Anyone else wondering where the convenient as f percentages went on your weed labels? Us too. Let’s not dwell on the past, because we can teach ya how to do the math! Our new mantra is “pass the decimal to the left-hand side”. Read more about this important dosing lesson here.
Aside from your weed potency, there are several factors to consider when you're consuming cannabis.
Be sure to check out this info when reading your weed labels:
- Strain type
- Packaged on Date
- Type of cannabis packaging (dried flower, pre-roll etc)
- Net Weight
- Warning labels
- CBD and THC content
So, what’s the difference between THC and total THC?
The first numbers, listed as just “THC” and/or “CBD”, represent the active cannabinoid levels in the cannabis when purchased.
The second numbers are listed as “Total THC” and “Total CBD.” represent the active cannabinoid levels in the cannabis when Decarboxylated (Smoked, vaped etc)
*Because oil, edible, beverage and capsule products have been processed (and the cannabinoids decarboxylated already), the second and first numbers will be the same between products.*
What happened to the easy to read percentage labels?
Many consumers have become familiar with flower potencies being listed as percentage values (%). With regulation changes, you’ll now see THC and CBD potencies listed as mg/g or total milligrams instead. Flower and pre-roll products will be the biggest change, but the conversion method from mg/g to % is easy once you know.
How do I convert mg/g to %?
You can find the percentage of THC or CBD in your cannabis by taking the Total Values and moving the decimal point one spot to the left Ex. 200 mg/g = 20.0%
But what is decarboxylation?
We’ll keep this *high* level for now, but what you need to know is that Cannabinoids (THC, CBD) are only activated by heat over 150 degrees Celsius – a process called decarboxylation.
In its natural state, cannabis has a low level of active THC and CBD, instead containing THCa & CBDa (non intoxicating). When cannabis is decarboxylated its THC & CBD levels increase.
We’ll dive deeper into decarb on our upcoming blog posts, where we can explore just how to decarb and what that looks like when you're baking and cooking at home. We hope your crash course in stoner math has helped clear the air.