How Accurate is That THC Percentage Chart? Not Very

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Labels declaring THC Potency, as indicated by a THC percentage chart, are rarely accurate. In the regulated cannabis space, the market has trained consumers to check for potency. Dispensaries, online retailers, and even online databases list products according to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) percentages. But, these numbers are misleading to everyone but chemists. The industry as a whole needs a better understanding of available THC, and a useful THC percentage chart. To the untrained eye, the THC on a label seems a perfect prediction of potency. But, the problem with our understanding of potency is multifaceted. First, cannabinoids are never stable. Exposure to the elements often leads to degradation and transformation into other cannabinoids. Second, few people realize that the “Total THC” listed on a flower is, at best, a good estimate. Third, the available THC has as much to do with the product as it does with the route of administration. The industry is evolving, and in time, this may lead to the development of an accurate and true THC percentage chart that is legible to the everyday consumer. But until then, patients and recreational consumers should learn how to interpret content. The Transformation of Cannabinoids Cannabinoids are…

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