One of CBD’s most common uses is alleviating chronic pain and reducing the reliance on prescription and over-the-counter medication. A 2012 study by Xiong et al., published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, found that CBD significantly reduced chronic pain in rats and mice. The researchers concluded that cannabidiol could help reduce chronic pain. It is currently used for conditions such as multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia.
THC is another chemical compound found in cannabis. Its official name is delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol. It is one of the 100+ known cannabinoids in Cannabis sativa, and it binds to receptors in our body’s endocannabinoid system.
Ultimately, CBD could help you feel less anxious and more relaxed. Furthermore, it potentially acts as a painkiller without the intoxicating high associated with THC or the high risk of addiction that comes with opioid use.
This is a slightly sativa dominant (60%) strain with a CBD: THC ratio as high as 20:1. You can find strains of Ringo’s Gift with up to 20% CBD and as little as 1% THC. It is a cross of ACDC and Harle-Tsu; both are known for their high levels of CBD.
What Are the Potential Health Benefits of High CBD/Low THC Strains?
Oddly enough, Harlequin is also useful for relaxing and staying calm. It has a soothing effect all over the body and in the head. The high CBD content somewhat negates the high THC content. Therefore, it should be okay to smoke it during the day, although dry eyes are a possible side effect.
H2 has a sharp, piney smell but, once lit, isn’t very aromatic. I took a hit and not much happened, so I took three more. Now, I want to make it clear that I wasn’t doing some important scientific research, just anecdotally reporting on how it affects someone like me. The kids who are able to live their lives more fully because of CDB are what really matter, not some dude taking in Freddie Young’s Super Panavision 70 shots of the desert while prematurely breaking into Halloween candy packages.
About that: There weren’t any munchies. There really wasn’t, well, much. I started to get a minor buzz, which mostly was felt in the way my eyes were behaving. They got pretty dried out, too. I had no discernible anxiety or paranoia, although I wasn’t really on edge before my little experiment. I’d imagine, for us anxious types, you might need to use it often to see it improve your Larry David-ness. In fact, the buzz was chill enough that I’d imagine you could light up and actually get some things done during the day.
The Web clocks in with between 17 percent to 20 percent CBD and an ultra-low 0.3 percent THC. By comparison, your average strain has less than 4 percent CBD and 19 to 30 percent THC. Curious about the effects a high CBD strain might have, I went in search of one.
When I reached out to Jake Browne, staffer and pot critic at The Cannabist, I had one question for him: What is the most innovative pot strain on the market today? “Arguably, it’s Charlotte’s Web,” Browne tells me. “Low THC, high CBD is pretty innovative, at least considering the goals of the industry for so long.” Those goals include proving marijuana’s ability to counteract a slew of health issues and, boy, are high CBD strains accomplishing that.
Let’s take a step back: CBD is shorthand for cannabidiol, one of the active cannabinoids in cannabis. (The one you’re most familiar with, probably, is THC — tetrahydrocannabinol — because that’s the psychoactive compound that gets you high AF.) But, while THC has been shown to help with some ailments, CBD is straight up off-the-charts with benefits. From the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology:
I’m an anxious fellow: I see a therapist regularly and am on two medications to curb my Irish-Catholic stress. So, that being a symptom that CBD is supposed to help curb, I figured I could attempt to discern some benefits. I turned on Lawrence of Arabia on Netflix and sparked up.
Because I’m not a thorough dick trying to take medicine away from epileptic children, Charlotte’s Web was out of the question. (Oh, and also the fact that they’re focusing on kids with serious issues and not 32-year-olds who sometimes get bummed out about having to wake up early.) But, at stellar Denver shop Good Chemistry, I found a strain they market as high CBD, name of H2. H2, a sativa species, has 6.05 percent THC and 12.06 percent CBD. That’s a pretty healthy amount of CBD with a bit more THC than seriously sick patients, especially children, might need.
In Colorado, Charlotte’s Web was developed by the Stanley brothers (Joel, Jesse, Jon, Jordan, Jared, and Josh…and you wonder why we spark a J). Their company, Realm of Caring, named the strain after Charlotte Figi. Charlotte, who suffered from 300 epileptic seizures a week, started taking CBD-enhanced extract when she was five and went down to one seizure a week.
Charlotte’s Web is the standard-bearer in the industry, with hundreds of Colorado children using the product — with thousands more on a waiting list. Other states besides Colorado have allowed access to it, but a federal bill for nationwide medical legalization died in committee. It’s now on sale in the UK.
If you prefer not to smoke or vape cannabis, BC Cannabis Stores carries high-CBD oils and capsules that may provide similar effects. Keep in mind that it can take significantly longer to feel the effects of ingested cannabis products than products that are inhaled. Start low, go slow and wait after using cannabis products. Effects from inhalation can be felt within seconds to minutes and may last up to six hours, whereas it can take between 30 minutes and two hours for the effects of ingested cannabis to be felt and they can last up to 12+ hours.
As with all cannabis products, the experience will vary between individuals based on a variety of factors.
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is the second most common cannabinoid found in cannabis. It is generally found in low percentages in most strains, but its effects are more pronounced when found in quantities above four percent. Any strains containing greater than four percent CBD are considered high-CBD. High-CBD strains of cannabis are generally considered to be less intoxicating and high percentages of CBD may counteract the intoxicating effects of THC.
When choosing a non-medical cannabis product, consider one that could mitigate some of the potential risks of intoxication or overuse. Using low-THC products that contain greater than four percent CBD may help avoid or lessen intoxication.
Look for low-THC products
If you want to avoid or lessen intoxication and reduce the risk of experiencing negative side effects, you may wish to choose products that contain significantly more CBD than THC. Potency can be determined by reading the label and looking for total THC and CBD percentages. Although CBD is not thought to provide the “high” you may have come to expect from cannabis, it is still considered to be psychoactive and may modify brain function and potentially result in changes in mood and perception. When used alongside THC, you may still experience mild euphoria.
No matter what cannabis products you may choose to use this holiday season, avoid using cannabis with other substances and take extra care if you do mix cannabis with alcohol or other substances. With the holidays approaching, remember, don’t drive high.