High CBD strains list
Once cannabis is mentioned, most people think of marijuana, either for its recreational or medicinal uses. However, there is much more to cannabis, and understanding the variety of strains and potential applications of the plant could provide people with many more options to choose from when seeking the best ways of treating their conditions.
There are numerous cannabis strains, i.e., varieties of the cannabis plant out there. Different strains vary according to various factors, one of them being the ratio of the two most prominent chemical compounds of cannabis, THC, and CBD, as well as the inclusion of other compounds found in cannabis.
THC is the most prominent element of cannabis, known for its psychoactive effects. CBD, on the other hand, actually has an opposite effect to THC, inhibiting its mind-altering effects, while having medicinal properties. That is why oils containing only CBD don’t have an intoxicating, ‘high’ effect and wouldn’t be traceable in a drug test.
Until recently, cannabis growers in the USA practiced selective breeding, creating varieties with high THC content and significantly lowered CBD content, according to the preferences of consumers who were interested in cannabis primarily for the psychoactive properties. With the rise of interest for the medical use of cannabis, more and more growers have begun creating CBD-dominant strains.
Within these strains, the CBD and THC content and their ratio are one of the most important factors to consider when choosing the appropriate variety for your needs. In the following text, we provide you with a list of some of the most popular high-CBD, low-THC cannabis strains.
Harlequin (15% CBD)
One of the most popular high CBD strains, Harlequin contains 15% CBD with an approximately 5:2 CBD/THC ratio.
This sativa dominant strain has a relaxing, pain-relieving effect with light euphoria, but does not sedate nor affect alertness.
It is often recommended for weaning off of pharmaceutical drugs and opioids, as well as pain, anxiety, migraines, inflammation, nausea, and depression.
Ringo’s Gift (20% CBD)
Named after Lawrence Ringo, a pioneer in CBD genetics, Ringo’s Gift is a hybrid of Harle-Tsu and ACDC.
The strain is sativa dominant and has a CBD/THC ratio that goes up to as high as 20:1.
The CBD content can reach 20%, while THC content can go as low as 1%, which makes it suitable for patients interested in predominantly CBD-driven strains.
Some of the most commonly treated conditions include pain, muscle spasms, inflammation and various mental conditions, particularly anxiety, panic attacks, stress, PTSD, ADD/ADHD, seasonal affective disorder, and depression.
Stephen Hawking Kush (22% CBD)
This indica-dominant strain which varies from 5% up to over 20% CBD content offers a primarily relaxing effect suitable for soothing pain and nausea as well as stress, fatigue, anxiety, inflammation, migraines, muscle spasms and tremors.
A heavily CBD-dominant strain, with a 20:1 CBD/THC ratio, ACDC has one of the highest CBD/THC ratios among the varieties.
Its CBD content goes up to 20%, while THC content can amount up to 6%, but does go as low as 0.4%. This makes it well-suited for anyone susceptible to the side effects of THC as well as for daily use for medicinal purposes, be it for soothing pain or releasing tension and anxiety.
It is also recommended for many other conditions, some of them being epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, PTSD, depression and the side effects of chemotherapy.
A rare but increasingly popular high-CBD, low-THC strain, Harle-Tsu contains 22% CBD against less than 1% THC.
It is an indica dominant strain which combines Harlequin and Sour Tsunami strains, achieving a blend which provides painkilling and relaxing properties without any sedating or mind-altering effects.
Some of its most common applications include the treatment of depression, PTSD, inflammation, pain, stress, migraines, insomnia, and PMS.
A combination of two CBD-rich strains, Cannatonic and Sour Tsunami, Canna-Tsu, while indisputably high in CBD content, is one of the more even strains when it comes to CBD and THC, often having a one to one CBD/THC ratio.
This endows it with the usual relaxing and soothing properties of high-CBD strains while adding very slight psychoactive effects. This, in turn, makes it valuable for both medical and recreational cannabis users.
Canna-Tsu is most commonly used for inflammation, pain, depression, stress and muscle tension and spasms.
Sour Tsunami (11%)
Sour Tsunami was one of the first strains grown distinctly with CBD content in mind. As such, it has become one of the most popular and accessible high-CBD strains, widely available both online and in dispensaries.
Sour Tsunami’s CBD content goes up to 11%, with THC usually below 10%, making it particularly suitable for medical usage.
Sour Tsunami has a great reputation for treating depression and body pain, but it is also used for stress, loss of appetite, anxiety, inflammation, seizure disorders, insomnia, and nausea.
Suzy Q (25%)
Suzy Q is a high-CBD strain with extremely low levels of THC, usually around 1%, with CBD reaching up to 25%.
The strain produces very mellow effects because of its low THC content, while the contrasting richness in CBD makes it highly valuable to medical cannabis users.
It is most commonly used for the treatment of anxiety, depression, chronic pain, inflammation, nausea, migraines and muscle spasms or cramps.
Charlotte’s Web (20%)
Charlotte’s Web is a strain with CBD content of up to 20% and extremely low content of CBD falling to as low as 0.3%.
Just like with other high-CBD, low-THC strains, the strong prevalence of CBD makes the strain highly potent medically and of lesser value to recreational users because of the absence of mind-altering effects. This is especially true for Charlotte’s Web, which usually has only physical and no intoxicating effects.
Charlotte’s Web was the first strain to gain media attention because of its successful application in a case of a severe form of epilepsy, Dravet’s syndrome, but it is used for many other conditions, some of them being pain, muscle spasms, migraines, anxiety, inflammation, and fatigue.
A high-CBD strain which goes up to 15% in CBD content and falls below 1% on average in THC content, consequently inducing very little to no psychoactive effects, with medical rather than recreational use as its primary application.
It is used in the treatment of seizures, anxiety, ADHD, depression, stress, autism, pain, migraines, nausea, inflammation, muscle spasms and tremors.