By Luke Sumpter

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid produced mainly within the trichomes of the cannabis plant. This compound has risen to superstar status over the past few years as more and more studies reveal the intriguing characteristics behind CBD. CBD is also non-psychoactive, making it much more legally accepted around the world—even in places where THC consumption is actively forbidden.

You might see CBD-rich cannabis referred to in several ways, and so we use the terms “THC-free weed”, “CBD flower”, and “CBD bud” interchangeably.

In all likelihood, yes. While there are no sweeping global regulations of CBD flower, the compound is legal in Europe so long as it does not contain more than 0.2% THC. In America, this threshold is slightly higher at 0.3% THC.

However, depending on the country you live in and the type of CBD you're looking to enjoy, it's crucial to check the laws pertinent to where you are.


Just as cannabis plants have been selectively bred for decades to churn out massive quantities of THC, there are now strains that produce sky-high CBD levels with next to no THC. These new strain profiles allow growers to cultivate hemp or CBD-rich cannabis even in countries where it is illegal to grow THC-rich cannabis. It also means that cannabis users seeking CBD without getting high can smoke or vape its flowers in the same format they would THC-rich flowers.

When it comes to cultivating CBD-rich cannabis, the most important factor to consider is genetics. Enzymes in the plant dictate whether or not it will be rich in THC or CBD. Growers will generally crossbreed two strains with high CBD levels and low THC levels to improve CBD content.

To decrease THC levels even more, a grower may choose to crossbreed marijuana with hemp, leading to almost negligible amounts of THC in the progeny. Crossbreeding these plants with CBD-rich strains then allows the grower to increase the amount of CBD up to a certain threshold. The highest concentration that a plant can realistically achieve, at time of writing, is around 20–25% CBD, which you can see in special strains like Juanita la Lagrimosa.



When it comes to how you enjoy your THC-free weed, it will mostly come down to personal preference. The only essential thing to remember is that the CBD flower needs to be heated and “activated” in a process known as decarboxylation. This is done automatically when vaping or smoking; with edibles, you are responsible for decarboxylating the weed first in an oven.


Whether you are looking to smoke a joint or pipe, you can certainly enjoy CBD bud this way.

Pros: The impact can be felt in seconds.
Cons: The smoke may be too harsh on the lungs.


Rather than burning the CBD flower, a vape heats it just enough to release the cannabinoids and terpenes into a vapor that is much easier on the lungs.

Pros: As quick as smoking, but less harsh on the lungs.
Cons: Is more expensive outright, as you need to buy a vaping device.


If you're not interested in smoking or vaping, it's possible to enjoy CBD edibles—and there is a vast range of options out there. From the increasingly popular CBD gummies to creating CBD-rich cannabutter, you have an endless array of options.

Pros: Easy and enjoyable, and there are plenty of recipes out there.
Cons: It can take a long time (up to two hours) to feel their effect, and it can be challenging to find the right dosage.


Calculating the amount of CBD in CBD flower is a little more challenging than working out how much is in an oil or a capsule.

In basic terms, one gram of CBD bud contains between 100–200mg of CBD. To calculate the amount for the particular strain you are using, you will find there is a percentage listed.

Say that CBD flower is advertised as being 21% CBD; in one gram of the THC free weed you'll have around 210mg CBD.


To find out what works best for you, it helps to understand a little bit about CBD:THC ratios and why they matter.

If a product has a CBD:THC ratio of 10:1, this means it contains ten times as much CBD as THC. Experiencing this would mean enjoying the benefits of CBD with almost no psychoactive effects.

A plant with a ratio of 1:1 contains equal amounts of CBD to THC and therefore would cause a notably psychoactive "high", but less intense than a purely THC-rich strain.

Of course, there are numerous other ratios. One is not better than the other. Ultimately it comes down to personal preference and the effects you are hoping to enjoy. Ratios aren't the only factor in how a strain will make you feel, as every human body is different. Follow the adage "dose low and go slow" to make sure you feel comfortable and in control of your experience.


The CBD flower market is on the rise, especially within countries that haven't yet legalized cannabis. Switzerland, for example, now has a soaring CBD flower market that is tolerated by the government because the THC content of the plants is less than 1%.


Our breeders have been working hard to create high-quality CBD-rich strains with great flavour and good growing characteristics. We are delighted to offer a range of nearly THC-free strains:


Solomatic CBD produces massive quantities of cannabidiol (21%) alongside a THC content below 1%. It's the perfect option for users seeking large amounts of CBD without getting even a little bit high. The effects support a clear, focused, and relaxed state of mind. The flowers of this strain feature a unique terpene profile that emanates aromas of fruit, ginger, and pine.

Solomatic CBD is the result of crossing Diesel CBD and Asia CBD Auto. As an autoflowering strain, it is beginner-friendly and extremely easy to grow. What's more, its genetics also ensure rapid growth, meaning you won't have to wait long to be rewarded with a hefty harvest. This plant explodes from seed to harvest in as little as 9–10 weeks.

Solomatic CBD


Offering 15% CBD with under 0.75% THC, Joanne's CBD offers a lucid and clear-headed effect. It is the perfect option for those who want to enjoy CBD without the risk of altered cognitive function. Joanne's CBD has a lovely aroma of sweet orange citrus, which makes it excellent for creating edibles.

Joanne's CBD stems from crossing the previously mentioned Juanita la Lagrimosa with Session, which improved the size and production potential without altering the low THC level of Juanita. It is a relatively easy to manage plant, reaching a medium height if grown indoors, or an impressive 180cm if grown outdoors. Joanne's CBD requires low-stress training and pruning to push harvest to the max.

Joanne's CBD


Purple in name and purple in nature, Purplematic CBD is a fan-favourite among CBD enthusiasts thanks to its high CBD content, low THC content, and beautiful violet-hued flowers. This CBD-heavy strain produces an aromatic and flavourful experience with a sweet and fruity taste, which makes it an excellent all-rounder for smoking, vaping, or using in edibles.

Purplematic CBD was created by combining Kush Rose Auto CBD and Afghan Rose Auto CBD. Purplematic CBD is an autoflowering indica-heavy hybrid that can race from seed to harvest in as little as 8 weeks. It is also a small plant, which means you can cultivate several plants in close proximity to enjoy a larger yield.

Purplematic CBD


Named after the legendary medicine man Tatanka Iyotake (also known as Sitting Bull), Tatanka Pure CBD produces a CBD level of 14% and only around 0.25% THC. Its unusual but pleasant smell contrasts notes of caramel with bitterness.

Tatanka Pure CBD is an indica-heavy strain resulting from the crossing of Elixir Vitae and Medical CBD. It can be grown inside and outside with relative ease, and with a flowering time of 6–7 weeks, the wait is more than reasonable.

Tatanka Pure CBD

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