Why Percent-THC Is Not The Best Way to Choose Cannabis

There is a common belief in the cannabis community that THC content is the only way to find the best weed. People who are in touch with cannabis science know that’s not true. There are many ways to choose the best cannabis and any method based on a single chemical is not going to tell the entire story.

Cannabis acts on the human body through a variety of chemicals, not just THC. While prohibition-era science of the mid 20th century focused on THC as “the” psychoactive chemical in cannabis, the truth is that it’s a complex concert of chemicals that interact with cannabinoids like THC and a system of the human body called the endocannabinoid system. 

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The endocannabinoid system is present in all mammals and controls development and other important body functions. Cannabis contains dozens of these signaling molecules, called cannabinoids -- THC is a cannabinoid. They are the same type of chemical compounds that the human body produces. The versions produced by your body are called “endocannabinoids” while the ones produced by the cannabis plant are called “phytocannabinoids.”

THC is just one. There’s the next most well-known cannabinoid, CBD, and then down through the list of other common cannabinoids like CBN, CBG and through so many more that not all of them have been identified. Several have been studied, however, and shown to have medicinal effects unique to each of them, as well as their collective effect.

There’s also terpenes. Terpenes are simple organic compounds that are so common in nature that they are the building blocks of all animal cells. Terpenes in cannabis are also found in plants like rosemary, oranges, pine trees and lavender. The terpenes from those plants have been studied in depth and have powerful effects all their own.

Through an effect known as the “entourage effect” all these compounds and more in the cannabis plant work together to produce the high that differs from plant to plant and person to person. It’s truly impossible to completely separate just one compound from the cannabis plant as a sole identifier of the potency of a strain, despite efforts by regulators. 

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If you’re walking into a dispensary and simply asking for the cannabis with the highest percent THC you are going to miss out on a lot of really excellent weed. You need to think outside the box that regulators and marketing departments have put you in. You should try something different.

Space Weed is different. Our process doesn’t produce bud that feels or smokes like traditional cannabis. Many people who are very attached to the previous way of curing cannabis are confused by this and often want to stick with what they know. Just like those that only go by the percent THC on the label.

But those who realize that flash frozen cured bud is fresher than normal cannabis quickly figure out that there’s something special about Space Weed. We preserve the flower in nearly the same exact state that it’s in when it’s still alive on the plant. No other type of cannabis can claim that. Our cannabis contains different amounts of all the cannabinoids in the cannabis plant than normal bud. Our curing method also better preserves terpenes compared to normal hang-dried weed.

So don’t judge your cannabis by one number on a label. Try different strains, see how they make you feel. We’d be honored if you’d give our unique bud a try too. 

Our cannabis has many benefits. It’s drier so it stays fresher longer and is less harsh when smoked -- and with less water weight due to our unique process, you get more bud for your buck. It has also had a lot less time to degrade while curing in comparison to typical bud. And our unique texture means that you don’t need a grinder to crumble the bud.

We’re the only cannabis that’s truly different from the dozens of other brands. You may find that something different was exactly what you needed.

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