Top 6 Low-THC, High-CBD Strains to Try in 2021
Published on 4/26/21
Everyone loves to partake in a good smoking session, but sometimes don't you wish that you didn't get so stoned that you couldn't do anything for the rest of the afternoon? As legalization has continued to gain momentum in the past few years, alternative cannabinoids such as CBN and CBD have also broken out onto the scene showcasing their benefits, too. People are turning to these types of compounds for a more mellow feeling to aid in things such as insomnia, pain and anxiety. Below is the list of our favorite high CBD, low THC strains.
What Even is the Difference Between CBD and THC?
There are a few key facts that you certainly don't want to mix up the next time you're at the dispensary shopping for flower, whether that be for CBD or THC. These two cannabinoids are without a doubt the most popular that come from cannabis, yet THC is known for being predominantly found within the marijuana plant only. CBD, on the other hand, is known for being found in both marijuana and hemp plants. This is important because it explains the next distinction, which is paramount. THC is known for the psychoactive feelings one is filled with when consuming cannabis. CBD has no psychoactive effects and is understood to only have therapeutic benefits for the user. No wonder why low THC weed is all the rage!
Why is CBD Flower so Popular Right Now?
As we stated above, CBD isn't going to send you high into the sky, as its counterpart THC does. High CBD strains with low THC have a plethora of benefits, and you won't get nearly as high as you would with a straight strain of THC. Due to the lack of psychoactive properties, that very intense cerebral feeling and even those racing thoughts and heartbeat won't be accompanying low THC strains. Why is this?
CBD reacts within the body through a little-known system called the endocannabinoid system. This is the system that works with homeostasis, keeping all of your bodily functions running their best, and smoothly. CBD has the greatest affinity to binding with the CB2 receptor in your brain but doesn't always do so. Instead, it will often indirectly act with the receptors, enhancing naturally endocannabinoid levels while also regulating the way your body responds to stress. Because CBD keeps everything running smoothly, grabbing some high CBD strains the next time you're at the dispensary will keep your paranoia and anxiety away. You won't slump into the couch and you'll keep your cognitive abilities and short-term memory intact.
The Best CBD Strains for 2021
Cannatonic hybrid from Resin Seeds is a cross between MK Ultra and G13 Haze and comes in at a CBD content of around 9%. You'll find that this strain produces a mellow, yet relatively short high that is great for uplifting the mood and creating a nice day of relaxation. This strain has a slightly earthy odor with a flavor profile of sweet bubblegum and citrus fruit. This strain is popular within the medical community because of its ability to calm nausea, anxiety and other mood disorders.
Next on the high CBD strains list is this rare hybrid that has a CBD content of a whopping 16% and a THC content of around 5%. While the genetics and origins of this strain are kept under wraps, we know for certain that this one will deliver you a mild, relaxed cerebral buzz. This strain is excellent for pain management while keeping you mentally stimulated, not foggy. The flower will have a pleasant sweet and sour aroma, with a bit of an earthy taste to accompany it.
When it comes to low THC cannabis, this is the strain for you. With a CBD content of 17.8% coming from Oregon CBD genetics as a cross between Suver Haze and Early Resin Bud, you'll feel nothing but calm, at peace and full of amazing daytime energy to accomplish anything on your list for the day. You'll taste a bit of a funky, cheesy flavor from Lifter while having a bit of an earthy pine aroma to complement it. If you're looking to uplift the mood, Lifter is the go-to strain.
We love a strain that pays homage to where it comes from and Dancehall does just that. Its effects are just what one would think, so expect to feel happy, energetic, social, creative and most of all, clear-headed. It's an ode to the form of Reggae played during celebrations, and you'll find that this sativa-leaning hybrid strain has a CBD content of 14%. Bred by Reggae Seeds, this strain combines the Juanita La Lagrimosa and Kalijah strains.
You may know Bubba Kush strain as a powerful, fast-acting indica that will produce heavy tranquilizing effects. More recently, they've transformed this one into a CBD strain as well. A descendent of Pre-98 Bubba Kush and a CBD-rich kush strain, this 13% CBD strain will emit lemon and clove aromas while tasting like cocoa and coffee. Just like the THC strain, expect profound relaxing effects, perfect for a blissful night's sleep.
Rounding out our list of the best low THC strains is Sour Space Candy from Oregon CBD, as a cross between Sour Tsunami and Early Resin Berry. With a CBD content of 15% and a sour yet sweet flavor profile, this strain will keep your mood elevated all day while keeping the pain away. You won't float away from being too high all day, and the bit of earthiness you get from the strain will keep you grounded for the afternoon.
What is your favorite high CBD strain to smoke in 2021? How does it make you feel? Tell us in the comments below.