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Flower Power! Your Complete Beginner's Guide to CBD Flower

Flower Power! Your Complete Beginner's Guide to CBD Flower

Posted by FernValleyFarms on May 7th 2019

Flower Power! Your Complete Beginner's Guide to CBD Flower

Interested in the health benefits of cannabidiol without THC? Then you may be interested in CBD flower. Here is your complete guide to CBD flower and its uses.

For the last few years, the sale of CBD (cannabidiol) infused products has been on the rise throughout the U.S.

People are seeing great results from these products, too.

In fact, almost 50 percent of people who start consuming cannabidiol in some form end up stopping their use of other medications altogether.

When most people think of CBD, they think of CBD oil or CBD topical products. There are many other ways to consume CBD, though, including smoking or vaping CBD flower.

If you're not familiar with CBD flower or are unsure of whether or not it's a good option for you, keep reading. Everything you need to know as a beginner is explained below.

What is CBD?

CBD is a compound found in the Cannabis sativa plant.

CBD is not like THC, which is another well-known cannabis compound. THC brings about the mind-altering effects of cannabis. In other words, it is the part of the cannabis plant that gets you high.

CBD, on the other hand, offers many of the same medicinal benefits. It does not have any mind-altering effects, though.

CBD also helps to minimize the effects of THC for those who want to experience the benefits of cannabis but don't want to feel high.

THC and CBD in the Body

THC and CBD work differently in the body.

THC binds to specific cannabinoid receptors known as CB1 receptors. These receptors are located throughout the body,  but they're mostly concentrated in the brain and spinal cord.

CBD does not appear to bind to the cannabinoid receptors.

Instead, it helps to increase the availability of the cannabinoids the body produces on its own. It also binds to other receptors in the body, including the serotonin receptors.

Hemp vs. Cannabis vs. Marijuana

There's a lot of confusion out there right now regarding hemp and cannabis. Many people are wondering whether hemp and marijuana the same thing.

This has to do, in part, with the fact that many CBD products describe themselves as "hemp oil" or "hemp derived." Legally, those who sell CBD products have to describe their products this way to comply with FDA laws.

If you're not totally sure about the difference between hemp and cannabis, it's okay. Here are some basics you ought to know:

  • Cannabis is a specific family of plants
  • The Cannabis plant can be broken up into two classifications: Sativa and Indica
  • Marijuana can refer to plants that are part of the Indica or Sativa classifications
  • Hemp is a part of the Cannabis Sativa family
  • Hemp has a very low concentration of THC compared to other cannabis plants

Because of this low concentration (as well as the myriad of benefits and uses hemp has) of THC, hemp is legal to grow throughout the United States. Other Cannabis plants are only legal to grow in certain states.

What is CBD Flower?

CBD flower is a bud from the hemp plant that provides the consumer with CBD but very little THC.

It has been cultivated specifically by cannabis growers to provide consumers with the benefits of cannabis without a mind-altering experience.

There are many different ways to use CBD flower. Smoking is perhaps the most popular options, but there are plenty of other uses as well.

However it's used, CBD flower provides symptom relief to many of those who suffer from chronic pain, anxiety, inflammation, and seizure disorders.

CBD Flower Uses

There are lots of uses for CBD flower. The following are some of the most popular options for those looking to experience the benefits of CBD:

Smoking

You can smoke CBD flowers the same way you'd smoke any other type of cannabis flower.

By grinding the flowers and then rolling them into a traditional joint or placing them in a pipe, you can experience relief and relaxation without getting high.

Research shows that smoking CBD flowers (and cannabis, in general) don't appear to have the same effect on the lungs as smoking tobacco. However, this isn't an ideal method of consumption for those who suffer from respiratory issues.

Vaping

Another option for those who aren't into smoking is vaping. You can vape CBD flowers using a dry herb vape.

This still allows you to experience the benefits of CBD very quickly, but it's not as harsh on the lungs as smoking can sometimes be.

This is a better option for beginners, as well as those who prefer a more discrete CBD consumption experience. 

Baking

You can also incorporate CBD flower into baked goods. For those who don't like the experience of smoking or vaping, CBD edibles are a viable option.

Keep in mind, though, that CBD edibles will take longer to take effect that CBD products that are smoked or vaped.

Smoking and vaping allow the CBD to enter the bloodstream almost instantly. Baked goods require the CBD to pass through the digestive tract first.

CBD Flower Shopping Tips

As you can see, there are plenty of different ways that you can incorporate CBD flower into your lifestyle.

For those who are seeking immediate relief, smoking and vaping are generally the best options. For everyday maintenance, though, edibles can be a good alternative.

No matter what your reason is for using CBD flower, it's important to exercise caution when shopping for it. There are a lot of CBD products on the market these days, and they're not all created equal.

Look for CBD flower that is organically grown. This ensures you're not exposing yourself to pesticides and harmful chemicals when you consume it.

Pay attention to the concentration of CBD in the product you're buying, too. The higher the concentration, the stronger the effects.

Try CBD Flower Today

Now that you know more about CBD flower and its uses, are you interested in giving it a try?

In order to see the greatest benefits from CBD flower, it's important to make sure you're using the highest quality product possible.

Head to our online store today to find a variety of strains, as well as pre-rolls and sample packs.

All of our products contain high amounts of CBD -- between 14.4 and 21.4 percent -- and are organically grown.