As one of the fastest growing industries in America, CBD has gone from taboo to trendy in just a few years! In fact, it is estimated that by 2022, CBD sales will hit somewhere around $1.8 billion dollars! In fact, all legal cannabis sales are expected to skyrocket - hitting a whopping $23 billion dollars by 2025! With CBD on the rise, it can be helpful to know which strains are high in CBD as well as the benefits of using high CBD/low THC strains.
Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is just one of over 60 known cannabinoid compounds within the cannabis plant. Unlike its sister, tetrahydrocannabinol (AKA THC), CBD is non psychoactive. While CBD derived from hemp plants is legal in all fifty states (thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill), CBD harvested from marijuana plants is legal only in a select number of states.
When smoking high CBD strains, users will not feel the same mental high they would if they were smoking a strain high in THC (although the body high may be greater). High CBD strains produce a clear and calming state, allowing users to have a smooth and relaxing experience. In fact, this cannabinoid may counteract the psychoactive effects of THC. This is why it is often used as a remedy by those who feel uncomfortably high and begin to experience anxiety from THC. In addition, high CBD strains also have many therapeutic and healing properties and can be used to help with things such as:
While there is no doubt that CBD has many beneficial effects, it is important to note that CBD is not a cure-all. Users should not stop taking their prescribed medications nor add CBD into their routine without first consulting a medical professional. The medical benefits and potential of this cannabinoid could be endless and studies are continually being conducted to discover the benefits and long term effects of CBD.
While some growers are focused on producing strains with high levels of THC, others are shifting their attention to strains with a high percentage of CBD. With CBD gaining popularity, the market is seeing more demand for these types of strains. So, what classifies a strain as high CBD?
In order to be considered high CBD, marijuana strains must have a minimum of 2%-5% CBD. Hemp on the other hand is often grown with much higher levels, some even reaching between 10%-20%. When considering a strain to try, it is important to know whether you are looking for a hemp or marijuana strain.
Growing high CBD strains is almost identical to growing high THC strains as far as the care and maintenance go. If you truly want to grow a high CBD strain, it all comes down to good genetics. In every strain's genetics - there is already a predetermined max amount of CBD it can produce. So, if high CBD levels are not in the strain's genes, you will not be able to increase those levels. Many breeders, a term given to growers who specialize in seeds and cannabis genetics, have seeds for high CBD strains available for purchase online. There are also sites dedicated to strain genetics, and not only list the full genetics of the strain but also what company sells seeds for it.
Hemp is any cannabis strain grown with 0.3% THC or less. Because hemp has such low levels of THC, it has naturally high levels of CBD. This being said, there are still some strains of hemp that contain much higher levels of CBD and are regularly used for their therapeutic properties.
If you live in a state that allows legal medical or recreational cannabis use, we have compiled a list of high CBD strains to watch out for!
Next time you are at your local dispensary, think about trying one of these great strains! Check out our website for a list of shops near you and then tell us about your experience!