Charlotte's Web is one of the latest and popular medical strains around. Since being developed in Colorado by the now famous Stanley Brothers, Charlottes Web has found its way to be a prized genetic in any cannabis growers arsenal of seeds.
The Charlotte Web story is one of trial and error and finally something to be proud of. The story starts off about a young girl named Charlotte Figi who suffered from a rare disease known as a Dravet Syndrome. Charlotte and her parents were at the end of the road with traditional medicines and there was nowhere to turn. Her parents had heard about the wonderful medical properties of cannabis and contacted the Stanley Brothers to see if they could assist them.
“ I had a child who had failed 15 medications and drug treatments and there was nothing else to do, and they were having many seizures a day that was terribly disabling, I think it would be a very reasonable thing to do to try a high-CBD cannabis product.” - Orrin Devinsky ( neurologist )
The Stanley brothers were already knee deep in the growing Colorado cannabis market. When they were approached by Charlotte's parents they went head first into developing a strain for Charlotte's rare disease. The Stanley brothers started developing Charlottes Web in 2011 by crossbreeding low THC marijuana with industrial hemp. The reason for this is that they were looking for a strain that would assist Charlotte with a side-effect of her syndrome and that was hundreds of seizures a week.
Cannabidiol or CBD is a cannabinoid more commonly found in the industrial variety of cannabis known as hemp. When the brothers had their final product it was originally called "Hippie's Disappointment" as it did not induce the psychoactive associated with the regular recreational cannabis. This was because it was specifically bred for its high volume of CBD, which is not an active psychoactive compound but does have many medicinal properties.
The final product was known as “ Charlottes Web” and the proof is in the pudding. Charlotte Figi is dubbed "the girl who is changing medical marijuana laws across America." After first featuring in a documentary compiled y CNN known as “Weed” in 2013, the story of Charlotte has been aired worldwide and given much hope to people that suffer from many medical conditions. She was literally the catalyst that caused a stir in a hornet's nest around medical marijuana and we are thankful today for the coverage it received.
Charlottes Web is a hybridized cannabis strain that consistently contains less than 0.3% THC. This, therefore, means Charlottes Web could be classified as hemp technically as it meets the requirements of legal hemp in the United States. The strain contains more than 17% CBD and is usually used by growers for cannabis oil extraction.
Charlottes Web since gaining so much fame has been crossbred into a number of other strains, namely, CBD Kush, Spiderman CBD, Charlottes Angel to name a few. This strain will be one of the most sought after strains in the coming years as it did help spark a green medical revolution in the United States and other countries across the globe.