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Top 10 High-CBD Strains for 2019

The Best CBD-Dominant Strains for Anxiety, Pain, Energy, and More

By Kristina Parren

With names like Death Star and Bruce Banner, many high-THC strains of cannabis can be too intense for those who want less of a mental high and more of a body high. If you’re looking for cannabis strains that don’t “go to your head,” then a high-CBD strain of hemp is for you.

Why CBD?

Cannabidiol, more commonly called CBD, is a cannabinoid, like THC, found in both cannabis and hemp. Yet, unlike THC, it does not produce a psychoactive effect.

CBD is tolerated by most people, and there are few side effects. Research also suggests that CBD may provide several benefits for the body, such as:

  • Reducing inflammation
  • Relieving pain and headaches
  • Soothing anxiety
  • Treating seizures and epilepsy
  • Reducing insomnia

What is a High-CBD Strain of Cannabis?

CBD strains have a higher CBD to THC ratio. Some strains may have a 1:1 CBD to THC ratio, in which case the CBD mitigates much of the high produced by THC. Some euphoria may still remain. For CBD strains with 2:1 and 2:0 ratios, there is very little to no high. The strain produces a much more relaxing effect.

A series of lab studies in Washington state tested the cannabinoid levels of different strains found in cannabis products, listing their THC to CBD ratios. The study found that seemingly homogenous products found in multiple testing labs actually had varying levels of THC and CBD.

As regulations evolve for cannabis, products may not always have the exact same ratio. However, strains that claim to be high in CBD are assumed to have higher CBD than THC concentrations.

The Top Ten CBD Strains

Here is our list of top ten cannabis strains with high percentages of CBD.

1. Charlotte’s Web

Whether you are new to cannabis and CBD, or you’re an aficionado, you’ve probably heard of Charlotte’s Web. In fact, Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s endorsement of the strain on daytime television made it so well-known, that Florida passed the Charlotte’s Web law, legalizing only that strain. It is one of the most recognizable names among CBD cannabis strains.

In a study among pediatric epilepsy patients, patients given Charlotte’s Web with a 27:1 CBD to THC ratio had reduced seizures and improved mood, focus and appetite. It’s no wonder that its benefits make it so popular. You can even get it in mint and olive oil flavors.

2. ACDC

ACDC was another high-CBD oil tested in the above study, with ratios from 15:1 to 28:1 CBD to THC. It provided positive effects as well for pediatric epilepsy patients.

As a sativa-dominant strain, it is known for providing some energy and focus to those who consume it. Though evidence is anecdotal, it may be useful for some with pain, inflammation, stress, depression, epilepsy, and even Parkinson’s disease.

Though ACDC is sweet with a zing of citrus, its rockstar name is a bit misleading as there is virtually no high in its low-THC make up. So, don’t expect any psychoactive side effects.

3. Cannatonic

A play on “catatonic,” the Cannatonic strain is one of the best for anxiety and stress. This earthy strain is known for creating the warm fuzzies. Use this strain if you need a boost in your energy or mood, but with a dose of calmness.  

Cannatonic typically contains a 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC. There are some euphoric effects from the THC, but its high CBD content prevents any real high. So, newcomers who are anxious about cannabis and THC can still enjoy it.  

4. Remedy

Remedy is derived from Cannabis Indica, which often means that it is best for relaxation, reduced muscle tension and improved sleep. Therefore, you should use Remedy if you are looking to stop insomnia and get a calming “body high.”

Like the previous strains, Remedy has an earthy and citrusy flavor profile. It’s a cross between Cannatonic and Afghan Skunk, but it has a higher CBD to THC ratio than Cannatonic.

5. Pennywise

An Indica-dominant hybrid, Pennywise is a cross between the Harlequin strain and the Jack the Ripper strain. This is most likely where it gets its name, which comes from the famed killer clown. Like traditional clowns, however, Pennywise is meant to make you happy.

Pennywise may be the perfect strain for depression and even PTSD. This is in part due to its near 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC. You’ll get some of the happy-inducing high with the calming, balancing effects of the CBD and Indica-based properties. Its flavor profile is sweet with a hint of pepper.

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6. Harlequin

Speaking of Pennywise, a harlequin is also a type of clown or jester. It’s also the name of one of Pennywise’s cross-strains. The name for this Sativa-dominant strain is fitting, because it is likely to soothe pain, increase energy and improve mood.

Most Harlequin strains have a 5:2 ratio of CBD to THC, so you won’t get high despite being feeling happier, energetic and more sociable.

7. Sour Tsunami

Sour Tsunami is a cross between Sour Diesel and NYC Diesel. Therefore, you can expect a sweet flavor with the unique aroma of diesel.

The strain’s CBD to THC ratio is about 1:1, specifically with CBD levels around 11 percent and THC levels up to 10 percent. This may not be the best strain for beginners or the THC-averse, because a slight high can be expected despite the calming balance of CBD.

8. Ringo’s Gift

Ringo’s gift is similarly comprised of a 1:1 ratio. However, if you want a strain that’s all about the CBD, you can often find ratios up to 20:1 CBD to THC. The high-CBD versions of this strain are used by cancer patients and the medical community at large for pain relief.

Ringo’s Gift is actually named after a cannabis activist, rather than the famous Beatles drummer. However, it does have some connection to music, because it is a cross between Harle-Tsu and ACDC. Both are excellent CBD strains.

9. Trident

You don’t see Trident on many top 10 lists, but it has an impressively high CBD content. This makes it a popular medical cannabis strain.

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Despite its high levels of CBD, it can have up to six percent THC, so some cerebral effects may take place. On the other hand, its status in the medical cannabis community proves that you won’t lose your alertness or focus.

10. Harle-tsu  

This hybrid strain is the epitome of high-CBD/low-THC strains, though it is not always easy to find. You’ll get a nearly 20:1 ratio with no psychoactive effects. It is a cannabis strain rich in terpenes, which can help with inflammation, insomnia, nausea and other symptoms.

Harle-tsu’s name is a mashup of the two strains from which it’s crossed: Harlequin and Sour Tsunami. Unlike the diesel aroma of Sour Tsunami, Harle-tsu has a woodsy flavor.

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