The High Times Cannabis Cup sprouted up in 1988 in Amsterdam to provide a platform for showcasing everything new and exciting in the world of herbal goodness. From California and Colorado to Michigan and Jamaica, the Cannabis Cup has been there, elevating every step of the way.

One of the highlights of the annual event is a competition that allows various manufacturers to show off their new products on the market and lets growers strut their new strains. This year’s competition featured a specific segment dedicated to the plants packing heavy-handed levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The psychoactive ingredient in cannabis can relieve a vast variety of ailments, or lift your spirits when you’re feeling low or uninspired. One record-breaking THC powerhouse became the victor.

Chem Dog (Chemdawg)

This particularly beautiful strain comes from one of the most peculiar backgrounds imaginable. Fuse the early 1990s with a Grateful Dead concert, a greenophile nicknamed Chem Dog, and an ounce of a strain called Dog Bud, and there’s most of the origin story. In  a nutshell, Dog Bud was so potent, some jokingly assumed it had been pumped full of chemicals and began calling it “Chem Weed”. Then a guy who happened to be called Chem Dog got hold of it and started growing it, the name change was a natural, and the rest is history. Historical evidence over the last 25 years has led some to believe that it may have helped to birth OG Kush and Sour Diesel later on down the line.

All that aside, the most impressive thing about Chem Dog from Next Harvest is the amount of THC it packs. While the THC content of most cannabis hovers around 14-18 percent, Chem Dog shattered records this year at the Cannabis Cup with a mind-blowing 32.13 percent! As most strains never near the 30 percent mark, this particular plant left many wondering if there would ever be a cap on how high THC could go in a strain.

THC: surprisingly versatile

THC is just one of the 110+ cannabinoids found in cannabis. It reacts with a network of receptors in the body called the endocannabinoid system, directly impacting the endocrine, nervous, and immune systems. The body reacts to inhaled THC (especially in high doses) almost immediately. This particular cannabinoid is known to help people who suffer from chronic pain, mild depression, muscle spasms, post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI, a.k.a. “PTSD”), nausea and vomiting, cancer, anorexia, and many other ailments.

Cannabis is unique among plants and medicines in that it serves a dual purpose. A strain like Chem Dog could be used to medicate any of the aforementioned conditions. And, in the absence of any health issues, it’s also a superior social relaxant for people who simply prefer the uplifting and cerebral effects of cannabis over the depressant and deleterious effects of alcohol. (As always, we advocate obeying all local laws.) Free adults in a free society having freedom of choice regarding their own bodies…not exactly a difficult concept to comprehend.

In either case you have to tip your hat to this THC-jacked strain. Chem Dog just shattered a huge record and is lifting the glass ceiling on what’s possible in this growing industry.

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Garyn AngelGaryn Angel is an inventor, award-winning financial consultant, and CEO of, maker of the botanical extractor he invented for infusing cannabis into foods. Firmly committed to needed legal reform, Angel was named to the exclusive CNBC NEXT LIST of visionary global business leaders for his work on legal marijuana. He is also founder of the Cheers to Goodness Foundation, a charity that helps “medical refugees”—mainly veterans and children—who need herbal therapy when traditional treatment options have failed.