Thursday, August 2, 2018

Autoflowering CBD Strains With Low THC

If you're like me, you are obsessed with growing cannabis but may not like being tweaked out on THC all the time.  Anxiety & paranoia are a real bitch that unfortunately ruin the fun for me nowadays, especially with the advent of super-potent ganja.  But when I strike the perfect balance between THC & CBD, it's heaven.  If pot makes you feel sketched out, don't despair:  there is hope in the form of CBD-rich strains.  While hemp flower is available for purchase legally online, you can also grow your own if you'd like something with a bit more THC.  (The legal limit of 0.03% is rather negligible).

CBD is the yin to THC's yang, balancing out its mind-bending cerebral effects with a pleasant body stone & quiet mellowness that make the experience less scary.  Not to mention its numerous proven health benefits such as treating seizures, insomnia, muscle pain & anxiety.  Both substances work better when combined with each other plus other cannabinoids, which is why it's best to get your medicine from the whole plant instead of using isolates or single extracts.

The problem?  Average cannabis today contains anywhere from 17-28% THC with some strains reaching into the 30's.  That's a lot.  Some elitist potheads think everyone should be able to handle the same dose as they can & it's all a matter of tolerance.  Wrong.  Everyone is different and, as with any substance, what works for one person could be a nightmare for another.

With that said, breeders are starting to take the hint & craft weed to meet everyone's needs.  Here are some autoflowering strains that are low in THC & high in CBD:

- Charlotte's Angel (Dutch Passion):  0.7% THC : 15% CBD.  This is the most dramatic CBD:THC ratio I've found in an autoflowering strain.  It's an 80/20 Sativa-to-Indica split with an earthy, fruity aroma.  Finishes in 10 weeks & is said to produce a "clear & soft feeling of well-being".  Sign me up.

- Tonic Ryder (World of Seeds):  4% THC : 10.5% CBD.  Tonic Ryder is an Indica-dominant plant with an intense citrus fruity taste that is derived from Northern Lights & Big Bud Auto.  It finishes in only 60 days.  Yummy.

- Industrial Plant Auto CBD (Dinafem): 5% THC : 10% CBD.  This hearty plant contains a similar amount of THC as the famous Harlequin strain.  It's Indica-dominant and smells of spices, citrus & sweet fruits.  It finishes in 70 days & produces 300-500g indoors.

- Critical + Autoflowering CBD (Dinafem): 5% THC : 10% CBD.  Another Dinafem gem, Critical + Auto CBD contains the same ratio of THC to CBD as Industrial Plant but with a different shape & terpene profile.  It's a hybrid with a skunky, orange aroma that finishes in 70 days & produces 400-500g indoors.

- Auto Compassion Lime (Dutch Passion):  8-9% THC : 9-10% CBD.  This tasty treat from Dutch Passion is a tad higher on the THC scale, containing about as much as a lot of mid-grade weed from the 1990s.  She's a Sativa-dominant girl with a zesty citrus lime fragrance.  Yields are heavy & harvest comes at about Week 10 or 11.

These seeds can be purchased directly through the breeders' websites or any number of reputable seed banks, such as True North Seed Bank, Sensible Seeds & Attitude Seedbank.  Do you have personal experience growing any of these strains?  Let us know how it went in the comments!

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