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Understanding Potency and THC % vs Entourage Effect

In the evolving world of weed, customers are reading the label and care more about how strong a cannabis flower product is, based on the THC percentage, rather than how it is going to make you feel. The effect of a flower strain is determined by all of its ingredients (so not just THC), which is commonly referred to as the ‘entourage effect.’

Whether you’re a pro or just starting, it’s important to get these terms for smart choices when it comes to buying the best cannabis.

When you look at labels and reviews for different kinds of weed, you’ll often find a percentage number that tells you how much THC it contains. THC is what makes you feel high. Some think more THC means better effects, but it’s not that easy.

To understand the full impact and effect of consuming cannabis, you need to think about the entourage effect. That’s about all the different parts of the plant working together.

This article breaks down the differences between THC percentages and provides some information on the entourage effect. So, helping the understanding of how different parts of the plant play together will help you pick the right kind.

cannabis entourage effect

Does THC Percentage Matter?

People often think a higher THC percentage means more bang for your buck and better the weed. But here’s the thing – the THC percentage doesn’t tell you everything about how it is going to make you feel.

THC Percentage Chart

Here’s a general guide to THC percentages in weed:


  • 0-10% THC: The weed here has a low level of THC, so it won’t make you super high. Sometimes, it can include low levels of CBD, a great compound for calming effects, or other cannabinoids including CBN that can make you sleepy. Overall, low-strength flower might feel a bit relaxed, and it could help with stress and anxiety. It won’t give you too strong a “high.”

Medium THC

  • 10-20% THC: Most weed falls into this middle area. It has a mix of THC and can include small amounts of other cannabinoids including CBD, CBN, CBG, etc., giving you a decent high but not too strong. It’s a good pick if you want a moderate experience. Depending on the other cannabinoid content, it can make you relaxed, happy, and creative without being too potent.

Average THC

  • General Range: 18-22% THC: This is the middle of the road. Many different strains fall in this range, giving you a bit of everything. You get a good mix of relaxed, happy, and therapeutic benefits. It’s a safe bet for both having fun and getting some relief.

High THC

  • Over 22% THC: Especially when you get near to 30%, this is the strong stuff. Strong weed can give you an intense high. We wouldn’t recommend this for beginners. You might feel super happy, and notice things more, and it could even make you relaxed or sleepy. But be careful, especially if you’re new to this, as high levels of THC can cause anxiety. Only go for the strong stuff if you’re very used to strong weed and want an extra powerful experience.

This explains the usual amount of THC in the common types of weed we see today. It’s not too strong or too weak, somewhere in the middle. But here’s the thing: just because there’s a lot of THC doesn’t always make the high better.

cannabis entourage effect flower

Entourage Effect

The entourage effect refers to how all the compounds in cannabis create synergy when working together. THC is just one piece of the puzzle that makes up each strain’s unique effects and qualities. Terpenes, flavonoids, minor cannabinoids, and other plant compounds also play a role.

Let’s take a look at Feelz-Cheetah Piss. This strain contains:

  • Beta Caryophyllene- acts as a CB2 receptor agonist which contributes to the anti-inflammatory effects of cannabis.
  • Linalool- serves as a relaxant with its anti-anxiety and calming effects.
  • Beta Myrcene helps make the cell membranes more permeable, making it easy for the body to absorb cannabinoids.


Explore the entourage effect, where cannabinoids and terpenes work together to create unique highs. At Leaf Haus, we appreciate the symphony of these elements, going beyond THC percentages.

Check out our website and individual product pages as we break down the terpenes, cannabinoids, and expected effects for an educated and unforgettable cannabis journey!

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