Although many long-term users love the strong psychoactive highs offered by strains with high levels of CBD, an increasing number of users are seeking out varieties with high CBD for medicinal use. CBD stands for cannabidiol, one of the most prevalent compounds found in cannabis – and is also completely legal in most parts of the world. THC stands tetrahydrocannabinol, and is, well, slightly less legal. But if you are thinking of growing your own weed at home, the sheer number of different strains available can seem overwhelming and confusing.
The best high CBD Low THC strains
To help you narrow things down, we’ve compiled a list of the strains we feel deserve to be in the top six best high CBD and low THC strains of all time. These are weeds that offer the benefits of cannabis without the sometimes unwanted side effects of ‘traditional’ marijuana. High CBD/low THC strains are a pretty recent innovation to the cannabis sector, but one thing is for sure – they’re here to stay.
Alpine Star is one of the newest and best high CBD low THC strains around and consists of enormously high levels of CBD (20%) and vanishingly small quantities of THC (0.1-0.3%).
It is a hybrid with balanced Indica and Sativa genetics and excellent fungi resistance and is classed as easy to grow. Alpine Star will flower about nine weeks after planting and produces yields of 350 – 450 gram/m² if grown indoors and 400 – 500 gram/m² when grown outside in a favourable climate (it likes hot, sunny summers). Alpine Star responds well to the Sea of Green method.
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Users report that Alpine Star offers a lovely, soothing smoke that alleviates aches and pains and leads to a night of deep, restorative sleep.
Charlotte’s Web is named after a little girl who suffered from a rare form of epilepsy, suffering over 300 seizures per week. In desperation, her parents resorted to cannabis oil and immediately noticed a massive improvement in her condition. The Stanley Brothers in Colorado developed a strain with a 30:1 CBD to THC ratio – originally called Hippie’s Disappointment – and offered it to Charlotte’s family. It had such positive effects that the strain was renamed Charlotte’s Web in honour of the little girl.
Average yields and average difficulty mean that Charlotte’s Web seeds are suitable for growers with some experience at growing weed.
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You will notice a piney smell and citrus and sage taste. Still, the psychoactive effects are just a minor buzz that is good for relieving anxiety and chronic conditions, such as fibromyalgia.
While Charlotte’s Web is still considered the benchmark strain in terms of medical cannabis, another is starting to make its way. ACDC, grown in Northern California, has already been shown to be as effective in treating conditions such as epilepsy and relieving pain or anxiety symptoms because it has low THC and high levels of CBD.
ACDC is quite challenging to grow. It prefers a hot, dry climate and is not very resistant to mould or pests. If you live in the northern hemisphere, we recommend growing indoors for the best results.
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As already demonstrated, cannabis strains with a high level of CBD or cannabidiol are extremely useful in eliminating or reducing pain, seizures, inflammation or anxiety. In addition, they are also used to treat diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, epilepsy, schizophrenia or PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
Moreover, the oil produced from ACDC extracts has a CBD level of 82% and a THC level of less than 3%. This makes the oil a product highly beneficial for those who do not tolerate the psychoactive effects when used to relieve their pain or to relieve the pain of cancer patients.
Harlequin is the result of a cross between Harlequin and Black Domina. Its CBD-THC ratio is quite exceptional: less than 0.5 of THC for a CBD level of 15% to 17%.
Can be grown both indoors and outdoors, this hybrid variety features a strong predominance of Sativa (25% Indica / 75% Sativa).
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Although marketed as a CBD strain, Harlequin features a notable Sativa uplift, renowned for soothing pain and anxiety at the same time as reducing stress and tiredness. The strain has become sought after for medical use, but many recreational smokers also enjoy its soothing effects.
One of our most unique cannabis strains is Cannatonic CBD. It contains a rich seam of CBD with around 17% while keeping its THC levels at a low 4%.
With its low levels of THC, Cannatonic is perfect for those who only want a slight stone while enjoying the medical benefits of marijuana. Cannatonic was developed for those who use marijuana to work and to help treat their illnesses. We are pleased to announce that Cannatonic has an earthy lightness, with a slightly sweet citrus flavour and aroma. This helps its discreet nature well and makes it easy to conceal when growing and smoking.
Cannatonic is easiest to grow indoors as it is vulnerable to mildew and mould. Make sure that humidity levels are low and ensure proper airflow to prevent mould spores from taking hold.
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The Cannatonic buzz is somewhat fleeting, but its CBD effects last more than 3-4 hours.
It is a pure medical strain that will effectively help you function and move throughout the day. Its weak aroma and THC make it ideal for using stealthily when out and about are in public.
The Diesel CBD feminized strain was created by crossing New York Diesel with a variety rich in CBD. As a result, Diesel CBD has a THC/CBD ratio of 2: 1 making it ideal for medicinal use.
This plant reaches considerable size in a short time thanks to its hybrid genetics and will gain several centimetres after starting its flowering. It is very resistant to pests and is easy to grow. Diesel’s lime-green leaves can give the impression that the plant is suffering from a deficiency, but this is not the case, it is their natural colour. The buds are generally round, not spiky, compact and solidly structured and it is a plant that produces large amounts of resin.
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A delicious strain loved by connoisseurs, Diesel offers citrus notes associated with the original Diesel. Its relaxing effects are gentle and long-lasting and will alleviate the symptoms of many chronic and psychological conditions.