Since CBD was first isolated from marijuana in 1940, a variety of CBD strains have been developed and tested to produce any number of niche effects. But which high CBD strains are the ones to look out for?
Top High CBD Strains
- Best For Deep Relaxation: Ringo's Gift
- Best For Mental Clarity: Pennywise
- Best For Chronic Pain: Harle-Tsu
- Best For Muscle Spasms: Remedy
- Best Hybrid: Sour Tsunami
Below, we've compiled the most popular and widely recognized high CBD strains for you to explore along your CBD journey. As we like to say at Clean Remedies, CBD is not a one-size-fits-all, which is why it's important for you to branch out and discover what's right for you.
So keep reading to get our take on these top strains while learning about the unique characteristics and strengths they each have to offer.
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What Is A High CBD Strain of Cannabis?
High CBD strains refer to cannabis strains with a higher concentration of CBD than THC. All cannabis strains come with a CBD-to-THC ratio.
And as the CBD industry has evolved over time, geneticists have managed to create cannabis strains that are either particularly high in CBD or high in THC.
For example, our 1g Pre-Roll Cola of White CBG & Special Sauce CBD blends premium outdoor-grown hemp flower that's high in CBD and CBG alike. As with all of our CBD products at Clean Remedies, this pre-roll offers high CBD content for its purported medicinal benefits.
High CBD Strains vs. High THC Strains
Cannabis strains with high THC levels will produce psychoactive effects whereas CBD flower with high CBD content will boast more relaxing effects in comparison.
That being said, there is no hard and fast rule that says one is better than the other. Ultimately, this CBD-to-THC ratio is up to personal preference.
10 Best High CBD Strains On The CBD Market Today
There are plenty of different strains high in both CBD and THC for you to try. But here are our favorite CBD strains that showcase the true power cannabis plants have to offer.
Remedy is a 14 percent CBD strain that produces very little (or no) intoxicating effects. In fact, it's actually a hybrid strain that combines Cannatonic and Afghan Skunk.
With a lemon-pine scent, many users remark that the flavor profile of Remedy is perfect for those who prefer a less powerful terpene taste. But what makes this one of the most popular CBD strains is its ability to induce mellow relaxation without the typical head and body effects users experience with a higher THC ratio.
#2. Sour Space Candy
This high CBD strain has an average of 17 percent CBD and only a trace amount of THC overall. The aroma of this strain contains some sour notes (thus, the name) as well as some sweet ones, making this the right strain for someone with a sweet tooth.
Many users report that this is the best strain for relieving symptoms associated with anxiety and depression. That being said, this CBD strain is not meant to treat or cure any symptoms associated with these mental health conditions.
#3. Sour Tsunami
Sour Tsunami is yet another hybrid strain that combines two strains: Sour Diesel with NYC Diesel. For the most part, this strain tends to produce less than 1-2 percent THC so you won't necessarily feel "high."
Instead, with an average CBD-to-THC ratio of 13:1, users report feeling relaxed and happy without that same heavy feeling they may experience with other strains high in CBD.
#4. Cherry Wine
This high CBD strain is perfect for lovers of cherries and wine alike! With an average of 17 percent CBD and less than 1 percent THC, this CBD strain induces a sense of relaxation without any mind-altering effects.
Plus, users have reported the therapeutic potential of this strain as it may alleviate symptoms associated with chronic pain, inflammation, and depression. Although, research remains ongoing into the true therapeutic potential of CBD and the cannabis plant.
#5. Sour Diesel
While the words "sour" and "diesel" don't necessarily sound appetizing (on their own or together), this Sativa-dominant strain is said to deliver energizing effects and in a relatively short amount of time too.
With over 20% CBD, this strain of CBD boasts high CBD content, relaxing your body while activating the creative side of your mind.
#6. Charlotte's Web
Charlotte's Web is perhaps one of the best-known high CBD strains out there. With 13% CBD and no THC, this strain has been used to help ease symptoms associated with anxiety, pain, and depression.
In fact, Charlotte's Web first gained popularity after being featured on CNN for helping a young girl named Charlotte who suffered from pediatric epilepsy. This recognition actually led to the legalization of this strain in Florida.
#7. Ringo's Gift
Named after cannabis activist Lawrence Ringo, this strain boasts an average of 24:1 CBD-to-THC. In fact, it's actually a hybrid cross of Harle-Tsu and ACDC and has become a favorite for users looking to improve sleep.
When not being used to induce sleep, users have also remarked that this strain is perfect for relaxed socializing.
You might feel nervous coming around a strain that's been named after a killer clown. But this strain has users remarking about the sense of clarity they feel upon using it.
Equal parts CBD and THC, Pennywise has also been purported to alleviate symptoms associated with stress, anxiety, and PTSD. Not bad for a CBD blend with such a spine-chilling name.
Harlequin offers an average of 8% CBD with 7% THC. With more CBD to counteract the potential paranoia associated with THC, users report experiencing a happy high that tends to enhance whatever activity they're engaged in.
#10. Northern Lights
Known for its earthy flavor, this strain boasts upwards of 20% CBD, making it an ideal sedative for nighttime. Users report that this blend is particularly effective for quelling any feelings of discomfort, making it a popular choice among consumers who have very physically demanding schedules.
Why Do People Use High CBD Strains?
With a growing body of evidence of CBD's therapeutic potential, more folks than ever are turning to CBD oil to ease various symptoms. Here's what studies have been investigating:
A 2020 study recently found abundant evidence of CBD's ability to treat chronic pain, including neuropathic pain. In tandem, a 2021 study similarly published that participants expressed a positive attitude about CBD products as a treatment option offering pain relief.
In 2020, researchers identified both anti-inflammatory as well as antioxidant properties present in CBD. And what's more from this 2021 study was that CBD, CBG, and CBD and THC in tandem, were able to reduce inflammation across a range of pathophysiological processes.
Evidence from a 2015 study indicated CBD as a potential treatment for multiple anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and PTSD.
Suffice it to say that CBD's potential benefits are gaining more and more traction every day.
All in all, the various CBD strains that have been created throughout the years are formulated to offer the most specific and niche potential benefits based on user preference.
So as you go about your CBD journey, keep in mind that you will inevitably find the right blend for you.
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