In short, THC will get you high, and CBD will make you feel better.
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To come up with the top 10 list of strongest strains, we decided to divvy it up in terms of THC and CBD. So, we will list off the five strains with the most THC, and five with the top CBD — which should be of note for medical cannabis patients specifically. There are more than 100 chemical compounds contained in the cannabis plant, but for our purposes here, we will stick with these two.
Second only to Charlotte’s Web is Avidekel (sometimes called Avi-Dekel). This strain is 16% CBD, making it incredibly valuable to medical patients. It’s a Sativa-dominant hybrid strain, and has very little THC, making it perfect for people who need relief, but don’t want to get high.
We worked with Wikileaf to develop the list and used their database to find the specific strains with the highest THC and CBD levels. The following strains are the strongest as far as our research could tell — you may have an uncle in Humboldt who’s growing something that’s stronger, for example, but we don’t know about it yet. That’s the thing about cannabis cultivation: There are a thousand new strains being developed right now, and the strongest strain today may not stack up next week.
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Another Sativa, Hawaiian Haze sounds more like a fruity cocktail than a potent cannabis strain. But it’s among the most potent you can find, with THC content as high as 30%. Wikileaf’s team says that it’s rumored to have been first grown in Hawaii’s fertile volcanic soil, giving the strain its name.
“The rarity of this strain comes from the fact that it is clone only, though both Federation Seeds and BC Bud Depot have crossed the strain to release their own seed versions. As for the history, it was supposedly developed by a Dr. David Suzuki at the University of British Colombia in the late 60s to 70s. Dr. Suzuki is said to have developed it to help cancer patients with the detrimental side-effects of chemotherapy,” Wikileaf says.
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We took a look at the strongest marijuana strains out there — which have the most THC and CBD, that is — to compile this short list.