CBD stands for cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive cannabis constituent with a variety of studied benefits such as:
- Pain relief
- Strengthens bones
- Counteracting THC-induced anxiety
A strain can be high in THC, CBD, or a combination of the two. Both compounds have unique medicinal properties, some of which are amplified when both compounds are present (e.g. pain or nausea relief).
But keep in mind, while the strains below have a tendency to contain higher levels of CBD, not every harvest will demonstrate a CBD-rich chemical profile.
This list is not exhaustive, but it represents some new and some reliable high CBD marijuana strains. Strains dominant in CBD content will multiply because the medical marijuana market is the driving force.
Take a look at this list of cannabis strains and get seeds below.
Users have favored this classic for some time. This hybrid tests at pure 30:1 CBD strong with a lemongrass and cherry aroma and taste of cherry and berry. Robert Bergman writes, “ACDC is a 50/50 Sativa-Indica phenotype of Cannatonic and Ruderalis that was bred by Resin Seeds.”
2. CBD Mango Haze
CBD Mango Haze is a high-CBD strain released by CBD Crew in 2013. This pleasant and aromatic blend combines the tropical flavors of Mango Haze with the added benefits from high levels of cannabidiol. The buds of CBD Mango Haze express themselves with spicy and sweet notes reminiscent of mango, pineapple, and black pepper. Its CBD:THC ratio can range anywhere from 1:1 – 2:1 and the uplifting sativa-dominant effects draw many medical cannabis consumers to CBD Mango Haze.
3. Charlotte’s Web
This has long been favorite among smokers looking for mild effects and pain relief. It has become the standard of sorts for the medical marijuana justification. According to the Colorado’s Potguide.com, “It’s rapidly becoming the strain of choice for those who are interested in medication without any psychoactive effects — and though there are similar strains, none have yet approached its efficacy. Charlotte’s Web has tested at less than 0.3% THC, producing virtually no psychoactive effects.” Named after a child with seizures, it has been used successfully to treat pediatric epilepsy, Dravet’s syndrome, PTSD, and other conditions.
A 2017 release by Yerba Buena farms (Hillsboro, Oregon) reportedly has a strain that cuts ACDC into a new plant that scores an unprecedented 22.5% CBD over 2.71% THC. Stoner Magazine says, “Corazon, is an easy one to fall in love with,” but it is too new to find many reviews.
5. Critical Mass
0nce they crossed an Afghani Indica and Skunk #1, they produced an easy to grow at home plant. CBD tests as high as 22%, and plants produce plump heavy buds. Critical Mass relieves aches and pains with a strong, numbing buzz throughout the body. Its high THC content also creates some psychedelic experiences that warrant use at night or late in the day.
6. Jamaican Lion
Jamaican Lion is a high-CBD sativa strain with mildly psychoactive effects that stimulate creativity and focus without the loss of functionality. Few strains compare to Jamaican Lion as it eases pain, anxiety, and inflammation without intoxication or mental cloudiness.
7. Valentine X
This valentine treat reaches 18% CBD, but it also has significant THC. The CBD relieves cancer-related pains, depression, epilepsy, inflammation, seizures, stress, and nausea. The THC produces a creative euphoric high. Leafly points out that St. Valentine is also the patron saint of those suffering from epilepsy.
Rafael (or Raphael) is a sativa-dominant strain bred by Tikun Olam to contain high levels of CBD for patients experiencing sleep and digestive disorders. With a THC content of only 1 percent, Rafael is a top choice for patients disinclined to cannabis’ psychoactive effects. This strain, with CBD levels of up to 18 percent, is named after Raphael Mechoulam, a driving force in cannabis research.
A citrusy tasting 50/50 hybrid registers 6% or less of THC with 6% to 17% of CBD. Cannatonic warms and soothes the body while improving mental focus. And, users report it helps with migraines, nausea, spasms, and stress.
10. Hawaiian Dream
Hawaiian Dream is best known for its high CBD content which is often twice as abundant as its THC. Patients look to this high-CBD sativa to remedy pain, inflammation, and anxiety without physical heaviness or a foggy head.
CBD Critical Cure
This strain typically contains about 8 percent CBD and 5 percent THC, CBD Critical Cure (or simply “Critical Cure”) can annihilate pain, stress, and inflammation with little psychoactive interference. The indica influence in CBD Critical Cure gives rise to deeply relaxing effects delivered alongside a sweet, earthy flavor.