Some cannabis strains are rich in CBD while other strains are rich in THC. A common misconception in the cannabis world is that Cannabis Sativa is rich in THC while Cannabis Indica is rich in CBD. Nonetheless, this is not true, as there are cannabis Indica strains rich in THC and Cannabis Sativa strains rich in CBD.

Under federal law, only CBD products containing less than 0.3% of THC are legal. Therefore, many people are interested in cannabis strains rich in CBD or with less than 0.3% of THC. In addition, many cannabis users don’t want to vape cannabis to get high. For instance, many people use CBD to treat anxiety, insomnia and other conditions such as epilepsy.

What’s CBD?

CBD is the second most common cannabinoid found in marijuana. It is a non-psychotropic substance that does not cause the same high sensation as THC.

In 1940, CBD was isolated from cannabis sativa for the first time. The findings were published by a group of chemists from the University of Illinois. This was the first significant milestone in the history of CBD. Nonetheless, it wasn’t until 1965 when CBD was first synthesized.

In the late 1980s, scientists discovered the endocannabinoid system in the human body. With this breakthrough, several discoveries followed, and many potential CBD medical uses started to be researched.

Today CBD has proven remarkable therapeutically benefits. For example, in treatments of illnesses such as insomnia, anxiety, depression, nausea due to chemotherapy, post-traumatic stress disorder, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and epilepsy.

CBD interacts with both CB1 (mainly located in the brain and central nervous system) and CB2 receptors (more prominent in the immune system).

Which Strains are Rich in CBD?

Firstly, let’s emphasize again that it has nothing to do to whether the strain is cannabis sativa or indica.

Many cannabis growers try to maximize THC contents while there are also cannabis growers that breed high-CBD strains. This CBD strains are mainly use for their therapeutic properties. CBD rich strains are available in many forms such as tinctures, e-liquids oils and even cannabis buds that could be vaporized or roll in joints.

The following list are 8 cannabis strains rich in CBD:

Charlotte’s Web

This cannabis strain is high in CBD and very low in THC (below 0.3% of THC levels). Therefore, it’s an ideal cannabis strain for cannabis users who don’t want to get high.

This cannabis strain was developed in 2011 by the Stanley Brothers in the US. Charlotte’s Web is a crossbreed of cannabis and industrial hemp.

Because of its low level of THC, this cannabis strain is legal in all 50 states.


This is another cannabis strain very rich in CBD. Cannatonic was developed in Spain from cannabis Sativa and cannabis Indica. It’s 50% Sativa and 50% Indica. Cannatonic is a cross of Reina Madre and NYC Diesel. However, Cannatonic is a 1:1 ratio cannabis plant. In other words, it has almost the same levels of THC and CBD. This makes it the first medical cannabis plant with a strong psychoactive effect.


It’s another CBD rich cannabis strain developed mostly from Cannabis Sativa (approximately 75% sativa). It has a 5:2 CBD to THC ratio. It’s ideal for cannabis users who want to balance the psychoactive effects of THC with CBD. Some people might experience adverse effects if they vape, smoke, or ingest higher doses of THC-rich strains. Adverse effects could lead to more anxiety, psychosis, or paranoia. This negative side effects can be counteracted with cannabis rich in CBD.


This cannabis strain has at least 10.5% of CBD. Harle-Tsu is a hybrid cross between Harlequin and Sour Tsunami. Furthermore, it has a CBD content 20 times higher than its THC content.

Sour Tsunami

Another Sativa-dominant strain (60% Sativa and 40% Indica). The Sour Tsunami strain has a 12.5% of CBD and less than 1% of THC.

Ringo’s Gift

It’s a hybrid of two CBD rich cannabis strains. It’s a crossbreed of Harle-Tsu and ACDC.

Sweet and Sour Widow

Sweet and Sour Widow is 70% cannabis Indica and 30% Cannabis Sativa with a 1:1 CBD/THC ratio. Because of its 1:1 ratio, this cannabis strain is very similar to Cannatonic.


It’s a cross between Harlequin and Jack the Ripper. Pennywise is mostly Indica with approximately 8% CBD and 7% THC.

CBD Rich Strains: Conclusion

There are many other CBD rich cannabis strains and cannabis growers are constantly crossbreeding different strains to develop news strains with different THC:CBD ratios and terpenes.

However, if you want to vape only CBD, then you better choose cannabis strains with THC level lower than 0.3% (for example: Charlotte’s Web). In addition, you can also vape e-liquids made with CBD isolates. With CBD isolates you will for sure vape only CBD and no other cannabinoids. This is ideal for cannabis vapers who don’t want to vape any THC.