Most Popular CBD Strains of 2017
Since the discovery of THC in the cannabis plant, humans have bred marijuana to contain a high percentage of this popular cannabinoid. THC is responsible for this classic “high” feeling associated with consumption. For decades, most cannabis users enjoyed the plant for its mind altering benefits, leaving the other medicinal cannabinoids on the back burner for years. Thankfully after extensive research, we have begun to discover the advantages of the other cannabinoids, specifically CBD.
CBD has shown to hold a multitude of medical benefits, including but not limited to anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, anti-epileptic and antipsychotic effects. This has led to the use of CBD in patients with seizures, cancer, chronic pain, and a whole host of other conditions. CBD is a powerful cannabinoid and doesn’t produce the mind-altering effects that THC does. Now, growers can breed the cannabis plant to contain higher levels of CBD, and varying levels of THC, depending on the patient’s needs.
Let’s take a look at some of the most popular CBD strains on the market – their benefits, tastes, and overall experience for the user.
1. Charlotte’s Web
Charlotte’s Web came to fruition when two growers from Colorado known as The Stanley Brothers bred this high-CBD, low-THC strain for a young epileptic patient named Charlotte. Looking for a solution to their daughters’ daily seizures, Charlotte’s parents sought out the help of CBD. With few CBD-focused strains on the market, The Stanley Brothers began breeding cannabis to contain less than 0.03% THC and a high percentage of CBD. Thankfully, the strain worked, and Charlotte’s seizures have nearly disappeared. Patients seeking relief were elated to hear the news of this new strain, and now, this strain is one of the most popular CBD strains on the market. Charlotte’s Web has an earthy and flowery aroma. When smoked or vaped, the strain has a pine-like taste. Users have reported relief from pain, seizures, stress, insomnia, depression, and nausea. Charlotte’s Web is a sativa, perfect for daytime relief. For a taste of the classic and original high CBD strain, give Charlotte’s Web a try.
ACDC is another popular sativa that has a high percentage of CBD. ACDC has been bred to contain a THC to CBD ratio of 1:20. This incredibly low amount of THC means little to no psychoactive effects. This strain is known for its relaxing and uplifting effects. Like most CBD strains, ACDC helps patients with general pain, stress, inflammation, depression, and headaches. The strain smells like a forest; earthy, woody, and like pine. This strain is a phenotype of Cannatonic. While the negative effects are usually very mild, some users have reported a dry mouth and slightly anxious feeling, likely due to the sativa genes.
If you’re looking for a high CBD strain that still has a noticeable amount of THC as well, Harlequin is the perfect fit. This strain tests around 14% CBD and 5-6% THC. This sweet and earthy strain is known for producing a relaxed and happy sensation. Harlequin is also a sativa, which can help you focus during the day instead of dozing off. Harlequin can help users treat pain, stress, muscle spasms, and anxiety. This strain has a diverse background, tracing back to Thai, Columbian, Swiss, and Nepali roots. For an uplifting smoke, load a bowl of Harlequin.
4. Sour Tsunami
Sour Tsunami is another first CBD strain. This hybrid was created from Sour Diesel and NYC Diesel, two potent strains. As you may have guessed, this strain has a diesel and citrus aroma. Sour Tsunami still contains a noticeable amount of THC, usually lower than 10%, with the CBD content clocking in around 11% or more. The flowers are dark green in appearance and have a light purple tint to their leaves. Patients report an uplifting feeling, pain relief, and the ability to focus. This hybrid is great for all-day pain and inflammation relief.
5. Dark Star
Drift to sleep pain-free with the taste of Dark Star. This indica strain produces a deep, relaxing feeling for users. This strain has a flowery and almost spicy smell and taste to it. If you’re looking for serious pain relief, Dark Star takes the cake. Dark Star is also known for its headache reducing properties. You can thank Purple Kush and Mazar I Sharif for this pain relieving strain. Because this is an indica, it’s best to smoke before bed to avoid getting sleepy throughout the day.
Don’t let the name scare you from trying this strain – Pennywise is one of the most relaxing CBD strains on the market. Pennywise gets its name from its parents Harlequin and Jack the Ripper. This strain has a unique sweet, earthy and peppery taste. Patients use Pennywise to treat pain, stress, inflammation, depression, and insomnia. This indica strain is great for users with PTSD, arthritis, and chronic pain. If you like Harlequin, give Pennywise a try.
Cannatonic is one of the most popular CBD strains on the market. This hybrid strain has under 5% THC and around 10-15% CBD. You can expect a citrus, earthy, and pine-like taste from consuming this strain. The high CBD content produces a mellow, relaxing high, and is well known for its strong pain relieving and stress relieving properties. This strain was created from MK Ultra and G13 Haze. If you’re looking to try one of the most popular CBD strains on the market, go for Cannatonic
Can’t decide on what to buy? Go for Harle-Tsu, the child of Harlequin and Sour Tsunami. This hybrid is the best of both worlds – relaxing and euphoric, uplifting and pain relieving. Harle-Tsu has an earthy, sweet and woody aroma. Much like ACDC, Harle-Tsu has a 1:20 THC to CBD ratio, so if you want to avoid the mind altering properties, this is a good choice for you. Besides the common dry mouth that almost all cannabis produces, this strain has very little negative effects reported.
Whether you’re looking for serious pain relief or just want to try a CBD-focused strain, these 8 most popular strains will not disappoint. Have a favorite CBD strain you can’t live without? Let us know in the comments below!