The Ultimate Guide To CBD Flowers
The guide details what a CBD flower is, who uses CBD flowers, benefits, dosages, consumption methods and more.
Take 7 minutes to boost your knowledge on all things CBD flowers. Comment below if you have any questions, we love to help!
What is a CBD Flower?
CBD flower offers consumers a clear-headed experience with incredible benefits.
Did you know the cannabis flowers you are consuming are all from female plants?
The female cannabis plant produces the cannabinoid-rich buds that we love, and the male plants are workers, pollinating the females to make sure the next generation is made.
Now that we know a little bit about who wears the pants in the cannabis flower world, let’s talk about THC count and the differences between hemp plants and cannabis plants.
If CBD flowers come from a hemp plant they’ll have under 0.3% THC, if a CBD flower is from a cannabis plant, it could have a high percentage of THC and CBD.
The mixing of CBD and THC is called the Entourage Effect, we’ll talk about this later. The cannabis world is split when it comes to consuming CBD with THC and without THC. A debate I’ll engage in shortly.
The Travel Joint created a great infographic showing the difference between CBD from hemp and CBD from cannabis, make sure you keep scrolling after the infographic: we need to talk about cannabis vs hemp some more…
Who Uses CBD Flowers?
The biggest consumers of CBD flowers are medical users, followed by THC users that like to mix the two cannabinoids.
One of the most popular CBD-dominant strains is Harlequin. Harlequin is a 75/25 Sativa-dominant strain renowned for its reliable expression of CBD. Harlequin contains 15% CBD and 7% THC.
Here is an image of the Harlequin bud from Leafly.com and some reviews from the diverse CBD/THC community:
“Harlequin has been nothing short of a miracle for my varied health problems. I am 30 years old and had not done cannabis before. I was researching ways to heal my gastrointestinal inflammation and bleeding, which contributes to most of my other problems (allergies, hormonal imbalance, fatigue, exercise intolerance, etc) and decided to give cannabis a try.” Read the full review on Leafly
“Even though I don’t smoke, I know a little bit. I bought some Harlequin because I knew it was high CBD and known for body feel rather than head high – it was a fantastic choice. If you are scared of pot – smoke this weed. I’ve smoked half a joint to myself and feel completely fine.” Read the full review on leafly.
“Harlequin is THE strain everyone needs in their rotation (or on constant supply). Think of Harlequin as the “classic” pot. This is what 99% of the bands at Woodstock would have picked. IMO I feel Harlequin is closely related to “Panama Red” which is a very mellow, but uplifting and energetic high, and very happy as well.” Read the full review on Leafly.
“I started smoking when I was 14 and had to stop when 22 due to underlying mental-health problems (bipolar and suffer from extreme panic attacks which often result in hospitalization). I’ve tried smoking multiple times since 22 (I’m now 34) but the result was always the same: 1-2 hrs in the bathtub thinking I was dying and praying for it to stop. I went out of my way to try Harlequin once I heard about it, and the results have been surprising. Not only do I not suffer from panic attacks from smoking it, but I’m also able to cope with other anxiety much easier as well.” Read the full review on Leafly.
If you’re interested in CBD hemp flowers, flowers with under 0.3% THC, I’ve tested and read a lot about the hemp-dominant plant. I have to say that if I were looking to consume only CBD I wouldn’t smoke flower. I recommend oil or vape.
But don’t only take my opinion on cannabis hemp flowers. They are very popular, the entourage effect explains why people prefer CBD hemp flowers instead of say, a pure isolate like a concentrate.
What is the Entourage Effect?
Medicines containing only THC or CBD aren’t always sufficient for many medical conditions. Which is why strength in numbers is true with cannabinoids.
The interactive synergy between cannabis compounds has been coined the “entourage effect.”
The entourage effect is a major benefit of consuming CBD flowers vs a pure isolate like a concentrate.
If you are new to the CBD world, I would recommend testing all of the forms of CBD to see which one works best for you. I’m not a doctor, just a guy that suffers from chronic pain.
“Whole plant medicine” is a term used to describe medicines utilizing the full spectrum of therapeutic compounds cannabis has to offer.
Ethan Russo, M.D., a cannabis expert who wrote “Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects,” details how cannabis compounds influence each other’s mechanisms. We aren’t just talking about the well-known THC-CBD tag team here – even small amounts of terpenes (fragrant oils that give cannabis its smell) can make a difference.
For example, a combination of the terpenes, pinene, myrcene, and caryophyllene help quiet anxiety. Mixing terpenes linalool and limonene with the cannabinoid CBG shows promise in the treatment of MRSA.
THC plus CBN yields enhanced sedating effects. Linalool and limonene combined with CBD are being examined as an anti-acne treatment.
These examples only scratch the surface of all possible synergies made available to us by way of whole plant therapies.
What Are The Benefits of CBD Flowers?
1. The entourage effect: being able to consume a combination of THC and CBD plus other cannabinoids is beneficial for a number of medical ailments.
2. Comfort: Roughly 40% of CBD users are also THC users. The comfort of grinding up a CBD and THC flower together makes the consumption process easier. I love mixing my CBD-dominant and THC-dominant flowers into a nice, therapeutic salad.
3. Vaping: An effective and flavorful method of consuming cannabis. If you are new to cannabis and or want to avoid smoking, vaping is an efficient, clean way to consume your CBD flowers.
4. Variety: There’s a diverse market out there for CBD hemp flowers, sativa vs indica-dominant, effective for nausea vs pain, the buds are targeted and effective.
5. Trusted products: The majority of the CBD flowers on the market are lab tested. Buying a trusted non-synthetic product is a very important part of the CBD process. Unfortunately, a lot of the major CBD brands are synthetic crap that you don’t want.
6. An “Exit” Drug: 18-25-year-olds are turning to CBD flowers instead of opioids, lowering the opioid addiction rate in America.
What Is The Ideal Dosage of CBD Flowers?
The following recommended doses were extracted from various clinical studies, with sources at the top of this article and hyperlinked into each recommended dose:
General Health: 1 – 2.5mg/day
Chronic Pain: 2.5 – 20mg/day
Epilepsy: 200-300mg/day or 40mg/kg
Sleep Disorders: 40-160mg/day
My guide on CBD dosages will teach you everything you need to know when starting out with a new CBD product. Take five minutes to expand your knowledge. Comment below if you need more assistance, my team is here to help you.
Remember the dosages above are merely benchmarks. When starting out always go slow and dose low.
How Should I Consume CBD Flowers?
The 2 most popular methods of consuming CBD flowers are:
1. Smoking: THC smokers are big consumers of CBD hemp or CBD flowers. Mixing the two cannabinoid strains is a popular practice for those that want the “high” feeling from THC and the boosted relief feeling from CBD.
2. Vaping: I vape my CBD flowers using a Crafty vaporizer. I’ve found it to be the most efficient method to consume CBD multiple times daily. Here’s a short and sweet review on the Crafty:
What Are The Most Popular CBD Flowers?
My favorite CBD-dominant strain is the Harlequin strain. The Harlequin strain is 15% CBD and 7% THC. It offers a very mellow “high” and also a very effective body relief. I use the Harlequin strain after a long workout, I like the combo of THC and CBD after a workout.
Leafly offers over 85 reviews on the Harlequin strain. Take a few minutes to learn more.
If you want a CBD hemp flower I really like the Tweedle Farms Special Sauce 17.3% CBDa strain. Some great stuff!
With a nice “green apple” scent, this CBD dominant hemp flower is powerful and pleasurable to consume. Great smell and flavor, I give this CBD hemp flower an A++.
What Else Do I Need To Know About CBD Flowers?
To summarize this article CBD and THC are similar but very different. If you want a flower, make sure you look for the THC count. THC count will determine legality and effects.
Below 1% is a CBD Hemp flower, and cannabis with more than 1-2% THC is considered CBD from a cannabis plant. The cannabis plant will effectively offer more of the psychoactive feel of THC, and the Hemp plant will effectively offer a pain relieving, non-psychoactive feeling.
If you have any questions regarding CBD flowers please comment below. My team is here to help.
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