What is CBD?
CBD or cannabidiol, is one of the most commonly found cannabinoids originating in the cannabis plant. Unlike is psychoactive counterpart, THC, CBD offers a non-psychoactive, relaxing effect sought after for its beneficial daily and medical uses. People who want to experience all of the many benefits of the cannabis plant without the intense side effects shop for cannabis strains high in CBD or cannabidiol content.
What benefits do high CBD strains provide?
Cannabis strains can be high in CBD, high in THC, or a combination of the two. Both of these compounds are the most popular compounds found in cannabis strains. These compounds, especially CBD, are known for their unique properties in treating a number of conditions. Some of these medical uses are especially amplified when both of the compounds are present together – for examples pain and nausea relief from 50% CBD/50% THC strains.
High CBD strains have been known to have these studied benefits:
– Chronic pain relief
– Strengthening bones
– Counteracting THC induced types of anxiety
– Muscle relaxation
– Cancer fighting radicals
– Chemotherapy effects
– ADD/ADHD symptoms
– And so much more! The list goes on and on.
Many consumers don’t know the difference between CBD-rich cannabis and CBD dominate cannabis. CBD-rich generally mean that the plant has equal parts CBD and THC, or slightly more CBD than THC. CBD-dominate strains are plants that are considered to be rich in CBD with very low amounts of THC content. The recommended ratio of CBD to THC varies with medical conditions and desired personal use cases.
With so many new and improved high-CBD strains entering the market today, it can be difficult to choose what’s best for you and your treatment. To help navigate the ever-evolving world of medical marijuana strains we’ve compiled this list of CBD-rich/dominate strains, known for their assistance in a variety of chronic medical uses and ailments.
CBD-rich and CBD Dominate Strains and Treatment Use
1. Harlequin – One of the most popular CBD strains on the market, Harlequin typically tests 5:2 CBD to THC. This strain inhibits a sativa-dominate type of alertness with very mild feelings of euphoria. This strain is great for those looking for the benefits of CBD, that don’t mind the slight feelings or high obtained from THC. This can useful for those dealing with serious feelings of pain or discomfort looking for a major relaxation.
2. CBD Kush – This strain’s roots in Kandy Kush was the creation of Dutch Passion and CBD Crew. The strain contains equal parts of CBD and THC – about 7%/7% ratio. CBD Kush is recommended for users with a low tolerance looking to treat inflammation, pain and anxiety. The equal part THC offer a tamer experience that helps relax the muscles without an overwhelming mental cloudiness.
3. Zen – This CBD rich strain (8.6% CBD / 10% THC) contains earthy flavors with hints of sour berries and lavender. This strain is typically used to treat anorexia, anxiety, digestion disorders, nausea and Chron’s disease.
4. AC/DC – This legacy strain has its roots in Cannatonic. This extremely dominant CBD strain reduces chemotherapy effects, MS, epilepsy, pain, anxiety and stress. This high CBD strain’s cannabidiol content is measured at 20% while its THC content only measures from 1% to 5%. This means that it produces little to know high recreational users often seek.
5. Cannatonic – This strain is a 50/50 blend of Sativa and Indica. Attractive for its wood and citrus tastes, in addition to its earth smells, Cannatonic CBD content sits at 12%. This train is popular in its treatment of epilepsy and intense pain while maintaining a uplifting and relaxing impact. Cannatonic is also used by medical patients to treat ADD/ADHD, arthritics, depression, chronic pain and fibromyalgia.
6. Purple Cheese – This particular Indica-dominant hybrid provides all of the full body relaxing effects of CBD. What starts off as a social energizing high moves very quickly into an intense full body stone. This strain works well for patients seeking relief for bipolar disorder, eye pressure, chronic pain, ADD/ADHD and depression. This strain is THC dominate measuring at a 12%/4% THC/CBD ratio.
7. Sour Tsunami – This Sativa prominent strain was bred specifically to be CBD dominant. The buzz on this strain is minimal, but its wood and earth smells will leave you completely relaxed and pain free. Sour Tsunami’s CBD content measures from 11% to 13% while it’s THC content sits at less than 10%.
8. Blueberry Essence – This strain is popular for its fruity blend of mango and blueberry flavors in addition to its benefits in relieving pain. The strain is known for leaving its patients, tingly, relaxed and sleepy. It’s CBD/THC ratio sites at 13% CBD to 9.6% THC content.
9. Warlock – This strain, originally developed by Magus Genetics, was bred for Indica-dominance and its focus on stimulation. Warlock is known for reducing boredom and inattention associated with minds who struggle with ADD/ADHD. The strain has both sweet and sours tasks and helps to relieve stress while improving engagement. Warlock is known for its high CBD and THC content, measuring at 13% CBD to 18% THC.
10. Valentine X – Another 50/50 hybrid, this strain helps in treating epilepsy, inflammation and cancer related discomforts. Patients and users of this strain have recorded feels of muscle relaxation, highly euphoric moods and pungent citrusy aroma. This strain is extremely high in THC content often measuring at 70%/80% THC content to 15%/18% CBD content.
This list is no means exhaustive, but simply represents some of new and reliable high CBD cannabis strains on the market right now. These cannabis strains are constantly being improved and redeveloped, for more targeted treatment of medical conditions and illness. Remember, exact CBD to THC ratios will vary from provider to provider and should always be checked for consistency in-line with your personal or professional CBD treatment plan.
Different Harvests Can Lead to Different Results
Keep in mind, while these strains above have a tendency to contain higher measured levels of CBD, not every harvest will mirror the previous’ CBD-rich profile. Consider Warlock for example, this strain is known for its expression of higher THC contents, with very minimal recorded levels of CBD, but you can also encounter instances in which the cannabinoid profiles are revered. The level of CBD to THC is contingent on how each strain was bred and what cannabinoid characteristics the plant expresses during its lifecycle process.
This means that strains can typically evolve from harvest to harvest. If you visit the same state-approved source and/or dispensary for your medical needs, ensure that they are using trusted methods to test each strain’s CBD to THC content. This should be reevaluated by the dispensary after every harvest and posted accurately and correctly so patients can get the exact treatment they are looking for.
Remember, when in doubt if high CBD strains are best for you consult your family doctor or physician. This list should not be used as professional medical advice, but merely as a suggestive guide to the primary content ratios and benefits seen by our readers, patients and marijuana consultants. Do not take medical marijuana if you are not prescribed by a doctor and only purchase medical grade CBD strains from state-approved medical marijuana dispensaries.