While first discovered in 1940 by Dr. Roger Adams (University of Illinois), the structure of CBD or cannabidiol was not fully defined until 1963 by R. Mechoulam and Y. Shvo.
Today, CBD has skyrocketed in popularity mainly thanks to three factors:
Firstly, it is not psychoactive, which means it is 100% legal and can be freely purchased almost everywhere.
Secondly, it is found in considerable amounts in some hemp and cannabis strains, thus being suitable for production of diverse by-products like oils, ointments, capsules and a wide range of edibles.
Finally, CBD has a large number of therapeutic applications thanks to the way it interacts with our endocannabinoid system.
That being said, and keeping in mind the so called entourage effect (cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other substances produced by the cannabis plant seem to interact to enhance their effects thus creating some type of synergy), modern research is mainly focused on the use of THC working in conjunction with CBD and the remaining substances found in cannabis trichomes, which seems to be much more efficient than the use of isolated compounds.
In this scenario, seed companies like Philosopher Seeds stand out for offering cannabis varieties with diverse THC:CBD ratios, not just high-THC or high-CBD plants.
An example of this new wave of genetics is Fruity Jack, a Respect #13 x Jack the Ripper hybrid which has been awarded ‘Best CBD Strain’ at 2018 Spannabis Barcelona.
Indeed, the Respect #13 female used for the cross had already been awarded with the 1st prize Indoor Bio category at 2012 Spannabis, while the Jack the Ripper parent had been used in some other hybrids. Thus, the breeding team in charge of developing Fruity Jack was conscious of the great potential of this cross when they first started the project.
This award winning strain is available to buy from Seedsman now!
Fruity Jack, which was finally released in 2013 and awarded Best CBD Strain at 2015 Canary Islands Cup, is a mostly Sativa hybrid which performs well in all types of grow media and techniques. It is an excellent strain choice for novice growers for its adaptability, high yields (up to 600g/m2), early flowering (60-70 days) and delicious fermented fruit flavour, which is a true delight when using a vaping device.
The 2:1 THC:CBD ratio (19% THC, 11% CBD) provides the therapeutic benefits of the entourage effect, which you won’t find if using isolated cannabinoids or terpenes.
On the other hand, the high THC content induces a cerebral and clear effect, relaxing your mind and highly improving your mood.
Stay tuned and follow Philosopher Seeds on their social media. We’ve been told that these guys have already started breeding projects to develop strains rich in cannabinoids other than THC and CBD and are also creating exciting, new hybrids from American genetics.