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Strain Highlight: Sour Tsunami, the CBD Tidal Wave

March 24, 2014

If you haven’t yet heard about CBD (or cannabidiol), we’ve got some reading homework for you. Reducing it to a Sparknotes explanation, CBD is a non-intoxicating constituent of the cannabis plant that patients use to treat epilepsy, arthritis, pain, anxiety, and many other conditions.

Strains like Sour Tsunami are bred to contain high amounts of CBD and can be consumed just like any THC-rich strain: as a flower, as an oil, as a tincture or topical–whatever suits your fancy. Better yet, its non-intoxicating properties have made cannabis a medical option for patients who need a clear mind.

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Through an elaborate breeding process involving Sour Diesel and an obscure variety called Ferrari, breeder Lawrence Ringo managed to stabilize Sour Tsunami, kicking off a legacy of high-quality and flavorful CBD varieties.

The History and Emergence of the CBD Cannabis Strains

This particular batch of Sour Tsunami tested at just over 12% CBD with only trace amounts of THC. (<0.1%). Its earthy aroma is brightened by notes of sharp pine and sweet citrus, signaling a terpene content rich in pinene and limonene. Invigorating in aroma and flavor, Sour Tsunami tends to stimulate the senses while buffering aches and anxieties.

CBD strains are a great option for patients who need to be fully functional throughout their day, but keep in mind that others may need THC to get the full therapeutic potential of cannabis. The interaction of cannabis compounds, also called the “entourage effect,” is an increasingly important area of medical cannabis research. Studies have already shown that CBD modulates the effects of THC by potentiating its benefits and protecting against anxiety.

Whether you’re looking for better relief of your symptoms or just trying to take the paranoid edge off of that high-THC strain, including CBD varieties like Sour Tsunami in your regimen is a great way to harness many of cannabis’ benefits without the distraction of potent euphoria.

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Bailey Rahn

Bailey is a senior content manager at Leafly, specializing in strains and health. She's spent 7+ years researching cannabis products, spreading patients’ stories, and exploring healthy ways of integrating cannabis into daily life.

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