Even diehard MJ fans must admit you could have too much of a good thing. And by “good thing,” we’re talking about delta 9 THC. While delta 9 THC, the primary psychoactive component in marijuana, can offer relaxation and euphoria, it also has the potential for less desirable effects. High levels of THC might lead to adverse experiences, including increased anxiety or other intense reactions. Consequently, there is a growing interest in exploring cannabis varieties with different THC levels to find a balance that offers the benefits without the intense side effects.
But that doesn’t mean people who are “THC sensitive” can’t enjoy a toke now and again. Indeed, thanks to the CBD flower revolution, loads of low-THC strains look, smell, and taste like weed. Even better, to ensure that they are federally legal, these strains all have ≤ 0.3 percent THC.
So, Does Low-THC Always Mean Less Anxiety?
How THC affects you depends on many factors, including your genetics, metabolism, and tolerance level. The way THC most likely interacts with your ECS may be a matter of genetics. Just like some people are born with peanut allergies, some of us may be born with a genetic predisposition towards pot.
However, there’s some evidence that suggests small doses of THC may help mellow us all out. Research, including a study from the University of Illinois, indicates that low doses of THC might have a calming effect. However, higher doses are more likely to lead to adverse reactions. This suggests a nuanced approach to THC consumption might be beneficial, focusing on moderation to balance relaxation with avoiding potential negative effects. If you are interested in detailed insights from this study, we recommend referring directly to the research or sources discussing these findings.
While all of this research is preliminary, it may suggest that strains with high CBD and low THC have the lowest potential for paranoia. Hopefully, as researchers continue to explore this issue, we’ll better understand how to manage THC effectively. For an in-depth understanding of how low-dose THC could influence anxiety, and the concept of microdosing CBD hemp flower, exploring our previous post on these topics can provide more comprehensive insights.
Do Sativas Seriously Make You Stressed?
In cannabis culture, there’s a common perception that sativas might exacerbate paranoia compared to indicas, primarily due to their energizing effects. However, scientific evidence supporting this belief is limited. Recent discussions in the cannabis community suggest that terpenes, such as myrcene and beta-caryophyllene, might play a significant role in the effects of different strains, potentially contributing to sedative or anti-anxiety properties. While indicas are often associated with relaxation and are believed to have higher myrcene levels, sativas typically have higher THC content, which some think might lead to increased anxiety. This underscores the complexity of cannabis effects and the importance of further research in this area.
Ultra Smooth Hemp Strains That May Not Provoke Paranoia
Although all hemp strains carry a minimal risk of THC exposure, there are a few hybrids that may be better known for their soothing properties. Here are a few names we’d suggest for people who are extra concerned about THC exposure.
Cherry Wine may be a 50/50 hybrid, but it has gained notoriety as a nightcap strain. Fans of this hybrid consistently rave about its soothing properties, which may be due to high traces of the terpenes linalool and beta-caryophyllene. While Cherry Wine has a sweet flavor profile, there are also plenty of sultry and spicy notes to create a nuanced experience. Fans love to chill with the experience of an “earthy charcuterie board” and, for them, Cherry Wine is their go-to.
Often dubbed the “Best Strain Of All Time,” OG Kush is the crown jewel of Cali hybrids. While the authentic OG isn’t OK for beginners, Cannaflower’s hemp OG Kush flower has all the original’s earthy flavors without excessive THC. OG Kush is indica dominant, which is known for having a calming effect.
You could think of Bubba Kush as an OG Kush variant with an extra dash of indica. Both of these strains share similar genetics, but Bubba Kush is the winner when it comes to mellowing out any landscape. Indeed, due to Bubba Kush’s properties, customers often reserve it for nighttime. Like many other indicas, Bubba Kush has high traces of myrcene, which may explain its musky odor and nighttime effects.
The Elektra hybrid is all about harmony. As a near-perfect 50/50 hybrid, Elektra may offer a well-rounded experience. Myrcene is known for its sedative aspects which are numberically balanced by high alpha-pinene and limonene percentages. In addition to possibly balancing out its effects, these terpenes give Elektra enticing citrusy and woodsy aromatics. No matter when you choose to smoke Elektra, many share that there’s little chance of any psychoactive experiences.
Even if you know nothing about MMJ history, you could probably guess what the Remedy strain was designed for. Yep, this blend of Cannatonic and Afghani Skunk was bred as a fix for all that feels broken. Specifically, breeders wanted to ensure that Remedy had a high CBD count for those looking for a pure experience. Most tokers claim Remedy has soothing and delightful floral aromatics. Whether you have an MMJ card or not, Remedy may be a refreshing way to end a long day.
Concerned About Anxiety & High THC?
Cannaflower offers a selection of low-THC hemp strains, which may be suitable for individuals looking for the potential calming effects of hemp without the higher THC levels associated with traditional cannabis. This could be a consideration for those concerned about anxiety or seeking a more subtle experience. Each strain comes with detailed lab reports and customer reviews, emphasizing Cannaflower’s commitment to quality and transparency in their regeneratively-grown hemp products.
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