CBD: Cannabis Therapy Without the High

While THC has enjoyed the spotlight for decades, there’s been growing interest in high-CBD cannabis strains and edibles for therapy without the high.

CBD, or cannabidiol, was historically thought to be biologically inactive. However, in the past decade, dozens of scientific and medical studies have shown CBD can be effective in treating anxiety, depression, inflammation, joint pain, nausea, insomnia, epilepsy, cancer, heart disease, schizophrenia, addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

THC and CBD are the two main cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Both engage the brain but in different ways. THC binds directly to cannabinoid receptors, causing a psychoactive “high.” On the other hand, CBD activates several non-cannabinoid receptors and ion channels. It is considered a non-psychotropic cannabinoid, meaning it does not produce a sense of euphoria on its own. 

While the government still has a tight leash on CBD, interest in its benefits is diffuse. The medical director of the George Washington University Center for Integrative Medicine prescribes high-CBD cannabis strains for autoimmune disorders, anxiety, PTSD, and autism. Parents of children with intractable seizures are turning to CBD with positive results after finding pharmaceutical solutions ineffective. Even pet parents have found uses for CBD-rich oils and pet treats.

Here are 11 high-CBD cannabis strains that are low in THC (percentages may vary from harvest to harvest):

ACDC (hybrid, sativa-dominant)
Afghani CBD (indica)
Cannatonic (hybrid)
Charlotte’s Web (sativa)
Doctor Doctor (sativa)
Harlequin (sativa)
Harle-Tsu (hybrid)
Remedy (indica)
Ringo’s Gift (hybrid)
Sour Tsunami (hybrid)
Valentine X (hybrid)

Cannabis companies also make high-CBD products such as vape cartridges, tinctures, oils, edibles, sprays, soft gels, and topicals.