Using marijuana for medical purposes is an age-long practice. But it is now practiced more nowadays since cannabis’ popularity is at an all-time high these days. Because of how Canada and other US states have allowed its use both recreationally and medically, you can now grow your own medical strains at home. And since marijuana is very popular, it is now easier to get low-THC high-CBD seeds these days.
Most cannabis strains are great options for a lot of medical conditions. However, those that have high CBD levels and lower THC concentrations are the best strains for you to use and grow in your own indoor cannabis grow space. As such, if you are looking to self-medicate or if there are a lot of people in your locality looking for marijuana buds that are effective for medical purposes, you might want to consider growing high-CBD low-THC strains.
But before we get there, we need to learn more about THC and CBD.
What is THC?
If you think or hear anything about marijuana, you often associate it with the feeling of getting high. This is because marijuana commonly has those psychoactive effects that tend to make you feel that mental and physical buzz that is commonly called “getting high”. This feeling of getting high is due to the many chemical compounds or cannabinoids found in marijuana. And among the near-100 cannabinoids found in cannabis, the most abundant and most popular is THC.
Delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, as mentioned, is the most abundant cannabinoid found in weed. THC is also the chemical compound that is mainly responsible for the feeling of getting high that marijuana is associated with. So, in other words, the higher the THC levels in marijuana, the more potent its psychoactive effects are.
THC acts by binding itself to the CB1 receptors found in the brain. The CB1 receptors are responsible for anything that is related to pain, coordination, mood, and movement. While our bodies naturally produce cannabinoids, smoking marijuana that is rich in THC can further enhance the different effects that cannabinoids have on us.
Hence, when smoking or consuming marijuana that is rich in THC, the THC binds with the CB1 receptors to bring about changes in how our brain perceives pain and what our senses see. That is why we are often happier and more relaxed when using marijuana. Also, because CB1 receptors are responsible for anything related to coordination or movement, we often feel less coordinated when we feel high.
Of course, because of those effects, THC can also have medical benefits. It reduces pain and other bodily aches while also improving mood. And for those who often feel stressed, using high-THC marijuana can be a great way of de-stressing as it elevates mood while also making the body feel relaxed and at ease.
That said, anyone who feels a sort of satisfaction or pleasure in the kind of high that THC induces should indulge in high-THC marijuana strains either for recreational or medical purposes. However, medical patients or those who are not fond of the psychoactive effects of THC are advised not to use high-THC strains. That is why they are better off using strains with high CBD and low THC levels.
What is CBD?
While THC is the most abundant and most popular chemical compound found in cannabis, the second most abundant cannabinoid is CBD. Cannabidiol or CBD is another one of those many cannabinoids found in cannabis and is usually has the second highest concentrations in most marijuana strains.
Unlike THC, CBD has almost no psychoactive properties and will not lead to feelings of getting high except for certain rare instances that are too few to make CBD a psychoactive chemical compound. On top of that, CBD is also known for fighting the psychoactive effects of THC. That means that higher concentrations of CBD in your marijuana leads to lower onsets of psychoactivity from the THC in your weed.
CBD functions by binding with CB2 receptors, which are responsible for anything that is related to pain and our immune system. As such, when CBD binds with CB2 receptors, our body is relieved of pain while also improving our pain tolerance. On top of that, CBD also improves our immune system such that it allows us to combat illnesses and other medical conditions better.
Due to its benefits to our body, CBD is often called the medical cannabinoid. As such, high-CBD strains are commonly used as medical treatments for patients suffering from chronic body aches, muscle spasms, seizures, and other physical ailments. You can also expect yourself to be able to recover from other illnesses quicker when you medicate yourself with high-CBD cannabis strains.
That said, if you are looking for a great cannabis strain you can use to medicate yourself all without the psychoactive effects you get from THC, you better use high-CBD low-THC marijuana buds.
The best high-CBD low-THC marijuana strains
ACDC might scare you with its name at first because of how it reminds you of a rock band that is popular for a song called “Highway to Hell”. However, ACDC has attributes that will not remind you of that rock band with the same name. Instead, it is actually one of the most mellow cannabis strains on the planet as it only has trace amounts of THC. In relation to that, it has a CBD to THC ratio of 20:1, which means that the THC you can find in this bud is definitely outnumbered. As such you will feel almost no psychoactive effects when using ACDC.
As a 50-50 hybrid of an indica and a sativa, ACDC gives you balanced body and mental effects. In that sense, you will feel a kind of body relaxation that goes well with an elevated mood. It rids your entire body of pains and stress while also carrying you to a euphoric feeling. All in all, it is effective against chronic physical pain and any other bodily ailments while doubling as a bud you can use whenever you are feeling stressed and a bit sad.
Erez might be one of the rarest strains on the planet because you can only get it from the medical facility that developed it. However, if you do get your hands on Erez, you will love this strain’s therapeutic benefits. It has high CBD levels and almost no THC. That means that you will never feel any psychoactive effects from this strain.
Developed by a medical facility based in Israel, Erez was actually named after one of their cancer patients. As such, this strain was developed specifically for medical purposes. It is great at helping cancer patients because of how effective it is at fighting the pain that is related to chemotherapy. Those suffering from AIDS may also be able to benefit from Erez as it provides a bit of an energizing effect on top of its pain-relieving properties.
- Charlotte’s Web
Charlotte’s Web is a high-CBD cannabis strain that is based on the story of a young girl named Charlotte, who was famously suffering from over 300 seizures a week. Any other form of medication failed as Charlotte still struggled to get through her seizures. However, her parents tried to treat her with CBD-rich cannabis oil. It worked almost to perfection as Charlotte’s seizures decreased to a handful of incidents in a span of only two weeks.
In her honor, Charlotte’s Web was developed as a strain that is composed of almost only CBD. It only has trace amounts of THC and most likely has no psychoactive properties. This means that Charlotte’s Web is one of the more effective medical strains to use. It is great for treating seizures as well as muscle spasms and other physical ailments.
- Stephen Hawking Kush
Even if you are not interested in science, you probably might have heard about the famous physicist Stephen Hawking. Arguably the greatest scientific mind of this century, Stephen Hawking suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which hampered him physically. In his honor, Stephen Hawking Kush was developed to help combat ALS and other similar conditions.
Stephen Hawking Kush is the lovechild of Harle-Tsu and Sin City Kush. It is a high-CBD strain that as almost no THC. That makes it a great option for soothing the senses and the muscle. On top of that, it has a nice heady kind of high that makes you feel euphoric.
Harle-Tsu is the result of the crossbreeding between Harlequin and Sour Tsunami, which are two of the most popular high-CBD strains on the planet. The result of that marriage was a strain that has a CBD to THC ratio of 20:1. In that regard, you will hardly feel the psychoactive effects of THC when using this popular medical strain.
Great for relieving pain and treating inflammation, Harle-Tsu is one of the best therapeutic cannabis buds on the planet when it comes to helping you feel a lot more relaxed. When using this strain, you will feel all of your pain melting away as you dive into a deep feeling of relaxation.