Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second-most common cannabinoid found in cannabis—trailing only behind tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Unlike THC, CBD is a non-intoxicating cannabis constituent that tends to deliver clear-headed, functional effects without the high.

High-CBD strains with low THC can benefit consumers needing to keep a clear head while also controlling pain, inflammation, or other chronic conditions, and will also appeal to those who are extremely sensitive to side effects of THC such as anxiety, paranoia, or dizziness.

Looking for CBD-rich strains in Canada? These strains are bred specifically for their high CBD content and minimal THC potency.

This sativa-dominant strain from AltaVie contains up to 18% CBD and minimal (0.5 – 0.7%) THC potency. Its floral aroma is owned to a mix of alpha- and beta-pinene terpenes which are known to promote alertness. Meanwhile, myrcene and limonene are responsible for the earthy, fruit notes with a hint of cloves. In addition to dried flower, this strain is available in soft-gel capsules and offers a discreet way to enjoy CBD.

The exceptionally high-CBD strain grown by BC’s Tantalus Labs can peak at 18% CBD while the THC potency is billed as “close to zero.” Prominent terpenes in this hybrid strain include humulene, pinene, and guaiol which all share a reputation for anti-inflammatory properties and give the sun-grown strain a sweet lemony aroma with earthy cedar undertones.

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Containing up to 16% CBD and 2% THC, this hybrid strain from Aurora is rich in terpenes like beta- and trans-caryophyllene, myrcene, guaiol and alpha-pinene which are responsible for emitting an earthy aroma and subtle citrus flavour.

This sativa-dominant strain from Solei by Aphria is a variant of the CBD-rich Treasure Island strain that can contain up to 19.5% CBD and less than 1.99% THC. These Ontario-grown buds are known for their rich green hue and spicy notes owed to prominent terpenes including caryophyllene, myrcene, and pinene.

Looking for a reliable way to control dosing throughout the day? This concentrated cannabis oil from Symbl contains less than 1.5 mg of THC and between 19.5-20.5 mg of CBD.  A 30 ml bottle of this stuff is equivalent to 5g of dried cannabis and is formulated to be taken orally.