What are high-CBD cannabis strains?
CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, the cannabinoid second only to THC when it comes to average volume in cannabis. Research has shown CBD to have analgesic, anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, and anti-anxiety properties without the psychoactive effects (the "high" feeling) that THC provides. While high-THC strains often tout levels of over 20%, generally strains with over 4% CBD are considered to be high-CBD strains.
What can CBD-rich cannabis strains do?
It was initially thought that cannabidiol’s main function was to counter the psychoactive effects of THC, but more evidence has shown that medically, CBD packs quite a punch on its own. It is especially promising as a means of addressing numerous conditions that are difficult to treat, such as Crohn’s disease, PTSD, and multiple sclerosis.
One of the rarest of these conditions, Dravet syndrome, has received perhaps the most attention from both the medical community and the public with regard to CBD. Dravet syndrome is an especially debilitating form of epilepsy that affects children and is notoriously resistant to current approved treatment methods. Sufferers are plagued by seizures, often up to hundreds a day, that worsen as they age and can be life-threatening. Currently, treatment methods include specialized diets, brain surgery, and having the child wear an eyepatch, but all have mixed success rates.