If you’ve ever picked up a cannabis product, you might have noticed a list of acronyms on the back that tell you the content of each compound. The most popular is usually THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the main compound that gets you “high.” But there’s an acronym that’s not as noticed but is just as crucial in the cannabis equation: TAC, or total active cannabinoids. In this blog, we’re going to get into THC and TAC to find out how these two components can enhance your cannabis experience.


Understanding THC

THC is a cannabinoid that can be found in cannabis. When it comes to the human body, THC interacts with a system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is responsible for keeping our internal processes balanced, also known as homeostasis.


Understanding TAC

TAC is the measure of all the active cannabinoids present in a given cannabis product that promote different effects. This includes THC, of course, but also a whole cast of other cannabinoids with unique qualities, including CBD, CBN, and CBG. 


TAC gives a broader picture of what to expect from a cannabis product beyond the effects of THC. A high TAC value means there’s a lot of cannabinoid action happening, which can influence everything from the intensity of the experience to the therapeutic benefits you might get.


Key Differences Between THC and TAC

Now that we’ve talked about THC and TAC separately, it’s time to put these two side by side and see what makes them distinct yet equally fascinating.


In a nutshell, THC is your go-to for understanding the psychoactive experience, while TAC is the all-inclusive measure of a product’s full cannabinoid profile. Both are crucial for different reasons, and understanding the difference can hugely enhance your cannabis journey.


Importance of Understanding THC and TAC for Consumers

Understanding THC and TAC is about more than chasing the perfect high – it’s also about safety. For new users or those with specific health concerns, knowing the THC content is key to avoiding uncomfortable experiences or side effects. Similarly, TAC provides insights into the potential effectiveness of a product in addressing issues like pain, anxiety, or sleep disorders. 


Labeling and Regulation: Knowledge is Power

So, you’re standing in the dispensary or browsing online and wondering, “What do all these numbers and percentages really mean?” Don’t worry! We’re breaking down cannabis labels so you can set your expectations.


  • THC Content: A higher percentage of THC (like 20% or above) means you can expect a stronger psychoactive effect. Lower percentages (like 5% or below) are more about a gentle nudge than a big push, ideal for those who want to stay more grounded.


  • TAC Total: A high TAC percentage indicates a rich and diverse cannabinoid profile. This means you’re likely to experience a broader spectrum of effects.


  • Look Beyond the Numbers: Pay attention to the ratios of cannabinoids, especially THC to CBD, as they can significantly influence your experience. A 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD is known for proving a balanced effect, while a higher THC ratio might be more about intensity, and a higher CBD ratio is typically more about relaxation without the strong high.


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*The contents of this blog are intended for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.*

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