The chase for high-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) products is not exclusive to flower-enjoyers— infused drinks, edibles, and tinctures provide the same benefit to consumers who don’t prefer smoking. Tinctures and tea mixtures date back to Ancient Egyptians and are now more commonly commercialized in the cannabis drink-regulated market.
The Massachusetts drink market has seen expansion from brands such as Levia, Rove, and Green Monke, to name a few. Each brand shares some underlying qualities; however, the brands with unique formulas that tell the best stories and interpret market regulations to their benefit are the ones that stand out. While new consumers are increasing the overa
ll number of cannabis users, smoking is effectively shrinking as a means of consumption. In other words, more people are trying legal cannabis while companies and brands are becoming more innovative, therefore creating products outside the scope of traditional flower and pre-roll for smoking.
For many people, understanding THC content is an input for a person’s desired experience, along with taste, onset, and other functions of cannabinoids such as Cannabinol (CBN) for sleep.
The difference between tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Total Active Cannabinoids (TAC) is that THC is just one compound of the TAC factor — Cannabidiol (CBD), Cannabichromene (CBC), Cannabigerol (CBG), and Cannabinol (CBN) are other significant cannabinoids that comprise TAC. Some long-time smokers exclusively search for higher THC content, but TAC indicates the whole potency of the product. Educated smokers understand THC is only one compound, and TAC considers all of the active compounds that the final plant or cannabis product holds.
The combined compound provides us with an entourage effect. This coined phrase encapsulates the scientific concept of synergism, where the various psychoactive compounds in the cannabis plant work together to enhance and amplify each other’s effects. This nuanced interaction is a testament to the complexity of the cannabis plant. It highlights the need for a more comprehensive understanding of its chemical composition to optimize the desired experience.
For drinks and edibles, the overall unit of measure is essential, as well as THC content, taste, and onset. For example, Rove offers Drink Loud products, which are innovative 100 mg THC drinks with great mixed flavors, and their unit of measure is 50 ml, or the size of an energy shot. This product is excellent for anyone who requires a high dosage of THC to feel the effects while also looking for something flavorful.
Comparatively speaking, Green Monke offers Tropical Citrus Soda 1:2 THC/CBD 5.0 mg which comes in a standard 12 fluid ounce size. This product is excellent for anyone looking for both effects of THC and CBD and understands how low and steady dosage influences their desired results and outcomes of cannabis. Both product offers are unique, and their impact comes down to consumer education.
In conclusion, the pursuit of high-THC cannabis products has spurred remarkable innovation in the cannabis industry, leading to an influx of diverse and sophisticated products beyond traditional flower buds. The evolution of cannabis-infused drinks, tinctures, and edibles reflects a growing consumer base seeking alternatives to smoking. Understanding the distinction between THC and TAC is essential for making informed choices in this rapidly expanding market. Moreover, the entourage effect underscores the multifaceted nature of cannabis and the potential benefits of harnessing its full spectrum of active compounds for a more tailored and enhanced cannabis experience. As the cannabis industry evolves, consumers can expect even greater diversity and sophistication in product offerings, driven by a deeper understanding of the plant’s intricate chemistry.