Medical marijuana strains richest in CBDs: Top Colorado samples
Tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC, is the most commonly known psychoactive ingredient in cannabis -- the ingredient in ganja that gets you high. It also gives you the munchies, can create undue paranoia from time to time, and makes Cheech and Chong movies marginally funny. In short: THC is why marijuana has remained so popular, despite being illegal most everywhere around the world.
Over the past thirty to forty years, underground breeding has produced increasingly higher THC levels in plants, so that recreational smokers can get nice and toasted on as little herb as possible.
By comparison, strains high in Cannabidiol, or CBD, don't get you nearly as high. CBD doesn't have the psychedelic properties of its cousin, THC. In fact, CBD tends to mellow out the buzz from THC by taking energy that otherwise would go to THC production, and by physiologically countering some of THC's mind-altering effects. Because of this, consciously or unconsciously, growers haven't focused on breeding CBD-rich strains as much as they have in regard to developing strains for THC potency, size, smell and taste.
But in recent years, medical marijuana users have found more benefits in smoking plants high in CBD that just cutting down on paranoid thinking that the Man is out to get you (not that he isn't). Tests have shown it to be a legit medical wonder compound, capable of reducing pain and inflammation, shutting down stomach cramps and nausea, and lessening anxiety. Because of this increased interest, breeders have started creating cuts of cannabis specifically for their high CBD content -- and many of the highest levels are popping up in plants around Colorado.
The folks at Full Spectrum Labs have been keeping tabs on the boom in CBD-heavy plants and have joined a loose collective of testing facilities, patients and marijuana centers known as Project CBD. The group publishes cannabis studies on its website, as well as strain reviews on known CBD-rich cuts. The site is a gold mine when it comes to CBD information.
Full Spectrum spokesman Buckie Minor says he's seen a huge increase in CBD-rich strains over the last year, and Full Spectrum has even begun listing the top CBD cuts and the shops they come from on a "best of" section of its company website.
While two of the shops were in Telluride and several of the local centers didn't have the flowers in stock, we were still able to use this list to track down five of the highest-CBD strains, concentrates and edibles along the Front Range. If you know of other strains that have tested high in CBD that fellow patients should know about, feel free to share in the comments below.
Page down for pictures and reviews of the meds.