What Are the Most Potent Forms of Cannabis?
Published on June 13, 2017, By Joel Campbell
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In 2017, potency matters more than ever when it comes to marijuana. The variety of ways to get THC into your system nowadays is absolutely mind-blowing; from traditional flowers to high-grade extracts, consumers are seemingly only limited by their comfort levels (and wallets).
Seasoned cannaficionados are not only looking for the most potent strains, but also new ways to enjoy their favorite smoky treat. This leads us to the question: what are the most potent forms of marijuana on the market today?
Without further ado, prepare to feast your eyes upon the upper echelon of the most brain-numbing, body-shattering THC manifestations on Jah’s green earth:
While it’s fairly well known that smoking “traditional” cannabis flowers is not the most efficient means of getting THC-baked, growers are pushing the limits on what was previously thought impossible to achieve.
It’s not uncommon to find gorgeous nuggets breaching 25-28% THC in your local dispensary, but a few of the big boys are now pushing 35%. Take Nova OG from Manali West, for example. This high-end designer bud from California tested at a mind-stomping 35.6 percent THC. Similarly, another 30-percenter offspring of OG Kush and Banana (known as Chiquita Banana) has reached 33.5 percent THC and tastes like sweet, tropical bananas.
With the top-shelf of flowers now hitting upwards of 36%, how do they compare with other forms of cannabis?
The Elvis Cookie (VCC Brands photo)
If smoking isn’t your thing, perhaps the next tier up on the THC ladder are edibles. When it comes to consuming edibles, sage advice to those new to cannabis is to eat no more than 10 milligrams to start and after an hour, take another 10. As the polar opposite of a newbie, I usually start with 40-50 mg and promptly lose about 3-4 hours of time before realizing what happened.
Edibles generally range from 5-10 mg per dose at the low end in gummies, brownies, pills, you name it and promptly go up from there. But what if I told you that Elvis is alive and well- and apparently in cookie form?
The Elvis Cookie from the Venice Cookie Company boasts a whopping 1,000 milligrams of THC per cookie! Just one bite and you’ll be blasted to the moon for hours on end. The number of bowls you would need to smoke to compete with this cookie is dumbfoundingly improbable, which is why edibles take the cake in potency versus flowers, but is there anything more powerful than edibles?
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Simply put- yes. “Terp juice” is hands-down my personal vote for most potent and enjoyable concentrate on the market due to its rich terpene and phytocannabinoid infusion that make it so flavorful and effective for a variety of body and mind feels. Though its THC content is nowhere near that of the current king “live crystals”, one would argue that potency is not based on THC content alone.
Technically speaking, THC-A “live crystals” top the charts at 99.9% pure extracted THC. However, there is no plant matter and thus no terpenes so you don’t get all the flavor and aroma of other extraction methods and thus- less potency.
The future of cannabis is here and the term “potency” shan’t be based on THC levels alone, because there is so much more to it than that. Terpenes, flavor, enjoyment, and purity all factor into what makes one form of marijuana more potent than another, but in terms of THC content, stick with extracts.
This post was originally published on June 13, 2017, it was updated on October 3, 2017.
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The 12 Most Potent THC Concentrates
The world of cannabis concentrates is blowing up. For many people, dabbing is the future of weed, and concentrates are where it’s at. Concentrates are known for their purity. They’re known for having terpy flavor profiles and for having some of the strongest concentrate THC levels. While any experienced dabhead will tell you that a good dab isn’t exclusively about finding the strongest THC concentrate, potency is still a big piece of the equation. Here are 12 of the most potent concentrates currently on the market. If you’re looking for the most potent THC concentrate, you’re in the right place.
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Concentrate Remedies’ Bubba’s Deadhead Girl
With some of the strongest concentrate THC levels on the market, this dab is made from a combo of Bubba Kush, Deadhead OG, and Cookies. The final result is a hard-hitting concentrate with just under 80 percent THC. To be more precise, most samples of this concentrate come in right around 79.8 percent.
Dandy’s True OG
The True OG strain is an indica that generally produces heavy sedating and relaxing sensations. Those bodily experiences are on full display with Dandy’s concentrate version of the strain. Don’t expect to be doing much of anything after dabbing this concentrate. At 82 percent THC, this is a strong contender for the title of most potent THC concentrate.
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Alpine Alternative’s Legend OG
The Sacramento-based company Alpine Alternative has created a go-to favorite with its Legend OG concentrate. In particular, they’ve created one of the strongest THC concentrate products you can find. The product consistently maintains THC levels around 82 percent. It generally gives users a powerful mix of cerebral highs mellowed out by a pronounced calming body effect.
Leef’s Cheese Quake CO2 Oil
With roughly 88 percent THC and a genetic profile that leans toward indica, you can rely on Leef’s Cheese Quake CO2 oil to give you a clean, smooth, tasty experience. If you’re looking for the most potent THC concentrate, this one will put you on the right track. While its effects will center in your body, a lot of consumers report feeling a surprisingly strong head high after dabbing this one.
Dabbenport Extracts’ Live Action
Live action dabs are making a big splash at Cannabis Cups recently. In particular, Dabbenport Extracts is turning out some super potent, incredibly pure product.
The “dewaxing” process, in which all crude oils are removed through multiple low-temp filterings, is what makes these concentrates unique. Dabbenport’s live action concentrates are usually in the high-80s when it comes to THC content. That makes this one a solid choice when it comes to getting the strongest THC concentrate.
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Clear Concentrates’ The Clear
Over the last couple of years, Clear Concentrates’ signature dab, The Clear, has established itself as a perennial powerhouse. With some of the strongest concentrate THC levels, it’s quickly becoming a fan favorite. Most products are in the high 80s in terms of THC content. But some samples have reportedly tested as high as 96 percent. At that point, you’re getting into some next-level purity.
SpOILed Patients Collective’s SugErrl
Another example of live action concentrates, SpOILed Patients Collective’s SugErrl is rapidly becoming one of the company’s flagship products. In particular, it’s building a reputation among dabbers looking for the strongest THC concentrate.
Like Dabbenport’s live-action dabs, SugErrl is incredibly pure. Its texture is interesting, often a mix of crystals and oil that usually ends up going one way or the other. Regardless if you’ve got a crystalline product or an oily one, it’s going to be super tasty and super powerful. Definitely ranking high on any list of the most potent THC concentrate.
T-Rex Concentrates’ Predator Pink BHO
This BHO dab reportedly tests at the 92 percent mark. While it might not be quite as tasty as other concentrates on this list, if you’re in it for the strongest concentrate THC levels, it’s hard to do much better than this one.
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Dream City’s Concentrates
Dream City should make any Western Washington dabhead proud. Their concentrates are always some of the most potent around. In particular, a lot of their products are known for hitting the 93 percent mark, if not slightly higher.
The only potential drawback for terpene purists is that some of their concentrates reportedly add terps back in after the extraction process. But if you don’t care about those nitty gritty details, you’ll love the strong flavor profiles and high THC levels in these dabs. And, of course, if you’re looking for the most potent THC concentrate, you’ll love the power of these dabs.
CrX Concentrates’ Live Resin
CrX Concentrates produces a line of live resin that is known for delivering a power-packed punch of THC. These dabs are recording some of the strongest concentrate THC levels anywhere. And since it’s live resin, these concentrates were originally extracted from fresh flower, rather than dried bud.
For many consumers, live resin preserves both terpenes and THC at incredibly high quality. If you live in an area where you can buy CrX live resin, check with your budtenders for specific stats about THC content, as it varies run-by-run.
Purity Extracts’ Gorilla Glue
Purity Extracts has hit a home run with its GG4 extract (formerly known as Gorilla Glue). If you’re trying to find the strongest THC concentrate, this one’s a home run. Most reports indicate that this concentrate regularly reaches 96 percent THC.
This is probably a bit heavy-handed for most weed smokers, but hey, this list is all about the most potent concentrates and this one is tough to beat in that category.
Courtesy of Guild Extracts
Guild Extracts’ THCA
A lot has been said about THCA crystals in recent months. And for good reason. This is an interesting type of concentrate. Technically, it doesn’t have any THC when it’s raw and on its own.
Instead, it’s pure THCA, the non-psychoactive cannabinoid that eventually converts into active THC when cannabis is decarboxylated. As soon as you get a THCA crystal hot enough, it instantly turns into pure THC. And that means that you’ll be getting pretty much pure THC—making THCA crystals the most potent THC concentrate you can find.
The Most Potent THC Concentrates
In many ways, concentrates show just how far the world of weed has come. Of course, devoted weed smokers have always been using some form of concentrate.
Traditionally, concentrates were more along the lines of low-tech hash and other similar forms of cannabis. And while today’s cannabis scene is definitely more high-tech and precise, the same energy continues to motivate the quest for purer, more potent forms of cannabis.
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