CBD is making a comeback.  Some people might say it never really went away. CBD is short for Cannabidiol, an active ingredient found in the marijuana species. High CBD strains are now very much in demand.  Possibly their most obvious use is for CBD oil. They are, however, also increasingly popular for CBD edibles. 

While there are many high CBD strains, they all have their unique characteristics.  In particular, they will have their own specific CBD:THC ratio.  The CBD content is used to deal with physical conditions such as spasms and chronic pain.  It may also be used to treat mental conditions such as anxiety.  The THC content is for fast-acting pain relief.  It may also be used to give a lift to a person’s emotional state.  Finding the right strain for you basically means matching the ratio to your condition.

Top 10 Best High CBD Strains 

Here is a list of the top CBD-rich strains. 


Balanced hybrid Cannatonic is a cross between MK Ultra and G13 Haze.  It has 12% CBD and 7% to 15% THC.  The THC content is enough to promote a mental lift.  It’s debatable whether this can be classed as a high.  As this ebbs, the CBD will provide long-term relief.  The taste of Cannatonic is sweet but tangy.  It has clear notes of pine, citrus and wood. 

Harlequin Harlequin strain

Sativa dominant Harlequin is a cross between Colombian Gold, Thai Sativa, Nepali Indica and Swiss Sativa.  It has up to 15% CBD and also up to 15% THC.  This makes it a very unusual amongst the high CBD strains.  The 1:1 ratio is highly regarded by people suffering from chronic conditions.  It is, however, important to be aware that the THC content will trigger a strong buzz.  It could even be classed as a mild high.  The flavour has a base of earth and wood.  This is topped with fruits, herbs and spices. 


Indica dominant Pennywise is a cross between Harlequin and Jack the Ripper.  It has up to 15% CBD and also up to 15% THC.  This means that it can deliver a noticeable lift.  Some people might call it a moderate high.  The flavor is gloriously rich and complex.  It has base notes of coffee and spices.  This is topped by a combination of candy sweetness, citrus lemon and fresh herbs.

Sour Tsunami 

Sativa dominant Sour Tsunami is a cross between Sour Diesel and NYC Diesel.  It offers up to 11% CBD and up to 10% THC.  One the one hand, this means that Sour Tsumami is definitely one of the high CBD strains.  On the other hand, it means that the CBD:THC ratio is very variable.  The flavour, however, is constant.  It is, of course, diesel.  This is combined with wood, pine and citrus. 

Ringo’s Gift 

Sativa dominant Ringo’s Gift is a cross between ACDC and Harle-Tsu.  It’s named after, the late, great Lawrence Ringo.  He was a CBD pioneer so it’s only fitting that this is one of the high CBD strains.  This strain began with a 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC.  These days, however, it often has 12% CBD and 0.5% THC.  There are even some phenos with 24% CBD and 1% THC.  It’s therefore crucial to be clear about what you’re buying.  The taste is based on spicy hash.  There are also touches of earth, wood and mint. 

High CBD low THC strains 


Sativa dominant ACDC is a cross between Cannatonic and Ruderalis.  It has 16% to 24% CBD and 2% to 6% THC.  The THC is nowhere near enough to trigger a high.  It may create a slight buzz.  The taste is a mixture of herbs and spices.  There are clear notes of pepper, which s is balanced by lemon and pine. 

CBD Queen 

cbd queen strain

Sativa dominant CBD Queen is a cross between Northern Lights#5, Haze and Juanita La Lagrimosa.  It has about 10% CBD and about 5% THC.  This makes it royalty among high CBD strains.  The reason is that it has the perfect “golden ratio” of 2:1.  The THC content may create a slight mental fizz.  It’s really more about delivering some quick pain relief.  It’s the CBD content which really matters.  The taste of CBD Queen is mainly hashy. with a bit of Skunk and a touch of citrus. 

Charlotte’s Web 

Sativa dominant Charlotte’s Web is of unknown parentage.  It has up to 17% CBD and up to 1% THC.  As such it is a super high CBD strain.  There is no high whatsoever.  It’s all about the long-lasting pain relief.  Charlotte’s Web was named after Charlotte Fiji.  She was a little girl who suffered from severe seizures.  This strain’s efficiency literally changed her life.  It also tastes good.  The flavour is a base of wood, topped by sage, pine and lemon. 


Indica dominant Harle-Tsu is a cross between Harlequin and Sour Tsunami.  It’s one of the most famous high CBD strains.  It’s also one of the hardest to find.  This strain can have up to 24% CBD and 1% THC.  Its taste is tangy sweet and spicy.  There are clear notes of pine and citrus. 


Indica dominant Remedy is a cross between CannaTonic and Afghan Skunk.  It has up to 18% CBD and only 1% THC.  This is one of the high CBD strains for fruit lovers.  There is a base of wood, topped by berries, citrus and a hint of pine.