Concentrates are the most potent cannabis products you can find, but they may not be your style. The truth is, most cannabis enthusiasts still prefer smoking or vaping flower over inhaling (or ingesting) concentrates.
The problem for high-tolerance cannabis users is that typical buds contain an average of 20% THC. To be fair, that’s WAY more THC than your grandparents smoked. Breeders have intensified flower potency over the years, steadily increasing THC content from around 10% to 20-30%. In other words, your endocannabinoid system can probably handle more THC than the OG stoners in your family could back in the day because you’re accustomed to more potent weed.
Got a high tolerance for THC, but don’t want to turn to concentrates? Looking for the most potent buds around? Keep reading! We’ll introduce you to weed strains containing over 30% THC.
1. Little Devil
Highest Little Devil THC Test: 60%
Little Devil origins are shrouded in mystery, but rumor has it that Israel’s Tikun Olam developed this strain’s genetics by breeding landrace Afghani with Afghan Skunk. Little Devil is an Indica-leaning hybrid with powerfully sedative effects, making it a favorite among people looking to improve their sleep or treat chronic pain. If you spot this hard-to-find strain at your local cannabis retail store, talk about its effects with the budtender to prepare yourself for a THC tsunami.
2. Jack’s Girl
Highest Jack’s Girl THC Test: 54%
Jack’s Girl (Jack’s Girlfriend) is the child prodigy of Jack Herer and Girl Scout Cookies. Spectrum, a Denmark breeder, developed the bombshell genetics that make this 50/50 hybrid a delight for THC-tolerant consumers. Despite its potency, this strain should be consumed during the day because its effects don’t necessarily invite sleep. Some fans swear this is the strongest strain they’ve ever smoked, so get ready to embark on a near-psychedelic experience if you consume Jack’s Girl.
3. Quattro Kush
Highest Quattro Kush THC Test: 35%
Quattro Kush is the high-voltage outcome of breeding Triangle Kush, 707 Headband, and SFV OG Kush. An indica-dominant hybrid, Quattro Kush proves that the terms “indica” and “sativa” don’t guarantee the stereotypical effects associated with them. People enjoy consuming this mostly indica strain in the day because of its stimulating high. At the same time, consumers report pain-relief and mental relaxation when enjoying Quattro Kush.
4. C. Banana
Highest Banana THC Test: 34%
Utopia Farms is the breeder responsible for the fruity goodness that is C. Banana. Another 50/50 hybrid, C. Banana brings the best of Banana OG and OG Kush into one sticky strain. C. Banana is often used at night because of its relaxing body high. Some claim that the strain relieves migraines, anxiety, and depression while promoting creativity and focus. The overall C. Banana experience can be described as an energizing high that fades into a relaxing buzz.
5. Pancake Ice
Highest Pancake Ice THC Test: 33%
This relatively new strain pushes the limits of the THC content consumers are used to seeing on dispensary shelves.
Created by Houseplant (Seth Rogan’s cannabis company), the sativa-dominant strain can be used in the day thanks to its energizing effects (likely enhanced by the abundance of the terpene caryophyllene). Consuming Pancake Ice can lead to a focused creative energy that could be overwhelming for novice smokers.
6. City of God
Highest City of God THC Test: 33%
Phantom Farms created this powerful indica-dominant hybrid, giving pain patients an excellent option for relief. City of God is the child of God Bud and NYC Diesel. With that parentage, it’s no wonder that City of God’s THC count is so celestial. City of God is often used to reduce stress, pain, and anxiety. It can also be used during the day or before social engagements thanks to its energizing and community building high.
7. Caviar Gold
Highest Caviar Gold THC Test: 32%
We’re not sure where Caviar Gold came from, but we tip our hats to whoever created this phenomenal strain. Caviar Gold is rarely sold at dispensaries, but those who’ve been lucky enough to get this strain report an overwhelming body high that lulls the mind into a deep sleep. Even the most THC-tolerant smokers will have a hard time keeping their eyes open after relaxing in this strain’s effects for a while.
Highest Brandywine THC Test: 31%
An award-winning creation by Dungeouns Vault Genetics, Brandywine is a powerful cross between Pink Champagne and Grandpa’s Breath. Brandywine will relax you without knocking you out, making it a great choice for people looking for pain, stress, or anxiety relief during the day. Users also report an increase in appetite when consuming Brandywine, a beneficial effect for those struggling with nausea.
How to Get More THC with Your Bud
Are you stuck with cannabis containing much less THC than the strains we’ve described here? Here are a few ways you can boost your flower’s potency:
- Use kief. Kief (that powdery residue in your grinder’s bottom chamber) is loaded with cannabinoids. Sprinkle it on top of your packed bowl or roll and enjoy an added burst of all natural THC with your flower.
- Buy (or make) moon rocks. What happens when you soak buds in concentrate and then coat them in kief? Dare to find out by smoking a moon rock.
- Eat a mango. No, this isn’t just about finding a healthy option for your munchies. Mangos contain an abundance of myrcene, a terpene known to amplify THC’s effects.
If these enhancements sound too sticky for you to try right now, find out if the high THC weed strains we listed above are available in your area. Locate a dispensary near you and check out their menu by entering your city here.