We Specialize in Testing Your Marijuana
THC Levels Are On The Rise
Not all marijuana we receive is equal. We have noticed that most marijuana samples we test from home growers are within a very small tolerance of variation. Samples tested from seedbanks have THC levels about 20% higher than the average homegrowers samples and usually have only small variations as well. Most seedbanks are fairly equal. But one seed bank has our staff scratching their heads testing all of BC Seeds different strain samples, they were testing sometimes 8x higher than most samples.
General Cannabinoid Information
CBD (Cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid found in cannabis.. CBD can increase alertness. Most interestingly, CBD interferes with your liver by slowing down the speed in which it removes (metabolizes) THC, therfore increasing the duration of THCs' effects. High levels of THC and low levels of CBD contribute to a strong, clear head, more energetic high. Pot with a high level of both THC and CBD will produce a strong and pleasant dreamlike experience. Cannabis that has low levels of THC and high levels of CBD produces more of a pleasant stoned feeling. The mind feels relaxed, not dreamy and the body feels tired. In general, Sativa has lower levels of CBD and higher levels of THC. Indica has higher amounts of CBD and lower amounts of THC than Sativa. If you want a night cap to help you fall asleep at night, then you will want a strain that is high in CBD.
THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), is the psychoactive part which gets you high. Without THC you don't get high. It makes you feel high, feel relaxed and it also kills pain, depending on its strength, it can also work as a powerful analgesic. It also alters your sense of time, alters your vision, hearing, and smell. It will make you tired or energized and stimulate your appetite.
THCA (Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) Just bcause THCA is not psychoactive, doesn't mean it is useful to measure. It has amazing antiinflammatory effects for those suffering in chronic pain, and is best prepared as a tea for treating inflammation.
CBN (Cannabinol) increases as THC degrades in storage, and/or is exposed to light and air. Cannabis should be properly dried before storage in the dark in an airtight all-glass container. It is somewhat psychoactive, but in a negative way, making the user feel heavily stoned, not high. It's effects are not as pleasant as fresh marijuana, as cannabis should have very low levels of CBN. If you're working with an amazing strain that grows well, but it's effects are too harsh, it may just be genetically susceptible to higher levels of CBN, and it is a good idea to get the strains your working with tested to see if you should continue investing your time with a possible genetically insuperior strain.
THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin) is amazing. It increases the speed and intensity of THC and it also causes the high to end a bit sooner because it prevents some of the absorption of THC into your brain. You may think this is a bad thing, when on the contrary it is not at all. It's a trade-off. To get the most amazing clean and energetic high, you have to prevent the abosorption the dulling effects of some of the THC. Higher THCV does this naturally! The biggest research being done right now by seedbanks, is THCV. They are breeding very hard to increase THCV levels, while producing a strain that can be easily grown in cooler climates. THCV has higher percentages primarily in strains found in Afghanistan, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Southern Africa and Western Africa.
CBC (Cannabichromene) interacts with THC to enhance its high, anti-inflammatory properties, analgesic effects and prevents the plants from getting sick when growing. Breeders pay close attention to this level when breeding for medical patients and harsher growing climates or places with more pests that infect/damage plants.
CBL (Cannabicyclol) is a degradative product and converts CBC to CBL which screws with the nice buzz. CBL characteristics are not inherited as strongly, genticly like CBN and is not as important for breeders to watch.
Know Your Dosage
Would you take powerful prescription drugs (pills) if you didn't know its concentration? This is becoming a huge problem with medical marijuana so widespread and no standard testing performed for medical users. Each strain can vary widely in different cannabinoids, potentially causing harm if you need to drive a vehicle, or watch your children in case the dose you take is too much for you to handle.
Marijuana doses should be more detailed, information is the key to a safe prescritption.