Why so many Canadians are opting for low THC cannabis products

Published Nov 12, 2020 01:00 p.m. ET
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The Canadian cannabis industry and health experts are reporting a steep increase in interest when it comes to low THC pot products and strains, a fact that surprises many who have born witness to the media sensationalism over legalization in general. We always hear about competitions for the highest THC strains and products, but until recently, this unique preference wasn’t something that anyone expected to get as popular as it has.

What does low THC mean?

Low THC options might differ significantly from one person to the next, as each individual has a different tolerance level to this euphoric cannabinoid. So while some might feel that anything below 15% is low THC, this title often refers to products that have less than 5%. Typically, regular consumers believe that anything below 18% is considered to be low, but this same label is slapped onto options that as low as 1%. Unfortunately, the Health Canada that we’re going to refer to in a moment doesn’t specify this information, but it remains true nonetheless.

The benefits of low THC cannabis

Low THC cannabis strains and products offer a unique set of benefits that aren’t typically sought after by recreational consumers. In fact, for the most part, the popularity of these newly popular products is because there is less risk. Many benefits can be achieved by using CBD bud and products alone; this is because THC is the primary psychoactive ingredient in the cannabis plant, so when its potency is reduced, so are the effects.

Most people love low THC strains because they provide a more easily controlled experience, and many can keep up with regular treatment using these products to gain benefits without ever feeling stereotypically high. This is an issue for those who must drive or work in dangerous or high-risk situations where a clear mind is an absolute necessity. Some people just don’t like the feeling of being stoned, while others just don’t see a need for it, and these are the folks who are opting for low THC options.



Unfortunately, there are some major disadvantages to using low THC cannabis products. Still, the biggest and more prevalent is that the intensity and fast-acting effects that typically come with a cannabis-related treatment no longer exist. This is because THC often works in conjunction with CBD to provide relief, so cutting way back on one, and trying to make it up by adding more of the other, doesn’t always produce the desired results for patients.

Why people are choosing them the most

A survey that was conducted by Health Canada, over 50% of consumers who were questioned showed an interest in low THC products, and while that news is shocking all by itself, what was most intriguing about their results, was the reason so many gave for their interest. 85% of those polled said they’d like to try low THC products for pain and inflammation, 37% thought it might help with their mental health issues, and 34% said they’d use these less potent options as a sleep aid.

Different types of low THC products

If the idea of weaker cannabis products entices you,  then you might want to check out one of these many different types of low THC products that are on the market today.

  • Concentrates (made with CBD bud)
  • High CBD strains
  • Oil
  • Capsules
  • Edibles
  • Patches
  • Vape juice
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