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

It has been known for quite a while that the second most popular cannabinoid found in marijuana has an extraordinary impact on an entire plethora of psychological and medical conditions.

Cannabidiol, or in short CBD, is a non-psychoactive chemical compound found in all varieties of the cannabis plant, and unlike its mischievous cousin THC (or tetrahydrocannabinol), it doesn’t create any mind-altering or hallucinogenic states of mind.

The way all cannabinoids work is they stimulate the endocannabinoid system (a system that all mammals have, including us humans), which is a physiological system that’s in charge of keeping the body in perfect balance (sciency word is homeostasis), on a microscopic, cellular level.

The endocannabinoid system can be stimulated by three different kinds of cannabinoids, and those are endocannabinoids, which are made solely in our body, phytocannabinoids which are found in cannabis, and synthetic cannabinoids, which are lab-made.

So the ECS (endocannabinoid system) is affected by the active cannabinoid compounds found in pot, and CBD (which is the second most prominent cannabinoid in the marijuana plant) is responsible for causing relaxation, reduction of anxiety, battling inflammation, destroying bacteria, lessening the symptoms of pain and nausea, and plenty more.

Using strains that are potent in both CBD and THC can have some astonishing effects on one’s health, because of the so-called entourage effect, where the two cannabinoids boost each other’s strengths.

Some studies also suggest that consuming both cannabinoids also helps to fight cancer cells with much more energy and power than when absorbed independently.

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This synergic effect isn’t useful only for medical users, but 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, and the different effects that different ratios bring to the table.

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 dosages), so if you’re trying to achieve a casual, non-intrusive high, stick to strains where THC levels are low to moderate.

To sum it up, strains with high levels of THC and low levels of CBD are usually reserved just for recreational purposes, because of the mind-altering high that the THC cannabinoid creates.

Strains that are high in CBD and low in THC are awesome for medicinal purposes, as the cannabinoids in this type of ratio work amazing off each other, creating multiple health-beneficial effects, while the dominant CBD stops the low levels of THC getting you “typically” high.

Strains that are equal in percentages of both cannabinoids are quite rare on today’s market, offering a slight cerebral high, with the focus still remaining on the alleviation of health issues.

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

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

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

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

List of High CBD Strains

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CBD Mango Haze

One of the most recognizable high-CBD strains is definitely this one, delivering from 1:1 – 2:1 ratio between CBD and THC.

It has a tropical aroma with the flavors of mango and pineapple being the most evident in this strain. 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.

Marco

A passionate cannabis enthusiast, Marco mainly writes about cannabis culture and basics. Intensely skeptical about the establishment and a firm believer in critical thinking.

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  • I'm new to cannabis, I need some advice. I'm looking for a strain that's good for granuloma annulare, colon/stomach problems, headaches, skin cancer, sleeping problems, heart disease. My mother is suffering from these conditions. I would like to buy some seeds for her but not sure which ones. In your expert opinion, which plant/strain would you recommend for these illnesses?

    Thank you, Laurika

    • Hey Laurika, because of the great number of conditions your mother is experiencing it's very difficult to find a strain of cannabis that would be beneficial for all of them at the same time.

      For skin cancer I would suggest that you read our article on Rick Simpson Oil https://greencamp.com/rick-simpson-oil/

      For stomach issues, headaches and insomnia I suggest your try our strain finder tool https://greencamp.com/strainblazer/

      There you can choose the condition you want to treat, and our algorithm will show you the best possible strains currently available on the Canadian market.

  • 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/

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Why avoid mixing with benzodiazepines and buprenorphine? Do they not work as well mixing thc/cbd with them?

    • 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.

  • 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.

  • Hi.Great article.I was wondering is there a strain that might stop me posting stupid comments on articles like this.

    • 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 :)

  • 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!

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