Nowadays, there are so many different strains of weed that it can be difficult to choose one. Strains are being bred for different purposes – to fight pain, to eliminate anxiety or to provide a nice buzz among other things. Cannatonic is one of those rare jacks-of-all-trades available to do it all!

Cannatonic is just one of the many strains available. As the name implies, Cannatonic isn’t a strain that’s bred to energize you. It’s supposed to be relaxing, to the point of making users “catatonic.”

However, does Cannatonic actually live up to its name? In this article, we’ll explain all about Cannatonic.

A Bit About Cannatonic

Cannatonic is a high CBD strain that contains, on average, 5.5% THC and about 10% CBD. It was bred from Resin Seeds from the Spanish Seed bank and was developed to be a strain of weed relatively low in THC and high in CBD. There are 2 other varieties of this strain – a 1:1 THC to CBD and one with a higher percentage of THC than CBD.

Cannatonic’s parent strains are MK Ultra and G13 Haze. The result is a cannabis strain that has a deep, earthy flavour with citrus overtones. The plant itself is fairly resistant to pests but is not invulnerable to mold or mildew. Those growing Cannatonic should keep it in a controlled environment or make sure to be very careful watching the plant’s progress.

Cannatonic is recognized as being one of the more popular breeds of cannabis produced specifically for medicinal use, up there with the likes of Harlequin and Charlotte’s Web strains.

Does it Get you High?

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As mentioned above, Cannatonic is not a pure-CBD strain. Since it does contain a fair amount of THC – in fact, about 1/3 of Cannatonic’s cannabinoid content is CBD – it will, indeed, get you high.

However, users tend to report that Cannatonic tends to produce a fairly mellow high that is much shorter-lasting than high-THC strains. Some people report that the effects go beyond mellow and reach into the realms of ‘extremely relaxing.’

However, despite its thoroughly relaxing effects, Cannatonic can stimulate the mind. The combination of CBD and THC allows for mental stimulation without the development of anxiety and paranoia.

Strains like Cannatonic, which combine CBD and THC, are known for being able to produce an enjoyable, mild high while still retaining the medicinal benefits of high-THC marijuana. The large presence of CBD within this strain counteracts some of the more negative side effects of THC, such as nausea and paranoia, and tends to make the psychoactive high shorter than usual.

In short, Cannatonic isn’t a strain that’s going to make you any more productive.

This makes Cannatonic a great strain for people who are medicating with cannabis but don’t like to get totally stoned. The physically relaxing effect profile makes Cannatonic particularly useful for people who struggle with chronic pain or insomnia.

Is Cannatonic Indica or Sativa? Does it Matter?

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Several years ago, it was generally acknowledged that indica strains made people relaxed, calm, and potentially lethargic. Sativa strains, on the other hand, were determined to make people energized.

However, nowadays we know that these sweeping generalizations aren’t necessarily true. In fact, Cannatonic is one of the more relaxing strains available and it’s a sativa (and a very successful one, having won the 3rd place prize in the 2008 Sativa category at the High Times Cannabis Cup)

Cannabis has been cross-bred and grown differently for centuries, meaning that pretty much all strains of cannabis are now hybrids. They are either indica or sativa dominant, meaning they contain more or less of either the indica or sativa aspects – and even that doesn’t make much difference anymore.

In short, it doesn’t really matter whether or not your strain of weed is indica or sativa. Ultimately, what’s going to make a difference is the chemical makeup found within the weed. As a benchmark, strains with higher amounts of THC tend to be more energizing, high-CBD strains tend to be more relaxing – though other factors such as the terpene profile can also play into this deciding a strain’s effects.

What are the Best CBD strains? Is Cannatonic one of Them?

It’s impossible for anyone to answer what the ‘best’ CBD strain would be. That depends on your personal preference, and what you’re actually hoping to get out of the marijuana.

If you’re looking for a strain of marijuana that contains purely CBD, then Cannatonic is certainly not the best. A strain like Charlotte’s Web would be ideal for someone looking for a pure-CBD strain, as Charlotte’s Web contains as much as 23% CBD without any THC.

However, in terms of medicinal benefits, Cannatonic is often regarded as one of the best high CBD strains. Because of its ratio of THC to CBD, Cannatonic can provide users with powerful relief without causing too much intoxication. For many people, this makes it an ideal strain.


Cannatonic is one of the most popular medicinal strains of marijuana that you can find. It is a CBD-rich strain, but it’s not THC-free. While it can be beneficial for those in need of some medical relief, it’s still able to provide you with a decent buzz.

If you think that Cannatonic sounds like the right strain for you, then don’t hesitate to ask your local dispensary if they can help to supply you.

Hey! I’m the editor of Herb Approach News, and i'll write on just about anything cannabis related. You can find me in British Columbia, exploring off the beaten path hiking trails, relaxing on cozy beaches in the summer or strolling through the city streets!