In recent times, a product that looks a lot like weed has been popping up all over the United States. And indeed, CBD flower smells just like a strain of marijuana, looks like one and is used in exactly the same way – for smoking, vaping, making edibles and more. The crucial difference is that unlike weed, CBD flower won’t make you “high” or “stoned” – and best of all, it’s legal!
Unless you’re very familiar with cannabis and CBD, you probably have a few questions! We’re going to cover some frequently asked questions in this post, including:
- Why doesn’t CBD flower get me high?
- Why is CBD flower legal?
- What are the benefits of CBD flower?
- How should I take CBD flower?
Why doesn’t CBD flower get me high?
Pretty much all of the “high” from marijuana comes from a single compound or cannabinoid: delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It just happens to be the most concentrated cannabinoid in the majority of cannabis strains.
In contrast, CBD flower consists mostly of a non-psychoactive cannabinoid called cannabidiol (CBD). In regular weed strains, CBD levels are typically below 1%, but this can rise to 15 and even 20% in CBD buds. Meanwhile, these CBD strains have minimal amounts of CBD.
CBD and THC are in many ways similar, as they are both cannabinoids and act upon the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). However, CBD and THC act upon the ECS in the opposite way, hence why one gets you high and the other doesn’t!
Why is CBD flower legal?
CBD flower is legally classified as hemp, not marijuana. This is a critical distinction, as the federal government permits hemp products with less than 0.3% THC. The ruling made by the 2018 Farm Bill has given space for a CBD market, which includes tincture oils, e-liquids, capsules, syrups, edibles, concentrates and topicals.
What are the benefits of CBD flower?
CBD flower contains numerous compounds which appear to have therapeutic properties. CBD is the most important of these, but flower also has a variety of secondary cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. Many of these compounds have not been studied in-depth, but preclinical trials suggest many have health benefits. Cannabinoids are of particular interest since they are exclusive to hemp and cannabis, and are some of the only compounds to influence the ECS.
In 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a CBD drug to treat rare epileptic conditions, following a series of successful clinical trials. CBD may also have therapeutic value for anxiety, inflammation, depression, chronic pain, nausea, vomiting and addiction. While we have few high-quality clinical trials looking at CBD for these health benefits, surveys of people using hemp-based CBD products like flower suggests the compound may be of assistance.
How should I take CBD flower?
Smoking is the most popular way of consuming CBD flower. Simply grind up the buds and add to a joint or bowl. Inhalation is the quickest way to deliver CBD into the body, which is ideal for managing acute forms of pain, anxiety attacks and stress.
CBD flower is also great for vaping, although you’ll need a device that is compatible with dry herb. Vaping is another type of inhalation, so offers the same express effects of smoking, but with less of a health risk. Vaping heats the flower but doesn’t burn it, therefore reducing exposure to carcinogenic compounds.
You can even make extracts from CBD flower, infuse it into butter or coconut oil, and use as an ingredient in edibles. The edible experience lasts several hours longer than smoking or vaping, but the effects may take up to an hour to show. CBD flower extracts are also great for making tincture oils and creams.