Cannabidiol (CBD) has multiple uses, though none have been confirmed by significant research. What we currently know about CBD is primarily based on anecdotal evidence provided by users who have found it an effective treatment for epilepsy, pain, inflammation, anxiety, PTSD and other conditions. High CBD products come in multiple forms: flower, concentrate, tincture, edible and topical.
Here the best CBD strains available in states where medical or recreational cannabis is legal:
A phenotype of Cannatonic, this sativa-dominant strain has been known to contain as high as 19% CBD. It’s used to combat the effects of chemotherapy, epilepsy and MS.
Bred by VIP Seeds, this strain claims to top out at 21% CBD. It’s used to treat depression, ADHD and eating disorders.
Bred by Tikum Olam in Israel, this sativa-dominant strain (pictured above) peaks at 16% CBD. It’s used to promote sleep and deal with digestive problems.
Bred by Medical Marijuana Genetics, this cross between ACDC and Harlequin claims to tip the scale as high as 20% CBD. The seeds are feminized.
Bred by Resin Seeds in Spain, this cross between two indica dominant strains – MK Ultra and G-13 (pictured above) – is fairly high in THC (6%). It can have a 1:1 CBD to THC ratio or a 3:1 ratio (as high as 17% CBD), and is used for pain, muscle cramps, migraines and anxiety.
Bred by Colorado’s Stanley Brothers (Realm for Caring), this sativa-dominant strain was named for Dravet Syndrome sufferer Charlotte Figi. It contains virtually no THC and is also available in oil form as a tincture and in gel caps. It's used to treat seizures and other conditions.
Bred by Dinamed Seeds, this sativa-dominant cross of two CBD4 strains peaks at 14% CBD. With its short flowering time, Dinamed is ideal for growers.
This sativa-dominant strain (pictured above) descends from Colombian Gold and other landraces varieties. Likde Cannatonic, it’s relatively high in THC with a 5:2 CBD to THC ratio and as high as 17% CBD compared to 6% THC. It’s used for pain relief and anxiety.