List of CBD Heavy Hemp Strains and Compounds

Many types of CBD products are often created with a mix hemp strains instead of being strain-specific. If you do come across a strain-specific CBD product or dry herb, there are a few strains that are dominating the market. Read on to learn more about the most popular CBD-heavy hemp strains.

by: Amy B. | 04/02/21 1:30PM


While CBD is a naturally occurring compound in hemp plants, there are certain strains of hemp that have heavier doses of CBD in them. With the development of the craft-hemp industry, there are now more strains on the market that have higher percentages of CBD than other plant compounds. These strains are developed to help provide consumers a high dose of cannabidiol compounds, commonly known as “CBD”. While every farm will have its own unique strains, there are a few CBD-heavy strains that are fairly common. Some of these are “OG” strains that have existed for a while. But others are newly developed strains that have been genetically modified to yield a higher percentage of CBD than usual. These strains are then used to create dry herb or a variety of products like edibles, topicals, tinctures, and concentrates. Read on to learn more about the CBD strains you’ll see included in common CBD products.

CBD liquid infront of a cbd plant with a blue background and text saying Harlequin


Harlequin is a favorite not only for its name but also for its common effects. This strain typically has a 5:2 ratio leaning towards CBD, so it provides a stronger entourage effect than other CBD strains. Harlequin consumers have experienced a clear-head and feeling of being alert with a touch of euphoria. So, it can be a great strain for staying active or getting projects done.


ACDC holds an even heavier ratio of CBD, with an average of 20:1. There are just enough other compounds to have an entourage effect, but ACDC mainly offers the relief of CBD. Medical patients have been known to prefer this strain because they find it to relieve pain, anxiety, and tension, but with a clear head.

 CBD Specialist, Lawrence Ringo in front of hemp plants

Ringo’s Gift

Although you might assume this strain was named after a famous Beatles band member, it is actually the namesake of a CBD Specialist, Lawrence Ringo. Ringo was also an activist and founder of a seed company, SoHum Seeds. Ringo’s gift normally has a CBD heavy ratio of 24:1 and is a hybrid of Harle-Tsu and ACDC. This mix has been known to provide a sense of calm with a touch of clarity -- what a gift.


Sour Tsunami

Although the name of this strain sounds rough, it will not wreck you. Sour Tsunami was created by the CBD specialist, Lawrence Ringo. It was genetically created by combining two OG strains, Sour Diesel and NYC Diesel, to make a hybrid plant. It is one of the best-known CBD-heavy strains and is said to provide relief from symptoms related to chronic pain and anxiety.

CBD strain Cherry wine with text breaking down CBD elements

Cherry Wine

Cherry Wine smells exactly like what it is named after, with sweet cherry notes and a slight bite of pepper. This strain can produce as much as 22 percent CBD in the plant thanks to its hybrid nature. It is a cross of Charlotte's Cherries and Wife strains, which are also known to be CBD-heavy. Users have described its effects as being restorative for both their mind and body.


This strain’s name is a bit more straightforward. When you smoke Lifter it can leave you with a sense of being “lifted” or elevated. Users say they have experienced clean energy with a touch of relaxation when consuming Lifter. It smells like a zesty combination of lemon, pineapple, pine, and white pepper, giving you a punch of energy before you ever try it. The CBD percentage in this strain tends to have a comfortable range of fifteen to twenty percent.

CBD liquid and hemp plants on a table with text saying wife strain


This strain is the mother of the Cherry Wine strain mentioned above and has soothing characteristics on its own. It is recommended for first-time smokers because of its full-body effects and the average 20:1 CBD-heavy ratio. Users also describe it as having stomach-soothing properties and will leave you with a sense of tranquility.


Bubba Kush

Bubba Kush is a traditionally Indica strain that leans heavily on the CBD. It is great for winding down the day since it is a cross of other sleepy strains. It can taste like chocolate, coffee, and coconut, and smell like lemon or pine. This strain is on the lighter end of the CBD percentage compared to the other strains mentioned, at around 16 percent CBD on average.

Beach sign saying Hawaiian Haze with hemp plants in the background

Hawaiian Haze

This is another strain that is lighter on the CBD, coming in around 13 percent on average. However, users have found that Hawaiian Haze is great to enjoy during the daytime. It is uplifting in effect and flavor, with hints of pineapple, lemon, and mongo. It is a hybrid strain, that is a cross of Hawaiian and Haze with a hint of delightful energy.

Sour Space Candy

The last strain we should mention is Sour Space Candy. It has an average CBD content of around twenty percent and is a hybrid cross of Sour Tsunami and Early Resin Berry. It gets its name from its tropical notes of mango and fresh flower blossoms, and tart cherries and plums. Its out-of-space appearance is due to its extra frosty green, purple, and orange color. Users tend to prefer consuming Sour Space Candy during the daytime due to its uplifting effects.

No matter which CBD strain you consider trying first, it’s great to give them all a shot. CBD percentages are not the only factor to consider, and you should also take into mind the various terpene profiles. You never know what you might like until you try it though!

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