Using Hemp Flower
The flowers are the most important parts of both the hemp and cannabis plants if you intend to smoke or extract cannabinoids.
Following the signing of the 2018 Farm Bill into law, hemp flowers, also known as CBD flowers, have found their way into the mainstream.
But what are hemp flowers?
Many people, including some cannabis connoisseurs, would be forgiven to admit they can’t tell the difference between marijuana and hemp flowers.
They have the same appearance, scent, and feel to some degree; however, they are different in composition and effects despite the many and obvious similarities.
It doesn’t help that the plants are varieties of the same species – Cannabis Sativa.
Now that hemp is legal and has widespread use, you must know the difference between the two similar looking flowers.
In this article, we take a closer look into the hemp CBD flower, its differences with the marijuana buds, and how it is used.
What Is Hemp Flower?
CBD hemp flower refers to the flower (bud) that a female hemp plant produces on reaching maturity. Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis Sativa L plant that has 0.3% or less delta 9 THC on a dry basis.
Although it may smell and feel the same as a marijuana bud, the CBD flower has low THC, which is not enough to cause psychotropic effects. It may, however, contain a high concentration of Cannabidiol, some premium cultivars contain more than 25% CBD.
CBD, or Cannabidiol in full, is one of the 113 plus cannabinoids that occur in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, it doesn’t cause psychotropic effects or “high” that is associated with marijuana use.
CBD is the main cannabinoid extracted from hemp flowers, but the plant also contains other beneficial cannabinoids such as CBD, CBC, CBN, among other compounds such as terpenes that may be useful in your body.
Differences With Marijuana Buds
As we have already stated, hemp flowers may appear, feel, and smell like marijuana buds. However, they are different in the cannabinoid makeup and the effects they cause.
Hemp flower for one only contains 0.3% delta-9 THC, which is practically zero as it cannot cause any intoxicating effects.
However, although it is a minuscule amount, it may be beneficial in the body as it helps deliver the “entourage effect.”
Marijuana buds, on the other hand, may contain very high delta 9 THC levels. Some premium cultivars have been carefully bred to produce levels above 30%, with some even reaching 35%.
CBD hemp flowers contain high levels of CBD, which can be extracted and sold as CBD oil. Marijuana buds may be propagated to produce high CBD levels while still having a potent level of THC.
Because of the low THC levels allowed in CBD hemp flowers, it is impossible to get high no matter the delivery method.
What’s The Deal With CBD Flower? Why Hemp Flower Is Getting Popular
There are different types of hemp products available in the market today. However, many producers do not sell full-spectrum products with all the compounds from the hemp plant intact. Most processors only isolate the CBD.
CBD isolate may not be very useful as users cannot experience the entourage effect on it alone. In addition to that, most extraction processes may spoil the integrity of the plant compounds and, in the process, reduce their benefits.
To ensure they are getting all the benefits that the hemp plant has to offer, some users prefer to use the hemp directly in its original form as it is harvested.
CBD flowers are harvested, dried, packaged, and sold without any processing. This preserves all the compounds in the hemp plant, including all cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.
However, that doesn’t mean that you will get the benefits just because the flower is not processed. Remember, not all hemp flowers are high grade; some may be from inferior quality hemp; therefore, they have no significant benefits.
How Can You Use Hemp Flowers?
Just like marijuana, there are different ways to consume CBD flowers.
The most popular delivery method is smoking, where the bud is broken down and rolled into a joint, lit, and you inhale the smoke and cannabinoids.
Smoking delivers the effects (benefits) of the CBD flower faster than other delivery methods. Effects may kick in within 2 or 3 minutes after the first puff, but typically within 10 minutes.
However, it may not be the best consumption method as the smoke may contain harmful compounds that may irritate the throat and lungs.
To avoid that, you may use vaporizers that do not produce harsh smoke but keep the benefits and fast onset.
You can also use hemp flower to make edibles by mixing with food. This method is discreet and masks the taste and scent. However, it includes an extra step; decarboxylation.
Just like marijuana, directly adding the hemp flower to food may not be effective. You have to activate the CBD and other cannabinoids in the bud first.
Decarboxylation involves applying heat to the CBD hemp flower to convert CBDA to CBD.
In the original flower, CBD occurs as CBDA, a molecule with a carboxyl group. By heating (such as during smoking), the CBDA loses the carboxyl group and becomes CBD, the compound that we all have grown to love.
To avoid this hassle, most people use CBD products from reputable producers who use high-quality extraction methods that retain the integrity of cannabinoids and terpenes.
At Healthworx CBD, we have superior products that are formulated with you in mind, they include:
CBD Vape Products
Vaping delivers effects faster than any other delivery method. It also has the highest bioavailability. Our CBD vape pens, vape cartridges, and vape oils contain CBD from high-quality hemp flowers mixed with terpenes from some of the most popular strains.
Our vape products are easy to use and do not contain ingredients such as VG, PG, MCT Oil, or THC.
CBD Oils And Tinctures
We also offer CBD oil extracted from organic, non-GMO hemp grown in the USA. Our products are tested, and they are pesticide-free as well as heavy metal-free.
For extraction, we use the industry gold standard – CO2 extraction process that doesn’t use solvents and preserves the integrity of cannabinoids, terpenes, and all hemp compounds.
If you prefer your CBD infused with foods, we got you covered. Our CBD gummies contain pure and tested substances and are easy to add to your regimen.
Each bottle contains 30 gummies, 30mg hemp extract, and is gluten, sugar, and THC free.
Once CBD is extracted from the hemp flower, the possibilities of what you can do with it are limitless. Our CBD topicals offer an opportunity to deliver the benefits of hemp through the skin.
Our topical products are made from full-spectrum CBD infused with other skincare ingredients such as organic olive oil, sunflower seed oil, and mango seed butter to ensure your skin stays healthy and relaxed.
Hemp Flower – Take Away
Hemp flowers contain the highest concentration of CBD and other cannabinoids in the hemp plant.
It is, therefore, the best part to use if you are looking to experience all the wellness benefits hemp has to offer.
However, not all hemp flowers are of high quality, and using low-quality hemp flowers offers no real benefit.
To avoid the extra preparation steps required for hemp flowers, most people opt for processed CBD products that are ready and easy to use.
Our CBD products, vape oils, cartridges, and tinctures offer the same benefits as natural hemp flowers but are more convenient. They are extracted from high-quality non-GMO, organic hemp, and are tested for compliance and safety.