Sometimes you want to get a little bit high, and sometimes you want to blast off. If you’re shopping for the most potent strains of 2022, look no further. We’ve got you covered with the top five strongest strains of the year, including all the info on what makes one strain more potent than the other. Let’s dive in.
What Makes Cannabis Potent?
We’ve been trained to believe that the highest THC content equals the strongest high. While there is some truth to that, it’s not the whole story. Consumers looking to get lit often shop for high THC percentages because of its psychoactive properties. Yet, as we continue to learn more and more through cannabis research, we are discovering that it’s not just about one cannabinoid stealing the show. In fact, the combination of them all together has the biggest impact. That’s truly what creates the most potent strains.
While THC on its own is a strong cannabinoid, it’s made stronger when consumed with other cannabinoids and terpenes. Isolated cannabinoids will still get you high, but the effects tend to be intense at first but shorter-lived.
When you consume multiple cannabinoids together (with the plant’s natural terpenes), you enact what is called the entourage effect. Also known as the ensemble effect, this term describes the phenomenon that happens when all of the cannabinoids and terpenes work together to provide a wide range of physical and mental effects.
It’s as though each cannabinoid further promotes the benefits and effects of the others around it, causing you to experience cannabis much more intensely. It’s true that some cannabinoids are stronger than others, but ultimately, they are more potent together.
What Are the Strongest Cannabinoids?
There are over 150 known cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. However, most of them are so negligible that they wouldn’t show up on a standard certificate of analysis when testing cannabis. Still, several major players have a big impact on cannabinoid profiles and the overall effects of consuming weed.
Science has granted us the opportunity to extract cannabinoids and produce large enough quantities to have a greater effect. Many of these novel cannabinoids are just beginning to hit the mainstream. Consumers have reported plenty of effects and benefits, as well as comparison to the more traditional cannabinoid products.
Some of the strongest cannabinoids discovered include:
- THC-P: Considered to be 33x more potent than Delta-9, making this the most potent cannabinoid on the radar.
- THC-O: Adding an acetate to the THC makes THC-O much more bioavailable than Delta-9 THC. It is said to be about three times more potent.
- Delta-9 THC: Delta-9 is the typical standard for measure because it’s the form of THC we are most familiar with.
- Delta-8 THC: Delta-8 has been described as “weed lite” for its similarity to D9 but with less potency.
- Delta-10 THC: If Delta-8 is like a sativa, Delta-10 is like an indica. Yet, still less potent than Delta-9.
- THC-B: Effects are similar to Delta-9 THC, targeting pain and insomnia.
- THC-H: Boosts the mood and aids in relaxation. Slightly less potent than Delta-9 THC.
- HHC: HHC produces some mild psychoactive effects, though not as strong as Delta-9 THC.
- HHC-O: Much like THC becoming THC-O, this cannabinoid is an alteration of HHC. It’s a bit more bioavailable but still offers a very mellow high.
- HHC-P: HHC-P shares a similar structure and effect with Delta-9 THC, making it stronger than HHC alone.
Each of these cannabinoids has a slight variance in chemical structure, which is why they interact differently within the endocannabinoid system. Some bond with much more affinity than others, but there is still one universal truth with cannabinoids—they work better together.
Top 5 Most Potent Strains
The most potent strains of 2022 feature a perfectly curated collaboration of cannabinoids to deliver the strongest, most beneficial effects.
Skywalker is an indica with an earthy, balanced, and full-bodied flavor. A few puffs of this lovely live resin will have you feeling giggly, sleepy, and hungry as you try to decide what sounds better: tacos or a nap. Maybe both.
Grape Ape is just as juicy as you’d imagine, with a sweet berry and grape flavor accompanied by a hefty indica punch. This strain will put you into a full-body melt, soothing muscles, easing the mind, and preparing you for deep, deep sleep.
You know it will be good with a name like Ice Cream Cake. The flavor is buttery sweet with vanilla top notes that definitely make you feel like you’re treating yourself to dessert. Save this strain for the end of the day as you wind down for the evening.
Rainbowz is a tropical burst of delight. It’s fruity, sour, exotic, and everything you’d imagine from its colorful name. Don’t let its hybrid status fool you. Rainbowz may not send you straight to the couch, but it’s incredibly potent. Expect to be simultaneously energized and relaxed to the max.
Another hybrid in this lineup, but this one comes with a power pack of cannabinoids that will have you feeling elated. Blue Gusherz is a sweet tropical strain with a berry flavor, and its effects will have you feeling tingly and euphoric. Puff on a little Blue Gusherz the next time you want to elevate your vibes.
Dimo knows how to get you lifted, looped, and melted with a curated concoction of cannabinoids to suit every taste. Shop our selection of the most potent strains today and discover all of the unique cannabinoids that we offer. We’ve taken our time perfecting these blends so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy.