Updated on December 6, 2018.
Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Cannabis provides a plethora of benefits to the body. Some compounds within the plant will not get you high but still hold great medical value to the user. In fact, some medical patients seek out CBD rich strains for their specific medical conditions.
What is CBD anyway?
CBD or Cannabidiol is one of the active compounds found in the cannabis plant. The difference between CBD and THC is that Cannabidiol will not get you high. In other words, it’s non-psychoactive.
However, this doesn’t mean it’s useless, in fact many states are legalizing CBD rich strains for medical applications. One of these cases refers to Charlotte Figi, a little girl who suffers from a rare form of epilepsy known as Dravet’s Syndrome.
After nothing worked for her, her parents turned to cannabis and the Stanley brothers of Colorado created a specific strain in her honor known as “Charlotte’s Web”. This strain is said to have CBD levels of 20% and higher.
Since Charlotte began taking the cannabis extract, she has seen a drastic reduction on her epileptic spells. Even Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent went to discover what it was all about and completely changed his stance on the medical validity of cannabis afterwards.
Which CBD strains are there?
While the CBD focus on marijuana is fairly new, the race is on for making CBD rich strains. People have discovered that most states do not have any opposition on cannabis that “doesn’t make you high” and thus in the world of medical strains, these type of CBD dominant strains are quickly gaining popularity.
Here’s a short list of CBD rich Strains for your convenience:
Valentine X – 25:1 CBD/THC
ACDC – This strain has virtually no THC in it. Less than 1%
Harlequin – Dominant CBD levels with a Sativa blend to provide energy with low “highness” factor
Sour Tsunami – Great for chronic pain
Swiss Gold – This strain provides an uplifting sensation without the feeling of being “high”
As mentioned, this is only a handful of strains that you can find in most Dispensaries.
CBD breaking boundaries
Since CBD’s don’t get you high, it’s a perfect way to introduce the medical efficacy of cannabis. Most states are relaxing their CBD laws since it has shown to be quite effective for a wide range of diseases and conditions.