If you’re anything like us, then you’re probably always on a lookout for the best of the best – crème de la crème, as they say – from every medical marijuana related category. Just to recap it for you – there are three main types or categories of marijuana plant. The first one is called Ruderalis, which includes varieties such as Lowrider. The second one is known as Indica and it includes varieties such as Kush and Skunk. The third one is Sativa, and this is where varieties such as Haze and Diesel belong. There are also Hybrids, which are a crossbreeds; mixes of both Sativa and Indica varieties or any other combination of the three types. This article is going to be focused on the best CBD strains out there.
Selective breeding by growers in the US has dramatically lowered the CBD content of cannabis over the years because their customers preferred strains that were more mind-altering due to a higher THC, and lower CBD content. During recent years this trend has changed to meet the demands of medical cannabis patients – now growers are developing more CBD-rich strains. Modern growers are specializing in medical marijuana cultivation, which is very different from purely recreational growing. More often then not, these growers are looking to optimize the end product for high CBD amounts. So, before we start discussing these strains, let’s first recap on what CBD really is.
Marijuana, the plant, contains over 85 active compounds that are called cannabinoids. The highest concentrations are those of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol). THC is the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects – in other words, because of THC marijuana users feel “stoned”. Human body has this system that is called the Endocannabinoid system and is responsible for the workings of a variety of physiological processes including appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory. Cannabinoid receptors, which are part of this system, are located in the brain. THC attaches to these receptors and activates them. This is, in short, how THC affects a person’s memory, movements, thinking, concentration, coordination, and time perception. The effect of THC is often described as a floaty feeling and it’s what most people associate with marijuana use.
se a high, because it does not act on the same pathways as THC. It actually blocks the high associated with THC and apparently, it is well tolerated and safe, even in high doses. But more importantly, it is considered to have a wide range of potential medical applications. Unfortunately, most of the evidence on comes from animals, since very few studies on CBD have been carried out in human patients. However, a pharmaceutical version of CBD was recently developed by a drug company based in the UK. The company, GW Pharmaceuticals, is now funding clinical trials on CBD as a treatment for schizophrenia and certain types of epilepsy.
Now that we have the basics covered, without further ado – here are the best of the CBD strains available on the market.
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1. Nordle 5.5%+ CBD
This strain was developed by the CBD Crew, which is an organization that specializes in creating CBD strains for the medical marijuana community. It was named after Howard Marks’ code word for “hashish,” and it is an Indica/Sativa hybrid cross between Afghani and Skunk. With CBD content as high as its THC concentrations, Nordle delivers mild effects that relieve pain and muscle spasms. Nordle is a high yielding plant that has a very particular aroma with hints of garlic, which is something that some folks don’t like.
2. Critical Cure 8% CBD
Critical Cure comes from Barney’s Farm and it was developed as a part of Barney’s medical marijuana initiative. It combines Critical Kush with a Ruderalis variety. With high CBD levels and low THC it provides deeply relaxing effects delivered alongside a sweet, earthy flavor. It typically contains about 8 % CBD and 5 % THC, and can annihilate pain, stress, and inflammation.
3. Med Gom 1.0 15% CBD
This strain is the result of a long research and development process carried out by Grass-O-Matic and CBD Crew to obtain a high-grade medicinal cannabis strain. Apparently it is also the world’s first automatic marijuana plant. You can expect a rich and tasty lemon aroma and taste. Med Gom 1.0 can be effective in the treatment of pain, stress, insomnia and some gastric problems.
4. Royal Medic 12% CBD
This effective strain is a Sativa dominant hybrid. Its genetics are a cross of Critical, known for its big yields, and Juanita la Lagrimosa, a strain known for its medicinal effects. It delivers a pleasant, upbeat high that can be suitable for a daytime use. With its analgesic qualities, Royal Medic offers a lot to anyone in need of pain-relief.
5. CBD Shark 6% CBD
CBD Shark is an indica-dominant cannabis strain that offers an equal ratio of THC and CBD, a combination that helps patients treat symptoms like pain, anxiety, and inflammation without the overly intoxicating effects of THC.
6. CBD Mango Haze 8% – 10% CBD
Yet another strain by CBD Crew, this pleasant and aromatic blend combines the tropical flavors of Mango Haze with high levels of CBD. The flowers of CBD Mango Haze have spicy and sweet notes reminiscent of mango, pineapple, and black pepper. It can help relieve stress, anxiety, and nausea.
7. Dance World 11% CBD
This is a strain bred by Royal Queen Seeds in Spain. It is a sativa dominant hybrid and a cross between Dancehall and Juanita La Lagrimosa. Royal Queen has CBD levels almost as high as the THC levels. It helps with depression and anxiety, and it boosts creativity.
8. Medical Mass 11% CBD
Medical Mass is a predominantly Indica strain and an easy plant to grow and a good choice for people just starting out growing their own medicine. The effects are very calming, and it helps relieve stress relief, joint pain, cramps, and muscle spasms.
9. CBD Sweet N Sour 6% – 8% CBD
This is a very tasty strain that is the result of crossing Black Widow with Cannatonic. THC:CBD ratio is around 1:1 which makes it a great medicinal strain with calming effects that won’t get you too messed up.
10. Medi Bomb #1 High (untested) CBD
This is an Indica dominant cross of Bomb #1 and a selected Dutch pharmaceutical strain. Thanks to very high levels of CBD, the medicinal properties of Medi #1 are excellent. This strain is great for inducing a deep, relaxing sleep whilst providing a strong calming effect, relaxing body and muscles.