Most CBD products available in America are produced from hemp, which is legally defined as cannabis that contains less than .3 percent THC and won’t get you high. However, some CBD users do enjoy having a higher amount of THC to capitalize on the entourage effect, which posits that CBD, THC, terpenes and other compounds within cannabis synergize to provide more balanced and more beneficial effects.
While you can grow industrial hemp at home, you might find it more rewarding to cultivate a crop of high-CBD marijuana. Here are some strains worth considering for your home weed garden:
A descendent of Charlotte’s Web, a high-CBD strain bred for high CBD and used to treat a severe form of epilepsy, Charlotte’s Angel is a bit easier for home growers to manage. You should expect a long blooming phase, between nine and 12 weeks, and sativa-style growth patterns despite its hybrid heritage.
CBD God Bud
Coming out of British Columbia in the 1990s, the OG God Bud was both difficult to grow and not particularly fruitful. This variant is much higher in CBD (as the name suggests) and provides huge, resinous buds. The crop should stay in bloom for a quick eight weeks, making it convenient for home use.
Cannatonic is one of the oldest and most revered CBD strains, with a CBD vs. THC ratio of about 5:1. That means Cannatonic can be used medically or provide a delightfully mellow recreational high. Experienced breeders recommend growing several Cannatonic crops and mixing buds to ensure that 5:1 ratio shines through.
Indica dominant with some sativa genetics, this strain is a high-CBD strain descended from the notorious Candy Kush, which many aficionados claim is the most underrated strain of all time. Sweet in flavor like its precursor, this plant will bloom over a nine week phase and benefits greatly from a UV grow light.
A high CBD strain common to dispensaries, Pennywise is approachable even for beginner home growers. Pennywise is a purple strain, meaning its thick buds tend to take on a unique hue. The bloom phase on this one is about eight weeks, and the plants stay nice and petit — perfect for indoors.
Another strain named for Stephen King’s It, Deadlights is an underrated CBD strain that deserves more attention from the cannabis community. It works particularly well as a mother plant, if you want to experiment with some cross-breeding to make your own unique CBD strain.
Great White Shark
Most variations of Great White Shark contain a one-to-one ratio of THC and CBD, at about 12 percent each, thanks to its ancestors White Widow, Skunk #1 and an unknown all-CBD strain. This strain will take nine weeks in the bloom phase and does particularly well with hydroponics, if you want to experiment outside of soil.
Bred specifically for medical users to grow at home, Critical Cure is a short, manageable plant with an incredibly brief blooming period of just over seven weeks. Though buds don’t grow too densely, CBD content is typically twice that of THC, providing an effective pain-killer and muscle relaxer.
Appropriately named considering this cannabis plant’s gargantuan size, Moby Dick is best grown in an outdoor garden where it can flourish into a medium-sized tree. This strain has a CBD to THC ratio of 1:1, and though it requires a 10 week flowering phase, its dimensions allow for an incredibly profitable harvest.
Fast Eddy is a low-maintenance strain, perfect for beginner growers, thanks to some ruderalis genetics that make it a bit hardier and resistant to pests. Even better, Fast Eddy grows fast, going from seed to harvest in just eight weeks, making it a perfect option for growers trying to cultivate cannabis in regions with short summer seasons.
Though not bred from industrial hemp strains, CBD Therapy boasts such minimal psychoactive effects and such maximal CBD content that it might as well be bottled CBD. However, THC can develop in greater quantities when the crop is exposed to more UV light, so you might want to grow this strain outside or rely on sunlight as opposed to grow lights.
Whether you need CBD or merely prefer strains that offer a mellower experience, these strains offer the opportunity to increase your CBD access at home. Even better, the range of difficulties means you should be able to find a strain that challenges your growing skills but provides a satisfying harvest.