Top Ten High-CBD Strains

Rohan Mathew

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In the recent past, there has been an increased demand and use of CBD products. The sudden uproar with CBD is thanks to research, proving not only its safety but also its potential health benefits. 

Some of the agreed-upon health benefits of CBD include;- 

  • May help in reducing pain levels 
  • May aid in reducing the severity and occurrence of acne 
  • Helps boost one’s moods 
  • Might help one sleep better
  • May help cancer patients power through their treatment-related side effects such as nausea and vomiting

If one has decided to grow cannabis entirely for its medicinal benefits, then they should understand what weed seeds to go for. 

In this article, we will discuss the top ten cannabis strains boasting of a high CBD content. 

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  1. Charlotte’s Web

Whether you are new to cannabis and CBD, or you’re a fan, you’ve probably heard of Charlotte’s Web. Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s endorsement of the strain on daytime television made it so well-known, that Florida passed Charlotte’s Web law, legalizing only that strain. It is one of the most recognizable names among CBD cannabis strains.

In a study among pediatric epilepsy patients, patients given Charlotte’s Web with a 27:1 CBD to THC ratio had reduced seizures and improved mood, focus, and appetite. It’s no wonder that its benefits make it so popular. You can even get it in chocolate mint, orange blossom, lemon twist, and olive oil flavors.

  1. ACDC

ACDC was another high-CBD oil tested in the above study, with ratios from 15:1 to 28:1 CBD to THC. It provided positive effects as well for pediatric epilepsy patients.

As a Sativa-dominant strain, it is known for providing some energy and focus on those who consume it. Though evidence is anecdotal, it may be useful for some with pain, inflammation, stress, depression, epilepsy, and even Parkinson’s disease.

Though ACDC is sweet with a zing of citrus, its rockstar name is a bit misleading as there is virtually no high in its low-THC make up. So, don’t expect any intoxicating side effects.

  1. Cannatonic

A play on “catatonic,” the Cannatonic CBD flower strain, is one of the best for anxiety and stress. This earthy strain is known for creating warm fuzzies. Use this strain if you need a boost in your energy or mood, but with a dose of calmness.  

Cannatonic typically contains a 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC. There are some euphoric effects from the THC, but its high CBD content prevents any real high. So, newcomers who are anxious about cannabis and THC can still enjoy it.  

  1. Remedy

Remedy is derived from Cannabis Indica, which often means that it is best for relaxation, reduced muscle tension, and improved sleep. Therefore, you should use Remedy if you are looking to stop insomnia and get a calming “body high.”

Like the previous strains, Remedy has an earthy and citrusy flavor profile. It’s a cross between Cannatonic and Afghan Skunk, but it has a higher CBD to THC ratio than Cannatonic.

  1. Pennywise

An Indica-dominant hybrid, Pennywise, is a cross between the Harlequin strain and the Jack the Ripper strain. That is most likely where it gets its name, which comes from the famed killer clown. Like traditional clowns, however, Pennywise is meant to make you happy.

Pennywise may be the perfect strain for depression and even PTSD, thanks to its near 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC. You’ll get some of the happy-inducing highs with the calming, balancing effects of the CBD and Indica-based properties. Its flavor profile is sweet, with a hint of pepper.

  1. Harlequin

Speaking of Pennywise, a harlequin is also a type of clown or jester. It’s also the name of one of Pennywise’s cross-strains. The name for this Sativa-dominant strain is fitting because it is likely to soothe pain, increase energy, and improve mood.

Most Harlequin strains have a 5:2 ratio of CBD to THC, so you won’t get high despite being feeling happier, energetic, and friendlier.

  1. Sour Tsunami

Sour Tsunami is a cross between Sour Diesel and NYC Diesel. Therefore, you can expect a sweet flavor with the unique aroma of diesel.

The strain’s CBD to THC ratio is about 1:1, specifically with CBD levels around 11 percent and THC levels up to 10 percent. It may not be the best strain for beginners or the THC-averse, because a slight high can be expected despite the calming balance of CBD.

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  1. Ringo’s Gift

Ringo’s Gift is similarly comprised of a 1:1 ratio. However, if you want a strain that’s all about the CBD, you can often find ratios up to 20:1 CBD to THC. The high-CBD versions of this strain are used by cancer patients and the medical community at large for pain relief.

Ringo’s Gift is named after a cannabis activist, rather than the famous Beatles drummer. However, it does have some connection to music, because it is a cross between Harle-Tsu and ACDC. Home Grown Cannabis Company recommends that both are excellent CBD strains.

  1. Trident

You don’t see Trident on many top 10 lists, but it has an impressively high CBD content. That makes it a popular medical cannabis strain.

Despite its high levels of CBD, it can have up to six percent THC so that some cerebral effects may take place. On the other hand, its status in the medical cannabis community proves that you won’t lose your alertness or focus.

  1. Harle-Tsu  

This hybrid strain is the epitome of high-CBD/low-THC strains, though it is not always easy to find. You’ll get a nearly 20:1 ratio with no intoxicating effects. It is a cannabis strain rich in terpenes, which can help with inflammation, insomnia, nausea, and other symptoms.

Harle-Tsu’s name is a mashup of the two strains from which it’s crossed: Harlequin and Sour Tsunami. Unlike the diesel aroma of Sour Tsunami, Harle-Tsu has a woodsy flavor.


With knowledge of cannabis strains with high CBD content, it should be easy to select one that suits one’s personal preferences and needs. However, it should be noted that though CBD use is legal in some states, others require a doctor’s prescription.