There are some cannabis strains that make you high because of the THC content and its potency. On the contrary, there are other cannabis strains that are high in CBD content and used mostly for health purposes. Most cannabis strains that are high in CBD content and low in THC content are becoming quite popular among medical doctors and their patients. It could be that medical doctors and patients are realizing all the benefits of cannabis. There are some, however, that don’t want to deal with the high potency of some cannabis strains and so they opt for the ones that are higher in CBD. Although, there is a prevalent rise in high CBD strains, many people still do not fully understand the reason why some cannabis strains are higher in CBD than THC and why it is has so much health benefits. That is why; we are going to try to see if we can break it down so that the lay person can understand.
Every cannabis strain has its own chemical components and makeup. If you don’t know what you are smoking, then you won’t understand the benefits that it provides. Every strain has cannabinoids in various potency and level. Cannabinioids from the cannabis plant act on your cannabinoid receptors that are located in the brain. These are called CB1 and CB2. There are three unique categories of cannabinoids namely synthetic, endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids.
The Natural Process
Your body naturally produces endocannabinoids in the brain. Many people don’t even know that they possess this in their body. However, they are in the brain in low doses. When you smoke weed, the cannabinoids from it join with the brain’s endocannabinoids to produce a medicinal effect. Synthetic cannabinoids come about by being manufactured in a laboratory and these are usually illegal and not good for your health. Phytocannabinoids can be found in many plants, but specifally the marijuana plant. When you hear people talk about cannabinoids, they are referring to phytocannabinoids in general terms. As it relates to the phytocannabinoids, the two most popular are THC and CBD. However, there are others that include CBN, CBG and THCA as well as CBDA and CBGA. To simplify it, cannabinoids are the components that make up marijuana and make it what it is; whether it has high CBD content or low THC content.
THC and CBD
THC is the component that gave cannabis its reputation of being psychoactive, which means it will make you high. Like CBD, the THC content is important because it also has medicinal properties too and can help to relieve pain, reduce nausea and stimulate one’s appetite. CBD is known for its many medical benefits and is not mood altering like THC is. Let’s now look at some of the cannabis strains that are high in CBD and low in THC.
Charlotte’s Web is one of the most popular cannabis strains and in fact, it is the one that brought CBD to the public arena so people became more aware. It is known to have specific medical benefits that help to treat certain ailments such as seizures, epilepsy, migraines, and fatigue, arthritis, PTSD, fibromyalgia and muscle spasms.
If you don’t know, Ringo’s Gift is one of those cannabis strains that were named after Larry Ringo who was an avid advocate of making weed legal. This strain has about 20 percent CBD content and makes the body relax and more focused.
Harlequin is one of the best cannabis strains that fall in the indica category. It has 15 percent CBD content and only 2 percent THC content. It makes the user feel relaxed without being sleepy or intoxicated.
In the case of Cannatonic, it has 50 percent CBD content and 50 percent THC content and so you would say it is fairly concentrated. You can use it as both a recreational or medicinal strain.
Sour Tsunami has made its name as one of the strains that contains 11 percent CBD content. Its THC content is between 1 percent and 10 percent. It is known to be able to treat ailments such as depression, pain, stress, inflammation and anxiety.
Other cannabis strains that are high in CBD and low in THC include Canna-Tus, ACDC, Warlock, Zen, and Pennywise. The ideal suggestion is to choose one of the cannabis strains that best suits your medical condition, but they are all beneficial in their own way.