After cannabis prohibition sparked a decades-long quest for high-THC strains, legalization is quickly swinging the pendulum in the opposite direction. Experienced herb lovers and new consumers alike are recognizing the vast benefits of low-THC cannabis.
Let’s take a look at some of the many compelling reasons why low-THC cannabis is becoming so popular.
Low-THC Cannabis Is Legal
The legality of cannabis with high concentrations of THC varies from state to state. However, low-THC cannabis with less than 0.3 percent THC has been federally legal since 2018. In 2018, the United States Congress passed the landmark Agriculture Improvement Act, which legalized the part of the cannabis industry that grows and handles industrial hemp and hemp-derived products.
The Act, colloquially known as the 2018 Farm Bill, defined industrial hemp as a cannabis plant that contains less than .3% THC. In the past, the term “hemp” was only applied to Cannabis sativa L. plants used for industrial purposes. Since the U.S. government passed the Farm Bill, the definition of legal hemp has been expanded to encompass any cannabis plants containing less than .3% THC. The ruling has paved the way for a delicious variety of low-THC cannabis strains to be readily available online or at your local dispensary!
Low-THC Cannabis May Benefit the Body and Mind
Low-THC cannabis contains high quantities of other beneficial compounds, such as alternate cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes.
Most low-THC strains contain significant amounts of another beneficial cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD). Researchers are increasingly releasing studies confirming the potential therapeutic benefits of CBD. CBD may help the body maintain balance in a number of ways, such as:
- Reducing inflammation
- Fighting free radicals
- Easing aches and pains
- Assisting with minor sleep disturbances
- Calming stress and anxiety
An Italian study found a correlation between the availability of low-THC cannabis with a reduction in prescription rate for pharmaceuticals. The study, published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Health Economics, found that patients with access to low-THC cannabis were substituting it for various prescriptions, including:
- Opioid pain-killers
- Anti-anxiety drugs
While the studies suggest that low-THC cannabis may have immense therapeutic value, science has a long way to go to determine the full extent of its benefits. We recommend that consumers consult a trusted medical professional to find out if low-THC cannabis may help them.
Low-THC Cannabis Is Known to Reduce Anxiety
Relaxing and reducing stress remains one of the most common reasons consumers choose cannabis products. Low-THC cannabis helps calm the body and mind without the sometimes anxiety-producing effects of typical high-THC strains.
Numerous studies have found that CBD has potent anxiolytic effects, and consumer testimonials confirm the findings. One way CBD eases stress is by inhibiting the re-uptake of natural endocannabinoids like anandamide. Scientists call anandamide the “bliss molecule” for its ability to bring on the pleasant feelings athletes feel after exercise. CBD also may reduce anxious feelings by calming the amygdala, the part of the brain responsible for our fight-or-flight response to perceived fear.
Low-THC Cannabis Has No/Fewer Psychoactive Effects
Low-THC strains are ideal for people who are new to cannabis. Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the chemical compound that produces the typical intoxicating effects of traditional “marijuana.” Legal low-THC cannabis strains have less than .3% THC, which is far below the level needed to produce a psychoactive “high.”
Moreover, low-THC strains usually contain at least 10% CBD. The high-CBD content serves to counteract the effects of THC. THC produces its intense effects by binding to CB-1 endocannabinoid receptors in the brain. CBD lessens the effects of THC by making it harder for the molecule to attach to the receptors. Consumers of low-THC cannabis won’t need to worry about experiencing the intense psychoactive effects of THC.
People Trying to Quit Smoking Tobacco Are Choosing Low-THC Cannabis
Now that we have so much evidence of the dangerous effects of long-term tobacco use, cigarette smokers are looking for healthier alternatives to nicotine. A study published in the journal Addictive Behaviors found that smokers consuming CBD reduced their cigarette consumption by 40%.
A more recent study, conducted by the Brightfield Group, surveyed 5,000 CBD consumers. The results concluded that 24% of the participants were using CBD to quit smoking. Out of that number, a full 42% succeeded in giving up cigarettes with the help of smokable low-THC cannabis.
Hemp flower and low-THC cannabis manufacturers are making it convenient for smokers to make the switch by offering ready-to-use pre-rolls.
Veteran Cannabis Smokers Enjoy Low-THC Cannabis
Beginners and tobacco smokers aren’t the only groups finding enjoyment in low-THC cannabis. Seasoned cannabis consumers are discovering many reasons to include low-THC cannabis hybrids in their lifestyles.
Alternative to Ultra-High THC strains
Many of today’s “marijuana” hybrids are too potent for even seasoned cannasseurs to tolerate. Some old-school herb-lovers simply give up after finding that one puff of today’s typical high-THC cannabis puts them into the paranoid zone. Low-THC cannabis gives them an alternative. Medical marijuana consumers can also mix low-THC cannabis with higher-THC strains when they roll joints, pack bowls, or cook edibles to balance out the effects.
Heavy consumers of high-THC cannabis, especially concentrates, occasionally find themselves needing to consume more and more to feel the same effects after a while. When this happens, many consumers choose to take a break to rebuild their body’s tolerance to THC. Low-THC cannabis can give them the flavor of their favorite herb while they’re taking a tolerance break. Meanwhile, abstaining high-THC consumers will enjoy the calming effects of CBD to help them reduce THC cravings.
Enjoying Cannabis During the Workday
Most cannabis consumers enjoy the herb’s relaxing effects but find that high-THC cannabis can be a hindrance to workday productivity. Enjoying low-THC strains can give workers many of the calming and uplifting benefits of cannabis without the heavy intoxication of THC.
Reducing the Effects of THC Edibles
Nearly every cannabis consumer has a story or two of that time when they got way too high on edibles. In the past, the only alternative was to wait out the effects, which could take hours. Smoking or vaping low-THC cannabis can take the edge off of an uncomfortable edible high.
People who live in states where recreational cannabis remains illegal face enormous difficulty and risk to obtain and consume regular high-THC strains. Legal low-THC cannabis gives them the ability to enjoy many of the benefits of regular strains without worrying about dealing with the black market or risking clashes with law enforcement.
There Are Many Popular Strains of Low-THC Cannabis
Commercial industrial hemp brands typically produce what any discerning herb-lover would call “schwag.” It’s produced on a large scale with little care for maximizing flavor profiles. On the other hand, small organic brands like Cannaflower take great care to ensure that their low-THC cannabis flowers are grown and harvested with the connoisseur in mind.
Easing aches and pains in the evening is a breeze with Cannaflower’s low-THC Remedy strain. Indica-dominant Remedy combines terpenes from sweet citrus with refreshing pine and juniper berries to produce a pleasant flavor to enjoy while reading a book before drifting off to blissful sleep.
Are you looking for a special treat to enhance workday productivity? Try Cannaflower’s indoor-grown Rainbow Sherbet. Bred from popular Lifter genetics, sativa-dominant strain Rainbow Sherbet has just the energy you need to put a little sunshine in any cloudy day. Dominant terpenes like myrcene, limonene, and beta-caryophyllene create a complex blend of fruit flavors that’s sure to dazzle even the most discerning cannasseurs.
Indica-dominant OG Kush makes the ideal low-THC cannabis strain for relaxing in the evenings. The hybrid’s dominant terpenes give OG Kush a spicy flavor with hints of cinnamon and sweetgrass. If you’re looking for the perfect after-dinner treat, you can’t beat OG Kush.
One of the most popular medicinal cannabis strains of all time, Sour Tsunami combines sativa genetics with deep physical relaxation. Sour Tsunami makes an excellent choice for easing aches and pains during the workday. Cannaflower meticulously cultivated their version of Sour Tsunami under controlled indoor conditions to create a truly unique cultivar of this legendary low-THC cannabis hybrid.
Strains like Cannaflower’s White CBG allow consumers to take advantage of the benefits of another alternative cannabinoid, cannabigerol (CBG). Scientists call CBG the “Mother of All Cannabinoids” because the compound serves as a precursor to many other cannabinoids, including CBD and THC.
CBG may have a number of unique benefits, most notably as a non-psychoactive alternative to THC for treating glaucoma. Until relatively recently, CBG was only available through expensive extracts. Now, thanks to innovative breeders like Cannaflower, CBG has become available in low-THC cannabis flowers.
Other Well-Known Low-THC strains
- Charlotte’s Web
- Sour Diesel
- Ringo’s Gift
Custom Blended Low-THC Content Pre-Rolls
Cannaflower also offers customers a convenient way to enjoy their desired effects through customized low-THC ratio pre-roll blends. Herb-lovers can choose from Calm, Lift, Joy, and Rest in packs of five pre-rolls presented in elegant, portable tins.
Special Low-THC Cannabis Collections
Additionally, the Cannaflower team has curated several special collections so that customers can try out a few varieties of boutique-grade low-THC cannabis. You can purchase collections of three strains grouped by effect or four-strain Taster’s Menus.
As you can see, low-THC cannabis has got something to offer any consumer. If you would like help choosing a strain with low amounts of THC, please contact our friendly staff. We offer free shipping on purchases over $50.
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