Cannabis at 40% THC is a Myth

Cannabis flower is showing up with higher and higher levels of THC. As more states legalize cannabis and growers compete to maximize potency, cultivars with 30 percent THC or more are becoming more common. 

Topping them all, strains of cannabis have recently cropped up in the news hitting 45 percent THC. 

Is that even possible?

No, says Oaksterdam University’s Anthony DeMeo. 

“Flower that is tested at 45 percent THC or total cannabinoids by mass, that is just unfeasible,” says DeMeo, co-chair of OU’s Commercial Extraction and Manufacturing department. “Even the flower that’s testing at 30 percent should still be an oddity, but in legal markets, it’s becoming more and more prominent.” 

So what is happening here? 

According to DeMeo, the issue lies in flawed analytical testing and inconsistencies in lab reports. 

“We’re seeing really suspect results,” DeMeo says. 


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