As the world of cannabis evolves, so do the demands of its consumers. What was once all about finding the highest high and stoniest stone is now more about finding personalized experiences.
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More than ever we’re all chasing specific cannabinoid and terpene profiles in hopes of finding that perfect flavor; that perfect feeling; that perfect experience. One place that’s seen a skyrocket in cannabis consumer interest is the world of CBD, much to the thanks of hemp’s legalization in 2018.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is the second most common cannabis compound, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) of course being the first. Unlike THC, which provides a “high”, CBD produces no psychoactive effects, though it may still provide certain therapeutic feelings like relaxation and comfort.
Who are CBD strains best for?
It’s commonly believed that CBD cannabis strains all solely for medical cannabis patients, due to CBD’s ability to provide relief for certain physical and mental ailments without the potential of overwhelming psychoactive change.
These physical and mental ailments are believed to include: muscle aches, body pain, depression, anxiety, etc.
While true, it is also true that recreational cannabis consumers simply want a change of pace from getting stoney baloney can benefit from CBD too. CBD strains can help supplement your normal ritual with lighter experiences.
Why aren’t there more CBD cannabis strains?
The cannabis market has historically revolved around THC-dominant strains. The majority of consumers in legal adult-use cannabis states were purchasing products to get high, so there weren’t too many CBD-specific products on the shelves.
With a lack of demand for CBD-dominant products, few cannabis growers are incentivized to produce CBD-dominant strains, which then means that few breeders are incentivized to produce CBD-dominant strains. However, with the growth of the CBD market, times are changing.
We’re seeing more and more CBD strains available on shelves, so if you’re ready to enter the world of CBD smokeables, here are the best strains to grab up today.
Note: The following strains are most commonly CBD-dominant cannabis strains. It is important to remember that CBD content can vary by product and grower. Always check a product’s packaging to verify cannabinoid percentages before purchasing. We are also not doctors, so we cannot prescribe you strains for various ailments.
The Best CBD Cannabis Strains
Genetics: Colombian Gold, Thai and Swiss sativa landraces
Cannabinoid Profile: 6-15% CBD, 4-10% THC
Off top, you can’t even begin to talk CBD strains without bringing Harlequin to the table. With its typical 5:2 CBD:THC ratio, Harlequin is held in the highest regard amongst cannabis consumers for its high CBD content and associated wellness benefits.
It’s a sativa-dominant hybrid with earthy and musky flavors, resembling the smell of classic herb. Effects-wise, it hits most people with clear-headed effects that leave you feeling alert and refreshed.
2. Sour TsunamiGenetics: Sour Diesel, NYC Diesel, and Ferrari
Cannabinoid Profile: 11-13% CBD, 10% THC
Sour Tsunami is a real crowd-pleaser when it comes to high-CBD strains, which is surprising considering its lineage is mostly THC-dominant. Created by crossing Sour Diesel, NYC Diesel, and a local California variety, Ferrari, Sour Tsu is a sativa-dominant treat with those musky and sour diesel flavors. The taste is a straight-up tongue-smacker.
Many medical cannabis patients seek our Sour Tsunami for its potential to treat physical pain and inflammation without producing too heavy of a high.
Genetics: Cannatonic and Afghan Skunk
Cannabinoid Profile: 12-16% CBD, 0.7-1% THC
If you’re looking for a heavy dose of relaxation sans the high, welcome to one of your newest favorite cannabis strains. A CBD-dominant treat, Remedy is just that: a remedy.
With virtually no THC, and CBD content as high as 16%, CBD lovers champion this strain for its ability to soothe and relax the body without clouding up the mind.
Cannabinoid Profile: 6-17% THC, 6% THC percent
Cannatonic is one of the most legendary CBD strains, with its genetics spreading far and wide in crosses like ACDC and the aforementioned Remedy.
It holds an earthy flavor with citrus tones and the effects leave many consumers feeling relaxed in the body, but alert in the mind, making it the perfect anytime strain. Many CBD consumers seek Cannatonic for potential relief from various ailments including: muscle spasms, headaches, and nausea.
Genetics: Ruderalis and Cannatonic
Cannabinoid Profile: 20% CBD, 1-6% THC
Alongside Harlequin, ACDC is probably the most popular CBD strain on this entire menu. It’s a sativa-dominant child of a ruderalis and Cannatonic, so it naturally is a favorite amongst those seeking wellness benefits.
If you came looking for a skunky treat, then ACDC’s complex flavors of earth, skunk, and flat citrus might be just what the palate ordered.
6. Ringo’s Gift
Genetics: Harle-Tsu and ACDC
Cannabinoid Profile: 20% CBD, 1% THC
Named after CBD pioneer Lawrence Ringo, and not the Beatles’ member, Ringo’s Gift is a high-CBD cross of Harle-Tsu and ACDC. If you came looking for a strain that would be great in oil form, say hello.
Effects can vary from consumer to consumer as there are many RG phenotypes, but on average, the gift from this strain is a focused mind with a light body relaxation.
7. CBD Dancehall
Genetics: Juanita La Lagrimosa and Kalijah
Cannabinoid Profile: 15% CBD, 9% THC
If you love to vape your cannabis, Dancehall is one of the tastiest CBD options out there. It has a sweet tropical flavor, with a somewhat floral kickback, that leaves your mouth with a very strain-specific skunky pineapple aftertaste.
Additionally, Dancehall is an absolute mood-booster, clearing your mind, putting a smile on your face, and making your body feel all loosey-goosey. Looking for the perfect combo of taste and effects? Well look no further, you found it.