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May 16, 2019
In your travels through various vape shops and online browsing, you may have come across an odd yet intriguing product called hemp buds, also known as hemp flowers or CBD strains of cannabis. These hemp flowers are a brand new concept in the CBD market and will undoubtedly take some getting used to, but they’re actually strains of the cannabis plant that contain less than 0.3% of THC, meaning you can roll and smoke these buds just like you would an actual joint, but you won’t get high. If that’s not confusing enough, try explaining that to law enforcement when they happen to see you rolling a CBD joint in public!
While this may be confusing at first, this concept was designed for those looking to relax and alleviate pain without actually getting high. These buds are taken straight from the cannabis sativa plant, so while they look and smell exactly like traditional weed buds, these hemp flowers don’t contain enough THC to actually get you high. These hemp buds contain a high concentration of cannabinoids, in comparison to the roots, stalk, and leaves of the cannabis plant. While other forms of CBD include oils, edibles, and tinctures, this brand new form of CBD offers yet another way to incorporate CBD into your daily habits.
WHAT ARE CBD FLOWERS?
The Cannabis sativa L. plant has many derivatives, both in hemp and marijuana. There are quite a few cannabinoids that have been extracted from the cannabis plant, 113 in total, including CBDa, THCa, THCv, CBC, CBCa, CBG and CBGa among many others, but most importantly, CBD and THC. Marijuana is the chief way to consume THC, as it is naturally rich in this psychoactive element. For many years, marijuana was extremely popular as a way to forget your troubles and relax in the calming haze. In addition to being an excellent pain reliever, it was a powerful muscle relaxer and resulted in a dreamy relaxed state of mind. However, not all of us are comfortable ingesting something that can cause us to fail a drug test, results in a psychoactive state of mind, and is still illegal in many states.
That’s where CBD comes in! CBD provides many of the same pain-relieving, calming, and healing properties since CBD is also derived from the Cannabis sativa L. plant. Now instead of gleaning buds that are rich in THC that can be rolled and smoked as a marijuana joint, there has been an increasing demand for buds that are rich in CBD, known as hemp flowers or hemp buds. These hemp buds are specifically grown to be rich in CBD, but low in THC, making it legal for public sale and consumption. While many states are making great efforts to legalize both the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana, there is still a long road ahead of the final legalization of THC-riddled marijuana.
Instead of waiting patiently for that day to come, these hemp flowers provide an excellent alternative that may take a little bit to get used to but can provide a powerful way to soothe your mind of daily stress, sharpen your focus, relieve muscle pain, and much more.
WHAT KIND OF CBD HEMP FLOWERS ARE AVAILABLE?
Just like marijuana buds, there are many types of CBD flowers that are readily available in both dispensaries as well as online. These hemp flowers share the same name as their marijuana cousins, so if you’re accustomed to smoking weed and are familiar with the different strains, you’ll be able to figure out what to expect in terms of flavor and scent. Let’s take a look at some of the strains available below!
WHAT ARE TERPENES AND WHAT DO THEY DO?
The term “terpenes” refers to organic compounds that are naturally found in plants, contributing to its fragrance and therapeutic benefits. Terpenes in plants are used to discourage herbivores from eating them but are also used to attract certain predators and pollinators, such as bees. If you’ve ever used essential oils, you’re already a little familiar with terpenes. Lemons and limes are high in terpene count, giving off an extremely aromatic and calming scent, as well as favorable flavor.
Terepens are also found in pine needles, which also explains why the scent of Christmas trees makes you smile. Finally, lavender is also high in terpene count, and features a soothing relaxing sensation, making it one of the most popular essential oils and scents. But while these aren’t the only terpenes, they are the most familiar ones, which is why many hemp flowers and other CBD products will be attractive to your taste buds and nostrils. Terpenes affect your taste buds, offer many health benefits, and create strong sensations of relaxation. Now that we know what terpenes are and what they do, let’s take a look at several hemp flowers that are naturally high in terpenes.
BUBBA KUSH CBD FLOWER
You may recognize this name for its THC counterpart, but aside from the name similarity, this particular strain only contains about 13% CBD and the legal THC amount of .03%. This hemp flower is an indica-based hybrid, making this a sedating strain, which is ideal for those looking for something that can help with sleeping and pain relief. Although there is a wide variety of terpenes present in this hemp flower, the three most dominant ones are, β-Farnesene, Limonene, and β-Caryophyllene. These dark and dense flowers give off a calming earthy scent that, when smoked, relax the user into a soothing calming haze.
CASCADE CBD FLOWER
This particular strain is chock-full of terpenes, including beta-caryophyllene, geranyl Acetate, and alpha-pinene. One of the terpenes found in this flower is the caryophyllene, which is found in the cascade CBD flower and has black pepper and green leaves that feature anti-inflammatory qualities, as well as gastro-protective elements. Each flower contains around 14-15% of CBD, and roughly 0.3% of THC, making it legal for sale both online and in-store within the United States.
PINEBERRY CBD FLOWER
This delightfully named hemp flower is created by crossing two other CBD strains, known as Ringo’s Gift and Early Resin Berry. The name of the pineberry is due to its heavenly fragrance, soothing your nostrils and delighting your taste buds. The terpenes found in this hemp flower include Alpha Pinene, Beta-Myrcene, Beta-Caryophyllene, Delta Limonene, Delta Humulene, and Geranyl Acetate. Each flower contains around 17% of CBD, and the legal amount of 0.3% THC, which will not get the user high and is legal for resale both online and in-store throughout the United States.
CBD STRAIN: OTTO
This strain was once known as One To One, but by shortening it to simply the first letters of the phrase, we are left with Otto. This strain is particularly a Sativa dominant one, meaning that the crops have various concentrations of cannabinoids, based on where they were grown. The Otto hemp flower has a piny scent, offering a deep and comforting earthy scent that helps relieve headaches, pain, muscle spasms, inflammation, and stress. Each flower contains around 14% of CBD, and the legal amount of 0.3% THC, which will not get the user high and is legal for resale both online and in-store throughout the United States.
CBD STRAIN: ELEKTRA
This particular strain is newer than the others mentioned, as it is a cross breed between the well-known ACDC strain and the ERB strain. Electra is a cross breed between the famous ACDC strain, which is a particularly potent blend of 19% CBD and ERB. ACDC strains are known for their ability to reduce stress and pain, as well as bestowing a feeling of calmness and relaxation upon the user, making them one of the most popular strains to breed with throughout the CBD market. The Elektra stain contains about 15% CBD and less than 0.3% THC, which allows them to be legally sold in the United States.
CREATION OF DIFFERENT CBD STRAINS
Now that we’ve gone over the different CBD strains, you’re probably wondering how these strains are created. There are many traits that are highly coveted, such as how much a plant yields and how big it gets, the productivity, the resistance to diseases, adaptability, seed production, flavor, shape, scent, size, and color. Professional breeders are able to weave different strains together to create a nearly limitless world of strains that have multiple traits and benefits. The key is to manipulate the ratios of CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids to create a strain that is desired by a certain clientele.
USING HEMP BUDS: A WORD OF CAUTION
Here comes the fun part: using your newfound hemp flowers to send you off into a dreamy relaxed state of mind. It’s important to note that many of these hemp flowers drawbacks and disadvantages, which we’ll go over now.
First of all, the cannabinoids in the hemp flowers must be activated by a heating method, such as vaping, cooking, or smoking. Eating the hemp flowers raw will do little to nothing since an extremely low amount of CBD will be absorbed by the body if you consume them without some form of heat.
Second of all, hemp flowers are actually plants, meaning that they offer a natural and pure source of CBD, with no additives or processed materials. Such an organic plant matter offers relief to those who suffer from many allergens commonly found in CBD oil products.
Lastly, hemp flowers are often difficult to dose, since each bud varies in size and weight. When compared to CBD oils and capsules, it’s difficult to figure out how much CBD you’re actually ingesting in a single bud or even a single puff. It’s best to start out with small doses and gradually increase the amount you use until you get the desired final effect.
HOW TO USE HEMP BUDS
There are many ways to use hemp flowers, many of which are intriguing and unique. The three most common are vaping, smoking, and believe it or not, baking. Just like actual marijuana, hemp buds can be used to make brownies, cookies, CBD joints, and much more!
VAPING HEMP FLOWERS USING A DRY HERB ATOMIZER
The first one we’ll discuss is vaping using a dry herb atomizers. This might seem like a no-brainer, since hemp buds are definitely categorized into the dry herb realm, but for many users, acquiring and maintaining such a machine is just too much work. Before you kick the dry herb atomizer to the curb, remember that the cannabinoids in the hemp flowers have to be activated using a heating method. What better way to reap the benefits of CBD in a calming mist of pure vapor? Vaping hemp flowers are healthier than smoking the entire bud, and since there isn’t any flame involved as there would be with smoking, you won’t have any smoke matter or combustion involved. The absorption rate is also much quicker when used in a vaporizer instead of smoking or digesting.
In order to use hemp flowers in a dry herb atomizer, make sure you check your device’s instruction manual to ensure your device is capable of such use. These notes are very generic, but you should be able to get a general idea of how to utilize a vaporizer to maximize the effects of the CBD hemp flowers.
Crush the buds into a powder by breaking apart each flower or by using an herb grinder. This is to create the maximum surface area that will be exposed to the heat.
Pour the ground hemp flower into the vaporizer. Start out with a small amount and see how you do, and remember you can always add more. Make sure the bottom of the vaporizer chamber is coated with ground buds, as you don’t want to burn them, but also make sure you don’t over pack it.
Slowly inhale the vapor for at least ten seconds, release slowly, and refresh your nostrils with fresh air. This method has worked well to ensure the maximum absorption is attained.
Feel free to experiment with the quantity you use, as well as how tightly you pack in the ground buds. Every person is different, so while it’s advisable to start out small and gradually increase your dosage, you have a lot of flexibility to see what works best for you!
SMOKING HEMP FLOWERS IN A JOINT
Most of us are familiar with what a joint is. Many users have either seen, tried or frequently used weed joints to enjoy the benefits of THC. Now you can see how CBD joints work and decide if they’re right for you. While it is one of the more effective ways to absorb CBD, keep in mind you’ll also be inhaling the combustion and smoke from the burning joint, which can cause respiratory issues. The smoke inhalation of CBD is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, making it a quick way to reap the benefits of CBD, but many people aren’t keen on the idea of inhaling smoke of any kind, so keep that in mind when you experiment with different ways to use CBD hemp flowers.
Many users find this method of CBD consumption effective, especially those who smoke tobacco products or actual joints. This method would be preferable for those looking to reduce their consumption of THC from actual marijuana joints or those who frequently partake of tobacco products, such as cigarettes and cigars. The familiarity of having something between your fingers may help you transition from tobacco and marijuana into something much more beneficial known as CBD hemp flowers. While the taste and scent may be strongly similar, keep in mind that the biggest difference between CBD hemp flowers and actual strains of weed is that these hemp flowers contain anywhere from 14-17% CBD and less than 0.3% THC, which is the legal limit and will not get the user high.
BAKING/COOKING WITH HEMP FLOWERS
Lastly, there is a way to enjoy the hemp flowers without the need for fancy dry-herb vaporizers or rolling papers. You can simply incorporate this flower into your daily kitchen adventures! Most of us have hilarious stories to tell from the time we enjoyed a weed brownie or cookie at a party or have seen a sitcom episode where the “funny” brownies kicked in at the most inopportune time. While any CBD desserts won’t be nearly as amusing to watch people perform acts of hilarious stupidity, they do provide a much-needed calm for those suffering from anxiety, depression, and other medical maladies.
CBD edibles don’t work as quickly as smoking a CBD joint or inhaling the vapor from ground CBD flowers. In fact, they’ll take anywhere from 30-90 minutes to actually kick in; but their aftereffects will last much longer than the two other methods. This is due to the body digesting the CBD instead of it being simply absorbed into the bloodstream, meaning that while the body will have technically absorbed less of the CBD, the effect will linger long after vaping or smoking CBD would have died off.
HOW TO BAKE WITH CBD HEMP FLOWERS
By now, you’re probably curious to see how baking with CBD would be. There are several methods that Google will be only too happy to provide, but we’ll give you something here just to get you started. Pretty much any THC recipe can be substituted with CBD, and they all revolve around something called “activating the CBD” and “extracting it to a carrier.”
First up, we start with something called Decarboxylation. This fancy term simply refers to the way you heat the hemp buds to activate the cannabinoids within, using chemistry to convert the CBDa to CBD.
While there are several ways to do this, the simplest is to use an oven, being extremely careful not to exceed 245°F / 118°C, as anything higher than this temperature will cause the CBD to lose its potency. Simply grind about seven grams of hemp buds with an herb grinder and layer the bottom of a baking pan or sheet with the ground buds. Place in a preheated oven of 245°F and allow the buds to bake for about an hour, hour and a half before removing them. Please note that there will be a pungent aroma that lingers, so if you’re using the family kitchen oven to do this, just be aware you might have a scent that not everyone can appreciate.
Second, it’s time to extract the CBD. Again, there are many methods of doing this, but the easiest is to transport the activated CBD into something slippery and greasy, such as ghee, butter, or oil. Once you’ve removed the activated CBD from the oven, carefully transport the baked bud (see what we did there?) into a saucepan with about 1 cup of butter/ghee/oil. Make sure the stove is set to an extremely low heat to ensure that the baked bud and ghee/oil/butter do not burn or bubble aggressively, and allow to gently simmer for about 30 minutes. Once the bud and butter/ghee/oil have combined, strain the bud from the butter/ghee/oil using a mesh sieve. And that’s it! You now have CBD-infused butter/ghee/oil!
There is often questions and concerns on how much hemp bud to use. You can experiment with several different methods, but the three most common ways are 1) 7 grams per ½ cup of butter/ghee/oil, 2) 7 grams per 1 cup of butter/ghee/oil or 3) 1 oz/28 grams per 1 pound/2 cups of butter/ghee/oil. Baking and cooking is all about having fun while you create precious recipes for all to enjoy. As with any new thing, start out small and see how the CBD affects you and gradually increase your dosage over time. You can also use the hemp trim, which is the leaves and plant matter from the cannabis plant.
This allows for a lesser amount of hemp flower in your cooking/baking that can give you an idea on how your body will react. The suggested dosage for that is 1 oz/28 grams per ½ pound/1 cup/ 227 grams of butter/ghee/oil. After you’ve incorporated either activated ground hemp buds or hemp trim into your butter, simply use the butter in your baking as usual. Brownies, cookies, and any recipe that uses butter/oil/ghee will never be the same, and your body will be all the happier albeit more relaxed for it. Keep in mind to keep the oven temperatures below 315° F (155 °C) to ensure the hemp buds don’t burn and cook/bake properly into your dish.
And that’s it! This was meant to be a thorough explanation of what CBD hemp flowers are, how they differ from THC, and how you can use them. There is still so much to be learned about CBD and hemp flowers and how they can aid both the mind and body from difficult medical maladies. CBD has brought comfort to those suffering from depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, daily stress, aches and pains from arthritis, muscle soreness, and so much more. Hemp flowers will undoubtedly be one of the most confusing and misunderstood ways to utilize CBD, since it is extremely similar to the scent, look, and taste of marijuana buds.Yet there are many people who benefit from these unique plants, and with less than 0.3% of THC found in every hemp flower, there really isn’t a reason for you not to try it!
Whether you like to inhale the vapor, puff on a joint, or munch on a brownie, these hemp flowers can be used in a multitude of ways, offering relief and comfort to those in need of it. While it may be a long while until marijuana is approved both for recreational and medical use, CBD is readily available across the US, sold both in dispensaries and online for use by those who need it. So go ahead, buy some hemp flowers today and see how CBD hemp flowers can make a difference in your life today!
May 27, 2019
I want to thank you . You answered most all of my questions. I think I will be ready when my order comes Susan
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