Decades of cannabis prohibition is coming to an end in certain regions of the world and with it millions of people are able to now legally use cannabis as a safe and effective medicine. The herb has been used as a medicinal herb for thousands of years among human cultures and now it's making a serious comeback. Thousands of anecdotal accounts exist online that document immense healing that was made possible by using cannabis. The scientific evidence surrounding the plant's effectiveness is also quite astonishing.
As studies look further into the active constituents of the herb, including the vast amount of cannabinoids such as THC and CBD, it's medical users just seem to grow in number. Anxiety, insomnia, pain, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, and glaucoma are just a few of the conditions the plant seems to be able to assist. Here is our Top 10 strains known for their medical potential.
These 10 strains are ideal for medical cannabis users in search of weed loaded with CBD. Some of the strains have low THC levels for those smokers who like to avoid the psychoactive effects.
Cannatonic is an award winning CBD-rich strain that is made up of 50 percent sativa genetics and 50 percent indica genetics. The strain was created via the crossbreeding of parent strains Reina Madre and NYCD.
The genetics within cannatonic do not always ensure an exact ratio of THC to CBD. The strain is capable of producing strains with a THC:CBD ratio of 1:1 which is ideal for medical users looking for a high CBD strain that will still offer the medicinal benefits of THC. It’s estimated that about half of all plants will provide this ratio. Other plants will either provide higher than 4 percent CBD or will be THC rich with low CBD.
CBD Therapy is the result of an incredible breeding project and represents a plant that medical users can use without getting stoned. Breeders of the strain managed to achieve an amazing THC:CBD ratio of 1:20+ within CBD Therapy, making it the first strain in the world to have such a balance. The flowers of this strain contain around 0.5 percent THC and an impressive 10 percent CBD.
Tinctures, oils, and other types of medicine made from this strain are perfect for patients looking to utilise cannabis throughout the day to treat ailments without loosing functionality by getting stoned. CBD Therapy is made up of both indica and sativa genetics.
Candida (CD-1) is made up of both indica and sativa genetics and was created via the crossbreeding of parent strains ACDC and Harlequin. The strain boasts the feature of having the highest CBD and lowest THC out of any medical cannabis strain available on the market.
Laboratory testing has shown that the strain is capable of producing CBD levels of between 10.6 percent and 20.6 percent. In contrast the strain only produces THC levels of between 0.3 and 0.9 percent. This immense gap in cannabinoid quantities makes Candida (CD-1) and ideal strain for achieving medical relief whilst receiving little or no psychoactive effects.
Juanita La Lagrimosa is a sativa dominant hybrid strain that was bred into existence via the crossbreeding of parent strains Reina Madre and Mexico/afgana. The strain is definitely on the medicinal end of the spectrum and achieves a THC:CBD ratio greater than 1:1. Plants have been shown to contain CBD levels of up to 8.8 percent and THC levels of only 6.7 percent.
The THC level within the plant is still enough to get high, but it will be a light and gentle effect that may leave the user feeling clear headed. The strain is a fine choice for patients looking for medical effects from both THC and CBD without becoming overwhelmingly stoned.
OG Kush CBD is a sativa dominant hybrid strain that is made up of 60 percent sativa genetics and 40 percent indica genetics. The strain is the result of breeding parent strains OG Kush and pure CBD. The strain offers medical users a THC:CBD ratio of 1:1, with flowers containing quantities of 10 percent of each cannabinoid.
The heavy amounts of CBD present within OG Kush CBD are reported to assist with conditions such as tension, pain, anxiety and sleeping disorders. A bong hit, blunt, or oils using buds from this strain will allow users to consume high amounts of CBD whilst only getting moderately high.
Compassion is a sativa dominant strain that was bred to achieve a THC:CBD ratio of 1:1. Flowers from this strain contain quantities of both cannabinoids that hover around the 8 percent mark. This perfect balance offers patients large doses of CBD along with moderate levels of THC, producing a relaxing and functional high.
The effects from this strain help medical cannabis users deal with tension, pain, and insomnia. The strain is good to smoke before bed as THC levels are so low that they might not induce the thought provoking aspects of strains with higher levels of the cannabinoid.
Royal Medic is a sativa dominant hybrid that contains 75 percent sativa genetics and 25 percent indica genetics. The strain is the result of crossbreeding between parent strains Critical and Juanita. The strain contains a THC:CBD ratio that is greater that 1:1, with flowers containing THC levels of around 10 percent and impressive CBD levels of 12 percent.
The high levels of CBD provided are great for medicinal relief, and the low THC levels make for a high that is energetic and clear headed. The light buzz provided by the strain will allow users to continue day to day tasks without any difficulty or distraction.
CBD Critical Mass is an indica dominant hybrid strain that is made up of 80 percent indica genetics and 20 percent sativa genetics. Plants produce a THC:CBD ratio of 1:1 which is ideal for medical patients as well as recreational smokers looking for a light and gentle high along with a hit of CBD.
The flowers produced by CBD Critical Mass contain 5 percent THC and 5 percent CBD. The plants offer pretty big yields and the buds can get very heavy. For this reason the use of branch supports is advised.
S.A.G.E. CBD is a sativa and indica hybrid strain that offers rather massive yields. With a THC:CBD ratio of 1:1 the strain provides yet another option for medical cannabis users in search of high levels of CBD. The strain offers the perfect balance of 10 percent THC and 10 percent CBD. Plants have a vegetative phase that lasts around 3 weeks, followed by a flowering period that lasts up to around 63 days.
CBD-Chronic is an indica and sativa hybrid cannabis strain that is the result of the crossbreeding of parent strains Chronic and Remedy. The THC:CBD ratio of plants is nearly a perfect 1:1. THC levels within the flowers are reported to be around 5.1 percent, whereas CBD levels are a tiny bit higher at 5.8 percent. This balance allows for a calm and gentle high augmented by the medicinal power of CBD.