The rise in CBD’s popularity gave way to many cannabis cultivators searching to make top-of-the-line CBD strains for consumers who only sought after this cannabinoid, and not its well-known counterpart THC. After all, many medical marijuana patients prefer the medical properties that the plant offers, without the mental side effects. Thus, they look towards CBD.
For those who may be unfamiliar, CBD is a major cannabinoid found in cannabis that does not offer psychoactive effects (such as THC), but instead offers hundreds of medical properties that we can greatly benefit from. Chances are, CBD can benefit you in some way or another. It already has for many: from helping cancer patients get their appetite back to reducing the amount of seizures someone has.
Now that some cannabis cultivators have set their attention to creating good CBD strains, the market has many to choose from! In the last few years, obtaining CBD-dominant strains in the U.S. alone has become easier and easier. As more cannabis legalization passes through, soon we may see CBD all over (if we are not already).
With all these CBD strains out now, we have decided to collect five of the best and share them with you. In case you go searching for CBD strains, keep your eyes out for one of these on our list below. They were each picked based off of popularity in the market (on average; this may differ in your area), as well as CBD potency.
One thing to note is that some of these strains work well to fight certain conditions. For example, some CBD strains work best for pain, while some others for anxiety, and so on. Keep this in mind when searching for the right strains for you.
Our number one spot is quite obvious: Charlotte’s Web. For those who know about CBD strains, you have most likely heard of this one. If there is any strain on this list considered to be the best and most well-rounded, I would personally vote for Charlotte’s Web. In fact, it’s so good that it is the only strain on this list with its own review!
Since we have already done a full review on this strain, I don’t want to go into too much detail on it here. What you should know is that it has been proven to be very effective against seizures, which led to its rise in popularity. Before Charlotte’s Web, no other strain could reduce nearly the same amount of seizures.
Of course, this strain works to treat many other conditions as well. With its high potency of CBD, you can surely expect the normal benefits from this cannabinoid. Charlotte’s Web served as a gateway for more CBD-dominant strains to be created, such as the ones below.
Next up, we have ACDC. It’s a sativa-dominant, and will get you energized just like the band! In fact, some users prefer it for energy and focus. Some medical patients also claim that it is a great anxiety reliever. Other conditions it can help with include: pain, tension, inflammation and depression. ACDC was also tested to see if it could treated epilepsy, and the results proved it to be effective.
ACDC has a ratio of 20:1 CBD to THC. As with each strain on this list, the ratio is an average and can vary among growers. Anyway, this is one of the highest levels of CBD in a strain today! And with this low of a THC level, it is hardly noticeable. This makes ACDC great for daily medical use. The low THC level does allow for relaxation and mood enhancement, however there is not enough for a high to be felt in the user’s head.
Harlequin is also a favorite to many in the CBD community. It has a ratio of 5:2 CBD to THC, and is even sativa-dominant. This strain is also one of the parents of Pennywise, which is a strain we discuss more about below.
While it does offer mild euphoria, this strain will give that without too much of a high. Many medical users state that it is an amazing pain reliever. Harlequin also serves as a great mood enhancer as users claim it to lift their happiness. This is possibly where the strain got its name, since it makes you happy, just as a clown like Harlequin should.
Let’s talk about this one here: Cannatonic. It is known to be one of the best (even claimed to be the best by some) for stress and anxiety relief. Its ratio hangs around 1:1 CBD to THC. While this ratio may seem like lots of THC, the high amount of CBD cancels it out. And since CBD levels are typically very low, even for CBD to match THC 1:1 means there is a high CBD level. Learn how this works in our various articles across Reefer Post.
Medical patients do use Cannatonic, of course, but even everyday people do, who enjoy it to unwind after a long day. Of all the strains on this list, THC can be most presently felt in this one (though still very hard to notice). This makes Cannatonic a good strain for newbies to cannabis.
Lastly, we have Pennywise, though many CBD lovers may put it higher on their list. By the way, this list is in no particular order. Anyway, as with Cannatonic, Pennywise holds a ratio of 1:1 CBD to THC. It is also indica-dominant.
Pennywise is known to be a great strain for relieving depression and PTSD. The dominance of CBD and Indica combined allows for relaxing comfort to flow throughout the user’s body. Its parent strains are Jack the Ripper and Harlequin (from above). Instead of Pennywise the Clown, this strain is suppose to make you happy. You know… like a regular clown should. Though I am not sure why so many clown names are chosen for CBD strains…
Of the five CBD strains above, which sounded like the best one to you? Everybody has different opinions, conditions and desires. We all need CBD for something, yet not necessarily the same thing. Make sure to search for strains that meet your needs. Thanks for reading!