Top Five Strains High in CBD

By Nicole Skrobin
Published: August 16, 2018 | Last updated: May 11, 2021 05:39:50
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There is no doubt cannabis has amazing power to heal and strains high in CBD are the ones that are most effective for a host of ailments. Nicole Skrobin lists the top five high-CBD strains and what they can effectively heal.

For thousands of years, cannabis has been used to help treat different medical conditions, diseases, and illnesses. Nowadays, cannabis is still used for medicinal purposes and in several US states, people legally use cannabis recreationally. Regardless of an individual’s reasons for cannabis consumption, this complex plant contains a wide variety of cannabinoids, each serving their own unique purpose. Two cannabinoids that are widely recognized and consumed are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). The latter is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that contains a surplus of medicinal properties that serve as an effective alternative form of medicine. The following is a list of the top five strains with very high CBD levels.


Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte’s Web is a commonly consumed cannabis strain due to its plethora of medicinal properties. This high-CBD strain is used by all nearly age groups, including children, who are in desperate need of medical relief. Originally, the strain was nameless after being intentionally created by the Stanley brothers (cannabis oil producers) for research purposes in Colorado.

The Stanley family includes six brothers who produce high-level CBD strains in a Colorado greenhouse. Although the brothers initially created Charlotte’s Web for their own reasons, once they heard about a little girl named Charlotte Figi and her chronic seizures and poor quality of life, they agreed to sell the strain to the Figi family. Fortunately, Charlotte experienced relief after using it, and her seizures drastically decreased from more than 300 a week to just one or two a month. Due to the significant turnaround Charlotte experienced, the Stanley brothers named the strain after her.


Charlotte’s Web averages 20-24 per cent CBD and only 0.3 per cent THC. Thus, users do not feel any sort of psycho-active high nor impairment. Overall, this strain is ideal for those who need a safe and effective form of treatment for different epilepsy disorders and seizures. Charlotte’s Web can also be used to treat other medical conditions as well, such as glaucoma, cancer, and muscle spasms.


When people see the abbreviation ACDC, they probably think of the popular hard rock band rather than a cannabis strain. However, in this case, ACDC is a high-CBD cannabis strain averaging in at around 19-20 per cent CBD and only one to two per cent THC. Depending on the specific cannabis breeder, ACDC’s CBD level can reach up to 24 per cent.

Although the strain is used to treat different medical conditions, it is especially useful for people who experience intense anxiety, chronic pain, muscle spasms, inflammation, and even epilepsy. Additionally, ACDC is an ideal strain for cancer patients who need to reduce negative side effects and painful symptoms from chemotherapy. After using ACDC, many users report feeling relaxed, uplifted, and happy. It should be noted, however, individuals respond differently.



Harle-Tsu, a significantly high CBD strain, was created through crossbreeding Harlequin and Sour Tsunami. On average, Harle-Tsu boasts a 20:1 CBD to THC ratio. In the past, this strain’s CBD levels have been as high as 24 per cent.

Even though Harle-Tsu can be used to treat stress, anxiety, and sleeping issues, it is not uncommon for people to consume it for pain relief, nausea relief, and to experience overall relaxation. After Harle-Tsu consumption, users may feel relaxed, uplifted, and focused. These effects can vary though.



Rafael is another very high CBD strain, with an average ratio of around 18:1 CBD to THC. There are multiple reasons why medical patients consume this strain, but in most cases, Rafael is used to relieve pain and help with sleeping issues.

Where do you think this CBD dominant strain got its name from? Years ago, Rafael was named after Rafael Mechoulam, who is recognized as a well-known cannabis researcher due to his success in isolating cannabinoids.

Valentine X

Although Valentine X is not as popular as the other high-CBD strains listed above, it is gaining more popularity and attention due to its powerful medicinal benefits. Valentine X has an extremely low THC content, which means users will not feel any sort of psychoactive high after usage. Valentine X contains 25 times as much CBD at a ratio of 25:1. This strain can be used to combat different epilepsy disorders, seizures in general, various forms of cancer, pain, and inflammation.

Due to Valentine X’s significantly low THC content, more people are becoming interested in this strain and its versatility in helping treat numerous medical conditions and painful health problems. After usage, it is common to feel uplifted, relaxed, and creative.

In recent years, CBD has taken precedence over THC for several reasons, but mostly because users can reap CBD’s medicinal benefits without feeling high and/or cognitively impaired. Even though the current gene pool of high-CBD strains is not as diverse as high-THC strains, this will most likely change as time goes on. If there is more demand for CBD-dominant strains, then the market will shift accordingly.


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Written by Nicole Skrobin | Writer

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Nicole Skrobin is a passionate, knowledgeable, and dedicated copywriter/content creator with a digital and social media marketing background who strives to create high quality and informative content that adds value to readers’ lives. When Nicole isn’t writing, she’s either doing yoga, spending time outside, cooking, or finding joy in the little things in life.

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