We recently did an article on how to increase THC when growing weed. Due to its success, we decided to develop another useful article, but this time we are going to focus on how to increase CBD when growing weed.
There are many different reasons why you would want to increase the levels of CBD in your bud. Some include:
- To provide you with relief for a variety of symptoms.
- To mute the psychoactive effects of THC.
- As it gives more of a relaxing feeling, compared to the “speedy” THC effect.
Generally speaking, CBD strains with more than 2% of CBD are considered to be “High CBD” however for most people, it is not the amount of CBD you have in your strain, rather the ratio between CBD and THC, as one will tend to counter the other.
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Ok, so let’s cut to the chase and learn 3 methods to increase CBD levels in your weed:
Strain & Individual Plant Genetics
One of the most important things is choosing the right strain. If your strain isn’t quality and hasn’t got the potential of providing high CBD levels, you can try as many different techniques as you want – but they probably won’t work. When choosing a strain, it is important to choose one with good genetics. Your best bet would be to ask your local grower for a high-CBD strain. Alternatively, you can buy seeds online from specialized breeders.
How You Harvest
Harvesting is really an art. Harvest too early, and you will be limiting the potential of your strain. Harvest too late and you might kill your buds. There is a 2-3 week period during the flowering stage when plants are “mature” and buds are at their highest CBD levels. Also constantly monitor your buds and make sure they are not sticky as sticky plants produce overall lower levels of Cannabinoids.
Soil and Temperature
While studies are still not conclusive regarding this fact, there is quite a lot of belief on the topic. In general, it is often advised to keep your plants in a warm environment and make sure that the soil used isn’t cold. Keep the temperature at least above 70°F/20°C.
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