Which Cannabis Strains are Highest in CBD?
The Best Cannabis Strains for CBD
As the science of cannabis therapeutics continues to advance CBD (cannabidiol) has emerged as the safest and most beneficial cannabinoid of the Sativa L cannabis species. Of the two primary cannabinoids found in cannabis, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD,cannabidiol provides a superior arsenal of pharmacological actions, all without getting the user high.
While both THC and CBD have excellent analgesic or painkilling actions, THC brings with it powerful, and frequently unpredictable, psychoactive effects which rule it out as a daily option for health consumers who need to maintain mental clarity throughout the day while managing symptoms. CBD content in certain strains of cannabis actually regulates the psychoactive effects of THC. Once regarded as "the other cannabinoid" CBD has now moved into the spotlight in cannabis therapy research.
Ongoing research continues to reveal that CBD can provide the majority of the therapeutic benefits which the cannabis species has to offer without the risk of the user getting high or getting addicted. This is important for those who are treating ongoing chronic pain, anxiety, and sleep disorders. Traditional pain medications such as opioids and opiates and many NSAIDs come with long lists of debilitating side effects not to mention the risk of building up a tolerance which can lead to addiction.
Even OTC (over-the-counter) NSAID ((non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) medications such as ibuprofen should only be used for 10 continuous days or less. Extended use can lead to serious liver and kidney problems. CBD, on the other hand, alleviates symptoms while enhancing overall health functions with its powerful pharmacological actions including:
- Antioxidant- CBD is a more powerful antioxidant than Vitamins C and E, eliminating free radicals which degrade bodily functions and are the cause of many of the negative effects of aging.
- Anti-inflammatory- CBD promotes a healthy inflammation response when the body's immune system is fighting off disease or infection. CBD's powerful anti-inflammatory action supports injury recovery, joint health, and optimized cardiovascular function.
- Neuroprotective- Fostering robust nerve and brain cell growth and function makes CBD important for recovery from stroke and head injuries. Research is showing that CBD can play a vital role in treating serious neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease.
- Analgesic- CBD's nontoxic painkilling property has made cannabidiol a popular pain management choice for athletes, trainers, and fitness professionals. We'll discuss the potent analgesic benefits of CBD in more detail below.
Today, reliance on traditional pharmaceutical medications as the only treatment option is changing as cannabis is acknowledged by the scientific community. More and more, cannabis in general and CBD specifically, are recognized as legitimate natural therapies for an astounding range of symptoms and disorders both physical and mental. Exciting research into the intricate workings of the amazing human endocannabinoid system is accelerating, and as the new evidence from laboratory, clinical, and preclinical studies continues to roll in, more cannabis strains are being developed for high CBD content.
CBD vs THC For Anxiety and Stress Management
As a treatment for anxiety, stress, or sleep enhancement CBD's nontoxic nature makes it a welcomed choice for informed health consumers. As research continues to unveil the many benefits of CBD, even medical marijuana strains are undergoing a paradigm shift in cannabinoid content. For most of the 20th Century, marijuana breeders focused on the recreational aspect and strains were manipulated to produce the highest possible THC content.
While CBD's anti-anxiety action has been well documented, THC in medical marijuana is often contraindicated for stress and anxiety disorders. The intense but short-term euphoric high triggered by THC can also initiate adrenaline surges which increase anxiety and physical stress. These psychoactive properties also rule out THC as an effective remedy for sleep disorders.
Which Cannabis Strains are Highest in CBD?
When the term "cannabis" is used today most folks immediately leap to the conclusion that marijuana is the only cannabis strain under discussion. While all marijuana is cannabis, not all cannabis is marijuana. Just as CBD has long been regarded as "the other cannabinoid", over the decades, hemp has taken a back seat to its more notorious Sativa family cannabis cousins. But hemp is cannabis and CBD's incredible therapeutic power has launched a hemp revival which is changing the medicinal cannabis industry. Cannabis industry experts anticipate that "Hemp and CBD will Eclipse the THC Marijuana Market" which is the title of this recent article at PR Newswire.
Industrial hemp is by far the best cannabis strain for the highest CBD content. While marijuana breeders spent centuries manipulating their strains for higher and higher THC content, industrial hemp was bred for more utilitarian purposes such as for a source of fiber for cordage and clothing, oil for lamps and waterproofing, nutritious feed for livestock, and even human food. As a result, THC content in today's industrial hemp is just .03%. Happily, hemp is rich in CBD content, making it the best source for the purest form of CBD oil. The recent passing of the 2018 Farm Bill made CBD products from hemp, and hemp only, legal in all 50 states and the wave of hemp and CBD legalization is surging around the globe.
Some other cannabis strains which are high in CBD content also contain more than .03% THC which makes them illegal at the federal level even if they are legal in your state. Users will need to experiment with the CBD/THC ratio to achieve relief from symptoms while moderating the high induced by the THC content.
Cannabis Strain Classification
Cannabis strains are commonly sorted into 3 general categories, but there is more marketing than science involved here. These are:
- Indica- From the Hindu Kush Mountains of India, believed to have a sedative effect.
- Sativa- Alleged to have an energizing effect to enhance alertness and clarity. Hemp is a member of the Sativa L cannabis species.
- Hybrid- A combination of Indica and Sativa for a variety of purposes
In an informative article at Healthline, Amos Elburg, head of data science at Confident Cannabis, points out that these classifications are quite meaningless. When different strains are laboratory tested there are no distinguishable characteristics in the chemical makeup of the flowers to differentiate any of these strains from any other. As a result, consuming "Indica" with high THC may have an energizing effect which is the opposite of the desired sedative effect, while Sativa purchased for alertness may actually produce a "couch potato" experience. Hybrid cannabis just adds to the guesswork. All of these terms are meaningless without accurate information about the CBD/THC levels of each strain.
Some popular high CBD strains include snazzy brand names like Ringo's Gift, ACDC, Sour Tsunami, and Harlequin.
All marijuana strains contain significant levels of THC which can interact with other medications even though they contain beneficial CBD. According to WebMD, the side effects of marijuana strains include:
- dry mouth
- dry or red eyes
- heart and blood pressure problems
- lung problems ( when smoked)
- impaired mental functioning
- panic reactions
- sexual problems
All of these problems are avoided with full spectrum Modern Nature CBD products derived only from the hemp plant. Hemp is the only Sativa strain of cannabis with a natural trace level of .03% or less THC content. No matter what the THC/CBD ratio is, any THC content higher than .03% is considered "non-hemp cannabis" and is illegal at the federal level under the terms of the 2018 Farm Bill.
How High CBD Cannabis Can Relieve Pain
Safe, nontoxic, non-addictive pain management is one of the most common reasons for health consumers to turn to cannabis therapy, and CBD from hemp is the safest of all cannabis choices for a self-administered health regimen. CBD has been shown to suppress neuropathic and inflammatory pain by targeting glycine pain receptors for pain regulation at the spinal level according to research published at the National Institutes of Health. Glycine receptors play a major role in the perception of pain.
CBD relieves pain by working in harmony with the endocannabinoid system and affecting the functions of the CB1 and CB2 receptors found in the brain and throughout the body. CBD also reduces pain via its potent anti-inflammatory action by restricting the actions of neurotransmitters which regulate inflammation response, such as the A2A receptor.
While CBD has emerged as the dominant therapeutic cannabinoid, the field of medical cannabis research is still in its infancy. Aside from CBD and THC scientists are just now beginning to unveil the therapeutic potential of over 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis species.
About Modern Nature
At Modern Nature, we provide the purest, vegan-friendly, CBD products from the best source of natural CBD which is the full spectrum hemp plant. We enhance the amazing therapeutic potential of CBD with the synergistic benefits of time-honored Ayurvedic medicinal herbs such as holy basil, turmeric, and ashwagandha. Our doctor-endorsed CBD products have all been specifically formulated to promote healthy inflammation response, provide safe pain management, and support overall well being.
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