It wasn’t very long ago when we were unaware of the hundreds of chemical compounds found within the cannabis plant, but thank goodness that times have changed. With so many personal testimonies and anecdotal studies, we are seeing not only a revival of legal and socially accepted use of cannabis, but also a shift in focus towards other cannabinoids, such as CBD.
Whether it be social anxiety before a work meeting or generalized anxiety about the future, high-CBD cannabis strains may be able to give you the relaxation you need to get stuff done. So that you can make the best-educated pick and get the most medicinal benefit, we investigate the buzz on CBD-rich strains.
CBD strains are the latest and greatest innovations currently booming in the development and research of cannabis.
CBD has demonstrated a range of applications which continues to be investigated at major academic research centers all over.
CBD cannabis strains contain a number of health-promoting chemical compounds including terpenes.
When looking for the perfect CBD-rich strain for you, there are a lot of things to consider.
There is plenty of useful information that can be found online and at most legal dispensaries to recommend a strain that will best suit your needs.
Cannabinoids: THC vs. CBD
Although THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is one of the most well-known and researched chemical compounds found in cannabis, the cannabinoid has been shown to hold some of the same medicinal qualities, many people know that the cannabinoid is responsible for the “high” commonly associated with cannabis and is still the most desired cannabinoid (usually by recreational consumers) for its psychoactive effects.
Traditionally, THC content in a cannabis strain has been the sole indicator of its quality and potency. For this reason, most breeders have focused on driving up THC levels and for a time have seemingly neglected other cannabinoids, including CBD (short for cannabidiol) — the second most popular cannabinoid found in cannabis alongside its botanical cousin, THC.
However, this is changing as the merits of cannabinoids, such as CBD, are being scientifically recognized. Now that we’ve covered a little of the science behind the two cannabinoids, we will discuss how CBD works within the body.
CBD — For Medicinal Purposes, Not Recreational
Clinical research (mostly sourced from the American government) highlights the therapeutic potential of CBD as a viable option for addressing a number of health conditions, including epilepsy, depression, PTSD, and others — all of which has seemingly ushered in new developments in cannabis cultivation along with dampening of legalization.
CBD shares a unique relationship with our body’s natural endocannabinoid system (ECS). This is a biological system (cannabinoid) that scientists have discovered (literally in the early 90’s) exists in all living vertebrates. It regulates everything from our mood and appetite to our body temperature and ability to manage pain, yet, when deficient (or imbalanced) you can run the risk of developing the disease. Luckily, CBD has demonstrated to correct this imbalance through its interaction with CB (cannabinoid) receptors.
Our ECS is chalked with CB receptors — mainly found in our nervous system and immune system — and when CBD is present, the cannabinoid is said to not activate, but sit imperfectly inside of them and blocks any other cannabinoid or chemical messenger from binding to them, including THC.
Such action helps correct and improve the regulation of these body functions and also increases the production of the endocannabinoid anandamide, also known as the “bliss” molecule.
The Deal with CBD-Rich Strains
Today, CBD is available in a variety of formats including oils, capsules, topicals, etc. but there are times when consumers who love flower just want to smoke some good herb. Once upon a time, CBD cannabis strains were hard to come by.
After years and years in which only THC-rich cannabis strains were produced, CBD-rich strains are now gaining popularity for their medicinal properties and relatively low psychoactivity. With so many different strains to choose from it may feel a little overwhelming — especially if you have no clue what CBD is.
Before purchasing a CBD-rich strain you should question:
What’s the flavor profile?
How much THC is in it?
What’s the terpene profile?
And most importantly, how much CBD does it have?
Regardless, if you’re buying cannabis and are wanting to find a decent strain, ultimately, it all comes down to you. CBD strains have a very distinctive experiential profile and typically contain little to no THC. Though, there are some that contain a balanced ratio of CBD:THC. So, if you’re sensitive to psychoactivity a low-THC, CBD-rich strain may be the wiser option.
While they do lack the “stoned” effect, cannabis strains rich in cannabidiol are extremely worthwhile. Every smoker has their own preference for CBD flower but as we mentioned earlier, the therapeutic benefits of CBD may be able to address a number of ailments. Breeders have already developed Corazon, which has the highest amount of CBD ever tested at 22.5%.
Terpenes Sweeten the Deal
Furthermore, CBD strain contains a lot of terpenes, trans-Nerolidol, linalool, and limonene. Even if you dig up the medicinal profile of Charlotte’s Web cannabis (a CBD-rich strain which contains a 20:1 CBD:THC ratio) the highest levels of terpenes can be found, including myrcene which is known for its antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties as well as pinene. It would be worth exploring a little more about the synergies between CBD and these terpenes, but perhaps we will save that for a future article.
The whole idea is, as knowledge of CBD’s health benefits continues to spread, we can expect to see less of a challenge in the research and development of the cannabinoid and cannabis in general — and hopefully even more low-THC, CBD-rich strains.
Because every smoker is different we advise that you start small and gradually increase your intake while monitoring the way it makes you feel until you find exactly how much you need. Ideally, this would be done after you spoke with your healthcare provider.
Touted to be the most successful in addressing a number of conditions, hemp flower has been gaining a lot of traction ever since the dawn of its creation. And, as we’ve learned, cannabis’ CBD has great therapeutic potential for good reason.
However, if you’re a lover of cannabis’ psychoactivity but want to give cannabidiol a try, it’s important to understand what exactly qualifies a strain as CBD-rich. The good thing about CBD is that it has no negative side effects, is not addictive, will not damage the body or mind, and does not possess overdose potential.