Updated March 2021
Ever heard of the Critical Mass strain? Chances are, you probably have.
CBD is more popular than ever and for good reason. The medical community as a whole is starting to acknowledge the medicinal benefits of not just CBD, but THC as well. The Critical Mass CBD strain is so popular precisely for this reason – it has a high amount of both CBD and THC.
While there is some variation between cultivators and phenotype, the Critical Mass strain will have a 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC. That means that there’s an equal amount of THC and CBD within the plant. Some strains have reported 5% CBD and 5% THC with others featuring upwards of 10% CBD and 10% THC. No matter the percentage, the strain will always have at least a 1:1 ratio, with some strains even possessing a 2:1 CBD to THC ratio.
This high CBD strain was bred specifically for medical patients to provide relief from depression, insomnia and muscle pain. It also stimulates appetite which has been hugely helpful in people with eating disorders. All of this without a debilitating psychoactive effect which means you can still have a productive day.
This optimal ratio of CBD to THC means that the entourage effect can take place. When CBD and THC are used together, the efficacy of both increases multifold, which explains its popularity in both the medicinal and recreational cannabis community.
As we mentioned previously, the Critical Mass strain is a medically oriented strain but this doesn’t mean you can’t use it recreationally. There’s still enough THC in this strain to produce a psychoactive effect but the focus of this strain is on its medicinal properties.
The strong pairing of high CBD with equal levels of THC creates the perfect blend to effectively treat many illnesses and disorders. Anorexia and other eating disorders can be very complex to treat as they typically come hand-in-hand with emotional/mental disorders.
The Entourage Effect that takes place in the Critical Mass CBD strain creates the perfect balance to alleviate feelings of depression and anxiety while encouraging healthy eating habits and elevating the user’s mood to deter discouraging and negative thoughts.
How to Grow Critical Mass
The flowering time for the Critical Mass strain is 8 weeks, which is not too bad of a wait for the amount of bud this strain should produce. Yields are reported to be up to 27 ounces per square meter of grow space making this strain a relatively easy, high-yield variety.
If you’re limited to space, Critical Mass is a great strain to choose. It typically shoots straight up in the middle in the beginning and then spreads out with lower reaching branches in the later stages of growing.
When the Critical Mass CBD strain starts to flower, you may want to consider the Sea-of-Green method which uses netting or cross-threading to create a web for the branches to spread out on.
This also provides a sturdy lattice to hold up those extremely dense buds that will begin to burst during flowering. If you’re giving it all you’ve got as far as quality nutrients and soil, this strain is going to get nice and heavy.
Is Critical Mass for You?
If you’re over the age of majority then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t try this medicinal strain out at least once.
For adults, this is one of the best therapeutic and medicinal strains out there. Even if you don’t identify yourself as a cannabis patient, we all have stress, we all have bad days and the Critical Mass strain is a safe and healthier alternative to a glass of wine or beer at the end of your day. Zero calories (if you can stay away from the snack cupboard) and your liver will thank you!
Like to get things done? Not a problem! This strain has been hailed for its ability to keep you motivated and moving. Many people have reported they like to use this strain before exercising, doing the house cleaning or yard work.
After all, life is better on the green.