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Top 5 Strains for Medicinal Cannabis Use

As prohibition crumbles in a growing number of jurisdictions and ever-increasing numbers of people can legally use cannabis as a medicine, we thought we would highlight some of our favourite strains for medicinal use.

Although CBD-rich strains have grabbed the spotlight recently in discussions on cannabis therapeutics, let’s not forget that THC is by far the most researched cannabinoid for medicinal use, and that its use is well supported scientifically for certain conditions. By comparison, CBD research is still in its infancy, despite increasing numbers of anecdotal reports of its therapeutic efficacy.

Our list is inclusive to cater for diverse needs and includes high THC strains, CBD-rich strains, more balanced ratios of the two cannabinoids, and some novel strains with unusually high levels of newly sought-afters cannabinoids such as CBG and THCV.

#5 Seedsman CBG #1

This photo-period strain has been specially bred to produce very high levels of CBG (Cannabigerol), a cannabinoid which is usually present in low concentrations in typical cannabis samples.

CBG is the ‘mother compound’ in the cannabis plant, from which all the psychoactive compounds that we know and love are produced. During the flowering cycle CBGA (the acid form of CBG) is the first cannabinoid that the plant biosynthesises. This is then converted into THCA (the precursor of THC), CBDA (the precursor of CBD), and CBCA (the precursor of CBC and CBL) with the help of enzymes.

 Strains for Medicinal Cannabis

It has recently attracted attention for its purported antibacterial, antitumor, analgesic, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties, putting it in the running alongside CBD for its therapeutic potential, legal status, and the fact that it doesn’t get you high.

Seedsman CBG#1 grows in all environments, indoors, outdoors and in a greenhouse. Its indoor flowering time is between 10 – 12 weeks with yields expected to be between 400 – 500 gm/m2. Outdoors, northern hemisphere harvests will be ready towards the end of September – early October with each plant capable of producing up to 350 gm. Colourful displays of purple will affect some plants towards the end of flowering especially in the presence of cool night-time temperatures. Flavours are tangy, from the terpene limonene, with berry notes. CBG levels are 16.9% while THC is very low at 0.25%.

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#4 Seedsman Pink Kush Auto CBD 30:1

Pink Kush CBD Auto is the result of crossing Pink Kush CBD Auto with Pink Afghan CBD Auto strains. It is 90% indica, has a fast life cycle and a CBD: THC ratio of at least 30:1.

It will be suitable for just about all environments as an auto-flowering strain. Taking a scant 9 weeks from germination, outdoor growers can achieve 2 or even 3 harvests per year in warm climates. It displays an attractive pink colour in the buds.

 Strains for Medicinal Cannabis

The scent and taste resemble pine and damp forest with earthy hints of red fruits. CBD is rated at approximately 17%, with just 0.5% THC. Its effect is a soft, light, relaxing body high, making this a very popular therapeutic strain.

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#3 Dr Seedsman 30:1 CBD: THC

DR Seedsman CBD is the crowning achievement resulting from a long and diligent effort seeking to discover a strain of cannabis with very high levels of CBD but with less than 1% THC resulting in healing effects without any psychoactivity. Many CBD-rich strains have been created, but up until now, the vast majority have virtually equal amounts of CBD and THC.

Dr Seedsman CBD is 80% sativa and is descended from a plant that its breeders named CBD Asia due to its provenance and high CBD levels. It is a robust plant growing vigorously yet staying quite short and squat in the process. Indoor flowering lasts for 8 – 9 weeks while outdoor harvests should be ready in early October in northern latitudes. Yields are high and the buds nice, dense, and covered with loads of resin.

 Strains for Medicinal Cannabis

This plant is very aromatic and has a powerful and penetrating taste with a pine and ginger note on the finish. CBD production has been laboratory tested at 20% while THC comes in at less than 1%. This represents a CBD:THC ratio in excess of approximately 30:1. The effect is very deeply relaxing to the body with no cerebral effects whatsoever.

#2 Red Pure CBD Auto

Red Pure CBD Auto is a therapeutic, CBD-rich strain which was bred by crossing Sweet Pure CBD and Red Poison Auto. It has very low levels of THC production and therefore produces no psychotropic effect at all. It is 58.4% indica, 40% sativa and 1.6% ruderalis.

Red Pure CBD Auto grows in a typically indica structure with a strong central stem and short lateral branches. Plants grow to a height of 50 – 90 cm. depending on environment and conditions yielding 450 – 500 gr/m2 indoors in nine weeks from germination.

Outdoors yields will range from 30 – 100 gr/plant. The buds on 95% of plants are a beautiful red colour making a striking display in the grow room near harvest. Both taste and scent are sweet and earthy with pine/cypress and berry notes.

THC is very low at just 0.4 – 0.5% while CBD reaches 15 – 17% giving a THC:CBD ratio of 1:34 – 1:37! This strain will be ideal for those who wish to experience no psychotropic THC effect but will be extremely relaxing and anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) for medicinal users

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#1 Seedsman Peyote Gorilla

Peyote Gorilla is a cross of Gorilla Glue #4 (Chem Sister x Chocolate Diesel) and Peyote Purple, a colourful pheno-type of Bubba Kush. The potent, medicinal effect of the Gorilla meets the stimulating and uplifting high of the Peyote Purple. This is a great yielding plant that stands out from the crowd with its abundance of resin, making it very suitable for making extracts and concentrates.

 Strains for Medicinal Cannabis

With a flowering time of around 70 days, Peyote Gorilla has a typically indica structure, medium-sized with large, broad leaves. This strain’s scent is sour with lemon, petrol, and earthy and woody notes and these properties are reflected back in the taste. THC production is very high at between 22 – 26%, with CBD at just 1%. The effect is a very potent, uplifting high that gradually evolves into a physically relaxing state that will likely ease any aches and pains. People have also reported its benefits for helping with insomnia.

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Cultivation information, and media is given for those of our clients who live in countries where cannabis cultivation is decriminalised or legal, or to those that operate within a licensed model. We encourage all readers to be aware of their local laws and to ensure they do not break them.

Hattie Wells