High-CBD Strains

High-CBD strains tend to deliver very clear-headed, functional effects without the euphoric high associated with high-THC strains. They’re typically preferred by consumers who are extremely sensitive to the side effects of THC (e.g., anxiety, paranoia, dizziness)..

“Why is marijuana against the law? It grows naturally upon our planet. Doesn’t the idea of making nature against the law seem to you a bit . . . unnatural?”

― Bill Hicks.

What strain is highest in CBD?

There are several popular and common strains you should consider during your next purchase of high-CBD cannabis flower. Just to name a few, they are as follows:

  1. Harlequin
    Harlequin is one of the most popular CBD strains, and you can usually find it with a 5:2 CBD/THC ratio. While it’s a sativa dominant strain, it has a very soothing effect which makes it an excellent pain reliever for chronic pain, inflammation, depression, PTSD, migraines, and stress. The high THC content is somewhat negated by the high CBD content, which means you shouldn’t have much issue smoking it during the day and remaining clear headed.
  2. Sour Tsunami
    Also created by Lawrence Ringo, Sour Tsunami was created by crossing Sour Diesel and NYC Diesel. This unlikely pair of stimulating plants bred a high-CBD phenotype that has since reshaped the medicinal benefits of high-CBD cannabis.
  3. Sweet and Sour Widow
    This strain is what we would consider a beginner strain – it has a 1:1 CBD/THC ratio. It’s going to give you a good preview of what a mixed strain looks and feels like, without sending you to the moon.
  4. Charlotte’s Web
    Charlotte’s Web is the strain that famously helped reduce the seizures of Charlotte Figi. Because its CBD content runs as high as 20:1 and the THC content is so low, it can be sold as a food supplement. Due to this extreme CBD potency, there is little to no ‘high’ associated with Charlotte’s Web. In fact, it’s so oriented toward helping with seizure disorders such as Dravet’s Syndrome, you won’t even realize you’ve taken anything except for the fact that your pain disappears. If you’re curious, we wrote another article on what does taking CBD feel like? Charlotte’s Web is used to help with migraines, fatigue, fibromyalgia, muscle spasms, and arthritis and is typically consumed in CBD oil form rather than being smoked.
  5. Stephen Hawking Kush
    Stephen Hawking Kush offers mild, relaxing effects while doling out a healthy dose of CBD, too. This indica-dominant strain is one of the more unique CBD cuts out there, offering both heady and soothing effects.
  6. Canna-Tsu
    Canna-Tsu is a more balanced CBD/THC strain. With a 5:1 or even 1:1 split and a sensational olfactory palette of citrus and sweet earth, Canna-Tsu gives the CBD enthusiast a splendid terpene profile.
  7. ACDC
    This strain is a 50/50 hybrid and has one of the highest CBD: THC ratios around at 20:1. Once you consume ACDC, you’ll experience a strong euphoric feeling which makes you calm and happy. It is ideal for daytime use as it tends to make users more focused on their work and it also increases your sociability. ACDC is generally used to treat anxiety, inflammation, migraines, nausea, neuropathy, arthritis and bipolar disorder. It is also a favorite for people with chronic pain, and it is even a good choice if you’re looking to mitigate the effects of chemotherapy treatment.
  8. Harle-Tsu
    This indica dominant (60%) strain is a cross of Sour Tsunami and Harlequin strains and can contain up to a 22:1 CBD/THC split. Harle-Tsu basically works like a painkiller, which means it is excellent for daytime use. You’ll feel calm and relaxed, but also completely functional. It works well for calming the adverse effects of PMS, PTSD, migraines, depression, inflammation, and insomnia.
  9. Pennywise
    Pennywise truly gets its name from its genetic cross of Harlequin and Jack the Ripper. It combines Jack the Ripper’s mental clarity with the medical power of Harlequin. At an even 1:1 CBD/THC split, it’s definitely going to provide some level of THC high that’s pleasurable at almost any dosage.
  10. Cannatonic
    This strain usually has a CBD/THC ratio in the 5:1 range. This is another great example of a strain with medicinal qualities. It induces strong feelings of relaxation making in useful in the treatments of muscle spasms, anxiety, and pain. This strain will give you plenty of relief along with a gentle THC buzz.
  11. Ringo’s Gift
    Ringo’s Gift is a hybrid cross of Harle-Tsu and ACDC. With a ratio of 24:1 CBD/THC, the strain is potent medicine named for activist, CBD specialist, and founder of SoHum Seeds, Lawrence Ringo. A sativa dominant strain with a CBD/THC ratio as high as 20:1, it is a cross of ACDC and Harle-Tsu; and both are known individually for their high levels of CBD. It’s ideal for alleviating chronic pain, anxiety, arthritis, gastrointestinal disorders, stress, PTSD and muscle spasms.

A Few Things You Didn’t Know About Medical Cannabis

  • Recent studies have shown that breast milk contains cannabinoids! Studies (one done in 2005 can be found here) have linked the endocannabinoid system to feeding regulation in newborns. It helps in the babies development of normal suckling behaviour by both stimulating the appetite and activating the oral-motor musculature. This tells us that, from birth, we were hardwired to process cannabinoids.
  • Cannabis was first documented as a medicinal herb in 2737 B.C. (known as “Ma”) in what’s considered the first Chinese Pharmacopoeia (known as the “Shennong pen Ts’ao ching” or more simply as the “Great Herbal”, and has apparently survived by a copy that was believed to be made back around 500 A.D.). It was composed by the Chinese emperor Shennong. This is of course, only the first apparent recorded medicinal use.
  • Cannabis was recognized by the US for it medicinal value as early as 1850, and found it’s place in the United States Pharmacopeia dating from 1850 till 1942 before it was removed (You can find actual photocopies of the pages referencing cannabis in the US Pharmacopeia from each of the editions ranging from the 3rd to the 12th edition here). Recorded uses ranged from labor pains and nausea, to even rheumatism. Cannabis was first added to the pharmacopeia due to the popularity of it’s use growing after William B. O’Shaughnessy reported his findings in a paper from 1839 he titled “On the preparations of the Indian hemp, or gunjah”. It’s studies revolved around “their effects on the animal system in health, and their utility in the treatment of tetanus and other convulsive diseases”.

Hybrid – Hybrid strains are the result of crossbreeding cannabis sativa and cannabis indica. … High CBD – Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a cannabis compound that has important medical benefits without the same psychoactive effects typically associated with THC.

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