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Medical Cannabis Strains: The top 10 cannabis strains for medical use - PART 1

Here I take a look at the best 10 cannabis strains in the global market today for medicinal use. Due to the length and depth of this article, I have split it in to 3 parts for easier digestion! Here is part 1.

Firstly to be crystal clear, that under current UK law, it is NOT permitted to harvest or consume these plants. It is worth reiterating: it is illegal to grow or cultivate any hemp or cannabis seeds in the UK without an official license.

So now we have got the disclaimer out of the way, let's take a look at what cannabis strains have impressed medical communities throughout the world (outside of the UK of course). Much of the research and information in this article is gathered from the US, Canada, Israel, Spain, The Netherlands, France, and the nordic regions.  

Without further delay here are my top ten strains: 

Number 10: CBD Blue Shark, by Barney's Farm.

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CBD Blue Shark is a fantastic strain from the creators at Barney's Farm. This CBD rich strain combines Skunk and BC (Blue Cheese); and as a result tastes very sweet, with citrus, berries and cheese flavours. This in turn makes this strain great for concentrates. 

Blue Shark has a mix of 60% indica and 40% sativa, making it's effects particularly relaxing and peaceful. We should also consider that this indica dominant strain has a 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC, which is a percentage of 6.5%. Relatively speaking this is a very high amount of CBD compared to a lower amount of THC. This leads to low psychoactive effects allowing the user to stay alert.

This all makes CBD Blue Shark great for a variety of conditions, though it is reportedly excellent for anti-inflammatory and as an anti-oxidant due to its properties. Furthermore due to the low level of THC as mentioned this cannabis strain is also popular for daytime use. 

In terms of growing (please check the legal status in your country or state), the plant is relatively easy to maintain, it is resistant to mould, and it's flowering period will take 60-65 days. The plant will grow to around 100cm. Best grown indoors or in a greenhouse. 

A massive plus point for this strain is that it is a feminised plant. That means only female plants will grow. If you consider in a typical crop there is half male and half female plants, and that only the female plants are used, this means that you are effectually getting twice as much from the same crop. (There is also time saved as there is no need to separate the crop). Overall the crop gives a yield of around 550 g/m2.

Many strains are now feminised as these seeds are very popular amongst growers as they eradicate any problems the male plants may bring if not separated properly.

 

Number 9: Sweet Nurse Auto CBD, by Sweet Seeds.

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Sweet Nurse Auto CBD enters this years charts at number 9. Produced by Sweet Seeds, this is a wonderfully rich strain and is easy-to-grow and flavoursome. 

This fine strain contains high levels of CBD, and has been made by combining a selection of Sweet Seeds' best 4th Generation auto-flowering strains and a photoperiod-dependent clone rich in CBD.
The resulting flavour is Skunky and sweet, with tones of citrus and spices. Another fantastic strain for concentrates. 

Sweet Nurse Auto comprises of 60% indica and 40% sativa, meaning it's effects are particularly gentle and peaceful. With a ratio of between 1:1 - 1:2 of CBD to THC, this strain will give a strong medicinal effect whilst allowing you to remain lucid. This is a high level of CBD compared to a lower level of THC, hence the low psychoactive effects allowing the user to stay alert.

In terms of the reported benefits from Sweet Nurse Auto CBD, these include various conditions from insomnia and anxiety, to chronic pains and inflammation.

In terms of growing (please check the legal status in your country or state), the plant is relatively easy to maintain, and has a short flowering period of 8 weeks. The plant will grow to between 60-100cm depending on environment. 

As with most other Top 10 strains in our list, this is a feminised plant. That means only female plants will grow. If you consider in a typical crop there is half male and half female plants, and that only the female plants are used, this means that you are effectually getting twice as much from the same crop. (There is also time saved as there is no need to separate the crop). Overall the crop gives a yield of 400-600 g/m2.

Many strains are now feminised as these seeds are very popular amongst growers as they eradicate any problems the male plants may bring if not separated properly. 

 

Number 8: CBD Skunk Haze by Dutch Passion and CBD Crew

CBD Skunk Haze is a very high quality, well balanced strain created specifically for medicinal purpose. It is the brain child of two of the most reputed companies in the industry, Dutch Passion and CBD Crew, and enters this years Top 10 at number 8. 

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It was back in 2012 that Dutch Passion and CBD Crew formed a formidable partnership, with the sole aim of creating new strains of cannabis with high medicinal value. In order to do this, the CBD levels needed to be raised from an average of 1% or lower to levels of 5-10% CBD. As most strains naturally have much higher THC levels by increasing the CBD in the plant, this gives a more balanced effect. 

CBD Skunk Haze is the cream of the crop, exhibiting a perfect 1:1 balance – 5% THC to 5% CBD, and comprises of 50% indica and 50% sativa. The flavours include citrus and mint, mixed with pine and spicy cedar. The plants grow quite high with particularly larger buds, which are light though still pack a punch. 

In terms of the reported benefits, this strain can be used for a variety of conditions, including nausea, vomiting, anxiety, chronic pain, inflammation, and many others.

This is one strain in our Top 10 list that is specifically designed for growing indoors though will also respond well to other popular techniques. Flowering time is 9-10 weeks and each plant can produce upwards of 450 g/m2. 

This is a feminised plant, meaning only female plants will grow. Considering a typical crop has half male and half female plants, and that only the female plants will flower, you are effectually getting twice as much from the same crop. (There is also time saved as there is no need to separate the crop). 

 

Time for a breather, perhaps a cup of tea and a biscuit, or even a night to download! I'll be back with the second segment where you can discover which cannabis strains made up 5th, 6th and 7th place! 


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