CBD Flower- What is it? Benefits, Side Effects & More
CBD flower is another form of CBD product with incredible benefits. The only difference is that
users inhale it instead of ingesting it or applying it topically. This can offer more immediate
relief to acute ailments due to it being absorbed into the bloodstream immediately instead of
having to go through the digestive tract first. It offers all of the therapeutic effects of CBD,
cannabinoids and terpenes creating an entourage effect.
What is CBD flower?
CBD flower, much like any other full spectrum, is a cannabis bud that contains high levels of CBD and low levels of THC (< 0.3%). The high levels of CBD come from picking the part of the cannabis plant containing the highest levels of CBD.
And because CBD flower comes straight off the plant, all naturally occurring cannabinoids remain intact.
How to use CBD flower
CBD flower can be administered by smoking or vaping. In fact, a lot of users opt for pre-rolled joints or vape pens due to convenience, but users also have the option of buying the hemp flower buds alone and creating rolls themselves.
Smoking CBD flower allows it to enter the bloodstream at a much faster rate than say taking an edible or oil. This is because CBD that is administered orally has to pass through the digestive tract before it enters the bloodstream, meaning it takes approximately 30 minutes for the effects to set in. So, if you are looking to skip the wait time and feel the therapeutic effects in a minimal amount of time, CBD flower is the way to go.
As with any other CBD product, we recommend starting off with a little, evaluating how you feel, then taking more if needed. This is due to some users may be more sensitive than others. “You can always take more, but you can’t take less.”
Since CBD flower must be inhaled through smoking or vaping, it is important to note that this may not be the best option for the elderly and those suffering from asthma, pneumonia and other lung related diseases.
Smoking CBD flower vs. smoking marijuana
This may be a question that has popped into your mind if you are new to the idea of smoking CBD flower. What is the difference between CBD flower and marijuana?
For starters, recreational marijuana users typically utilize it to feel the psychoactive head high caused by THC. Marijuana flowers contain as high as 25% THC which is high enough to cause all of the typical effects associated with being high such as food cravings, also known as the munchies.
In contrast, CBD flower contains very low levels of THC meaning even smoking multiple rolls in a short amount of time would still not be enough to get the user high. Users of CBD flower typically utilize the bud for therapeutic benefits, which we will list below, without the altered head state caused by marijuana.
What are the benefits?
As previously mentioned, CBD provides a wide array of benefits which we will review below. However, CBD flower has a richer therapeutic concentration due to what is known as “the entourage effect.”
The entourage effect occurs when cannabis compounds such as cannabinoids and terpenes work conjunctively to enhance the benefits and the users experience. Another huge benefit of CBD flower is that it is not addictive and as mentioned earlier in this post, will not get you high.
A review of some benefits and specific uses of CBD flower:
- Sleep related issues
- Potential neuroprotective properties
- Parkinson’s Disease
Can CBD flower get me high?
CBD flower will not get you high. This is because of the naturally low levels of THC occurring in industrial hemp strains- in fact it has to contain < 0.3% THC to even be considered CBD.
These buds are rich in CBD and allows users to gain all of the benefits and be brought back to equilibrium without feeling the psychoactive head high caused by THC products.
Are there side effects?
The side effects of CBD aren’t typically the main point of conversation when looking into these products due to it being safe in nature and having no major risk of consumption. However, there is always a possibility of mild side effects.
- Dry mouth
- Changes in mood and appetite
If you experience any of these side effects, it is important to remember that a small amount of CBD does go a long way. We recommend starting with minimizing your dose, seeing if any mild side effect you may be experiencing subsides or stopping use of CBD all together.