17 Truly High CBD Strains And Their Effects (The Complete List)

Cannabidiol, or in short CBD, is a non-psychoactive chemical compound found in all varieties of cannabis.

Unlike its mischievous cousin THC, it doesn’t create any mind-altering or hallucinogenic states of mind.

CBD works by interacting with the human endocannabinoid system, which is a physiological network that’s in charge of keeping the body in perfect balance on a cellular level.

The endocannabinoid system can be stimulated by three different kinds of cannabinoids:

  1. Endocannabinoids, which are made solely in our body;
  2. Phytocannabinoids which are found in cannabis;
  3. Synthetic cannabinoids, which are lab-made.

Using strains that are potent in both CBD and THC can produce astonishing effects because of the so-called entourage effect, where the two cannabinoids and terpenes work with each other to boost their effects.

This synergic effect isn’t useful only for medical users — CBD actually lessens the symptoms of paranoia and unrest caused by THC.

Another very important thing to consider is the ratio between CBD and THC.

Marijuana produces biphasic effects, which means that in small doses its cannabinoids create one effect and that larger doses may create some utterly contrasting ones.

Tetrahydrocannabinol, for example, can make you paranoid in larger quantities and very carefree and laid back in lower doses, so if you’re trying to achieve a casual, non-intrusive high, stick to strains where THC levels are low to moderate.

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THC:CBD RatioEffects
1:0Very high psychoactive effects, uplifted emotions, uncontrollable laugh.
More prominent side effects for novice users.
2:1Laugh and euphoria with calmer thoughts.
Mild side effects.
1:1Biggest therapeutic benefits and tranquility.
Very few side effects.
1:2Mild sedation and body relaxation.
Weak euphoria effect.
0:1Antipsychotic and relaxing effects, great for therapeutic use.
No high effect.

Now that we’ve covered all the science behind cannabinoids, we can advance to the core of this piece, which are the actual CBD strains.

I will try to cover them with as much precision as possible, allowing you to have the most educated pick when choosing your perfect CBD strain.

If you’re from Canada, you can head over to Strainblazer, our tool that will help you find strains with desired THC and CBD levels.

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CBD Mango Haze

One of the most recognizable high-CBD strains is definitely CBD Mango Haze, delivering from 1:1 to 2:1 ratio between CBD and THC.

It has a tropical aroma with the flavors of mango and pineapple being the most prominent. It’s also an energizing sativa dominant, and because of this a lot of medicinal users are drawn to it.

CBD Critical Cure

A crossbreed between Critical Kush and a ruderalis strain, Critical Cure has around 2:1 CBD to THC ratio, and percentages around 11% CBD and 5% THC.

It’s an indica-dominant which makes it a perfect tool for ending the day in a calm manner.

A very gentle “highness” can occur with Critical Cure.

Harlequin

With one of the most reliable expressions of CBD (almost always in a 5:2 CBD-THC ratio), Harlequin also has some sativa-dominant uplifting qualities, with very slight euphoric effects, and because of this, it’s one of the most sought-after CBD strains on the market.

Lacking the “stoned” effect, it’s perfect for daytime activities while maintaining a soothing CBD experience.

The taste of these buds can range from sweet-like mango an earthy aroma.

Harle-Tsu

A cross between Harlequin and Sour Tsunami (which will also be included in this list), this hybrid can have some colossal CBD levels (20:1 CBD to THC), but this number is somewhat relative as some phenotypes have around 1:1 ratio.

The Harle-Tsu seeds have about a 75% probability to express their massive CBD levels, which makes this strain a perfect partner in crime for anxiety, pain and inflammation while keeping your mind clear and paranoia-free.

ACDC

Besides the awesome rock n roll name, ACDC also exhibits an out-of-this-world CBD to THC ratio of about 20:1, with a staggering 19% CBD levels.

These stats make this strain a wondrous source of CBD, with an almost non-existent intoxication effect.

As far as the taste goes, expect an earth-like flavour with a pinch of sweetness in it.

Ringo’s Gift

As a crossbreed between ACDC and Harle-Tsu, you can expect some powerful CBD levels, of course, ranging from 1:1 CBD to THC ratio, to a mind-boggling 24:1 CBD/THC.

It’s was named for the legendary CBD trailblazer and cannabis advocate Lawrence Ringo, and with such a potent strain holding his name, his legacy will continue to endure.

Stephen Hawking Kush

Named after one of the greatest minds of our time, SHK was created from crossbreeding Harle-Tsu and Sin City Kush.

With three available phenotypes, CBD levels can range from 5% to 20% CBD, and the phenotype that has the most CBD exudes a 5:1 ratio of CBD to THC.

Expect a fruity/minty flavor with a twist of cherry, and a slight cerebral high.

Cannatonic

With CBD ranging from 6 to 17 percent, and THC levels staying at under 6%, this hybrid strain delivers many medical benefits such as anxiety, pain, spasms and an instant relief from headaches, without the anxiousness and paranoia that can happen with too much THC.

Awesome for daily consumption, expect an earthy fragrance with a touch of citrus on your taste buds.

Sour Tsunami

This strain has around 10-11% CBD, while the THC content stays at about 6-10%. It’s also one of the first strains bred specifically for its high CBD levels.

Stress, depression, anxiety, but also pain and inflammation are rapidly relieved with Sour Tsunami, which has a musky piquant flavor with some sugary connotations.

Sweet & Sour Widow

With a balanced CBD-THC ratio of 1:1 (and 5-10% of both cannabinoids), this 70% indica 30% sativa hybrid offers great medicinal benefits with a slight and pleasant THC-high feeling.

This strain is great for new cannabis consumers because of its perfectly balanced cannabinoid profile, but with this much CBD it also fantastic for medicinal users who don’t want to get too blazed.

Charlotte’s Web

This awesome strain has one of the lowest levels of THC (usually at around 0.3%), and CBD levels at 17%, so you can expect serious medical possibilities with minimal psychoactivity related to THC.

Charlotte’s Web was made famous back in 2013 when it helped a little girl named Charlotte who’s suffering from Dravet Syndrome, a type of epilepsy with numerous seizures a day.

Because of the practically non-existent THC concentration, it’s extremely suitable for pediatric use.

Canna-Tsu

This Cannatonic / Sour Tsunami hybrid has an equal range of about 10% CBD and 10% THC, making it a clear-headed and casual option for those looking for CBD health-benefits.

The high CBD levels keep the THC mental attack in check, and the flavor of this strain is also very rewarding, with a mixture of citrus sourness and earth-like aroma. Great for daytime use because of the generally upbeat vibe it brings about in people.

Pennywise

Another 1:1 CBD-THC strain, Pennywise is an indica cross from Harlequin and Jack the Ripper, with levels of both cannabinoids ranging from 12% to 15%.

This “dreadful” strain is amazing in battling for a great number of health issues including arthritis, epilepsy and cancer manifestations.

Because of the balanced structure and delicious flavors of coffee and pepper-bubblegum, Pennywise is ideal for daytime sessions.

Corazón

A new strain coming from Oregon, Corazon is an ACDC x Charlotte’s Web cross, and it really packs a CBD punch, because testing confirmed levels of 22,5%CBD and only a 2.70% THC.

This makes Corazon (which is still only scarcely available), the highest scoring CBD strain on planet Earth at this very moment.

Blue Dragon Desert Frost

Another newcomer from Oregon’s Yerba Buena cannabis farm, the BDDF strain packs a powerful CBD punch at approximately 17% CBD and just a tiny 0.6% THC.

This of course means these buds have a wicked healing potential, with a minimal psychoactive trait of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Valentine X

A 50-50 indica sativa hybrid, Valentine X has a staggering 25:1 CBD to THC ratio, making it one of the go-to strains for a bunch of health issues, like seizures, inflammation, and even cancer.

Named after a saint of love and courtship, St Valentine is also a patron saint of epilepsy, and this strain was given this name because CBD is currently the most powerful medicine for these types of seizures.

CBD Critical Mass

An indica-dominant hybrid, CBD Critical Mass produces a ratio that ranges from 1:1 (CBD/THC) to about 2:1 (CBD/THC), and the growers report that it’s genetic parents are the famed Critical Mass strain and an unknown CBD-potent strain.

This hybrid is known to produce generous yields and is generally perfect like so many other strains in this list for a massive array of medical issues.

Think we’ve left some awesome strain in the dark?

If so, make sure you let us know in the comment box.

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  1. A friend has had a grand mal seizure disorder, of sudden onset, for 25 years. That is, it did not start in childhood. The focus of the seizures is deep in the brain, and psychosurgery hasn’t been available until relatively recently. The focus, if it can be located, is deep in the brain and traditional surgery would have likely caused major braindamage or personality changes. Now, w/ laser surgery and robotic methods, surgery may be possible. However, the other major problem, is that 10 years ago, she developed a bilateral polyneuropathy in both lower legs and ankles. In addition, there seems to be a hyperbaric effect caused by the neuropathy. So, whenever a storm is coming in, the drop in the barometric pressure causes her ankles to swell. The poly neuropathy is extremely painful—and nothing works. Nothing. Not opiates, TMS, various lidocaine creams, lamictal, no anti-depressant and so on. The pain is excruciating, and she cannot lie flat in a bed. There is a small possibility that the surgery, if it could stop the seizures would obviate the need for the anti-seizure meds that caused the polyneuropathy in the first place.

    She is extremely reluctant to try marijuana b/c of the odor and smoke (obviously not there in an edible) and the possibilities of munchies. Also, when she was in college in the 70’s, several friends became “stoners”—obtunded, passive people w/ no motivation. She deoesn’t want that to happen, nor doe she want to badly influence her 20 year pld son w/ her marijuana use.

    It seems to me that, the strains w\ the highest CBD content and no or very little THC content might be best for her. Ideally, the strain should address, first, the severe pain, second, the anxiety and depression, as well as third, anti-seizure activity.

    She lives in CO.

    Can you recommend a strain that might help her? The pain is the most important symptom to be addressed. Cost is also important, but wouldn’t make use impossible. She’s on disability.

    Thank you,
    Sheila Wall, MD

  2. Thank you for info, need to know if it will help with short term memory loss due to concussion. I was considering Charlotte’s Web, does it come in oil drop form.

  3. I have mild aspergers, looking at me and day to day no one notices (they are shocked when I tell them) but I feel different and I feel like my brain processes things different. The only person who notices is my girlfriend because in high stress situation with her (because I’m comfortable) I end up freaking out with my anxiety that I deal with on a daily bases.

    I’m looking for a strain that will calm me down and not give me anxiety and let me release some of my anxiety, that will let me go around day to day normal and functional.

    When I smoke I feel like I’m just a normal person and I don’t think that I am different. I really hope to find a strain that will reduce my anxiety and also give me energy for the day.

    • I would suggest any strain that high in CBD, because this cannabinoid is proven to diminish anxiety.

      If you’re using strains that have both CBD and THC, just make sure that it doesn’t have to much THC, as it’s quite possible that the excess levels of THC will induce anxiety, or even paranoia.

      Also, you should focus on Indicas or Indica-dominant hybrids, because Sativa strains tend to be more energetic and much less relaxing and calming than Indicas.

      I hope this helps, and if you’re from Canada, you should check out our strain finder tool https://greencamp.com/strainblazer/.

  4. Hello Marco,

    I’m seeking more information in reference to these strains. So many! With that said I have concerns with an elderly folk with heart disease, gout, arthritis, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, blindness, etc… I guess you can say all over inflammation to sum it up? They are taking a hand full of medications. I see the benefits of some of these strains that may help them. My concern is if it is safe for the elderly and which strains do I need to be aware of that would result in adverse effects with certain medications? Also when is best to take CBD oil? How many hours before/after taking medications. I know this is a medical question and you may not be able to answer this — with that said would you point me to information online that I can research further? Many thanks for any information you can provide!

    • As this is an extremely complicated topic I definitely can’t give you definitive answer. We should be covering this correlation in great depth very soon, but for now I suggest to avoid consuming cannabis (both THC and CBD) with medications that contain:
      -propoxyphene
      -buprenorphine
      -levomethadyl acetate
      -benzodiazepines
      -sodium oxybate

      Also, cannabis use should be avoided when using:
      -beta blockers
      -SNRIs
      -SSRIs
      -Anti-psychotics

      Hope this helps.

      • Marco, In a past article you advise against using cannabis if you are using buprenorphine.

        Can you please explain why?

        I’m dealing with several levels of blown discs….degeneration..arthritis and tears or striations in the disc lining…both thoracic and lumbar.
        The spasms make breathing very hard at times.
        I was led to believe that buprenorphine was way better than methadone.
        I’d like to get rid of the buprenorphine and have tried med. Marijuana. I lost 40lbs inside of 6 months.
        Still I’m not finding a lot of medical guidance on interactions.
        Please advise
        Many thanks
        Tom

  5. Good info here.. ty 🙂

    What would you suggest for someone with arthritis.. knees, ankles etc… but does not like the indica high.. body highs = nausea/vertigo, but still likes the fragrance and flavor of weed?
    grandma does like her little sativa buzzes.. but so far, it’s not helping with walking and such.

    • Hi Cathail, you should definitely check out our strain finding tool https://greencamp.com/strainblazer/

      When you’re on it just select arthritis as a condition, and 6 strains will appear that are best suited for that specific ailment.

      For arthritis it’s best that cannabis has an approximately even levels of THC and CBD, but you can still choose a sativa dominant strain if that’s your preference 🙂

      I would also suggest topicals that have a similar concentration of cannabinoids like the six strains listed for this condition, and apply the cream directly on the affected areas.

      Hope this helps, and make sure to let me know if you require anything else
      Marco

  6. Hi Marco. Super interesting article. Thank you
    I wanted to ask a question.
    I see hemp CBD stores with different blends to smoke where they give each type a different effect
    Anti depressant
    Makes you sleepy
    Anti inflammatory
    Relaxation and so on….
    Is that a gimmick or are there different strains of hemp that have different effects?
    Is there some where I can read about this?

    • Hey Zohar, that’s a pretty legitimate question, and to answer it briefly yes, different strains of cannabis are capable of producing different effects, which are beneficial for different conditions.

      The thing that differentiates these strains is the quantity and ratio of specific cannabinoids, and terpenes which are responsible for the flavor and aroma of a strain, but also add to the therapeutic effect.

      We have a ton of articles that deal with this topic, please check out our health section https://greencamp.com/health/

  7. Not many CBD strains help with fatigue, which I have in spades from many concussions. I have tried CBD Black Widow, Charlottes Web, High Voltage CBD and an oil of unknown lineage. Everyone of those felt off and induced more fatigue with Charlottes Web being the best of them. I tracked a couple CBD strains down that Leafly ratings are good for fatigue. Johnny’s Tonic, Suzy Q, Sweet and sour widow and Stephen Hawking Kush. Now the next problem is where to find them.

  8. Hello…I suffer from Severe Panic Attacks, so I am looking for a stain that will help relieve them and make me more calm and at peace….but at the same time I also suffer from pain and depression (seems to go hand and hand with panic) so I’m also looking for a strain that can lift my mood and give me that giggly feeling….any ideas? Thank You

    • I take xanax and subutex I have been taking cbd gummies here and there for 3 days and just got medical cbd 2:1cbd 207.22 and thc 11.0. Have not yet taken it but hoping it helps I have tmj very bad and have headaches every day almost all.day on top of horrible neck pain and anxiety. Should I not take the oil?

      • Hey Sarah, you should definitely try using that THC/CBD oil, because combining these two cannabinoids is usually a lot more beneficial than using only one of them.

        Check out our dosing guide here: https://greencamp.lpages.co/dosage-ebook-greencamp/

        There you’ll find all the necessary info to properly begin your canna-treatment, and if there’s anything else you need, please don’t hesitate to ask.

  9. Hi,
    I have been obese for a good part of my life. From what I’ve read CBD oil can help as an appetite suppressant. If so what Strano would you recommend?

    • Hey Deniz, as Charlotte’s Web is a signature strain of the Stanley Brothers company that developed it, I’m pretty sure you can’t find it online for sale. But using other high-CBD low-THC seeds should provide very similar effects to those from Charlotte’s Web.

    • I don’t know about stopping you from posting stupid comments on various websites, but some Kush Strains are known to produce that couch lock which makes you not wanna do anything… I suggest a strong indica strain with high THC levels instead of browsing CBD strains 🙂

  10. These are some great looking strains! Has anyone heard of Cancer’s Nightmare by chance? Reported to be a (1:1 ratio) with 12% – 16% both in CBD & THC. I got 1 just starting to flower and 6 clones of her which I will be handing out to friends and such. Can’t wait to turn this into some edibles for my mother in law who has breast cancer.

    One of her parents is blue dream by the way.. so she gets hugee!

  11. I have purchased seeds from Nirvanashop.com for a strain called TwentyFour. It is supposedly high in CBD and low in THC. I have not germinated yet, and I do not know what phenos might be encountered, but for those of us who grow personal medicine, for whatever reason, it could be yet another non-psychoactive strain. If I have a successful grow, I plan to make RSO in capsule form for my wife.

    • Dear DeWalt, I’m not sure for what reason your wife is planning to use that oil, but RSO is made from sedative indica strains that are high in THC, but also have CBD and numerous other cannabinoids in it.

      If it’s all right, I’d like to know what her condition is.

  12. Great article. I’m battling chronic pain and looking for a full spectrum high percentage CBD oil from a strain that also has a high percentage of cannabichromene, or CBC. Don’t want to be too mellow since I’ll be using it throughout the day. Any recommendations? [BTW – medical and recreational marijuana are both legal in NV.] Thanks!

  13. This is extremely helpful. Early last year, I suffered from two very scary paranoia attacks after smoking and have been terrified since then of smoking again. I wasn’t sure if it was me, or the cannabis I was smoking and seeing this really helps clear things up for me and lets me know it was more than likely the strand that I was smoking that caused those attacks. I have become an avid smoke and I truly love marijuana and hate the negative view many people have when it comes to cannabis. This has really helped to open my eyes to what I need to be looking for and what would more than likely work best for me. Thanks so much for this article!

    • Thank you for the kind words Felicia, we’re more than happy to help.

      Certain high-THC strains can definitely cause both paranoia and anxiety, especially when a user consumes excessive amounts.

  14. Thanks for the insightful article.
    I am currently in the beginning stage of cultivating Ringos Gift from seeds I purchased online. I was wondering if you had any info on reliable at home testing kits I could use to find out what my CBD to THC ratio is. I’m growing it for my wife, who has severe anxiety, but I may also use it as well, I have had 2 very bad episodes using high THC strains(both were accompanied by a small amount of alcohol) but I’ve never had issues when I have smoked without drinking. Nevertheless those two times made me stop marijuana all together, out of fear. So I would like to be sure that what I’m growing has a high CBD to THC ratio. Thanks

    • Hey Ray, if you bought your seeds from an established company you don’t really need to check your cannabinoid levels, but I completely understand your desire to be absolutely safe. These guys ( https://www.alpha-cat.org/ ) are completely legit, so I would suggest them to you.

      Regarding combining cannabis and alcohol, some of the negative cerebral effects of THC get amplified with alcohol use, so I would suggest quitting cannabis combined with liquor. Hope this helps.

      • Thanks Marco, I definitely appreciate it. And yes I actually prefer to not drink alcohol, the after effects are getting worse with age.

        • I know what you mean Ray 🙂
          If it’s not too much trouble for you, let me know what THC:CBD ratio your Ringo’s Gift expresses

  15. Hi, I just had surgery to remove a heel spur, and transfer a tendon to attach and support my Achilles. This also included having anchors inserted into the bone to reattach the tendon. During the process a nerve had to be moved over (a normal part of the surgery) addressed with a local nerve blocker and an Rx for Gabapentin.
    I’m in various bandages, casts, and boots for the next several months so a salve on the incision sites is not possible. I am tapering off of Oxy in the next couple of days and want to come off of the Gabapentin as soon as possible too, both have caused serious motion sickness for me! Of course, as I reduce those drugs in my system the more aware I am of the healing/ nerve firing in my leg.
    1. Which strand(s) would you suggest? Please include suggestions with low or no THC too in order to make it easier for me to obtain in my state.
    2. When I am able to access the site are there any topicals I can apply to help with the healing process and reduce scarring?
    🙏🏽 THANKS

      • Hi Marco,
        I live in Georgia (USA). I know the law here doesn’t support THC. Our state just recently passed legislation allowing the use of Oils with THC for extreme medical conditions such as epilepsy (but then they left a big whole in the law that still makes it illegal for people to bring it into the state) 🙄.
        I’m willing to grow my own hemp, but that of course takes a long time. I honestly just wish there were more “specialized” oils on the market. There are so many strains of cannabis available for smoking, why are oils (tinctures and vapes) just lumped together as a “cure all”? Even reputable companies don’t bother to talk about the strains they use, but focus on extraction process and flavor. Thanks again for helping all of us by sharing your knowledge.

        • Well first of all, you could try using a CBD oil for the pain caused by your healing nerve, but potent Indica strains (which contain large amounts of THC) are considered as a much more powerful option for pain in general.

          Secondly, for the scarring you could try using a hemp oil (made from hemp seeds, which has insignificant levels of THC, and small amounts of CBD). Exfoliate that area by dry brushing before bathing and massaging the hemp oil, and repeat this process for a few months. Just make sure to buy small the hemp oil in small bottles, as it becomes rancid rather quickly. Store in the fridge in between uses.

  16. Great article! I am looking for a strain that will help me with chronic pain. I have had 5 unsuccessful cervical spine surgeries from degenerate disc disease. I also suffer from depression and anxiety. I really like AC/DC but I’m wanting something with more THC. I’m interested in a 1:1 ratio like Pennywise, Dancehall or Sweet and Sour Widow, but I’ve also heard that a 5:1 like Cannatonic, Stephen Hawking Kush or Canna-Tsu May be better. What do you think? Which ratio would give me the most pain relief and still give me a cerebral buzz without the paranoia? Or should I step it up to the higher THC strains like Jack Herer, OG Kush or Granddaddy Purple? Could you explain the ratios a little for me and how they are not only in terms of pain relief but how they make you feel? It’s all so confusing!

    • Hey Lana, the current understanding of cannabis reveals that the best strains for chronic pain are sedative high-THC/low-CBD pure Indicas (the next best thing are Indica-dominant hybrids), which all have a lot of THC in them, but also possess numerous minor cannabinoids and terpenes which when combined synergically contribute in the pain-relieving effects.

      But, with all high-THC/low-CBD strains there is always a risk of unease and paranoid thoughts, and these negative adverse effects are best tackled by finding the perfect dose, which has to be personalized because every individual is different.

      Please check out our dosing guidebook, where all of this is detailedly explained – https://greencamp.lpages.co/dosage-ebook-greencamp/

  17. I’ve recently purchased Charlottes Web for my gf who has bipolar with mania and psychosis. Cbd does help. I’ve come across another high cbd called catch 22 from a place called national compassionate club. They say it’s 22:1 cbd/thc. I would also like to know where in Canada can you get
    Corazón. Seems like another great cbd. AC/DC has been the best so far but still many to look at. Do you have any thoughts on catch 22 or the company that sells it? Thanks again 😇

    • Hey David, pretty much all high-CBD strains and products from reputable producers should be adequate. Of course there will be subtle differences in CBD levels and overall quality, but high-CBD strains aren’t really hard to come by these days. It’s probably best to guide yourself by trial and error, and find the producer/grower that suits your personal needs best.

    • CBD is known to lessen inflammation, which is at the root of chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. Just make sure not to smoke high CBD strains as they will additionally irritate the lungs, and in stead opt out for oils that contain CBD.

      For more info please read https://greencamp.com/cbd-hemp-oil/

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