Dear Stoner: I Wanna Get High...but Not Too High

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Dear Stoner: I like the pain relief and sleep aid that CBD offers, and I even enjoy a little psychoactive effect, but I still get way too high after a hit of weed. Is there any high-CBD product that’ll get me high but not too high?

Dear Jonah: If you don’t mind missing the head high of THC, it’s worth looking into pure-CBD oils and honeys. CBD oil can be vaped just like hash oil and is sold in pre-filled cartridges; CBD-infused honey has worked beautifully at lulling me to sleep and providing minor relief to my sore neck. Weed didn’t become popular because of CBD, though, so let’s hope there’s a high-CBD alternative that still has enough THC to make you laugh at Everybody Loves Raymond reruns at 2 a.m.

Your body’s metabolism and tolerance for THC will greatly affect what works and what doesn’t, but there are some high-CBD/low-THC products out there that might do the trick — though I can’t make any promises. The famed Charlotte’s Web has a CBD-to-THC ratio of 20:1, but it won’t get you high and is hard to come by. Many dispensaries offer high-CBD strains with 2:1 and even 3:1 ratios, meaning that some of them contain less than 10 percent THC. Another option is O.penVAPE’s new high-CBD pre-filled vaporizer cartridges, which come in 1:1 and 2:1 CBD-to-THC ratios. Based on what I’ve heard from friends, the 3:1 ratio is the best to shoot for if you don’t like getting too stoned; smoking flower is much easier to regulate than hitting the pens, which are often hard to feel in your lungs until it’s too late. Start slow on either, taking just one puff every ten minutes or so, then waiting until you’ve reached your desired level. It’s worth taking the time to figure out your tolerance.

Dear Stoner: I went to a few dispensaries in Colorado Springs, and they were all medical-only. I couldn’t find any recreational dispensaries online, and the employees of the shops I called said there were none in town. What the hell, man?

Dear David: Bummer, right? Amendment 64 — which legalized recreational marijuana — gave counties and municipalities the power to ban any marijuana business. Even though Colorado Springs allowed medical dispensaries before Amendment 64 passed, its city council has banned all retail marijuana businesses, and shows no signs of relenting on that position. If you want legal pot, you’ll have to drive about thirty minutes west to Manitou Springs. Find a list of counties and towns with recreational dispensaries at westword.com/marijuana.

Send questions to marijuana@westword.com.

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