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This Session Garden strain guide article provides crowd sourced information about the Cannatonic strain including the origins, THC content, appearance, effects & more.

Cannatonic is a 50/50 hybrid (sativa and indica) that has its origins in Spain. It is notable for its low THC levels and high CBD levels, which is somewhat rare for a cannabis strain. In any case, Cannatonic can produce a short but powerful high, distinguishable for its possible relaxing and pain-relieving experience. Cannatonic with its low THC/high CBD combination results in a potential strong body high, with minimal cerebral effects. Additionally, its low THC levels make it a milder, less intense option for newcomers.

What is the Origin of the Cannatonic Strain?

The Cannatonic strain was originally created by Resin Seeds, a cannabis seed bank from Spain.  Unlike many other strains, Cannaotonic was specifically engineered to have low levels of THC. As research has developed into the benefits of CBD, more CBD-rich strains like Cannatonic will likely hit the market. Despite its early days as an exclusively-European product, Cannatonic is now available throughout much of the world, though it is especially popular in North America.

The Lineage Of Cannatonic

Cannatonic is a hybrid strain that comes from MK Ultra (female) and G13 Haze (male). It is a 50/50 combination of sativa and indica genetics. Additionally, several hybrids have been created using Cannatonic, including Dieseltonic and Chocolate Tonic.

Cannatonic History

The Cannatonic strain began as a deliberate attempt to make a low-THC strain for medical users. Resin Seeds achieved their goal, cultivating the first known batch of Cannatonic in 2008. It immediately made waves in the cannabis community for its unique genetic makeup. The strain even won a High Times Amsterdam Cannabis Cup in the same year of its creation. Though many variations and duplications have reached consumers since then, Cannatonic was one of the first medical strains designed to alleviate pain, muscle spasms, and migraines.

Since it is primarily designed for medical purposes, Cannatonic is more popular among patients than it is among recreational users.  That said, it has been known to produce a relaxing effect and body high that is preferred by some recreational users, even though it has minimal cerebral effects. In any case, it has the ability to create a great experience for both cannabis connoisseurs and first-time users. Additionally, Cannatonic is now widely available throughout the world, giving millions of people easy access to an already popular and useful strain.

How Is The Cannatonic Strain Grown?

Cannatonic can be grown in both indoor and outdoor environments. However, the strain is known to have issues with mold and mildew, so it is safer to grow Cannatonic in a controlled, indoor environment. Cannatonic plants can thrive in dry and humid climates, though they grow best at lower humidities once the plants have begun to mature. Additionally, Cannatonic should be kept in temperatures between 22 – 26 degrees Celsius.

The Cannatonic strain is a bit more high-maintenance than many others and is best reserved for experienced growers as a result. Its flowering period is relatively long, but Cannatonic can produce above average yields in certain environments.

Cannatonic Cultivation Details:

10 – 12 weeks


~500 grams/plant


Physical Traits of the Cannatonic Strain

Cannatonic plants are generally shorter than the average cannabis crop. In optimal conditions, Cannatonic plants can grow to be about 1.2 meters tall. While there are some variations in shape and size, cannatonic plants usually produce small, round flowers of varied densities.

What Does Cannatonic Look Like?

Cannatonic has bright orange, yellow, and green nugs. However, these colors are often dimmed by thick layers of trichome crystals. The hairs vary in length and width; some are thick and winding, while others are relatively short and thin.

What Aroma Cannatonic Have?

Cannatonic has a healthy mix of citrus and earthy undertones. Some users report scents similar to oak and forest wood. However, in some variants, the citrus aroma is harder to detect. Either way, Cannatonic gets much of its scent profile from its parent, G13 Haze.

What flavors can you expect from Cannatonic?

Cannatonic has a relatively mild flavor. There are hints of citrus, but the taste is much more earthy than its aroma. After consumption, tastes of oak and pine tend to linger. Additionally, the smoke produced by Cannatonic cannabis often has an herbal taste, due to its terpenes (specifically Myrcene).

Similair Strains

Needless to say, Cannatonic is not the only high-quality CBD strain available on the market. Are you curious about strains similar to Cannatonic? If so, take a look at some of the top alternatives:

  • Critical Mass – Critical Mass is a cannabis strain with CBD levels up to 10%. This is one of the most relaxing variations on the Cannatonic formula.
  • Harlequin – Harlequin is another low THC/high CBD hybrid that is sometimes used for relaxation and pain relief. However, it generally known to have a more energizing effect than Cannatonic.
  • Pennywise – Pennywise has slightly lower levels of CBD and produces a milder body high than Cannatonic. However, it works as a stronger sedative, so users find it best consumed in the evening.
  • Lemon Garlic OG – Lemon Garlic OG was created by using the best cuts from True OG. This high CBD strain is similar to Cannatonic, but it has a wider variation of THC levels. Some strains of Lemon Garlic OG can have THC levels as high as 11%, which can lead to increased cerebral effects and create a longer-lasting high for users.
  • Royal Highness – Royal Highness is a cross between the Dancehall and Respect strains. Its ratio of THC to CBD is nearly 50/50, though it has somewhat milder effects than Cannatonic.

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