Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second most abundant cannabinoid found in cannabis, right after Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
When compared to THC, CBD is the more laid-back and adaptable cousin. While THC offers all the intoxicating effects that cannabis is generally known for, CBD is mild and non-psychoactive, but still packed full of some of the best medical benefits nature has to offer. It’s a wonderful option for people who want to treat ailments such as pain, nausea, anxiety, muscle spasms and epilepsy, PTSD, and more. Hemp strains have been notoriously difficult to find, but in recent years they’re becoming more prominent in local dispensaries, especially in Colorado where popular hemp strains can reach CBD levels of up to 15 percent.
My favorites hemp strains
Cherry averages about 13 percent CBD, although it can fluctuate a bit (at the image above you can see a 20% Cherry flower, currently featured in the Recreational CBD Weekly Newsletter). It grows best indoors and flowers about 8 weeks after sprouting. There are a few different variations of the cherry strain with the most popular type being the Chardonnay selection. At first, the THC content was low but still slightly above the level of detection. After years of careful breeding, it regularly tests under 0.3 percent.
Baox – also referred to as Deep Forest – is known not only for its CBD content (which averages about 12 percent) but also for its noticeable earthy, pine flavor. Hemp strains are said to be fairly inconsistent when it comes to flavor and appearance, but that is definitely not the case when it comes to Baox.
Charlotte’s web is one of the oldest and most popular hemp strains on the market today. It was initially cultivated by well-known cannabis breeders from Colorado, the Stanley Brothers, for a young patient named Charlotte who suffered from a rare form of epilepsy. Due to it’s proven effectiveness, Charlotte’s Web has become one of the easiest hemp strains to find for purchase.
Otto II was created by Centennial Seeds and it’s actually a hybrid breed with an even ratio of 1:1 for CBD and THC. It usually has about 8 to 10 percent of both cannabinoids. This strain is primarily used to treat inflammation, arthritis, pain, migraines, and cramps. Due to it’s higher than normal levels for THC (for a hemp strain that is) it can produce some mild psychoactive effects.
Have you tried any of these strains before? What about some of your favorites that we may have missed? Let us know in the comment section below!