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Important information about CBD-dominant strains and extracts

The growth of the CBD industry means there are now more products on the market than we could have imagined even three or four years ago. However, the vast range can be confusing, or at worst, intimidating. In this guide, we’ll take you through some of the best CBD-dominant strains, and show you what to look for in CBD oils.

The rapidly-rising media profile of CBD has led to unprecedented interest in CBD and CBD-dominant strains. Compare that to just 10 to 20 years ago, when even the medical marijuana scene was entirely focused on THC. Nowadays, CBD oils and other CBD products are in high demands, and several new brands are looking to cash in. But with the marijuana industry unregulated, there’s no guarantee that every CBD product you buy will be effective, or even safe.

The good news is that it’s fairly simple to determine good CBD products from bad, whether you’re purchasing oils, edibles, creams or even standard high-CBD flower. Without further ado, let’s delve deep into CBD, and investigate the most prominent strains and extracts.

What is a CBD-dominant marijuana strain?  

Cannabidiol (CBD), is a compound, known as a cannabinoid, that is unique to the cannabis plant. The second-most abundant compound in marijuana following THC, CBD is often preferred to its psychoactive counterpart, since its medicinal effects can be delivered without making the user “high”.

Scientists are yet to reach a precise consensus on the composition of the cannabis plant, but most estimates suggest that the herb contains more than 100 of these cannabinoids. However, many of them are found in such small amounts, that their effects are extremely subtle or not noticeable at all. Subsequently, research into most of the lesser-known cannabinoids is limited, and general studies of the effects of cannabis in humans are limited.

CBD-dominant, or high CBD-strains are cannabis plants consisting of large concentrations of CBD. While THC, the more famous cannabinoid, induces a euphoric, psychoactive high in the user, CBD is not a mind-altering substance. Instead, CBD helps to boost mood, offer pain relief and ease anxiety. In high doses, CBD can be sedating, but the user always remains in complete control of their cognitive functions.

CBD has become well-known over the past five years since the molecule was the subject of a CNN documentary called Weed, in which the story of Dravet’s syndrome child patient Charlotte Figi was told. In Charlotte’s case, CBD proved the only working medicine for her serious treatment-resistant epileptic condition. The focus on CBD as non-intoxicating marijuana medicine, particularly in the form of cannabis oils, has led to a huge spike in demand for CBD products, both in the U.S. and around the world.

The majority of the media’s CBD interest has been on how the cannabinoid can offer life-changing treatment to children, mostly those with epileptic conditions or brain damage, but scientific research is showing an increasing number of ailments, both physical and mental, that the molecule can medicate.

CBD’s anti-inflammatory and analgesic qualities are perfect for relieving inflammation and chronic pains, while its anti-depressant and anti-anxiety traits are well-suited to combatting the most prominent mental health issues.

The compound is also an antioxidant, an anti-convulsant and an anti-biotic. The anti-psychotic properties of CBD help to negate the psychoactive high induced by THC, when the two cannabinoids interact with the same cannabinoid receptor. CBD is a neuroprotective, and preliminary research hints that it may be a future treatment for neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s. CBD is already used as medication for Multiple Sclerosis.

Scientists are currently investigating the possibilities of CBD-dominant strains for tackling other psychiatric illnesses and diabetes.

Best-selling CBD-dominant strains

 The buzz surrounding these strains have made their seeds and flowers more accessible than ever before. Until recently, most medical cannabis strains were high in THC – it’s only thanks to new research that CBD-dominant strains are being cultivated.

 The differing hybridization processes between the strains leads to varying cannabinoid makeups, which in turn causes unique effects. Here are a few of the most popular CBD-dominant strains on sale at the moment:

  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Cannatonic
  • Harlequin
  • ACDC
  • Harle-Tsu
  • Ringo’s Gift
  • Stephen Hawking Kush
  • Canna-Tsu
  • Pennywise
  • Sour Tsunami

The ratios between the strains vary, with Charlotte’s Web boasting a 20:1 CBD to THC makeup, and the likes of Canna-Tsu offering a more nuanced 1:1 ratio. Moreover, CBD-dominant strains can see variation in cannabinoid profile from batch to batch. Therefore, cloning is useful in achieving consistency, and lab-testing has helped to provide consumers and growers accurate information about the cannabinoid profiles of strains.

Types of CBD extracts

 The aforementioned strains are available in dispensaries and online, providing you live in a legal state. Furthermore, certain types of CBD products (extracts, oils, edibles and more) are available and perfectly legal in all 50 states, depending on their source.

Let’s consider the key differences between medical marijuana and hemp-derived CBD extracts:

CBD-dominant medical marijuana  

The primary difference between CBD-dominant medical marijuana and hemp-based CBD oil is the THC content. Since hemp is a cannabis sativa plant, both are of the same botanical species.

However, cannabis sativa plants with THC levels less than 0.3 percent are legally classified as industrial hemp. Cannabis sativa plants with THC concentrations above this threshold are Schedule I substances at federal level and known as marijuana – or, as the traditional spelling has it, “marihuana.”

Many CBD-dominant strains do not cause a psychoactive high, even with considerable levels of THC, however most federal drug laws still prohibit these plants. Consequently, most of the public, in America and abroad, still have limited access to powerful, medicating CBD-dominant cannabis.

Compared to much of the world, marijuana-progressive states are some of the most liberal on the planet. Restrictions in many countries prevent citizens from growing, selling and possessing marijuana, although there are exceptions. For example, in the Netherlands, possession of up to five grams of cannabis is decriminalized.

Hemp-based CBD extracts  

Hemp-based CBD vape oil, edibles, tinctures, creams, syrups and more are available at All of the products sold meet federal law, and consist of less than 0.3 percent THC.

Previously, hemp used in CBD extract production would have to be imported from Europe, but thanks to the Agricultural Act of 2014, often known as the Farm Bill, a few hemp farmers across the nation are now permitted to extract CBD oil from specialized “medical hemp.”

CW Hemp, a Colorado-based company, is one of the frontrunners in this industry, and are the brains behind the now world-famous Charlotte’s Web. Before 2014, patients could only access Charlotte’s Web via Colorado’s medical marijuana program.

How to spot a great CBD oil

Picking the perfect CBD oil product isn’t always as easy as it sounds, although purveying the website is an excellent starting point. When choosing a CBD product, try looking out for the following:

Full-spectrum: Products made using full-spectrum CBD extract contain various other non-psychoactive cannabis compounds and terpenes that produce an “entourage effect,” or multiplier effect, enhancing the qualities of each molecule.

Extraction method: Try to find out how the CBD oil was extracted. CO2 extraction is considered the gold standard, as this eliminates metals and toxins from sneaking into the final oil.

Lab-testing: A company that provides lab-test results for its CBD products should typically be trusted over one that doesn’t. Preferably, the company will use a third party to test products for ultimate transparency. Information such as cannabinoid profiles, sourcing and ingredients are usually provided in lab test results.

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