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Hemp Flower vs Marijuana Flower 

Hemp flower and marijuana flower might look the same, but the effects couldn’t be more different. The key difference between them is that hemp is loaded with cannabidiol (CBD), while marijuana is teeming with delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The former is non-intoxicating and therapeutic; the latter is intoxicating, can be therapeutic, but is also used for recreational purposes. 

Marijuana – or cannabis – flower is long-established, while CBD hemp flower is the new kid on the block. Hemp-based CBD has emerged in the United States over the past few years. This follows Washington’s decision to legalize hemp-based products with less than 0.3% THC. Industrial hemp has actually been used by various cultures for thousands of years. But only now are growers consciously boosting the levels of CBD in strains, to create high CBD flower

In this post, we’ll weigh up the benefits of CBD hemp buds and marijuana flower, covering: 

  • How to tell the difference between hemp and marijuana flower 
  • Why CBD products are more practical than marijuana 
  • How to use both hemp and marijuana flower
  • Why hemp may be safer than cannabis 
  • How to choose the perfect CBD-rich hemp strain 

Hemp and marijuana: how to tell the difference 

Both hemp and marijuana are part of the Cannabis genus, hence why they have more similarities than differences, overall. There are three cannabis species: sativa, indica and ruderalis. Hemp is part of the sativa family, whereas there are both sativa and indica strains of marijuana. The two smell pretty much the same, too, as hemp and marijuana are laden with terpenes. These compounds have a pungent aroma that’s unforgettable for those acquainted with cannabis. 

Hemp plants grow tall and slender, marijuana plants are stocky and short. Marijuana leaves are broader, giving the plant a bushier overall look. It’s possible for marijuana plants to grow tall, but even then, they will still retain a bushy look. 

Why hemp is a more practical product than marijuana 

Taking cannabis can be great fun in a recreational setting, and for many it works brilliantly as a medicine. But the psychoactive properties of THC are a dealbreaker for a lot of people. 

Some have deeply-held, personal reservations against getting high, even if just medicating. Others are concerned about the long-term, adverse effects THC may have on mental health. And there are plenty who simply find themselves unable to function and go about their day-to-day lives while under THC’s influence. For instance, a THC high can be euphoric, and bring about hunger pangs, or the “munchies”. And the reality-bending effects makes driving or operating machinery a no-no.

In contrast, hemp flower provides many of the health benefits that cannabis does, without these intoxicating downsides. There’s no “high” to worry about, yet users can still enjoy significant pain relief, reduced anxiety, better mood and lower inflammation. CBD doesn’t affect your ability to carry out physical or cognitive tasks. Some experience deep relaxation from large doses of the highest quality CBD flower. However, in the vast majority of cases, you’ll be able to go about your life, business as usual, after taking hemp. The same can’t always be said for marijuana.  

How to enjoy hemp and marijuana flower

When it comes to using either hemp or cannabis, consumption methods are exactly the same. The classic way of consuming marijuana is in a joint. Hemp joints, comprised of CBD and other cannabinoids, are becoming just as popular. Simply grind up your flower, and then pack and roll a joint. Just remember that hemp has the same aroma as cannabis. So be careful when smoking! Bubblers, bongs and pipes are also great for smoking hemp!  

Hemp buds are also ideal for CBD vaping, and perhaps more authentic than vape cartridges. A dry herb vaporizer is required to vape hemp flower. Cooking with hemp and cannabis is also possible. Decarb the flower in the oven. Then follow a guide to make butter, oil, or any other cannabis or hemp-infused ingredient. Butter and coconut oil are great for increasing CBD potency, as both are rich in MCTs. These fatty acids increase CBD’s bioavailability. 

Why hemp could be safer than cannabis 

Scientific research is light on both hemp and cannabis, compared to other fields of medicine. However, experts know more about CBD and THC than they did a few decades ago. Many users experience no issues with marijuana and THC-rich products. But they are dangerous for people predisposed to schizophrenia, psychosis and other mental health conditions. Yet studies on CBD show that the non-psychoactive cannabinoid may be beneficial for these illnesses. 

Have you ever noticed – either with yourself or others – that marijuana users can be really lazy. It’s easy to laugh this off since cannabis use is associated with chilling out. But some research suggests that THC has a negative effect on the section of the brain which regulates motivation. This is a real concern, given that today’s strains have more THC in them than ever before. Again, CBD has the opposite effect on this brain region, known as the hippocampus. This is why some people are now taking CBD as a natural nootropic.

The science is far from settled and more studies are required. But the existing research shouldn’t be ignored. Hemp flower appears to be safer than marijuana flower, especially if taking it in large amounts. 

Choosing the perfect CBD hemp flower for you

Decided to try hemp flower for the first time? Great! Now you have to choose whether an invigorating, sativa strain is what you want, or if a relaxing, indica option is better suited to your needs. Sativas are known to be energizing. This comes down to the unique profile of terpenes and flavonoids in these strains. The physical and mental boost from this type of flower is perfect for tackling fatigue and mental fog. The mood-enhancing, motivation-boosting effects work great in the mornings, when you need to be on top of your game. Perhaps smoke a CBD joint with your next wake-up coffee? 

CBD is really, really popular for pain relief, according to the available surveys and studies. Cannabis has always been used as an analgesic, but non-intoxicating hemp is a more viable solution for many. CBD’s pain-killing effects are enhanced by a splash of indica terpenes. Relaxing compounds such as linalool, a key terpene in lavender, maximize the relaxing effects of a strain. Indicas are awesome for anxiety, stress, inflammation, and sleep problems, too.

Let’s not forget the hybrids. These strains deliver the best of both – an array of sativa and indica effects. Sativa-dominant strains are more energizing than not. Indica-dominant flower is calming, yet keeps your mind active enough to take on cognitive challenges. 

Final thoughts 

We have CBD flower for sale at Our current CBD Genesis selection consists of 16 strains, and a mixture of sativas, indicas and hybrids. Remember, these strains are perfectly legal with less than 0.3% THC, and have also been lab-tested for product quality.

Hemp flower is a superb alternative to marijuana flower, for those who don’t want to or cannot risk getting ‘high’. Many cannabis users who switch to CBD choose flower as they can still get the same smoking experience. Both hemp and cannabis has its advantages. For example, if you want to feel ‘stoned’, hemp is never going to work for you! But if you want a therapeutic option that doesn’t have any adverse effects, hemp flower works a treat.


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