The 10 Best High CBD Strains to Share with Mom This Summer
High CBD strains are the perfect way to introduce new cannabis users to your favorite herb.
What is a high CBD strain and why are they all the rage?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of over 80 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. THC is also a cannabinoid, but CBD is different because it’s non-intoxicating. That means it doesn’t produce the “high” that is generally associated with smoking or consuming weed.
High CBD strains are becoming popular in both the medical and recreational cannabis communities for that exact reason: these strains produce little to no psychoactive effects yet provide tons of medical benefits and relief for everyday ailments. For instance, high CBD strains are helping people unwind and relax after work, before bed, and at parties, but they’re also helping people with chronic pain, depression, anxiety, epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, migraines, and Parkinson’s. These are the perfect strains to introduce to people with little to no cannabis experience or people who are afraid high THC strains will make them paranoid and weird. I’m looking at you, mom.
Dancehall is a sativa-dominant hybrid that is super rich in CBD, usually with a ratio of about 20:1 CBD to THC. Its buds have a floral, earthy aroma with a sweet, almost-berry like taste on the exhale. The effects of this new high CBD strain are uplifting and stress relieving, but don’t produce a very noticeable psychoactive effect that could negatively affect someone sensitive to THC. Dancehall is a versatile medical strain that can be used for pain, inflammation, stress, fatigue, and even migraines.
ACDC is a popular high CBD strain. This hybrid often has a ratio of about 10:1 or 20:1 CBD:THC, testing around 20 percent CBD and 2 percent THC. Because cannabinoid profiles can vary due to cultivation techniques, ACDC’s range varies, but there’s never more than about 6 percent THC in it. ACDC can produce a very mild intoxicating THC effect. It’s most known for its relaxing and mood enhancing effects as well as its medical benefits. People report relief from pain, stress, depression, and muscle spasms, like from Parkinson’s, MS, and epilepsy, after using this high CBD strain.
Cannatonic is another great high CBD strain. Also a hybrid, Cannatonic may produce a short-lived and mild euphoric effect, great for inexperienced cannabis users and those sensitive to THC. It typically has around 17 percent CBD and doesn’t exceed about 6 percent THC, with varying ratios of anywhere from 1:1 to 5:1 CBD to THC. Its aroma is earthy and slightly piney, and the flavor is often subtly sweet with citrus notes. The experience is mellow and great for relaxing or socializing. Many people also seek out Cannatonic for its medical benefits, which include stress, pain, and muscle spasm relief, especially for those with migraines and chronic pain conditions.
4. Ringo’s Gift
Ringo’s Gift has been a blessing to those looking for a mellow and relaxing high CBD strain that doesn’t put them to sleep. With ratios as high as 24:1 CBD to THC, this hybrid is an instant classic, especially for those struggling with pain management. Ringo’s Gift has also been known to help those with muscle spasms, fatigue, inflammation, anxiety, and depression. Plus, the aroma is earthy and the flavor is sweet and citrusy, so there’s really nothing not to love about this high CBD strain.
5. Charlotte’s Web
Charlotte’s Web started this whole CBD-wellness phenomena. Once called “Hippie’s Disappointment” because of its low levels of THC, this is the strain that helped to reduce the hundreds of weekly seizures Charlotte Figi, a young girl with an intractable form of epilepsy, was having. Now, Charlotte’s Web, named in honor of Charlotte Figi, is a popular high CBD strain used by people across the continent for stress, depression, pain, inflammation, and, of course, epilepsy and muscle spasms. A sativa-dominant hybrid, it provides an uplifting and pleasant experience without a psychoactive effect. It typically has less than 0.3 percent THC and as much as 17 or 18 percent CBD.
Harle-Tsu has a CBD to THC ratio of about 20:1, making this high CBD strain non-psychoactive. However, people love this hybrid for its ability to relieve pain, inflammation, and stress without an intoxicating and potentially anxiety-inducing effect. Harle-Tsu has an earthy aroma with a spicy, herbal taste. People use it medically or simply to relax and unwind before bed.
7. Valentine X
Valentine X is a high CBD strain named after St. Valentine, the patron saint of epilepsy. That’s because this hybrid strain with its whopping 25:1 CBD to THC ratio is helping many people control their epileptic seizures. With around 17 percent CBD and less than 1 percent THC, this high CBD strain is also helping people with pain, inflammation, stress, depression, and other types of muscle spasms. Although Valentine X doesn’t provide a strong psychoactive experience, some people still report feeling a relaxing body high and elevated mood after consuming it.
Remedy, clearly named for its ability to heal, is another useful high CBD strain. With up to 18 percent CBD and 0.1 percent THC, Remedy does not provide a psychoactive effect. However, this sweet and floral tasting indica-dominant strain is helping people to relax while also treating pain, seizures, inflammation, and insomnia.
9. Suzy Q
Suzy Q tests around 18 percent CBD with only 1 percent THC, making this hybrid another excellent high CBD strain. It has a sweet and skunky scent with a piney, almost spicy taste that’s hard to resist. With less than 1 percent THC, Suzy Q doesn’t provide much of an intoxicating effect, but it does help relieve chronic pain, arthritis, nausea, muscle spasms, and anxiety.
Harlequin is a sativa dominant strain popular for its high levels of CBD. In fact, this high CBD strain often has a ratio of about 5:2. It typically doesn’t test above 5 percent THC but it usually does have more than 15 percent CBD. Therefore, this musky smelling, citrusy tasting bud provides a very mellow intoxicating effect. It provides a subtle, clear-headed high that helps people relax and focus at the same time. Harlequin is super popular among medical cannabis patients for a variety of ailments including stress, pain, inflammation, fatigue, and depression.