A Less-High High? Popular High-CBD Cannabis Strains

Like most cannabis-curious consumers, you probably know what CBD is. In addition to being the second most prevalent cannabinoid after THC, it’s getting quite a buzz—um, no pun intended—as researchers unlock its secrets and its potential, leading many to seek CBD flower strains.

Depending on where you live, you may even have seen CBD advertised as an additive in popular foods and beverages. That’s right, you can legally buy CBD-infused coffee, candies, ointments, and even dog treats!

That’s because CBD isn’t psychoactive like its cousin THC. But even if CBD by itself won’t get you high, it interacts with THC in fascinating ways, and it’s responsible for many of the health benefits for which cannabis is known. High-CBD flower is gaining in popularity as public curiosity about this incredible all-natural compound grows. Let’s learn a bit more about what it is—and why you should try it!

What is CBD?

CBD Flower CBD molecule

The cannabis plant does many things for us, soothing tired muscles, helping relieve chronic ailments, and not least giving us the delightful sensation of being high. Thus far, over 100 cannabinoids have been identified, and it’s becoming clear that no single one is responsible for all the cannabis plant’s effects in the body. Instead, it appears they work as a team (you may have heard of the “entourage effect”).

For instance, CBD and THC work together in interesting ways. CBD actually reduces THC’s psychoactivity, for one thing, acting as a kind of “brake” on its euphoric effects. (No, we are not suggesting you smoke MORE weed to feel LESS high.)

What’s more, the two cannabinoids fight pain (and even give you the munchies) in different ways. And while THC’s psychoactivity can make pain feel less severe, more studies actually point to CBD’s pain-fighting qualities than THC’s.

What Is CBD Flower Good For?

CBD flower man in pain

High-CBD cannabis has a wide range of effects on the body, and they’re typically very different from those of high-THC strains. On the medical side, CBD has been shown to be an effective remedy for pain, anxiety and depression, and a host of other symptoms and conditions.

What’s more, high-CBD flower or extracts have a very distinctive experiential profile. Many fans describe high-CBD strains as having a “heady” or a “buzzy” quality as opposed to the heavy, “velvet hammer” of high-THC strains.

And if you’re prone to the anxiousness that a heavy THC hit can sometimes bring, CBD may be a wiser choice. It tends to leave you clear-headed and alert. Whether you’re seeking medical or recreational benefits, this makes it a great choice for daylight or work-hour use.

High-CBD Strains

Our stock is always changing, and strains come and go as they’re fresh and available. But here are some popular common strains we invite you to try out.

CBD Critical Mass

A high-CBD cross of Afghani and Skunk #1, this indica-dominant strain is great for relaxing and easing physical discomfort. It stimulates creativity and euphoria without knocking you out. We carry Critical Mass in flower and pre-rolls.

CBD Mango Haze

A delightful tropical aroma announces this strain. It’s an energizing sativa-dominant and draws many fans of its medical qualities.

Harlequin

This beloved strain displays sativa-dominant uplift, usually with a very slight euphoric effect. It’s great for daytime activities while giving a mild and soothing CBD ride.

Cannatonic

Typically showing a 2:1 CBD to THC ratio, this hybrid delivers many medical benefits without the anxiousness and paranoia associated with THC. A real favorite!

We’d love to tell you more about our high-CBD flower strains in person. Come on by our Des Moines dispensary any time or check out our online menu and order ahead! Also, be sure to take advantage of our daily deals!