CBD strains with high cannabidiol content are becoming more popular amongst the cannabis community. But why?
Most strains are commonly very high in THC and they have there own added benefits. In recent years, and with the changes in cannabis legalities, more people are looking at (cannabidiol) CBD strains for the answer. Known to be a non-psychoactive healer with medicinal benefits, CBD eases many ailments without the effects of feeling “stoned.”
What are CBD Strains?
CBD strains are often known as high-CBD strains. This means that the majority of the strain is CBD high and THC low. A high-CBD strain is a type of cannabis specifically bed to have increased amounts of CBD, which is one of the most abundant cannabinoids within the plant.
Now, CBD-dominant strains are becoming quite popular. Normally, when people think about the plant it is a mind-altering experience and can cause some side effects for some. But with the expansion in CBD-dominant strains, it is lowering side effects and still equally as medically beneficial.
Nevertheless, CBD can also be used to balance out the high produced by THC. In addition, when combined with THC, the combination amplifies the pain-fighting and immune modulating properties of cannabis.
A strain that is CBD-dominant won’t distort cognition as much as a high THC strain, but it does help to provide a nice calming feeling.
CBD Strains can help with:
- Pain management
- Control of seizure disorders
- Blood sugar stability
Benefits of CBD Strains
- Relief without the high – If you are looking for relief without the mind-altering affects from THC, high CBD strain can be a much better choice. CBD strains are mild, relaxing, and soothing. Many find that they promote a sense of calm alertness, making them feel great for the day.
- Less Intense – Since high-CBD strains are not psychotropic, they do not cause the same distortions in time, space, and cognitive functioning. In fact, that CBD can actually cancel out the psychoactive effects of THC. Less of that couch locked feeling.
- Easing into it – Strains high in CBD, or 1:1 stains are a perfect way to ease into using cannabis, especially if your are new to it or had a bad experience.
Top 4 CBD Strains
A 75/25 sativa-dominant strain, Harlequin is known worldwide for it’s high CBD levels. It is a cross between Columbia Gold, Nepali Indica, Thai and Swiss Sativa. Additionally, it has a unique CBD to THC ratio leveling at 5:2. In other words, its THC levels are around 7-15% and CBD levels of 4-10%. Flavours can range from an earthy musk to sweet mango, with a sweet citrus aroma.
Relief: Arthritis, chronic pain, depression, fatigue, fibromyalgia, headache, inflammation, migraines, PTSD, and stress.
Effects: Creative, energizing, relaxing, uplifted, focused, happy, and euphoric
ACDC is a 70/30 sativa dominant stain known for its fast-acting relief. It is a cross between Ruderalis and Cannatonic, low in THC and producing very little psychoactive effects. This remarkable strain is a 1:20 ratio of CBD to THC which allow for very little of the THC to effect the body. Additionally, its THC levels are low at 1% and CBD levels sitting at 1-20%. ACDC has a strange but pleasant taste which is a mixture of skunk, sweet and earthy flavours to match its lemon based aroma.
Relief: Arthritis, anxiety, depression, inflammation, migraines, muscle spasm, nausea, neuropathy, PTSD, seizures, tremors and potentially bi-polar disorder.
Effects: Happy, relaxed, uplifted, euphoric, energizing, focused and sociable.
Cannatonic is a very unique hybrid strain. It is crossed with MK Ultra and G13 Haze. It produces a powerful but short-lived high. This hybrid comes with a 50:50 ratio of indica to sativa. In addition, it has a low THC content rarely above 6% and high CBD content of 6-17%. Cannatonic is known for it’s physiological and psychological symptoms. This strain has a slight earthy odor mixed with a mild, sweet, vaguely citrusy flavor.
Relief: Arthritis, ADHA, anxiety, chronic pain, depression, fibromyalgia, headaches, muscle spasms, hyperactivity, inflammation, migraines and mood stability.
Effects: Happy, relaxed, uplifted, euphoric, focused and sleepy.
Ringo’s Gift is a creative sativa-hybrid strain name after the late Lawrence Ringo, a cannabis activist, and CBD pioneer. It is a cross between two high-CBD strains Harle-Tsi and ACDC. In fact, Ringo’s Gift comes in several different phenotypes and ratios. The first is a 1:1 strain but Ringo’s Gift has seen ratios as steep at 24:1 CBD/THC. With a 60/40 sativa to indica ratio, it comes as a favorite as a shatter or oil.
Relief: Arthritis, anxiety, chronic pain, depression, gastrointestinal disorder, headaches, inflammation, migraines, muscle spasm, PTSD, stress and tremors.
Effects: Cerebral, energizing, focused, happy, relaxed, and uplifting.