It’s time to rethink the thought process behind consumer weed selections. Sometimes, consumers have simplistic ideas about what makes a weed “good”. We argue that there is so much more to weed than meets the eye, or the nose, or the THC percentage. In this series, we will be slowing down to take a journey through the different aspects of how we suggest selecting a great go-to weed for your lifestyle and tastes. We will be looking into the shopping experience and covering:
- Taste, Smell, & Terpenes
- Visual Appearance, Trim Job & Cure
- The “Entourage Effect”
To start, we will be looking into THC and the role it plays in determining the quality of the weed and how it works in conjunction with other cannabinoids to create a unique smoking experience. When attempting to select a cannabis that you enjoy, maybe people go straight to the THC level as a measuring stick to quality, but they may be remiss in doing so. While THC is the driver to what gives someone a high, its intensity can be affected by a number of other factors, including how it’s grown, it’s trimming, and especially the other cannabinoids found within the plant.
Let’s consider an example. Imagine you walk into a liquor store and ask for a recommendation from the clerk for the best alcohol you can find. Naturally, the clerk may then ask you questions about your preferences. Would you ever tell them, “I want the strongest alcohol you have–the higher the proof the better. I don’t care if it tastes like rubbing alcohol or what else is in it as long as it’s the strongest liquor you have on your shelf.”? Probably not. Likewise, it’s not the best approach to head straight to the THC percentage when selecting a weed of choice.
Understanding the Full Cannabinoid Profiles
Outside of THC, there are a number of cannabinoids that have an effect on the smoking experience, from the flavor to the way in which the high affects you.
Terpenes are the flavor house of the weed. Simply put, they are the aromatic compounds within weed, and should largely affect your cannabis shopping experience. Just as you wouldn’t walk into a liquor store and purchase gin if you dislike the taste, terpenes play a role in your selections, as well. We will dive further into this topic in the next installment. There is also an argument that, depending on the type of terpene, it can also affect the high that a smoker can receive. For example, if you are smoking a weed that has a lavender-based terpene, you can expect enhanced relaxation from the lavender properties.
The next factor in a cannabis profile is cannabidiol, or CBD. THC and CBD affect one another, so the ratio of THC to CBD can alter the smoking experience. CBD is known to help with the relaxation aspect of marijuana, and THC enhances the CBD. This means that a weed that is high in CBD and high in THC will push you further into a relaxed phase and not be a good choice for those looking for an energizing high (like Hot Mess, our current strain profile on the blog this month). Conversely, smoking a weed that is lower in CBD and higher in THC will deliver more of a psychedelic and energizing experience.
Much like THC, finding strains that are high in CBD comes down to genetics. You will need to find a strain engineered from parent plants with high levels of CBD (or THC, whichever ratio you prefer). That’s why understanding the lineage of each strain is important to your shopping experience.
Cannabinol, or CBN, is a part of a cannabis strain profile that is hailed by those who leverage marjijuana for medical purposes. CBN has been known to aid in the efforts to find pain relief, as well as acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and treatment for glaucoma and insomnia[i].
In order to get a higher level of CBN in your bud, you will need to wait longer to harvest, as maturity of the plant is the single most important aspect to achieving those benefits and effects.[ii]
Coming Up Next in Our Weed Shopping Experience Series
Without the other cannabinoids, THC can sometimes be found to offer negative effects, such as anxiety or disorientation. The CBN and CBD really play well with THC and help to balance out the psychoactive elements with relaxation and other physical benefits.
Check back next month in this series when we walk through the flavor profiles of weed and how to determine which strain could be your new favorite. And while you’re thinking about it, be sure to check out our full menu of currently offered strains and locations where you can find them right here in Oklahoma.
[i] CBN – EFFECTS AND PROPERTIES OF CANNABINOL – MyInsomniaFix – Accessed at https://myinsomniafix.com/cbn/#:~:text=Potential%20effects%20of%20cannabinol%20on%20the%20body%201,Protection%20from%20glaucoma.%20…%207%20Sleep%20Promotion.%20
[ii] How Do THC, CBN & CBD Relate to Marijuana Potency? – Grow Weed Easy – Accessed at https://www.growweedeasy.com/thc-cbd-cbn-when-to-harvest-marijuana