Dispensaries have recognized the demand for more cannabinoid balance in their flower, with a handful of stores trying to keep at least one high-CBD strain on the menu...and some of that CBD weed actually tastes good.
To help speed up the CBD search process, here are eight of our favorite high-CBD strains around Denver, their varying CBD-to-THC ratios, and where to find them.
Kind Love is one of our favorite dispensaries in Denver, and its CBD strains don't disappoint. Pure Love, a 1:1 strain carrying Purple Diesel, Uzbekistani Hash Plant and Pure Kush genetics, absolutely gets me stoned, but in a much lighter, more manageable way than the dispensary's true THC behemoths. I've pulled out Pure Love joints on the golf course when my shoulder pops and grinds; it loosens my body and lifts my head to a comfortable cruising altitude that allows me to zone out without becoming too spacey in public. Truly therapeutic, and with a delicious mix of chocolate, vanilla and lavender. Don't want that much THC? Try Spectrum #12, a tasty Kind Love CBD strain with an 11:1 ratio.
Beginning tokers should keep their eyes out for that purple jar, because Cherry Hills has a comfortable yet euphoric high that rarely leads to freakouts. Most cuts carry a 2:1 ratio, with just enough of a CBD presence to provide potential medical benefits — or a calmer mind, at the very least. Daily users might find the high a little weak, but a hash garnish or mixing Cherry Hills with a more potent nighttime strain provides a solid nightcap, and the light high is great for medical users trying to ease their stomachs or joints without a stoned mind. We've spotted the strain Higher Grade, Oasis Cannabis Superstore and Rocky Mountain High dispensaries, with several more stores carrying Cherry Hills grown by wholesale supplier Veritas Fine Cannabis.
This Spanish hybrid, a regular menu item at L'Eagle and a growing number of other dispensaries around Denver, carries a 1:1 CBD ratio that medical users swear by. I know some patients who use it for migraines and others for chronic pain; they enjoy the physical relief without the muddy high or mentally sedating effects. The mounting relaxation usually keeps me away from daytime use unless it's time to read or meditate.
This pretty lady, a creation of Boulder-based dispensary chain Terrapin Care Station, is a favorite among my THC-intolerant friends. The Wife and Lemon G, two high-CBD strains, were bred together for one of the tastiest 20:1 strains I've tried, with tart lemon and cherry flavors and an earthy back end. Just don't expect to feel high after smoking it: This strain is about as intoxicating as hemp, despite the fruity smell.