A creation of Colorado seed bank Rare Dankness from around 2010, Scott’s OG is a reliably potent bud. Rare Dankness founder Scott Reach bred the strain from his own Rare Dankness #1 and a Triangle Kush female from the Devil’s Harvest Krew. Reach told Weedmaps that the strain tests consistently above 25% THC, producing resinous buds and a strong lemon aroma with dank kush undertones. Among high-THC strains, Scott’s OG rests comfortably in the middle of the pack, and its potency has been passed onto several new strains for which it’s a parent.
THC isn’t the only cannabinoid or native cannabis compound that contributes to the cannabis high, but it is without a doubt the main player. When you hear weed described as intoxicating, euphoric, sedating, mind-altering, and socially enhancing, you’re hearing about effects for which THC may largely be responsible. Though its effects have traditionally been sought after for recreational use, THC has also been found to alleviate pain and inflammation, stimulate appetite, reduce nausea, and treat muscle spasticity. All of these factors usually end up as the shorthand of “strongest weed strain” when people talk about what they’re looking for.
Though the cannabis plant contains myriad cannabinoids, with more than 100 cannabinoids identified in the plant to date, it’s still tetrahydrocannabinol that reigns supreme in both the public consciousness and the plant we’ve bred exhaustively throughout recent history.
Whales and Watty’s original strain was the result of an accidental cross of Sour Dubb and Chem Sister, a popular phenotype of notable high-THC strain Chemdog. When Whales’ friend and fellow breeder Mardogg cultivated four phenotypes, Whales decided on #4 as the winning Gorilla Glue strain.
Not to be confused with Amnesia, a cross of Bubble Gum and Super Silver Haze, Amnesia Haze is reported to offer an interesting array of effects, both relaxing and uplifting, which won first place for sativa at the 2012 High Times Cannabis Cup.
The Toad has been tested at nearly 37% THC with a total of 43% cannabinoids. Kevin Bell, chief operating officer of cannabis and hemp operations at Tyson Ranch, told Weedmaps News that the company found the strain from another grower and offered to sell the flower if Tyson liked it. The Toad and other Tyson Ranch products are currently available in California and Nevada.
Gorilla Glue is a trademarked brand of adhesive, and its makers settled a lawsuit with GG Strains , which can no longer market the weed under the original name.
This Soma Seeds creation boasts a complex lineage of ancient roots, crossing Southeast Asian, Afghani, and Hawaiian landrace varieties. Online sources place the THC range for Amnesia Haze between 20% and 25%, with 21% THC reported from the Office of Medical Cannabis (NCSM) , an agency of the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport (VWS).
As the plant has evolved to become more desirable to humans, thereby securing its own survival , a number of strains with particularly high ratios of THC content have emerged and garnered reputations as some of the most potent weed on the planet. For good reason.
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As a comparison, when asked, they referred to the test results of medicinal cannabis from Canada and The Netherlands, which are supervised by the German ‘The Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices’. Medical cannabis from Canada or the Netherlands is also tested in DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 certified laboratories, and the laboratory also needs to be approved under DIN EN ISO 15189. Voicing doubts about these comparative values does not make the statements from the Berlin police about the THC content of their seized cannabis any more credible. When this was pointed out to them, the Press Office added:
To the question as to how the seized cannabis products were tested, the Press Office replied:
A question from a Berlin FDP politician about the THC content of the cannabis products seized between 2007 and 2017 revealed some surprising peak values. Although the average level of active ingredients in the cannabis seized in Berlin was only between 11.1% and 13.7%, the peak values were surprising: Although the 46% THC level for hashish is credible, the peak value of 44% THC in a batch seized in 2010 is almost unbelievable. And 37.9% and 39.7% THC in respectively 2009 and 2011 also caught our attention. Except in 2016, cannabis buds with more than 30 per cent THC content have been found every year.
“For many years now we have had an accreditation from the German accreditation authority (DAkkS) under DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025, covering among other things the testing of narcotics and determination of levels of active ingredient THC, under the registration issued by DAkks number D-PL-13241-01-00. The samples are examined according to the provisions of the “Guidelines on quality assurance for forensic chemical testing of narcotic and medical substances” from the Society of Toxicological and Forensic Chemistry (GTFCh), […].”
Overall, except in 2016, the top values for Berlin weed showed higher THC levels than all other varieties that were tested worldwide under medicinal programmes or for Cannabis Cups. A good enough reason to ask the Berlin police what might have caused these glaring differences; the Press Office for the Berlin police replied as follows to a question along these lines:
“The occasional high values for marijuana (cannabis weed) can be explained by occasional measurements of a combination of cannabis weed and cannabis buds with a high proportion of buds.[…]. A “glaring difference” to measurements in other countries around the world cannot be asserted, as the figures are not seriously comparable without a precise description of the measuring methods and an exact description of the material being evaluated (leaves, buds or a mixture of both). […].”
With a mixture of buds and less potent leaves, the buds would have had an even higher THC content than the already questionable 44%.
“[…] the results of measurements of the samples seized from illegal cannabis plantations with a large number of different varieties cannot (be) compared to the hemp grown under controlled conditions for the pharmaceutical industry. In addition, following a ruling by the upper regional court, the measurement of cannabis products containing the psychotropic substance THC is carried out in most forensic laboratories using gas chromatography, in order to include the non-psychotropically active THC acids that become THC at higher temperatures. Alternatively, high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) can be used to measure the cannabis products. As this analysis technique involves the separation in liquid form using a separation column at approximately room temperature, the THC acids are not converted into THC. Cannabinol (CBN), cannabidiol (CBD), THC and THC acids are recorded and measured separately. Adding together the THC and THC acids following conversion then yields the actual THC content. This THC content may then end up being higher than using the methods you mentioned at other laboratories.”
If that were really the case, then patients could also increase the THC content of their medication to such high levels using simple decarboxylation. There are no recorded instances where medicinal cannabis has shown a THC content as high as the peak values found in Berlin, even after full decarboxylation.
Since 2007, cannabis buds with THC contents of up to 44% have been measured in Berlin. This is stronger than the strongest medicinal strains. It seems likely that something is wrong here. Could it be the way it is measured? Or could it be that cannabis users are being unnecessarily criminalised?