What are High CBD Strains?
CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, the cannabinoid second only to THC when it comes to average volume. Recently, research has shown CBD to have analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties without the psychoactive effects (the “high” or “stoned” feeling) that THC provides. While high THC strains often tout levels of over 20%, generally, CBD levels of over 4% are considered to be high.
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Who Do These Strains Help?
It was initially thought that cannabidiol’s main function was to counter the psychoactive effects of THC, but more evidence seems to show that medically, CBD packs quite a punch on its own. It looks to be especially promising for conditions that are difficult to treat such as Crohn’s disease, PTSD and multiple sclerosis. Lately, it is one of the rarest of these conditions, Dravet’s Syndrome, that is getting a lot of attention from both the medical community and the public. Dravet’s Syndrome is an especially debilitating form of epilepsy that affects children and is notoriously resistant to current approved treatment methods. Sufferers are plagued by seizures, often up to hundreds a day that worsen as they age and can be life-threatening. Currently, treatment methods include having the child wear an eyepatch, specialized diets and brain surgery, but all have mixed success rates.
Through families’ stories of the successful management of Dravet’s Syndrome using CBD-rich marijuana strains, cannabidiol is beginning to look like these kids’ best hope. One of the earliest success stories involves a young girl named Charlotte who was given a tincture version of Charlotte’s Web, a strain that was specifically developed to provide her with all the benefits of the drug without the high. In less than 2 years, Charlotte went from a monthly seizure count of 1,200 to about three. Other success stories followed and more parents have begun to speak out, particularly parents who are desperate for access to this life-saving treatment.
This video highlights Charlotte and her disorder, as well as the promising treatment of high-CBD strains to help alleviate her symptoms:
Unlike pharmaceutical treatments for Dravet’s, cannabis has no lethal dose or known serious medical side effects, but it is still federally illegal. The fact that this condition affects children as young as a few days old makes it both a prime opportunity for non-psychoactive CBD-rich strains to shine, but it also makes it a touchy subject in a culture where cannabis has been demonized. However, the success of treating a condition that was previously often untreatable makes it necessary to research the full medical opportunities that CBD offers. The FDA seems to agree, since earlier this year they approved a study to examine the effects of CBD on epilepsy, specifically in young users.
What are Some Strains That Generally Have High CBD Levels?
Strains vary from grower to grower, crop to crop and even plant to plant, so keep in mind that the actual medication’s CBD levels may vary. However, here are some strains that have been actively bred in recent years to have higher CBD levels.
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