Increase THC levels and the potency of your cannabis
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If you want to know how to increase THC and other cannabinoids in your marijuana plants this article is for you. In the following article we will see how to maximize the potency of any cannabis variety, in the simplest and safest way.
🎯 Factors influencing cannabis potency
Cannabinoids levels in marijuana may vary depending on these factors:
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1- Why is genetics important in the potency of marijuana?
Genetics is the most important thing, it is what will mark the full potential of a variety. This means that with a loose strain, such as the Duckfoot, you will never get an extreme potency, no matter how well you cultivate it and even if it has the perfect environmental conditions.
If its maximum THC potential is 7%, you cultivate it perfectly, it has the maximum of light, total darkness during the night period, perfect temperature and humidity… In other words, with all the ideal parameters, that variety will get a maximum of 7% THC.
On the other hand, with a potent genetics it is easy to get your joints to be potent, as long as you have a clear minimum care. For example, a White Gelatto, even if it suffers some heat, a little hydric stress, or some lack, it will give you a potent weed.
Whenever we think about getting the most potent marijuana comes to our mind to increase THC levels. This is a good thing because, as we have seen, THC is a determining factor, but it is not the only important thing. Within the cannabis terpenes it has been discovered that there is a very special one, since it acts on the CB2 receptor like another cannabinoid. Beta-Caryophyllene also has medicinal properties of its own, and when it works in synergy with high levels of THC and other cannabinoids it turns weed into a hard drug.
So we can say that the most determining factor when it comes to achieving the greatest potency of marijuana is genetics.
2- How much does the environment influence the level of cannabis potency?
The environmental conditions where a marijuana plant is cultivated can influence the amount of cannabinoids and terpenes that it obtains. Within these environmental factors the most important are the light and the temperature.
The trichomes that develop our favorite plants serve as a defense system against U-VB rays. It has been shown that the higher the levels of light intensity of different spectra, the greater the amount of resin. The best is sunlight, and indoors a combination of different luminaires
Temperature has a lot to do with the degradation of cannabinoids, especially terpenes and flavonoids. An ideal daytime temperature would be around 25 º C. indoors, being able to rise if administered a greater amount of CO2, another environmental factor.
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3- Is the way of cultivating very important for the potency of the weed?
It’s really important, as we saw before, a perfectly finished plant is not the same as another plant of the same genetics badly cultivated. For example, when we read that PEV Seeds’ Gorilla Vip can exceed 25% THC it is true, but it does not mean that all those who cultivate it are going to get a marijuana with such high levels.
It even happens with clones of the same mother plant, you can give it to a colleague who is an expert in cannabis cultivation, the one who always brings out the best weed, so that he can grow it in his own way. Another cuttings from the same mother you give it to a friend who has just started the cultivation, so that he can grow it as he wants. It is very probable that if you do an analysis when both harvests, the buds of the expert colleague get higher levels of cannabinoids, don’t you believe me? Try it and you’ll tell me…
4- What does the way marijuana is conserved have to do with its potency?
It really matters a lot, so much so that a cannabis of high potency and delicious flavor can become a mediocre weed. Light, air and humidity can degrade the cannabinoids and terpenes of a crop, so it is very important to keep the buds properly after drying and curing.
The ideal is to keep the harvest in hermetic glass jars, in the dark, in an environment of low humidity. A good conservation is not going to turn a loose marijuana in a powerful grass, but it will get that the power and quality does not decrease, or at least it slows down to the maximum this process.
Another advantage of preserving perfectly cured buds is that they last much longer in optimal conditions, even reaching the next season without hardly changing. We have tried joints from old harvests, more than 5 years old, which were still very good. Obviously not as well as when he was 6 months old that we believe is the moment of maximum power of marijuana, but still very well.
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👾 Tips and tricks to increase the potency of your cannabis
- Choose a variety with aTHC potential of more than 20%, if it is possible that it contains quite a lot of Beta-Caryophyllene and Limonene.
- Control to the maximum the parameters of the culture, at least these: maximum light, temperature around 25º C. diurnal and 18º C. nocturnal, humidity of more than 50% in growth and less than 50% in flowering.
- Use insecticides and natural preventive fungicides, to avoid that some type of plague stops the development of the plants.
- Observe the plants daily, if it can be with a magnifying glass or microscope, to correct possible deficiencies, blockages or plagues.
- Treat the flowers well, both during cultivation and after harvest. Sometimes I feel sorry to see some people grab the buds, or hit them ruthlessly. This is bad, not because they are also living beings, but because the cannabis resin are very sensitive glands that spoil when touched.
- Control parameters during drying, curing and subsequent conservation too, we have already seen how important it is to maintain cannabis right.
We have already seen the best way to improve the quality of our cannabis, and as you know the genetic potential is only an important part. So don’t worry, at Pevgrow we can offer you the best genetics on the market.
But, as you have been able to verify, the other part that is going to determine the total power of the marijuana ultimately is you, and on that hand we can also help you to obtain the greater success, so if you have any doubt you can ask us. And if you want others to get the best possible marijuana also the best thing you can do is to share this article, we thank you in advance.
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7 Ways To Boost The Intensity Of Your High
Cannabis delivers a powerful psychoactive high. But sometimes, this effect can become diminished or not feel as potent. Here are our 7 tips for boosting the intensity of your high.
You had everything prepared so well. You got your weed, you had your favourite snacks and fresh water standing by. You had your comfy clothes in your comfy place to sit, ready to revisit your favourite music, movie, or YouTube channel. But when you light up, you don’t feel the high you were hoping for. Maybe it creeps up on you. No. This is more mellow and diminished than you expected. This is a frustrating problem to encounter. Whether the quality of your stash is subpar or your tolerance is through the roof, here are 7 ways to boost the intensity of your high.
1. CHOOSE STRAINS WISELY
Hopefully, you really do have a good source for your weed. This will of course be easier if it’s legal through a dispensary or cannabis club where you live. If you live somewhere where your choices are limited, it may still be possible to at least know the name of the strain you’re offered.
This is enough for you to research the cultivar on our site for some general advice. Here, you can also learn about the unique effects of each strain caused by its unique phytochemical profile, including dominant cannabinoids and terpenes. Varying ratios of these molecules induce anything from light and airy highs to deep body stones. You can even get figures on what THC levels to expect. Of course, these traits will vary depending on who grew the strain, and from which seeds. The best thing to do is to experiment until you find the strain that provides the sensations you desire.
2. STORE WEED WELL
When you get your weed home, where do you store it? If you use a plastic container or the baggy you got the weed in, this may spoil the herb’s potency. Plastic can conduct an electric charge, which will fry the THC-rich trichomes on your flowers. Avoid this with a good glass or steel jar.
There are ones with humidity controls built in, as well as ones with removable humidity packs. If you lack these, a simple solution for curing is to leave a peel of orange, lemon, or lime sealed in with your weed for 2 or 3 hours. This will stop your supply from becoming dry, crumbly, and less potent as a result. A dark, cool place is recommended for preserving the quality of your stash.
3. CHANGE UP YOUR ROUTINE
Maybe you’ve got a good stash and you’re taking care of it. So why is there still a sense of diminishing returns from your weed? By definition, taking anything in excess is bad. If you’re smoking too much cannabis, that can spoil the treat of it. As your body adjusts to having more cannabinoids in its system, your cannabis tolerance improves.
Consider how you can change things up in terms of your cannabis use. Are you in the habit of smoking first thing in the morning? Try abstaining until evening, or at least 4:20pm. Smoke earlier in the day if you smoke too much at night. Don’t smoke with every meal. Observe when you’re smoking and see how you might catch your brain off-guard by changing up the schedule a bit.
4. CHANGE UP YOUR METHODS
Another thing you can adjust is the method by which you’re getting high. Some people like to smoke, but will experience a different sensation when trying different methods. You may prefer the feeling of a high from vaping or a bong hit. This may also be something you dislike. It depends on the individual constitution of each person.
Avoid using your lungs altogether by experimenting with edibles. In general, edibles and dabs are considered two of the most high-potency cannabis products. Proceed with caution.
5. EAT THE RIGHT FOODS
There are a number of pleasant accompaniments to marijuana that will boost its potent impact. A simple cup of black or green tea contains catechin, an antioxidant that binds with your brain’s CB1 receptors. This will help the soothing effects of cannabinoids come on much more efficiently.
Dark chocolate has a similar effect when containing 72% or more cacao. This will not only act as an antioxidant, it will slow down the breakdown of anandamide, the brain chemical named after the Sanskrit word for “bliss”. This will sustain the length of your high.
Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids will also efficiently synthesise endocannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors. Also, look out for foods with terpenes in them, like THC-boosting myrcene or high-enhancing pinene. Pinene can be found in sage, thyme, and other herbs, while myrcene can be found in mangoes, broccoli, and nuts. If all else fails, a multivitamin is good for you anyway, and improves cellular absorption and the flow of the circulatory system. That will be very helpful for the flow of THC.
You should be looking at how healthy your habits are in general. Your diet can be tweaked to improve the quality of your high. Body fat is where a lot of THC is absorbed and stored. Sometimes this can be slow to release, diminishing the quality of your high. So, a diet and exercise routine that reduces your overall amount of body fat is advisable.
It may mean switching from ice cream to aforementioned dark chocolate. The exercise component is also highly relevant. Not only is exercise good for your overall health, studies suggest it impacts the brain in similar ways to cannabis. It doesn’t just elevate mood, it can actually trigger the release of THC from stored body fat. A 2013 study in Drug and Alcohol Dependence found that a cardio session raises blood-THC levels by 15%.
7. TAKE A TOLERANCE BREAK
If you have tried all of this and you’re still not getting high, we feel for you. You’ve optimised your circumstances for intensifying that high and it’s still not happening for you. You should start to consider why you’re chasing the high. Cannabis can enhance our lives in many ways, but it won’t resolve a deep-seated emotional issue. Be honest with yourself about your consumption levels. If you have been over-indulging, maybe over-exposure to cannabis is creating diminishing returns.
It is okay to decide to take a tolerance break from cannabis. See if you can last a month, or several, without any cannabis. The longer you leave it, the stronger your next high will hit you. It is estimated that a month is needed for cannabinoids to completely leave your system. If a tolerance break sounds unpleasant, you can find supports to get you through it. See what your life is like without cannabis. If there’s still a responsible place for it in your life, get back in and feel a more powerful high than before.
Users desiring the most potent psychoactive high from cannabis can follow our 7-step guide to making your high more intense.