Cannabidiol (CBD) has received tons of attention in the media lately, as the DEA recently rescheduled FDA-approved CBD drugs down from Schedule I to Schedule IV. This increasingly popular cannabinoid is known for providing relief from pain, anxiety, depression, PTSD, seizures, inflammation and much more. Most cannabis strains have high levels of THC and low levels of CBD. But testing labs now allow breeders to focus on cultivating and crossing strains that produce more CBD than THC. Here are the top 5 high CBD strains out right now:
1. Ringo’s Gift
Ringo’s Gift is worthy of reaching the top of this list, with an incredible CBD/THC ratio of 24:1 – the strain has 24 times more CBD than THC. With such low levels of THC, the high is barely noticeable, but the medicinal effects of CBD are very pronounced, providing excellent relief from conditions like arthritis, gastrointestinal disorders, and muscle spasms. With its genetics being Harle-Tsu x ACDC, the CBD potency in this strain is so high that many patients have stated its effects are comparable to CBD oil benefits.
2. Charlotte’s Web
Charlotte’s Web was named after Charlotte Figi, a child patient whose seizures were relieved by this now-famous CBD strain, which has a 20:1 CDB/THC ratio. This strain is known for having the lowest THC content of any cannabis strain. In fact, the THC levels are so low that it can be consumed in large amounts in food without producing any noticeable psychoactive effects. A story was featured on CNN and several other news networks mentioning Charlotte and her super CBD strain, making this one of the most popular CBD cuts out there.
A cross of Harlequin and Tsunami, this strain is about 60% indica and is capable of exhibiting an industry second-best CBD/THC ratio of 22:1. The effect leaves you feeling fully functional yet relaxed and free of pain. The alertness makes this one good for a daytime strain but it also works well at night to help with pain-related conditions and insomnia.
ACDC comes in at 3rd place with a 20:1 CBD/THC ratio. This is an equal hybrid between indica and sativa but, despite the moderate THC levels, it still produces a nice euphoric and social effect that increases focus. ACDC is a common strain choice for people who deal with chronic pain, nausea, inflammation, depression, anxiety, and a wide range of other physical and mental ailments.
Harlequin was one of the first high CBD strains to gain notoriety in the medical cannabis community. Even though its 5:2 CBD/THC ratio has since been outdone by the strains listed above. It’s worth mentioning as one of the original CBD cuts, and is a parent of the top three strains on this list – ACDC, Ringo’s Gift, and Harle-Tsu. In fact, Harlequin has served as the basis for many high CBD crosses. Harlequin still has a decent amount of THC and is sativa dominant, so it’s ideal for someone who wants a little bit of an invigorating high to go with their pain relief.
Finding a Strain that Suits Your Needs
Even though the strains listed above are all very high in CBD. They all have slightly different effects and terpene profiles which produce varying aromas and tastes. Thus, you may want to seek out some samples from dispensaries before you settle on which one you want to add to your personal garden.