The more trichomes a bud has, the more potent the marijuana will be. Trichomes are the medicinal crystals of the plant and form as the bud yields into its final stages. These crystals peak during the plant’s drying and curation process, and the more frosty your nuggets become determines how strong your highs will be.
The key to getting the most trichomes starts with how the plant is grown; method and timing are essentially key, and to perfect the cure making sure that the plant dries properly will bring the trichomes to peak intensity.
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Ever notice how when you keep your freshly clipped herbs in a mason jar they get crunchier and more crystallized? This is because they are drying even more. Removing the moisture brings the buds to the highest of their THC yield.
Freshly harvested marijuana is always going to contain much more water than sets of nuggets where all the moisture has been removed from the buds. Water does not contain cannabinoids so the higher the moisture content of the freshly picked sample, the lower the THC and other cannabinoids in the resulting content yield.
This is the reason that pure extracts contain so much more THC, where they remove all other plant material and are condensed down to only the plant medicine through processes of purging, buds retain their water from harvest, making THC unavailable at the point of moisture.
On average most dried and cured buds have a moisture content of between 8-12%. Using simple math growers can help adjust for these variable levels of moisture content in their grow.
According to growingmarijuana.com, “A fresh cannabis plant is 80 percent water. The grower must reduce this to be able to end up with a good quality weed. You can start curing your weed when there is only 33 percent of water left and weighs 50 percent less than its original weight.”
Making sure your grass doesn’t have a high level of moisture ensures a reduction of bacteria and molds and will keep your grass fresh and strong for longer.
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The first rule is finding the baseline moisture content. Since most cured buds are between 8-12% it is generally safe to go with a 10% baseline moisture level.
Marijuanagrowershq.com picked two make-believe buds for their explanation of the process. Both have been lab-tested and show a total THC level of 18%. The difference is that one sample has a moisture content that is 15% while the other has only 5%.
The difference between the 15% moisture content and the baseline of 10% is a difference of 5%
Multiply 5% (.05) by the THC content of 18% or (.18) which equals 9% or (.009)
Since we know that a water content over baseline will mean more cannabinoids, we add this to the original THC content of 18%.
Our THC content adjusted for water content is .9% + 18% = 18.9%
Now this doesn’t seem like a huge number but let’s compare it to the sample with a moisture content of only 5%. Instead of adding .9% we need to subtract it from the original 18% THC
Our THC content adjusted for water content is -.9% + 18% = 17.1%.
Even though these two buds both showed 18% THC in the lab results, we know that if they were both dried to the 10% moisture level baseline, one would test at 17.1% THC and the other at 18.9% THC. This increase from 17.1% to 18.9% THC is an increase of a little over 10%. When growers are experimenting with methods for increasing the THC content of the buds they grow, a 10% increase is pretty substantial
No matter how you decide to enjoy cannabis, one thing is for sure: you want to absorb the most THC possible. While some of these tips may seem obvious, there are forgotten at times. Here are 10 tricks to increase THC absorption.
This is one of the best-kept secrets in the cannabis world. Despite it being a minor cannabinoid, CBG (cannabigerol) is found in all cannabis plants in their early stages and then turns into other more well-known cannabinoids like THC and CBD.
When combined with THC, CBG acts as a multiplier. The effects are enhanced and deliver a well-balanced and enjoyable high.
Check out our Sour G CBG flower made in collaboration with Botany Farms. Add some of it to your next joint or bowl and you’ll see the difference.
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What better way to get THC into your system faster than a good ole fashion pre-smoke workout? Take a jog around the block, then grab your bong! An increased heart rate will send THC through your blood system fast.
Take a natural breath. Scientifically, your lungs can only absorb so much THC. Take a regular breath, hold for a few seconds, and release. You will waste less bud this way!
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Vapes are an amazing way to get a better high than joints or blunts. Vaporizers prevent you from burn-out & experience the full flavor of your weed. In addition, vapes have temperature control which allows for less harsh hits and bigger clouds.
You can carry vapes around throughout the day in a portable vape kit without having to worry about lighters or papers, and many even look like e-cigarettes so you can use your vaporizer discreetly in public.
With vapes, you can set your desired temperature. So instead of burning cannabinoids and other plant components, you’re actually maximizing them and activating more of them.
If you want the best device out there, that you can use with dry herb and concentrates, then check out the PAX 3. Very few devices offer the precision temperature control and overall quality that this vape has to offer.
Bet you didn’t know that some foods contain cannabinoid receptors! Eat some of these foods before using cannabis to enjoy an enhanced high: nuts, black and green tea, and even mangos.
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If you want to absorb more THC, use stronger forms of cannabis. You can find some of the strongest forms here. Honestly, give hash oil a try.
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Chances are that smoking a joint hasn’t been what makes you feel the highest. With edibles though, it’s relatively easy and results in numerous ER visits. As long as you know your limit, THC via edibles is superior to just about any other absorption rate you can achieve.
Here’s our recommendation when it comes to edibles. With 5 mg of THC per piece alongside a unique combination of CBD and other cannabinoids, these gummies offer the best edible experience out there.
Another option is to bake your own edibles. Nowadays, thanks to devices like the Ardent FX, it is easier than ever. This unit, known as the Easy Bake Oven for weed, lets you decarb, infuse, and bake your edibles in the same machine with the push of a button.
This is an easy and very impactful change when it comes to THC absorption. Cheap grinders will end up mushing your bud which not only makes you lose some of it but also does not create any kief at all. A grinder that slices through your flower will preserve the integrity of your weed, creating lots of kief and leaving the trichomes on your product. This makes for more potent cannabis.
HØJ’s KLIP Grinder features a revolutionary slicing technology that does not mush your bud and makes for the most potent and flavorful hits.
Many people ignore fat supplements when taking their multivitamins. Healthy fats aid the body in processing and absorbing many nutrients, including proteins and even THC. Taking your Omega 3’s, a teaspoon of coconut oil, or eat foods made with olive oil before smoking will increase your body’s ability to absorb THC.
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Knowing your tolerance, or about THC tolerance is essential. Doing so will prevent you from being so upset when you feel like your smoking a lot but not high. Your body can only process so much THC at a time – so knowing your tolerance, and when to take a tolerance-break, will help you to make sure you are regularly absorbing the most THC possible.