CBD is everywhere, from your morning latte to the salve that aunt Karen keeps trying to rub on you, it seems like it’s taking over the world. And while that is a wonderful thing, CBD has a challenging past in terms of growers, strains, and availability.
Growers and eventually dispensaries didn’t see much use for a strain that didn’t get you high. Sure, CBD has a very relaxing and calming effect, but it is definitely not psychoactive like THC strains.
Beyond putting CBD tincture in your morning coffee or in your bubble bath, smoking it is also a very enjoyable experience with wonderful effects. CBD strains, however, were once almost impossible to come by. Cultivators work hard to maximize the production of THC and focus on strains that are high in that particular cannabinoid.
The potency of strains high in CBD had to be personally tested by smoking or ingesting the harvest and gauging the effects. To this day, that is how the majority of strains are tested for being either sativa, indica, or hybrid. CBD, however, wasn’t identified until the 1940s and was widely forgotten after that because it lacks psychoactive properties. In to 10,000+ years that cannabis has been cultivated, it was always the psychoactive effect that growers and consumers were looking for. From shamanic rituals to healing tinctures, it was THC that was sought after.
It wasn’t until the 1980s that preliminary research was done on CBD for pain relief, anti-anxiety, insomnia, seizure disorders, etc. But because CBD inhibits the psychoactive effects of THC, growers have been breeding it out of strains for longer than anyone has a record of. Not that this was being done deliberately, but some strains were deemed less potent, and therefore were genetically altered to effectively remove CBD and allow the THC to truly shine and get people high.
With the legalization of medical marijuana years ago also came the ability to research the other cannabinoids and properties of the plant that had potential medical benefits. One of these great research efforts was founded in 2010 and called Project CBD. “Project CBD is a California-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting and publicizing research into the medical uses of cannabidiol (CBD) and other components of the cannabis plant.”
While the dedication to studying the therapeutic benefits of CBD was doing a lot of good, finding strains that were CBD dominant was another hurdle. Heirloom strains were like mythical unicorns until legislation passed with the 2018 Farm Bill that allowed hemp-derived CBD oil to become federally legal.
The CBD that is in nationally available CBD hemp oil legally contains less than 0.3% THC. That means these strains, that have typically been used for industrial purposes like making rope, clothing, and beauty products, were now available to be grown by anyone who registers with their state. Bingo! This is incredible news for anyone looking for CBD strains, as potency can be found up to 15% and higher!
The Future of CBD Strains
Growing CBD strains in Colorado and beyond is now a possibility for anyone looking to take on the task.
Legal hemp is a huge opportunity for struggling farmers, home growers, dispensaries, and many others who are looking to break into the cannabis market. CBD hemp is currently used in over 25,000 products nation-wide and we can expect to see that grow in the coming years.
But if you’re looking to smoke or cook with strains high in CBD, you’re still in luck! Clones (seeds cloned from original strains) and seeds are available at most dispensaries in Colorado including The Spot 420 in Pueblo and Trinidad.
With the discovery of the incredible medicinal benefits of CBD to help children suffering from seizures, CBD has skyrocketed in both the medical and wellness industries. This has fueled research, seed preservation, breeding, and the development of products suitable for a wide variety of uses. Without the intoxicating and psychoactive effects of THC, CBD strains are becoming more commonplace and accepted in society.
Additionally, domestic crops are much more sustainable for farmers who are facing issues with tariffs, global warming, or industries that are dwindling like dairy.
In addition to being a sustainable crop for farmers, the medicinal benefits of CBD are outstanding. According to Project CBD, research is finding that CBD strains can help with:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Epilepsy and Seizures
- Motion Sickness
- Sleep Disorders
- And much more!
This promising cannabinoid is becoming more readily available in multiple mediums including flower, seeds, tinctures, topicals, edibles, beauty products, pet products, and even food and drinks.
The availability of CBD strains in dispensaries is also expected to increase as more and more farmers and growers focus on this cannabinoid specifically.
CBD Strains at The Spot 420
At The Spot 420, there is a focus on bringing in more CBD strains to our Pueblo dispensary and Trinidad dispensary. With the current favorite flower being Pure Love with 10% CBD, availability will only increase in the next year and the years to come. If you’re looking to try your hand at a CBD strain at home, we also carry feminized clones of multiple strains for all types of grows. As the market continues to expand and availability along with it, the future of CBD strains and products has the potential to help many people struggling and suffering with their health.
In addition to clones and flower, you can try CBD in all different forms including beverages, edibles, tinctures, salves, and more. We highly recommend coming into our award-winning dispensaries to discover the many different ways to add CBD to your life. Our professional budtenders can answer all your questions about this cannabinoid and how it can positively impact your life. With an emphasis on service, our 20,000 square foot grow house is a one-of-a-kind operation in Colorado with a focus on developing and delivering the highest quality product possible.