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High-THC strains have become incredibly popular among recreational cannabis users. Many cultivators compete with one another to see who can grow the highest-THC strain.

In the past, THC levels in cannabis strains ranged from 2% to 10%. These days, high-THC strains contain levels ranging from 20% to 30% or more. THC does more than cause you to get high, though. It also offers some significant benefits. Here’s why you might want to try a high-THC strain. 

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Reasons to Choose a High-THC Strain

Cannabis research is uncovering numerous benefits humans can gain from various cannabinoids in the plant. While THC causes you to get high, it offers other positive effects. Some reasons to use a high THC strain include:

  • Benefiting from anti-tumor properties
  • Encouraging bronchodilator effects
  • Managing pain
  • Reducing nausea and vomiting
  • Relaxing tight muscles
  • Treating insomnia

Using the highest-THC strain can also provide significant appetite stimulation — a neutral side effect often referred to as “the munchies.”

Research suggests small amounts of THC can also help to alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression. While too much THC can exacerbate symptoms of these conditions, studies demonstrate that very low doses of high-THC strains may still be beneficial. 

Side Effects of Using High-THC Strains

You may find yourself feeling some unwanted side effects if you consume too much THC. A common negative experience is becoming too high. If you’re using THC to treat anxiety or depression, too much THC could worsen your symptoms rather than improve them.

Other potential side effects of using the highest-THC strains include:

  • Cottonmouth
  • Couch-lock
  • Hunger
  • Impaired memory
  • Paranoia
  • Red eyes

Tips for Success

If you’re interested in trying a high-THC strain for medical or recreational purposes, follow these tips to help you have an enjoyable experience.

Pay Attention to the Terpenes and Other Cannabinoids

Don’t choose a strain based solely on its THC content. Other cannabinoids and terpenes will also have an impact on your overall experience. For instance, a high THC strain that also has a high CBD content can produce a mellower high than a high-THC, low-CBD strain. 

Start Low

No matter which cannabis strain you choose, always start with a low dose and wait to see how it affects you. If you don’t feel anything, gradually increase how much you take until you find the amount that produces the desired effects.

Take Your Dose in a Safe Location

Always consume your dose in a safe and comfortable environment. If you’re uncomfortable or uneasy, these feelings may be amplified.

Know What to Do If You Do Take Too Much

If you do ingest too much THC, you can do things to alleviate the side effects. Taking CBD will help to counteract the effects of THC. Drink plenty of water and try to distract yourself, too. Most importantly, try to remain calm.

Best High THC Strains to Try

Here are a few of the highest-THC strains to consider, along with their THC levels:

  • Gorilla Glue: 28%
  • Girl Scout Cookies: 28%
  • Ghost OG: 24%
  • The Incredible Hulk: 24%
  • Kosher Kush: 20%

High-THC strains aren’t just for getting as high as possible. They also produce some significant benefits. Finding your ideal dose is key. Start low and go slow. If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to ask your budtender for advice.