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Best High CBD Strains 2020

A list of quality CBD-rich hemp strains we've purchased legally online.
1st Place
grumpy gorilla cbd bud
Grumpy Gorilla

With over 20% CBD, Grumpy Gorilla is a balanced strain that calms you while remaining alert. Grade A hydroponic strain with apple, diesel, and pine flavors.

Runner-Up
Frosted Kush
Frosted Kush CBD bud
Runner-Up

Introduction to high CBD strains

CBD is found in hemp and marijuana. Since marijuana is still federally illegal, the topic of this page is about high CBD hemp strains only. The products listed here will have an above-average concentration of cannabidiol, ranging between 15%-25% CBD.

After the 2018 Farm Bill legalized the cultivation of hemp, CBD became legal to consume in its most natural form: directly from the plant it comes from. You can vape it, smoke it, or cook with it for edibles. Hemp is still cannabis! What distinguishes it from its illegal counterpart is that hemp strains have a limit 0.3% THC, the intoxicating compound in weed. Although the high CBD strains listed here will look (smell and taste) like illicit cannabis, they meet the federal standards for hemp.

Important to note: the THC contained in these high CBD strains is not enough for intoxication, but there is enough to potentially cause a failed drug test. If you still want to use CBD, but need to stay free of THC, check out CBD products that use CBD isolates (since there will be no THC).

High CBD strains list

grumpy gorilla cbd bud

Grumpy Gorilla

Feel alert but super relaxed. Grumpy Gorilla is a balanced hydroponic hybrid strain with gorgeous, muscular CBD flowers ranging in size from medium to large. The advertised notes of sour apple, gas, and pine deliver as promised, plus the CBD levels are in the 21% range with a total of 24.7% total cannabinoids. Our fav!

Frosted Kush CBD bud

Frosted Kush

Watch stress and anxiety wash away. Frosted Kush is straight-up caked in trichomes covering lime green colors with heavy notes of fruit and gas jumping out the hermetically sealed cans. Best in a conduction or convection vape; it looks and hits just like MJ! Beautiful flower with 20% CBD and typical Indica traits.

Citron CBD bud

Citron

This flavorful citrus sativa strain is great for getting relief in the morning without putting you back on your back. Expect an energy boost with a bit of daydreaming, but with little grogginess or come-down. Containing about 18.5% CBD, these fluorescent green buds with bright orange hairs are lively and fragrant.

Supreme OG

Deep relaxation with body relief and the typical Indica couch-locking effects. This OG has a spot-on wintergreen taste with some grass and funk notes. Nice coverage of trichomes lay on money-green colored buds. Only 13% total CBD, but the entourage effect is strong. A full-bodied experience of flavor and effects.

special sauce cbd bud

Special Sauce

Special Sauce hits the spot when you want something sweet. Sticky buds with a mouth-watering candy and citrus aroma. A fair amount of diesel in the air too, giving it a classic cannabis smell. Total CBD percentage is around 20% but the terpene profile here seems to be putting in extra work. A solid vape when it’s late.

Original photos by Keith Romanowski except for Citron and Frosted Kush.

Guide for buying CBD strains online

Even though hemp is consumed in the same ways as weed, and smells and looks just like weed, the purpose is not to get stoned. How CBD makes you feel is relaxing and sedating, but not intoxicating. Research suggests that most people consume CBD for medical and therapeutic relief from a host of physical and mental ailments like chronic pain, seizures, insomnia, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and the list goes on.

Online shops have the full spectrum of types from outdoor and greenhouse, to indoor and even hydroponic. There are basically three tiers: bottom, middle, and top-shelf. Practically just like in dispensaries.

  • High-grade (top shelf or premium): Some of the CBD-rich flowers you can get will blow your mind! Gorgeous buds with rich and pungent aromas, all under a dense coating of resinous trichomes. It’s not uncommon to see a cannabidiol flower able to compete with top-shelf weed found in dispensaries for bag appeal.
  • Mid-level quality (mids or regs): This grade can still be good quality with high CBD giving the desired effects. This grade includes a fairly wide range of available products. These buds might even be rich in aromatic terps with decent color and fair trichome coverage. But this is where the flowers start to get compressed and ultimately not very photogenic. There may be more leaves than normal, more sparse buds or bigger stems, and maybe even some seeds.
  • Low quality (shwag or bammer): This is the ugly stuff. Likely biomass that was never intended to be sold for its flowers in the first place. A lot of it will look like ditch weed at best. Take strain names and genetics with a grain of salt in this situation. The product is usually dried out buds devoid of any real character or color, often with excessive seeds and leaves. Trust us here, that ain’t Sour Diesel! That’s more like Bio-Diesel.

With all that said, ugly flower does not always mean bad flower or that you got robbed. As long as it was sold correctly. It’s one thing if you paid $30 for an eighth of some Sour Diesel that looked like downtown brown; that’s relatively easy to get over. But if you paid $100 or more for an ounce of it, then you should be Adam Sandler mad! There’s nothing wrong with buying cheap cannabis when you are intending to do so, just make sure you’re not paying primo prices for it.

Pricing of hemp strains

There’s practically no limit to the weight you can buy online. Presumably, most customers stick to common weights like grams to ounces. These ranges should give a good ball park of prices across a wide array of sites:

  • Gram: $5-$10
  • Eighth: $15-$40
  • Quarter: $30-$60
  • Half ounce: $50-$80
  • Ounce: $70-$120

Of course, there are outliers on both ends of the spectrum: super cheap and super expensive. There’s also wholesaling, which happens on a lot of the retail sites. Those prices are outside the ranges presented. Many of them also offer pre-rolled CBD joints. Just know that CBD flower prices can range from dirt cheap to rivaling medical marijuana tags. Luckily, there’s no real financial barrier to entry like with many CBD oils. If you don’t have much, you can still get a lot.

Before you spend your money

Buying cannabis online can be trippy. Proceed with some caution. You can’t see precisely what you’re buying. You can’t smell what you’re buying. All you have is a picture of some bud, descriptions from the seller (maybe), and test numbers. Site reviews help, but they can also be a slippery slope. Here are a few tips when purchasing online:

Contact customer service first: Shoot an email to the company you’re thinking about buying bud from. See if they respond or how long it takes them. It won’t tell you everything, but it’s a good start.

Find out about packaging: These strains look and SMELL like weed. Now imagine shipping an ounce of that. Check the site for information on how they package the bud for safe transit. The common methods are double-bagged, vacuum-sealed in smell-proof plastic, glass jars, etc. If they ship glass, also ask how they ensure that stays protected.

Get answers on the trim: The options you’ll find are untrimmed, machine trimmed, or hand-trimmed. Machine trimmed is often the least desirable because the process is aggressive to the flowers delicate trichomes—and it just looks bad. Hand trimmed is the most expensive and provides the best product. Untrimmed is the cheapest and looks the wildest, but you can trim it yourself if you need to save a buck.

Look closely at the pictures: If the pictures are hard to make out, proceed with caution. Unless you’re buying shake, you should be presented with a clear indication of the flower you’re spending your money on. The best sites show a single bud with or without a complementary background. Organic products will vary some, but not so much that you should be disappointed and think you got the ol’ switcheroo.

Check for the effects profile: Although CBD is non-intoxicating, the other cannabinoids and terpenes together can produce an effect that’s greater than the individual parts, called the entourage effect. Basic info like whether the flower is Indica, Sativa, or hybrid should be visible. Even better would be to get more specific details about other cannabinoids and terpenes.

Check the COA (certificate of analysis): It’s a third-party lab test of the strains’ biochemical make-up; sometimes with results for contaminants. These test results are frequently on the product page or on the product packaging in a QR code. In the COA, you’ll find the percentages of cannabinoids, like CBD, CBG, and THC; sometimes terpene content is available. Check to make sure the information matches up with what you expect.

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