CBD flower in today’s cannabis world is somehow mistakenly given many different names and nicknames where hemp, cannabis, and pot are used interchangeably. Although in a broader sense this is correct, it has resulted in some confusion about what the CBD flower actually is. In short, CBD flower is the plant that does not get you high when smoking it but induces an array of other beneficial, healing processes. But before we go into depth of just what the CBD flower and why you would want to use it, let’s check out more complete info on the CBD and THC cannabis strains.
Cannabis Strains vs. CBD Flower
Hemp flower or better known as CBD flower is a non-psychoactive bud that people smoke for its health benefits rather than getting high. You see, cannabis strains that contain significant levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the cannabinoid responsible for weed’s psychoactive effect, are bred from sativa, indica, and hybrid strains of the Cannabis Sativa plant. Hemp or CBD flower, on the other hand, is typically distinguished from psychoactive weed if it has a THC content of 0.3% or less.
If you are looking to get high, look elsewhere because that’s not enough to get you high. In fact, if you smoked a pound of hemp, you’re more likely to have a massive headache than a noticeable high. Most medical and recreational strains have a THC content of at least 5% and at most 30%, a much higher amount of THC than what hemp contains.
It is certainly possible to breed weed strains to have low THC to CBD to ratios (meaning strains that have a higher quantity of CBD than THC). But there is an easy way to get THC-free CBD, and that’s to use the CBD flower hemp. Although CBD flower contains 0.3% or less of THC, it has significant amounts of CBD (anywhere from 10% to 20% CBD) as well as other non-psychoactive cannabinoids and terpenes, volatile compounds responsible for a plant’s smell as well as a unique profile of therapeutic benefits.
The types of CBD flowers
Today on the market there is a large demand for marijuana not only by those who want to get high and enjoy its relaxing benefits but also from people who need this plant in order to heal specific health issues. These people usually need to use the CBD flower throughout the day while working or simply going about their life. So, if it gets them high it surely would be inconvenient and they won’t be able to continue with their lives as usual. This is why CBD flower from hemp is an excellent substitute for all those low-THC, high-CBD cannabis strains.
Synthetic CBD flower strains
Because of the high demand for high-CBD plants, there have been some synthetically developed CBD flower plants that should be avoided at any cost. Because whether the CBD-rich product you’re interested in comes from a high-THC strain of cannabis or hemp, odds are it will be far more beneficial to consume than synthetic CBD, or a cannabinoid-like compound created in a science lab. Some companies are now beginning to profit off of the CBD hype due to its medical properties and popularity when in reality, they are creating unnatural plants with substances that are not derived from the cannabis plant. This puts not only the patients at risk but the entire industry because it casts a very negative shade.
It’s important to remember that nothing is able to mimic and beat the natural cannabis because the synthetic CBD flowers aren’t only ineffective but also can actually be dangerous. So, if CBD flower is your aim for its healing properties, make sure it comes from real cannabis and you trust the source. Be it a low-THC hemp product or a strain containing psychoactive amounts of THC, your best bet is the real thing. I’d say you have an even better bet if you grow it yourself. That way you at least know what you are ingesting.
The benefits of smoking a CBD flower
Many people might wonder why they would smoke low-THC cannabis that doesn’t allow you to get high and enjoy its body effects. Well, to answer that you need to know that ultimately, THC isn’t the only beneficial cannabinoid housed in the cannabis plant. There are about one hundred cannabinoids, but the second most well-known of these fascinating compounds is cannabidiol or CBD. It is a non-psychoactive molecule loaded with a range of therapeutic attributes and has been identified as an anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, neuroprotective, analgesic, anxiolytic, anti-proliferative substance with the enormous perks of being naturally produced and causing almost no side effects.
To be fair, I have to mention that THC has some wonderful therapeutic effects too, but it does induce a mind-altering effect that some people are uncomfortable experiencing. Especially not when they have to use cannabis for their health problem throughout the entire day. Also, it is known that THC can have some negative effects on cognitive development in young children, so the use of THC and CBD rich plant in children in off-limits.
Another reason why CBD-rich plants are being pushed and preferred among users is that in many countries where marijuana is legal, it’s legal only because of its low THC content that ranges below 0.8 or less, and its high CBD levels that can go 20% to 30% of that. So, when selling or buying some cannabis you won’t experience any legal difficulties as well. In fact, many states have strict CBD-only requirements that exclusively provide patients access to medicine with extremely small amounts of THC. That’s problematic in its own right—the synergy between CBD and THC leads to the most potent medicinal effects. Even so, CBD is a powerful therapeutic compound in its own right, and increased availability of CBD products will benefit people who live in states with these kinds of restrictions.