5 Best High CBD / Low THC Marijuana Strains
March 29, 2019
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5 Best High CBD / Low THC Marijuana Strains

Find out which CBD strain ranked #1
MarijuanaBreak Staff MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on March 29, 2019

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Although there are a lot of people who enjoy the psychoactive high offered by high THC marijuana strains, an increasing number of people understand the medicinal benefits of high CBD strains. Only recently has CBD become such an important factor when choosing a marijuana strain and with so many different strains to choose from, it can often become overwhelming.

That’s where we come into the picture. We’ve done the research and tested quite a few of the top CBD strains on the market. As a matter of fact, we are constantly reviewing cannabis strains, many of which you can find in our cannabis strains section on the site. So without further ado, here is all you need to know about CBD marijuana strains and which ranked the best for 2019.

What is CBD? An Overview

Cannabidiol is a well-known cannabis compound that has virtually no psychoactivity. This means you won’t experience the mind-altering high synonymous with THC. Today, CBD comes in a variety of formats and can be extracted from the Cannabis sativa plant, whether it be Cannabis or Hemp.

CBD is mainly used for medical purposes, and those who smoke cannabis may choose an equal THC/CBD ratio as CBD is known for countering the “high” effect, associated with THC.

The human body produces its own cannabinoids which bind with receptors called CB1 and CB2 receptors, as do cannabinoids like CBD. The majority of CB1 receptors are found in the brain and deal with pain, mood, emotions, and coordination & movement.

CB2 receptors are commonly associated with the immune system and have an impact on pain and inflammation. Originally, it was believed that CBD acts on CB2 receptors, but further research suggests it may help the body produce more cannabinoids.

What is THC? An Overview

THC is another chemical compound found in cannabis, and its official name is delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol. It is one of the 80+ known cannabinoids in cannabis sativa and binds to the receptors in our body. THC works by binding to the CB1 receptors concentrated in the brain and central nervous system to produce the psychoactive effects for which it is famed.

THC results in a variety of short-term soothing effects. These vary from person to person but could include calm, euphoria, and a reduction in anxiety. You may also experience ‘couch lock’ and an increase in appetite; otherwise known as ‘the munchies.’

What Medical Conditions Do High CBD / Low THC Strains Help?

As CBD acts on the body in a certain way, it is normally consumed orally, topically or is inhaled through a vaporizer. CBD ‘edibles’ and oil tinctures are also increasingly popular ways to consume this cannabinoid.

One of CBD’s most common uses is to alleviate chronic pain and reduce the reliance on prescription and over the counter medication. A 2012 study by Xiong et al. which was published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, found that CBD significantly reduced pain and inflammation in rats and mice. The researchers concluded that cannabidiol could be used to treat chronic pain and it is currently used to treat conditions such as multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia.

CBD is also being looked at as a viable method of treating arthritic pain. A 2016 study by Hammell et al. gave CBD gel to rats over the course of four days. The dosage was increased each day, and the researchers discovered that the rats experienced reduced overall pain and inflammation in their affected joints with no side effects.

A high CBD/low THC strain called Charlotte’s Web helped significantly reduce the number of seizures suffered by a young girl named Charlotte Figi. She suffers from Dravet’s Syndrome and was experiencing hundreds of seizures a day. Soon after consuming Charlotte’s Web, the number of seizures dramatically reduced and now she gets one or two a month, usually when she is asleep.

CBD is also the preferred treatment for people suffering from anxiety and stress as high THC strains could bring about feelings of paranoia. A 2015 study by Blessing et al. concluded that CBD was an effective treatment for people with certain anxiety disorders. CBD may help with various types of anxiety including:

Researchers have yet to discover any serious side effects of CBD consumption.

5 of the Most Popular High CBD /Low THC Strains

1 – ACDC (The Marijuana Strain That Leaves You Feeling Thunderstruck)

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This strain is a 50/50 hybrid and has one of the highest CBD: THC ratios around. You can get up to 20% CBD versions of ACDC, and while some contain up to 6% of THC, it is possible to get one with as little as 0.42%. As it is still above the 0.3% threshold, you won’t find ACDC in CBD oil form.

Once you consume ACDC, you’ll experience a strong euphoric feeling which makes you calm and happy. It is ideal for daytime use as it tends to make users more focused on their work and also increases sociability.

ACDC is generally used to treat anxiety, inflammation, migraines, nausea, neuropathy, arthritis and bipolar disorder. It is also a favorite for people with chronic pain, and it is even a good choice if you’re looking to mitigate the effects of chemotherapy treatment.

2 – Charlotte’s Web (The World’s Most Famous Marijuana Strain)

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This world famous strain is indica dominant (60%) and was the focus of a bid to legalize high CBD strains. It helped reduce the seizures of Charlotte Figi, and it has a CBD content as high as 20%. Charlotte’s Web is extremely low in THC which means it can be sold as a food supplement.

Obviously, there is no ‘high’ associated with this strain, and it provides users with no cerebral effect. In fact, if it weren’t for its pain relieving ability, you wouldn’t even realize you had taken anything. Charlotte’s Web is typically consumed in CBD oil form rather than being smoked.

As well as its effectiveness when treating pediatric seizure disorders such as Dravet’s Syndrome, Charlotte’s Web is used to help with migraines, fatigue, fibromyalgia, muscle spasms, and arthritis.

3 – Ringo’s Gift (The Marijuana Strain That Has Nothing to do With Ringo Starr!)

This is a slightly sativa dominant (60%) strain with a CBD: THC ratio as high as 20:1. You can find strains of Ringo’s Gift with up to 20% CBD and as little as 1% THC. It is a cross of ACDC and Harle-Tsu; both are known for their high levels of CBD.

Ringo’s Gift has an earthy hash taste and aroma, and users tend to experience an element of cerebral activity while their body feels soothed and relaxed. Due to the low THC content, the high you receive is mild yet noticeable. It begins in the head and slowly but surely, you benefit from a body buzz that keeps you relaxed but not couch locked.

It is a popular strain for people with chronic pain, anxiety, arthritis, gastrointestinal disorder, stress, PTSD and muscle spasms. As Ringo’s Gift keeps you relaxed yet alert and ensures you remain sociable, it is a good choice for daytime medication.

4 – Harle-Tsu (The Painkilling Marijuana Strain)

This indica dominant (60%) strain is a cross of Sour Tsunami and Harlequin strains and contains up to 22% CBD against less than 1% THC. It is a relatively rare bud, but we imagine that won’t be the case for long given its popularity.

The Harle-Tsu high is rather mellow, and instead of providing you with a body or cerebral high, this strain works well as a painkiller. You will feel something of a buzz behind the eyes at first and then your body will feel completely free and relaxed.

You should feel energized and motivated with Harle-Tsu which means it is excellent for daytime use. It works well to treat conditions such as PMS, PTSD, migraines, depression, inflammation, and insomnia.

5 – Harlequin (The Unique Hybrid Marijuana Strain)

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This famous sativa dominant (75%) strain has the highest level of THC on the list, but it is also notable for having a high CBD content of at least 10%. The resulting 5:2 CBD: THC ratio means Harlequin is ideal for use during the day as it keeps you alert and energetic.

Oddly enough, Harlequin is also useful for relaxing and staying calm, and it has a soothing effect all over the body and in the head. The high THC content is somewhat negated by the high CBD content so it should be okay to smoke it during the day, although dry eyes are a possible side effect.

Harlequin is used to combat chronic pain, depression, inflammation, migraines, PTSD, and stress. Overall, this strain is an excellent pain reliever, so we recommend using it as a means of helping you wean yourself off pharmaceutical drugs.

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37 comments
  1. Brandon H
    Suggestions?

    I have PTSD, high anxiety, depression, and chronic muscle pain and soreness so I have been using marijuana for about a yr and a half. I have a low tolerance level for THC, but CBD is not currently working alone. I am definitely looking forward to trying a few of these strains. I work around a forge and definitely need mental clarity so have been looking for high CBD/ low THC strains. Biggest problem is that the state I live in is still fairly new to medical marijuana and very few if any of the growers in my state are growing these strains (of course it is still illegal to cross state lines while in possession.) Growing my own doesn’t seem to be particularly beneficial seeing the cost to get the seeds from overseas (if they are not confiscated when coming into the U.S.) and then buying the nutrients and additives suggested. Anyone have suggestions?

  2. Harry Lomas
    Fun post

    ACDC is such a classic!!! What a great article, reminded me of some buds i had forgotten about!

  3. Charles Box
    Informative..

    I was a heavy smoker, used to go high on THC like upto more than 40% THC per puff……was into dabbing and everything……one day i decided to quit, and now after 1.5 years down the line, i look for strains which are not that high on TCH…..I think Charlotte’s Web is the best….it keeps me energetic during the day……I am cleaning myself gradually ad would quit completely one day…..

  4. Skyker
    Which one to use?

    What is a reliable high cbd oil that will not test positive on drug test?

    1. Steven Holt
      hemp-derived

      You need hemp-derived CBD oil. Check the article on the main page for CBD oils for anxiety – there are some good options there.

  5. Julie Parsons
    Great info!

    The debate on whether low THC buds are worth it is ongoing, but for someone who suffers with so many forms of anxiety, I couldnt recommend a high CBD/low THC strain enough!! Charlotte’s Web has always been a favourite of mine, but I will definitely be trying the other buds you mentioned here! Anyone got any experience of any of these with anxiety?

  6. Deborah
    Searching

    None at present time

  7. Mike
    Panic attacks

    I use to smoke weed in my teens with no problems at all till i finally had a panic attack scaryyy sht thought i was gonna die i was shaking sweating and thought i was not breathing my heart pumped hard and i was lossing myself ..mind..i called ambulance lol but when they got here i started to calm down and it went away in a bit…i was about in my 20s to 30..since then when eva i smoked i would start to get scared an think i couldnt breath rite and id scare the sht outta my self with wrrie n my heart would go nutts untill i tryed to do a activity to think of something else to get my mind from thinking about it an it would eventually wrk until it went away…now im 52 and ive recently about 8 months ago started to try smoking again and at first i would get crazy againbut id drink beer too overpower it and it wrked but after that ive tryed just 1 toke or 2 and just go easy and it seems alot better as if im getting amuned to it again..i drink a few beers on weekend and take a toke or 2 of weed and things are now starting to get better now with barly any panic setting in ….ive only smoked reg weed from friends not medical is there some weed that will help me cause i love the smell and smoming weed. And dont wanna stop….any ideas for me on what to try i dont want edibels…just weed..

  8. Teri
    Cannatonic for anxiety

    I’ve found cannatonic works for me, needing only 1 hit of flower in a water pipe- I am super sensitive and I don’t like to feel any type of head buzz. I have noticed my short term memory isn’t as sharp and I’ve also noticed some weight gain unfortunatley from experimenting with Indicas for sleep, seems it had a lasting effect the next day; Prefer vaping the o pen to but having a difficult time finding a pure blend high CBD with dominant Sativa so that I can focus and stay productive during the day. Good suggestions here, thank you!

  9. Samantha

    I smoked for 10years and began smoking a lot more than I should have when I went through a divorce … I had a panic attack/Whitey (not sure) for the first time ever and scared the crap outta me… I think it was because my friend got medicated weed from America and rolled a fat one.. I had one toke(1st time smoking this weed) and that was it I was gone… two weeks later I had one toke on my friends spliff and same thing happened .. now 16 months later my anxiety and panic and depression are up so high and down that I keep thinking about death and scared I’m not in control of my mind and scared I’m going to go crazy or need meds …. I’m so scared – I feel weed may have helped keep my anxious brain at bay but now I’m so so scared to try it again and it could be my answer to make my mind calm down…. I really need help xxx

    1. Iano
      In reply to Samantha

      Samantha . . I experienced the exact same thing when I was 19, I had finished a few joints with my friend and proceeded to raid the fridge, when on it came! The first, and most frightening panic attack I had ever had, it was so bad that I thought I was having a heart attack or brain hemorrhage or something, so I ended up hospital lol It was a bad batch of hash going around I found out later, because a few guys I knew had the same, but not as bad as me. I never touched hash since, only a few tokes of some nice weed in California a few years later, it was so nice that it stuck in my mind, And now, almost 20 years later I am considering trying some low THC/high CBD. Will post here how it goes!

  10. Lacey Guerrero

    Ringo Starr is one of my favorites, thank you

    1. Janet

      Ringo starr is impossible to find in canda!

  11. Paul

    I take a few puffs of ACDC on a regular nightly basis to help with pain and to ease into sleep. As someone who also has high anxiety, I was nervous to try it at first (i’ve had some rough times with marijuana before), but am totally into it now! I barely feel any mental “high”; it’s mostly a slight buzz along with the good body high and pain-relieving effects. Would definitely recommend to anyone with anxiety about smoking pot.

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