Medical marijuana strains richest in CBDs: Top Colorado samples

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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.

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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.

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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.


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31 comments
herbanwarfare
herbanwarfare

you need to check your genetics on the Lucy.  Not that hard to find. They are a local seed company after all.  NOT bubba.

kroll1955
kroll1955

has anyone ever heard of a strain named Boost ? supposedly 20% THC 20% CBD

I have two in flowering, hopefully its the real deal because without it i'll be dead 

thehappyredapple
thehappyredapple

None of these strains mentioned here nor other people's comments seem to indicate knowledge about the world class "cream of the crop" strain known as White Widow,White Widow Feminized or White Widow Extreme strain...Any of these carry the same genetic markers as far as consistency, yield and potency levels of the THC and CBD levels...The original White Widow strain is and always has been is a hybrid produced by crossing at 60 percent  Brazillian sativa type plants crossed with high quality and yielding 40 percent indica strain of plants from India...The levels are a consistent 10 percent CBD and between 15 and 20 percent THC...This stuff is sold only as seeds if ordered from reputable commercial online sellers in The Netherlands(Amsterdam) where it's legal to smoke weed in shops kinda like Colorado,etc...It is known the world over and all experts agree it doesn't get any better than the high of White Widow, if your obtaining the REAL thing from oversees...Not from here in the USA...But the genetics cannot and never have been altered in this strain,as far as yield,ease of growing and potency,etc..It might sound like a pot smokers dream come true and it really is and it blows away any strains mentioned here...There seems to be better and more knowledgeable cannibas breeders over there...I'm small time for myself but have a few going now...Grows well in or outdoors...I do know what I'm talking about...Party on,folks!!! TonyTheTiger

solodolo
solodolo

Anyone know where I can get this stuff in Toronto??

Jem
Jem

Dear WB:    (Added a lost word for clarity: my apologies!)  Little query:  what sort of CBD levels DO we find in higher THC ratio, / if we do like the higher THC strains;  are we still getting significant benefit of the CBD, say, in a concentrated distillate or oil, taken internally?  Many thanks!

Jem
Jem

Dear WB:    Little query:  what sort of CBD levels DO we find in higher THC ratio, / if we do like the higher THC, are we still getting significant benefit of the CBD, say, in a concentrated distillate or oil;, taken internally?  Many thanks!

Popeye the Weed Guru
Popeye the Weed Guru

I haven't seen it around Denver since the summer of 2010, but the variety Cannatonic was reported by two independant labs in Spain to have (aprox) 7% THC and just under 7% CBD.  The effect (for my pickled brain) was a 'buzzing' high.  Quick onset, reaching the peak of the high within 5-10 minutes; maintaining the peak 45-60 minutes, then a sudden drop-off.  A very unique effect, albeit a short-lived one.    ...Popeye the Weed Guru

YMMV
YMMV

Sadly it sounds like the DEA or DOJ got to Full Spectrum.  They are closing next Friday.  No more testing.  Are there other options in the Denver area?

medicalmarijuana420
medicalmarijuana420

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Google it and tell your friends!!!

HipsterDickCheese
HipsterDickCheese

you can talk about "CBD's" all you want, but at some point you have to realize its just a meaningless word, devised by scientists to describe what they perceive to be a ... 

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

The characterization of different strain's CBD content and the promotion of the medical availability of CBD are important contributions to the appropriate medical use of cannabis.  Full Spectrum is to be commended for doing science with immediate application in the investigational use of cannabis to treat malignancies and other serious disorders.  While cannabis remains on Schedule 1, laboratories affiliated with those who want its full medical potential to be realized and support personal freedom are a vital part of the movement to end Prohibition, and Colorado should be proud that Full Spectrum and Cannabis Science are in the vanguard of research.  Consider how many labs serve the criminal injustice system today and reflect again on the value of these two that seek the truth of cannabis' medicinal utility.

clap trap crack slap
clap trap crack slap

No matter what I smoke, they're always out to get me!  Red team go, man!  I love nachos.

Monkey
Monkey

Full spectrum labs is a joke, the tiny piece of weed they test is NOT an accurate representation of a strain, it is not even a good representation of the bud it came from. This sort of testing is for general agricultural proposes, mold and maturity, not personal consumables. They want you to believe organic plant material is as uniform as a pharmaceutical but hopefully we aren't that stupid. Edibles and extracts have a much better consistency and therefor tests will be more accurate.

Sampson
Sampson

Interesting... None of your reviewed samples have the 2:1 (THC - CBD) ratio (i.e. 6%CDC to 12%THC) that I have heard is best.

Did you  come across this figure while doing your research? Have you ever used a strain w. this ratio? If so, how does it compare to say the R4?

Mike
Mike

Usually most, buds no matter the strain, have 5%-15% THC and around 5% CBD. The more dank buds you would find in most dispensaries can have THC levels above 20%- 25% and CBD levels of around 7%. Anything more then that will probably kill your high or have to be isolated through growing and mixing strains and that bud would be used for mostly children with seizures or other medical conditions not trying to get high but just reduce the symtoms of their disorder.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Call Congress Today,Tell Them to De-Fund the D.E.A.!

William Breathes
William Breathes

Well, clearly me and modern science would disagree with you on that. But thanks for commenting.

William Breathes
William Breathes

thanks, as always, for commenting Robert. Have a good weekend.

William Breathes
William Breathes

"ever seen a $20 bill... ON WEED???"

love the reference, thanks for commenting.

William Breathes
William Breathes

Monkey,

thanks for your comment. While I wouldn't say that this testing is a joke or that this isn't an accurate representation of a strain, we do share some similar concerns about cannabis testing. I did a piece on this same thing back in May:

http://blogs.westword.com/late...

Overall, I would say that the type of cannabis testing we are doing now is better than nothing, and most all researchers agree that while exact levels of cannabinoids may vary in a plant, usually the ratios tend to stay pretty constant.

William Breathes
William Breathes

Sampson, I stuck away from the ratio thing -- figured we could touch on that in future CBD articles. I didn't necessarily pay attention to that ratio on this go-round, though I found that having some THC to push the CBD helped more than just the straight CBD only strains in my modest and completely unscientific research in my lab, er, basement. I also liked mixing the high CBD strains (like the r4) with high THC strains in the same bowl/spliff/whathaveyou.

one thing i never blatantly came out and said -- it was interesting how all high CBD strains have a similar waxiness and texture to them, despite clearly having different genetics and flower expressions.

what a freaking amazing plant this is. Thanks for commenting.

Ryan Cannabis
Ryan Cannabis

Actually though I agree that Full Spectrum is far from accurate, they seem to be the best for now, we need testing like Raphael Mechaloum and ElHosly have at Hebrew University and UMISS, besides this though, there is another strain you missed, otto, that Centennial Seeds has been working with for awhile now.

http://fullspectrumlabs.com/te...http://fullspectrumlabs.com/di...

It seems to be an interesting specimen, and regarding the whole ratio thing, check the results out, for all the phenotypes, you can see the ratios appear to be one of the most interesting aspects of this one. I tried some of this when it was finished at Centennial, floral and potent, but I only smoked a little so my experience is nill, right now it is in seed and hybrid form only I don't think its for sale yet either, any way, just my .02

CheersBreeder Rahl

J.
J.

Well put William.  Anyone with this concern should look at the way Patients Choice is now reporting the testing of their strains.  

If I have my facts straight, they reports 2 sets of THC/CBD/total numbers for their strains (tested by Full Spectrum).  The first is a range of the last few tests performed on that strain, and then they also report the last batch tested.  So you get something like the following for their Phnom Penh (which, incidentally, happens to be their high CBD strain):THC: 3.09%-16.97% (6.38%)CBD: 2.06%-18.34% (11.30%)Total: 13.30%-23.36% (18.30%)6/13/2011THC: 3.16%CBD: 11.66%Total: 14.82%I think Monkey does have a good point, and hopefully more shops will start presenting test results the way PC has started to.  It's far more factual than reporting just a single number, from a single sample from one harvest.

Monkey
Monkey

Thanks, good article. I'm glad you touched on things like growing technic. The cannabis plant is wonderful and a good grower can manipulate the chemical compounds within the same strain. Sometimes in dispensaries it's hard to tell if the strain is mislabeled or just grown improperly.

William Breathes
William Breathes

Rahl,

thanks so much for your input! I love it when people drop the knowledge on us here at Mile Highs and Lows.

Rahl
Rahl

I forgot to post some of the other phenotype results, (links below), the mix product hung and dried too showed a little difference with 3% THC to 8% CBD, Phenotype 2 as well showed some interesting more favorable levels with 6% THC to 7% CBD. The ratios are more interesting than the levels, as these were from seed and with some selection higher Cannabanoid levels could be chosen and further worked upon.

Also as you discussed in one of your articles, I take the results with a grain of salt as Full Spectrum nor any other lab has access to pure standards of these chemicals to test and compare their results against, they try to purify their own standards, but Sigma is one of the only companies who offer pure standards and federally no one can access these standards without DEA approval which limits UMISS to a monopoly (or oligopoly since some private universities and org's like MAPS have the balls to defy big brother), so until a real testing company can come up with real standards I don't think we have access to purely accurate testing, though it does give a generally good representation based on what is available to the mmj industry.

As far as the Otto it is not the autoflower the "otto" comes from who Centennial sourced the genetics from I believe, it is not my business to disclose the source of the genetics but the owner is open and honest and can be contacted easily, I know that right now their are hybrids of the otto being grown out and selected, but if you check online it seems Centennial took down their online presence, though are still brick and mortar.

CBD is not my thing personally, it seems more effective for the actual pain and neurology related ailments, so that is why I think these high CBD and CBN strains are important for those types of patients to access, THC (and where are all the THCV strains? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T..., is good for my nausea, and stress, and really works as a motivator for me, so people not concerned with such an "up" effect may not want much THC period. Any way, I'm just rambling now, it could be the THC.

Just more of my .02good articlecheersRahl

centennialseeds,comhttp://fullspectrumlabs.com/te...http://fullspectrumlabs.com/te...http://fullspectrumlabs.com/te...

William Breathes
William Breathes

 I didn't miss it.

it just didn't come up any higher in CBD than the samples I showed, nor was it available in any shops that I could find -- my two qualifications to be included on this list.

I've not tried the Otto actually... but with only 5.75 cbd and 3.8 thc, i can't imagine it was that potent. is that their rumored autoflower strain?

J.
J.

Ok, so I didn't realize my formatting of the above results would be all messed up.  Let me try that again.

CBD: 2.06%-18.34% (11.30%) --THC: 3.09%-16.97% (6.38%) --Total: 13.30%-23.36% (18.30%)6/13/2011: CBD: 11.66% -- THC: 3.16% -- Total: 14.82%

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