Top Five Most Effective CBD Strains

Cannabis connoisseurs often look at potency as one of the main factors that makes a particular strain more desirable than another.

Traditionally, cannabis users attributed strain potency to high levels of the cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which has led to the proliferation of strains that are full of it. The typical recreational user is chasing the high, so they prefer to get the most bang for their buck.

Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD does not activate pathways in the brain that cause a high. CBD is non-psychoactive, thus not causing the high that THC rich products contain. While doctors can’t seem to look past certain side effects of THC, CBD doesn’t seem to present that problem.

CBD has anti-psychotic effects and may counteract the potential psychosomatic effects of THC on individuals with latent schizophrenia; some reports show it to be an alternative treatment for schizophrenia that is safe and well-tolerated.

Recently, research has shown CBD to have analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties without the psychoactive effects (the “high” or “stoned” feeling) that THC provides. While high THC strains often yield levels of over 20%. However, CBD levels of over 4% are generally considered to be high.

From the information collected, here’s the list of the most effective CBD strains:

GI 001

Although little has been released publicly about GI 001, the strain is currently being used in numerous clinical studies. Developed by Growth Industries, GI 001 was tested by SCLabs and the results concluded that GI 001 contains a CBD percentage of over 20% and a THC percentage of 0.85%. Currently, GI 001 is the industry leader in terms of strains with a high CBD level. This strain is effective with little to no psychoactive effects, making it great for those who don’t want their medication to affect their daily tasks. In addition, GI 001 has been said to work as an effective medicine for preventative care. As the clinical trials conclude, GI 001 should emerge as a leader in medicinal cannabis.
CBD:THC Ratio — 24:1

Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte’s Web is a sativa marijuana strain that has gained popularity as a result of being featured on CNN’s Weed Documentary with Dr. Sanjay Gupta as a good option for treating seizures as well as a range of other medical conditions. This medical potency is due to its high-CBD content, which was specifically cultivated by Colorado breeders The Stanley Brothers for a young epileptic patient named Charlotte.
CBD:THC Ratio —Unconfirmed


Harlequin is a 75/25 sativa-dominant strain renowned for its reliable expression of CBD. Unlike most high-CBD strains, Harlequin almost always develops a CBD:THC ratio of 5:2, making this strain effective for treatment of pain and anxiety, as CBD counteracts THC’s paranoia.
CBD:THC Ratio — 5:2

GI 004

Similar to GI 001, GI 004 has been kept in the dark publicly since it’s creation. This strain is another development produced by one of Growth Industries’ talented botanists. Tested by SCLabs at the beginning of 2015, GI 004 features a CBD percentage of 14.82 and a THC percentage of 0.58. Unlike most strains, GI 004 doesn’t restrict brain function and activity. In addition numerous patients reported that GI 004 can alleviate neuropathic pain — a notoriously difficult-to-treat nerve pain commonly found in amputees, AIDS patients, and patients with multiple sclerosis.
CBD:THC Ratio — 30:1

Sour Tsunami

Sour Tsunami is a strain that became famous for being one of the first to be specifically bred for high CBD rather than THC content. The result is a strain that’s effective at treating pain and inflammation without producing a significant “high” that is linked to high THC. Sour Tsunami CBD levels test as high as 10 or 11%, while THC is usually under 10%.
CBD:THC Ratio — 2:1


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