If you’re into the world of cannabis, or just curious, you’ve probably heard of CBD or Cannabidiol and its derivatives (CBD oil, edibles, capsules, skincare products, even coffee…). Unlike THC, Cannabidiol by itself isn’t psychoactive, which is why it is sold over the counter now in many countries in the world without any legal prohibition. In fact, it’s becoming so popular that you may even have seen it advertised as an additive in popular foods and beverages. Actually, many of this CBD rich products its derived from Hemp, which is a very close cousin of cannabis and has a great amount of Cannabidiol.
CBD has some very useful effects in the body, but what’s perhaps even more interesting is what Cannabidiol does in combination with THC. It turns out that many of cannabis most powerful medical effects come not from any single component, but the entire range of compounds found in the strain.
You may have heard of this phenomenon. It’s called the “entourage effect” and it’s one of the reasons many people seeking the health benefits of cannabis prefer whole-plant cannabis or extracts to ones focused only on a single ingredient like CBD.
CBD or cannabidiol is the second-most prevalent cannabinoid. As with much cannabis research, there is still much to learn about this incredible compound. CBD produces effects in the body that treats pain, seizures, addiction, and anxiety, just to name a few.
CBD and THC work together in interesting ways. As we’ve reported previously, it’s been discovered that CBD actually reduce the intoxicating effects of THC, it works like a partnership between them, not a contest. CBD also helps to mitigate the intoxication and potential fuzziness effects, while adds its own stress- and anxiety-fighting potential to the experience.
Many cannabis users say CBD strains best treat their pain, whether it’s nociceptive , neuropathic and the more mysterious central pain, which broadly speaking arises from a generalized dysfunction of the nervous system. Let’s be clear: Even if we’re not sure how—or even if—CBD in and of itself treats pain, it’s well-established that cannabis is a safe, gentle and effective treatment for pain.
Another compelling area of research is around the treatment of seizures. The FDA—which has been notably hesitant about advancing cannabis research due to Federal prohibition—last year approved a medication derived from cannabis to treat two rare forms of epilepsy.
These days, due to the high demand and the growing public interest in CBD, researchers to are focusing more closely on high-CBD strains.
Best CBD Strains
Once upon a time, high-CBD strains were hard to come by, unlike the all-time best sellers like Purple Haze or Og Kush. But the explosion in interest and research suggest that CBD might become the new norm. Here are some of our favorite CBD dominant strains:
CBD Amnesia Haze
Amnesia CBD is a Sativa-dominant strain that, despite her Sativa dominance being 40 % lower due to the CBD elite clone, it was designed to bring the many benefits of Original Amnesia closer to occasional and regular users alike. It delivers one of those outstanding highs that change us on the spur of the moment. Our smiling muscles immediately receive a stimulus and our facial expression relaxes and becomes happy without even wanting it.
CBD Mango Haze
An energizing sativa-dominant, Mango Haze attracts many fans of its medical qualities. The strain has been selectively bred to produce a high CBD content, so the large dose of CBD is accompanied by little to no psychoactive high.
This cannabis is a sativa-dominant CBD powerhouse! With an extremely CBD-heavy cannabinoid makeup (THC:CBD ratio of 1:20), this strain produces few if any intoxicating effects. It helps many patients treat pain, anxiety, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and the negative effects of chemotherapy, all with a clear head.
CBD Critical Mass
A high-CBD cross of Afghani and Skunk #1, this indica-dominant strain is great for relaxing and easing physical discomfort. It stimulates creativity and euphoria without knocking you out. Botanically speaking, it grows like a sativa but flowers like an indica. And most notably, it was bred specifically to maximize its medicinal benefits. Not only is it hugely medicinal, but it’s delicious, with earthy, woody, and sweet flavors. Fans of this strain most commonly report the effects as relaxing, tingly, happy and uplifting.
Typically showing a 2:1 CBD to THC ratio, this hybrid delivers many medical benefits without the anxiousness and paranoia associated with THC. You will feel some psychoactivity, however, so prepare accordingly. A strain with powerfully relaxing effects, some fans describe it as “uplifting” and “focusing the mind.” You may also feel strong warming and relaxing body sensations. It’s recommended for those who desire pain relief, and some report it calms nausea, anxiety, stress and mood disorders as well.
This beloved strain displays sativa-dominant uplift, usually with a very slight euphoric effect. It’s great for daytime activities while giving a mild and soothing CBD ride. Often described as bringing clear-headed, uplifting, focus-producing effects, Harlequin also reliably treats anxiety, chronic pain, depression, gastrointestinal issues, inflammation, PMS and cramps, and migraines.
Technically, White Widow is not a high-CBD strain but was bred with the optimal amount of CBD as a buffer (1-4%) to mitigate some of the effects of THC. Consumers report White Widow to be helpful in treating PTSD, depression, stress and anxiety, nausea, and pain. It’s a versatile strain that works great for daytime or evening use.