Despite all the excitement surrounding the High Holiday this year, I like to tell people that my 4/20 was pretty much over by 5:30. That day I attended an event where consumption was allowed, even brought a joint of my homegrown herb to the party, but within minutes of hitting it I wanted to go home. I became overwhelmed and paranoid about being in a room full of strangers, and within the hour I was in a Lyft headed back to my apartment.

Because I typically consume at home it wasn’t a big surprise that doing so in public would feel pretty different. Still, I was disappointed. I want to be able to consume socially but the strains in our weed closet are chock full of THC, the cannabinoid that can either calm or cause anxiety. I decided it was time to bring a CBD-heavy strain into my life, so I picked up a pre-roll of Angel Food by SF Roots.

The Smoking Experience

Angel Food is a hybrid strain containing 14% CBD and 14% THC, creating a balance between the 2 cannabinoids that lets you reap the benefits from each without feeling too much of the effects from either. Since I knew the CBD would essentially mitigate the THC and I would most likely not get high, I opted to experiment with Angel Food in a couple different ways.

For a lunch date with close friends, I brought the pre-roll to share and to play around with consuming socially. My crew is made up of ladies also experimenting with cannabis, so that along with being in someone’s home meant we were all in a safe space. Angel Food is a smooth, subtle smoke and I seem to have caught some sweet notes of vanilla in the flavor.

Angel Food Effects

As we passed the joint I could feel myself getting more comfortable and relaxed. There wasn’t a high so much as feelings of ease and contentment – I just felt good. Obviously my company had a lot to do with that, but I credit the strain with helping me simply be present and in the moment.

After recognizing that it could help me be more comfortable with consuming socially, I decided to really put Angel Food to the test see how the 1:1 ratio would help with pain. When I was awakened early one morning by agonizing menstrual cramps, a few puffs of Angel Food first helped calm my nausea. Once the worst of the queasiness was over, I smoked again right before I was ready to settle back into bed. As the discomfort from the cramps began to subside I also felt my mind and body relax, which ended up being exactly what I needed to fall back asleep. The next morning the pain was still with me, but smoking Angel Food during the day helped calm things down without affecting my focus, enabling me to sit up and actually get some work done.

What’s Angel Food Great For?

CBD-heavy strains like Angel Food can offer relief from pain, anxiety and stress without the THC taking over. Being able to address one’s needs without worrying about feeling sedated or impaired means strains like this can be used anytime, day or night. I’d totally bring Angel Food with me to an event where I might feeling shy or anxious, keep it on my bedside table during a painful period, and enjoy it at home when I need to decompress at the end of a busy day.

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Kaisha is a content writer specializing in the cannabis industry. Judging by her social media, she’s super into cats and Jeff Goldblum.