The aptly named "Lifter" is a high-CBD hemp strain designed to lift your mood and add some pep to your step. It's one of the most popular hemp strains in Oregon and offers high yields for growers and unique flavors and experiences for consumers.
The origin of this name is a little uncertain, with some pointing to its effects and others believing it stems from the Mortgage Lifter tomato crop.
Whatever the origin, Lifter hemp flowers are some of the strongest and most reliable on the market and are perennial favorites amongst hemp smokers.
The Lifter strain is a cross between Suver Haze #50 and Early Resin Bud (ERB), and it was bred by Oregon CBD. It is covered with trichomes and has a frosty look, delivering a high CBD content every time. You'll notice some purple hues amongst the greens and browns, and the buds are very long and unique.
From a cultivator's perspective, Lifter provides high yields and is perfect for the trimmed hemp flower market. It has been called one of the best CBD producers on a pound for pound basis, which is why this hemp cultivar is so ubiquitous in the United States.
Lifter contains less than 0.3% delta-9 THC, making it legal as per the 2018 Farm Bill. The cannabidiol (CBD) content ranges from around 10 to 18%, with the exact content depending on everything from the growing conditions to the climate.
Check the certificates of analysis provided by your chosen producer to check the cannabinoid content. It should also tell you about the level of pesticides, heavy metals, and other residual chemicals.
Terpene Profile: Aroma and Flavors
As it is dominated by citrus terpenes, Lifter has very sharp, sweet, and tropical flavors. It's not as sour as Sour Space Candy and while it lacks the deep woody and spicy notes of many other strains, there are undertones of musk and spice.
Some of the terpenes responsible for this strain's unique flavors include:
- Limonene: A terpene that produces a unique citrusy aroma, with elements of orange and grapefruit. It's one of the most common terpenes in hemp and one that always makes itself known with sharp, tangy, and fresh flavors.
- Humulene: Another abundant and potent terpene, and one that produces herby and floral aromas. It is hoppy, spicy, and gives your hemp the complexity of a craft beer.
- Linalool: This floral terpene is found in lavender and coriander and has a very soothing effect.
- Myrcene: The most common terpene of all, Myrcene adds spicy and woody notes. This compound can be found in everything from hops and lemongrass to mango and chamomile.
A good quality hemp flower or a full-spectrum CBD oil will contain all these terpenes, as well as minor ones like Bisabolol, Caryophyllene, and Pinene. These terpenes are the main constituent of many essential oils and most of them have been certified as safe for human consumption by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The Effects of Lifter CBD Hemp Flower
Lifter hemp flowers are well tolerated and serve as a great introduction for first-time smokers. It's slightly sedating but doesn't trigger the couch-lock effects common with other strains. Of course, everyone responds differently, and as legal hemp plants contain less than 0.3% THC, the psychoactive effects are very mild when compared to cannabis.
It is considered to be a perfect strain for daytime use and may also provide the spark that you need to get those creative juices flowing.
Closing Thoughts: Lifter Hemp Flower
If you're not sure how you will react to hemp flowers, are concerned about the potential for sedative effects, but are eager to try it, Lifter could be the strain for you.
It's worth noting, however, that Lifter is not psychoactive to the same degree as cannabis. It has only trace amounts of THC, so you won't feel the same "high" nor will you experience common cannabis side effects like paranoia.
However, the inclusion of high levels of CBD alongside the entourage effect provided by the addition of terpenes and flavonoids ensure the Lifter CBD hemp flower strain remains beneficial whether you're vaping, smoking pre rolls, or consuming edibles.