What It's Like to Smoke a High-CBD/Low-THC Strain

Aug 12 , 2019

What It's Like to Smoke a High-CBD/Low-THC Strain

In recent years, stoners have been all about upping the THC in their marijuana. But, what’s it like to smoke a high-CBD strain? What sort of high do you experience from this very different strain? In this article, we’ll dig into what high-CBD strains are like and what sort of effects they cause. 

What is a high-CBD strain?

A high-CBD strain is a type of cannabis that is bred to produce less THC and more CBD, the non-psychoactive component of marijuana. Up until recently, growers bred CBD out for more THC to up the psychoactivity in their strains. But now, CBD is enjoying its time in the spotlight. 

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High-CBD strains have a variety of therapeutic uses that go beyond experiencing that “high” that marijuana is known for, including the following:

  • Pain management
  • Blood sugar stability
  • Antidepressant 
  • Control of seizure disorders
  • Anti-anxiety
  • Antipsychotic

CBD can also be used to help balance out the high produced by a strain that’s high in THC. When CBD and THC are used together, they amplify the immune-modulating and pain-fighting properties of cannabis. 

High-CBD strains include:

  • Harlequin
  • Sour Tsunami
  • Cannatonic
  • ACDC

CBD vs. THC

CBD and THC affect the body differently; first, THC has a psychoactive response while CBD has more of a calming response. It all has to do with the endocannabinoid receptors that they bond with to produce that specific feeling. These compounds take the place of endocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids that we produce in our own bodies. 

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CBD works to regulate the endocannabinoids that you already have in your body. It can help keep these endocannabinoids from being broken down and increase the levels of some of them in your system. CBD helps to modulate endocannabinoid tone.

The CBD experience

Most of the strains available on the market now are high in THC and low in CBD. This is because of our fascination with the psychoactive effects of marijuana and our want to breed that up to be stronger. High-CBD strains, on the other hand, won’t cause a mind-altering high. 

The high-CBD, low-THC strains are more like a strong, herbal relaxant like chamomile or lavender. CBD quickly works to halt stress response and excitability. They don’t cause the paranoia or agitation that typically comes along with THC. 

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What high-CBD strains do is fill your head and body with a clear-headed, calm, focused sensation. Here some common CBD effects:

  • Pain relief
  • Mental and physical relaxation
  • Slightly sedative
  • Clear-headed and focused, no change in cognitive function
  • Promotes ease, positive sense of wellbeing, and calmness

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CBD is most commonly used with medical marijuana users, but others may still enjoy it. A CBD-dominant strain won’t impede or distort cognition. CBD is the perfect answer to a stressful day, trouble sleeping, or anxiety issues.

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN MEDEIROS | COVER PHOTO BY: ACCESS PROJECT
MEGAN MEDEIROS IS A FREELANCE WRITER AND EDITOR IN HARRISONBURG, VA. SHE'S THE OWNER AND OPERATOR OF MEDEIROS WRITING, PROVIDING FREELANCE WRITING, EDITING, AND SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT SERVICES. SHE’S BEEN WORKING AS A CANNABIS WRITER FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS, MOSTLY FOLLOWING THE LEGAL CLIMATE OF MARIJUANA, ESPECIALLY IN AREAS LIKE CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, OREGON, CANADA, AND OTHER LEGAL AREAS. SHE HAS A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN ENGLISH AND IS CURRENTLY WORKING ON A MASTER’S IN ENGLISH AT JMU.

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