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Understanding THC and CBD Actual vs. Potential Levels

November 19, 2018

NAVIGATING THE WORLD OF CANNABIS – UNDERSTANDING THC AND CBD ACTUAL VS. POTENTIAL LEVELS

Our journey begins with understanding cannabinoids, a class of chemical compounds found in cannabis that have been reported to have beneficial properties. The two most commonly discussed cannabinoids are THC and CBD.

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, produces a psychoactive effect (the “high”) when consumed. CBD, or cannabidiol, is non-psychoactive.

 

Our packaging displays both the actual and the potential levels of these cannabinoids. Actual, refers to the level of these cannabinoids before the dried flower has been activated, and potential, refers to the maximum level after the cannabinoids have been activated through heating. THC and CBD occur in small amounts in nature. However, there are naturally occurring compounds which when activated by heating convert into THC and CBD in a process called decarboxylation. Common heating methods include combustion and vaporization.

Combustion (for example by smoking) is a popular method for consuming cannabis because it is fast-acting. However, smoking can feel harsher than other options and may mask flavours associated with terpenes (other naturally occurring chemical compounds produced by cannabis). In vaporization, accessories called vaporizers heat cannabis below the point of combustion to transform cannabinoids and terpenes into a vapour that can be inhaled without creating by-products made during combustion.

The lower percentage value THC and CBD levels on our packaging indicate the actual levels – the larger THC and CBD levels refer to the potential levels. Health Canada requires all licensed producers include both the actual THC and CBD levels, as well as the potential levels.[1]  

When determining the strength of the COVETM dried flower that you want, the THC Total or CBD Total is most commonly referenced. Our COVETM oils don’t require any additional heating and are ready for you to explore straight out of the box.

Our goal is to Make Each Experience a DiscoveryTM. Our honest, uncompromising approach is not only focused on our non-irradiated, hand-trimmed, crafted quality cannabis products, but also includes providing answers for you along your journey.

For more information, check out covecannabis.ca or follow us on social @covecrafted.

[1] Cannabis Regulations, SOR/18-144, s 124-127