Among more than 85 chemical compounds found inside marijuana, one cannabinoid, in particular, stands out for its efficacy in treating a variety of medical conditions. Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, offers all the medicinal benefits of cannabis but without the psychoactive effects of THC.
Recent studies indicate CBD can lower anxiety, inhibits seizures, and even staunch the growth of cancerous tumors. Because of the overwhelming success mounting in CBD research, cultivators are now working feverishly to develop CBD-rich cannabis products to offer patients.
Below is a list of 5 popular CBD-rich marijuana strains already on the market.
A cross of Sour Diesel and NYC Diesel, Sour Tsunami is one of the first strains ever bred specifically for high CBD content. Sour Tsunami offers CBD levels as high as 10-11% while keeping THC content below about 10%.
With Sour Tsunami, patients find a tidal wave of relief when using it to treat inflammation-related disorders. Sour Tsunami allows patients to combat pain without losing their cognitive abilities or feeling overwhelmingly “stoned.”
Derived from MK Ultra and G-13 Haze, this 50/50 hybrid is a truly medicinal product. Setting the precedent for CBD-rich strains, Cannatonic was one of the very first to ever develop a CBD:THC ratio of 1:1 or higher. Most Cannatonic plants achieve a CBD percentage between 6-17% with THC levels barely reaching higher than 6%.
Patients find Cannatonic to be a relaxing strain that brightens moods and focuses the mind. Additionally, it delivers a full-body melt, perfect for those seeking pain relief from muscle spasms and migraines.
In 2011, a pair of brothers from Colorado developed this potent strain for a young epileptic girl named Charlotte. With a content of nearly 20% CBD and less than 0.5% THC, Charlotte’s Web is believed to be the highest CBD strain in the world.
Due to its sativa pedigree and euphoric properties, Charlotte’s Web is known to provide relief and comfort for patients suffering from severe anxiety and other mood disorders. It’s analgesic and anticonvulsant properties are most famously effective in treating body aches and muscle spasms associated with rheumatoid arthritis and Dravet’s Syndrome.
Deriving from Cannatonic is this sativa-dominant phenotype very similar to Charlotte’s Web. Boasting a CBD:THC ratio of 20:1, ACDC offers patients a purely therapeutic experience, devoid of the intoxicating side-effects of THC.
With CBD content testing as high as 19% in some strains, ACDC is a top choice for patients suffering from epilepsy and the negative effects of chemotherapy. Additionally, patients have reported using ACDC oil to successfully prevent the spread of different types of cancer.
Harlequin is a hybrid derived from Columbian Gold, and Thai and Swiss landraces. Nearly every time, Harlequin develops with a CBD:THC ratio of 5:2, containing anywhere from 8-16% CBD and 4-7% THC. As a result, the high levels of CBD counteract the low levels of THC, providing strong pain relief and a clear head.
Just like other robust sativa strains, Harlequin is ideal for calming stress and treating depression due to its relaxing and uplifting effects. As an anti-inflammatory, Harlequin also relieves chronic pain and joint stiffness.