On a biological and legal level, the only difference between hemp and high-CBD or high-THC cannabis plants is… the amount of THC and CBD. These are all simply different strains of the cannabis plant.
Hemp vs Cannabis vs Medical Marijuana: Like Different Strains of Roses
Learn more on the USDA government website (Excerpt: “The term ‘industrial hemp’ includes the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part or derivative of the plant including seeds, whether or not it is used exclusively for industrial purposes (fiber and seed). The tetrahydrocannabinols (THC) concentration is the distinguishing factor between industrial hemp and marijuana. Industrial hemp cannot have a THC concentration more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”)
What is hemp and why is it legal?
Closeup of a bud on that same Critical+ CBD Auto plant
The key to growing high-CBD marijuana strains at home is to identify a strain that’s likely to produce cannabidiol in larger (or equal) amounts as THC. Once you have been successful and identified a strain with appropriate genetics, make sure you use clones instead of seeds to avoid any guesswork in the future.
In a World Health Organization (WHO) report*, published in November 2017, there is a litany of research studies which seem to prove CBD’s therapeutic effects. Unlike THC, CBD does not seem to act directly on CB1 or CB2 receptors although it does act as an agonist with CB1 receptors.
By way of example, if you live in Edgewater, Colorado, the cheapest ounce of Cannatonic you’re likely to get is $165. When you grow 14 ounces, you’ll have $2,310 worth of weed — and we guarantee that it costs you a LOT less to cultivate it!
If you’re unable to get your samples tested , you’ll have to wait until the flowering stage. At that point, your only real option is to consume some to determine whether it offers a psychoactive high or not. If you feel noticeably stoned, then the plants contain too much THC.
3 – CBD Kush
When you get it right, you can potentially save a small fortune by eliminating the need to buy expensive CBD oils and extracts. In this guide, we outline how to grow high CBD marijuana strains for personal use.
United Seed Banks suggests that only 50% of Cannatonic plants grown from seed will contain its renowned 1:1 CBD to THC ratio. Approximately 25% will be high-THC plants, while the remaining 25% could have a CBD to THC ratio of anywhere from 2:1 to 20:1.
This is another mellow high-CBD strain with a THC content of 7-11%, and an average CBD content of 7%. It is another indica-dominant hybrid (70%), and it offers a sleepy effect that helps numb physical pain . It is regularly used by patients for inflammation, chronic pain, and depression, and it can flower in as little as 55 days and yields up to 600 grams per square meter.
How to Grow High CBD Marijuana: It’s All About Genetics
If you elect to play the genetic lottery by growing high CBD marijuana from seed, make sure you get samples tested by a reputable lab while the plants are still young. Most experts agree that you should perform testing 3-4 weeks after the seedlings emerge from the soil. By doing this, you can identify CBD-rich plants long before they start to flower.
While it is already a burgeoning market, if the Hemp Farming Act is passed into law, one can expect the CBD market to explode. Given its purported medical benefits, coupled with the increased amount of information available on growing marijuana, it is not a surprise to learn that patients and commercial growers all over the country are trying to cultivate genetically bred high-CBD strains.