Many people are getting confused between cannabis flower and CBD-rich hemp flower. To avoid the confusion, we have to understand the difference between them. This confusion came about because we are using the words cannabis, pot and hemp loosely. To make the story short, the plant that does not have a psychoactive effect is not the same as hemp although they come from the same variety, Cannabis sativa.
The difference between the two is on their genetic profile. The species of industrial hemp is Cannabis sativa while marijuana can be a Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica or a Cannabis rudelis. Industrial hemp has a long and fibrous stalk and fewer flowers while the marijuana strain is bushier with more flowers. Marijuana has a high concentration of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and low CBD amount while hemp has the high amount of CBD and trace amount of THC (about 0.3%).
The cannabinoid nature of hemp is what makes it ideal for people who are looking for the benefits of cannabis without the high. This is why hemp is used as an herbal supplement, food, fiber among others. Marijuana, on the other hand, is widely used for a recreational, medicinal and spiritual purpose for their significant THC level, which is responsible for its psychoactive effects.
The Non-Psychoactive Hemp Flower
Of course, you can breed marijuana strains with low THC and high CBD content (in clinical terms it means that there is higher CBD content than THC). However, the easier to get the THC-free CBD and that is by using hemp. This is because all hemp contains less than 0.3% or less of THC and about 20-30% CBD and other terpenes and non-psychoactive cannabinoids as well as volatile compounds. This compound also contributes to the plant’s aromatic smell and its therapeutic effects.
There are many farms in Canada and the USA that produce hemp flowers, which are legal because they came from industrial hemp. In some states where marijuana is still not legal, many experience legal interventions because hemp CBD flowers smell and look like cannabis buds that contain high THC.
How to Use CBD Hemp Flower
The popularity of CBD as a non-intoxicating cannabinoid, many people have turned to dried hemp flowers as a natural source of CBD. The reason is that hemp flowers contain cannabinoids along with flavonoids and terpenes. It has a host of therapeutic effects to the human body, which means they are a useful cannabinoid product.
Vaporizing CBD Hemp Flower
The best way to use CBD hemp flowers is by vaporizing or through vaping. Using this method, you can consume cannabinoids without any combustion involved, as you will generally be vaping hemp flowers. Vaping is safer as compared to smoking.
The vaporized CBD, which along with the other cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes are absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the lungs. When it is in the blood, it reaches the brain immediately in a matter of minutes. When you are using CBD to alleviate pain, vaporizing hemp flowers can offer a faster and effective relief.
Smoking CBD Hemp Flower
When you smoke hemp flowers, another process is involved, and that is combustion. Smoking is deemed less healthy than eating or vaping, but it is still considered as an effective way to administer CBD because just like in vaping, the absorption of cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes are faster and more efficient.
Many people are smoking hemp flowers to help them quit cigarettes. It also used to offer a counterbalance to the high-THC marijuana and mainly for relaxation. You can smoke hemp flowers in a joint, a bong or water pipe.
Cooking with Hemp Flowers or Their Extracts
You can turn hemp flowers into a cooking ingredient or add to a wide array of recipes. Many people are extracting CBD from hemp flowers and using this extract as an ingredient in baking or cooking just like recreational cannabis. These homemade edibles are the simplest and easiest way to have a dose of CBD.
The only drawback with CBD edibles is it takes longer to take effect compared to the other dosing methods, but the results can last longer. After ingesting the CBD, it will take time to reach the bloodstream; this means that the amount of CBD that will be absorbed by the body is less than smoking or vaping.
Advantages of Using Low THC Hemp Flower
THC is not the only cannabinoid in hemp flowers; it contains an important compound known as cannabidiol or CBD. This non-psychoactive molecule has many therapeutic uses. It is an anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, antioxidant, analgesic, anti-proliferative and anxiolytic substance that is naturally produced in the plant and without side effects. THC also has therapeutic effects, but its side effect is mind-altering giving people an unpleasant experience.
It is also legal to cultivate hemp for industrial use, so hemp flowers provide accessibility to CBD in areas where the cannabis is illegal and with the trace amount of THC in hemp it will not be detected in drug tests. This will give people who depend on CBD for its therapeutic benefits to medicate without fear of prosecution from the law.