Updated: Nov 7, 2019
Although marijuana can be a lot of fun, many consumers today consider the therapeutic effects first before making a purchase. The medicinal benefits are many, including (but certainly not limited to) alleviating pain, soothing the mind, relief from the effects of cancer treatment, and even treating symptoms of autoimmune diseases and epilepsy. Every strain is different, and so is every patient, but here are six strains that buyers and sellers looking for medicinal options should be aware of.
Avidekel has no more than 1 percent THC, but its CBD content can run anywhere between 15 to 19 percent. The low THC content makes it a non-psychoactive strain, so most users won’t experience a high or “stoned” feeling after smoking, instead providing simple relief. It was developed by medical marijuana supplier Tikun Olam, offered as an aid for various ailments including inflammatory pain, anxiety, migraines, symptoms of autoimmune diseases, and symptoms of epilepsy. Avidekel’s reputation as a “highless” medicinal strain was enough for Reuters and CBS News to report on it, and the strain won first place in both Top High-CBD Flower and Top High-CBD Oil in the 2017 Canadian Cannabis Awards.
One to One
One to One is a hybrid strain named after its 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD, usually containing around 14 percent of each. Its distinctively even ratio makes it a great option for medicinal users seeking mild psychoactive effects and a balanced experience, already a popular choice for those experiencing chronic pain, stress, and depression. One to One flowers relatively quickly, finishing its cycle after 8 to 9 weeks.
Harlequin is a 75/25 sativa-dominant hybrid with a reputation for its CBD content. The easy to find strain almost always develops an approximately 5:2 CBD to THC ratio, with lab tests returning a 4-7 percent THC content and an 8-16 percent CBD content. It’s an effective option for pain and anxiety, with CBD countering some of THC’s paranoia-inducing effects. For growers, Harlequin is easy to grow, has a high yield, and also flowers within 7 to 9 weeks.
Named after the late cannabis activist and CBD pioneer, Lawrence Ringo, Ringo’s Gift is an aptly named blessing to those suffering from mental conditions, such as anxiety and panic attacks, depression, chronic stress, and PTSD. Some phenotypes have CBD to THC ratios as high as 24:1, and some extract oil or shatter has ranged as high as 78-84% CBD. Users experience a soothing relaxation without a “couch-lock” effect or a strong psychoactive high, making it an appealing option for pain, inflammation, and headaches as well.
Canna-Tsu, also known by some as Cannatonic Sour Tsunami, is a balanced 50/50 hybrid, bred from two already CBD-rich parents, Cannatonic and Sour Tsunami. This easy to grow strain’s THC content is only between 8 to 11 percent, but a CBD content at around 10 percent. The hybrid gives only a mildly psychoactive high, granting mental clarity without a “stoned” feeling. Canna-Tsu is recommended for stress, anxiety, paranoia, depression, pain, and increasing focus.
Another phenotype of the high-CBD cannabis strain, Cannatonic, ACDC has an impressive CBD to THC ratio of 20:1, with lab results returning CBD contents of 16 to 24 percent, and low THC contents of 0.5 to 1.2 percent. Like many other strains on this list, ACDC provides little to no intoxicating effects. The strain offers relief for a variety of severe medical conditions, including seizures, nerve pain, chronic pain, PTSD, and even the effects of cancer treatment.