TAC: Everything You Need to Know  


When you try a new cannabis product or strain of a product that you already love, it’s a good idea to take a look at the chemical profile listed on the container of the product. Manufacturers work with independent labs to get accurate chemical profiles, allowing you to get a better understanding of how their weed may affect you.

When you look at the chemical makeup of your cannabis product, your eyes likely go straight to the THC and CBD percentage. While this information can give you valuable insight into the experience you’ll have with the weed, you’ll also want to take a look at the total active cannabinoids, or TAC. If you’re unsure of what TAC weed means, we’ve got you covered. Let’s take a look at how this measure can help you learn more about the products you’re consuming.

What is TAC?

When a cannabis company sends their products to the lab for testing, they’ll receive a percentage rating for the product’s TAC, which represents the total amount of active cannabinoids in the product.

Cannabis contains a wide range of active molecules that can affect your experience, including cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenoids, glycoproteins, alkaloids, and more. Currently, researchers estimate that there are about 400 different active compounds in the cannabis plant.

TAC isolates the cannabinoids in the products to give you an idea of how many active compounds are present. The major cannabinoids that are included in the TAC of cannabis products include tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannbichromene (CBC), cannabigerol (CBG), cannabidiol (CBD), and cannabinol (CBN).

TAC Cannabis: What’s the Difference Between High TAC and High THC?

A high TAC content in a cannabis product indicates a high level of cannabinoids, which may present a balanced or unbalanced profile. THC, on the other hand, is just one of the cannabinoids taken into consideration when calculating the TAC level of a cannabis product. THC is known for its psychoactive properties, while the variety of cannabinoids included in the TAC of a product can have myriad effects.

Why Does TAC Matter?

The TAC level in your cannabis products gives you an idea of the total potency of the product. Looking at the breakdown of cannabinoids in the TAC can give you a better idea of the effect you’re likely to experience.

For example, studies indicate that CBD may act as an antipsychotic. While this sounds positive, it’s possible that a product with a high level of CBD could block the psychoactive effects of THC, which may or may not be desirable depending on the experience you’re shooting for. It’s also possible that CBD may protect you from the anxiety sometimes associated with THC, which can be a positive for those who experience negative psychological effects after smoking weed.

What’s the Entourage Effect?

As we mentioned, THC and CBD have an interesting relationship. CBD does not actually affect or change the THC molecule, but it does have a calming effect that can relax the psychoactivity associated with smoking weed.

This is one of the many factors associated with the “entourage effect.” This effect refers to the ways that cannabinoids interact with one another. Sometimes, this effect can cause cannabis to create new effects. These may be different from the effect experienced when each cannabinoid is consumed on its own.

Capital Community Dispensary: Your Massachusetts Home for Cannabis

At Capital Community Dispensary, we love what we do, and we can’t wait to talk with you about the ways our products can benefit your mind and your body. If you’re having trouble understanding the label on your favorite cannabis products, we’ve got you covered! Our friendly budtenders are here to answer all of the questions you have about our products. We believe that it’s our job to help you find the perfect cannabis strains and products for your needs, and we’ll be with you every step of the way as you choose the right options for you.

We offer a wide variety of cannabis products at Capital Community Dispensary, including concentrates, flower, vape cartridges, CBD oil, pre-rolls, edibles, tinctures, topicals, and more. We’d love to help you find the perfect cannabis strain and product for your needs. Feel free to stop by our dispensary and talk with your budtenders about what you’re looking for, or take your time checking out our online ordering system—we’ll have your order ready for you when you get here. We’ll see you soon!

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