Below 1% THC Strains
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6 Cannabis Strains With 1% THC Or Less

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THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid, that makes marijuana users high. If marijuana contains very little of THC, can it still be an enjoyable experience? With these 6 strains on offer, with a THC content of 1% or less, the answer is – absolutely.

Cannabis contains over a hundred chemicals called cannabinoids which latch onto cannabinoid receptors in the human system. What a happy coincidence of evolution! These can have all sorts of effects, the most famous of which is the high tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, brings. THC also has medical applications as a painkiller, appetite stimulant and muscle relaxant.

The scramble for strains of higher and higher THC potency however, has led to concerns over excessive THC levels, that are not always desirable. Another cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD) does not produce a psychoactive high. When CBD interacts with cannabinoid receptors, it may have a beneficial effect on body and mind.

A more moderate amount of THC is advisable because of the biphasic effect. This is when something, that might be pleasant and beneficial in moderation, loses its benefits when taken in excess. This certainly applies to THC, which could dull your ability to feel high from moderate doses, if you're too used to chasing THC-rich strains. A greater balance between THC and CBD boosts the effectiveness of each chemical. Yet there are now more and more strains available which have a THC content of only 1% or less.


The Impact Of High-CBD, Low-THC Strains

1% THC content is quite low, when 15–20% and upwards is what tends to be considered high THC content. Such strains won't bring you a high, but you will feel the serene calming effects of CBD. Let's look at the advantages of a low-THC strain. The calming experience of a CBD-rich strain is very focusing. It's not the psychedelic stoner's high, but it is a like a turbocharged version of all the herbs and incense reputed to be relaxing. CBD is so calming, it is even believed to have antipsychotic properties. It also has a positive impact on the immune system and the connectivity of the nervous system.

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Understanding The Importance Of Different CBD:THC Ratios

CBD is said to help with the healthy regulation of the nervous system. If your thinking lacks clarity, perhaps the neurons in your brain will be more fluidly connected with some good CBD. It can take the edge off and relieve pain, but without the mind-altering state THC delivers. This could be important for therapeutic users, especially ones pursuing a full life, that doesn't allow much time for getting high.

6 Cannabis Strains With 1% THC Or Less

One wouldn't need to plan their day around getting high if it's not the sort of high, that will floor them with sedative indica properties. The buzz of a sativa is also intoxicant in a way that can be temporarily hampering. A high-CBD strain allows you to smoke more often and get the medical benefits with a smoother, more relaxing sensation. Here are 6 on offer from the world's best seed banks.


Swiss Dream CBD - Kannabia

The cannabis laws in Switzerland recognise the distinction between CBD and THC. They actually tolerate the cultivation of marijuana plants as long as THC content does not exceed 1%. This has presented many cultivators with a challenge in developing a strain that would produce such little THC. Kannabia are resilient growers on the cutting edge of innovation. They took on this challenge by breeding strains with lower and lower THC content. Their Swiss Dream CBD creation has ended up with less than a quarter of a per cent of THC. With CBD content at 7%, this gives it a CBD:THC ratio of 26:1. Experience the lucid calm that accompanies its spicy floral aroma.


Sweet Pure CBD - Sweet Seeds

Sweet Pure CBD comes from the company Sweet Seeds, so that's some solid branding right there. Its CBD levels reach 8–15%. The THC levels however will always be less than 1%. This sativa-dominant hybrid was developed with therapeutic users in mind. It's a treat for those looking to unwind and its indica properties will help you drift off to sleep. Although its genetic lineage can be traced to Diesel strains, the flavour here is more soothing and pleasant. Citrus flavours with the sweetness of candy have been reported alongside hints of cypress tree. Such a fruity aroma is the ideal complement to the relaxing properties of Sweet Pure CBD.


CBD Charlotte's Angel - Dutch Passion

Dutch Passion have been cultivating for the high standards of the Dutch cannabis market since 1987. Over three decades of work, they have won over 50 cups. Their skills have been applied to the crossbreeding of two CBD-rich strains; Dutch Charlotte and Red Angel. The result is CBD Charlotte's Angel with a THC content of 0.7% compared to its CBD content of 15%. The plant takes between 9–12 weeks to flower, but the result is worth waiting longer for. This is a very flavourful strain with hints of pine, diesel and spicy herbs. It is a grounding sensation, that won't let you down with its strong aroma. The boost it gives to your mood and your immune system is well worth experiencing.


Candida (CD-1) - Medical Marijuana Genetics

Medical Marijuana Genetics are committed to developing the best CBD-rich strains for a range of medical conditions. Candida has a name which means "bright light" in Latin. The clarity of its soothing effects certainly feels like a revelation. Its impact was recognised at the Spannabis Champions Cup 2017, where it won 2nd place in the CBD category. The CBD levels are incredibly high, ranging between 11–20%. This means the CBD:THC ratio will tend to be around 20:1. They recommend it for the treatment of depression, ADHD and other neurodivergent conditions such as autism. Try growing with some of their high-quality seeds for Candida and see a good yield within 9 weeks.


Tatanka Pure CBD By Royal Queen Seeds

From the team at Royal Queen Seeds comes Tatanka Pure CBD. Named after the famed Native American leader of the Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux people—Tatanka Iyotake—Tatanka Pure CBD is ideal for those looking to experience the potential benefits of cannabidiol. With a 14% CBD content and THC levels of around 1%, this fast-flowering indica-dominant cultivar takes just 7–8 weeks to flower. Reaching heights of about 110cm, growers can expect a sizeable return of 400–450g/m² indoors. Whether smoked or vaped, Tatanka Pure CBD rewards users with a flavour that conjures up the finest caramel notes with a welcome bitter spice that is extremely pleasant. You'll definitely want to try it for yourself. 


CBD Fix Auto - Zamnesia Seeds

There are so many high-quality strains on offer from some of the most competitive seed banks out there. You might think that when we started selling cannabis seeds online from our own seed bank at Zamnesia, we were intimidated by the quality on display. Not a bit of it! If our mission is to bring you the best seeds, then of course we want to cater to CBD-rich strains. This is an area of cultivation important to so many users of medical cannabis. Our CBD Fix Auto is an autoflowering strain, that reaches CBD levels between 10–16%. The CBD:THC ratio often exceeds 21:1. There is an earthy pungent aroma which makes the flower enticing as a sensual experience. Smoke it and feel the subtle onset of the wonderful sense of well-being CBD offers.


There you have it; six strains that, while not rich in THC, offer some great-tasting, CBD-laden buds to enjoy. These are ideal for those times when you want to avoid the psychotropic effects of regular marijuana, or when you're looking for a high-quality hit of cannabidiol. But how can you get your hands on these strains to cultivate at home? That part is the easiest! Simply head over to the Zamnesia Seedshop and take your pick of one (or all) of the strains mentioned in our list. Here you can view the entire selection, as well as plenty of other options to suit all needs.

Miguel Antonio Ordoñez
Miguel Antonio Ordoñez
With an AB Mass Media and Communications degree, Miguel Ordoñez is a veteran writer of 13 years and counting and has been covering cannabis-related content since 2017. Continuous, meticulous research along with personal experience has helped him build a deep well of knowledge on the subject.
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