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Potency refers to how strong a substance is and the much of a psychoactive response it has on the user. In the realm of cannabis, it is considered to be much more potent than it was around 30 or 40 years ago. In cannabis that was tested around the 1960s and 1970s from a certain strain of Mexican cannabis, it was only said to contain THC levels of around 0.4 to 1 percent. Today, some plants can reach a THC content of up to 25 percent.

THC is cannabinoid in cannabis that makes it intoxicating to the user. It is usually displayed as a percentage of milligrams per gram of cannabis. It’s been noted that 33% is the highest potency of cannabis that is available. If a product is labeled at 15% THC, this means that it has 150mg of THC per gram of cannabis. There are a variety of different factors that can cause how potent a cannabis plant can be. They are the plant’s genetics, climate and growing conditions, and processing and harvesting.

Female plants typically have a higher potency than male plants and the time when a plant is harvested can also play a role in affecting THC levels. Anything with over 20% THC content is considered to be very potent and new users should exercise caution if selecting a strain that is that potent. Consuming larger amounts of THC can cause a user to feel uncomfortable, paranoid, and other harmful effects. Consuming small to average amounts of THC can cause the user to feel relaxed, have an increased mood, be more creative, more social, have more energy, and have an increased appetite.

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I prefer my cannabis to be potent because then I don’t have to smoke as much to get the nice relaxed and euphoric feeling.

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