There are lots of different reasons why people want to increase the level of THC in their buds. Some do it for medical reasons, while others do it simply for the high.
Some of the main reasons include:
- To achieve greater mental and psychoactive effects.
- For extra relief from nausea, certain types of pain, spasticity, certain symptoms of multiple sclerosis, etc.
- To increase your overall cannabis yields.
Before we get started it is important to understand that most of the THC and “potency” in your buds is contained in the sparkly trichomes.
Ok, so let’s cut to the chase and learn 5 ways that will increase THC levels in your weed:
Strain & Individual Plant Genetics
This is by far the most important aspect when growing. If your strain isn’t quality and hasn’t got the potential of providing high THC levels, you can try as many different techniques as you want – but they probably won’t work. When choosing a strain, it is important to choose one with high-potency, high-THC genes. Unfortunately, some strains simply don’t have what it takes to provide high THC and Potency.
How You Harvest
We are not going dwell on this, but if you harvest too early, you are limiting the potential of your strain. Harvest too late, and you might miss out on all your hard work. There is a 2-3 week period during the flowering stage when plants are “mature” and buds are at their highest levels of THC. At this point, the tiny resin glands (trichomes) on the buds will have turned milky white, and most of the white hairs (pistils) on the buds will have darkened and curled in.
Your Plants Health
To maximize the THC of your plant, you need to make sure that you are taking care of it. Avoid common mistakes like overwatering, underwatering, heat stress, root problems, irregular light cycles and nutrient problems. Treat your cannabis like it’s your true Mary Jane.
While cannabis will grow relatively easily in most low light conditions, it is still important to provide the exact amount of light during the flowering stage. In order to produce the highest levels of THC you will need bright grow lights (like LEDs or MH/HPS grow lights).
Although there is no evidence that the curing process (jarring up buds after they’ve dried) increases THC levels directly, there is a lot of evidence that it increases the perceived potency of buds.
Though not well understood, this may be because there are chemical changes that happen during the curing phase that “intensify” the effects of THC and other cannabinoids.
There are quite a few different ways that you can increase the THC and Potency; we’ve even heard people use unconventional techniques such as adding supplements or allowing the plant to remain in the Vegetative Stage for 8+ weeks.
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