10 CBD-dominant weed strains that our users love
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the second most common cannabinoid found in cannabis. Unlike its euphoric sister, THC (or tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD plays it cool, offering relaxing, non-intoxicating effects that lend themselves to a variety of personal and medicinal uses. Because CBD lacks the stoney side effects typical of high-THC strains, it’s a great choice for patients needing to keep a clear head while treating pain, nausea, headaches, stress, anxiety, muscle spasms, epilepsy, and more.
It’s clear that many people have experienced the upsides of CBD, but with so many high-CBD strains hitting the market today, it can be difficult to choose the one for you. Here, we’ll go over what it means for a strain to be high in CBD along with identifying which high-CBD strains are the most popular and easy-to-find based on Leafly user-submitted reviews.
What does it mean for a strain to be high in CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol, a non-intoxicating cannabis molecule with a variety of anecdotal and studied benefits. Strains high in CBD are popular with users for help with:
Just as you can search for strains high in THC, sativa, or indica, you can also search for strains high in CBD – and Leafly users do just that.
If you’re interested in finding high CBD strains yourself, look for strains that contain only circles in their Leafly strain flower. This will help you find strains that consistently express high levels of CBD, which is more likely to bring you clear-headed relief. But if you’re ready to cut to the chase, here are the top picks from our users:
Harlequin is one of the most popular CBD strains available. Typically testing around the 5:2 CBD/THC ratio, it exhibits a clear-headed alertness with only mild euphoria. Harlequin has a happy bent that most will find enhances whatever activity they are engaged in.
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2. Ringo’s Gift
Ringo’s Gift—named for activist, CBD specialist, and founder of SoHum Seeds, Lawrence Ringo—is a hybrid cross of Harle-Tsu and ACDC. It keeps on giving to patients seeking a nearly full-on CBD-driven strain, with an average ratio of 24:1 CBD/THC.
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3. Sweet and Sour Widow
Sweet and Sour Widow lands in the middle ground with a 1:1 CBD/THC ratio. This even split offers first-time cannabis consumers an enjoyable entry point to both THC and CBD without sending them into orbit. It also makes for good medicine while being slightly euphoric and stoney.
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4. Stephen Hawking Kush
Stephen Hawking Kush offers mild, relaxing effects while doling out a healthy dose of CBD, too. This indica-dominant strain is one of the more unique CBD cuts out there, offering both heady and soothing effects.
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ACDC makes an easy favorite.The cannabinoid content is usually heavily CBD-dominant, sitting on average at 20:1 in its CBD/THC ratio. An imperceptible amount of THC makes ACDC an outstanding companion for daily medicinal cannabis consumers seeking to relieve tension, pain, or anxiety.
Bonus staff review: “Known for its keen ability to lift anxiety of all shades, this strain is a godsend to consumers susceptible to the side effects of THC. This strain allows you to harness many of the desirable traits of cannabis, like light-footed physical relaxation and gentle mood elevation, without the cost of a clear, calm mind.”
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Cannatonic isn’t nearly as sedative as the name implies. This strain usually brings a smaller CBD/THC split, ranging from 5:1 down to 1:1. This even-keeled cannabinoid profile gives consumers a great deal of flexibility to use Cannatonic as medicine or as an enjoyable, mild mannered strain to unwind with.
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Harle-Tsu, one of a few lovingly handcrafted strains created by the late Lawrence Ringo, is an outstandingly functional CBD cut. By combining Harlequin and Sour Tsunami, Harle-Tsu achieves a pleasant disposition without encumbering the consumer with strong sedation.
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Canna-Tsu is a more balanced CBD/THC strain that offers a unique bouquet of smells. With aromas of citrus and sweet earth, Canna-Tsu gives the CBD enthusiast a complex palate of flavor and terpenes to enjoy.
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9. Sour Tsunami
Created by the larger-than-life grower and activist Lawrence Ringo, Sour Tsunami was brought into being by combining Sour Diesel and NYC Diesel. This unlikely pair of stimulating plants bred the high-CBD phenotype that has since redefined the medicinal qualities of cannabis.
Bonus staff review: “This strain has become a household name among high-CBD strains. This variety tends to produce less than 1-2% of THC, so you can reap its medicinal benefits without the high. Sour Tsunami is fairly prolific, so keep an eye out for this strain at your next dispensary visit if you’re looking to quell pain or anxiety symptoms without the interference of THC.”
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Pennywise certainly has the scariest of all the names that made this list, or at least it does for those familiar with the Stephen King book responsible for its namesake. But fear not, Pennywise truly gets its name from its genetic cross of Harlequin and Jack the Ripper. It synthesizes Jack the Ripper’s mental clarity and an even 1:1 CBD/THC to make a strain that is functional and enjoyable at almost any dose.
CBD can offer relaxing or non-intoxicating effects when used. Discover 10 of the best high-CBD and low-THC strains that our users rave about from Leafly.
Top 10 CBD Seeds
CHECK OUT OUR LIST OF THE TOP 10 BEST SELLING CBD RICH CANNABIS STRAINS HERE AT ZATIVO
CBD strains are cannabis strains that have been bred to specifically contain large amounts of cannabidiol (CBD). Unlike THC, CBD isn’t psychoactive, and strains bred to contain large amounts of CBD often appeal to those who seek more functional highs and the medical benefits of CBD, rather than the soaring highs of a THC rich strain. CBD strains of cannabis do contain THC, but the ratio of THC to CBD often helps keep the high under more control. So without further ado, here are the 10 best CBD strains here at Zativo, rated by popularity with our customers.
1. CBD Therapy (CBD Crew)
- 50% indica – 50% sativa
- CBD Therapy
- 8-9 weeks
CBD Crew presents the one and only CBD Therapy. As the name strongly suggests, solid CBD levels can be expected. Contrary to popular belief, this strain does not derive from hemp. Only recreational strains, high in THC, have been hybridized and stabilized for 4 years before CBD Therapy was ready to hit the market. Once the CBD connoisseurs hit this strain, their perception of CBD strains changed dramatically. The incredible flavors dancing on the taste buds perfectly synchronized to the sweet, truffle-like aroma, is an experience that you will find nowhere else. This impeccable indica/sativa hybrid generates incredible effects with its 8-10% CBD levels. CBD Therapy yields approximately 500g/m², so if you wish to stock up on beloved CBD, this cultivar could be your strain of choice. It’s important to note that you can receive different CBD Therapy phenotypes; some can be comprised of higher or lower THC-levels, although CBD levels will always remain high.
2. CBD Critical Cure (Barney’s Farm)
- 80% indica – 20% sativa
- Critical Kush X Shanti Baba’s CBD Enhanced
- 8-9 weeks
The award-winning master breeders of Barney’s Farm have turned their hand to creating a CBD rich strain, and the result is CBD Critical Cure. It is a strain that has instantly risen to fame, and taken the CBD market by storm. Made by mixing Critical Kush with an undisclosed CBD strain, Barney’s Farm has created an indica dominant soother that relaxes the entire body without locking it down. The result is an extremely functional high that allows the user to go about their day while easing things like pain. The CBD content of Critical Cure is 8% while the THC content sits at around 5.5%. Critical Cure is a fast grower, and produces massive, heavy buds. The upshot of this is that she often needs support in her final few weeks, to ensure she doesn’t cave under her own weight of resin coated goodness. CBD Critical Cure has a flowering time of roughly 8-9 weeks, and can grow indoors to heights of 50-100cm tall. With such a high CBD content, it is easy to see why Critical Cure is considered one of the best CBD cannabis strains here at Zativo.
3. CBD MediHaze (CBD Crew)
- 80% sativa – 20% indica
- (Super Silver Haze x Nevil Haze) x CBD parents
- 9-10 weeks
CBD Crew, as the name suggests, are all about producing high-quality CBD focused strains – and CBD MediHaze is one of the most popular they have ever produced. She is a sativa dominant hybrid created from crossing Super Silver Haze with Nevil Haze, before crossing the outcome of this union with a CBD rich parent. The result is a powerhouse where the CBD content can outweigh the THC 2:1 – with average CBD content being 8% and the THC content being 4%. The flavour profile of CBD MediHaze focuses on minty, peppery notes, with strong menthol undertones. The high is very functional and relaxing, as you would expect of a strain with such a cannabinoid ratio. When grown, CBD MediHaze reaches medium heights and tends not to stretch too much. She has a flowering time of around 9-10 weeks, and can produce yields in the region of 450-550 grams per square metre.
4. Shark Shock CBD (Dinafem)
- 80% indica – 20% sativa
- Shark Shock x CBD Crew
- 55 days
Shark Shock CBD by Dinafem was the joint creation and result of a very close project between the breeders of Dinafem and CBD Crew – in an attempt to bring another CBD rich strain to the masses. It was by combining Dinafem’s own Shark Shock with an undisclosed male plant supplied by CBD Crew that Shark Shock CBD came to be, and the result is a well-rounded and extremely versatile strain of cannabis seeds. In terms of CBD, Shark Shock CBD boasts a moderately strong content of 6%, matched by a THC content of 6%. The taste and aromas produced by Shark Shock CBD are bittersweet, and have strong undertones of garlic. Being indica dominant, the potent high she induces is more relaxing to the body than the mind, but not in a way that gets in the way of functionality. Shark Shock CBD grows with an indica like stature, staying relatively small. It makes her ideal for indoor spaces, although she will thrive outdoors in warmer conditions. She is also extremely forgiving and easy to grow, making her popular with novices and veterans alike – adding to the reasons it is considered one of the best CBD strains around. CBD Shark Shock has a flowering time of roughly 8 weeks, and can produce yields of up to 900 grams per plant depending on how she is grown.
5. CBD Yummy (CBD Crew)
- 70% sativa- 30% indica
- Yummy x CBD parents
- 9-10 weeks
Another entry by CBD Crew, CBD Yummy is another CBD rich strain of cannabis that is highly popular with our customers. She is a sativa dominant hybrid that packs a serious CBD punch – with lab tests showing a potential content of 9% CBD and 8% THC when optimally grown. Under normal conditions, CBD Yummy will usually have a content of 5% for both CBD and THC. She also has an exquisite flavour that is both exotic and rich – being described like a mouth-wateringly juicy fruit salad. CBD Yummy develops into a strong and hardy plant, easily supporting its large colas. It is strong and resilient enough that CBD Crew recommend advanced growers try super-cropping it, as she will respond well and produce much bigger yields. But even her standard yields are nothing to be scoffed at, giving more casual growers potential yields of up to 400 grams per square metre. CBD Yummy has a flowering time of roughly 9-10 weeks.
6. CBD SkunkHaze (Dutch Passion)
- Skunk Haze x CBD strain
- 9-10 weeks
CBD SkunkHaze by Dutch Passion is another strain of cannabis built upon the solid foundations of exemplary genetics. Much like a few others on this list, CBD Skunk Haze was a collaborative effort with CBD Crew, who supplied a high CBD variety to be mixed with Dutch Passion’s Super Haze. The result is a CBD rich strain that has no problem pleasing fans of Dutch Passion looking to add a little CBD to their lives – hence its best-selling popularity! The content has a 1:1 ratio, often sitting around 5% CBD and 5% THC. CBD SkunkHaze produces a citrusy pine flavour that is mixed with spicy cedar wood. The high induced is long lasting and able to soothe most aches and pains – all without clouding the mind. When grown, CBD SkunkHaze turns into quite a large plant, which in turn produce large buds. The flowering time of CBD SkunkHaze is roughly 10 weeks, and she has the potential to produce up to 450 grams per square metre.
7. Royal Medic (Royal Queen Seeds)
- 75% sativa – 25% indica
- Critical x Juanita la Lagrimosa
- 9 weeks
Royal Medic by Royal Queen Seeds is without a doubt, a CBD titan. The fact that it features in our list of the best CBD cannabis strains is no surprise; in fact, we would be shocked if it didn’t. We are looking at a CBD content of 12% here (!), and a THC content of 10%. The result is one of the largest influxes of CBD it is possible to get from a cannabis strain, and is a testament to the breeders of RQS. Royal Medic is the result of selective breeding between Critical x Juanita la Lagrimosa – two strains known for their quality and potency. In addition to its CBD heritage, Juanita la Lagrimosa also lends Royal Medic her unforgettable fruity, hazy taste and aroma. The high induced is mainly cerebral, creating a clear uplifting buzz while soothing aches, inflammation and pain. As with most CBD rich strains, it is extremely functional, despite its potency. In terms of growing traits, Royal Medic grows to heights of around 1.2m-1.5m, takes 9 weeks to flower, and is able to produce up to 525 grams per plant for your time and effort. It is as potent as it is well-rounded, truly exemplary!
8. Durga Mata II CBD (Paradise Seeds)
- 90% indica – 10% sativa
- Durga Mata II CBD
- 8 weeks
Durga Mata II CBD takes all of the cherished traits of Durga Mata, such as gigantic resinous buds, and adds in a little sprinkle of magic courtesy of CBD Crew, to create one of the ultimate strains of the CBD world. The only major difference between Durga Mata II CBD and the original is the CBD content – which sits at 8.5% with an accompanying THC content of 7%. Other than her high CBD content, the other reason Durga Mata II CBD is so popular is that she is extremely versatile. She is easy to grow, resistant to novice errors, pests and disease, and responds well to advanced growing techniques such as SoG setups. Add to this her mouth-wateringly sweet and exotic flavour, clear relaxing high, 7 week flowering time, and generous yields, and it is easy to see why Durga Mata II CBD has made it to this list!
9. Critical Kush (Zativo Seeds)
- 90% indica – 10% sativa
- Critical x OG Kush
- 8-9 weeks
Our Critical Kush is an exceptional anomaly. One can expect high CBD-levels together with 20% of THC! From all the CBD-strains out there, it’s very rare to encounter potent, psychedelic high-inducing bud. This cultivar is comprised of Critical and OG Kush. The legendary Critical genetics bring solid yields and tangy citrus aromas to the table. OG Kush, with its earthy flavors and beautiful highs, delivers perfect ingredients to the Critical Kush recipe. With its 90% indica dominance, you’ll become cool and relaxed. If you’re planning to chill all day, get into spiritual yoga sessions, or travel into space, Critical Kush will encourage your endeavors. After 8-9 weeks of flowering, you’ll receive 600g/m² from indoor settings, while outdoors, 600g/plant can be expected. It’s a relatively short plant, which ironically induces incredible highs. If you’re looking to stock up on CBD and THC, look no further, Critical Kush is your dank.
10. Juanita la Lagrimosa (Reggae Seeds)
- Reina Madre x Diesel x Afghan/Hawaiian
- 60-65 days
Made from the masterful mix of Reina Madre x Diesel x Afghan/Hawaiian, Juanita la Lagrimosa is a cannabis strain famed for its high CBD content, and is often a base with which many others experiment with. With a CBD and THC content of 8% it is no surprise, and since its release, this beauty from Reggae Seeds has quickly made a name for itself among those who seek out the best CBD cannabis strains. Juanita la Lagrimosa has a distinct lemony haze flavour that is mixed with a fruity hash. The high produced is mainly cerebral, giving the mind a clear and uplifting boost. This makes it great for being out and about or sociable, but not so good for sitting back and relaxing. She is an award-winning strain of cannabis, and will likely impress. Being sativa dominant, Juanita la Lagrimosa reaches fairly tall heights, making her better suited to outdoor growth, but with careful care, or a large grow room, she is still able to thrive indoors. Juanita la Lagrimosa has a flowering time of roughly 9 weeks.
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