CBD and THC levels in different strains of cannabis

November 18, 2020

CBD and THC levels are an important factor to consider when purchasing CBD oil for different health reasons.

More and more people are turning to CBD for its endless health benefits. Tinctures, oils, and gummies are all a testament to this. However, there is something to be said for the simple process of smoking cannabis.

That being said, it is important to understand the differences in various strains of cannabis. This is because different strains of cannabis can contain various levels of THC and CBD.

Therefore, when smoked, these strains can have varying effects, on how they affect the consumer.

Today, at The Extract, we'll explore the various strains of cannabis and the levels of CBD and THC they contain.

An assortment of strains

Generally, there are three categories of cannabis. These are:

  • sativa
  • indica
  • hybrid

However, that isn't all. Beyond these categories, cannabis is divided into strains. Strains consist of different types and breeds of cannabis, cultivated to enhance specific effects on the consumer.

Consequently, there is a vast difference in the cultivation and chemical structure of these strains. It is a well-established fact that the multitude of cannabis strains contain differing levels of CBD and THC.

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If you consume CBD for health reasons, it is crucial to identify (and consume) a high-CBD, low-THC strain.

This is because THC is known for its intoxicating, psychoactive effects. Therefore, consuming a high-THC strain of cannabis, when you want a high-CBD strain instead, can have some adverse effects. In fact, it can result in:

  • increased anxiety
  • short-term memory loss
  • dehydration

In addition to this, consuming a strain rich in THC could spell legal trouble. This is due to legislation in the UK, which states that growers can only cultivate cannabis plants with a maximum of 0.2% of THC in them.

Why plant variety matters

It's understandable that the variety of cannabis can be slightly confusing — even for practised consumers. In fact, you might be unfamiliar with the multitude of strains available, for medical consumption.

However, it is important to remember that many of these strains contain different medicinal properties.

For example, the ACDC strain can help with pain relief and anxiety. Additionally, the Super Sour Diesel strain is famed for helping with stress management.

This is because of the molecular structure in these strains, as well as their terpene content. Scientists have researched and identified the differences in their molecular structure. Then, they are able to use the data to create hybrid strains, for medicinal purposes.

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Once created and tested, these hybrid strains have the potential to address and help with more health problems. Cannabis strains can also be bred to contain a high level of CBD, and a low level of THC.

This could result in safer access to CBD-rich cannabis strains, without worrying about the negative effects of THC.

Some popular hybrid strains are:

  • Super Sour Diesel
  • Elektra
  • Sour Space Candy

Three things you need to know about CBD and THC levels

We have expanded on the different strains available, and why it's important to have variety in cannabis.

However, we believe that you should know which strains contain the most CBD. We also want you to know which strains contain the lowest amount of THC. Furthermore, so you can avoid it, we've compiled a list of strains with the highest levels of THC.

Having equipped yourself with this knowledge, you'll be able to safely purchase and consume good-quality high-CBD, low-THC strains.

It is also important to note that there is no way to physically identify which strains contain the least THC, or the most CBD. To do this, it's best to rely on the expertise of scientists, suppliers, researchers, and medical professionals.

Which strains have the most CBD?

At The Extract, we've previously explored some of the best CBD-rich strains available. We'd like to think that we know our stuff. However, given that the cannabis industry is constantly improving, there are dozens of new CBD-rich strains to try.

Earlier, we mentioned ACDC, a strain that almost sounds too good to be true. It can contain up to 20% CBD. While some crops of ACDC can contain a reasonably high dose of THC, the vast majority of it can contain only trace amounts.

ACDC also leaves consumers feeling calm and happy, and helps them focus on their workload. Therefore, it's an excellent strain for daytime use.

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We also have to mention Harle-Tsu. It's known for its pain-management properties, Harle-Tsu can contain up to 22% CBD. It often also contains less than 1% of THC.

Consumers often feel energised, making it the perfect strain to smoke before going to the gym. However, Harle-Tsu is fairly rare, making it hard to come by.

That being said, there are a number of other CBD-rich strains that are readily available and that work just as well.

Which strains have the lowest THC?

Some consumers might be more concerned about low-THC content than they are about a high-CBD strain. This could be especially true if your job requires regular testing, or if you're a professional athlete.

There are a number of cannabis strains that fit the bill. For example, the T1 Trump Flower strain meets all legal THC requirements, containing only 0.3% of THC.

Furthermore, it's said to calm consumers, giving them a feeling of well-being. It also slows breathing, allowing consumers to completely relax, without fear of the side-effects of THC.

Additionally, consumers can opt for Solomatic CBD. Known as a medical hybrid strain, consumers can rest assured that they're in good hands. This strain is low in THC, and according to reviews, has a subtle, aromatic flavour.

Which strains have the highest THC?

Given that THC is illegal in the UK, these strains should be avoided at all costs. This is especially true for individuals who struggle with their mental health.

This is because, in high doses, THC can cause hallucinations, and increase anxiety.

If this is a concern for you, avoid strains like Hulkberry. Like its namesake, this green hybrid can pack a punch, as it contains up to 28% THC.

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Due to this, many dispensaries recommend it solely for experienced users. There have been reports of dizziness, as well as feelings of anxiety and paranoia after use.

Another strain to avoid is Royal Gorilla. Some Royal Gorilla phenotypes can reach over 30% THC. This means that it is well over the legal limit for THC content in the UK.

Additionally, users have reported a distorted sense of time, dizziness, and dehydration.

Key takeaways

It is important to understand how much CBD and THC a certain strain contains, before consuming it. This isn't solely because of the legislation regarding THC limits, but also because of the physiological effects of THC.

With a number of websites touting the benefits of high-THC strains, it can be tempting to try them. However, remember that in the UK, high-CBD strains — especially those prescribed by medical professionals — are just as potent.

In addition to this, high-CBD strains can be safer. These strains provide you with the health benefits you seek, without the side-effects of large amounts of THC.

Finally, if you are considering adding a cannabis strain to your wellness routine, remember to consult with a healthcare professional, before making a purchase.

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