Cannabis lovers have long considered the power of one variety as the main factor that makes one variety more desirable than another. The potency of cannabis effects is due to its concentration levels of THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid of cannabis. The most famous varieties to date have all been grown with this in mind. But with the emergence of medicinal cannabis, patients are looking for another way. This is where CBD comes stealing the spotlight from THC.
What is a high CBD variety?
CBD is the acronym for cannabidiol, the most common cannabinoid in cannabis after THC. The latest scientific research has shown that CBD has several medical applications: it is in particular analgesic (pain relief), anti-inflammatory, and anti-anxiety properties against the sometimes-powerful effects of THC, without having a psychoactive effect (the sensations of “high” or “gliding”).
To whom are these varieties intended?
Early research on CBD focused on the ability of CBD to counter the psychoactive effects of THC. As studies progress, it would appear that CBD has a medical effect on many more medical conditions. It is particularly promising for diseases that are generally difficult to treat, such as Crohn’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder or multiple sclerosis.
Dravet Syndrome is a rare form of epilepsy that affects children and is particularly resistant to traditional medical treatments. Patients suffer from impressive and numerous seizures, sometimes up to 100 per day, which worsen with age and can eventually be fatal.
Through several family stories that have successfully treated their children with CBD-rich cannabis varieties, cannabidiol has given hope to many parents. That doesn’t mean kids smoke cannabis. One of the best-known cases is that of Charlotte Figi who was given an oily version of Charlotte’s Web variety, a plant developed for her with all the benefits of cannabis without the soothing effects. In less than 2 years, Charlotte has gone from 1200 seizures per month to 3.
patients need scientific research to understand how CBD works and for which specific applications to use it
Which strains are high in CBD?
Seed companies are also very interested in these new varieties or even develop them themselves. You can find new crosses such as:
- Cheese CBD: a very aromatic hybrid, with the typical taste of Cheese and a THC/CBD ratio of 1:1
- Amnesia CBD: a productive Sativa that has kept the vigor of Amnesia with the relaxing effect of CBD
- the Bubba Kush CBD: the most Indica
- OG Kush CBD: its Californian origins develop a minimum THC/CBD rate of 1:1, with 10% THC and 10% CBD
- Purple Orange: a purplish plant that develops a THC/CBD ratio of 1:2, interesting for patients with conditions requiring a high CBD rate (+10%)