Smoking hemp for the CBD isn’t exactly an option. Cannabis, on the other hand, can be bred specifically to have higher levels of CBD for those that want the relief without the high. For medical cannabis patients under age 18, these are often the strains that parents seek out to help their ailing children. Seniors may also enjoy these strains. This guide will help you know which strains contain the most CBD so that you can find them locally or request them from trusted, licensed cultivators.
ACDC is a high-CBD, low-THC strain that is gaining popularity in the medical cannabis world. It typically has a 20:1 CBD/THC ratio with CBD concentrations reaching as high as 23-percent while averaging 19-percent. This is an ideal strain for those with anxiety, moderate pain, arthritis, spasms, inflammation and tension.
The effects to expect from ACDC include:
- Very slight euphoria
- Deep relaxation
- Improved mood (Happiness
If you are undergoing chemotherapy, ACDC may be something to look for to help cope with the negative effects of treatment. It may also help those with epilepsy disorders and multiple sclerosis.
This strain may induce significant thirst and may make your eyes feel a little dry. Some may experience slight feelings of paranoia, a minor headache or possible minor feelings of anxiety. These potential negative effects are important to pay attention to, as they can occur but aren’t likely for most users.
Harle-Tsu is a highly sought after high-CBD strain containing only 1-percent THC. It is a hybrid strain with a 60/40 indica dominance. This specially crossbred strain comes from combining Harlequin and Sour Tsunami.
A couple of years ago, this was a rare strain, but as more states adopt medical cannabis laws and CBD-only regulations, it is becoming more widely available.
CBD concentrations can reach 22-percent.
Harle-Tsu is ideal for reducing pain, produce energy and help motivate you to complete tasks around the house.
Potential medicinal uses for Harle-Tsu include:
- PMS symptoms
If this strain is not available in your local area, consider requesting it.
Ringo’s Gift isn’t available in all markets. This high-CBD strain is sativa dominant. The typical CBD to THC ratio is 20:1, with the average CBD concentration being 20-percent.
This strain comes from crossbreeding Harle-Tsu and ACDC, both known for their above average high CBD levels.
The flavor is rather earthy, as is the aroma. There may be a very slight high felt, but with the minimal THC concentration, it isn’t likely. If you do feel any type of high, it will be a heady high that travels to the body to relax your muscles.
This strain is ideal for those with arthritis, GI disorders, anxiety, muscle spasms, social anxiety, PTSD, high stress and pain. Given the sativa dominance, it is ideal for daytime use as it will provide relaxing effects but energizes and motivates at the same time.
Charlotte’s Web isn’t often found in flower form. Much of it is produced to create oral medical cannabis products. This strain is known for its potential to reduce and/or stop seizures in those with intractable epilepsy. It is named after Charlotte Figi, a young girl with intractable epilepsy.
The CBD concentration of Charlotte’s Web can reach 20-percent. The THC concentration is so low that the CBD completely wipes out any psychoactivity.
This strain is ideal for:
- Dravet’s syndrome
- Other epilepsy conditions
- Reducing pain
- Migraine relief
- Promoting energy
- Fibromyalgia discomfort
- Muscle spasms
Charlotte’s Web’s composition allows it to be sold as a food supplement since psychoactivity isn’t likely. Many oral options are available for purchase online if a full spectrum hemp CBD product plus plant-terpenes for your specific needs isn’t available.
Harlequin is another sativa dominant high-CBD strain. It is a 75/25 sativa-dominant strain. While Harlequin is available in many markets, it is often a component of high-CBD hybrid cannabis strains. It does help produce energy and makes your mind more alert but also promotes relaxation and calm, so it is a soothing strain for the whole body.
One thing to know about this strain is that it does contain more THC than other high-CBD strains with a ratio of 5:2 CBD to THC. CBD levels typically test in the 10-percent or more range. Some psychoactivity will be felt, but it should be minimal since the CBD outweighs the THC.
This is a good strain for those with PTSD, migraines, inflammation, pain, depression and stress. It may also be a good option for those wanting to stop taking pharmaceuticals for pain and inflammation.
Yes, the actual name of this high-CBD strain is No Name. It is the child of Sensi Star and Cheese. Both parents are of Afghani lineage and are in the indica category.
With this strain, there is a bit more THC than some other CBD strains, averaging 3 – 5-percent THC, but the CBD concentration can reach 20-percent.
With Cheese being one of the parents, this strain is a bit pungent or sour smelling. When used in higher doses, it may send you directly to bed.
Tips for Using High CBD Strains
Consider using a dry herb vaporizer for children and those with respiratory issues. Vapor is much easier to inhale as it is easier on the lungs. The anti-inflammatory properties of several of these strains may also act as a bronchodilator to help move more air through the lungs and may also improve circulation.
Another option, other than just grinding the dry herb for smoking purposes, is to make a coconut oil infusion. You can also use MCT oil as a carrier oil, but it may be pricy. When creating a coconut oil infusion use equal parts coconut oil and ground CBD flower. Simmer in a heavy pot for 3 hours keeping an eye on the temperature. You’ll need a candy thermometer. To activate the cannabinoids in the strain the temperature needs to reach 200 degrees. It is best to make sure the temperature does not rise above 240-degrees as it may kill the cannabinoids.
The infused oil can be used alone, combined with melted chocolate as an ice cream topper, used in baking or any other cooking application where coconut oil can be used. The infusion can also be used to create homemade topicals, bath soaks and skincare products.
High-CBD, low-THC strains are good for several purposes, such as reducing inflammation, potentially stopping or reducing seizures, potentially improving the immune system and may help improve overall wellness. These strains are okay for people of all ages to use. They can be simmered in coconut oil to create a full spectrum oil infusion that may also be beneficial to pets. For some, oral ingestion is a better option. Consider these high-CBD strains if relief without feeling hazy is what you desire.