If you’re shopping for a powerful brain buzz, you need to study marijuana strains high in THC (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol). If you want a relaxing high that still lets you focus and/or a relief for personal anxiety, muscular spasms, and more, then you want marijuana strains high in CBD (Cannabidiol).
CBD occurs naturally in cannabis and accounts for 40% of the plant. As Johnny Green said in The Weed Blog, “The fact that CBD-rich cannabis doesn’t get one high makes it an appealing treatment option for patients seeking anti-inflammatory, anti-pain, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, and/or anti-spasm effects without troubling lethargy or dysphoria.”
10 Highest CBD Cannabis Strains
Hybrid – 50% Sativa /50% IndicaTHC: 1% – 6%, CBD: 20%
ACDC has a high Sativa content, which is why it produces a strong Sativa high on your system. It has a low THC level that ranges from 0.42 percent to 1.2 percent. Its CBD to THC ratio is 20:1. This shows that ACDC does not produce any psychoactive effects on your body. It is a cross between Ruderalis and Cannatonic. Both these strains are added in an equal ratio. ACDC has a strange but pleasant taste which is a mixture of skunk, sweet and earthy flavours. Its aroma is quite similar and is quite pungent with a hint of sweet and earthy scents. Its aroma and taste have a citrus flavour as well. This marijuana strain has an appearance that looks like a strange leafy moss with a greenish orange colour. It has a strong euphoric impact on your body that makes you feel extremely happy and calm. You tend to become more focused on your work, and also feel like socializing with people after smoking ACDC. Due to its high CBD content, this strain is excellent for treating chronic pains, anxiety, multiple sclerosis, seizures, nausea, tumours and tremors. It can also mitigate the adverse effects produced by chemotherapy.
Hybrid – 50% Sativa /50% IndicaTHC: 7% – 15%, CBD: 12%, CBN: 1%
This strain is an even blend of sativa and indica (50:50 sativa/indica ratio). It’s a great medical strain high in CBD, a chemical used to treat severe seizures and other conditions. But it’s very low in THC 7–15% at most – so Cannatonic isn’t a good bet for getting high, despite its name. The high, such as it is, is relaxed and uplifting with both mental and physical qualities. Cannatonic has an earthy smell, with a woody citrus flavor. It’s most popular in the Pacific Northwest, California, and Michigan. This strain is best for treating epilepsy and pain, as it provides a deep feeling of relaxation with uplifting cerebral effects. Cannatonic is a hybrid blend of MK Ultra, an indica, and the legendary G-13 Haze, an indica-dominant hybrid. The strain was bred to produce a greater ratio of sativa to indica, and that helps keep the head high clear. Possible side effects include dry mouth, while anxiety and paranoia are less likely.
Indica Dominant Hybrid – 60% Indica / 40% SativaTHC: 1%, CBD: 20%
This lifesaving strain has been in the news, a lot. It’s the focus of a nationwide effort to legalize marijuana strains high in CBD. Charlotte’s Web was named after Charlotte Figi, a young Colorado girl with severe epilepsy whose constant seizures were stopped by this strain. Her story brought public attention to a cause that has helped secure medical marijuana laws in more than a dozen states. Charlotte’s Web won’t get you high; its THC content is substantially less than 1%. But the CBD content can hit 17% or higher, making this one of the most powerful marijuana medications available. In fact, Charlotte’s Web isn’t legally considered marijuana, but rather medical hemp because of its limited THC levels. That makes it easier to get for many patients, but the product is still barred by federal law and cannot be transported across state lines. Charlotte’s Web is a sativa-dominant hybrid (40:60 sativa/indica ratio). It’s highly effective at treating pediatric seizure disorders, while it also helps with pain, muscle spasms, and headaches. The overall effect is entirely physical, with no intoxication, even in children and first-time users. This strain has a strong pine smell, with floral tones and an earthy taste.
A 2017 release by Yerba Buena farms (Hillsboro, Oregon) reportedly has a strain that cuts ACDC into a new plant that scores an unprecedented 22.5% CBD over 2.71% THC. Stoner Magazine says, “Corazon, is an easy one to fall in love with,” but it is too new to find many reviews.
5.> Critical Mass->
Indica Dominant Hybrid – 80% Indica / 20% SativaTHC: 19% – 22%, CBD: 5%
Critical Mass, also known as “CBD Critical Mass is an indica dominant hybrid (80% indica/20% sativa) strain that’s a cross between the iconic Afghani X Skunk #1 strains. This bud gets its name from the tendency of branches to break under the weight of the insanely dense buds. It’s not uncommon for growers to find branches of their Critical Mass plants littering the floors of their greenhouses. These buds are dark green in color with brownish orange hairs and a coating of crystals and relatively small amounts of resin. Don’t be fooled by the resin – these dank buds are as dense as they come. Critical Mass has a mild 19-22% THC level and is often used to treat chronic pain from illnesses, such as cancer and multiple sclerosis, as well as anxiety and panic disorders. With a sweet and earthy smell and an herbal taste, Critical Mass is popular among new users and long-term users alike. Smoking small amounts leads to feelings of creativity and euphoria, followed by laziness, couch-lock, and sleepiness. This strain would be ideal to smoke during a lazy afternoon where you want to relax, but still need to be functional
Sativa Dominant Hybrid – 75% Sativa / 25% IndicaTHC: 7% – 15%, CBD: 10%
Harlequin is a hybrid cross between Colombian Gold, Thai and Swiss Landrace. It constitutes an indica/sativa ratio to be known as 25:75, meaning it is sativa dominant. It has a unique CBD: THC ratio which is best described to be 5:2. In other words, its THC level is 7-15% and CBD level of 4-10%. Its flavour and aromatic popularity is due to the essence of mango and earthy musk. It is best known to act as the most viable relaxing and calming agent. Also, the patient, after using it, can stay quite focused and alert, making the highlighting feature of this strain. In terms of its physical features, it is a dense looking strain with thick nugs all around it and dressed up heavily with trichrome. Its negative effects may include the effects of drying mouth and eyes, slight nausea and headaches in most harsh cases. The specific medical marijuana strain yields to a sufficient quantity and most commonly grown indoors, with a flowering time of sixty to seventy days. It is regarded as an excellent reliever of pain, either associated with the body and muscles, or with the head. The low THC level makes it easier for patient to be mindful.
Sativa Dominant Hybrid – 60% Sativa / 40% IndicaTHC: 1%, CBD: 20%
Ringo’s Gift is an evenly balanced hybrid (40% indica/60% sativa) strain created as a cross of the high CBD Harle-Tsu X ACDC strains. This bud is a favorite as an oil or shatter and was bred specifically to capture a 1:20 THC to CBD ratio that typically reaches levels as high as 1%:13-20%. Ringo’s Gift has a classic delicate and fresh aroma of earthy hash that has a surprisingly potent minty undertone. The taste is similar, with an earthy hashy flavor that has a sharp minty exhale that intensifies as you continue to smoke. This bud has large and airy round light minty green nugs completely covered in neon green leaves and orange hairs with a thick frosty coating of white crystal trichomes. The Ringo’s Gift high has a mellow mix of cerebral activity and soothing bodily relaxation. The high starts in the head with an uplifting head rush that leaves you blissfully happy and social with potent relief from any racing thoughts or mental pain. This head high is slowly matched by a warming and calming body buzz that leaves you completely relaxed without the typical couch-lock effects of an indica. Because of these effects, Ringo’s Gift is a favorite strain for treating chronic anxiety, muscle spasms or tremors, inflammation, and chronic pain.
8.> Sour Tsunami->
Hybrid – 50% Sativa /50% IndicaTHC: 10%, CBD: 11%
The name of this increasingly popular medical choice refers not to the potency of its high but to the power of its symptom relief. Sour Tsunami has high CBD content, as high as 10% or even 11%, which makes it one of the most seizure-friendly medications on the market. THC levels, on the other hand, are quite low, usually less than 10%. That makes this a good choice for some children with severe epilepsy, as well as other patients whose conditions respond to CBD. A cross of Sour Diesel and NYC Diesel, this strain is a sativa-dominant hybrid with an unknown ratio of sativa to indica. Anyway, the genetic balance of Sour Tsunami is much less important to most patients than its high CBD content. This strain should be used to treat chronic pain, seizures, insomnia, and stress. It can also helps spur appetite in patients who need to eat more. Like its parents, Sour Tsunami has a sour flavor and smell with strong notes of diesel and earth. Though it’s popular in California and Michigan, this strain is found mostly in the Pacific Northwest. It’s hard to find on the black market.
9.>Steven Hawking Kush->
An heir to Harle-Tsu and Sin City Kush, Stephen Hawking Kush delivers a fruity and minty taste and aroma. Medical patients use this high-CBD strain for dealing with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS), Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, and other conditions dominated by involuntary muscular contractions and spasms. Herb.com says. “Though often considered a medical cannabis strain, Stephen Hawking Kush is a great choice for just about anyone. One-to-one strains are fabulous daytime choices all around, even those considered indicas. While this bud does have a slightly sedative quality, it is more relaxing and serene than sleepy.”
10.>Valentine X ->
Valentine X is an evenly balanced hybrid (50% sativa/50% indica) strain created as a descendant of the cult favorite ACDC high CBD strain. This powerful pain reliever was named for St. Valentine himself, the patron saint of epilepsy, for its high CBD to THC level that is 25:1 and seizure reducing effects. Valentine X has fast-acting effects that hit almost immediately after toking with a strong euphoria and feeling of bliss and tranquility. These effects are in no way overwhelming, and seem to spark a feeling of healing and creative thinking as the high continues. You’ll be rid completely of any pain felt in both the mind and body as well as any tension or negative effects. Because of these powerful pain relieving effects and its high CBD level, Valentine X is perfect for treating a variety of conditions including seizures, tremors or muscle spasms, inflammation, chronic pain, and migraines or tension headaches. The Valentine X buds have lumpy dense and fluffy popcorn-shaped dark olive green nugs with blue undertones and leaves, sparse amber hairs, and a thick frosty coating of blue-tinted crystal trichomes. This bud has an aroma of earthy honey pine that has a sweetness released as the nugs are broken apart and burned. The taste is of sweet honey with an earthy pine aftertaste that has a savory spicy wood effect that stays on the tongue long after you finish smoking.