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Is CBD flower legal? And more frequently asked questions

CBD flower is really, really popular right now. Maybe you’re a cannabis smoker looking for a non-psychoactive hemp option. Perhaps you’re already a CBD user looking for more flavor and faster effects? Or you could even be a regular smoker seeking a non-addictive alternative to nicotine, for stimulating and concentration purposes?

Whatever your situation, CBD-rich hemp flower offers supplemental benefits, and early studies show CBD and hemp could have a multitude of health properties. But with these products looking and smelling similar to weed, and technically coming from the same plant, it’s unsurprising that people have plenty of questions!

Don’t worry, we’ve got all the answers to your frequently asked questions about CBD flower. In this bumper guide, we’ll be covering whether CBD flower is legal, the differences between strains, if it’s safe, where to get it, how to use it and how to be safe with it!

Before we dive in, we must mention that this post does not provide medical advice and should be taken as educational and for entertainment purposes only. CBD flower is not approved as a medicine by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Is CBD flower legal?

Yes! CBD flower products are legal in the United States! Hemp products were legalized by the federal government back in 2014, with an updated version of the Farm Bill in 2018 confirming that this legalization covered CBD products.

However, CBD hemp flower and all other hemp products must have less than 0.3% THC in total. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the psychoactive ingredient that gives cannabis its famous and notorious high. By limiting THC levels to less than 0.3%, the law prevents the recreational use and abuse of CBD flower. 

Will CBD flower get me high?

No, there’s absolutely no chance you’ll get high, stoned or baked from a joint of CBD flower. From what the experts know about hemp and cannabis, all of the psychoactive effects come pretty much entirely from THC.

In addition, we know that CBD doesn’t have any intoxicating effects whatsoever. The World Health Organization has also deemed that CBD has no abuse potential. 

CBD and THC are actually quite similar compounds, in that they are both cannabinoids. However, the completely polarizing effects they have on the endocannabinoid system (ECS) explains why THC causes intoxication, and CBD doesn’t!

Why do people smoke CBD flower?

CBD has a seemingly endless list of potential positive health effects. But this alone doesn’t explain why people love CBD flower when there are so many other CBD products available.

But smoking and vaping are unmatched when it comes to getting CBD into the body as fast as possible. Both methods utilize the inhalation method of administration, which takes CBD almost immediately into the bloodstream, avoiding the first-pass metabolism, which slows down the delivery rate of CBD, and also reduces potency.

The speedy relief offered by inhalation works a treat when alleviating acute symptoms. Anxiety is a perfect example. Anxious symptoms tend to arise rapidly, and therefore the best treatment is the one that takes effect the quickest. Inhaling a dose of CBD gives much faster relief than capsules, edibles and is even quicker than sublingual oils. 

What types of CBD flower are there?

There are three main types of legal CBD flower: sativas, indicas and hybrids. All CBD flower has very high concentrations of THC and miniscule quantities of THC, but different strains have different terpenes profiles, hence why each strain provides unique effects.

Sativa strains have a reputation for enhancing energy levels and boosting the brain. Mood and motivation improvements are common, along with better focus and increased creativity. The all-body stimulation is also perfect for taking the fight to fatigue.

Indica CBD flower strains are quite the opposite, delivering deep relaxation and calm, both mentally and physically. These strains are popular for pain and inflammation relief, and also for general aches. Indica CBD flower holds appeal for those suffering from stress and anxiety, too.

Meanwhile, hybrid strains are the middle ground between sativas and indicas for people who don’t want to experience excess stimulation or sedation. These balanced CBD flowers give the benefits of CBD while calming and refreshing you in equal measures.

Where can I get CBD flower?

We have legal CBD flower for sale right here at! Our selection is constantly growing. We have more than a dozen strains sold under the CBD Genesis banner, and more premium flowers from brands such as CBD For the People. 

You can buy CBD flower loose and roll your own joints and blunts. But if you’re looking for a more convenient experience, check out our pre-rolls and CBD cigarettes. There’s a CBD flower product for everyone – it’s just a case of finding what matches your needs! 

Can you smoke CBD flower in a pipe?

Yes! CBD flower is just like normal cannabis flower, except without the THC! So you can use it in all the same ways you might use weed. 

Smoke CBD flower in a joint, blunt, bong or pipe; vape it in a dry herb device; or take an extract and use it to make oils, edibles and other CBD-infused goods! 

The wide range of possibilities with CBD flower is what makes it such an awesome product, especially if you’re curious and want to get creative with your CBD consumption.

Can you drive after smoking CBD?

No federal or state laws prohibit you from driving after smoking CBD buds. Since CBD doesn’t have any intoxicating effects, it doesn’t cause motor control or psychological impairments, and won’t show up on a drugs test.

However, the same applies to many drugs, and just because we can legally take them and drive doesn’t mean we should do so! CBD flower – particularly in high doses – may cause tiredness and temporarily affect your driving ability. These effects may be magnified with indica flower. At the very least, wait 30 minutes to an hour after smoking before deciding whether you’re fit to drive.

And as CBD is an emerging substance in mainstream society, we can’t rule out the possibility of law changes in the future. Keep your eyes peeled, and we’ll be sure to bring you any updates.

Is CBD indica or sativa?

CBD is neither indica nor sativa in itself – these terms describe the type of flower and the effects of the terpenes in a strain. 

In general, small quantities of CBD appear to have stimulating effects, improving wakefulness and alertness. In contrast, larger amounts have more relaxing, sedative effects.

The precise experience you’ll get from CBD varies from person to person. So don’t worry if your experience doesn’t match up directly with somebody else’s!

Does CBD help anxiety?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved CBD as an anxiety treatment, but keep in mind that the approval process for a new drug can take years. We do, however, have lots of exciting research that indicates CBD may make a difference for anxiety. 

A social anxiety experiment found that a 600mg dose (administered via capsule) could improve overall performance in a public speaking test. Studies looking at CBD’s pharmacology have found the cannabinoid acts via serotonin 1A receptors, a common anti-anxiety mechanism, and also boosts the anxiety-regulating neurotransmitter GABA.

So, there’s certainly genuine promise, and user trends show anxiety is a very popular reason for taking CBD. Therefore anxiety patients may want to try out CBD products, and especially flower for the fast-acting effects. But we can’t claim that CBD has any confirmed therapeutic value for anxiety.

Does CBD give you the munchies?

No, CBD will not give you the munchies, one of the most notable effects of taking marijuana. The strong hunger and thirstiness that comes from cannabis is due to THC’s impact as a CB1 receptor agonist. CBD doesn’t interact with these receptors in the same way, so won’t give you the “munchies”.

CBD is associated with improved appetite, suggesting it may have a mild effect on hunger for some users. This may come from CBD’s promotion of anandamide, an endocannabinoid made by the body that – like THC – links up with CB1 receptors. 

Does CBD flower show up on a drug test?

CBD flower will not show up on a drug test because of the CBD, as tests simply aren’t interested in CBD as it doesn’t have psychoactive properties. 

However, CBD flower is permitted to have as much as 0.3% THC, the cannabinoid that tests do search for. Because THC is present in such tiny amounts, the risk of a fail is very low. But it does take several weeks for the body to full remove THC from the body. 

If you take CBD flower multiple times a day, this would cause THC levels to accrue over time. The chance of a failed test remains very low, but we can’t give you any guarantee that you’ll get a clean test after taking CBD flower. If you can’t risk a fail, we recommend sticking with THC-free, CBD-isolate products.

How does CBD flower make you feel?

A big dose of CBD flower should quickly leave you feeling relaxed and at peace, yet still in full command of your mental faculties. Some report an enjoyable buzzing body sensation from CBD and a “couchlock” effect. This may be more apparent from indica strains.

However, a couple of tokes on a CBD sativa flower may have the opposite effect, leaving you wide awake, full of physical energy and highly motivated. The concentration boost offered by a small CBD dose is perhaps comparable to caffeine and nicotine, sans the addictive effects.

Does CBD flower smell?

CBD flower has that same pleasant and pungent smell that comes with cannabis. Not because it’s psychoactive, but because hemp is also laden with terpenes. These compounds – which include limonene, myrcene, eucalyptol and terpinolene – have powerful aromas, which explain why each strain has a unique scent.

However, because of the cannabis-like smell, people could think your CBD flower is illegal, especially when you smoke it, as this makes the smell even stronger. It makes sense to be discreet about your CBD flower use so you don’t get into any sticky situations, and to have good storage facilities so the smell doesn’t get out! 

You may be interested in Plain Jane unflavored CBD cigarettes, which are also aroma-free. These odorless smokes are ideal if you want to keep your CBD smoking lowkey, and we’re delighted to offer them at!

Why are independent lab reports important?

Third-party or independent lab reports are – as of early 2020 – the only way to confirm if a hemp-based CBD product is high quality and safe. 

CBD flower is not subject to FDA regulations, so companies can make claims about its products without having to prove them. This Wild West climate has brought the cowboys and conmen in, with their low-quality and even fake products.

As a consequence, legitimate CBD manufacturers were forced to devise a way to separate themselves from these brands, which threatened to destroy the reputation of the industry. Independent testing is the solution.

Real CBD companies happily submit products for testing, while fake companies obviously cannot. A typical analysis tests for CBD and THC content, and sometimes other cannabinoids and terpenes. Purity checks are also essential. Testing dates are also useful, as these ensure customers are getting recent and relevant information.

Third-party tests have not stopped the cowboy companies altogether, some of which claim to go along with independent testing on their sites, without actually proving it. When finding a CBD flower brand, always make sure you can actually access the report. 

Or to make things simple, just buy your flower from! We only sell legal CBD flower and have lab reports available for all our brands. If you can’t find them, just ask!

Does smoking CBD flower make your eyes red?

Red eyes are a big giveaway that somebody has been smoking weed, and unfortunately some report getting the same effect from CBD flower. Research on why this happens is still unclear, although it appears to be the result of changes to blood pressure. 

However, it’s not the act of smoking that causes bloodshot eyes, as edibles have also been found to have the same effect. 

What is the strongest CBD flower?

The CBD concentration determines the strength of a CBD flower strain. This figure is given as a percentage, and is provided by all reputable CBD vendors. A third-party lab report should accompany all flower products for authenticity purposes, and will confirm whether the CBD level is accurate.

CBD flower potency has increased markedly over recent years, as cultivators have learned how to breed strains that maximize CBD levels while completely marginalizing THC quantities. The result is a boom in premium hemp flower strains, with CBD levels sometimes exceeding a whopping 20% – that’s 200mg of CBD per gram of flower!

Is CBD flower safe?

Yes, CBD flower is relatively safe, when considered in the context of tobacco cigarette and cannabis smoking. CBD flower does not have an addictive component such as nicotine, or a potent psychoactive one like THC.

However, the vast majority of users either smoke or vaporize CBD flower, which inevitably poses some health risks. Smoking hemp is still dangerous, as it exposes the lungs to carcinogenic substances. Vaping CBD flower takes away the carcinogens by eliminating burning, but it’s still not totally risk-free.

The good news is you don’t have to get your CBD from flower if you don’t want to! Take away consumption risks altogether by switching to CBD tincture oils, capsules or even edibles!

Is CBD flower addictive?

No, CBD flower does not have any addictive properties. Analysis from the World Health Organization has found that CBD does not have “abuse potential”. Moreover, CBD does not interact with cannabinoid receptors – or any other receptors – in a way that could lead to addiction.

Furthermore, existing research looking at CBD and addiction has found the opposite – if anything, CBD may actually reduce addictive tendencies. CBD potentially interferes with the opioid system, and specifically mu-opioid receptors, to suppress the reward derived from pleasure-seeking activities. This is yet to be clinically proven, but initial studies certainly warrant further research. 

Can I mix CBD flower with alcohol?

There are no recommendations not to combine CBD flower and alcohol, and no evidence to suggest it may be dangerous. However, due to the intoxicating nature of alcohol, you should always be careful if taking it with legal CBD flower.

The main issue would likely be increased sleepiness. Research shows alcohol can help with getting to sleep more quickly, although it doesn’t necessarily improve overall sleep quality. However, in theory, a joint of CBD flower and a glass of wine or beer may give you a great night’s sleep.

That said, if you do plan on mixing CBD flower with alcohol, you should probably go easy on both. Starting with low doses will allow you to gauge your body’s response, and work out for yourself if you can safely combine CBD and alcohol.

Can I take CBD flower with my medication?

Mixing CBD flower with prescription drugs is sometimes a problem, and is an area that scientists are keen to learn more about. 

Your body metabolizes (or removes) drugs from your system via enzymes. Different enzymes metabolize different drugs. Annoyingly, CBD switches off enzymes in the cytochrome P450 system, and therefore affects the removal process of several classes of drugs. 

What does this mean? By blocking enzyme activity, CBD indirectly keeps certain drugs in the body for longer, increasing active concentrations of these drugs. In such an event, the worst-case scenario is overdose. 

Drugs metabolized by the cytochrome P450 system, and therefore potentially affected by taking CBD flower include: antibiotics, antidepressants, antihistamines, antiepileptics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, HIV antivirals, steroids and beta blockers. 

But there’s no need to panic. If you’re on medication and debating whether you should take CBD, either speak with a medical expert or hold off until you’ve finished your prescription. Just don’t go looking for advice online, as nobody knows your circumstances better than your doctor!

How much is an eighth of CBD flower? 

An eighth of CBD flower is equivalent to roughly 3.5 grams (one eighth of an ounce). A quarter works out to around 7 grams, and a half equates to about 14 grams. 

Is CBD hemp flower legal in all 50 states?

CBD hemp flower is legal according to federal law, meaning that CBD users in all 50 states are protected when it comes to buying, possessing and taking CBD. In recent times, some states have enacted legislation to prohibit CBD in food products, making it clear that state lawmakers aren’t afraid to take a more restrictive stance toward CBD.

In 2019, “smokable hemp sales” were banned in Indiana and Louisiana, following a move from Kentucky in 2018 to ban the sale of hemp cigarettes, cigars and hemp flowers. The legislative landscape surrounding hemp and CBD continues to change, although there have been more positive than negative law changes over the past few years.

Can CBD flower give you a headache?

High-quality and pure CBD flower should not give you a headache. If anything, studies suggest CBD may actually be therapeutic for headaches. For instance, CBD may help reduce pain, tackling one of the key symptoms of headaches and migraines. 

And more interestingly, research indicates that migraines may even be caused by systemic ECS issues. Studies investigating a concept called Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency have found that a lack of endocannabinoid production could be behind migraines, and the aura symptoms in particular, which make a migraine patient more sensitive to light and sound. 

The takeaway here: don’t fear CBD flower if you’re experiencing a throbbing headache. Rather, it may be time to spark up! 

What does CBD do to your brain?

CBD has several mild effects on the brain, all of which are possible by it passing through the blood-brain barrier. This barrier of capillaries allow some compounds to enter and make changes in the brain, while keeping others out.

CBD’s psychological effects come primarily from its actions on CB1 receptors present in the central nervous system. As a CB1 receptor antagonist, CBD doesn’t initiate any direct effects, but does promote anandamide, an endocannabinoid and CB1 receptor agonist. Indirectly, CBD is associated with mood and motivation improvements, appetite stimulation, and enhanced focus and concentration. 

CBD’s potent and novel anti-inflammatory properties are exerted via CB2 receptors. Again CBD is an antagonist of this receptor type, but has a therapeutic effect by boosting endocannabinoid availability. In the brain, CBD’s anti-inflammatory effects may be essential to limiting damage and restoring regions such as the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus, which may in turn have lasting antidepressant effects.

What is full-spectrum CBD?

Full-spectrum CBD is a type of hemp extract that incorporates all of the compounds within the plant. Hemp is chemically complex, and teeming with cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and more. We understand that several of these compounds have beneficial effects, and have barely scratched the surface with others! It’s also probable that CBD is more effective as part of a whole-plant hemp extract because of a special synergistic reaction labelled the ‘entourage effect’.

The term “full-spectrum” describes hemp-based CBD products which contain extracts, such as tinctures and capsules. However, technically, CBD hemp flower is as full-spectrum as it comes. This is pure, unadulterated hemp in its raw form! As a result, CBD flower likely has more health benefits than CBD-isolate products, where the CBD is separated from all the other compounds in hemp.

Final thoughts 

Hopefully this packed guide has answered all your questions about CBD flower, and cleared up any misconceptions and uncertainties you may have had! CBD flower is a burgeoning and exciting market in the hemp industry. But it’s one that often creates confusion and courts controversy because of its aesthetic and aromatic likeness to cannabis! 

If you have any more questions about CBD flower – regarding the product itself, how to use it and legality – don’t hesitate to leave a comment. We’ll get back to you as quickly as we can. Thanks for reading!

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