Sold under the AltaVie brand, MedReleaf’s North Star CBD produces a high CBD content with a negligible amount of THC. In both BC and Ontario, there are listings for North Star CBD with average CBD levels ranging from 14.5% to 14.75%.
Translating to ‘CBD Flower’ in English, the producer doesn’t disclose the genetics in the listing, but they list a dried flower product in Alberta with a similar cannabinoid ratio, which they call Great North CBD, and note it’s a “unique cannabis variety.” Dominant terpenes are myrcene, caryophyllene, and pinene, and the vendor describes the tastes as “earthy and woody.”
High-CBD, low-THC strains can benefit consumers needing to steer away from the high and keep a clear head while also controlling pain, inflammation, or other chronic conditions. CBD strains will also appeal to those who may be sensitive to any side effects of THC such as anxiety, paranoia, or dizziness.
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On Quebec’s SQDC, High Park Farms has a high CBD listings called Fleur de CBD available under their Dubon Select brand that features an average CBD content of 15%, alongside a negligible amount of THC.
This offering’s most attractive feature is the relatively high CBD content (16%, on average) and low THC content (0.5%, on average). The producer reports this cultivar is capable of producing a 40:1 ratio of CBD to THC.
High in myrcene, limonene, and both pinene conformations, the vendor claims this sativa dominant cultivar makes “powerful floral” aromas. This listing is similar to a discontinued cultivar by Holland’s Sumo Seeds called North Star, their version was also high in CBD and was a combination of Northern Lights and Afghan genetics.
Aurora calls their widely available version of Cannatonic, Temple. On average, this cultivar is listed as having between 10% and 11% CBD with a half percent of THC. Cannabinoid content does fluctuate as high as 18% CBD in the maximum end, and as low as 8% CBD on the minimum. Dominant terpenes for Aurora’s version of Cannatonic differ slightly from those mentioned above. Temple is high in mycrene, pinene, and terpineol but like the others, the vendor describes the flavour profile as “sweet, earthy with vague citrus.”
This is what you’ll want (or need) if you’re looking for a “light” reprieve from discomfort. Or if you’re trying a THC:CBD edible for the first time—without any of the unpleasant side effects. Or if you’re taking CBD on a daily basis as maintenance. I guess what I’m trying to say is that Plus’ pineapple and coconut gummies will do you no harm. It’s a safe bet for beginners.
And dosing is crucial.
Got a sweet tooth? Into CBD? Then Potli’s CBD honey is what you’re looking for.
Recess, a flavored sparkling water drink with hemp extract and adaptogens, has been popular among . [+] millennials. But the verdict is out on whether it’s effective or not.
I’m not big on CBD drinks. But I can appreciate that others are. And in the cannabis world, CBD and THC drinks abound: There’s CBD Living Water, Recess, Vybes, Lagunitas HiFi Hops, Somatik Cold Brew, Kikoko Tea, and more. But Aurora Elixirs is what I was drawn to. It’s marketed as a mixer for when you want to make cocktails. I, however, think it’s perfectly fine on its own. Pop it in the fridge to cool and drink it whenever you need it. No complicated recipe or garnish required.
Kiva Confections’ Terra Bites come in two flavors: chocolate-covered coffee beans and . [+] chocolate-covered blueberries. It’s great when paired with a CBD-only edible.
Let’s say you’re in no mood for edibles, vapes, or capsules. Or none of the aforementioned delivery methods suit your lifestyle. Simply buy a full-spectrum CBD tincture such as the one Ojai Energetics offers. It’s unlike most tinctures, which are clear and oil based. This one is a deep moss green—extracted from whole plant—and water soluble. So you can put a dropper full into your coffee, chai, smoothie, or anything else really. And you can be sure you’ll be consuming all of it. (There won’t be any residue sticking to the sides of your glass—the way it is with many other oil-based drops.) Another plus is that it’s surprisingly sweet for something that looks like a bitter green juice made of 100% kale. I typically use two full droppers in my (home-brewed) chai and it’s helped tremendously with post-workout soreness.
If you prefer not to smoke or vape cannabis, BC Cannabis Stores carries high-CBD oils and capsules that may provide similar effects. Keep in mind that it can take significantly longer to feel the effects of ingested cannabis products than products that are inhaled. Start low, go slow and wait after using cannabis products. Effects from inhalation can be felt within seconds to minutes and may last up to six hours, whereas it can take between 30 minutes and two hours for the effects of ingested cannabis to be felt and they can last up to 12+ hours.
When choosing a non-medical cannabis product, consider one that could mitigate some of the potential risks of intoxication or overuse. Using low-THC products that contain greater than four percent CBD may help avoid or lessen intoxication.
If you want to avoid or lessen intoxication and reduce the risk of experiencing negative side effects, you may wish to choose products that contain significantly more CBD than THC. Potency can be determined by reading the label and looking for total THC and CBD percentages. Although CBD is not thought to provide the “high” you may have come to expect from cannabis, it is still considered to be psychoactive and may modify brain function and potentially result in changes in mood and perception. When used alongside THC, you may still experience mild euphoria.
Look for low-THC products
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is the second most common cannabinoid found in cannabis. It is generally found in low percentages in most strains, but its effects are more pronounced when found in quantities above four percent. Any strains containing greater than four percent CBD are considered high-CBD. High-CBD strains of cannabis are generally considered to be less intoxicating and high percentages of CBD may counteract the intoxicating effects of THC.
As with all cannabis products, the experience will vary between individuals based on a variety of factors.
No matter what cannabis products you may choose to use this holiday season, avoid using cannabis with other substances and take extra care if you do mix cannabis with alcohol or other substances. With the holidays approaching, remember, don’t drive high.