Cannabis flowers and their CBD percentage – introduction
CBD percentage in flowers – what should you focus your attention on? The market is packed with increasingly popular CBD products. There is a whole variety of oils, cosmetics, food, and a whole range of traditional CBD flowers available. The labels can be hard to decode, and the CBD percentage may vary vastly between flowers from different producers.
Natural percentage of CBD in the bud
CBD producers that want to release their products on the Polish market have to adjust their products to meet our local laws and regulations. For the flowers to be allowed for sale in Poland, its THC content cannot exceed 0,2%. Naturally, a plant that fits in these regulations can produce a maximal amount of around 7% CBD. This restriction is quite hard on growers looking to produce CBD plants. The law requires that producers select their plants from a narrow selection of strains, fitting in the THC regulations.
How is it possible to find producers marketing their products having a higher percentage of CBD and still fitting in the 0,2% THC regulations? to reach this effect, we can differentiate two main methods. These are: artificially increasing the concentration of CBD or artificially lowering the content of THC to meet the requirements while maintaining a high CBD concentration. It’s good to remember, that there are good cannabis products that have a higher concentration of CBD. These products are called moonrocks and icerocks. These are good quality CBD or CBG flowers, that have been additionally rolled in kief or isolate to boost their CBD content. It is a deliberate process and the final product has nothing to do with products that have artificially manipulated amounts of cannabinoids in the flowers. While cultivating CBG plants – it’s easier to find a strain high in CBG, while still fitting inside the THC regulations.
Artificially boosted CBD concentration
One of the methods to increase the concentration of CBD is artificially adding it during plant growth. Usually, the buds are sprayed with low-quality CBD isolate or synthetic CBD to radically boost the CBD percentage. It’s also possible to spray already collected and dried bud. Thanks to this, the flowers can reach CBD contents of 20% to even 40%. This is by no means a natural product, and you are never sure what kind of chemicals remain in the flower after spraying.
Its important to note, that there is nothing wrong with CBD isolates or even synthetic CBD – if they are of good quality. Research conducted in Israel shows, that synthetic CBD can have useful medical applications. The problem lays in producers, often failing to inform on the label about artificially adding CBD. To save on costs, the sprays are usually of poor quality and you never know what kind of chemicals remain in the flowers after the spraying process.
The process of lowering the THC content
The second method is using thermal or chemical procedures to lower the percentage of THC. There is a huge variety of cannabis strains containing a higher concentration of both THC and CBD. Some producers use thermal or chemical procedures to “flush out” the THC while maintaining the high CBD count. These cannabis flowers are also by no means natural and you can never be sure if the finished product is completely free from all the chemicals used in the process.
CBD percentage in flower – what to focus on?
While choosing a perfect CBD strain for you, focusing on a known and reputable producer is key. The product should have all the certificates and tests provided, guaranteeing the quality of the flower. Traditional CBD bud should have a maximum of around 7% CBD and should not exceed 0,2% THC. It should be natural, and the contents of any cannabinoids should not be tampered with. Lastly, other useful information is the growing method (indoor/outdoor), country of origin, and finally the strain of the plant itself.