Cloud 9 is a CBD hemp flower that will be released in 2020. It is a cross between the popular Autoflower #14 and Harle Tsu strains. It is an indoor flower and has been carefully cultivated for maximum effect. The buds are reminiscent of the Cush family, but fuller and looser in comparison.
Before we take a closer look at the Cloud 9 strain itself, a quick look at the main strains will give us some context to understand this new strain a little better.
As the name suggests, autoflowering strains are not dependent on the length of light that most cannabis plants are sensitive to. Instead, these Ruderalis cannabis strains have evolved to flower after a certain amount of time has passed.
These strains often give rise to wild cannabis. They are crossed with other strains to create more self-flowering varieties or to reduce the THC concentration.
Harle Tsu is short for Harlequin Tsunami. This CBD flower was one of the first strains bred specifically for its high CBD content and low THC content.
This strain has a good balance that is calming rather than energizing. It has strong piney notes along with herbal and fruity notes.
Effects of Cannabis Flower Cloud 9
Cloud 9 has a subdued presence and no noticeable effects that feel intoxicating or dizzy. The flavor and aroma are subtle with hints of floral and herbal notes that it inherited from its parent Harle Tsu.
This cannabis strain has an energizing terpene profile, but lacks the distinct citrus/lemon tartness that other similar strains have.
Due to its subtle effects, it is an excellent option for beginners to try. Users seem to like it as an uplifting strain that makes them think of Sativa cannabis strains. Some even liken it to sour space candy thanks to its flavor profile. Of course, it is not as strong and pungent as the SSC strain, but perhaps this is a more subdued version of the terpene profile.
Most buyers praised the energizing effects and suggested energetic sessions involving socializing, discussion or creativity.
Ability and Composition
This strain has only 0.01% THC and over 14% CBD. Looking at the lab analysis, we noticed that over 12% of the CBD is present in the form of CBDa or cannabidiol acid. This is the chemical precursor of CBD and is converted to CBD when heated.
Any flower with a CBD concentration above 10% is considered a “high CBD flower”. So this is a relatively potent CBD flower. It is good to note that some CBD strains can exceed 20% CBD concentration for more context.
Another interesting factor to note here is the presence of 0.5% THCa or tetrahydrocannabinolic acid. It is similar in function to CBDA. Although it is completely non-psychoactive in its acidic form, it produces THC when heated.
This means that heating (e.g. during vaporization or smoking) increases the total THC strength to just over 0.5%.
This is not enough to cause any noticeable effect and only contributes to the overall effect of the environment. Given the high CBD content, it will likely contribute to the health benefits of the whole flower.
Combinations and pairings
Cloud 9 cannabis pairs well with sour strains like the previously mentioned Sour Space Candy. Flowers with a high concentration of terpenes in their profile such as pinene and linalool will also pair well with this flower. Pinene is responsible for its piney notes and linalool is floral and reminiscent of lavender.
This flower is an energizing strain, so it pairs well with our mid-day meal or early morning coffee. Its subtle aromas and flavor are best enjoyed on its own if you want to experience the flower in its fullness.
However, this also means that it will pair well with a wide variety of things because it does not impose its flavor and aroma on whatever it is combined with.
Health Benefits of CBD Flowers
High potency CBD flowers became widely recognized after they were legalized at the federal level. This happened in 2018 through the Agriculture Improvement Act, known as the Farm Bill.
CBD is known for its powerful therapeutic effects that help improve mood by making you feel calm and relaxed. It revitalizes you while reducing pain and inflammation in the body. CBD has also been shown to have potential as an anticonvulsant, helping patients with seizures.
CBD is known to be even more effective when taken in combination with all other natural cannabinoids that are part of the hemp/cannabis plant. Therefore, smoking or vaporizing a flower will give you more benefits than just opting for a CBD isolate.
Cloud 9 flower has different energizing qualities due to its high CBD concentrations and also due to its different terpene profile.
Cloud 9 CBD flower is an excellent choice for beginners and also for regular users who want something with a mild taste but full of all the effects of CBD. Its genetics make it a great choice for everyday use and for combining with other flowers and pairing with edibles.