What Are High-CBD Cannabis Strains and How Do They Differ From High-THC Strains?

Although there are more than 85 active compounds that we are aware of in cannabis, two seem to get top billing. One of those is tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC. The other is cannabidiol, also known as CBD. In a business where everyone is looking to get more bang for their buck, many look for high-THC strains. However, CBD is beginning to obtain a prominence all on its own.

High-CBD vs High-THC

What exactly is the difference? In short, CBD is non-psychoactive and has more therapeutic benefits. THC produces the “high” that most people associate with marijuana. However, THC and CBD are best when used in conjunction with one another.

THC can bind with our natural receptors in our own endocannabinoid system while CBD has a little trouble – kind of like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. But when it does fit the effects are very strong. High THC strains may boast as much as 20% and up to 30% of the compound. However, CBD percentages over 4% are generally considered to be high.

Recently, it has been discovered that CBD can help to treat an entire host of conditions that are generally hard to obtain relief for – multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, and a debilitating form of epilepsy known as Dravet’s Syndrome.

In addition to those conditions, CBD has proven to be helpful in providing relief for an entire host of more common ailments. CBD can help to treat depression, anxiety, chronic pain, inflammation, and anxiety. It has also shown to be helpful in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

It is important to note that in 2016, the federal government classified all cannabis compounds as a Schedule I drug and increased the importance of cannabis legalization. This targeted the formerly legally-produced CBD oils and extracts derived from the hemp plant. However, this ruling has seen its fair share of legal challenges.

Now that we’ve discussed briefly the differences between CBD and THC as well as the medical benefits of the former, one might be asking themselves what exactly are some strains known for high-CBD?

The most prominent is Charlotte’s Web, which gained notice when it treated a young girl’s Dravet’s Syndrome. However, there are several other high-CBD strains of note. These strains have names like Harlequin, Sour Tsunami, and Cannatonic. Harlequin boasts a CBD:THC ratio of 5:2. Sour Tsunami boasts CBD levels of 10% to 11%. Cannstonic has CBD percentages of 6%-11%.

Consumers have many different ways of ingesting CBD. One of the more popular ways is to smoke the dry herbs. However, many people also ingest it via tinctures and topicals or in edible forms.

Vaporization is another way that is gaining ground as a preferred method of consumption. On the whole, vaporizers provide faster relief than edibles and is more efficacious than traditional smoking.

Vaporization also gives a patient the option of utilizing the flowers themselves in a dry herb vaporizers or desktop vaporizer like Stors & Bickel’s famed Volcano Vaporizers. They also have the advantage of being able to be produced into oils and concentrates to be smoked via cartridges through vape pens or vape mods. Herb vaporizers can provide on-the-go dosing to be used whenever symptoms present themselves.

The takeaway in this is that while CBD is legalized and may have many medical benefits, it works best when used in conjunction with THC. CBD can help to balance the effects of THC and allow people to obtain relief while still being focused and energized to get on with their day.


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