Why look at the top 5 strains with CBG? Cannabigerol (CBG) is one of many fascinating cannabinoids being widely discovered and used in new ways by cannabis aficionados and others who are interested to experience its effects. Keep reading for more information about this unique, scarce and exciting cannabinoid, and the top strains that have been developed to deliver its benefits. 

Brief background on CBD and hemp-derived cannabinoids.  

Skip ahead if you are familiar with CBD 101, the Farm Bill, and all of that. If not, here’s what you need to know about CBD (Cannabidiol) and cannabis legality, etc. All cannabinoids are derived from cannabis, a single plant that is responsible for illegal marijuana and legal hemp. The amount of Delta-9 THC, the main psychoactive substance in cannabis, existent in the plant material per dry weight determines the federal-compliance of the final product. For instance these smokeable CBD hemp flowers contain less than .3% of Delta-9 THC, but up to 20% total cannabinoids. The non-psychoactive cannabinoid called CBD is one of the most prominent and has a bevy of beneficial qualities that you no doubt have heard about by now. To learn more about how cannabinoids work with human biology, check out the article: Cannabis and the Endocannabinoid System

With this new federal-compliance benchmark of .3% THC, hemp was removed from the list of Schedule 1 substances in the 2014 Farm Bill. This ushered in a wave of long-desired research into the cannabis plant and the many compounds it contains. The simple but crucial change in the legal status of hemp has been a huge step forward by allowing research into the medical and wellness benefits of cannabis, and CBG specifically. 

Why is CBG so scarce? 

CBG is abundant in developing cannabis as the precursor to other cannabinoids but it can be rare in the end product—why is this? 

Cannabigerolic acid (CBGa) is the precursor of cannabigerol (CBG) and is responsible for creating most downstream synthesized cannabinoids like THC and CBD (3). Because of this CBG is lovingly called the “mother of all cannabinoids,” but since most of the CBGa is converted into cannabinoids, traditionally there is very little left in the plant upon harvest and use. Therefore CBG has a high production cost and it can actually take thousands of pounds of biomass to yield a small amount of CBG isolate (1). 

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Why is CBG an important cannabinoid?

The endocannabinoid system of the human body is a complex cell-signaling system which is integral for maintaining health. Endocannabinoid receptors are found throughout the body, including in the brain, immune cells, connective tissues, glands, and organs. A 2018 study indicates that CBG is a regulator of endocannabinoid signaling (4), so it may have a small part to play in almost all of human physiology. 

Remember that research into cannabis is a relatively new frontier. While much more is needed, the recent findings from what is currently available mean that scientists are on the right track. 

The top companies for CBG

How do you determine the top five strains with CBG? We first need to look at the companies who are working with the plant’s genetics, to understand why and how these strains came about and why they outperform others. We’ll look at three major innovators in the CBG space, and the top five CBG strains they’ve given us.

Oregon CBD Seeds is the company that introduced the first pure CBG strain to North America in 2017 (7). As research and progress continued, in 2018 it was speculated that the mass farming of cannabinoids could all be done with farming industrial hemp for CBG, because CBG would only need to have the right synthase added to it to make it THC, CBD, or CBC (8). After three years of lab work and field testing, they produced two initial strains that had a big impact on the industry in 2020: White CBG, and Stem Cell. Later the company released their Sour G CBG. 

High Grade Hemp Seed from Colorado is another company that put much effort into CBG, and partnered with the original developer of Matterhorn CBG, Matthias Ghidossi, founder of Swiss Cannabanoid, to make it available in the United States. Ghidossi worked with geneticists and pharmaceutical companies to cultivate, trial-test, and register this strain. High Grade Hemp Seed field tested Matterhorn for two years and currently offers it as a prime strain for commercial production (11).

Sunbelt Seeds out of Georgia is the third company we’ll discuss who produce a top-rating CBG strain called The Grail CBG. The company went through a lengthy phenotype selection process to create a stable pest resistant strain suitable that has been tested for multiple climates and flourished everywhere (12).  

The top 5 strains with CBG

White CBG

Oregon CBD Seeds started with the strain called “The White” which is an industry leading cannabinoid producer, and converted it to a pure CBG phenotype, bred for increased terpene and resin production. The plants grow vigorously with large frosty flowers and huge colas. A creamy-lemon aroma and terpene profile make this a sativa strain that is associated with a sense of calm, clarity and focus without any grogginess or sleepiness. Capable of producing up to 20% CBG while staying below .3% total THC (9). 

Stem Cell

Referencing its nature as the precursor to other cannabinoids, CBG has also been called the “stem cell cannabinoid” and that’s perhaps what inspired the name of this strain, also from the initial offerings from Oregon CBD Seeds. It was specifically developed for biomass production and extraction. This strain has very little terpene content which allows it to be mass harvested, since the trichomes don’t gum up the equipment like stickier buds do. Another result is that very little odor is produced so this strain is useful for situations that require stealth (9). Averaging 16% CBG with .11 THC. 

Sour G CBG

Sour G CBG is Oregon CBD’s latest release. It’s lineage comes from Sour Diesel, but it is mostly sour in name only. It produces large, dominant, but slightly less dense flowers than the White CBG. It is a shorter statured plant but still produces solid yields of tasty, crystal-covered flower. It’s a high CBG yielding plant capable of producing upwards of 20% CBG, with averages in the 13-16% range. While not an overpowering aroma, the nose is mainly citrus, diesel, earthy, and peppery (14). 

Matterhorn CBG

This strain began from Carmagnola lineage, an Italian sativa strain of hemp used mainly for fiber (10). It boasts a 15% CBG level with a very low average of .09% THC. Great for extraction but also very smokeable, Matterhorn has a hoppy lemon and lime profile and has proven itself to be a consistent, stable, and reliable choice for CBG (11). 

The Grail CBG

The Grail CBG strain was developed over a 5 year period utilizing a wild hemp variety that has then been crossed and back crossed multiple times per year for 5 years to make a stable high-CBG plant that can reach up to 10 feet tall. Averaging a 15-17% CBG content with very low THC. It grows well in diverse climates and is known for easy harvesting. It is another producer strain that is also smokaeable, with a profile similar to others in this list: soft citrus with lingering aromas of fresh hops (13). 

The best CBG for you

With strong market interest, and more new research underway, expect to see more and more CBG strains and products on shelves in the future. Geneticists will continue to cross-breed high-CBG cannabis into interesting hybrids that combine feature sets from other strains. If you’re interested in exploring the benefits of CBG, we suggest you do your own research, try a few strains, and share your favorite with a friend. 

If you aren’t into smoking or vaping CBD hemp flower, there are lots of options out there for you. High quality CBD gummies, oils, and more are available everywhere with all sorts of options these days. Just remember to purchase from a reputable brand that maintains a tight chain of custody and uses third party testing to ensure safety and potency. Most importantly have fun experimenting! 


Disclaimer – Information is provided for educational purposes. It does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice or medical advice. We attempt to be accurate and up to date but the legality of cannabinoids and the science of cannabis is evolving. The author is neither a lawyer or a legal expert, nor a doctor or medical expert. You should check with your local authorities and medical providers before buying or using any products.

References

  1. https://www.analyticalcannabis.com/articles/cbg-vs-cbd-what-are-the-differences-312232
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5487438/
  3. https://www.openaccessgovernment.org/cbg-the-mother-of-all-cannabinoids-with-broad-antibacterial-activity/95824/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6021502/
  5. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33562819/
  6. https://www.crescolabs.com/cannabinoids/cbg/
  7. https://oregoncbdseeds.com/innovations/
  8. https://thehempmag.com/2018/08/hemp-cannabinoid-cannabigerol-cbg/
  9. https://oregoncbdseeds.com/blog/?post=cbg-the-seed-that-will-pass-the-03-thc
  10. https://en.seedfinder.eu/strain-info/Carmagnola/North_East_Hemp/
  11. https://highgradehempseed.com/hemp-strains/cbg-matterhorn/
  12. https://www.sunbeltseeds.com/product/the-grail-cbg-seeds/
  13. https://ihempx.com/the-grail/
  14. https://www.leafly.com/brands/oregon-cbd/products/oregon-cbd-sour-g-cbg

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it legal to send CBD related products through the mail?

Yes, but even though these products are federally-compliant, individual states may have their own regulations about purchasing or using hemp-based products, and these are subject to change. You should check your state and local rules before ordering. We ship nationwide.

What does “hemp-derived” mean?

Hemp-derived means made from hemp, sometimes also referred to as industrial hemp. The 2018 Farm Bill (see next section) established new federal legal definitions and rules for hemp, including that hemp and “and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis” may be used for production, sales, transport, and use. 

Are hemp products safe? 

Yes, hemp and hemp derived products are safe when they are produced with proper and safe practices. Look for a product’s COA. A certificate of analysis (COA) is a document attesting to a product’s laboratory analysis and testing for cannabinoids and adulterants. 

What is a COA?

A certificate of analysis (COA) is a document attesting to a product’s laboratory analysis for cannabinoids and in some cases adulterants, heavy metals and pesticides.It is a useful tool for cannabis producers and customers to ensure quality and trust.

What are pre-rolls? I first heard the term pre-roll from Bill the electrician. Electricians use “pre-wired devices” which, as expected, come pre-wired, meaning the electrician doesn’t do as much work on site. “Hand me that P.W.D.,” an electrician will say for short. Well one day Bill smiled and said, “I’ve got a P.R.D. today if you’re interested…a pre-rolled device.” I was interested and after work we shared his pre-roll full of tasty and relaxing Suver Haze CBD. 

There are as many ways to roll a great pre-roll as there are strains. Let’s look at some factors that go into the perfect roll. 

What is a pre-roll? 

Put simply, it’s a joint that someone rolled already. Maybe it was made at home ahead of a special occasion like a hike, or manufactured for consistent dosing purposes. Either way, pre-rolls are a popular and convenient way to purchase and consume CBD and CBG products. For more info about minor cannabinoids see the article What Minor Cannabinoids are the Most Popular? on our blog. 

Joints come in as many styles as there are smokers. They can be rolled tight or loose, fat or skinny, with any combination of hemp flower, to tailor the experience to the user’s need. Manufactured pre-rolls are typically cone-shaped and include a handle that is sometimes referred to as a “crutch.” The crutch is a short paper tube on the mouth side of the joint that provides structure for the joint and a convenient handle for passing. It’s normally made of heavier paper like cardstock. It’s not a filter like on a cigarette, but it can stop bits of bud from hitting your lips. The best feature may be that the crutch avoids finger burns when you get to the very end of the joint. 

Start with the best CBD ingredients 

Using quality materials will make most jobs better, and joint-rolling is no exception. Choose your favorite strain and remove any stem materials from the bud. A nice feature of rolling your own is that you can customize the size and hit you want, but between half gram (0.5g) to one gram (1.0g) of flower should work well. At that rate, you can roll up to seven beautiful joints from one jar of Earthy Now’s CBD Hemp Flower. You could even roll it up with one of the top 5 strains with CBG.

It’s best to grind your flower to a medium-fine-grain fluffy texture with a precision grinder, because the consistency of the material will make the joint burn evenly for its whole length. Another benefit is the soft texture of the ground bud will protect the delicate paper from any sharp bits poking a hole through it. All grinders are not created equal – a high quality grinder is a good investment in your happiness. Grinder tech has really expanded and there are hundreds to choose from, whether you want a classic hand-operated model or a new battery-powered version. Factors that affect grinder performance include the material it’s made of, construction quality, the number of cutting-teeth, the ergonomics, and its features. Don’t worry if you don’t have a grinder—it’s totally fine to break up the bud with your fingers. Take your time until you have nice small fluffy bits that will pack evenly in the joint.

Best paper for the pre-roll

Using the right paper is the next major factor for taste and burnability. There’s nothing worse than an uneven burn. Papers are available in many shapes, sizes, and materials, and these all affect the quality and experience of the pre-roll. You’ll want to choose a good quality paper and have an understanding of the differences in how the paper materials perform. 

The common paper material types are wood pulp, hemp, and rice.  Wood pulp paper is the thickest which makes it burn the fastest but also makes it easiest to use since it’s harder to accidentally put a hole in the paper. Hemp paper is thinner than wood pulp paper so the pre-roll will burn longer. Rice papers are the thinnest and burn the longest but can be the most difficult to roll successfully. Keep in mind there is no wrong paper for your joint. However, making an educated choice can make the difference between a frustrating situation and a sweet session. 

Get ready to roll 

There’s one more important choice to make – roll by hand or use a pre-formed cone. To work by hand requires more steps and dexterity but offers more customization of your smoke. Anyone can learn to hand-roll and it’s a great skill to have if you’re inclined to practice. You can be the hero at the next cookout when you hear, “I have cannabis – does anyone know how to roll?” 

To simplify the process, you can choose to use a pre-roll cone. Pre-roll cones are papers that come pre-shaped as a cone with the crutch attached. This saves you from the tricky step of rolling and sealing the paper around the loose bud and adhering the crutch to the paper all at the same time. 

If you’re new to rolling, we recommend using the cone method because it is easier and faster. It can be tricky getting the tuck-and-roll move down without spilling material and a beginner can get frustrated while they practice. To get to the smoking faster, use a cone. If a cone isn’t enough help, there are also a plethora of rolling machines available depending on the volume of pre-rolls you need to make, and the style you want them to be. Rolling machines can be simple pocket-sized tools to make one pre-roll at a time, or they can be designed to fill dozens of pre-rolls at once for bulk production.

While rolling by hand takes more control and skill, it does allow you more freedom and flexibility in determining the size and shape of your joint. Of course if you want to always have the same size and shape, cones or machines are the way to go. 

Let’s roll!!!

Once you have your favorite CBD or CBG flower ground and your paper or cone picked out, you’re ready to roll. Find a stable place to work like a tabletop or desktop and use a tray or other clean surface to protect your work area and catch any stray bits of bud.  You can also use a food tray, book, or record album cover on your lap but be careful not to spill! 

How to roll the perfect pre-roll by hand

  1. Cut or tear a piece of light cardstock approximately 1” x 1” square, and roll it into a tube between ⅛” – 3/16” diameter. This is the crutch. 
  2. Place the crutch at the center of one short side of the rolling paper, slightly lapped over the edge. 
  3. Sprinkle .5 gram to 1 gram of premium ground flower onto the paper in the shape you want the final joint to be. 
  4. Take your time to shape the material and start pre-forming the shape.
  5. Start to form the shape of the joint more firmly, rolling it back and forth with your thumbs and fingers. 
  6. Carefully lick the top edge of the paper and lay it gently down around the rolled up joint, sealing it tightly.
  7. Hold the shape with your fingers until the paper is dried enough to hold its shape. 
  8. Using a semi-blunt poking tool like a pen cap, lightly tamp down the bud into the rolled joint, to pack it toward the crutch. You can also hold it from the open end and lightly shake back and forth to push the material back. Don’t pack too hard – it can impede air and smoke from passing through. Don’t shake too hard either, you don’t want to spill or lose control of the pre-roll. 
  9. Wrap the open end closed by twisting the paper clockwise between your finger and thumb. This will seal the material in and keep it packed correctly until you’re ready to…
  10. Light it up and enjoy!

How to roll the perfect pre-roll cone

  1. Put a small amount of premium ground flower in the cone. Use a semi-blunt poking tool like a pen cap to lightly pack down the bud. Cones may come in a storage tube that can be used as a packer.
  2. Continue to fill the tube as you periodically pack it down. Don’t pack too hard – it can impede air and smoke from passing through
  3. Fill the tube to your desired level but leave at least ½” of empty paper at the open end. 
  4. Wrap the open end closed by twisting the paper clockwise between your finger and thumb. This will seal the material in and keep it packed correctly until you’re ready to…
  5. Light it up and enjoy!

How to get the perfect pre-roll every time 

And if you just want perfect pre-rolls without the time investment, check out Earthy Now’s CBD Hemp Flower Pre-Rolls that each pack in 1 gram of premium Hemp Flower with up to 20% total cannabinoids per strain. Earthy Now uses authentic RAW organic hemp papers and filters, made from natural plants with zero burn additives, to keep the Pre-Roll experience organic and long-lasting.

Each Earthy Now packaged Pre-Roll comes in a reusable, smell proof, waterproof, environmentally friendly glass or biodegradable plastic tube that functions as a “saving”  tube if you don’t want to feel the whole thing at once. 

Final thoughts on the perfect pre-roll

No matter the style of your pre-roll, the ingredients inside it, or who made it, the good news is now you get to spark it up and enjoy! Remember that even though to be federally compliant, CBD, CBN, and CBG products must contain less than .3% of Delta-9 THC, many of them have potent effects and should be only used by responsible adults.

References

https://harasupply.com/blogs/news/rolling-papers-vs-pre-rolled-cones

https://harasupply.com/blogs/news/how-to-pack-a-pre-roll

https://filter420.com/2019/08/16/how-to-make-a-joint-crutch-filter/

 

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Organic cannabis—does it really matter? Yes!

The word “organic” refers to the way farmers grow and process agricultural products. When organic farming is harvested, the best practices are designed to reduce pollution, enhance soil and water quality, and foster self-sustaining farms (1).  Organic foods and wellness products have become a standard for healthy living over many years, and the recent major growth of the cannabis market has created a demand for organically produced cannabis as well. 

Demand for organic cannabis is rising

As the legality and availability of cannabis products increases, savvy consumers want safe, consistent, and high-quality products. Organic farming methods help ensure these goals while adding to the sustainability of the production and environment (2).

Every part of the cannabis plant can be used, and in a multitude of sometimes-surprising ways. Cultivated varieties of cannabis are harvested for their therapeutic and psychoactive cannabinoids, whether ingested in original form or extracted to maximize the potential of  compounds like CBD, CBG, CBN, and other minor cannabinoids. Second, cannabis is an excellent nutritional source many describe as a superfood (3). The seeds are harvested for their rich proteins and fatty acids—and you can even eat raw cannabis! Cannabis is also a sustainable textile powerhouse. The fibrous stalks, for example, are harvested and processed into eco-friendly materials for clothing, bedding, etc.

Indica plants, with shorter flowering cycles, grow well in cold, short-season climates and typically produce relaxing effects when used therapeutically. Sativa plants, which can produce energizing and creative effects, have longer flowering cycles, and are better in warm areas with longer seasons (4). Both varieties benefit from organic methods, largely because of the greatly increased nutrient bioavailability that comes with organic methods (5).  

The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp defined as cannabis (Cannabis sativa L.) and derivatives of cannabis with extremely low concentrations of the psychoactive compound delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) (no more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis), from the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) (6). This ushered in an unprecedented period of demand for hemp. Following a rush of active experimentation and development, we have the many innovative CBD products  available on the market today, with the promise of endless more to come. 

Who says it’s organic? 

Organic plants must be grown from non-GMO seeds without using synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, so organic producers rely on natural substances and physical, mechanical, or biologically based farming methods (7). Organic fertilizers are made from plant and animal waste, while non-organic fertilizers likely use raw elemental salts. These salts reduce bio-availability by limiting beneficial microbes and fungi in the soil (5).  Bio-availability is important in determining absorption of nutrients and hence the speed and quality of the growth cycle, along with other factors like physical conditions of the soil, soil temperature, moisture content, etc. (8). 

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is the governing body in the United States that administers the certification of organic industrial hemp production (9), but even without official certification, growers can follow organic production standards to yield clean and sustainable cannabis harvests. The USDA publishes The Program Handbook: Guidance and Instructions for Accredited Certifying Agents and Certified Operations, which exists to guide organic operators through compliance with its National Organic Program

Why farmers choose organic

There are many advantages that may influence farmers’ decision to pursue organic production. Organic farming increases bio-availability and bio-diversity. It also means safer working conditions for farmers and staff throughout the entire growth cycle. 

Cannabis products grown organically have higher purity with no toxins from fertilizers or pesticides. This means less general pollution for the earth and healthier and more productive soil. In addition to the benefits to the farm and staff, purchasers of their yields will rest assured that they’re getting pure organic CBD in every dose. 

Why consumers choose organic

There are compelling reasons why consumers want organic products, and why they specifically prefer organically-produced CBD, CBG, CBN, and other hemp-derived products. Organic foods and health products decrease pollution and toxins in the world and deliver clean nutrients to our bodies, which are clear advantages. 

This is especially important for cannabis which is a bioaccumulator, meaning it is a type of plant that excels at drawing pollutants from the soil without releasing them as waste, and could be contaminated by these elements if grown in non-organic conditions.10 Research has found that microbes, heavy metals, and pesticides are the most commonly found contaminants in cannabis intended for human consumption, and these can mean exposure to Salmonella, cadmium, fungal spores, and even carcinogenic mycotoxins (11).  

Consumers looking for reliable and clean cannabinoids will want to choose organic CBD products every time. 

Harvest time

Whether the crop was grown indoors or outdoors, there are two common ways to determine if it’s ready to harvest. The first is to observe the hair-like strands on the buds, called stigma, which will start to curl and turn from white to orange, or red to brown. Secondly, the trichomes which are resinous glands all over the plant, will change from clear to opaque to amber. 

The plants’s cannabinoids and terpenes are contained in the trichomes, which become fragile at this time. Growers can limit damage by using drying, trimming, and curing practices that minimize agitation in order to preserve these potent products (12).  

Organic future

The value of organic cannabis production is clear to producers and consumers alike and we expect continued demand for organically-made cannabis products. Cannabis users who are  interested in natural, toxin-free enjoyment and wellness should always seek high-quality, organic cannabis goods

References

  1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/organic-food/art-20043880
  2. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02527-2
  3. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323037
  4. https://weedmaps.com/learn/the-plant/cannabis-cultivation-intro
  5. https://www.maximumyield.com/go-organic-or-go-home-how-to-grow-cannabis-organically/2/4155
  6. https://www.fda.gov/news-events/congressional-testimony/hemp-production-and-2018-farm-bill-07252019
  7.  https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2016/07/22/understanding-usda-organic-label
  8. https://www.maximumyield.com/definition/3874/nutrient-availability
  9. https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/NOP%202040%20Hemp%20Instruction.pdf
  10. https://santelabs.com/2020/07/hemp-bioaccumulation-the-good-and-the-bad/
  11. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6177718/
  12. https://www.leafly.com/learn/growing/harvesting-marijuana

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If you’re among the masses who’d like to experiment with low-THC cannabis, take a look at the ten most popular strains in that category to help you decide which one might meet your expectations.

Thousands of years ago at the beginning of cannabis’s ascent through the world of traditional medicine, healers of the time had only a small handful of strains to choose from. To make matters even more limited, they were largely restricted to the specific marijuana and hemp varieties that could be grown locally or flourished on their own in the wild. Times have changed.

Today, there are hundreds of strains of cannabis, and more are continually being bred. That gives anyone who wants to find CBD products to try a vast range of options.

Lifter

With a cheesy aroma and fuel undertones, Lifter is one of the current most popular CBD strains. A significant portion of users say it helps ease their stress and anxiety, and almost as many people insist it aids in alleviating their pain. Many report feeling happier and more relaxed after enjoying a dose of Lifter. At the same time, quite a few say it helps to clear away the cobwebs in their brains and promotes concentration.1

Elektra

Since it contains no more than one percent THC, Elektra fits nicely into many countries’ legality parameters. Still, it gives you plenty of CBD. Quite a few people relish Elektra’s chocolate, red wine, and citrus flavors and scents. In fact, even that combination of tastes and smells sets you up for a relaxing evening at home. It’s known for its calming and uplifting effects without making people groggy. Its main focal points are combating stress, anxiety, and depression.2

Suzy-Q

With an adorable name and wonderful piney essence, Suzy-Q offers CBD concentrations of 25 percent. Many people report feeling extremely relaxed after enjoying a round of this strain, so it’s often used for treating both physical and emotional stress. It can even generate a pleasant, tingly effect. Quite a few users also turn to this strain for its potentially powerful pain-relieving impacts.3

Sour Space Candy

Another low-THC, high-CBD strain to top the popularity charts is Sour Space Candy. Its flavors are slightly reminiscent of Classic Diesel with notes of lemon and earthy undertones. Though some people report feeling sleepy after a few hits of Sour Space Candy, others say it helps keep them focused and alert. It’s also known for encouraging a hearty appetite and inducing relaxation.4

Cat’s Meow

This fruity, somewhat skunky strain brings a CBD concentration of about 15 percent to the table while possibly providing pain-relieving effects and reducing inflammation. In small doses, Cat’s Meow is said to improve focus and concentration. When consumed in greater abundance, it may put you in a relaxed state and promote sleep.

ACDC

ACDC is a unique high-CBD strain because it contains a ratio of six percent THC to 20 percent CBD. With balanced Indica and Sativa genetics, it can offer a mixed bag of effects. It has a sweet, slightly fruity aroma. People often use this strain to help remedy the symptoms of anxiety and depression, and it may make you a bit hungry. Though a few users report experiencing paranoia after consuming this strain, its CBD content can help combat the unpleasant effects of the THC. It’ll leave you feeling thunderstruck in all the right ways.5

Cannatonic

As a Sativa-Indica hybrid, Cannatonic can certainly live up to its name when consumed in the right amounts. It has a relatively low THC level at around six percent and a higher CBD concentration of about 20 percent. Users seem particularly impressed with its ability to soothe pain and muscle spasms. It also seems to help people relax physically while keeping their minds sharp and focused.6

Pennywise

Primarily an Indica hybrid, Pennywise offers a balanced blend of THC and CBD at 15 percent for each. Its spicy, sour taste makes for an interesting experience all its own, but its powerful effects take matters even further. Many point out that it heightens their creativity and sharpens their focus while melting away social anxiety. Despite having the right amount of CBD to balance out the THC, it generates a bit of a psychedelic experience for some users.7

Ringo’s Gift

A hybrid offspring of ACDC and Harle-Tsu, Ringo’s Gift is a low-THC strain with about 20 percent CBD. It has a minty, hash-like flavor and can somehow make users feel both relaxed and invigorated at the same time. It’s an uplifting strain that may help alleviate depression, pain, and stress for some users. Some report a reduction in inflammation and anxiety after partaking as well.8

Charlotte’s Web

Having very little THC to speak of and a CBD concentration of about 12 percent, Charlotte’s Web was originally developed as a strain of medical cannabis for treating epilepsy. As is the case with many hemp-based strains, it has a grassy, herbal flavor mixed with a bit of pine and an aroma to match. Due to its genetic profile and CBD content, it may help battle insomnia and anxiety as well as inflammation and pain.9

Which CBD Experience Is Right for You?

Low-THC strains are incredibly popular because of their possible benefits combined with their non-psychoactive effects. While they may not appeal to most recreational users, they’re prime choices for those who are more interested in the medical side of the matter. The strains we’ve listed are among the most popular high-CBD strains available, and any of them could provide the effects you’ve been looking for.

 

References:

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