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8 of the highest CBD strains

8 of the highest CBD strains

If you’ve been using CBD for a while,  you probably know that not all strains are the same. Some strains contain higher amounts of CBD, while others contain higher amounts of THC. It’s worth knowing which strain contains what. 

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a chemical compound present in the cannabis hemp plant. It’s known for its potential health benefits, particularly for relieving pain and inflammation, and for promoting a sense of calm. 

CBD works by stimulating your body’s endocannabinoid receptors, which are located throughout your nervous system and immune system. When CBD binds with these receptors, it can deliver effective anti-inflammatory relief for pain, inflammation, and muscle spasms. It’s even been suggested that CBD can help protect nerve cells from damage caused by inflammation or trauma.

In fact, your body’s endocannabinoid system can be stimulated by three different kinds of cannabinoids:

  • Endocannabinoids: made by your body
  • Phytocannabinoids: present in cannabis
  • Synthetic cannabinoids: artificially made in a lab

The difference between CBD-dominant and THC-dominant cannabis

Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the two main cannabinoids found in cannabis. They’re also the two that have been studied the most. CBD dominates the chemical makeup of the hemp plant, while THC dominates the makeup of marijuana. 

CBD is most commonly used to produce CBD hemp oil products, which are used for their medicinal benefits. It’s non-intoxicating and is now legal in many countries. 

THC is what causes the hallucinogenic effects that cannabis is most often associated with. It’s present in marijuana plants and produces a euphoric ‘high’ when smoked or ingested. The legal status of THC products differs between countries. 

The THC content of hemp is no more than 0.3 percent, which is nearly 10 times lower than the least potent strain of marijuana. Hemp also contains more CBD than THC, so it’s an ideal source of CBD. In the marijuana plant, the content of THC content averages around 12 percent THC but can be as high as 30 percent. 

High ratios of CBD and THC can produce powerful effects because the cannabinoids and terpenes have a synergic effect. The medicinal benefits are increased, while also helping to reduce the symptoms of paranoia and unrest caused by THC.

Another important thing to consider is the ratio between CBD and THC. Smaller doses of marijuana can produce one effect, while larger doses may provoke something completely different. If you’re seeking a calming feeling without the high sensation, you’re best to choose strains that contain low THC levels. 

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Cannabis strains high in CBD

Whether you’re looking for relief from anxiety, pain, or just to chill out, knowing the potency of each strain of CBD will help you to choose the one best suited to your needs. Due to varying THC levels in the strains, always check your local laws to determine whether your preferred CBD is permissible.

CBD Mango Haze

One of the most well-known strains of CBD, Mango Haze is popular among those seeking the potential medicinal benefits. It contains a high ratio of CBD to THC—anything from 1:1 to 2:1. Named for its sweet, tropical aroma with touches of mango and pineapple, Mango Haze offers both pain relief and an energy boost. 

CBD Critical Cure

With a radio of 2:1 CBD to THC, Critical Cure contains around 11% CBD and 5% THC. Its mild ‘high’ makes it good for winding down at the end of a busy day. 


Harlequin is well-known for its consistent 5:2 CBD–THC ratio. Being sativa dominant, it provides some slightly euphoric effects, which makes it one of the most popular CBD strains. It leaves you soothed rather than stoned. 


A hybrid of Harlequin and Sour Tsunami, this strain offers solid CBD levels of around 20:1 CBD to THC, depending on its phenotype. The higher strains are perfect for relieving pain and inflammation without any paranoia side effects. 


Bursting with a CBD to THC ratio of about 20:1, this strain provides a hefty dose of CBD—but almost zero intoxication. This makes it helpful for managing pain, anxiety, and other conditions without getting a fuzzy head. 

Ringo’s Gift

Named for cannabis advocate Lawrence Ringo, this cross between ACDC and Harle-Tsu delivers some out-of-this-world CBD effects. It ranges from 1:1 to a whopping 24:1 CBD/THC ratio and is good for chronic anxiety, inflammation, muscle spasms, and chronic pain. 

Stephen Hawking Kush

A hybrid of Harle-Tsu and Sin City Kush, the Stephen Hawking Kush is available in three phenotypes. The highest potency boasts a ratio of 5:1 CBD to THC. The mild cerebral high helps to relieve pain without the nausea that can come with pharmaceutical medications. 

Valentine X

Those looking to manage health issues such as chronic inflammation might do well with this strain; it’s a 50-50 indica sativa hybrid with a substantial 25:1 CBD to THC ratio. Funny enough, it was named after Saint Valentine, the patron saint of epilepsy. 

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