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How to Help Consumers Understand the Amount of THC and CBD in Their Cannabis

November 29, 2017
How to Help Consumers Understand the Amount of THC and CBD in Their Cannabis(Nastasic/iStock)
Updated March 29, 2018
Cannabis products are required to be tested and labeled for the amount of THC and CBD they contain. Because these two cannabinoids are typically the most abundant in cannabis products, it’s critical for consumers to understand what they are and how they work. Although cannabis packaging contains labels that indicate the amount of THC and CBD in products, these numbers can be difficult to read and interpret, especially for people new to cannabis.

Figure 1: An example cannabis packaging label from Washington state showing a breakdown of the percentage of different cannabinoids present in the flower. (Leafly)

The image above shows an example packaging label from Washington. These labels typically indicate cannabinoid levels (expressed as a % of the dry weight of the product) in small font on the back of packages. Total THC and CBD levels are reported as a percentage of the dry weight of the flower, and are a required part of cannabis product labeling.

In the above example, you can see a variety of values, including numbers for “THC,” “THCA,” and “Total THC.” If you’re new to cannabis, it might not be clear exactly how these numbers are related. It can also be difficult to interpret total THC levels without some more context. Is 21.35% THC an average amount for flower, or is it a lot? To get a better idea of this, it helps to know the full spectrum of possible THC levels.

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Fortunately, the biology of cannabinoid production is constrained in interesting ways. Strain genetics limit cannabinoid production in cannabis flower. Although there are several different major cannabinoids produced by cannabis, broadly speaking, there are three major “chemotypes” defined by THC:CBD ratios:

  • THC-dominant strains contain mostly THC and little CBD and will have strong psychoactive effects. Most popular strains, such as Blue Dream, OG Kush, and Granddaddy Purple, fall into this category.
  • CBD-dominant strains contain mostly CBD and little THC and will have little or no obvious psychoactive effects. Charlotte’s Web and Remedy are popular examples of CBD-dominant strains.
  • Balanced strains fall somewhere in the middle. They have THC and some CBD, but generally not as much as THC- or CBD-dominant strains. The strains will get you high, but the effects will be noticeably different from THC-dominant strains. Examples include Cannatonic and Harlequin.
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Figure 2: All strains fall into one of three major ‘chemotypes’ based on their ratio of total THC to total CBD. Strains in each group usually have total THC and CBD levels in the ranges shown above. (Amy Phung/Leafly)

As you can see in the above graph, strains naturally fall into one of three major categories (chemotypes) based on their THC and CBD levels. Looking at strains in this way allows us to start to think about specific strains in a broader context, relative to the full spectrum of THC and CBD levels that encompass strains.

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We have used thousands of laboratory testing measurements of THC and CBD in cannabis products to map out their full range. Using this data, we’ve come up with some common sense cutoffs for THC and CBD levels so that products on Leafly dispensary menus can be represented by up to five filled-in circles indicating a scale of how much THC and CBD they contain.

The three major "chemotypes" of cannabis graphed under Leafly's new THC and/or CBD rating system.

Figure 3: Average total THC and total CBD levels for popular strains. Three examples strains each are shown for THC-dominant, CBD-dominant, and Balanced strain categories. (Amy Phung/Leafly)

To make things easier, Leafly’s dispensary listings will begin using this simpler, more intuitive system for their menu items to help consumers judge how much THC and CBD cannabis products have. Instead of just the raw percentages, Leafly users will be able to more easily judge whether cannabis products have high, low, or medium levels of THC and CBD, as well as which major chemotype category they fall into (THC-Dominant, CBD-Dominant, or Balanced). Keep an eye out for this new menu system over the next few weeks, and be sure to let us know what you think.

Leafly's THC and/or CBD scale for cannabis flower

Figure 4: Leafly’s THC and/or CBD scale for cannabis flower. (Amy Phung/Leafly)

The above THC and/or CBD scale for cannabis flower explains the range of THC or CBD in a package of dried bud to help simplify the information for consumers.

Figure 5: THC/CBD scales for different cannabis product categories; click to enlarge. (Amy Phung/Leafly)

This system is displayed in the following sample menu, where users can now sort by product type (Flower, Concentrates, Edibles, or Pre-Rolls) and expand additional categories (Strain Collection, Indica/Sativa/Hybrid, THC, CBD, Strain, Brand, Price, and Quantity) to narrow down a dispensary’s options to find their ideal strain or product.

Example of Leafly's cannabis dispensary menu system

Figure 6: An example of Leafly’s new menu system filtered to display flower, edible, and pre-roll products. (Click to enlarge/Leafly)

Clicking on each category in the left sidebar will dropdown options such as checkboxes or sliders that allow users to narrow results down to their preferred findings.

Leafly's new cannabis dispensary menu system with an expanded tool tip to help explain each filter option.

Figure 7: Leafly’s new menu system with an expanded tool tip to help explain each filter option. (Click to enlarge/Leafly)

Of course, THC and CBD aren’t the only things that matter. Cannabis contains a variety of other cannabinoids and rich bouquet of terpenes that shape its aroma, flavor, and effects. As the cannabis industry continues to grow and evolve, we will need to establish a simple and intuitive visual language that allows consumers to quickly and easily explore cannabis strains and products based on all of their key ingredients.

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  • Avery

    Thanks, Leafly, for destroying the menu system. THC percentage is a big part of my pre-shopping (i.e., Leafly menu perusal) process. I hope our local dispensaries can find a better system then Leafly for their menus going forward.

  • Al Harris

    I am in FLA and its hard to get what I need here

    • Jose

      grow your own!

      • Sherrie Slaboda

        I don’t want to live in a Jail.

        • E.L. Bl/Du

          Sherrie, if you are in a prohibition state you can grow indoors….if you are discreet you wont live in jail. Right now I am in trim jail…lol I will be trimming till Christmas!

    • Kris Rosa

      I am in S Fl. There are alot of despencery’s down here. Good luck. I use the one in Miami.. But Ft Lauderdale​ is opening very soon, across from Holy Cross Hosp.

  • glorpthesmelly

    Thanks for the info….when I asked this question at the dispensary I have been going to for 5 years,

    “When the label says 24%THC …….24% of WHAT?” The total weight? The percentage of the total cannabinoids?…………WHAT?

    None of the employees could answer.

    • BenSamizdat

      Go on Youtube and watch all of the vids for how THC% is derived. Some Lab techniques are better than others and the European methods are best. Basically the Labs take a discrete amount of bud and then remove all of the water. We all know that cannabidiolic acid is converted to cannabidiol and then into the various acids like THCa. When the labs remove the water, they can now measure only the dry weight, and the acids are soluble so they use solvents to seperate those, and as a % of that sample, the cannabinoids can be measured. Typically the buds you buy at the Dispensaries have 70% to 85% of the water-weight already removed. If there is too much removed, the buds are dry and crumbly and nobody wants to buy them. So the % of THC you see on the lable will not be the % of what you buy, but a % of that dry weight with all the water removed, if that makes any sense. The claims that buds tested back in the 60s and 70s were coming in at 3% or 6% are bunk – that was Bale Weed that was piled up when wet so the thermophilic process degraded most of the cannabinoids (and made the product moldy), so these tests were not of naturally grown and lovingly processed product. There were 30% strains back in the 60s just like today, it’s just that nobody really understood this. All the dealer told us was that it was Dank, or Chronic or Pretty Good Shit, and the labels on Seed packages said Low, Medium or High THC.

    • BenSamizdat

      Labs remove all of the water weight from their samples. Dry weight is mostly carbon, hydrogen and oxygen so there is not as much to it as you might think. All we want are the Terpenes, Esters and Cannabinoids. We all know that cannabidiolic acid is converted to cannabidiol and then into the various acids like THCa, so the Labs use solvents to seperate the acids and then the Terps and Acids can be removed at a specific temperature. They can then measure those acids as a % of the gram of dry weight. Labs that measure THC are doing is wrong – because there is a huge % of THCa in the sample that will convert to THC once it is vaporized. Sophisticated labs will measure non-decarbed acids and they can then reliably estimate how much of these will convert to other cannabinoids during decarbing and add the dats to the THC and CBD % of the acids that already decarbed due to heat, light, wind, oxygen, age etc. This gives the consumer the best most accurate cannabinoid % which is precisely what they want, and incidentally, what the Weights and Measure laws require. What Leafly is proposing here is actually illegal.

      • That’s the short version? Ouch.

      • E.L. Bl/Du

        why are they confusing the issue? Ive read articles on here that are SO inaccurate, such as some punk who worked on a farm NOW thinks since they used chemicals, that chemical fertilizer absorbs better. Nothing could be farther from the truth, its why the numbers on chem ferts are higher, they do NOT absorb as readily, hence, all the run off that is killing fish and wildlife by depleting oxygen in the streams and now the ocean. And you’re right about now the farmer who does 99% of the work makes the least amt of money. Labs are raking it in.

        • BenSamizdat

          E.L., everything is a chemical. Even organic nutrients. What you are really discussing is Salts vs other bases like Calcium that are used to mix the supplemental Nutes into a solution that can matriculate down into the root zone of soils, or stay mixed in a hydroponic solution. The “organic” approach uses a base like Calcium that is also beneficial for the plants, but even Calcium can toxify the soil if used too much. Some organic nutrients also use salts which are naturally derived, so the issue is confusing. When we discuss “Synthetics”, we are talking about salts, nitrogen, carbon, phosphorius that comes from industrial waste processes, where side-chaining of extraneous chemicals is concern. What else is in there?

          Also, the organic approach uses natural Left-Handed Amino Acids to chelate the nutrients, whereas synthetics uses Right-Handed chelates that usually do not occur in nature. What are the effects on our bodies? The Salts verses Calcium debate boils down to this – NPK (Nitrogen Phosphorus Potassium). The Potassium is elevated because Salts are the easiest-intake nutrient for both flora and fauna, but plants have no receptors for salts. So instead, the salt occupies the Potassium site, blocking that nutrient from uptake. Potassium is how large plants chain nutrients from the roots to the canopy, so by blocking that site with salts, it can actually slow growth down.

          This is why synthetic users are always “flushing” the salts out and then jacking up the Potassium as a work-around, which is a crazy approach to growing! Because nothing is more soluable than salt, any nutrient, organic or synthetic, that is bound to salts will be absorbed by the plants quicker. This is why I use salts as a medical triage – if something is wrong, I need to fix it quick. Especially in the bigger plants. Otherwise, its all organic for me!

          • Melvin S Edgmand

            Everytjing is not a chemical

          • BenSamizdat

            Literally everything above Atoms and Molecules is a Chemical, which is defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as “Any basic substance that is used in or produced by a reaction involving changes to atoms or molecules”. The word “Organic” originally referred to something that broke down from a Carbon-based Organelle. It is a very misused word, and the real term we are looking for in modern times is “Natural”, which can also include natural salts and other substances we need to be careful with.

          • Melvin S Edgmand

            Your totally sure thc isnt orexgenic which iit is and in that state is not a chemical but if you want to break it down to the point of atoms your right but in its present state it is not. And noone gives a shit about breaking shit down to atoms

          • Fun Please

            You’re* if you want to be anal retentive.

          • Mo Jo

            Above the level of atoms and molecules, there is nothing you can percieve in any way shape or form that is not a chemical. Once everything has been sussed out and the Theory of Everything is answered, it won’t be some Quantum Theorist left standing on top of Mount Olympus, it will be a Chemist that figured out that photons have disassociated electrons and protons in them. The only point I’m trying to make is that when elitists pour their condescension out on “chemical” nutrients, they really mean “synthetics” that are derived from recycled industrial wastes such as Cake from the bottom of Nuclear Reactors and Smokestacks for the N and P used by Big Ag.

          • Melvin S Edgmand

            And actually to be technical about it thc is a compound not simply a chemical

          • BenSamizdat

            (snipped from Wiiki) “”” A compound is a chemical substance composed of many identical molecules (or molecular entities) composed of atoms from more than one element held together by chemical bonds.

            There are four types of compounds, depending on how the constituent atoms are held together:

            molecules held together by covalent bonds
            ionic compounds held together by ionic bonds
            intermetallic compounds held together by metallic bonds
            certain complexes held together by coordinate covalent bonds. “””

            No matter how fine you want to split that hair, Organic or Natural approaches still use 100% chemicals. The salient point I was discussing was that natural sources for NPK and the rest of the vitamins and minerals plants need, do not come from industrial wastes. For example, must of the Nitrogen used by Big Ag comes from Nuclear Reactors. Much of the Phosphorus comes from recycled carbon from smokestacks. Recycled nutes is good, perhaps for hardwoods or landscape shrubs, but not for nutes we use to grow produce we put in or on our bodies. The reason why is Side-Chaining – the other chemicals that get attached to the ion sites on those recycled ingredients. Who knows what else is in there??? (Shudders)

        • Fun Please

          Labs and the State/Government
          Labs are regulated into existence by the true ra…pers, the government

          • Mo Jo

            Before William Hearst and Harry J Anslinger, there was an epidemic of deaths from Gypsy Medicines made by “Quack” doctors. We get the word from the Dutch: Kwakzalver’, which means a ‘hawker of salve’ where salve is a soothing ointment. Most of the original medicines used for EVERYTHING, from the ages of Galen and Hippocrates and even before, had a base of Cannabis. But they also had additives like Hensbane, Morning Glory, Mandrake Root, Amanita Muscaria and other strong mushies, Opium and other witchy drugs. These drugs caused a lot of deaths and resulted in an anti-Cannabis campaign that began in the late 1880s and culminated in the 1905-ish Anti-Poison laws that swept around the world. Labs were created to protect our interests. Yes, they were, and are, ultimately controlled by Big Pharm to further their own interests, but still. Speaking in absolutes rarely informs us of the whole truth.

          • Fun Please

            It’s hard to inform the whole truth in a line or two. I prefer basic principles, applied logically, and then let the reader use their own mind.
            Thanks for the info, it helps all.

      • James Burns

        so all you are saying is they measure the wet flower and the read the thc and then they know what percent is going to change over to the real value once it is decarbebonated

        • BenSamizdat

          They measure the Dry Flower, and then measure the Cannabinoids that have been Decarbed and the % on the label is the % off a gram of dry weight. The Labs that are following State and Federal laws will also measure acids that have yet to be Decarbed. They know approximately how much of these acids will be lost during vaporization, and they can add the estimated THC derived from the THCa to the actual THC lvls to give the most accurate assessment. Some Labs don’t have the equipment or knowhow to do this, so they influence the State to dumb down the entire system to their level. That happened in Oregon in 2016, and Farmers lost around 5% of their THC levels, and correspondingly, they lost a lot of money at market too! And since the Labs are often owned by the same people that own the Dispensaries, you can see why they wouldn’t want to report accurate lvls – they can buy it for less but sell it for the same price. It’s a total scam and it is illegal on so many fronts!

        • Indiana Hemp

          NO. They WEIGH the THCA-Synthase MOLECULAR WEIGHT. Then they 1) Evidence Tampering #1: MIX CHEMICAL REAGENT WITH THCA-Synthase & Cannabigerolic Acid (CBGA) to EXPEDITE THE 10-12 Weeks of CURING that is required to NATURALLY synthesize THCA-S + CBGA into THCA-A (STILL NO THC). 2) Evidence Tampering #2: HEAT is applied to the THCA-S + CBGA + Chemicals (Not Cannabis Anymore) to produce a by-product THC. THC IS MAN-MADE.

          THEN they divide the amount of RESIDUAL THCA-S, THCA-A BY MOLECULAR WEIGHT to determine how much THCA-S, THCA-A & THC are present. ALL ESTIMATES.

          Cannabis CANNOT produce, NOR synthesize THC – WITHOUT HUMAN INTERVENTION. THC IS MAN-MADE. PERIOD. There is NO TEST to determine THC without MAKING THC. Catch-22. 😉

          Complete and Utter FRAUD. Marijuana FRAUD. Time to PROSECUTE the PROSECUTORS.

      • Fun Please

        Liked everything but dry weight oxygen?
        At what temperature? Absolute zero? Don’t understand

        • Indiana Hemp

          Cannabis is WET WEIGHT. DRY-WEIGHT is a GRAIN-MEASURE. Cannabis PRODUCES ACHENE. ACHENE is a Single-Seeded Indehiscent FRUIT. FRUIT. LET THAT SINK IN. Dried Fruit? NOT UNLESS I INTEND IT. The LAST THING I NEED is: Democrat & Republican PSYCHOPATH Faithful telling me Cannabis IS A SEED when it IS A FRUIT. FRUCTUS CANNABIS. UNLESS I CHOOSE TO DRY MY FRUIT…there is NO F-ING DRY-WEIGHT. PERIOD. (Now let’s address drying the flowers. Who in their right mind PURCHASES A BOUQUET OF DRIED FLOWERS?) A Man about to be divorced probably. This WHOLE FREEMASONIC CHARADE is UTTER STUPIDITY. UTTER STUPIDITY. Non-Voters WILL HAVE TO REVOLT AGAIN AGAINST THE SOCIOPATHS & the PSYCHOPATH FAITHFUL. Enjoy. 🙂

          • Fun Please

            Outstanding

          • BenSamizdat

            Depending on strain and how it is grown, a freshly harvested plant is anywhere from 70% to 85% water. Just like humans who are basically cucumbers with anxiety. I don’t care what you personally do with your own plants post-harvest, but anyone who intends to smoke the flower can’t very well smoke something that is saturated with water, so Dispensaries have tests done to make sure that around 80% of the water has been removed. You can YouTube how Cannabis is tested for Cannabinoid % and you will see that they use centrifuges to spin out most of the water, leaving a gram of “dry weight” with the water removed, but the THC-infused resin remaining. Can you suggest an alternate term for the water-removed sample since you don’t prefer dry weight? Also, I’m not sure what you are doing with the Achene of the plant, which is simply the small pseudo-seed-pod that surrounds the actual seeds? In Colonial times they ate this seed for nutrition, is that what you are doing? Because you certainly wouldn’t want to smoke it or there would be fireworks, and unless you are pressing the oil out of the Achene pods, there is no other value that I know of. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achene

          • Indiana Hemp

            Precisely.

          • Bryan Ischo

            I must say I am only here out of curiousity, I don’t even use Cannabis, but your posts are a pleasure to read because you so clearly know what you are saying and are providing alot of very useful information. Thank you!

          • BenSamizdat

            Achene’s are the pods that cannabis seeds mature inside of. You can eat the immature ones as a grain. You can press the Achene’s to remove the oils which the Colonists burned in their lamps in lieu of whale blubber. But you wouldn’t want to smoke Achene’s or they will explode like popcorn! What you seem to be suggesting is that the entire Cannabis bud is an “Aggregate Fruit” made up of Achene’s with some accessory tissue. But typically we don’t eat or smoke Achene’s. As an example, the “seeds” on the walls of our strawberries are Achenes and they can be annoying. The Achene in Cannabis is the pseudo-seed pod in which the seed matures while its walls harden off. The rest of the pistillate bud is a hybrid plant that has pseudo elements of many fruits and flowers including ovary, style, stigma, filiment, perianth, anther, stamen and other bits and pieces. One old-school tip I learned a long time ago is to pinch the ends of my buds. They are supposed to be females and there should be no seed pods in there, so if I feel something hard and seed-like, I open the bud and pull it out and split it with my thumbnail. Typically a psuedo-seed is an indication of a Volatile Organic Compound in the garden. The females can percieve pollen as a VOC and those near the smell will hermy. Sometimes industrial chemicals duplicate pollen VOCs and just coming home from the shop without showering can cause pseudo-seeds. Usually it is a sign that you have hermies or a male in your garden, and for the herms you want to look for the Nanners aka Bananas, like a needle in a haystack.

          • Indiana Hemp

            Fruit are not grain. Achene are Nuts, but not grains. Fructus Cannabis. Great information you’re providing, but I’m not confused. Many others are. No one INTENDS to have Dry-Weight Cannabis Fruit. The flowers dry as a by-product of water loss during curing, however, we can’t know anyone’s specific intention with the Wet-Weight plant. Recent extraction techniques do not require the curing, hence, “dry-weight” may not even be a logical step if the curing process is integrated into the extraction process as is popular. Peace.

          • Mo Jo

            Achenes are just the fruit containing a seed. Consider how a chicken egg is a yolk, surrounded by a germinal disc, surrounded by the albumen, which is made from globular proteins that the developing chick consumes at it grows inside the egg. For a seed to grow to maturity it needs to consume something so the plant provides the achene around it as food. The colonists consumed these seeds as high-protein food. Never said it was “grain” bro. Fructus Cannabis is a modern Latin-ish designation which some use to refer to the buds, but in previous eras, it was the seeds which this term referred to. See old East India company references from China for the common use of the term to refer to seeds. Since this is a Hybrid plant, I don’t care what you call the bud really. You can call it a fruit or flower and you will be right. We know that no one “intends” for Dry Weight to be relevant to anything except the process where labs (or growers, using home testing equipment), can test the %% of cannabinoids in the samples. The only reason it is not relevant in extract samples is because the water has already (hopefully) been removed. You wouldn’t want to hit Dabs, Wax, Shatter or The Clear that has 85% water weight in it would you? It would splatter in your face!

          • Indiana Hemp

            Except the Achene is an offspring which is whole, and an egg is a half. This is another one of those things people lose because they say seed for too long. Hence the full DNA profile of the Achene.

          • Michael J Brennan

            So it sounds like micro – business license model and plans to pursue one has its challenges because of the cost of regulations and quality insurance (Pesticides, etc,.) essentially pricing themselves out of the competition? Correct? Further down in the post someone mentioned that SoCal will have more issues than NoCal, why is that? Also, Cannabis and medical – still has to stay with in state lines where it is legal?

      • Indiana Hemp

        “Labs remove all of the water weight from their samples.” LEGALLY the term for this is: Evidence Tampering. 1) FIRST, Cannabis is MIXED WITH CHEMICALS to make a CHEMICAL SOLUTION (no longer Cannabis). 2) SECOND, THEIR CHEMICAL SOLUTION is HEATED. Tampered with CHEMICALS. Tampered with HEAT. At what point do the BRAIN-DEAD among you consider this EVIDENCE TAMPERING? I mean, WTF? I can turn GRAPES into WINE too. I can turn POTATOES into VODKA too. I can turn TOMATOES into KETCHUP. HOWEVER, Grapes ARE NOT WINE. Potatoes ARE NOT VODKA. Tomatoes ARE NOT KETCHUP. But yes, Democrats & Republicans ARE PSYCHOPATHS who re-elect SOCIOPATH PROHIBITIONISTS. Let THAT sink in.

  • Daniel

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  • BenSamizdat

    NO! NO! NOOOOOO!!!!!!! Please STOP!!!!! A simplified systems is not necessary! A standardized system is necessary, and more informed consumers, because an informed consumer is a happy consumer. What you are proposing is dumbing down the labeling so consumers can’t get the metrics they need. Also, and this is very important – when these simplification machinations take place, the farmer always loses $$$ and you can expect litigation sooner or later. The farmer does 90% of the work and gets too little for their efforts already, why walk down that path? Listen – when I see THC%, THCa% and CBN% I know how much the THCa has degraded into THC and how much the THC has degraded into CBN. That automatically tells me about when it was harvested or how long that product has been sitting around in some warehouse because they couldn’t move it. Labs can tell by the amount of THCa in the product how much this will convert to THC during vaporization, and then add this # to the THC dats to give a TRUE %%%, which always is beneficial for the farmer and the consumer. What Leafly is proposing is dangerous, like Tier levels for Alcohol amounts in Wine and Beer. Technically, that would be illegal according to the Weights and Measures laws. 25%+ THC???? NO! I want precise measurements. If it is 32.5%, I deserve to know. Further, State laws will require precise measurements because the consumer that gets a DUI will be able to litigate against both the State and the Labs if they cannot use the % on the label to make informed decisions. Remember! THE LABEL IS THE LAW!!!!

    • BenSamizdat

      What Leafly is proposing is a watered down labeling system that helps the bad farmers who use Big Ag techniques to grow krap weed. The farmers that use Boutique methods to grow AAA Top Shelf Cannabis will suffer. This proposal on the part of Leafly is like slapping a hornets nest. I’m not sure what it accomplishes other than frustration on the part of everyone – Labs, Farmers, Consumers, State and Federal officials…. I would be very careful about these kinds of proposals. The European methods are the best – the farmer gets credit for exactly what is in their crops, and they get paid accordingly, and the consumers can make the best most informed choice.

      • Indiana Hemp

        Clearly it is time to cross-pollinate the corporate grows with Hemp, EXACTLY as happened in the period from 1880-1930 TO CAUSE ALL OF THIS IN THE 1st place. 🙂

    • Indiana Hemp

      PS: THCA-A has a half-life of 35 days. As Cannabis is “cured” into “Marijuana”, the amount of THCA-A is declining every 35 days leaving a MAXIMUM residual of 87% at each juncture with the “traces” being formed. A “super-high” strain like Jack Herer 1 has 20.76% THCA-A & 0.48% THC – BY DRY WEIGHT. HARDLY the 10% – 20% – 30% PLUS touted by those who say “This isn’t your father’s Marijuana anymore”. No, our weed was like dirt bud compared to this stuff, BUT POLICE MAKE THC OF 5%, 10%, 20%, 30% and UP. It is the ONLY SCIENTIFIC POSSIBILITY until the Earth is scorched at 176F to start Non-Enzymatic Decarboxylation on the ‘vine’. See: Eli Lilly & Company, 1910-1917, 7-Years of Cannabis Research to see what happens with Plants cured for up to 5 years. THC has a half-life of 24-26 Months, and CBN is longer.

      • BenSamizdat

        Oooh! I love the Geeks! You got me thinking and I like that! THCA-A and THCA-B are unstable isomers. For more info on this read
        McPartland, JM; MacDonald, C; Young, M; Grant, PS; Furkert, DP; Glass, M (2017). “Affinity and Efficacy Studies of Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid A at Cannabinoid Receptor Types One and Two”. Cannabis and cannabinoid research. 2 (1): 87–95. doi:10.1089/can.2016.0032. PMC 5510775 Freely accessible. PMID 28861508.

        BUT, even after decarboxylation via vaporization, a significant amount of both isomers are found in Urine samples. Of all the forces that decarb THCA, it is UV light that is the most insidious, and during the 70s tests at the University of London showed that THCA can stay stable for up to 2 years if the flowers are stored properly: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.2042-7158.1976.tb04014.x/abstract

        As for “super high” strains…. I have a long list of 25% to 34% strains. I collect them for a particular reason. There were always high % strains. The Surfers Guild sought them out during the late 60s and early 70s and discovered that they came from the highest mountains along the 30th parellels north and south (not much real estate at the southern location, but South Africa). Most of the best Legacy strains in Cannabis history came from these two locations, because the winds blow the pollen and birds carry the seeds in that straight East-West line (due to the wind systems like Cyclones that spin off the equator). Here is a UV map of the world and you can follow the bands to see where all of the best strains came from, including Mountain, Island and Land Rasse Strains. I’m including another pic to show how at the highest elevations, the strongest UV light hits the plants, and so over millions of years, high-elevation strains developed a genetic predisposiition to higher cannabinoid %.
        The strongest strains come from the same nanometer bandwidth that causes your skin to create melanin –
        285 nm to 315 nm, which incidentally is the sweet spot for creation of Vitamin D.

        As for curing, I’ve never been that convinced it was necessary. All it does is infuse the Terps and Esters into the flower so it smells better and you get a better Entourage Effect. I like freshy fresh, harvested with white trichs for energy-boosts with quick cures. Other people like that dark amber couch lock and the CBN sleep aid. Whatever floats your boat!
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        • Indiana Hemp

          I love book know-it-alls like you. Hope you have enough faith to use the plant and find Eternal Life instead of just pounding away on the wheel another try? Be the future you envision.

          • Mo Jo

            I’ve been growing this plant since 1972, when my father, a drug smuggler in his off time, taught me how. to grow both Cannabis and Mushies. Learned Organic in the 70s, traveled to Amsterdam every year or two back in the 80s to get recerted. Worked for The Big in the 90s onward. Been consulting now for a few years. Down in CA hoping to take advantage of Rec Legal now, working out the final details on the MOU for one offer, with another in the wings in case this one falls apart. You don’t climb that mountain using just books brother. Smooth Seas never made for Skilled Sailors! The future I envision for Cannabis and Humanity is Clean and Green. If you want to talk about Eternal LIfe, we would have to take this conversation elsewhere. I’m sitting on 20+ manuscripts about Gnosticism and we can go Deep Matrix on that too, but not on Leafly, which is kind of like Cannabis 101 through 202, with an occasional 303 and a rare 404 thrown in for us eggheads.

          • Indiana Hemp

            All the kings horses and all the kings men cannot put humpty-dumpty back together again.

            Cannabis bio-synthetic pathway ends with THCA-Synthase. This is twice chemically removed from THC. For Hemp, CBDA-Synthase, and CBD twice chemically removed from the plant.

            I’m proud of you, however, in all your time, you apparently were too busy to look under the hood to find out how it all works.

            There is only one group who have studied accurately at the Wet-Weight and Dry-Weight. Since no one has ever cited this to dispute what I say, I know they are years behind in mere simple comprehension of what is going on.

            Most of you think this about Money, or medicine, or health, or Adenyl Cyclase Toxins or Tuberculosis, or Gunpowder, or Plastic, or Cotton, or Celulosic Ethanol, or Hemagglutination of bacterial and viral waste, on and on and on, most of you think it is about those things.

            This is what Simple and Self Consciousness do.

          • Mo Jo

            Not chemically “removed”, since the cannabinoids will decarb right in the plant if left alone. All the labs are doing is decarbing and then comparing to the dry weight baseline. The Dry Matter Basis of a plant includes carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants (e.g., thiocyanate, anthocyanin, and quercetin) etc. Removing the 80% water fromt the sample is not a conspiracy.

          • Indiana Hemp

            Incorrect. There is no decarboxylating going on during the plant growth. THAT is the myth. “Marijuana” has traces, NOT Cannabis. QUITE SIMPLE: PROVE CANNABIS PRODUCES THC WITHOUT PRODUCING THC. JUST PROVE IT. THAT IS ALL ANYONE HAS TO DO. PROVE IT. PROVE CANNABIS PRODUCES THC WITHOUT PRODUCING THC. SIMPLE USA #42 MATH & #25 SCIENCE. Get it?

          • Mo Jo

            All cannabinoids contained within the trichomes of raw cannabis flowers have an extra carboxyl ring or group (COOH) attached to their chain. Over time the Cannabinoids decarb due to light, wind, heat and UV light. We can watch the trichs turn amber as the THCa decarbs into THC and then into CBN. Insomniacs are using UV light to decarb into CBN on purpose. The growing plants produce cannabinoids as an immunse response to UV light, using the fatty acids and lipids as sunblock., This is all well known science and much of what you keep repeating is nonsense, like listening to someone whose Xanax wore off.

        • Maria Padilla

          Im just curious your reference to the creation of Vitamin D and the relation to growth of stronger strains and your skin to create melanin. Where did you get that info. Seeing that redheads who lack melanin actually are the only ones who independently can create their own Vitamin D in low light conditions. And humans in general dont produce their own Vitamin D. Are you saying sweetspot for creating vitamin D within the plant or among humans.

          • Maria Padilla

            If you can share where u found that info I would love to learn more

          • Mo Jo

            That info came from 40 years of reasearch. THC was first isolated by Raphael Mechoulam of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem’s Center for Research on Pain and Yechiel Gaoni of the Weizmann Institute in 1964. Ten years after came the first articles which showed that the strongest strains, whether from islands or mountains, came from the 30th latitude N and S. It was those articles that caused Nevile Schoenmaker to visit South Afirca where he found Durban Poison.
            We just had to follow that map and that is how we found so many strong strains. What was proposed was that Cannabis originally evolved in high mountain Montanes mostly along 30N where the plant was exposed to high lvls of UVA, UVB and even some UVC. The Cyclones that roll off the equator extend just up to that latitude and make good pollen and seed carrying mechanisms – only in that zone and around the entire world. I could suggest that in previous Eons and Epochs, Cannabis also had a strong precense at 30S, but all grasses are C3 plants that evolved into C4 as well starting around 66 mya and only kicking in strong around 33 mya when the very first massive grasslands were created on Earth. Cannabis has been around in this form for 7 my, which is just not enough time geologically for much more real-estate down at 30S (but the cyclones do go up to the equator, so it is a wide swath to search). From reading many many articles and books and attending many lectures, I just happen to know that in response to UVB light between 285 to 315 nm, humans create Vitamine D in their skin and Melanin pigment and that this is the same precise nm range (the “sweet spot”) where Cannabis most strongly creates Cannabinoids. Both humans and cannabis are basically creating their own sunscreen using lipids and acids. The sunscreen is spread around the skin with the lipids, which is why our sunscreen products are often lipid-based. Strong UVA also causes the same reaction (like, tanning beds or long outdoor exposure). I didn’t know Redheads created Vitamin D in low light conditions. Probably some remnant of when neanderthals (the original Redheads) spent much of the year in caves avoiding comet strikes and other Big Bad?

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  • W Mason

    It was easier in the 60’s. We just bought whatever they had. This is now like cereal in food stores. Thanks for simplifying the process at least somewhat.

    • BenSamizdat

      Labels in the 60s were simplistic and dangerous. We were consuming animal byproducts and fillers that were carcinogenic and gross. Our Angel Food cake had aluminium in it that caused cancer. Cereals were loaded with sugars, had virtually no vitamins or minerals and were not made from whole grains. Today I can look on a Cereal box label and make an informed choice. It may take a few seconds longer, but it is worth it. Back in the 60s, weed was coming in from Bales made in Mexico. Because they baled freshly harvested plants, the thermophilic process started and by the time we bought the flower, it was full of molds, mildews, pests and other pathogens, and the Mexicans were famous for using DDT on their weed, so we were getting cancer from it. I’m not cool with returning to the days when Seed companies said it was Low, Medium or High THC% and you had no idea what the hell was in or on the flower you were buying.

  • Ultronz Hear

    Yeah well that menu is not so good
    I would find a strain I wanted then got to dispensary with the highest THC
    So now what do I do “call them all”
    Call every dispensary on the list with that strain
    I liked the percentages and I do not do business with dispensaries that don’t list the actual percentage

  • Paul Terrell

    I agree with NO NO NOOOOO.
    We need clarification of what we are getting in a product and as research improves our understanding of the benefits derived from the various terpenes in the cannabis we can create products that target an ailment and we will need to know the percentages and concentrations of the terpenes in the product, to know what is effective for each individuals own use and benefit.

  • Miya Ruby

    I also don’t agree with this. My favorite Oregon dispensary goes even further and tells you the percentage of indica and Sativa in each strain. I have found this helps me emensely when choosing a strain to buy. The higher percentage of Sativa the higher my anxiety. And with everyone crossing indica and Sativa, it’s harder and harder to find a pure indica strain. Please don’t dumb up the system just because the new smokers don’t get it. They will in time.

  • Zizzle

    As long as the deeper numbers are available, I’m not sure how this sort of simplified labeling isn’t anything but helpful. A handful of vocal, picky consumers I think tend to drive the market toward a hyper-sensitivity to labeling numbers with vastly overstated precision. Really just one number – Total THC. Could somebody please answer why raw THC enumeration is so closely associated with quality? I’ve never understood this as a consumer myself. Top Shelf AAA+ bud doesn’t need to be over 20% THC – some of the dankest nugs of my life were about 16%!

    Labeling like this helps diffuse the tendency for retailers to focus on high THC numbers when purchasing wholesale, which helps the consumer focus more on other product attributes, and reduces the financial pressure for growers and labs both to cheat and inflate the THC number. Want a nice cure? Check the water activity number and the harvest date. Ultimately though, follow your senses, not the numbers. Once the numbers can actually tell us something more about quality than our senses can, it will be in a simplified form because the raw data is unreadable to the average consumer.

    And for the hardcore nerds out there, you can always ask for the cert!

    • BenSamizdat

      It’s not the consumers Zizzle, its the Law that drives the market. Weights and Measures laws to be specific. Beer Brewers and Wineries are legally required to put the precise amount of alcohol on the label and from the 40s through the early 80s the Feds had an advertising campain that said “The Label is the Law!”. Younger people don’t remember that. You can’t play it loose or you get sued by someone who gets in a carwreck because their Cannabis was 34% THC when Leafly’s new system tops out at 25%+, which is crazy! You have the issue entirely backwards – wanting the actual data is not being “picky” it is being smart. How is an accurate Lab assessment “vastly overstated precision”??? That is nutty. Do you want the reported Vitamins and Minerals in your foods to be Ishy too? How about the Octane lvls in your gas? How about the speedometer in your car or the metrics on your smartphone or computer? Ishy is dumbing things down for dumb people. They can just evolve instead of dragging us down to their level because ‘numbers are hard to understand’. The Latins had a saying “Caveat Emptor”, meaning Buyer Beware, and it is incumbent on the consumer to learn how cannabinoids work so they can understand why Dispensaries, Processors and Labs are REQUIRED to have accurate labels. You can call them nerds or whatever you want, but an informed Consumer is empowered. A misinformed Consumer is controlled. My suggestion is to not be a Sheeple~! As for your comments about what comprises Top Shelf AAA bud, I can’t argue, because the Entourage Effect has as much to do with Terpenes that magnify the effects of the base cannabinoids. But did you know that high THC and CBD% strains can also have the same Terpenes and Esters??? If I can buy a Guava, Mango, Blueberry or Papaya strain that is 16%, I’m all over it. But if I can get it at 32% for about the same $$, I’m going to buy that instead, because my supply will last at least twice as long. Easy enough to understand =~)

      • Indiana Hemp

        Presumption is the LAW. They are PRESUMING EVERYONE WHO GROWS Grapes will make WINE. It is a SOCIOPATH presumption. I have ZERO INTENTION to dry my plants. I have ZERO INTENTION to make “marijuana”. The PRESUMPTION is A FRAUD as well as their TESTING METHOD. I am UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO OBEY A FRAUD.

        • BenSamizdat

          Weights and Measure laws protect you every single day in hundreds of ways you are clearly not aware of. They are not a fraud. I don’t care what you do with your grapes or your cannabis. Neither you, nor Leafly, nor anybody else has the ethical moral or legal right to dumb down the labeling system so we have to play a guessing game as to what is in a product we are putting in our bodies. I will always stand with those who defend the consumers right to make an informed choice. Other than or differences about lable laws I love your rebel attitude!

          • Indiana Hemp

            Making THC is a fraud. Clearly you do not know the Genetics, Science, NOR Chemistry behind the Cannabis & Hemp plants. Get your nose out of the books and eat the plant from its source as the “offspring” of Volga Ovalis, Achene, Pericarp, Cotyledon, Seed, Sprout, Microgreen, Green, Leaf, Salad Greens, Juice, Salad Oil, Dried Herb and finally cured when THCA-A is synthesized, and then heated when THC is released as a by-product, along with all the fun stuff in-between. IF you’re NOT eating it from CONCEPTION, to FERTILIZATION, to “Grave” then you have NOT consumed the Sacred Geometry and do not comprehend the Cosmic Consciousness of Dr Bucke. IF you have & do…then you’ll comprehend. IF NOT, I highly recommend you seek this out. No pun.

          • Indiana Hemp

            Adding Chemicals & Heat to Cannabis to produce THC = Tampering Evidence.

          • Mo Jo

            That is not how lab tests work. Don’t feel bad that you didn’t know, but do get proactive and educate yourself. Or hell, put a tin-foil hat on, get naked and storm the Bastille for all I care. If madness is an effect, then the cause for you, apparently, was paying for a lab test you didn’t want to pay for.

        • Mo Jo

          That is the gist of your entire incessant foaming-at-the-mouth rant isn’t it? That some people are having to pay for lab tests who would otherwise use cannabis to make edible food from the achenes or industrial uses for the oils? What exactly are you using your cannabis for and how are you using it? ENQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW.

      • Rodney M

        Goddamn that was well put, and it’s the nerds who bred the top notch triple a strains, knock them, then go buy Mexican dirt weed, and be happy you got it

  • Randy Quarles

    I applaud your efforts to try to help patients and their caregivers better understand the active ingredients in their medicine. Many new patients are not experienced with cannabis and this system will certainly help make it easier for them. A standardized system needs to be adopted and this is a first attempt that could be beneficial to those inexperienced with cannabis as medicine. That said, I can also understand some of the objections raised in this forum. To me, the ideal solution is to label percentages and per dose milligrams of ALL active ingredients, including terpenes and all cannabinoids in both acid and decarbed forms; something similar to what we see on vitamin labels. My focus is on medical applications, and until we see much more detailed active ingredient concentration information, caregivers will still be “shooting in the dark” to match the best mixtures with different patient conditions.

    • Indiana Hemp

      Have more foresight. Patients before Profits. YOU may not know so well what is best.

  • JP Smith

    Your article is a little tricky to understand however the examples given in Figure 7 is quite clear. Another Florida resident here, and we are extremely limited as to strain selection and most products I have seen so far do not have a certificate of analysis. They are using these strange over sized labels to obfuscate some of the transaction details – I also saw this in Las Vegas. Keep in mind that regular Pharmaceuticals are only +/-10% of label claim actives.

  • Melvin S Edgmand

    It has to have three things for me to buy it tight buds great aroma and taste. The thc testing is bullshit. Dont ever look at that for an accurate account for anything go with what you like and screw everything else and for god sakes never listen to the people at leafy total nobs.

  • bonobojean

    all i ask is it is well flushed.. otherwise its all pot to me..

    • BenSamizdat

      You don’t really have to flush organic and sustainably grown flower. You have to flush when you use salts because they create little fireworks when burned, literal pops of purple, orange and pink, and it has a nasty aftertast. Flushing should done only if salts are used to grow, or there were other additives that need to be removed (like Neem that may have gotten soaked into the plant matter via a solvent). The reason why I caustion care with flushing is that Terpenes are soluable and a portion will be sucked out of the plants in the flush. Tests indicate that up to 10% of the plants potency is lost post-harvest from such brutal methods. YouTube “Water-Curing” where they use a ice-water bath to clean the plants. You get very good looking buds and clean that have almost no smell.

  • B Kristy

    Useless article, was hoping I’d learn something. Who is this helping exactly?

  • Indiana Hemp

    Cannabis CANNOT produce, NOR synthesize THC. Hemp CANNOT produce, NOR synthesize CBD. This is “Generally-Accepted AND FIVE-YEARS PUBLISHED INFORMATION”. NO ONE HAS PROVEN IT INCORRECT IN FIVE (5) YEARS. Leafly is USELESS. Grow Cannabis & Hemp in your garden. IGNORE PROHIBITION. PROHIBITION IS ILLEGAL & Marijuana Testing is a FRAUD. PERIOD.

  • Joel Munson

    I agree with Ben. Consumers deserve exact percentages, like with the alcohol industry.

    An important piece missing from this article is how to know how many mg of cannabinoids are in the bud you bought. If you buy 1 gram of cannabis that contains 20% total THC, you would have 200 mg of THC. For naive users, it’s important to know that most beginners are good to go with just 10 mg, so you would want to start with a small hit and see how you feel.

    • Indiana Hemp

      There is NO THC in the plant. Stop using USA #25Science & #42Math to add shit up. Get a calculator dude. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/aa4a98fcb01e27b1c68e08b100acb1617281ea5476dd54da9bce07e792874c94.gif By the way, 23% net mainstream smoke just BLEW YOUR EXACT PERCENTAGES AWAY. Don’t bogart that joint next time and you’ll do better than PROFITEERS LABELING.

      • Joel Munson

        Where does THC come from then?

        • Indiana Hemp

          Evidence Tampering. First, Chemicals are added to the raw cannabis to make “wet-weight” dry-weight. During this process THCA-Synthase & CBGA combine to synthesize THCA-A. Second, HEAT is applied to catalyze the release of CO2 (Carboxyl Group), through Non-Enzymatic Decarboxylation. The result is THC carried as a by-product in the “smoke” or vapors. Now you know the truth to Man-Made THC. Pay it forwards and end the Legal Lies (Legalize) B.S.

          • Joel Munson

            Evidence is collected when a crime has been committed.

            A cannabis plant growing under sunlight is capable of converting THCA into THC naturally.

          • Indiana Hemp

            Incorrect. And Cannabis DOES NOT PRODUCE THCA. It produces THCA-Synthase and this catalyzes CBGA. THCA forms during the CURING PROCESS. THC is a by-product in the smoke when you heat it. THIS is why RAW plant does not get you high. Cannabis Math 101.

          • Indiana Hemp

            PS. THCA-A has a half-life of 35 days, yet requires approximately 12 weeks or 120 days do cure. So the THC you thought was there is not, AND the precursor, THCA-A is half-living before your eyes before you even get to Non-Enzymatically Decarboxylate the THCA-A into THC. MUCH DIFFERENT than YOU IMAGINE.

          • Indiana Hemp

            The single study I have found that even addresses THC on Wet-Weight (0.5% fresh-form, 2.21% dry-form, 8.3% powdered-form) Sampling Size: 245 specimens from 30 plots. And that is in Africa. So, NO, the Sun is not decarboxylating THCA-A into THC. This BEGINS at 80C and in earnest 107.5C (176F).

      • Mo Jo

        Cannabis originally evolved in environments called Montanes on top of high mountains where they had to learn to make cannabinoids to block UVC and UVB light what was severing their DNA. Between 285 nm and 320 nm or so is the sweet zone that creates most THC. Which is why we have been using UV lights to boost our THC since the 80s.
        The Cannabinoids get distributed in the form of acids and lipids in the resins that extrude from the trichomes all over the plant, which use the resin just like sunscreen, or just like humans use lipids and melanin to block the same exact UV nanometer wavelengths. For example, a massive amount of UVA light and a tiny amount of UVB light is produced by tanning bed bulbs.
        For the plants, the “tan” is the frosty resins. The more UV light, the more trichs. By the time you harvest, a significant amount of THCA and THCB has already decarbed to THC. How much? Well, if we wait until the trichs have turned from clear white to milky white with 30% dark amber, then around 30% of the acids have decarbed right? It is already right there in the plant.
        No need for conspiracy theories “they put it in there!!!” And yes, if my label or lab test result has 32% THC because I selected the right strain and grew it properly, I will definitely and happily profit off of my gnosis. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1708d0ce8039c0cb31d35df70d63dbedbc591d0b9cf44110c1cbe30120a00d03.jpg

        • Indiana Hemp

          Patients before Profits. See you next incarnation.

  • Indiana Hemp

    Clearly it is TIME. TIME to abandon the organized WEED MAFIA. This will be another Civil War. ALL DUE TO Democrat & Republican STUPIDITY & GREED. Annie get your gun.

  • Mark Skinner

    I want some OGKush………I live in Australia – one of the more backward countries when it comes to canna production. We have no system….and I consider myself incredibly lucky if I just get some decent smoke that is fresh ! As for THC…..we are lucky if we score 12%. Really pisses me off. I would come to America to live in Colorado or somewhere similar but I already have drug convictions so the US Government says I can not.

  • JohnPaul

    While I find all of this information interesting, not having it for the past 50 years has not impacted my life and at 72 I would know. Put just a very little bit of ground bud in your pipe and smoke it, add more if you need to, don’t make life any more complicated than it has to be. Keep in mind some people need to take small things and blow them up to make them seem to be far more important than they actually are.

    • Mo Jo

      Back in the day, our bud was from Bale Weed full of molds and mildews because it was baled wet. I like smoking clean product. You can roll the bones if you want JohnPaul, but why play Russian Roullette with something that might be carcinogenic or cause other issues? The powdered sulphur commonly used to treat a PM problem turns to Sulphur Dioxide when vaporized, which causes heart attacks and asthma. That is nothing to take lightly. Why don’t you parse the 450 additives used to make modern tobacco products? You might be surprised to learn that at least 40% of them are natural and organic ingredients they were using to try and control the 300 pests and 300 pathogens and 7 viruses that attack their plants. When combined together, that Sunflower Seed and Walnut Seed Oil and Rosemary Oil creates Carcinogenic Compounds that WILL give you The Cancer. It just so happens that many of these ingredients can also be found on “Organic” pesticides and fungicides being used to grow Cannabis. Get ready for the Perfect Storm, because the conditions are right. Growers that understand this have already transitioned to using alternative methods to grow their plants as cleanly as possible. Reading a label might be a pain in the butt, but it protects you. Or you can just rest assured that some of us are doing it for you and please don’t be part of the problem by supporting label simplification pogroms.

  • Phaeton420

    Since Monsanto and others are coming to corner the cannabis market like they have with soybeans and corn, we deserve to know what strands are GMO beyond typically breeding. If a product comes from DuPont, Monsanto, etc. where the cannabis originally was spliced in a lab to handle heavy pesticides, I’d rather buy from an unknown source than those we know are actively poisoning us with food already.

  • blippee

    I am really not a fan of the new labeling system. It’s really counter intuitive since it’s not on an even scale from say 0-5, 5-10, 10-15, etc. Also I really liked knowing the exact percentages. I’d just bought an eight each of two different strains and was going to look up the THC and CBD content on leafly to estimate how much would be yielded in a tincture and I can’t find the percentages I’m looking for. Now I have to dig through the trash to find the containers.

    I also preferred everything coming up on 1 screen at the same time instead of having to use filters. I’m already often stoned when I check leafly, and now I have to fiddle around with filters to view flower selections? Dude?! Not cool!

  • Daniel

    I loaded a menu on leafly last night, and it might have been a glitch, but the menu was back to the old style. It reminded me how much I miss it. Must’ve been a glitch though cause I reloaded the page again and it was back to this new menu. I dislike tye fact that the actual laboratory numbers are no longer visible. I called a shop to ask because they had 2 different Gorilla Glues, with substantially different prices. The budtender tells me he’s too busy and to look on leafly. I was like dude leafly doesn’t tell you the numbers anymore. He said sorry, he’s too busy to look, why don’t I come on down and look? The place is a 30 minute drive that’s why. So it looks like the entire industry needs to be educated on your new menu cause budtenders think that us consumers can still see the actual number and not a stupid dumbed down range.

    Abother major problem with the new menu, that I was reminded of when the old menu style loaded, is the lack of a date or time of when the particular dispensary last updated their menu. We could be looking at a very outdated menu, and now that leafly doesn’t display when the dispensary last updated their menu, we’d have no way of knowing it.

    Keep your fancy new layout, but add back the actual lab test numbers as well, and put back the notification near the top of the menu that says the last time the menu was updated. This new menu has made leafly much less useful for me when shopping around.

  • Fun Please

    It wasn’t broke. Why did you fix it? The dumbing down of America continues.

  • SpeakandActUp

    Even 2.5% THC is too much for me. But CBD is critical to maintaining my health, and I think just a bit of THC is helpful for the entourage effect. The old Leafly menu allowed me to determine whether a store had a strain with what I needed (between .25% and 1% THC and 15%+ CBD) without having to call or visit the store. It’s pretty hard to find a strain like that. So, even going through the old Leafly menus were a lot of work, but this is a nightmare. Also, so far, the dispensaries in my area aren’t filling out the bubbles. I’m sure you spent a wad on the change, but I hope you change it back. Maybe you can keep the search narrowing function but please bring back the actual percentages.

  • Jan

    Could we keep it simple please. I have cancer in addition to a terrific ‘pain in the neck’ due to an old whiplash injury. I have no idea what tincture / cream I need.

  • Roanne Duro

    Is there anyone that is able to help me out with a question I have on marijuana urine analysis levels?

  • BooBoo65

    I went to this site because I don’t believe this issue is understood right. I still don’t think this explains the issue. I can’t believe that THC can be that much of the dry weight of the plant. I am skeptical and think a lab person would explain this different.