In a world packed full of ACDC and Harlequin, few other CBD cannabis strains get their time to shine.
Cannabidiol, more commonly called CBD, is a cannabinoid, like THC, found in both cannabis and hemp. Yet, unlike THC, it does not produce a psychoactive effect.
CBD is tolerated by most people, and there are few side effects. Research also suggests that CBD may provide several benefits for the body, such as:
- Reducing inflammation
- Relieving pain and headaches
- Soothing anxiety
- Treating seizures and epilepsy
- Reducing insomnia
What is a High-CBD Strain of Cannabis?
CBD strains have a higher CBD to THC ratio. Some strains may have a 1:1 CBD to THC ratio, in which case the CBD mitigates much of the high produced by THC. Some euphoria may still remain. For CBD strains with 2:1 and 2:0 ratios, there is very little to no high. The strain produces a much more relaxing effect.
Similar to the way cultivators try to maximize the production of THC, there are also high-CBD strains specifically bred to offer therapeutic benefits without intoxicating levels of THC. This has made it possible for children suffering from seizures to be safely treated with medical cannabis. A number of studies on CBD suggest that it offers potential therapeutic value in the treatment of various physical ailments, such as chronic pain, inflammation, and epilepsy, as well as psychological conditions, including stress, depression, and anxiety.
And while CBD is often associated with oils, tinctures, vape pens, and other cannabis products, it’s also available in flower to roll in joints, pack in bowls, and load in vaporizers.
Without further ado, here are some of the world’s most widely used high-CBD strains.
4-7% THC and 7-11% CBD on average
Another strain with a high CBD content is the cross between MK Ultra and G13 Haze, better known as Cannatonic. This lil’ flavor bomb has an earthy scent with a light citrusy taste on the smoke—ya know, like something with Haze genetics. It produces a short-lived and mellow high that any fan of CBD cultivars could get down with.
CBD content of 17% and minuscule traces of THC
Whether you are new to cannabis and CBD, or you’re an aficionado, you’ve probably heard of Charlotte’s Web. In fact, Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s endorsement of the strain on daytime television made it so well-known, that Florida passed the Charlotte’s Web law, legalizing only that strain. It is one of the most recognizable names among CBD cannabis strains.
In a study among pediatric epilepsy patients, patients given Charlotte’s Web with a 27:1 CBD to THC ratio had reduced seizures and improved mood, focus and appetite. It’s no wonder that its benefits make it so popular. You can even get it in mint and olive oil flavors.
CBD Critical Mass
5-7% THC and 8-11% CBD on average
CBD Critical Mass is a mix of Dinafem Seeds’ Critical Mass and an undisclosed strain from CBD Crew. This result is a strain with a near-perfect balance of THC and CBD and earthy flavors complemented by sweet woody tones.
Many seek CBD Critical Mass as a remedy for pain and insomnia. However, it’s also great for relaxing without the potent high associated with many high-THC strains.
CBD 10%-11% and THC 1-10% on average
Another popular CBD strain bred by Ringo, Sour Tsunami is a sativa-dominant hybrid with a unique lineage. After crossing an NYC Diesel with Sour Diesel and back-crossing it with a Sour Diesel clone, which was then crossed with a sativa-dominant strain called Ferrari, the resulting genetics were crossed back with Sour Diesel to create Sour Tsunami. It’s one of the first known cannabis strains created specifically for medicinal purposes.
Despite its complicated origins, this high-CBD strain has become popular for its therapeutic properties. Test results on Sour Tsunami strain samples have demonstrated CBD levels from 10% to 11% and THC levels ranging from 1% to 10%. It could be used to relieve ailments such as chronic pain, back pain, stress, nausea, anxiety, and insomnia. The main terpences found in high-CBD strain include myrcene, terpinolene, and b-caryophyllene, giving the flower a distinct aroma of diesel and chocolate.
CBD Good Wild Shark
CBD: 6-10% and THC: 5-6% on average
CBD Good Wild Shark is the perfect strain for those looking for good yields in a remarkably short time, because she can indeed produce incredibly bountiful crops very fast (7-9 weeks of flowering). After this time, you’ll be able to stock your pantry with amazing CBD rich buds. Despite performing well both indoors and outdoors, it is in dry, temperate or Mediterranean climates that she thrives. Her effect is both potent and relaxing, it is perfect for therapeutic use.
CBD Nepal Gold
CBD 7-10% and THC 5-6% on average
The CBD Nepal Gold develops a strong rooting system that gives way to sturdy, healthy and hardy plants with thin, elongated leaves, and long internode spacing, allowing light to reach even the lower sections. In fact, only 8-9 weeks are needed for its entire body to end up covered by a dense layer of highly resinous buds. This marijuana strain produces a very nice and pleasant effect with many therapeutic properties.