Growing high CBD strains is a fulfilling and rewarding experience. To help you make your journey easier, here are some tips that can be useful for you and help increase your success rate.
Stop, look, and research state hemp laws
Each state has different laws regarding the production, manufacturing, and distribution of industrial hemp. Even though the 2018 Farm Bill made industrial hemp legal, there are some regulations that you need to be aware of. Speak to with local growers in your area and ask legal advice as well from cannabis law experts so you won’t have problems.
As a general rule, you have to make sure that your yield will produce high CBD levels with low levels of THC. The recommended THC level is 0.3% or lower for your plant to be considered as legal or industrial hemp.
Best strains to grow indoors
There are many high-CBD strains that are ideal for indoor cultivation. Such strains include:
- Sour Diesel – A Sativa-dominant strain that has high yields. It grows fast and eats up space quickly, so prepare a large area for cultivation.
- Kush – having a 1:1 THC and CBD ratio, this is one of the CBD plants perfect for indoors because of its fast growth and small size (barely beyond 60cms tall).
- Charlotte’s Web – a popular strain from Colorado by the Stanley Brothers having a 20:1 CBD to THC ratio.
- Lifter – one of the easiest high-CBD strains to grow because of its big yield.
These cannabis strains already have high levels of CBD, leaving behind the guesswork on whether or not you’ll get a good CBD and THC ratio. You have to start with a high-CBD strain. Cannabis plants that have low CBD cannot produce more CBD than genetically possible. This means no matter how you grow your cannabis plant, you cannot increase CBD levels.
Best Tactics for increasing yields
Of course, your production method can ensure that you’ll achieve the highest levels of CBD possible from your chosen strain. Your cultivation practices will also help increase your yield for the most satisfying growing experience. To ensure that you get the most out of your hemp plants:
- Keep the soil warm. Growing hemp requires warm soil, especially during germination. Sow seeds when the soil temperature is at 42°F-46°F 2 inches or 5 cm down. You should sow it around April-June. This is when the risk of frost is at its lowest, and your hemp will keep warm during the growing season.
- Have a warm, sunny, and dry environment. Hemp loves a warm, almost arid conditions. Keep the air temperatures between 50°F-80°F, giving your cannabis plants around 6-8 hours of full sunlight. If budding strictly indoors, have a grower light ready, which can mean high electricity bills. Provide good water during the first four weeks, watering 1-2 times a day. When your seedlings are 2 inches tall, maintain slightly moist soil. When your cannabis plant reaches 4-5 feet, lessen the soil moisture further depending on external temperatures.
- Feed accordingly. CBD hemp strains undergo two different developmental cycles: vegetative and flowering. The vegetative stage is when the plants expand and grow. Nitrogen-rich fertilizer with a 5-5-3 NPK ratio during the early developmental stages, proceeding to 10-6-6. The flowering stage starts when you see buds beginning to form. An NPK (Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium) ratio of 6-12-8 will be ideal. You don’t have to follow this to the letter. As a rule of thumb: High nitrogen during the developing stage, and high phosphorus during the flowering phase.
Growing high CBD strains starts with identifying the best strain that will give you high CBD to THC ratio. As a beginner, you should begin with a strain known to give the best yields with the least amount of attention. This way, you’ll be able to develop the basic skills for successfully cultivating different strains of cannabis. Also, don’t forget to follow federal and state laws for producing industrial hemp.
Growing hemp flower needs patience, consistency, and dedication. The best growing practice makes a difference in producing flower buds that are thick, heavy, and rich in CBD. Within 60-75 days, you’ll be harvesting your own CBD buds for your personal needs.