The explosion in the popularity of CBD and hemp wellness has driven an ever-expanding field of new products to match every situation and lifestyle. Recently, we’ve come full circle with an increased interest in CBD flower, straight from the plant. Many users enjoy the natural, back-to-basics approach of smoking hemp flower, as people have been doing for thousands of years. Others are marijuana smokers who benefit from the full spectrum of cannabinoids, but don’t always want to be high. Whatever the reason for your own interest in a smokable form of CBD hemp flower, we’ve put this comprehensive overview together so that you can have all the facts.
These are the topics we’ll cover in this article:
- What does CBD flower do for you?
- Does it get you high?
- How is it made?
- What does it feel like?
- Is it legal?
- Is it safe?
- Will smoking CBD flower make you fail a drug test?
- What does it smell like?
- How to smoke CBD flower
What does CBD flower do for you?
Like other products, hemp flower delivers a class of molecules called cannabinoids into the body. These molecules interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system to produce a range of positive results in both the mind and body. The benefits of CBD are explained at length in many articles across the internet, but to summarize, there is anecdotal evidence to suggest that it helps with anxiety, inflammation, skin health, and may even be effective in fighting conditions like Alzheimer's, Parkinson’s and even cancer*. One difference with smoking hemp flower is that those cannabinoids are absorbed much more quickly into the body.
Does it get you high?
The cannabinoid associated with the intoxicating effects of marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC for short. THC is present in CBD flower, but in exceedingly small amounts. The FDA requires that all smokable hemp flower is below 0.3% THC. This is well below the amount it takes for most individuals to feel “high”, but there can be exceptions. Someone who is extremely sensitive to THC or marijuana should be aware that they could experience psychoactive effects. If you’ve never smoked marijuana or hemp flower, it’s probably best to start with just a little to gauge your reaction. From there, you can gradually increase the amount until you’re comfortable with the way it’s making you feel.
How is it made?
CBD flower comes from the bud of the hemp plant, which can be grown in greenhouses or farm land. During the plant’s life cycle, buds are developed by female plants to facilitate reproduction. The buds produce a sticky oil that’s meant to capture pollen particles from nearby males. If female plants are kept away from the males and their pollen, the buds continue to grow and produce even higher concentrations of oil. It’s this hemp oil that contains CBD, THC, and around 140 other cannabinoid molecules. Through careful cultivation and genetics, hemp farmers select plants which produce high amounts of CBD, while breeding THC out of the strain. The hemp bud is harvested at the peak of oil production, trimmed, dried, and packaged for immediate consumption.
What does it feel like?
Smoking flower is generally a pleasing experience that presents a complex array of flavors and aromas akin to appreciating a fine wine. It can produce a range of experience that depends on the individual user and the particular strain of hemp that it came from. In general, users notice a calming effect that helps to quiet some of the noise in the mind. Many smoke hemp flower because it helps them focus when they have an important task to complete. Others notice a social component that helps them to feel more at ease and natural when interacting with people. Aside from these immediate effects on the mind, absorbing hemp oil on a regular basis can help promote a sense of general wellness that extends to the body.
Is it legal?
The 2018 Farm Bill legalized the production, sale and use of hemp according to the United States Federal Government. However, individual states have differing laws which govern the different aspects of the hemp and CBD market within their borders. These laws can be very complex, and run the gamut from unpermitted products to fully integrated regulation and taxation of hemp sales. The rules change on a continual basis, so to make sure you’ve got the latest information by doing a search on the current legal status of hemp flower in your state.
Is it safe?
The use of hemp oil and CBD has been designated as safe by the US Food and Drug Administration. However, it should be used with caution and awareness. Discontinue use if you notice any sort of irritation or discomfort. You may wish to speak with your doctor or other qualified healthcare professional about smoking hemp flower if you are taking prescription medication or have any health concerns. You should also be aware that smoking anything does come with a risk associated with inhaling hot particulate matter, especially when chronic use is a factor.
Will smoking flower make you fail a drug test?
Because most hemp flower contains very small amounts of THC, the possibility of failing a drug test does exist. It depends on the particular test being administered, as well as other factors like your frequency of use. To be safe, we recommend not using any kind of hemp-derived product for at least two weeks prior to your test.
What does it smell like?
Like heaven on earth! We’re not going to assume that everybody reading this has smelled marijuana, we’re not here to judge! But even if you have, you still wouldn’t be able to tell the difference! The main difference between marijuana and hemp is the THC, but that’s not what gives the plant its distinct smell. The aroma of hemp flower is influenced by the plant’s terpene profile. Terpenes are the molecules found in hemp oil which give each strain its unique smell and flavor. They may produce health benefits as well.
How to smoke hemp flower
Light up and inhale! Hemp flower can be smoked in all the traditional ways, including joints, pipes, bowls, bongs, hookahs, and carved-out apples! If you’ve never tried it before, just remember to take small puffs until you’re comfortable with inhaling more. Be aware of how the experience is affecting you. It should be an enjoyable vibe, but if you start to feel uncomfortable you might have smoked too much. Try it in a comfortable, familiar environment with the option to relax or do something to keep busy. You may find that your ability to focus and get things done is heightened after smoking.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. SugarLeaf products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.