Products that are high in CBD and low in THC may be ideal for patients looking to keep a clear head, while getting some much needed mind-body health benefits, i We take a look at the booming revolution of low-tHC high-CBD flower that is sweeping the world in 2022. Get the lowdown here… These low-THC cannabis edibles, available for purchase at metro Detroit dispensaries, offer discreet relief without a powerful high.
The Calming Effects of High CBD and Low THC
Did you know research shows there are between 80 and 100 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant? That’s not even counting the roughly 300 non-cannabinoid chemicals it produces, which shows just how little we’ve skimmed the surface thus far on medical marijuana.
But first, what are Cannabinoids?
According to the Alcohol and Drug Foundation , the word cannabinoid refers to “every chemical substance, regardless of structure or origin, that joins the cannabinoid receptors of the body and brain.”
Of the cannabis plant’s naturally occurring cannabinoids, CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) are among the most well-known. While THC is known for its psychoactive effects, CBD is thought to moderate the “high” caused by THC, balancing out the effects for a more calming consumption experience when combined. If CBD is used independently it doesn’t cause any highs. Instead, it’s thought to work with other elements in the body linked to feelings of general well-being.
It Takes Two to Make a Thing Go Right?
In a previous blog , we introduced what scientists call the entourage effect, a phenomenon that occurs when various plant cannabinoids work together synergistically to produce an even more therapeutic effect than they would as isolated components.
For this same reason, CBD and THC go hand in hand. For those that may experience negative side effects alongside THC, like anxiety or paranoia, CBD is thought to mellow these out.
The reason this occurs is because the shape and chemical makeup of CBD and THC are very different. When CBD binds to receptors in the body, known as our CB1 receptors, it actually blocks THC from attaching to those same receptors in a first-come, first-serve manner. This reduces the psychoactivity of products that contain THC and can pave the way for the relaxing effects CBD is known for.
How to Find the Right Ratio for You
While tolerance to these cannabinoids differ from one patient to the next, it’s always best to implement the golden rule of cannabis–– start low, go slow ––until you find what works best for your body.
With this in mind, many patients are opting for ratios that are high in CBD and low in THC in order to get “the benefits without the buzz,” also known as microdosing .
Products that are high in CBD and low in THC may be ideal for patients looking to keep a clear head, while getting some much-needed mind-body health benefits, including relief from stress, chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia, and more.
If you’re a medical patient, ask your local dispensary for specific strains and products to achieve these desired effects.
Just beginning your journey with medical marijuana? Call or request an appointment with Kaya Life to learn more about taking your first step.
The Revolution of Low-THC High-CBD Flower
Cannabis has long been a subject that has divided people, with some people revering it for its medicinal and recreational uses and others demonizing it as a “gateway drug”. And for a long time, despite opposition and federal prohibition, both state-legal and black market cultivation and sales continued, always favoring high-THC strains over high-CBD flower.
But over the last decade, we’ve seen a massive shift in demand towards high CBD low THC flower instead. A recent survey found that a third of Americans have used CBD, which is quite astonishing, especially considering that hardly anyone knew what CBD was just a decade ago.
In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at the revolution of low-THC high-CBD flower and examine the reasons why people are starting to favor strains that contain a higher CBD content.
THC: Always Stealing the Show
Historically, delta-9 THC has pretty much stolen the show when it comes to cannabis compounds and for a long time it was the only cannabinoid that people had heard of. THC has been used for a number of decades within palliative care for both cancer and aids patients, to help increase appetite, relieve nausea, and ease chronic pain and overall suffering.
It’s also the cannabinoid that is responsible for making cannabis users feel high and up until recently, was the most widely studied cannabinoid, despite there being over 100 additional cannabinoids present in cannabis and hemp plants.
It’s likely that a general lack of research and education about other cannabinoids (including CBD and delta-8 THC) led to a situation that resulted in both cultivators and cannabis consumers favoring high-THC strains.
CBD Steps into the Spotlight
CBD only started gaining public interest around ten years ago when a high-CBD low-THC cannabis strain was bred and cultivated by the Stanley brothers in Colorado. After originally being nicknamed “hippies disappointment” (due to the complete lack of high it produced), the strain was soon renamed Charlotte’s Web after successfully treating a little girl’s severe and complicated form of epilepsy called Dravet’s Syndrome.
The little girl was called Charlotte Figi and taking daily doses of this high CBD strain reduced her seizure frequency from around 300 per week to just two or three per month. The high-CBD cannabis strain developed by the Stanley brothers transformed Charlotte’s life and in less than one month went from being one hippie’s disappointment to another person’s savior.
This good news story spread like wildfire and other parents soon started flocking to Colorado, where cannabis was legalized for medical use in 2000 and recreational use in 2012, to try to get their hands on this supposed miracle cure for rare and difficult-to-treat forms of epilepsy.
Therapeutic Benefits of CBD
However, according to growing anecdotal evidence, seizures weren’t the only symptom relief that CBD was providing people with.
Scientists had also been studying CBD for several decades by this time and while a lot of the research was preclinical (conducted in the lab and on animals), evidence strongly suggested that it possessed many desirable properties, including the ability to relieve symptoms of anxiety and pain, help people sleep better at night, and improve mood and mental clarity.
CBD’s and CBG’s analgesic properties and anti-inflammatory effects were especially gratefully received, as America was struggling with an opioid crisis of epic proportions.
It’s estimated that 40% of CBD users take their CBD for pain relief. Many people were looking for a more healthy and natural alternative to traditional prescription medicines, and CBD seemed to offer an effective and non-addicting solution.
In 2017, the first FDA-approved CBD medicine, Epidiolex, became available on prescription to treat certain rare types of epilepsy. The first of many cannabinoid medicines, we’re sure.
Legalization Leads to Better Availability
Up until this point, all forms of cannabis (including hemp) were still illegal at the federal level, so access to CBD flower was restricted, both for personal use and for research purposes. The situation started to change for CBD back in 2014 when the Farm Bill differentiated hemp from cannabis, as cannabis with a THC concentration of 0.3% or less. Then, in 2018, industrial hemp and all of its derivatives were federally legalized.
Following legalization, the number of hemp farmers, CBD extraction facilities, and CBD hemp flower brands grew dramatically and suddenly CBD was appearing everywhere, online and in-store.
The Rise of Low THC CBD Flower Strains
It’s no secret that people have been taking cannabis for thousands of years to soothe a wide range of ailments, from arthritis to nausea, but a recent increase in the availability of high CBD hemp flower strains meant that people were finally able to access the health benefits of cannabis, without getting high.
These high CBD hemp strains had rich terpene profiles that also appealed to a large number of people who enjoyed the experience of smoking this aromatic plant, including experienced smokers that no longer enjoyed getting high or just didn’t want to be high all the time.
In August 2019 it appeared the battle between CBD flower and THC flower reached a tipping point as BDS Analytics reported that 54% of edible cannabis consumers in fully legal states now choose their cannabis products based on CBD content instead of THC content.
They also found that 58% of people now prefer cannabis products with a higher CBD content, with lower amounts of THC or even no THC at all. Many people even blend CBD flower with THC flower to balance out the effects.
In just ten short years high-CBD flower has transformed the face of the health and wellness market and as research, awareness, and education about CBD continues to increase, the explosive popularity of low THC high CBD flower strains shows no signs of slowing down.
The availability and utility of hemp flower is very real. People are just now finding out that they can make homemade versions of CBD product using recipes for homemade gummies, lotions and oils.
If you’re curious to know more about the effects of low THC high CBD flower, then check out this article here, where we discuss what it feels like to smoke premium quality hemp flower. Or find your perfect strain with our personal shopper here.
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8 Low-THC Cannabis Edibles for Discreet Relief
F or those inexperienced with cannabis edibles, experts say that less is more. Most edible products sold at metro Detroit dispensaries contain 10 to 20mg of THC — marijuana’s psychoactive compound — per serving, a dosage which can create powerful effects that may be uncomfortable for newer users. Luckily, the cannabis industry is listening — more products are available in low-THC dosages now than ever before.
Here, we’ve collected eight edibles — available at various metro Detroit dispensaries — that offer all the health-promoting properties of cannabis with only 5mg of THC (or less) per dose.
Mindy’s Edibles Botanical White Grapefruit Gummies
James Beard Award-winning chef Mindy Segal lends her mastery of flavor and texture to this line of artisanal edibles produced by Cresco Labs. The Chicago-based restaurateur formulates THC and CBD gummies, fruit chews, and hard candies with vegan, non-GMO ingredients and natural fruit juices. At 2mg of THC per gummy, the line’s Botanical White Grapefruit gummies are an ideal option for those seeking low-dose pain relief in a great-tasing package. The treats combine fresh, clean grapefruit flavor with essences of gin botanicals to create a juicy, slightly sour bite. $12 for a 20-pack at Liv Cannabis, 2625 Hilton Road, #100, Ferndale; 248-420-4200; weedmaps.com
Sarah Jane Micro Spritz
Women-led cannabis brand Sarah Jane crafts approachable, low-dose THC products designed to be seamlessly integrated into busy lives. Each spritz of this minty-fresh breath spray contains a precise 2mg dose of both THC and CBD, offering mild pain relief while preserving focus and productivity. Apply directly beneath the tongue for best absorption and expect effects to last from 2 to 4 hours. $32, for at New Standard, 24906 John R Road, Hazel Park; 248-873-0420; weedmaps.com
Kiva Camino Wild Berry Indica Gummies // Photograph courtesy of Liv Cannabis
Kiva Camino Wild Berry Indica Gummies
Inspired by the El Camino Real road that winds through southern California, each of these premium cannabis gummies pairs 5mg of high-quality THC concentrate with flavors of wild blackberries and fresh raspberries. To sweeten the deal, they come in a sleek, convenient tin that slips easily into purses or pockets. $22 for a 20-pack at Liv Cannabis, 2625 Hilton Road #100, Ferndale; 248-420-4200; livcannabis.com
Levitate Dreamberry Fruit Gummy
Levitate’s gummies are designed to taste delicious, using expertly crafted flavors and a light, crunchy sugar coating to mask the taste of cannabis. They’re hand-crafted in small batches using full-spectrum cannabis oil derived directly from the flower, which means each gummy contains not only 5mg of THC, but also 5mg of CBD, allowing for a well-rounded, full-body effect. $6 per gummy at Exclusive Ann Arbor, 3820 Varsity Drive, Ann Arbor; 734-494-0772; exclusivemi.com
Petra Mints // Photograph by Lauren Wethington
Available in flavors like Tart Cherry, Moroccan Mint, Pineapple, and Saigon Cinnamon, these ultra-portable cannabis mints cater to sweet, sour, and spicy tastebuds. Each mint contains 2.5mg of THC, making careful dosing a cinch. Our favorite flavor for summer is Tart Cherry, which tastes almost as bright and juicy as the real thing. The slim, discreet tin fits easily into a pocket or bag. $20 for a 40-pack at Liv Cannabis, 2625 Hilton Road, Ferndale; 248-420-4200; livcannabis.com
Fluresh Fast-Acting Drink Enhancer: Good Vibes THC
Delivering 5mg of premium THC concentrate in every half-teaspoon squeeze, this new liquid drink enhancer can transform any beverage into a custom cannabis cocktail. The vegan, gluten-free, low-calorie formula promises to deliver effects in 30 minutes or less, and the resealable bottle makes for easy portability. $20 for a 20-dose bottle at Puff Cannabis Co., 11941 Joseph Campau Ave., Hamtramck; 313-552-4200; puffhamtramck.wm.store
Terra Blueberry Bites // Photograph by Lauren Wethington
Terra Blueberry Bites
In a laborious 10-hour process, U.S.-grown dried blueberries are infused with cannabis oil, dusted with cocoa powder, and covered with a coating of creamy milk chocolate to create this decadent edible. Each juicy bite contains 5mg of THC, and the sleek packaging is perfect for discreet dosing on-the-go. The line also offers chocolate-covered espresso beans, sea salt caramels, and peppermint patties in 5mg formulations. $22 for a 20-pack at The Green Mile, 6650 E. Eight Mile Road, Detroit; 313-826-1479; weedmaps.com
Northern Lights Chocolate Bars
While each bar of this Michigan-made chocolate contains 100mg of THC, pre-portioned 5mg blocks make for easy micro-dosing. The creamy milk chocolate base, made of cocoa sourced from France, is infused with full-spectrum cannabis oil and comes in a variety of need-specific formulas. Want a little afternoon pick-me-up? The Daytime bars contain 20mg of caffeine for every 5mg of THC. Struggling to fall asleep? Try the Snooze bar, which offers 2.5mg of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin in every dose. For simple stress relief, the Relax bar pairs an equal dose of CBD for every mg of THC. $20 for a 100mg bar at Breeze Recreational Cannabis, 24517 John R Road, Hazel Park; 833-927-3393; breeze.us