Written By: Samantha Waites
The popularity of high CBD, low THC flower derived from both hemp and marijuana is on the rise. But what is CBD Flower, and what is behind its incredible rise in demand?
CBD Flower consists of smokable strains of hemp and marijuana that contain high levels of cannabidiol (CBD) and low amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD has seen a massive surge in popularity in recent years for the potential health benefits that it, and other cannabinoids, may provide. Users of high CBD, low THC products are generally seeking to obtain health benefits of CBD without the psychoactive component of THC, and this applies to CBD Flower as well. Here are three main reasons CBD Flower use is on the rise.
Reason #1: The product is rapidly evolving and improving.
Smoking hemp, without the expected psychoactive results of THC, was always possible, but that didn’t mean the experience was pleasant. But, gone are the days of fringe companies selling dry, industrial hemp as a novelty, smokable product. These products of yesteryear generally delivered a harsh smoking experience with little noticeable effect from lower quality plants. However, as of recently, that has all changed. The new breed of CBD flower producer looks much more like the craft growers in the recreational marijuana industry. Forgoing the industrial outdoor growing and processing of hemp, these craft farms are focusing strict attention to detail on their products. Whether they’re growing small batches indoors with the highest quality ingredients or launching extensive breeding programs to optimize the chemistry of a strain, the lines between high CBD, low THC marijuana and high CBD, low THC hemp are starting to blur. We think that’s a good thing and expect the trend to continue.
Reason #2: It’s legal pretty much everywhere.
Both hemp and marijuana are subspecies of the cannabis plant. Both plants produce cannabinoids, inclusive of CBD and THC (among many others), and express those cannabinoids at varying levels. Hemp plants, however, generally produce a small fraction of the THC produced by their marijuana relative. THC is best known to cause the psychoactive effects of marijuana that are typically not experienced with hemp. This is why CBD products produced from industrial hemp plants are considered by most to be legal products in all 50 states, provided they contain less than 0.3% THC. CBD products derived from marijuana plants, often with THC levels above 0.3%, remain federally illegal.
Some marijuana producers are breeding strains specifically to express low amounts of THC and high amounts of CBD, with a focus on health. Some hemp growers, on the other hand, are seeking to maximize the amount of THC up to the 0.3% limit while driving up the CBD and terpene content. Chemically speaking, the CBD and THC in both hemp and marijuana products are the same. Regardless of which plant you derive CBD and THC from, your choice in flower comes down to personal preference and prevailing laws.
Reason #3: Different Flower can provide different results.
If you are looking to give CBD Flower a try, define what you are trying to achieve. Are you trying to stay alert during the day but slightly more relaxed? Or, are you looking for a product to put you straight to sleep? High CBD, low THC flower is often still described in terms of being an Indica, Sativa, or hybrid. Beyond THC, the cannabinoids and terpenes in any flower are going to play a large role in the overall effect. Information on various strains – complete with expected effects and user reviews – are readily available, including many reviews on CBDtop10.com. For hemp CBD flower sold online, the grower or retailer is likely to describe the effects in the product description and, often, will provide lab reports.
Second, look for quality. In the digital age, a company’s reputation is only a Google search away. Before putting down your hard-earned dollars, click around to see what other buyers are saying about the quality of product and experience with a brand. Again, on CBDtop10.com we even have a Top 10 list reserved for CBD Flower. Additionally, there is an entire subreddit dedicated to the High CBD Hemp Flower genre, with users exchanging tips, tricks, and notes. In recreational states, dispensaries will often serve as a quality filter, and knowledgeable budtenders are usually happy to share their experiences.
No matter your preference of what type of CBD you want to try, whether it be oils, edibles, or even flower, we highly recommend doing plenty of research before you buy. CBDtop10.com is dedicated to reviewing as many different brands and types of CBD to help educate users along the way. CBD can be expensive, so that is why we want to make sure you maximize your spending, to achieve desired results, and enjoy the many great benefits that come along with creating a CBD regimen.
CBDtop10.com is comprised of a group of CBD enthusiasts dedicated to bringing informative and detailed product reviews for all types of CBD. To view the CBDtop10.com Top 10 CBD Flower list, visit https://www.cbdtop10.com/cbd-flower/
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