CBD Rich Strains
THC has traditionally been the sole indicator of a strain’s potency and quality, but this is changing as the merits of other cannabinoids, particularly CBD, are being scientifically recognized. THC is the cannabinoid largely responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis, and is still the most sought after compound by recreational users. For this reason, most breeders have focused on raising THC levels, while neglecting other cannabinoids like CBD.
With more scientific evidence backing the medicinal effects of cannabis, we are seeing not only a revival of legal and socially accepted use of medical cannabis, but also a shift in focus towards other cannabinoids. THC has been shown to hold its own medicinal qualities, but it is CBD that has moved into the spotlight for its wide range of medicinal qualities. CBD is particularly popular due to the absence of any psychoactive effects making CBD attractive for a wide range of applications, and safe for children. Due to the increase in demand for high CBD/low THC strains, cannabis seed breeders are now producing many new strains that exhibit high levels of CBD.
The legalization of recreational and medical cannabis in a number of U.S. states has further made CBD rich strains widely available.
What is Considered a High percentage CBD Strain?
When looking at a strain’s cannabinoid content, it is quite common to find a THC content ranging from around 12 – 20 percent, with anything at 20 or more being considered very strong. This is not the case when it comes to CBD, it is rare to find such high numbers; any CBD content level that is 4 percent or higher is considered a high CBD strain. While 1% CBD, is much better than nothing, strains with up 18% CBD have emerged in the last few years, although they still tend to be difficult to get ahold of. Commercially available high CBD strains contain between 8% – 12% CBD.