For years when buying marijuana seeds online, cannabis connoisseurs have long been after potency as the main factor to choose one strain over another. In the old days before marijuana shops existed, cannabis potency was the go to in the illicit market, this is what would make you buy marijuana seeds from one dealer over another. Customers wanted to get the most value for their money, so the higher the potency, the longer and better the high, hence better value was perceived. Traditionally, cannabis users attributed strain potency to high levels of THC, which has led to the proliferation of strains that are full of it. THC for years was the most prevalent active compound in marijuana and most sought after, but it is only one of at least 85 compounds that we know of. Thanks to advances in modern science and society’s acceptance of marijuana’s growing legitimacy as a medicinal option, CBD is starting to emerge as the cannabinoid poised to take over top spot when buying marijuana seeds online.
What does CBD mean? CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, the cannabinoid second only to THC when it comes to average volume. Research has recently shown that CBD has anti-inflammatory, and anti-anxiety properties without the psychoactive effects (the stoned feeling) that THC provides. While high THC strains often tout levels of over 20%, in generally, CBD levels of over 4% are considered to be on the high side.
So why would someone buy marijuana seeds online and choose a strain with high CBD over one rich with THC? It was originally thought that cannabidiol’s main function was to counter the psychoactive effects of THC, but more evidence seems to show that medically, CBD is no light weight. It looks to be especially promising for conditions that are difficult to treat such as colitis, chron’s disease, multiple sclerosis and PTSD. Another medical use that is becoming increasingly popular is to help with Dravet’s Syndrome, which is a debilitating form of epilepsy that affects children.
Unlike pharmaceutical treatments for Dravet’s, cannabis has no lethal dose or known serious medical side effects. The fact that this condition affects children as young as a few days old makes it both a prime opportunity for non-psychoactive CBD-rich strains to help improve peoples lives. Our society still has to overcome the stigma of giving children cannabis, or “drugs” to seriously help them out. Hopefully society will overcome this stigmas, and information will be provided with the best marijuana strains to help with this. The FDA has finally approved a study to examine the effects of CBD on epilepsy, specifically in young children.
So what are the best marijuana strains that generally have high CBD levels? Like all strains, they vary between growers, crops and breeders. So the actual CBD medication levels will vary as well. However, here are some strains that have been actively bred in recent years to have higher CBD levels, so they might be a good place to start. Harlequin, Sour Tsunami and Cannatonic all have high CBD levels. It is also a good idea to talk with your doctor and local dispensary for their specific strains that contain high CBD levels and ask if they have any tests they can show you to back the results.
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