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How To Read Marijuana Potency Labels

    Many who are interested in learning how to read marijuana potency labels are often daunted by the sheer number of information, design, shapes, colors, and formats that are available. While there are a large number of ways to read these figures, there is an even larger number of ways to misread them. Because marijuana potency is measured in part by the percentage of the active ingredient, it is important that the numbers are not merely indicators or estimates, but precise and definitive ones.

    In order to determine the exact potency of any given product, it is necessary to decipher what the labels say to avoid overdose. And that it should not just be an estimate, but the exact level of potency of the cannabis product.

    Read more as we’ll dig deeper into this topic in today’s post.

    The Usual Details To Be Included On A Marijuana Product Label

    Medical marijuana labels may vary in terms of design and appearance. But these are the common details you can expect to see on the dispensary label packaging, and we’ll explain further what these pieces of information mean:

    Product Name/Strain

    This information is clear and straightforward. Basically, it pertains to the name and the marijuana strain you can expect to find inside the product.


    This specifies the company’s name who cultivated and processed the cannabis product. And this detail is very helpful since it helps the consumer to decide if the product is suitable for their personal taste. And it also helps you to identify whether a specific strain is cultivated by a particular manufacturer even if the branding is different on the package.


    This indicates the mass quantity or concentration of the marijuana product. In short, it helps you to determine which dosage will be right for you. But if you’re still having a hard time trying to figure out the right dose, a patient care specialist or cannabis consultant can help you determine the right dosage based on your medical or recreational needs.

    Cannabinoid Content

    Cannabinoids are marijuana compounds that interact with the endocannabinoid system of your body to cause countless effects. Depending on the kind of marijuana product you are going to consume, the cannabinoid strength or potency is often shown in percentage (marijuana extracts, flower, vape cartridges) or milligrams (tinctures, edibles, disposable vapes, and topicals).

    1. THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol is the compound that produces the feeling of being high. And it is used to reduce inflammation, nausea, and pain. As for the recommended dosing, you have to start at a low dose and gradually increase it to achieve the desired effect.
    2. THCa or Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid is a non-psychoactive compound that can be converted into THC once the product is heated or burned. THCa provides the same benefits that THC brings minus the feeling of being high.
    3. CDB or Cannabidiol is an inactive form of CBDa compound but can help treat certain conditions like anxiety, inflammation, etc.


    These are organic compounds that give cannabis its distinctive smell and flavor.

    Test Date, Harvest Date, Packaging Date, And Best Use Before Date

    These details may be self-explanatory, but the takeaway is that the cannabis product should be consumed as early as possible, preferably with 1 year after production.

    Batch Number

    This indicates when the cannabis product was made along with other products at the same time.

    Testing Lab

    This pertains to the independent testing lab’s name who tested the product if it’s free from harmful ingredients and if it really has the active compounds as indicated.


    And lastly, these are the other ingredients included in the product so you can check if it has anything that might trigger your allergy or any kind of sensitivities (if you have these conditions).

    Final Words:

    We give all the basic knowledge and steps that you will need to read marijuana labels. Along with this, we also provide a how guide too. Now, you have to do the rest and be assured to get the right one. It will be suggested to mark all the details we provide and see the labels carefully to find all the marked details. Please let us know if the writing help you to find one you need or any suggestion will be equally helpful.