CBD: CHOOSING AND GROWING THE RIGHT STRAIN
If you’re growing industrial hemp with the goal of producing high CBD yields, to get the most out of your investment you’ll want to start with a high CBD producing strain (whether it’s derived from hemp seeds or hemp clones).
This article explains the various methods of growing and provides some information on the top strains for optimum CBD hemp production.
What is CBD and why is it such a big deal?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the hottest trends in the cannabis industry. Consumers are using it to combat pain, inflammation, epilepsy, PTSD, anxiety and generally improve the quality of their lives.
CBD is one of hundreds of components of the cannabis plant and the second most prevalent of the active ingredients, and is produced from cannabis plants with a THC concentration of .3% or less.
What do I need to know to grow my own high cannabinoid strains?
First check the industrial hemp laws in your state. Although CBD is legal in many states, there might legal limits in your state regarding hemp cultivation, transportation, sales and consumer usage.
The next step is of critical importance: choose the right high CBD strain.
Some of the most popular, high-yield CBD flower strains include:
- Fruity Pebbles: 19%
- Cherry Dream: 18%
- Forbidden Fruit: 17%
- Legendary OG: 16%
- Bubba Kush: 16% CBD
- Lifter Ultra Premium: 14% CBD
- Hawaiian Haze Ultra Premium: 13% CBD
NOTE: These percentages are based on the individual COAs of each strain.
If you don’t see the strain you’d like in our selection of seeds, seedlings and clones, contact us directly, and a Hemp Consultant will help source whatever you might need, at competitive wholesale pricing.
Should I grow from seeds or clones?
When it comes to hemp flower, you cannot tell whether it comes directly from cannabis seeds or clones.
Yet, the process of growing plants into flower is different for both methods, each with their own pros and cons. Before you decide to seed or clone, explore each method to determine which is best for you.
Tips for growing a high CBD strain:
- Keep temperatures between 72-85͑º F
- Soil should be warm about 2-inches down
- Water less, as opposed to more
- If you want to test CBD levels, do it 3-4 weeks after seedlings emerge
- Expect the plant to flower in about 8 weeks
- Harvest early (CBD levels breakdown faster than THC levels)
Should I consider growing CBD hemp?
CBD is the same plant compound, regardless of whether it’s found in a high-THC cannabis plant such as marijuana or a low-THC cannabis plant such as hemp.
Hemp and marijuana are both members of the Cannabis sativa family and share certain similarities.
One of the primary differences is that hemp plants generally should have .3% or less of THC, while marijuana can have concentrations up to 40%.
Industrial hemp is known as The Billion Dollar Crop, because it has hundreds of commercial uses including clothing, biofuel, building materials and paper. That being said, today CBD hemp oil products are the primary market for hemp growers.
To sum up:
- There are a number of varieties of high CBD strains of hemp available for growers
- Pick the plant with the CBD and total cannabinoid percentages that best suit your needs
- Industrial hemp clones are vastly more reliable in delivering the expected CBD ratio than seeds
- Check your local, state and country laws before planting marijuana or hemp
Visit Tips for Growing Industrial Hemp at Leafly.com for detailed growing information.
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