This article by Madeleine Taylor was originally published on SundayScaries.
While many people enjoy the high they get from smoking THC-heavy marijuana strains from the cannabis plant, there are also an increasing number of people suffering from different ailments and illness, such as pain relief for chronic pain, muscle spasms, insomnia, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, seizures, and so on that are beginning to turn to marijuana thanks to its potent medicinal effects. So, if you are among the thousands of people who want to give cannabis-based products a try in order to alleviate negative symptoms you are suffering, and you don’t want to experience the psychoactive effects of THC, then you will be pleased to know there are now an increasing number of cannabis strains reaching the market that have a higher concentration of CBD levels.
If you are new to medical marijuana or other strains from the same plant, then it can be overwhelming to figure out which CBD-rich strain, or sativa, is going to work the best for your needs. In this article, we will be recommending the top eight CBD strains that you should be aware of (without the effects of THC) along with some pointers of what each strain is most suitable for.
Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, is quickly becoming a fixture in many people’s medicine bag. This is due to the fact that one small bottle of CBD oil is capable of treating a massive variety of problems. Got anxiety? Take CBD oil or other CBD products. Migraines? Again, take CBD oil… the list of ailments that cannabidiol can treat is increasing each day as new medical research comes to light.
What to Look for When Choosing a CBD Strain
If you suffer from continuous panic attacks and anxiety—which is usually accompanied by a load of unnecessary stress—or you suffer from chronic pain or migraines, then you can rest assured that you are not alone. Many people in the United States and around the world have managed to find lasting relief from their mental and physical problems by turning to CBD. Cannabinoids and cannabis sativa are completely natural, completely legal (in some states) and also, entirely safe. In fact, overdosing on CBD oil is virtually impossible.
The increasing demand in the modern market for high-quality cannabis-based products has, however, highlighted a few difficulties that potential customers face when they are trying to select the best product for their particular needs. And while there is a ton of information online about all the different types of CBD oils and strains, if you are a newbie it can be super easy to get confused.
When you begin shopping around for the best CBD oil, you must take into account that not all of the strains you come across will have the same effect. For example, starting with a lighter strain might seem to be the best idea, but often that is just simply too weak to offer lasting and powerful benefits. Everyone’s body will react slightly differently to CBD and you might need to experiment a bit to ensure you get the desired results.
In light of everything we have mentioned above, it’s time to take a look at the best CBD-dominant strains that are available on the market today to help you make your decision.
This upbeat and slightly buzzy strain is designed to give you a positive vibe and allow your creative mind to work to its full capacity. The ratio of CBD:THC is almost 20:1, so don’t expect any euphoric highs from this strain. You can take Dancehall without worrying about getting distracted or a fuzzy head, especially important if you are sensitive to THC.
Named after the famous rock band, ACDC has made the top of our list thanks to its ability to combat all forms of anxiety. If you are susceptible to the side effects often produced by THC, then ACDC is perfect for you. You can enjoy all the desirable effects of cannabis, such as relaxation and mood elevation; yet still maintain a clear head.
- Suzy Q:
Another CBD-dominant strain on our list with only a sliver of THC in it is the beloved Suzy Q. This mellow strain won’t give you any high, but its mild effects will allow you to free yourself from anxiety and mental blocks that can often stand in the way of productivity.
- Ringo’s Gift:
This strain has been named after the pioneer of CBD oil: Lawrence Ringo. On taking Ringo’s Gift, you can allow yourself to be enveloped in a sense of well-being accompanied by a sense of relief. If you suffer from pains or stress, then this strain will take the edge off without making you paranoid or euphoric.
- Charlotte’s Web:
Don’t be fooled by the placement of this strain on our list. Charlotte’s Web was the very first CBD-rich strain that actually got serious media attention thanks to its potent treatment abilities. Its stellar reputation comes after it proved to be successful in treating epilepsy and many consumers use it for other conditions, such as pain and inflammation, as well as anxiety. It is a very high-quality strain, as it is manufactured by CW Pharmaceuticals, based in Colorado.
An appropriate name for a wonderful strain! Remedy has a high content of CBD that will help you to gently relax while remaining mentally alert. It is best suited to those who just want to experience the opportunity to ease their aches and pains while being able to chill out a bit.
- Sour Tsunami:
A household staple among CBD strains high in CBD, Sour Tsunami only produces around two percent of THC. This prolific strain will allow you to reap all the medicinal benefits without experiencing a high. It is stocked widely in dispensaries across the country and it is ideal for newbies looking to quell their pain and anxiety.
- Hawaiian Dream:
If you have figured out that you would get the most benefit out of a strain that contains both CBD and THC, then put on your Hula skirt and enjoy Hawaiian Dream. The THC content in this strain is approximately five percent and the CBD present can reach 10 percent in some products. The tropical flavor of this beloved strain will allow you to experience a mild euphoria perfect for switching off after a stressful week at work!
So, here you have a list that will hopefully give you more clarity as to the strain of CBD you should choose when starting out on your medical marijuana journey.