When trying to determine which strain of cannabis you want to smoke or find a cannabis-based product of, you will need to think about many factors. Most people will consider CBD and THC content. These are the two main cannabinoids in marijuana, with the former being non-psychoactive and the latter being the main psychoactive component.
No matter the reason you are in search of a strain with high CBD concentrations, the following choices should meet your needs.
Resin Seeds, which is a CBD genetics company in Spain, created Cannatonic, which crosses G13 Haze with MK Ultra. It was among the earliest high-CBD strains. In 2008 at Spannabis, Spain’s annual marijuana event, everyone was surprised to see the specific figures for Cannatonic’s CBD content — Resin Seeds representatives included.
The THC content for Cannatonic is usually under 6 percent, and it has tested to have CBD of up to 17 percent. Around half of Cannatonic seeds have CBD and THC in a ratio that is closer to 1:1.
Prominent Cannatonic terpenes include b-caryophyllene, myrcene, and limonene. This results in a citrusy and earthy flavor.
AC/DC is actually a cross of Cannatonic, the previous strain, and Ruderalis. It is known for not only having high CBD content but also for its high ratio of CBD to THC, a whopping 20:1. Dr. William Courtney selectively created this strain after receiving seeds directly from Resin Seeds.
The strain usually has a THC content of between 2 and 6 percent, along with a CBD content of between 16 to 24 percent, leading to that impressive 20:1 ratio. You can even find AC/DC strains with just 0.42 percent THC. This top CBD cannabis strain has terpenes like a-pinene, b- caryophyllene, and b-pinene. The result is an herbaceous flavor that is also sweet.
Consuming AC/DC tends to give the user a strong feeling of euphoria, along with happiness and calmness. When used during the day, it reportedly can help with focus and sociability.
3. Charlotte’s Web
Charlotte’s Web first arose in 2011, and this strain is high in CBD. This strain was a key player in the movement to accept cannabis, including using medical marijuana for treating children.
It gets its name from Charlotte Figi, who has Dravet syndrome, or SMEI (severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy). She was severely disabled at a young age, so her mom talked to the Stanley Brothers, Colorado-based siblings working to create a high-CBD strain. The Stanley Brothers successfully bred Charlotte’s Web, and Charlotte experienced a major improvement in her symptoms.
The CBD content in Charlotte’s Web is typically around 17 percent. Some people actually consider this to be a hemp strain instead of a cannabis strain since it only has traces of THC. It includes terpenes like bisabolol, caryophyllene, and beta-myrcene. The result is a strain with an aroma reminiscent of the woodlands and a sweet taste.
Most people who consume Charlotte’s Web will not smoke it. Instead, they will use it in the form of CBD oil.
Harlequin comes from Colombian Gold, Thai sativa, Swiss sativa, and Nepali indica. It is sativa- dominant, and lab testing usually results in a CBD-to-THC ratio of 5:2. THC is usually between 4 and 7 percent, with CBD between 8 and 16 percent. Many users of medical marijuana or recreational cannabis appreciate that Harlequin typically maintains its set ratio of CBD to THC, allowing for predictability.
This strain has the terpenes of b-caryophyllene, a-pinene, and myrcene. The result is an aroma that is earthy and features hints of citrus and mango.
5. Sour Tsunami
Sour Tsunami is one of the many high-CBD strains that Lawrence Ringo bred, with this one being sativa-dominant. Ringo crossed a Sour Diesel and an NYC Diesel. Then, he backcrossed it using a clone of Sour Diesel. This was then crossed with Ferrari, a sativa-dominant strain. Finally, it got crossed with Sour Diesel one more time. This strain was bred for medicinal purposes, and it was among the first to be bred for this purpose.
Sour Tsunami typically has a THC content of between 1 and 10 percent and a CBD content of between 10 and 11 percent. Its most prominent terpenes are myrcene, b-caryophyllene, and terpinolene. The result is an aroma that combines chocolate with diesel.
Harle-Tsu resulted from crossing a male Harlequin cannabis plant with a Sour Tsunami clone. SoHum Seeds in Northern California first cultivated it. At the time of its 2014 Emerald Cup title for best CBD flower, it had 21.05 percent CBD and 0.86 percent THC. However, this is above average, and you should expect Harle-Tsu to have a CBD content closer to 18 percent.
The 20:1 ratio of CBD to THC in Harle-Tsu makes it popular as it lets you minimize the risk of THC’s intoxicating effects. Consuming Harle-Tsu results in complete relaxation. The terpenes include ocimene, terpinolene, humulene, pinene, and myrcene.
Harle-Tsu is relatively mellow, with only a mild buzz behind the eyes. From there, this transitions to the body feeling relaxed and free. It also tends to lead to motivation and energization.
7. Ringo’s Gift
Ringo’s Gift is named in honor of Lawrence Ringo, the founder of Southern Humboldt Seed Collective, which most people know as SoHum Seeds. He is known as a trailblazer for CBD genetics as well as a marijuana activist. Ringo’s Gift is a strain that crosses AC/DC with Harle-Tsu.
Ringo’s Gift is available in a vast array of phenotypes, with some strains having a CBD-to-THC ratio of up to 25:1, while others are balanced at 1:1. The more balanced versions of this CBD cannabis strain tend to give users a calming and warm buzz that does not lead to couchlock or tiredness. It features myrcene, caryophyllene, and a-pinene. The result is an earthy strain that has an aroma that combines mint and pine and a flavor that is a bit tangy and spicy.
Consuming Ringo’s Gift typically leads to cerebral activity while the body feels relaxed and soothed. The low THC content results in a still noticeable yet mild high. You are unlikely to feel couchlock despite the relaxation.