CBD Flower - Everything you need to know & more!
- What is CBD flower
- What are some famous CBD flower sellers
- Tweedle farms
- Empire CBD and other broad-spectrum CBD oils
- Empire Wellness
- What are synthetic buds and synthetic cannabinoids
- Hemp CBD benefits
- High CBD industrial hemp strains like BoAX
- Legal CBD flower for sale
- And much more!
Without further ado, let's get started!
There are two main active ingredients in cannabis: THC and CBD. When we say main, we mean the two that have been the primary area focus for most of the research out there so far. There's current a lot more research being conducted on the various other cannabinoids found in cannabis flower. THC is the active ingredient in cannabis that gives you the feeling of being high. CBD is the active ingredient that mellows you out.
CBD is also far more legally available across the world than THC is. Being more widely legally acceptable is definitely a huge advantage of CBD flower. CBD is more legally accepted because THC triggers a psychoactive response from your brain, whereas CBD does not. Like the THC-containing strains we discuss in our strain reviews, there are a wide variety of marijuana strains containing large amounts of CBD. There are also many companies who grow these CBD rich strains.
Tahoe OG (INDOOR) – This beautiful Indica-dominant hemp strain is nothing short of amazing. The buds are medium sized with medium to hard density. Covered in trichomes and emitting a pungent gassy scent, A classic OG nose. The smell is present as soon as the lid is removed from the jar and gets even better when you pinch the buds. The buds are sticky, fresh, and boasting over 20% CBDa. Providing a pleasant smoke that has a smooth OG taste on the front end, followed by a gassy finish. Effects are felt almost immediately with a slight heaviness behind the eyes and a notable cerebral effect. This strain is recommended to relieve pain, reduce stress, and assist with insomnia.
Hemp CBD flower benefits
Quality inspection FTW! Photo: @hempleton
In general, CBD flower has many benefits, especially if the buds you're working with have a high enough CBD content. Whether it's oil, CBD gummies, a topical such as a lotion, a patch, or if you smoke CBD, you can consume your CBD rich products many different ways.
Some hemp-based CBD products simply don’t have enough CBD in it to help people with their problems. By acting on the endocannabinoid system, which is the system within humans that has receptors in the central nervous system and many cells throughout the body, CBD helps with:
- Decreasing pain and discomfort; has anti inflammatory properties
- Increased calm and help with anxiety
- Enhanced sense of mood and well-being
- Improved sleep, including help to initially get to sleep
- Reducing stress, CBD has adaptogenic properties, helping shield from stress
- Smoking CBD won't lead to a failed drug test, as they test for THC!
At the same time, CBD products will not induce the same high that THC-containing products will. This means that you can have many of the benefits from cannabis without and impairment or feeling stoned.
The differences between CBD buds and industrial hemp
Differences between hemp and marijuana may seem subtle, but they make a big difference in the end! Photo: @organicbduk
CBD buds come in indica, sativa, or hybrid strains which have been grown through years of selective breeding processes in order to maximise CBD and minimise THC. Unfortunately, most of these CBD rich strains are not legal around the world. Industrial hemp is a different subcategory of the cannabis species, and is more widely legal than its cousin, marijuana. Because Industrial Hemp isn't the greatest for anyone hoping to smoke CBD, some companies have come up with alternatives. Tweedle Farms, for example, has a hybrid strain that takes advantage of the 0.3% THC rule (CBD-majority strains can contain up to 0.3% THC). This allows them to grow and sell legal CBD buds that also taste good!
Additional options include CBD buds like Harlequinn and Sour Tsunami, which still have a high THC percentage (within the context of a CBD article, anyway). For example, Sour Tsunami has 11% CBD and 10% THC content, meaning some users still get mildly stoned from it. It is perfect for newcomers who want to try cannabis as a medicine. They are difficult to come by, unless you live in North America or somewhere else with legal CBD hemp flower.
Legal CBD flower for sale and where to buy it
Industrial hemp is produced to be sold legally: it grows without THC (remember, THC is the psychoactive-triggering element, which is what makes it illegal). It can be flavoured with or grown properly with a specific terpene profile that naturally adds to the flavour. Be aware that if you do purchase synthetically flavoured CBD hemp you may also be buying unwanted chemicals that making smoking CBD less healthy.
Legal CBD flower can be purchased all over the place, not just in the common suspects like the U.S. and Amsterdam. Sometimes you can even walk into a bar or cafe in Italy and find them selling CBD buds! CBD flower cafes are constantly springing up in Britain, which we think is a sign that Britain is on its way to slowly legalizing THC sales. Hopefully other countries will follow! An alternative to finding a shop to purchase CBD hemp flower in is to obtain your own license to cultivate and sell industrial hemp.
Tweedle Farms is one to keep an eye on, maybe even if you live outside of the U.S.! Photo: @voops_hemp_reviews
Tweedle Farms is a hemp CBD operation out in Oregon (the west coast of the U.S. in case your geography is rusty). They do not currently ship internationally, but they do ship CBD flower and other CBD products across the states. Donald Trump recently legalised hemp across the United States as a cash crop, and CBD as a cannabinoid. This is huge news for companies such as Tweedle Farms, who may seek to start shipping internationally to other countries who also have legal hemp or legal weed. Tweedle Farms CBD bud is not really like industrial hemp of course; it is similar in taste to strains such as Harlequin.It’s an exciting time for cannabis, and, hopefully as progress is made across the world with new laws opening it up as a medicine, millions of patients worldwide can find access to the medicine that can be most effective for them. It is important to note what Tweedle Farms says about their product:
- Tweedle Farms offers legal industrial hemp
- Grown with a cultivation license
- Any Cannabis Sativa L. with a lower THC concentration of 0.3% when dried is legal
- Not FDA approved (few CBD rich products are, so look for third-party lab testing results to know for sure what's inside your purchase)
Empire Wellness CBD Hemp Flowers
Empire Wellness sells high CBD strains and gummies across all 50 states. These tasty treats are not industrial hemp, but don't let that stop you from putting them in your grinder then lighting up your flower vaporiser. Once you do, that full spectrum cannabidiol CBD profile should help alleviate many symptoms as it connects with the body's endocannabinoid system. Another added benefit of using hemp flowers from sellers like Empire Wellness? You could reduce the number of prescription pills you incorporate into your daily routine. Sounds like a win-win to us! All of this is dependent on the person, of course, so keep reading to determine if using CBD is right for you (or if there's another way to incorporate the hemp plant into your routine).
These beautiful little nugs contain over 99% CBD. Photo: @greeeeenski
Boax Hemp - Does hemp contain CBD?
BaOX is not really an industrial hemp strain: it’s a marijuana strain with low THC levels and extremely high CBD count. Called industrial hemp by CBD companies, it was created by a company in Oregon. It is a cross between Hindu Kush and Otto II, and is an example of one of these dank-looking strains (BaOX is dripping in flower CBD resin!) that taste great. These CBD buds are also fantastic for making Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) from.
CBD flower: beautiful from the first moment it blooms! Photo: @woodstockfarmacy
As weed slowly becomes more legally acceptable, users are going to have to patiently toke away on these types of CBD rich cannabis products. The taste is good and the cannabinoid count is relatively high, which is unusual for industrial hemp strains. There's a strong case for the argument that these types of strains will change the face of cannabis forever on the law books, though it will be slow.
Empire CBD and Prestige CBD
Prestige CBD creates oil from the cannabis plant instead of hemp. Photo: @@uniqueperformancegym
Broad-spectrum CBD, usually in the form of oil, can also be shipped across the United States. This is CBD created from the cannabis plant, not from hemp. It has very high CBD percentage and has all THC removed. This is typically much better than the hemp oil sold in Holland and Barret. Unfortunately, oil like this is not legal in the UK, as to be legal it needs to be produced using UK-legal hemp and contain less than 0.2% THC.
What are synthetic buds and synthetic CBD?
Make sure you know what you’re consuming! Photo: @plattehealth
Synthetic cannabinoids are considered by many to be very dangerous. However, this doesn’t mean that in the future this might not be a useful thing to continue developing. You may know of Spice, which is a synthetic cannabinoid that exploded across much of the world. It is addictive and exceptionally dangerous. Several deaths were caused and there was a lot of media attention surrounding these incidents. This probably would have never happened if cannabis was just legal in the first place. Spice can cause serious side effects, many of which are actually the effects commonly associated with cannabis in the first place, including:
- Increased heart rate
- Panic attacks
The homeless community in the UK has been ravaged by spice, which is typically viewed as a legal alternative to cannabis. Smoking cannabis on the streets is enough to land homeless people in trouble, so they used to turn to spice, at which point they would became addicted. It’s also possible to overdose on spice, which isn’t really possible on cannabis. Synthetic cannabis has sometimes been used as a term to describe cannabis oils, distillates, and isolates. This is because the process used to make these products is a man-made process, and therefore people say that these products have been synthesised. This isn’t correct, and synthetic cannabis means something completely different.
Nervous system conditions CBDCBD rich products are thought to be able to help with many conditions, including some conditions such as:
- Seizure disorders
Positive treatments of these conditions by use of CBD have only been found in trial settings: more research is definitely needed. Another important thing to note is that CBD-based results will largely depend on the person using it. It’s worth trying, as many of these conditions are particularly tough to treat, especially without the use of prescription pills. If CBD helps even just a little bit, then, as a non-toxic substance (depending on the method of taking it), why not try it?
Another plus to hemp flowers is that they can be transformed into many different types of products. If you prefer CBD capsules over smoking CBD, you can find them (and some would argue that's healthier, as you're not inhaling burnt material); if you'd rather use a water pipe to inhale your hemp flowers, that's also an option; gummies, patches, oil, topicals, the list goes on and on! The consumption method you choose is totally up to you - there's no wrong or right way to use CBD.
Cancer symptoms CBDSome people claim CBD products cure cancer, but we are a long way away from having any proof of that. What we do know is CBD rich hemp can help alleviate symptoms of cancer, and it can also aid in alleviating the rough effects of chemotherapy. It’s also worth trying to put CBD oils or lotions on cancerous lumps: maybe it does help, maybe it doesn't, but it won't hurt to try. Rick Simpson, the founding father of the method of making your own CBD oil, RSO (Rick Simpson Oil), claims that he put CBD lotion on his skin cancer and his cancer was cured. We have no way of knowing if the CBD lotion was the actual answer he was looking for, but it's narratives like these that propel research about CBD effects.
CBD, THC, cannabinoids and the entourage effectThe entourage effect is simple and it doesn't only apply to cannabis culture: it's basically the idea that things work better when they're united together. In the context of cannabis, the entourage effect is referring to the various cannabinoids (i.e. THC and CBD) in cannabis plants working together. It can therefore be problematic when you use something like broad-spectrum CBD oil or industrial hemp that has practically 0% THC inside it. Broad-spectrum CBD products have all of the THC taken out of it, and can be shipped in many countries. It’s not as effective as something like full-spectrum CBD products, or CBD flower, because they don’t contain the full spectrum of cannabinoids.
CBD on its own certainly has some health benefits, but it’s a bit like trying to get drunk on low alcohol beer. You would need so much of it that it eventually becomes pointless, especially when it’s not healthy to drink. This is the same with exceptionally low THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids industrial hemp. With such a low cannabinoid count, it’s simply not effective. If you’re smoking it in blunts as well, the amount you’d have to smoke cancels out the healthy benefits of CBD in the end. Inhaling cannabis fumes is often considered to be as dangerous as inhaling tobacco fumes, as both are simply combusting plant matter and then inhaling all of the by-products. This isn’t healthy by any stretch of the imagination, and that is why a lot of people have turned to vaping. Vaping could be a better option for smoking a large enough amount of industrial hemp flower with low cannabinoid count to actually feel the benefits in your body. You could also make edibles, which you can easily do by mixing your already vaped hemp buds with a fat or an oil and eating it. This is much more potent than smoking or vaping, and is a guaranteed way to feel the effects. If there’s a small amount of THC in there too, this will become much more potent as well. Already vaped bud is actually perfectly decarboxylated weed, and makes great edibles.
Do you prefer to smoke your weed or eat it? Photo: @cannaful_za
Problems caused by high THC products that do not contain CBD
Another way in which the cannabis community ignores the entourage effect could be even more dangerous. Many people are under the incorrect assumption that cannabis is completely harmless, and you can hit dabs and concentrates, edibles, and other very potent products without much or any CBD in without any problems. It’s particularly bad for teenagers and young adults whose brains have not finished developing. If they smoke too much potent cannabis without CBD to balance it out, it’s possible for them to develop mental health problems. Also, high potency edibles and dabs when frequently smoked leave a mental fog that lasts as long as you continue to smoke every day. This is what the British press is talking about, and, while it’s not an argument against legalisation by any means, it is important to note that cannabis isn’t quite as safe as some people think.
Does hemp smell like weed?When industrial hemp is growing it definitely smells like cannabis. It’s also covered in resin, though this is CBD resin and not THC resin. When CBD flower is cured and dried, it smells a bit blander, and eventually it stops smelling like cannabis. This isn’t true of the cannabis high hemp hybrids, which are simply strains of cannabis with very low THC percentages. They look and smell like regular cannabis, with the only difference being the THC content.
CBD Flower In Summary:
Given how much information is out there, it's important to know what the ever-growing list of terminology and research is bringing to the forefront of cannabis culture. CBD a magical element of the cannabis plant that has been known to aid in relieving and maybe even curing serious medical ailments. As scientific research continues to develop in laboratories and laws begin to shift in government buildings across the world, the future of CBD flower, and cannabis more generally, is looking bright!
Of course, to assume it is all rosy won't do any of us any good. Those who imbibe should be aware of products that may contain synthetic materials or highly imbalanced ratios of cannabinoids. As with any human manipulated material, these are not thought to be safe to consume, especially on a regular basis. If you do your research (great job by checking out this article, by the way!) before you jump into a new routine you should be fine and we wish you all the best as you embark on your cannabis adventures!
Written by Megan Medeiros (BA)
Megan Medeiros has a bachelor’s degree in English and is currently working on a master’s in English at James Madison University. She's the owner and operator of Medeiros Writing, and has been working as a cannabis writer for the past three years, mostly following the legal climate of marijuana, especially in areas like California, Colorado, Oregon, Canada, and other legal areas.
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