At Tilray, we’re proud to offer our patients many options when it comes to CBD. From extracts to whole flower, we stock our Shop with six different CBD-rich options. Our current library of high-CBD whole flower includes four different strains, each with its own unique features. Today we’re taking a deep dive into features that help patients choose between the different strains in this CBD strain comparison. We start by looking at each strain’s lineage, followed by an overview of its cannabinoid production, and finish with a look at the terpenes produced by each strain. If you’re thinking about CBD strains but are not sure which one to pick, this feature should help you make that decision.

Lineage and Morphology
To start, we examine the lineage of each of our four high-CBD strains, along with a discussion of the morphology or structure.

As its name indicates, Afghani CBD is a descendant of the strain Afghani, itself a landrace indica strain from Afghanistan. During cultivation, the plant is short to medium, with light-to medium green fan leaves. According to our growing team, it develops large, medium-density flowers.

Cannatonic is a hybrid strain developed in Spain as a cross of the indica MK Ultra and the hybrid G-13 Haze. Cannatonic grows tall and produces smaller flowers.

Sweet Skunk CBD is a sativa like its parent strain, Island Sweet Skunk, and grows tall, producing sativa-like fan leaves. Its flowers are on the smaller side and have a compact structure.

Warlock CBD, a hybrid strain, is a descendant of the indica-dominant hybrid strain Warlock. A stout plant, it produces a great deal of indica-like, light to medium green fan leaves and large, medium-density flowers

In terms of cannabinoid production, all four of our high-CBD strains produce similar levels of THC and CBD, with varying ratios of one to the other.
CBD strain comparison Closer inspection of each strain shows that Afghani CBD is CBD dominant, producing on average 10.9% CBD to 8.4% THC. Likewise, Sweet Skunk CBD produces more CBD (9.9%) than THC(7%). Cannatonic produces more THC than CBD, 11.7% to 8.9%. Warlock CBD offers an almost perfect one to one ratio; 11% CBD to 10.9% THC.

CBD strain comparison 2 As seen in the graph above, terpene production varies greatly from strain to strain. Here are our takeaways from this data:
  1. All of the CBD strains produce a high amount of myrcene. However, Afghani CBD stands out not only among the CBD strains but as one of Tilray’s top myrcene producing strains to date.
  2. Warlock CBD is the top producer of limonene, linalool, caryophyllene and trans-nerolidol.
  3. Cannatonic edges out the other strains in pinene production.

The high-CBD strains, while producing similar levels of CBD and THC, do in fact present a substantial number of differences between them. Those looking for THC dominance and pinene may opt for Cannatonic. On the other hand, those looking for CBD dominance may prefer Afghani CBD or Sweet Skunk CBD. Warlock CBD offers a balance of THC and CBD, along with a complex terpene profile.