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If you’re looking into cannabis as a potential medication for anxiety, pain relief, or even just to relax after a long day, you might want to look into a strain that is high in cannabidiol (CBD). While tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) gets the lion’s share of attention, CBD gives relief for the aforementioned conditions and symptoms without the mental “high” or haze that can often accompany high THC strains. High THC can often aggravate anxiety, particularly in high doses. So, if you want relief without the high, consider one of the following high-CBD strains that have been voted the best of 2017 so far.

A cross between Thai, Colombian, Swiss, and Nepalese landrace strains, Harlequin is one of the most popular CBD strains on the market today. Harlequin generally measures in at a 5:2 ratio of CBD to THC. You can count on this sativa to deliver a relaxing effect without the heady euphoria that typically comes along with a higher THC strain. The THC percentage rarely exceeds 6% while CBD can often reach 15 percent. When it comes to aromas and flavors, you’ll enjoy the woodsy, spicy and sweet with notes of cherry that come with this popular strain.

Sour Tsunami
Brought to you by cultivist and activist Lawrence Ringo, Sour Tsunami came about by breeding Sour Diesel with NYC Diesel. Though it does have a 1:1 ratio of CBD:THC, the CBD generally comes in at slightly higher levels. This strain is credited with redefining the medical qualities of cannabis and was one of the first high-CBD strains to achieve popularity. The flavors and aromas you will experience with this strain are citrus, pine, sweet, and woody notes.

Want the best of both of the above? Look for Harle-tsu, which is a product of the interbreeding of the two above plants. This plant can produce a CBD to THC ratio of 20:1, though some have tested in at 1:1. What you get is a bud that eases things like anxiety and pain without the psychoactivity. Need a strain that is perfect for vaping whenever symptoms crop up but won’t wreck your concentration? Harle-tsu is a great choice. Harle-tsu contains many of the same notes and aromas as its predecessors – woody, spicy, citrus, and sweet flavors have all been noted.

Stephen Hawking Kush
Taking Harle-tsu and breeding it with Sin City Kush, this is another 1:1 flower that rings in at about 5% for both THC and CBD. This indica will deliver a relaxing way to wind down without the agitation and paranoia that some might feel with high-THC strains. It may help to calm those who experience panic attacks and anxiety attacks, so it is perfect to keep in your vape for on-the-go dosing. However, do keep in mind that at an equal 1:1 ratio, one might still experience some of the psychoactive effects THC is known for producing. Flavors and aromas of berries and cherries combined with mint and earthy notes give this strain a pleasant taste and aroma.

Though its name might sound like it will have you couch-locked, don’t be turned away by name alone. This CBD-heavy indica generally comes in anywhere from a 5:1 to a 1:1 CBD:THC ratio. Percentage-wise, look for up to 17% CBD and a low 6% of THC. Though it does have a small sedative quality, Cannatonic may help to calm during times of stress, so it is another good strain to keep handy in your authentic dry herb vape. You’ll note sour, woody, citrus, and tangy flavors and aromas from this popular strain.
We have just highlighted a few of the more popular CBD strains that have come onto the market this year. Despite the misconceptions about medical marijuana, CBD continues to make headlines as a potent and medicinally viable compound in cannabis, you can expect growers to begin experimenting and breeding strains to produce higher and higher amounts of CBD. Check with your local dispensary and remember to always check the CBD to THC ratio when available. If it is not listed as a ratio, ask about the percentage of CBD and the percentage of THC in a product. The higher the CBD percentage, the more likely you are to have a strain that produces relief from anxiety and pain without the psychoactive effects of THC. That is, as long as the THC percentage is lower than the CBD percentage.

Which of these strains have you tried? Which is your favorite?
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