It has been known for quite a while that the second most popular cannabinoid found in marijuana has an extraordinary impact on an entire plethora of psychological and medical conditions.
Cannabidiol, or in short CBD, is a non-psychoactive chemical compound found in all varieties of the cannabis plant, and unlike its mischievous cousin THC (or tetrahydrocannabinol), it doesn’t create any mind-altering or hallucinogenic states of mind.
The way all cannabinoids work is they stimulate the endocannabinoid system (a system that all mammals have, including us humans), which is a physiological system that’s in charge of keeping the body in perfect balance (sciency word is homeostasis), on a microscopic, cellular level.
The endocannabinoid system can be stimulated by three different kinds of cannabinoids, and those are endocannabinoids, which are made solely in our body, phytocannabinoids which are found in cannabis, and synthetic cannabinoids, which are lab-made.
So the ECS (endocannabinoid system) is affected by the active cannabinoid compounds found in pot, and CBD (which is the second most prominent cannabinoid in the marijuana plant) is responsible for causing relaxation, reduction of anxiety, battling inflammation, destroying bacteria, lessening the symptoms of pain and nausea, and plenty more.
Using strains that are potent in both CBD and THC can have some astonishing effects on one’s health, because of the so-called entourage effect, where the two cannabinoids boost each other’s strengths.
Some studies also suggest that consuming both cannabinoids also helps to fight cancer cells with much more energy and power than when absorbed independently.
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This synergic effect isn’t useful only for medical users, but CBD actually lessens the symptoms of paranoia and unrest caused by THC.
Another very important thing to consider is the ratio between CBD and THC, and the different effects that different ratios bring to the table.
Marijuana produces biphasic effects, which means that in small doses its cannabinoids create one effect and that larger doses may create some utterly contrasting ones.
Tetrahydrocannabinol, for example, can make you paranoid in larger quantities (and very carefree and laid back in lower dosages), so if you’re trying to achieve a casual, non-intrusive high, stick to strains where THC levels are low to moderate.
To sum it up, strains with high levels of THC and low levels of CBD are usually reserved just for recreational purposes, because of the mind-altering high that the THC cannabinoid creates.
Strains that are high in CBD and low in THC are awesome for medicinal purposes, as the cannabinoids in this type of ratio work amazing off each other, creating multiple health-beneficial effects, while the dominant CBD stops the low levels of THC getting you “typically” high.
Strains that are equal in percentages of both cannabinoids are quite rare on today’s market, offering a slight cerebral high, with the focus still remaining on the alleviation of health issues.
|1:0||Very high psychoactive effects, uplifted emotions, uncontrollable laugh.
More prominent side effects for novice users.
|2:1||Laugh and euphoria with calmer thoughts.
Mild side effects.
|1:1||Biggest therapeutic benefits and tranquility.
Very few side effects.
|1:2||Mild sedation and body relaxation.
Weak euphoria effect.
|0:1||Antipsychotic and relaxing effects, great for therapeutic use.
No high effect.
Now that we’ve covered all the science behind the cannabinoids, we can advance to the core of this piece, which are the actual strains of course.
I will try to cover them with as much precision as possible, allowing the reader to have the most educated pick when choosing the perfect CBD strain.
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List of High CBD Strains
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CBD Mango Haze
One of the most recognizable high-CBD strains is definitely this one, delivering from 1:1 – 2:1 ratio between CBD and THC.
It has a tropical aroma with the flavors of mango and pineapple being the most evident in this strain. It’s also an energizing sativa dominant, and because of this a lot of medicinal users are drawn to it.
CBD Critical Cure
A crossbreed between Critical Kush and a ruderalis strain, Critical Cure has around 2:1 CBD to THC ratio, and percentages around 11% CBD and 5% THC.
It’s an indica-dominant which makes it a perfect tool for ending the day in a calm manner.
A very gentle “highness” can occur with Critical Cure.
With one of the most reliable expressions of CBD (almost always in a 5:2 CBD-THC ratio), Harlequin also has some sativa-dominant uplifting qualities, with very slight euphoric effects, and because of this, it’s one of the most sought-after CBD strains on the market.
Lacking the “stoned” effect, it’s perfect for daytime activities while maintaining a soothing CBD experience.
The taste of these buds can range from sweet-like mango an earthy aroma.
A cross between Harlequin and Sour Tsunami (which will also be included in this list), this hybrid can have some colossal CBD levels (20:1 CBD to THC), but this number is somewhat relative as some phenotypes have around 1:1 ratio.
The Harle-Tsu seeds have about a 75% probability to express their massive CBD levels, which makes this strain a perfect partner in crime for anxiety, pain and inflammation while keeping your mind clear and paranoia-free.
Besides the awesome rock n roll name, ACDC also exhibits an out-of-this-world CBD to THC ratio of about 20:1, with a staggering 19% CBD levels.
These stats make this strain a wondrous source of CBD, with an almost non-existent intoxication effect.
As far as the taste goes, expect an earth-like flavour with a pinch of sweetness in it.
As a crossbreed between ACDC and Harle-Tsu, you can expect some powerful CBD levels, of course, ranging from 1:1 CBD to THC ratio, to a mind-boggling 24:1 CBD/THC.
It’s was named for the legendary CBD trailblazer and cannabis advocate Lawrence Ringo, and with such a potent strain holding his name, his legacy will continue to endure.
Stephen Hawking Kush
Named after one of the greatest minds of our time, SHK was created from crossbreeding Harle-Tsu and Sin City Kush.
With three available phenotypes, CBD levels can range from 5% to 20% CBD, and the phenotype that has the most CBD exudes a 5:1 ratio of CBD to THC.
Expect a fruity/minty flavor with a twist of cherry, and a slight cerebral high.
With CBD ranging from 6 to 17 percent, and THC levels staying at under 6%, this hybrid strain delivers many medical benefits such as anxiety, pain, spasms and an instant relief from headaches, without the anxiousness and paranoia that can happen with too much THC.
Awesome for daily consumption, expect an earthy fragrance with a touch of citrus on your taste buds.
This strain has around 10-11% CBD, while the THC content stays at about 6-10%. It’s also one of the first strains bred specifically for its high CBD levels.
Stress, depression, anxiety, but also pain and inflammation are rapidly relieved with Sour Tsunami, which has a musky piquant flavor with some sugary connotations.
Sweet & Sour Widow
With a balanced CBD-THC ratio of 1:1 (and 5-10% of both cannabinoids), this 70% indica 30% sativa hybrid offers great medicinal benefits with a slight and pleasant THC-high feeling.
This strain is great for new cannabis consumers because of its perfectly balanced cannabinoid profile, but with this much CBD it also fantastic for medicinal users who don’t want to get too blazed.
This awesome strain has one of the lowest levels of THC (usually at around 0.3%), and CBD levels at 17%, so you can expect serious medical possibilities with minimal psychoactivity related to THC.
Charlotte’s Web was made famous back in 2013 when it helped a little girl named Charlotte who’s suffering from Dravet Syndrome, a type of epilepsy with numerous seizures a day.
Because of the practically non-existent THC concentration, it’s extremely suitable for pediatric use.
This Cannatonic / Sour Tsunami hybrid has an equal range of about 10% CBD and 10% THC, making it a clear-headed and casual option for those looking for CBD health-benefits.
The high CBD levels keep the THC mental attack in check, and the flavor of this strain is also very rewarding, with a mixture of citrus sourness and earth-like aroma. Great for daytime use because of the generally upbeat vibe it brings about in people.
Another 1:1 CBD-THC strain, Pennywise is an indica cross from Harlequin and Jack the Ripper, with levels of both cannabinoids ranging from 12% to 15%.
This “dreadful” strain is amazing in battling for a great number of health issues including arthritis, epilepsy and cancer manifestations.
Because of the balanced structure and delicious flavors of coffee and pepper-bubblegum, Pennywise is ideal for daytime sessions.
A new strain coming from Oregon, Corazon is an ACDC x Charlotte’s Web cross, and it really packs a CBD punch, because testing confirmed levels of 22,5%CBD and only a 2.70% THC.
This makes Corazon (which is still only scarcely available), the highest scoring CBD strain on planet Earth at this very moment.
Blue Dragon Desert Frost
Another newcomer from Oregon’s Yerba Buena cannabis farm, the BDDF strain packs a powerful CBD punch at approximately 17% CBD and just a tiny 0.6% THC.
This of course means these buds have a wicked healing potential, with a minimal psychoactive trait of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
A 50-50 indica sativa hybrid, Valentine X has a staggering 25:1 CBD to THC ratio, making it one of the go-to strains for a bunch of health issues, like seizures, inflammation, and even cancer.
Named after a saint of love and courtship, St Valentine is also a patron saint of epilepsy, and this strain was given this name because CBD is currently the most powerful medicine for these types of seizures.
CBD Critical Mass
An indica-dominant hybrid, CBD Critical Mass produces a ratio that ranges from 1:1 (CBD/THC) to about 2:1 (CBD/THC), and the growers report that it’s genetic parents are the famed Critical Mass strain and an unknown CBD-potent strain.
This hybrid is known to produce generous yields and is generally perfect like so many other strains in this list for a massive array of medical issues.
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