CBD-Rich Cannabis Strains

CBD-Rich Cannabis Strains

Traditionally, the THC content has been the sole indicator of a strain’s potency and quality, but this is changing as the merits of the other cannabinoids, and particularly CBD, are being scientifically recognised. THC is the cannabinoid largely responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis, and is still the most sought after compound by recreational users for its trippy qualities. For this reason, most breeders have focused on pushing THC levels, but neglected other cannabinoids such as CBD.

With more and more scientific evidence backing up the medicinal effects of cannabis, we are seeing not only a revival of legal and socially accepted use of medical cannabis, but also a shift in focus towards other cannabinoids. THC has been shown to hold its own medicinal qualities, but it is CBD that has moved into the spotlight for its wide range of medicinal qualities. Particularly the absence of any psychoactive effects makes CBD attractive for a wide range of applications, as it has been successfully given to children without causing a high. As a result, cannabis seed breeders are now producing many new strains that exhibit high levels of CBD.

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With mainstream media picking up CBD stories, such as of the little girl Charlotte who beat epilepsy with a high CBD strain, awareness about the potent medicinal qualities of this cannabinoid is spreading. The legalisation of recreational and medical cannabis in a number of U.S. states has further made CBD rich stains widely available. However, not all medical users are lucky enough to buy from legal dispensaries, and illegal cannabis from the streets isn‘t fit for medical use. For this reason, many take it into their own hands and grow their own supply, from which they create their own medicines, such as tinctures and concentrates.

What is considered a high CBD strain?

What is considered a high CBD strain?

CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, the second most prevalent and important cannabinoid found in cannabis, after THC. When looking at a strain’s cannabinoid content, it is quite common to find a THC content ranging from around 12 – 25 percent, with anything at 20 or more being considered very strong. This is not the case when it comes to CBD; any CBD content level that is 4 percent or higher is considered a high CBD strain. While already 1% CBD is much better than nothing, strains with upwards of 20% CBD have emerged in the last few years.

What does CBD do?

What does CBD do?

Initially, it was always thought that CBD only acted to modulate and dampen some of the effects of THC – giving breeders good reason to cast it aside. However, new studies have shown that it is in fact CBD that potentially holds the greatest medicinal value. It is true that CBD alters the way THC interacts with our body, but not necessarily in a negative way. It counteracts some of the unwanted side-effects that can come with high doses of THC, as well as prolonging its effects.

On its own, CBD has been shown to be applicable and useful for a wide range of diseases, ailments and problems. Research1 has shown CBD to exhibit very promising results. CBD is also a component of cannabis can help patients cope2 with chronic pain, aches, spasms and arthritis.

It is worth mentioning again that, unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. Hence tinctures and extracts can, and are, used to treat children suffering from debilitating disorders – such as the above mentioned case of Charlotte who takes a cannabis tincture made from the aptly named CBD rich strain "Charlotte’s Web", in order to beat her seizures. Before taking cannabis, Charlotte was having around 1,200 seizures a month, she now has around 3, and displays balanced behaviour.

Furthermore, CBD has no negative side effects, does not damage the body or mind, is not addictive, and cannot be overdosed on.

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Rich In CBD - The Ultimate Strains

The following 5 strains are ones that have been shown to have a very high CBD content, and are well suited for those who are looking to produce their own medicine and/or grow it themselves. They are highly recommended.


Candida (CD-1) (Medical Marijuana Genetics)

This strain has a name reminiscent of a technologically advanced medicine, which perfectly mediates the essence of this variety. This strain has been specifically developed to produce very high CBD-levels with a minimum amount of THC. Candida (CD-1) produces up to 20% CBD, which is absolutely insane. The THC-levels fall below 1%, which means that this strain doesn't develop significant psychoactive effects. Candida (CD-1) is a mix of two famous CBD-rich strains, ACDC and Harlequin.

Candida (CD-1) exhibits two main phenotypes. The first one is an indica-dominant pheno that develops a significant amount of CBD and tends to grow an abundance of buds. The second pheno is sativa-dominant, which can be slightly harder to grow, but it still produces a quality product when treated correctly. The average indoor yields amount to 400g/m², and the flowering phase lasts for 9 weeks.


Sweet Pure CBD (Sweet Seeds)

Professional breeders gathered ‘round and reached an accord to hybridize a high-quality Diesel strain with a CBD-rich plant. This resulted in a super sweet strain coined as Sweet Pure CBD. It’s a sativa-dominant plant that provides growers with a solid amount of CBD ranging between 8–15%. The THC-levels are very low, reaching 0.4–1% depending on the phenotype.

Indoor growers shall be blessed with 400–500g/m² of Sweet Pure CBD buds. Outdoors, this variety produces approximately 375–600g/plant. The flowering phase lasts for around 9 weeks, which is required to develop those perfectly ripe buds, drenched in medicinal cannabinoids. Outdoor growers should harvest this strain during the end of September.


Fast Eddy (Royal Queen Seeds)

To produce this strain, breeders hybridized Cheese, Juanita La Lagrimosa, and ruderalis plants into a single autoflowering hybrid. Fast Eddy develops around 9% of THC, which is a small amount, but significant enough to induce psychoactive effects. It also develops high CBD-levels, which complements the experience with superb entourage effects. 

From seed to harvest it takes Fast Eddy only 8–9 weeks to produce ripe buds, filled with amazing cannabinoids and terpenes. No wonder Fast Eddy received its name. Indoor growers will receive around 400–450g/m² of buds, while outdoor growers shall receive around 80–130g/plant. It’s a short plant, that delivers high-quality bud.


CBD Fix Auto (Zamnesia Seeds)

If one wishes to grow some weed to receive a solid CBD fix, this strain is the perfect fixer. CBD Fix Auto, as the name suggests, is an autoflowering variety that develops a solid amount of CBD that reaches 7-15%. The plants contain less than 1% of THC, making this strain virtually non-psychoactive. The parent strains of this variety are Northern Lights Auto and a CBD-rich phenotype. 

Indoors, CBD Fix Auto develops approximately 325g/m² of bud. Outdoor cannabis gardeners shall obtain around 120g/plant. It’s a relatively short plant that reaches 60–120cm in stature, depending on the phenotype and environmental conditions. It takes this sativa-dominant autoflower 7 weeks to finish its lifecycle, from seed to harvest.


Dinamed CBD (Dinafem)

Dinamed CBD is a very desirable strain that produces 10-14% CBD and only 0.5% THC. It’s a perfect CBD-rich strain that doesn't induce significant psychoactive effects. It has been produced by breeding two Pure CBD 4 phenotypes with each other. The sweet orange aromas exuded from the buds are absolutely delicious.

It’s a sativa-dominant plant that reaches up to 300cm in stature in outdoor environments. Needless to say, it’s a very tall variety that should be mostly included in outdoor gardens, where Dinamed CBD produces up to 1000g/plant of superb buds. The flowering phase lasts for 8 weeks, and the plants need to be harvested during the end of September when grown outdoors.

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