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What is CBD Hemp Flower?
Think of CBD hemp flower as conventional cannabis’s mild-mannered sibling. Made from the budding tops of the mature hemp plant, hemp flower is high in CBD but very low in THC.
Here’s what many people don’t know…Technically, both hemp and ‘marijuana’ are types of cannabis! They’re what scientists call chemotypes. For cannabis to be legally classified as “industrial hemp,” it must contain under 0.3% Delta-9 THC by dry weight.
Many CBD hemp flower strains match their low THC content with an ultra-high CBD content of 7-10% or more. In other words, CBD’s hemp flower’s ratio of CBD:THC is off the charts — which goes a long way towards explaining its relaxing, anti-stress nature.
Hemp bud has been around for millennia, though recent legal changes mean it’s experienced a recent resurgence. Farmers are now breeding CBD back into many of the most popular cannabis strains, including OG Kush, Bubba Kush, Hawaiian Haze, Sour Space Candy, Lemon Drop, Rainbow Sherbert, Sour Tsunami, and more! Strains that are CBG-Rich and CBN (Cannabinol)are also being developed. Many of these strains taste and smell just like the high-THC originals. They feel just as good, too…minus the sometimes-unmanageable side effects.
Why has smokable flower become so popular? Probably just the fact that CBD and our chemical makeup are a match made in heaven!
How is CBD Hemp Flower made?
Hemp, like any other type of cannabis, is an annually flowering plant. It’s also what’s called a photoperiod plant, which means its growing and ripening cycles track with the sun.
When fall approaches and the days begin to get shorter, hemp stops growing upward and starts to flower outward. Its buds are full of resinous crystals called trichomes, and these trichomes are what make THC and CBD. When it comes to CBD flower, of course, lots of CBD and very little THC are made.
Using cues such as bud development, trichome color, cannabinoid testing, and smell, we harvest our indoor hemp flower at the peak of its perfection. Our hemp products are also extensively lab tested (and taste-tested, of course) prior to being released to customers.
What makes Our CBD Hemp Flower special?
Let’s start with the product quality. Our CBD hemp bud is meant to win over even the most dedicated cannabis connoisseurs. It’s not mass-produced like another company’s CBD flowers might be. No way!
Instead, our flower is grown organically using proven natural methods. We use an organic super-soil that has several advantages over other growing mediums. This soil’s natural organisms and probiotics help to keep our plants’ roots happy, healthy, and strong.
Once the time has come, our hemp is harvested at the peak of perfection and lovingly hand-trimmed. After being trimmed, our indoor cbd flower undergoes a meticulous 60-day curing process that brings out the best of its flavorful terpenes.
Our hemp CBD also stands out because of what it doesn’t contain. Unlike conventional hemp farming methods, our organic process uses no synthetic nutrients, herbicides, pesticides, or fungicides. Why would we? At Cannaflower, we believe nature knows best.
Organic cultivation practices are especially important when it comes to growing premium flower. That’s because cannabis is what’s called a bioaccumulator plant — it readily binds to and absorbs anything in the soil, whether good or bad. Conventionally grown hemp, which uses synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, invariably winds up with flowers full of harmful nitrates and heavy metals. Many of these substances are dangerous to consume and even more toxic to inhale. Even synthetic fertilizers that have been labeled “safe for use” by the manufacturer shouldn’t be trusted, as they can create carcinogenic compounds once heated and ignited.
The difference between synthetic and organic methods is tangible. Most consumers agree that organic hemp flowers taste better than comparable strains grown with synthetics. Growing hemp in rich, living soil allows it to develop a more complex terpene profile. Organic hemp also offers a smoother smoking experience — there are no residual chemicals from synthetic fertilizers and pesticides to create a harsh afterburn.
In addition to finding the best CBD flower products at Cannaflower, you’ll also receive free shipping with every website order placed over $50.
Is CBD hemp flower legal?
Yes — CBD flower is fully legal nationwide as long as it contains under 0.3% THC (Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) by dry weight.
You can thank 2018’s Federal Farm Bill for hemp’s legality. This bill legalized hemp cultivation, processing, distribution, sale, and transport. It also empowered states to set up hemp programs and issue hemp farming licenses. All of our bud comes from fully- licensed hemp farms that grow their hemp according to farm bill standards, including the standards it sets for cannabinoid testing.
There’s one caveat, however. Some states have pushed back against hemp flowers legality, largely because of its visual similarities to high THC marijuana/cannabis can make things difficult for law enforcement. Be sure to check your state’s hemp flower laws before you imbibe. And if you want to be extra safe, you can carry a copy of your product’s COA/lab test along with you.
Those who smoke legal hemp flower may also encounter blind spots when it comes to drug testing. That’s because the initial ‘point of care’ tests uses antibodies that can confuse CBD and other cannabinoids for THC. This type of false positive is rare, but it does happen. If you’re going to smoke hemp regularly, we’d recommend that you let your employer know first. And don’t be too concerned; a false positive can always be corrected by confirmation testing, which will correctly distinguish between THC and CBD.
Interestingly enough, Delta-9 THC is the only hemp-derived cannabinoid that’s illegal. Other psychotropic cannabinoids, like Delta-8 THC and THCv, are entirely legal as long as they’re produced from industrial hemp. This has inspired some cultivators to produce unique strains that contain more of these normally-trace cannabinoids than usual. Still, other cultivators have developed strains high in CBG, a unique cannabinoid with impressive antibacterial qualities, and CBN, a slightly psychotropic cannabinoid that can be great for sleep.
What is the age limit for CBD Flower?
For smokable CBD flower, the legal age limit is 18. Other CBD products are okay for people of any age to take. While CBD products generally aren’t sold to minors, parents can freely give hemp-derived CBD to their children.
Even the FDA has approved certain forms of CBD for children with epilepsy. The path that led to CBD’s legality, in fact, was forged by parents who noticed just how much the cannabinoid helped their epileptic children. It would be a little hypocritical to claim that children should never use CBD — it’s just that smoking CBD probably isn’t their best option.
All that said, even young adults seem to be benefiting from smokeable cannabinoids. Research has correlated cannabis use with lower risks of binge drinking among college students; considering that one of these activities (drinking) impacts motor control much more than the other, we know which activity we’d choose! Even high THC cannabis doesn’t tend to have the downsides that alcohol consumption has.
Can I smoke CBD Flower?
Of course, you can! Smoking CBD flower, in fact, is one of the fastest and most powerful ways to get your CBD. “Cannabis sativa L. is possibly one of the oldest plants cultivated by man,” attests cannabis expert and ethnobotanist Dr. Ethan Russo, and much of the plant’s popularity was due to what happened when it was ignited.
The historical record certainly backs this idea up. 4,000-year-old cannabis residue has been found in Egypt…the ancient Hebrews may have used cannabis as part of their religious ceremonies…hemp goes back far enough in China that it seems to have inspired the letter “ma.”
While the idea of smoking often gets a bad rap today, both scientific research and humanity’s real-world experience show that smoking CBD-rich cannabis/hemp is actually pretty beneficial. It appears that the benefits of hemp’s anti-inflammatory cannabinoids are far strong than smoke’s harms.
Not to mention that smoking CBD is fun. Those of you who’ve tried it will know that it’s an immersive experience! First, there’s scents and flavors, then comes a wave of relaxation as the hemp’s cannabinoids begin to enter your bloodstream and soak into your endocannabinoid system. It’s almost a biochemical reminder to sit back, relax, and realize that life is good.
While full-spectrum CBD oil and other delivery methods have their place, we can’t think of a more enjoyable way to get healthy. Many users say that smoking hemp is just as relaxing as having a few puffs of tobacco or a few glasses of wine. Getting your CBD in via inhalation is practical, too…especially if you’re doing so with the help of a tasty hemp flower pre-roll.
How are hemp buds different from marijuana?
The biggest difference is their cannabinoid profiles. Compared to marijuana, hemp has way more CBD and way less THC. Hemp may also have higher amounts of CBG, CBDa, and CBDv, while marijuana may have more Delta-8 THC, THCa, and THCv.
Marijuana tends to have slightly different terpene profiles, too, with an emphasis on relaxing terpenes like myrcene, which give it that infamous ‘’couch-lock’’ effect. Hemp flower, on the other hand, is often rich in more energizing terpenes like beta-caryophyllene, eugenol, and humulene. Marijuana plants can also be shorter and stockier than hemp, with thicker stalks and denser, heavier buds.
But most of these differences are slight. Hemp and marijuana are both members of the cannabis plant family, after all, just with different cannabinoid profiles. Low THC, high CBD cannabis is called hemp, while high THC cannabis is called marijuana. And — thanks to ever-improving hemp farming techniques — today’s hemp often looks and smells just as good as your favorite cannabis strain might.
The last difference we’ll mention is an obvious one. Hemp buds are federally legal, while marijuana buds are not. If you’re going to smoke marijuana, make sure your area’s laws allow it first. And never smoke prior to driving or operating machinery.
What makes CBD Hemp Flowers so great?
THC and CBD, as amazing as they may be, are just the start. Hemp flower is rich in other phytocompounds, too! Researchers have uncovered hundreds of ‘active ingredients,’ including trace cannabinoids, terpenes, flavones, chalcones, and additional phenolic compounds. It’s no wonder they call the plant a “pharmacological treasure trove.”
In a pretty cool example of symbiosis, these plant compounds bind to many of the human body’s built-in receptor systems, including the endocannabinoid system, endorphin system, endovanilloid system, serotonergic system, and dopaminergic system. CBD’s interaction with the endocannabinoid system is just the beginning. As an example, the hemp-derived terpene beta-caryophyllene binds to the body’s CB2 receptors just as powerfully as any cannabinoid does. (You don’t have to know all these nitty-gritty details…just know that hemp flower works holistically through a variety of pathways.)
And while many of the compounds in hemp flower are produced in truly trace amounts, every little bit counts. Cannabinoids, terpenes, and everything else seem to work better together via a phenomenon known as the “entourage effect.” More on this unique effect later.
What are the benefits of CBD Flower?
Overall, hemp flower is remarkably good at promoting what researchers call homeostasis, or full-body balance.
It all starts with stress reduction. CBD hemp flower’s most popular uses include alleviating pain, anxiety, inflammation, and sleep-related issues. It’s thought that cannabinoids like CBD offer these widespread benefits by activating the endocannabinoid system and preventing the breakdown of certain endocannabinoids in the brain. The way that cannabinoids interact with your endocannabinoid system plays a role in regulating perception, pain, stress, appetite, energy, memory, sleep, fertility, and many other physical processes that affect your overall wellbeing.
In addition to being powerfully balancing and often relaxing, CBD flower may:
- Lower stress and anxiety, including generalized anxiety and social anxiety symptoms
- Improve sleep, by helping to reduce the time it takes to fall asleep, and making it easier to stay asleep, thanks to soothing and sedative effects
- Decrease muscle and joint pains, and help to manage chronic pain and involuntary muscle twitching
- Improve mobility and comfort
- Promote “relaxed mental focus” and concentration, due to its calming but uplifting effects
- Alleviate symptoms associated with epilepsy and seizure disorders (in both children and adults)
- Help to manage digestive symptoms, such as those caused by IBS and inflammatory bowel diseases
- Reduce psychotic symptoms associated with conditions including schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, and psychosis
- Decrease TMJ symptoms, including pain in the jaw
- Potentially help to reduce addictive behaviors by decreasing anxiety and cravings
You’re most likely to experience these benefits when using “whole plant medicine” that leaves the hemp plant’s compounds fully intact, rather than using isolate products that have gone through more processing. CBD flower offers what is commonly referred to as the “entourage effect,” which describes how various compounds in hemp work together synergistically to produce a heightened and more powerful effect.
Not only is it more affordable to use bud, but you’ll also experience the benefits immediately, which means less time waiting for relief to set in, and more clarity on which dose is right for you.
One of the most appealing things about CBD’s benefits is that they often come with little to no side effects, which can’t necessarily be said about many prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Another nice thing about flower? You don’t have to rearrange your entire day around it. You’re free to partake of hemp flower at virtually any time of day or night, and you don’t have to avoid driving or watching your children, or getting work done afterward. Hemp flower can be carried along on the go, too.
Because there are many different types of CBD flower, benefits will vary depending on the specific strain that you choose This comes down to the exact percentage of CBD and other cannabinoids in each unique strain. For example, some hemp flower strains are more uplifting and energizing, while others are more calming, therefore people may choose to use different strains during the day than at night to achieve desired effects.
In some cases, to offer even more benefits, CBD may be used in combination with conventional medicines to further manage symptoms caused by some conditions, such as seizure disorders or chronic pain for example. CBD’s have also been found to have an “opioid-sparing effect,” so much so that some CBD users are able to wean off of opioid medication.
That being said, in the United States, as of late 2020, for legal reasons CBD/hemp can’t be included in products marketed with therapeutic claims. This doesn’t mean that it isn’t a valuable addition to your wellness routine, just that you probably won’t see cbd flowers for sale in the same ways as other supplements or medications.
Are there any side effects of CBD Flower?
CBD is generally considered safe to consume and non-intoxicating. However, like with any supplement (or even medication), it’s possible to experience certain side effects, especially if someone takes a large amount.
The good news is that while CBD may cause temporary side effects in some people, they are usually very mild and go away relatively quickly.
Keep in mind that you will not experience a “high” feeling from inhaling or ingesting CBD, so the risk for feeling anxious, like some people do when using other hemp/marijuana products that contain THC, is extremely low (note that it’s the THC in some cannabis strains that causes a typical “psychotropic high”).
Possible side effects that may be caused by CBD can include:
- Dry mouth
- Low blood pressure
- Drowsiness (in high doses)
- Loss of sensation/numbness in certain parts of the body
- Changes in appetite (although not nearly as pronounced as THC)
People who have underlying health conditions, or who take medications daily, should be aware that there are potential interactions between CBD and other substances. For example, those who take seizure medications, have high blood pressure and/or high blood sugar medications, or meds to control liver disease or Parkinson’s disease should speak to their doctor prior to trying CBD.
How much CBD is safe to take?
People can choose to take a wide range of doses depending on their specific symptoms, overall health, body size, and goals.
Research suggests that taking 300 milligrams of CBD daily by mouth is safe for most adults when continued for up to 6 months (there is less research available that has focused on the effects of taking it for longer). Some adults can safely take higher doses, such as between 1,200 and 1,500 milligrams per day, for a shorter duration if they are using it to control more serious symptoms. Few other substances — even natural substances — have such a large ‘buffer’ between the right dose and a dangerous dose. In fact, CBD is virtually impossible to overdose on.
To prevent potential side effects, it’s generally recommended that you start with a low dose and gradually increase as needed, for example by taking about 25 to 50% more each week. It’s best to discuss taking high doses with your doctor first, especially if you plan on continuing use for many months. Before giving CBD to a child, we also recommend getting your healthcare provider’s advice and discussing the pros and cons.
It is still not entirely known if CBD is safe to use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Because existing studies have mostly excluded pregnant and nursing women, experts recommend erring on the side of caution and avoiding use in these situations until more is known.