Why there aren’t more CBD strains (and why that’s about to change)

Why there aren't more CBD strains

CBD is on the hype. From the tea you drink to the oil you rub on your back, it seems like it will rule the world soon. However, it has been a rough journey for CBD throughout these years.

It took a lot of effort to reach where it is today. Growers, breeders, researchers, and scientists all pitched in, giving their very best to identify the high-CBD strains.

Most of them took a chance on the then-obscure cannabinoid. But their efforts did not end there, having to convince the dispensary buyers to keep the stock on the shelves.

However, initially, they were a little bit suspicious about CBD. Later on, it became clear that a lot of people were in favor of this. CBD-rich strains got an approval stamp.

A recent article by Leafly discusses the CBD strains and the lack of understanding about them. 

Background of CBD

CBD was most popular among those people who were looking for medicinal benefits. The potency of high-CBD strains is testing by either smoking or ingesting.

Even today, the strains get tested for being Sativa, Indica, or hybrid. However, in the 1940’s it was discovered. Also, people didn’t even remember it after that.

It happened because there was a lack of psychoactive properties. It was one of the things the growers had been searching for, for a long time. Preliminary research took place in the 1980s. It revealed a lot of therapeutic benefits.

Cultivating Cannabis

Cultivators wanted plants that can withstand the climate of their area. Moreover, they could resist any disease, dry spell, or insects.

The most important thing is to check the potency. As mentioned above, most of the breeders would check by ingesting it. That is the only way to know how high you can get about ten years ago.

That was the time when California and other states legalized cannabis. Analytic testing labs were widely available in those states.

A long time ago, people didn't know CBD existed. Ancient smokers were oblivious to it. Until 1940 it wasn't confined in a lab and stayed dark from that point forward.

Uncharted Territory

A long time ago, people didn’t know CBD existed. Ancient smokers were oblivious to it. Until 1940 it wasn’t confined in a lab and stayed dark from that point forward.

People didn’t pay much attention to it because it didn’t get them high. The results were not that obvious. 

CBD helps in treating all these and also other severe conditions. However, the general public didn’t know anything about it.

Journalist Fred Gardner is the editor of O’Shaughnessy’s: The Journal of Cannabis in Clinical Practice. And Martin Lee, author of Smoke Signals, Acid Dreams. They co-founded project CBD.

It is a non-profit project. Anyone who wants to learn about the medical use of CBD can join it. Physicians, cannabis-testing laboratories, patients, scientists, growers, and retailers all are welcome.

  • Treating pain
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Spasticity
  • MS
  • Alzheimer
  • Cancer
  • Seizure disorders 

Over the years of research and studies, the therapeutic benefits of CBD came to light. It was also virtually impossible to find CBD-rich cannabis in the underground market.

Harborside Health Center and Steep Hill Labs started flagging any sample that tested high in CBD. They would then team up with the grower and ensure that the strain reaches the patient in need.

Lawrence Ringo was the proprietor of the Southern Humboldt Seed Collective. He began growing cannabis strains when he was just a teenager. He became the first California plant breeder 40 years later. Ringo stabilized a CBD-rich strain.

The Hemp

Scientifically, the same species of the plant helps to make rope and also smoke. However, Hemp has less than 0.3% THC. It is still known as a Cannabis Sativa plant.

It doesn’t matter how much it produces CBD or other cannabinoids. The plant Cannabis sativa L is known as Hemp.

Andrew is a retailer of high-CBD hemp flowers. He currently ships 15 different kinds to all 50 states. He is also the head of operations at Tweedle Farms.


Research for rich CBD cannabis is still going on. However, studies and research already came out but, there is a lot to learn in the growing industry. 

Selective breeding is not new to agriculture breeders. They know how it works. Also, they have a lot of knowledge about bringing in new strains.

New research is unlocking new doors on how to use cannabis in different forms. Research continues on how to make a strain more suited for recreational use.

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