I have been blessed with oil cartridges testing out at 93% THC or more, but the following week that same strain and cartridge could be below 80% THC
I learned once that many generic medications can vary in potency by something like 10%, while still fulfilling FDA guidelines. You could be looking for a lifesaving medication and your insurance company forces you to take the option that is going to be less effective, yet labeled as if it’s the same exact drug. To be fair, I have had luck with many generic equivalents to my prescribed medications, so it’s not always a problem that is extensive enough to notice in any way. There was one instance when I was being prescribed an anti-nausea medication, but the generic wouldn’t work as well as the brand name drug. Thankfully, my doctor was able to override the insurance company, and I was able to get the brand for the price of the generic. This variation in potency is not isolated to the pharmaceutical industry. Even cannabis extracts sold at local dispensaries seem to vary in potency by at least 10% to 15% every single time I make an order. One week my Gorilla Glue hash will be 89% THC, while another week it could be as low as 78% THC. The frustrating thing is that the price stays the same for the gram of hashish regardless of one batch’s potency over another. The oil pen cartridges suffer from the same problem. I have been blessed with oil cartridges testing out at 93% THC or more, but the following week that same strain and cartridge could be below 80% THC. This is why I like to double check the stock whenever I visit my local cannabis dispensary. These potency discrepancies often influence my decision to go with a different product if the choice is presented.