percentage indicates how much THC is present relative to the other components in the flower. Higher THC means there's a greater concentration of this psychoactive compound per unit.


How THC Interacts with the Body

THC works by binding to cannabinoid receptors in the brain and body, which are part of the endocannabinoid system. This system plays a role in regulating various physiological processes, including mood, memory, and pain. The interaction between THC and these receptors is what leads to the feeling of being 'high.'


High Percentage Equals High Intake?

Logically, a higher THC percentage would mean a stronger effect, as there's more THC per puff or gram. However, the actual impact depends on individual factors like your tolerance, biology, and the efficiency of your body's endocannabinoid system. Additionally, other compounds in cannabis, like terpenes, play a significant role in modulating the effects of THC. This is why a strain with 20% THC can sometimes feel more potent than one with 28%.


In summary, while THC percentage is an important indicator of potency, it's not the sole determinant of your experience. The complex interaction between THC, other cannabis compounds, and your body's unique chemistry means that higher percentages don't always translate to a more intense high. Understanding this can help you make more informed choices about your cannabis consumption For more information on medical cannabis, visit the TGA website.

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