Every year, growers gather up the best of their cannabis products and compete to find out who has the best bud in the business.
The Cannabis Cups are some of the biggest events in the cannabis industry, where connoisseurs, judges, growers, retailers and cannabis fans gather together to partake of and appreciate all things related to marijuana.
At each of the regional and world Cannabis Cups, different strains are tested and ranked for various categories including best sativa, best hybrid, best concentrate, and so on.
We’ve compiled the results of the 2017 Cannabis Cups so far to bring you the word on the highest THC strain.
Testing for the Highest THC Strain
Judging the strains for highest THC requires more than getting a bunch of people to smoke weed and figure out which strains get them the highest – there’s actually a bit of science involved.
Testing for the highest THC strain is performed by certified labs on-site at each of the regional Cannabis Cups.
There are two types of testing that labs perform to test competing strains for THC levels: high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS).
In HPLC, a liquid solvent containing the sample strain is pressurized and passed through a column of an adsorbent, to which the separate components of the sample strain stick in a sort of film coating.
With GC-MS, heat is used to convert the THC-A to THC. THC-A is the naturally occurring form of the cannabinoid in the cannabis plant, and its psychoactive properties can only be released once heat is applied to change it to THC.
GC-MS can detect even the smallest particles of THC.
So what are the results from the labs and their various HPLC and GC-MS tests of the strains at the Cannabis Cups?
Without further ado we bring you the strain with the highest THC.
Highest THC Strain
The results are in and the champion of the highest THC strain for 2017 is: the Godfather OG.
Tested at the southern California Cannabis Cup, the Godfather OG has the highest THC potency of any strain in all the competing regions. The THC content? A mega 34.04 percent.
The Godfather OG is a 60/40 indica-dominant hybrid developed by California-based grower California Herbal Remedies (CHR). It is a hybrid of Cherry Pie, Grandaddy Purps, and OG Kush.
Nicknamed the “Don of OGs,” the Godfather OG isn’t new to the cannabis market, but CHR appears to have tweaked their grow process and hybrid ratios to just the right amount to produce such a potent strain.
The Godfather OG beat out last year’s highest THC strain, which was the Chem Dog from Next Harvest.
A winner at the Denver Cannabis Cup, the Chem Dog clocked in at what at the time was a record-setting 32.13 percent THC.
How It Looks
The Godfather OG simply looks potent. Tight, dense buds are laced with hints of purple due to the presence of Grandaddy Purps in the strain, and little tendrils of pistils (the red-orange hairs on some weed) are interspersed throughout.
The entire bud of the Godfather OG is covered in trichomes, the crystals that coat the bud and secrete the flower’s THC.
Developing an eye for various strains, Godfather OG or otherwise, is a very useful skill to have, especially as the cannabis industry grows rapidly and produces oddities like the albino marijuana plant.
Albinism in cannabis is the result of overexposure to light, and while it might look cool, albino plants won’t get you high.
Since plants rely on chlorophyll, which gives plants their green pigment and also facilitates photosynthesis, it stands to reason that albino cannabis plants will have fewer nutrients and less potency than their green counterparts.
How It Tastes and Smells
The taste and smell of the Godfather OG is refreshing. A slightly piney scent and lemony taste make for a stress-relieving and relaxing toke every time.
The light and refreshing taste and scent make the weed stem of the Godfather OG a great source for making cannabis-infused weed-stem tea.
How the High Feels
So how does the high of the highest THC strain feel?
Here’s the breakdown:
Relaxed – 10/10
Sleepy – 9/10
Happy – 6/10
Euphoric – 5/10
Hungry – 5/10
As an indica-dominant strain, the overriding effects of the Godfather OG are utter and blissful relaxation.
CHR originally developed the Godfather OG as a medical strain, so it also has beneficial medicinal effects:
Stress relief – 10/10
Insomnia – 8/10
Pain relief – 7/10
Headache relief – 6/10
The negative side effects of the Godfather OG are relatively few and minimal. Probably the most discomforting side effect you’ll feel is dry mouth and eyes.
Anxiety levels are relatively low for this one despite the high THC levels because it was originally developed as a medical strain.
Dizziness and headaches are possibilities, as with any kind of cannabis, but user reports for the Godfather OG typically don’t mention these effects.
Good To Know: Indica vs Sativa: Ultimate Comparision
Cost of the Godfather OG
The price of the Godfather OG can vary by state, and of course it can only be purchased in states where marijuana is legal for medical and/or recreational use.
For having such a high THC potency, the Godfather OG is not too pricey – it’s runs on the mid-higher end at about $20 / gram.
Photos from: AlphaBaby / depositphotos.com, sirer61 / depositphotos.com, JanMika / depositphotos.com.