There’s a wide variety of products available when you walk into a Seattle dispensary. However, just because you’re purchasing cannabis, it doesn’t mean that the THC levels are the same from product to product.
Whether you’re a new user or an experienced veteran, it’s important to know your ideal THC level for consumption. For those who may be new to cannabis, THC is the actual compound that is known for getting users “high”. In this article, we hope to help you understand the differing THC levels based on various intake methods.
Finding Cannabis Products At Seattle Dispensaries
Some products at a dispensary are easy to understand. For example, CBD and THC ratios are usually displayed clearly on labels on products that have both cannabinoids. These ratios are fairly straightforward to interpret (CBD:THC).
Measuring THC consumption, on the other hand, is more of an art than a science. Smoking a joint, for example, will not result in the same amount of THC consumption as a dab. And, of course, factoring in the various strains of marijuana adds a whole other level of complexity.
The reality is that there is not a specific “formula” to determine how much THC is being consumed.
So that raises the question: how can you find your ideal THC level? Well, it’s important to first understand a couple of the main product types available at a quality Seattle dispensary.
“Flower” is the actual bud of the cannabis plant. It’s the “green stuff” most people visualize when they think about cannabis. Fortunately, when you buy flower, you can typically see how much THC is in the product itself.
Some marijuana strains, for example, may offer 20% THC per gram. Remember, THC is measured in milligrams, so a 20% THC level would equal 200mg of THC per gram of flower. However, the amount of THC listed on the product is not how much you will actually ingest. (More on this below.)
This category includes oil, shatter, wax, and more. While bud or “flower” tends to range between 15 to 25% THC, concentrates can range anywhere from 50 to 80% THC. For users who want non-intoxicating CBD extracts for therapeutic effects without the psychoactive high, CBD concentrates are available as well.
Again, the final THC content of the product is not always the amount that is ingested. But why is this?
No matter what you purchase at a dispensary, the intake method will determine how much THC you are consuming.
Any time that cannabis is combusted (lit), there is a natural loss of THC. An open flame from a lighter to light a joint can reach more than 600 degrees Fahrenheit, or 315 degrees Celsius.
Such high temperatures will boil or burn away a significant amount of cannabinoids and terpenes… and that’s before the cannabis even enters your system. When it does, it will naturally contain less THC than the newly purchased product.
What Are the Different Intake Methods?
Below, we evaluate the different intake methods and the differing levels of THC.
How much THC is in a dab?
“Dabbing” results in higher amounts of THC because the product being dabbed is a concentrate. Oil, shatter, and wax are all considered concentrates, and they have higher levels of THC compared to flower.
Even when combustion is taken into account, the THC consumption while dabbing will be much higher compared to other methods.
To accurately calculate THC consumption levels, we recommend investing in a quality weighing scale. Dabbing typically uses small amounts of concentrate, as little as 0.5 grams. On the higher end, you might go as much as 1 gram. Many users “eyeball” the amount they are dabbing. Obviously, the eyeball method is not accurate.
If you measure 0.5 grams or 1 gram on a weighing scale, then you know exactly how much you are dabbing.
Let’s say the concentrate has 70% THC. If you are dabbing 0.5 g, then the concentrate has approximately 0.35g of THC (0.35 is 70% of 0.5).
Remember, THC is typically measured in milligrams, so 0.35g THC would be more accurately presented as 350 mg of THC.
Now, it’s time to factor in the combustion we talked about earlier.
It’s estimated that up to one third of the THC could be lost when vaporizing. This means that out of the initial 350 mg, you will actually intake approximately 235 mg of THC per dab.
How much THC is in a bowl?
Smoking a bowl will result in less THC, because flower naturally has less THC when compared to concentrates.
There are two factors that determine how many milligrams of THC are in a bowl of flower: (1) how large is the bowl and (2) what strain of marijuana are you smoking?
The standard bowl size is around 0.25 grams of weed.
If you purchase quality flower with a THC content of 18%, then that equals approximately 180 mg THC total. However, because the bowl size is only 0.25 grams, that means that only one quarter of the THC content is being put into the bowl.
If you pack the bowl, that means we only have 45 mg THC (one quarter of the initial 180mg).
Now it’s time to factor in combustion.
Most estimates say that you will only consume 40% of the THC in the bowl, while the rest will be lost due to the burning. This means that the actual THC consumed from a bowl will be roughly 18 mg THC (or one quarter of the 45 mg in the bowl).
How much THC is in a joint?
The calculation for how much THC is in a joint is similar to the calculations for dabs and bowls.
First, you must know the THC content of the product you’re smoking.
If you want to be precise, we encourage using a weighing scale to know how much bud is being rolled into the joint. For reference, it has been suggested that the average joint contains 0.32 grams of marijuana.
If you’re smoking a strain with 20% THC, that means that there’s 200mg THC per gram.
However, if the joint is the average 0.32 grams, that means the joint itself has 64mg THC (32 percent of the initial 200mg).
The equation to determine THC dosage in joints is to multiply the milligrams by 0.32.
In this case, 64mg THC in the joint would result in approximately 20.16mg THC consumed (64 x 0.32 = 20.16).
Why 0.32? The first half of the joint is less potent than the second half. This happens because after the burning begins, the THC begins condensing towards the end of the joint. As you get closer to the end, the stronger and more potent the joint will be. The factorial of 0.32 is a good estimate that balances out both ends of the joint.
Visit Seattle Dispensaries to Find The Best Products for You
If you’re looking for the most THC per gram, the clear winner is dabbing. For this reason, we do not recommend dabbing concentrates of any kind for beginners. They’re ultra-potent, so until you know the perfect amount for you, it’s better to stick to flower, edibles, or even vape cartridges, or you may have an unfavorable experience.
Of course, it’s not just the intake level that matters. You’ll also want to consume quality products.
When you visit Seattle dispensaries, you can always ask the budtenders for their recommendations. The more experience you have with cannabis, the easier it will be to find the products and THC levels for your desired high.
Need more help? Stop by the Ballard or Seattle locations of American Mary. Their expert budtenders will help you find the perfect strain and product that’s best for you!