CBD (a.k.a cannabidiol), the non-psychoactive cannabinoid derived from Cannabis Sativa and hemp, is having a moment. It’s not FDA-approved but many CDB users claim that the compound has helped them tremendously—from treating pain, anxiety, inflammation, and beyond. Here are 11 products to check out. CBD marijuana strains are becoming more and more popular as CBD helps to treat a variety of medical conditions. Find out which ranked the best..
Cannabis for the Non-Stoner: 11 of the Best CBD Products to Try Right Now
I used to pop Aleve as if they were Tic Tacs. Three at a time, four at a time—whatever would get the job done. And if that meant taking 15 gel caps a day so be it. Liver be damned.
You see, I experienced my first “episode” at 31. I was standing over the sink one fall morning and sneezed. Hard. Before I knew it, my lower back gave way. Then a tremendous pain engulfed my body. And get this: The episodes recurred whenever they felt like it—peskier than a hungry mosquito. Twice a year if I was lucky, more if I wasn’t. (Once, in Paris, I actually had to purchase a cane. The only consolation to that otherwise crippling experience was that it felt comically chic: I was hobbling in The City of Light, clad in Hermès scarves.)
Aurora Elixirs is marketed as a mixer for cocktail creation. It is, however, a very good drink that . [+] can stand alone.
But during a trip to Las Vegas in 2017, I discovered CBD—the non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in Cannabis Sativa and hemp. I’d heard about it but I was skeptical. Could pain that had once rendered me dependent on a cane be helped by a single gumdrop? It sounded like one for the birds. I was never a big pot smoker growing up, nor have I ever been one to follow health fads. (I drink matcha because I like it—not because I think it will add years to my life.) But when I started reading more about CBD’s benefits it all made sense to me. The enthusiastic pro-CBD proclamations from friends didn’t hurt either. Plus, the prospect of natural pain relief was enormously appealing.
“CBD is extremely anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective. A normal person may use it to prevent conditions such as arthritis or even topically to prevent acne breakouts,” Dr. Shivani Amin, a physician and cannabis expert who is a member of the AMMPA (American Medical Marijuana Physicians Association), says. “I think CBD shows great promise for the future. It all boils down to educating the public about the correct usage and understanding the plant better.”
Plus Products make a variety of CBD, THC, and CBD:THC candies—all of which are packaged in nifty . [+] little tins that’ll fit anywhere.
But be wary of the products you buy and do your research. Some cannabis products work while many don’t, mainly due to lack of regulatory testing from the powers that be and quality control within companies, which is apparently common in the cannabis industry. Your best bet to avoid buying bogus products is to purchase your goods in states where cannabis is legal—because certain systems, standards, and protocols have already been put in place (such as seed-to-sale tracking).
So I went on a months-long mission to try various CBD edibles, tinctures, balms, and vapes. What I soon discovered was that cannabidiol is no lightning bolt cure. Think of it as taking maintenance meds: You have to consume it regularly—in a dose and delivery method that works for you—to notice the progressive increase of benefits. It also doesn’t leave you completely devoid of the misery of pain. Instead, CBD helps make pain infinitely more tolerable—downgrading it from ER-worthy agony to manageable discomfort.
And dosing is crucial.
“The most common symptoms I treat with CBD are inflammatory conditions and it is also often used for pain,” Dr. Amin says. “Dosing is patient dependent. I always start low and go slowly. I have found that 15mg of CBD is a good starting dose for most patients. You have to be careful after that and titrate each patient individually due to the chance of potentially increasing anxiety and depressive symptoms. I have found the most convenient way for most of my patients to consume CBD is through tincture form. But capsules and edibles are also great ways to consume CBD on a daily basis.”
San Francisco-based Pot d’Huile is beloved by pro-cannabis chefs and home cooks because of its . [+] uncompromising flavor. The company even hosts pop-up dinner collaborations with chefs.
Another thing I learned: CBD becomes more effective when taken in conjunction with a low dose of THC (tetradhydrocannabinol, the psychoactive component of cannabis). For those who worry about getting high, fear not. I was initially concerned about the possibility of diminished faculties. After all, many single-serving THC edibles start at 10mg—but it’s good to note that most people won’t need even half as much. So you can do as I do and cut THC chocolate squares or gummies as you see fit—and then “pair” them with a CBD edible or tincture. I’ve also started to microdose edibles that contain both CBD and THC. (I quarter or halve a Dixie Synergy Milk Chocolate 1:1 depending on how I feel.)
“Skepticism comes from lack of understanding. I have treated many patients with chronic conditions with full spectrum CBD and attained great results,” Dr. Amin says. “I also believe the public needs to understand that CBD works in conjunction with THC. Usually this requires at least 3–5% THC to work for serious forms of pain and more chronic medical conditions. I have patients come in with chronic and severe pain expecting to have their pain alleviated with just CBD. Although CBD works well for pain, in many situations patients with severe pain need to have some THC. [The cannabinoids ] work synergistically to help ease severe pain.”
Recess, a flavored sparkling water drink with hemp extract and adaptogens, has been popular among . [+] millennials. But the verdict is out on whether it’s effective or not.
These days I’m a believer. It’s difficult to ignore the fact that Epidiolex—the CBD-based epilepsy medication—was approved by the F.D.A last year. Or that athletes are abandoning NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen or naproxen) for greener alternatives. Then there are Alfie Dingley and Billie Caldwell in the UK: Their cases involving rare forms of epilepsy have prompted UK home secretary Sajid Javid to say that specialists will soon be able to prescribe cannabis-based medication. Beyond that, nearly 7% of Americans are already using CBD—and given the population, that’s a staggering number.
Me? I haven’t taken an Aleve in more than a year. And no episodes either. Not after a particularly grim run or even a grueling Krav Maga session. Not even during a week-long fitness retreat. So here are a few of CBD favorites that have helped me deal with pain and soreness—plus a few THC–CBD combo products for those who are so inclined.
Kiva Confections’ Terra Bites come in two flavors: chocolate-covered coffee beans and . [+] chocolate-covered blueberries. It’s great when paired with a CBD-only edible.
I’m a sucker for packaging. And so I was immediately drawn to Lord Jones’ gumdrops, which are infused with broad spectrum CBD (not to be confused with full spectrum and isolate). It’s mighty convenient for frequent travelers like me who may want to take CBD while out and about: Just drop the (chichi) box in your purse—as opposed to worrying about leakage from a bottle of tincture. It also helps that they’re delicious—a little overly sweet but that’s hardly a crime. The downside? It’s pricey. Purchased online a nine-gumdrop box will set you back $45. In a shop like Clover Grocery in New York, it costs $50.
The New York Times may have called cannabis brand, Beboe, the Hermès of cannabis. But Lord Jones’ . [+] packaging is actually reminiscent of an Hermès box.
For home cooks like me, I recommend CBD extra virgin olive oil because of its versatility. You can drizzle it on everything from salads to pizza and even brambleberry ice cream. I even make a miso-honey glaze while using a little bit of the stuff. In particular, I’m a big fan of Pot d’Huile, which was founded by San Francisco-based Yannick Crespo. It’s stellar. For one thing, it tastes exactly the way good EVOO should—with none of that “green” marijuana aftertaste. It also doesn’t remind me of Bertolli—not that there’s anything wrong with it. But you know, delicious EVOO is nothing like Bertolli. Crespo attributes Pot d’Huile’s non-compromising flavor with the ethanol extraction process that the company uses, which is slightly more expensive—in addition to using locally-sourced oil from Northern California. The flavor is so good that Pot d’Huile regularly hosts pop-up dinners with chefs who are so into it. (And if you ever find yourself in a city where they’re hosting, it’d be a shame to skip out.) But beyond all that, Pot d’Huile makes dosing easy: It’s 1mg of CBD per 1ml of olive oil. So all you’ll really need to incorporate CBD EVOO into your meals are measuring spoons. And yes, they do have THC olive oils as well—at $50 for 100ml. In the future, the company also has plans on creating a THC–CBD oil. Easy peasy.
For chefs and home cooks, Pot d’Huile extra virgin olive oil is a pantry must-have.
If you’re the kind of person who eats, drinks, and cooks with honey, then this is the CBD product for you. Put it on ricotta toast with some figs. Make a salad dressing or sauce with it. Use it to sweeten your tea. Dump spoonfuls of it on your breakfast yogurt or oatmeal—then top the whole thing off with berries. Hell, you can even eat it right out of the jar. Anything goes, really. Just make sure you’re minding your dosage.
Got a sweet tooth? Into CBD? Then Potli’s CBD honey is what you’re looking for.
I’m ordinarily not a chocolate or sweets person. But when it comes to edibles, this delivery method works best for me when I’m traveling and away from my kitchen. Kiva’s products are what I carry whenever work (or pleasure) takes me on extended trips. The ginger dark chocolate and espresso dark chocolate are my favorites. They’ve got just enough THC and CBD to help ward off jet lag and fatigue. I also take them when I’m extra sore from running or Krav Maga. (It really does wonders for pain and inflammation.) But it’d be a disservice if I only mentioned Kiva’s chocolates. The company also offers Camino gummies, of which the sparkling pear and wild berry, are superb. The THC-only Terra Bites chocolate-covered blueberries are a gift from the gods—they work, they fit nicely in my purse, and they’re delicious. Also: a single dose (5mg) is low enough so that when paired with a CBD-only confection, such as Lord Jones’ gumdrops, there’s not really a high. You only get a pleasant mellowness that radiates throughout your body, which is almost akin to a mild boozy buzz—in a happy and good way. (In budtender lingo, it’s called a body high.)
Kiva Confections’ CBD:THC ginger dark chocolate is just the right amount of sweet. And no, you won’t . [+] taste the cannabis (which sometimes leaves a bitter green aftertaste) at all. The flavor is all chocolate.
I’m not big on CBD drinks. But I can appreciate that others are. And in the cannabis world, CBD and THC drinks abound: There’s CBD Living Water, Recess, Vybes, Lagunitas HiFi Hops, Somatik Cold Brew, Kikoko Tea, and more. But Aurora Elixirs is what I was drawn to. It’s marketed as a mixer for when you want to make cocktails. I, however, think it’s perfectly fine on its own. Pop it in the fridge to cool and drink it whenever you need it. No complicated recipe or garnish required.
Aurora Elixirs is one of many CBD drinks in the market. But this one is the most refreshing.
One major factor I considered when narrowing down this roundup is flavor. It comes in second to dosage—because nobody wants to consume anything that tastes remotely medicinal. Valhalla’s Tropical Twist is both tasty and dosed conveniently: Each gummy contains just enough THC and CBD to ease pain and promote recovery. And because it packs flat, it’s easy to stash and carry around. (I actually put a whole package in my laptop sleeve for accessibility when I’m on the go.)
If you’re not the kind of person who’s willing to “hack” CBD and THC edibles to pair with each . [+] other. Valhalla’s individual doses are ideal, ratio-wise.
This is what you’ll want (or need) if you’re looking for a “light” reprieve from discomfort. Or if you’re trying a THC:CBD edible for the first time—without any of the unpleasant side effects. Or if you’re taking CBD on a daily basis as maintenance. I guess what I’m trying to say is that Plus’ pineapple and coconut gummies will do you no harm. It’s a safe bet for beginners.
If you really want something that’s ultra-low dose, Plus Products’ pineapple and coconut gummies . [+] deliver less than 2mg of THC—just enough to work in conjunction with its 5mg of CBD.
If you really want something that’s ultra-low dose, these goji berries are the way to go. At 1mg THC and 2mg CBD per piece, there’s no going wrong. And it’s even more delicious than Plus Products’ pineapple and coconut gummies. Beware though: They’re beyond tasty so it’s very easy to forget that they actually contain cannabis. The organic goji berries are sourced from Tibet via Imlak’esh Organics and the chocolate complements them perfectly. I could eat three handfuls. But, of course, I won’t.
Trying a THC-CBD edible for the very first time? These goji berries are the way to go.
Cheeba Chews has a major fan base partially because of its potency and consistent dosage. (Even Andy Cohen enjoys them.) And for good reason. Each miniscule 1:1 chew contains 50mg of THC and 50mg of CBD. So consume it with caution. Here’s how: Place the taffy in the freezer for three to five minutes and cut it into tenths. That will give you a reasonable dose of approximately 5mg of THC and CBD per piece. Under no circumstance should you eat the whole chew—depending on your tolerance level, you may experience palpitations, anxiety, or a general sense of being mentally unwell. As an acquaintance put it, “You take too much and you feel like you’re losing your mind.” (Personally, I only have two teeny pieces and that’s on a bad day.) No relatively healthy person wants or needs 50mg of THC.
Cheeba Chews has a major fan base partially because of its potency and consistent dosage. And for . [+] good reason. Each miniscule 1:1 chew contains 50mg of THC and 50mg of CBD. So consume it with caution.
Mighty Health’s Balance formula is exactly what you need if you don’t care for chocolate, tinctures, olive oil, gummies, or vapes. Balance comes in capsule form. And while it contains a good dose of CBD, it’s not just a CBD pill. It’s a neutraceutical, which is technically not recognized as a separate category by the F.D.A—instead, neutraceuticals are pretty much treated like dietary supplements. This one in particular contains ashwagandha, L-Theanine, theobromine, and curcumin. I know, it sounds very Goop-y. But the most important thing is its per-capsule CBD content, which is a good dose at 10mg.
While Mighty Health’s Balance contains a good dose of CBD, it’s no ordinary a CBD capsule. It also . [+] contains ashwagandha, L-Theanine, theobromine, and curcumin.
Let’s say you’re in no mood for edibles, vapes, or capsules. Or none of the aforementioned delivery methods suit your lifestyle. Simply buy a full-spectrum CBD tincture such as the one Ojai Energetics offers. It’s unlike most tinctures, which are clear and oil based. This one is a deep moss green—extracted from whole plant—and water soluble. So you can put a dropper full into your coffee, chai, smoothie, or anything else really. And you can be sure you’ll be consuming all of it. (There won’t be any residue sticking to the sides of your glass—the way it is with many other oil-based drops.) Another plus is that it’s surprisingly sweet for something that looks like a bitter green juice made of 100% kale. I typically use two full droppers in my (home-brewed) chai and it’s helped tremendously with post-workout soreness.
Unlike most tinctures, which are clear and oil based. Ojai Energetics is a deep moss green—extracted . [+] from whole plant—and water soluble.
5 Ultimate High CBD / Low THC Cannabis Strains
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Many people enjoy the intoxicating high offered by high THC marijuana strains. However, an increasing number of individuals understand the potential medicinal benefits of high CBD strains.
For some, CBD has become an important factor when choosing their medicine. Such individuals want to experience benefits without an intoxicating high. However, with so many strains to choose from, the choice is often overwhelming – and confusing.
In this article, we’ve researched several of the best high CBD/low THC strains available right now.
Defining CBD in Cannabis: An Overview
Cannabidiol is a well-known cannabis compound that has virtually no intoxicating properties. This means you won’t experience the mind-altering high synonymous with THC. Today, CBD comes in various formats and can be extracted from both types of cannabis (marijuana and hemp).
CBD comes in various formats and can be extracted from both marijuana and hemp.
CBD is commonly used for medical purposes. Many who smoke cannabis but want the benefits of CBD may want to choose an equal THC/CBD ratio, as CBD is known for countering the “high” effect associated with THC.
What Is THC? An Overview
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.
THC works by binding to CB1 receptors, which are largely concentrated in the brain and central nervous system. These produce the intoxicating effects for which marijuana is famous.
THC results in a variety of short-term soothing effects. These effects vary from person to person but can include calmness, euphoria, and anxiety reduction. You may also experience ‘couch lock’ and an increase in appetite, otherwise known as ‘the munchies.’ A small number of individuals may also experience increased anxiety or paranoia, especially with high doses.
What Are the Potential Health Benefits of High CBD/Low THC Strains?
Research into high CBD/low THC strains is ongoing, and we need far more information to make any confident declarations. However, the initial data is extremely encouraging. Many of the apparent benefits relate to pain and anxiety. We’ll delve into CBD’s potential to help individuals manage anxiety a little later.
The ability of CBD to possibly act as an analgesic is intriguing. It could help reduce chronic pain as a symptom of MS, arthritis, and many other conditions where excess inflammation is a problem.
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Researchers now believe that CBD could work by influencing serotonin receptors. The cannabinoid could also balance GABA, which is an inhibitory neurotransmitter associated with relaxing effects.
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.
Now, let’s briefly look into CBD’s effects on anxiety disorders and other medical conditions.
Medical Conditions & High CBD/Low THC Strains
Although CBD acts on the body in a certain way, there are several ways to consume it. CBD is taken orally, as well as being applied topically or inhaled through a vaporizer. CBD edibles and oil tinctures are also increasingly popular ways to consume this cannabinoid.
Pain and Inflammation
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.
Some studies suggest that CBD is useful for managing pain, anxiety, and seizures.
CBD is also being looked at as a viable method for managing arthritic pain. A 2016 study by Hammell et al. involved applying CBD gel to rats over four days. The dosage was increased each day. Ultimately, the researchers discovered that the rats experienced reduced overall pain and inflammation in their affected joints with no side effects.
A high CBD/low THC strain called Charlotte’s Web ushered in CBD as an option for pediatric seizures. CBD has helped decrease the seizure frequency in so many children that it was eventually made into a pharmaceutical drug called Epidiolex.
CBD and Anxiety Disorders
CBD is also the preferred cannabis option for people suffering from anxiety and stress, as high THC strains can cause feelings of paranoia. A 2015 study by Blessing et al. concluded that CBD was an effective option for people with certain anxiety disorders. CBD may help with various types of anxiety, including:
Researchers have yet to discover any serious side effects of CBD consumption.
5 of the Most Popular High CBD / Low THC Strains List
1 – ACDC (15% CBD,
This strain is a 50/50 hybrid, and it has one of the highest CBD: THC ratios around. You can get up to 20% CBD versions of ACDC. While some contain up to 6% of THC, it is possible to get one with as little as 0.42%. ACDC generally leads to a strong euphoric feeling, making the user feel calm and happy. It is ideal for daytime use as it tends to make users more focused on their work and increases sociability.
ACDC is generally used to help alleviate symptoms of anxiety, inflammation, migraines, nausea, neuropathy, and arthritis. It is also a favorite for people with chronic pain. It is even a good choice if you’re looking to mitigate the effects of chemotherapy treatment.
2 – Charlotte’s Web (17% CBD, Max 1% THC)
This world-famous strain is indica dominant (60%) and was the focus of a bid to legalize high CBD strains. It has a CBD content as high as 20%. Oil made from Charlotte’s Web is extremely low in THC, which means it can be sold nationwide.
There is no ‘high’ associated with this strain, and it provides users with no cerebral effect. Charlotte’s Web is typically consumed in CBD oil form rather than being smoked.
It is famed for its effectiveness when used for pediatric seizure disorders such as Dravet’s Syndrome. Charlotte’s Web is also used to help with migraines, fatigue, fibromyalgia, muscle spasms, and arthritis.
3 – Ringo’s Gift (15% CBD, Max 1% THC)
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.
Ringo’s Gift has an earthy hash taste and aroma. Users tend to experience an element of cerebral activity while their body feels soothed and relaxed. Due to the low THC content, the high you receive is mild yet noticeable. It begins in the head and slowly but surely leads to a body buzz that keeps you relaxed but not couch-locked.
It is a popular strain for people with chronic pain, anxiety, arthritis, gastrointestinal disorder, stress, PTSD, and muscle spasms. As Ringo’s Gift keeps you relaxed yet alert and ensures you remain sociable, it is a good choice for daytime medication.
4 – Harle-Tsu (10% CBD, Max 1% THC)
This indica dominant (60%) strain is a cross of Sour Tsunami and Harlequin strains and contains up to 22% CBD and less than 1% THC. It is a relatively rare bud, but we imagine that won’t be the case for long given its popularity.
The Harle-Tsu high is rather mellow, and instead of providing you with a body or cerebral high, this strain works well as a painkiller. You may feel something of a buzz behind the eyes first, and then your body may feel free and relaxed afterward.
People often feel energized and motivated with Harle-Tsu, which means it is excellent for daytime use. It potentially works well for PMS, PTSD, migraines, depression, inflammation, and insomnia.
5 – Harlequin (10-15% CBD, 7-15% THC)
This famous sativa dominant (75%) strain has the highest THC level on the list (at a range of 7 – 15%). However, it is also notable for having a high CBD content of at least 10%. The result means Harlequin is ideal for use during the day as it keeps you alert and energetic.
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.
Harlequin is used to combat chronic pain, depression, inflammation, migraines, PTSD, and stress. Overall, this strain is an excellent pain reliever, possibly a good alternative to OTC and prescription painkillers.
Final Thoughts – Important Safety Tips to Consider Before Using High CBD/Low THC Strains
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared that CBD has a good safety profile. Research to date shows minimal side effects (though some do occur) and no evidence of addiction. Nonetheless, you should follow these tips to shop for and use CBD safely:
- Only purchase CBD products from a reputable, licensed dispensary or a trusted online seller.
- Stick with products that have third-party lab reports outlining their content.
- If you’re a complete novice, focus on strains like ACDC with a THC content below 1%.
- Remember, smoking cannabis is also bad for your lungs. While igniting marijuana flower doesn’t release as many toxic chemicals as tobacco cigarettes, the process still produces carcinogens. Therefore, consider vaping high CBD/low THC strains, or purchase edibles/tinctures.
- Finally, don’t use ANY form of marijuana if you’re breastfeeding or pregnant. Please speak to your doctor and discuss whether it is safe to use a CBD product with 0% THC.
Research into CBD is exciting, and the above cannabis strains enable you to enjoy the possible benefits of the cannabinoid without an intoxicating high. Follow our safety tips above, try one of the strains we’ve mentioned, and let us know what you think.
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