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CBD Flower – Everything You Wanted to Know About CBD (Hemp) Buds
With the CBD craze gripping the world, we’re seeing a lot of different products infused with this special oil. Everything from skin cream to bread flour seems to sell just a bit better with a little CBD in it, and marketers are taking advantage of it.
However, although most of these products (if they’re high quality, that is) definitely cut the mustard, there’s something to be said about vaping (or smoking) good, old CBD flowers. There’s just something “real” in grounding up your herb, loading your dry herb vaporizer, and taking a couple of hits, don’t you agree?
So if you’re that kind of an old-fashioned CBD user, this is a post for you! We’ll explain in detail what CBD (hemp) flower is, why you should use it, what’s the difference between hemp and marijuana, and a lot of other things. Get comfy, grab a cup of coffee and your favorite vaporizer, and start reading.
What is CBD (Hemp) Bud & How Can It Be Used?
Hemp bud (also known as hemp flower, or CBD flower) is the flower part of the hemp plant. They are very similar in appearance to marijuana flowers but with one important distinction – hemp flowers strains and products usually contain very little THC but are packed with CBD.
What this means is that you can’t really get loopy when vaping/smoking on hemp because the content of THC is usually less than 0.3%. And, since THC is the psychoactive component (and CBD is not), there’s no real danger of getting “stoned” when using hemp.
What’s the Difference Between Hemp & Marijuana?
There’s still a lot of confusion out there around marijuana and hemp so it’s best to deal with that before we continue.
Yes, marijuana and hemp have similar buds/flowers. And, they are similar plants, both in appearance and chemically (as they both contain cannabinoids).
But, they have some important distinctions that you need to be aware of.
For starters, marijuana and hemp are cousins, not sisters – they both belong to the same species called Cannabis Sativa. Within that species, there are several subspecies, namely Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Sativa L (hemp), Cannabis Indica, and Cannabis Ruderalis.
Regular Cannabis Sativa subspecies contain a lot of phytocannabinoids, and are usually packed with THC. This is not true of hemp. Generally speaking, hemp has a low content of all cannabinoids but careful breeding has allowed us to create hemp varieties that have a high content of CBD. These varieties are used to create potent CBD buds that are then harvested for vaping and smoking.
Hemp is an extremely useful plant – it’s seeds are used in the production of foods as they are rich in proteins and amino acids, and its fibers are turned into paper, rope, clothing, and construction material. It’s easy to cultivate and the yield is rich, which is why more and more farmers are turning to it as a source of sustainable income.
Great for us, right? At the Kind Hemp, we use only US-grown hemp for our CBD-rich buds. We make sure that the THC content is well below 0.3% so that you can safely and legally enjoy all the benefits of smoking and vaping on hemp flowers.
Why is CBD Getting Popular?
CBD therapies have been exploding in the last couple of years, but why? What’s so magical about CBD that everyone – and we mean everyone, from teenagers to housewives – is harping on about it?
Well, CBD (or cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid – a member of the same family as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), and can be found in a handful of plant species. For millennia, these compounds have been prescribed healing and medicinal properties but only with the advent of modern science did we get a chance to test those claims.
Now, we know that THC can be used to treat certain health conditions but it also, unfortunately, has psychoactive properties – meaning that it affects how we think, feel and act (much like alcohol). This has led to THC being legislated (and mostly banned) all over the world.
However, cannabidiol (CBD) doesn’t have the same psychoactive properties but it does have similar medicinal properties. Researchers have discovered that CBD (and other cannabinoids) interact with the human endocannabinoid system, and help keep it balanced. This system interacts with all other systems in our bodies, maintaining healthy homeostasis and helping us fight various infections and diseases.
Today, CBD is being more and more used to treat a lot of conditions, some of which are:
- Inflammatory pain,
- Anxiety and depression,
- Skin conditions,
- Neurological conditions,
- Epilepsy, and more.
Although more research is needed, some scientists are coming up with interesting discoveries tied to CBD. Add to that the anecdotal evidence that’s accumulated over the years, and you quickly realize that CBD treatments were just lying in wait for decades, and their abrupt explosion into the mainstream suddenly becomes completely demystified.
Is CBD Flower Better CBD Oil or Tinctures?
This is not the right question. CBD is a great therapy for many symptoms, and it’s always better to take it than not to take it. However, CBD in certain forms works better for certain conditions.
For example, if you have an acne problem or a skin rash, you’d want to apply a topical CBD cream to that because it’s going to have a localized effect. On the other hand, if you’re looking for continuous relief with low doses of CBD, then maybe CBD edibles are the right course of action.
There’s no better or worse type of CBD in the sense of how it’s going to affect you. That said, however, vaping or smoking CBD does come with certain benefits.
The biggest benefit of vaping hemp (CBD) flower is that it’s fast-acting and has a higher bioavailability than other means of intake.
What does bioavailability mean?
It’s a simple percentage that measures how much of the CBD that you take can your body use. With edibles, the bioavailability of CBD is around 6% – this means that more than 90% of CBD goes to waste as it’s broken apart by stomach acids and liver enzymes (and it never even reaches your bloodstream). With vaping or smoking, the bioavailability of CBD varies between 11% and 40%, which means that a lot of does end up in your bloodstream – this means it acts faster, brings more relief, and is generally better value per milligram of product.
There are certain conditions that come on abruptly, such as anxiety attacks or pain. In these cases, you want to make sure that the CBD that you take is fast-acting, which means that you’ll want to vape or smoke it.
And, lastly, there’s just the pleasure of using your hands to grind your herb so you get to smell and taste it before you use it. With edibles and tinctures, you don’t get the intricate flavors of CBD flower, which can range from earthly to citrus-y. If you’re a connoisseur, this can be enough for you to cast a vote in favor of hemp flowers the next time you’re ordering your CBD therapy!
social, and a healthier option than smoking THC-laden marijuana or nicotine cigarettes.
Wait, What About Legality and Testing?
The legality of CBD products has been a murky area for decades. Luckily, with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, we’re happy to say that hemp – and all products derived from hemp – are now 100% legal all over the US.
It’s been an uphill battle, to say the least, but it’s finally been won.
However, there’s one caveat – every hemp-derived product needs to contain less than 0.3% of THC in it, otherwise, it loses its hemp designation. If a product contains more than 0.3% of THC, it’s considered marijuana, which is still very much not legal in any of the states.
So, when buying your CBD flower for sale, make sure that it says on the label that the content of THC is less than 0.3%. You want to be on the safe side of the law here, which is why you will want to take a look at the manufacturer’s third-party certificate (the Kind Hemp certificate can be seen below).
Testing, on the other hand, is a whole different can of worms.
What’s legal for the state you live in might not be equal to what’s permissible by your employer.
There are tests out there that can detect very small levels of THC, even those that are under 0.3%. Before using any CBD product, you want to make sure that you won’t get into trouble at your place of work.
If your employer has a zero-tolerance policy – and they utilize blood tests to enforce it – then you won’t be able to get away with using anything other than pure isolate CBD (which doesn’t contain THC at all, not even trace amounts).
Are You Ready to Order Your CBD Flower?
Of course you are, right!?
Well, before you do, we’d advise you to consult with your doctor. Don’t worry – they probably won’t have anything against you trying alternative treatment methods. A lot of physicians these days know full well the benefits of CBD and THC treatments and even recommend them to their patients when indicated.
However, you’ll still want to check in case you’re taking a pharmaceutical drug that might react adversely to CBD. CBD doesn’t have any serious side-effects but it can enhance the efficiency of some drugs so it’s always better to be safe than sorry if you’re already taking something.
In case you have any questions at all about CBD buds, make sure to contact us. Our customer service staff will be more than happy to help you pick the CBD treatment or CBD flower for sale that works for you!