For many cannabis users, the THC content of a strain is one of the most important factors when it comes to deciding what to buy. THC not only provides therapeutic benefits, but it’s also the component in cannabis that gets you high. Not everyone using cannabis wants to get high, though. If you’re looking to use cannabis to help you relax, sleep, ease pain, or lessen anxiety but don’t want the psychoactive effects that come with high-THC strains, consider some of these CBD strains instead.


A cross between Cannatonic and Ruderalis, ACDC features a CBD content of 16% to 24% and a THC content of only 2% to 6%. With its impressive 20:1 CBD to THC ratio along with terpenes such as pinene and caryophyllene, this strain promotes a sense of calm and happiness. If used during the daytime, it can also help to improve your focus, enabling you to tackle the tasks at hand without being hampered by a high.


Harlequin is a Sativa-dominant strain with a 5:2 CBD to THC ratio. The CBD content ranges between 8% and 16%, while the THC content ranges from only 4% and 7%. You’ll feel happier and more energetic while also soothing any pain you may have, all without the mind-altering effects.


Harle-Tsu is a cross between Harlequin and Sour Tsunami and features a CBD content of around 18%. Another 20:1 CBD to THC strain, this particular one has terpenes such as myrcene, pinene, humulene, and terpinolene. It’s a mellow strain that promotes total relaxation in the body.

Ringo’s Gift

Ringo’s Gift, named for renowned cannabis activist Lawrence Ringo, is a cross between two other strains on this list, ACDC and Harle-Tsu. The high CBD strain comes in several different phenotypes. You can find varieties with steep 25:1 CBD to THC ratios, and you find others with a balanced 1:1 ratio. While you might feel a mild high even with the low THC varieties, the strain will leave you feeling relaxed soothed without locking you to your couch.

Super Lemon Haze

As the name might suggest, Super Lemon Haze is a strain with a citrusy aroma and flavor. It has a CBD content of between 15% and 20% and very little THC. Some versions of the strain have a THC content below 0.3%, meaning that you definitely don’t have to worry about feeling any high from the product. If you’re new to CBD or worried about THC in general, this might be an ideal strain to try.

Cherry Wine

With a CBD content of around 15%, Cherry Wine is a cross between two CBD-dominant strains, Charlotte’s Cherries and The Wife. Like Super Lemon Haze, this strain has a very low THC content of around 1%, with some versions having less than 0.3%. It has a sweet stone fruit aroma with undertones of pine and pepper and provides pain relief along with mental clarity, focus, and relaxation. It can help to treat a variety of conditions, including depression, stress, chronic pain, and inflammation.

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CBD Strains Don’t Get You High

Using cannabis doesn’t automatically mean that you’re going to (or have to) get high. You can reap the medicinal benefits without the mind-altering effects by opting for a CBD strain. If you’re not sure where to start, a budtender at your local dispensary can help to point you in the right direction.