For sure you have heard about this CBD flower that everybody is going crazy about. What is it really and why is it making a buzz? If you are curious or if you want to keep yourself updated about it, keep on reading this article.
What Is A CBD Flower?
A CBD flower is a hemp flower. Hemp is a plant under the Cannabis plant genus, together with the marijuana plant. This means that hemp and marijuana are relatives but they are different from each other.
Hemp contains more CBD, or Cannabidiol, which is a non-psychoactive component. Marijuana, on the other hand, contains THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, a psychoactive component that is responsible for giving the “high” feeling to consumers. In short, you will get high in using marijuana but you won’t get that from hemp.
The flower is processed to be ready for consumption.
It is said that the use of hemp originated from the Middle East and Asia and the usage of it can be traced back from thousand years ago. It was also said that a Chinese Emperor once used hemp as a medicine because it was observed to help deal with rheumatism. Centuries ago, it was also called a “sacred grass” by Hindus (read more).
Hemp plants were also used before in making clothes, pottery, textiles and papers, and even sails of some ships. People from Asia then brought the plant when they migrated to Europe, and some went to South America.
There were also speculations that Great Britain’s Queen Victoria has used hemp as a cure for her menstrual cramps.
It was in 1963 that a doctor, Dr. Raphael Mechoolam, identified the Cannabidiol stereochemistry; and 1964 was when THC stereochemistry was identified. After the identification of stereochemistry of the two, it was found out that the “high” feeling is associated with the THC and not in the Cannabidiol.
However, since not all people were made aware that Tetrahydrocannabinol in marijuana is different from the Cannabidiol in hemp, they think of the two as the same. So people think that hemp is also an undesirable substance, same with marijuana.
No matter how history seems like a roller coaster for this plant, looking at it now, it seems to have a bright future.
Growing hemp was made legal when former president Trump signed the Farm Bill into law last 2018. However, even if it is a federal law, each state has its jurisdiction. Not all states in the US are approving Cannabidiol. Others are allowing it but with restrictions.
Following are the states where possession of any CBD product is allowed (but not selling):
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- North Dakota
- West Virginia
Following are states where it is legal to have and use CBD products but with conditions (also not selling):
- Indiana (no smokables)
- Kentucky (no smokables)
- Massachusetts (no food/ supplements/smokables)
- New York (no smokables)
- South Carolina (no raw hemp without a license)
- South Dakota (no smokables)
- Tennessee (certified seed)
- Texas (no smokables)
How To Use CBD Flowers?
If you want to try to use Cannabidiol products, it’s easy! There are different ways to consume a CBD flower creatively and effectively. It depends on your preference. Following are some:
1. Smoke Through A Roll
This probably is the most common way to consume a hemp bud. You may make your roll just make sure to use the proper materials.
2. Sprinkle On Food
Some people would want to consume cannabidiol but do not want to smoke. Don’t worry because the hemp buds/flowers can be crushed and sprinkled into foods just like how you sprinkle other herbs.
3. Add To Your Drinks
If you do not want to smoke and are not comfortable sprinkling the flower in your food, you may try adding it to your drink just like other teas. The taste might be challenging though.
Benefits Of Using Cannabidiol
Studies are suggesting that Cannabidiol has plenty of benefits. This is why it is associated with Medical marijuana. Following are the identified benefits one can get from consuming cannabidiol products:
1. Good Pain Reliever
Cannabidiol can help relieve the pain that you are feeling. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that could help you, especially after strenuous training. It can even help you with joint pains caused by arthritis.
2. Improves Mood
CBD helps set your mood and makes you feel positive. It also could help in giving you good sleep which could also help make your mood even better.
3. Helps With Anxiety And Depression
Anxiety and depression are very common, especially in young people. Since CBD helps set the mood, it could help if you feel anxious.
4. Helps With Cancer And Cancer-Related Symptoms
It can help fight cancer and also helps you with cancer-related symptoms like nausea and vomiting. It can also help with your heart health and with mental disabilities like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, etc.
This is the reason why the product became prominent and sought by many because it has plenty of benefits. A lot are also claiming that they feel a lot better after trying cannabidiol products (link: https://usa.inquirer.net/19609/cbd-effects-5-benefits-plus-the-side-effects).
Other Cannabidiol products include oils, vapes, isolates, and other concentrates. There are even more unique products like toothpicks, bed sheets, yoga outfits, tissues, etc.