Marijuana contains two dominant cannabinoids, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) nd CBD (cannabidiol). THC is known to produce the ‘high’ associated with consuming marijuana, along with providing several medical benefits such as pain control, relief from severe nausea, and powerful appetite stimulation. It’s also being studied for use in insomnia, glaucoma and as a potential asthma treatment.
CBD, on the other hand, is considered to be non-psychoactive (it won’t get you high) and has few known side-effects. CBD too has many known medical benefits, including neuropathic pain control, as an anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-epileptic, and it has significant neuroprotective qualities. CBD is even being investigated as a possibly bone strengthener.
CBD is also known to counteract ‘THC-induced’ anxiety, anxiety some users experience when consuming high-THC marijuana.
A high-CBD marijuana strain is a cannabidiol rich variety of cannabis that may or may not contain high levels of THC. And not every harvest of a particular strain will consistently produce identical CBD-rich phytochemical profiles. CBD and THC levels are strongly influenced by the environment within which they are grown. Subtle changes can produce dramatic changes to a plant’s phytochemistry.
Great for pain management, Harlequin is a sativa dominant strain grown by crossing an indica Thai, Swiss Landrace and Colombia Gold strains. Typically 5:2 CBD:THC ratio with minimal psychological effects, and a generally clear-headed, relaxing expression without significant sleepiness.
Also known for its anti-inflammatory properties, many medical users with arthritis, joint pain and even fibromyalgia seem to benefit greatly from this particular strain. Good to combat nausea and encourage one’s appetite.
Predominant Terpenes: Caryophyllene, Myrcene and Humulene.
A very popular California strain, Cannatonic typically expresses a 1:1 CBD:THC ratio. It’s a cross between G13 Haze and MK Ultra cannabis strains and usually produces an uplifting, focused and relaxing high.
It’s a great strain for treating pain, but the relatively high THC levels should keep you off the road and away from heavy machinery.
Predominant Terpenes: Pinene, Caryophyllene and Humulene.
Another good choice for those seeking relief from chronic back pain, is Sour Tsunami. It’s a cross between two Diesel strains, NYC and Sour Diesel. It tends to express a 1:1 ratio of CBD:THC.
Some medical users have reported an anti-depressive and anti-anxiety effect from consuming Sour Tsunami.
Predominant Terpenes: Pinene, Humulene, Caryophyllene and Myrcene.
A strain known for it’s calming effects for those suffering anxiety, Jamaican Lion is another great Californian grown sativa strain. It has been described as being both uplifting and calming.
A product of Yarders and Mountain Lion marijuana strains, Jamaican Lion is a good choice for those feeling stressed out. It’s also reported to stimulate creativity and encourage focus, without fogging up one’s head.
With a purported 1:1 ratio of CBD:THC,Jamaican Lion is not for the uninitiated, or light of heart. But experienced smokers will find this gourmet varietal bestows a gentle yet subtle high.
Predominant Terpenes: Limonene, Linalool and Pinene.
A perfect choice for current marijuana smokers, who want to scale back their THC levels and increase their CBD levels.
A strongly indica dominant strain, it is bred by crossing L.A. Confidential with X18 Pure Pakistani. A strain that is great for relaxation and for conquering insomnia, Tora Bora typically achieves 12-14% CBD, with THC levels generally under 6%.
Predominant Terpenes: Terpinolene, Linalool and Myrcene.