What You Should Know About Hemp Flower
This is not an “ultimate guide” to smokable hemp flower. You see, there isn’t one. Nobody knows enough about hemp in general – and its derivative products with all their potential health and recreational benefits – for anyone to really make that claim just yet.
Cannabis is everywhere. One day, these words will sound normal. In some places, they already do. Colorado and Alaska spearheaded the push for reclassification when they took the unprecedented step of legalizing recreational marijuana use in the early 2010s. Going back even further, California and Washington – Seattle in particular – have been at the vanguard of legal reform since the 90s and 70s(!), respectively.
You’d think with all the pioneering of the past four decades that states would have some kind of blueprint – or perhaps at least a terabyte or four of data — sitting in some government cloud account… somewhere.
First, A Bit of Background
You may or may not be surprised to learn that while, yes, such databases do exist — and yes, they have proven remarkably useful within their niche – state governments the nation over have been notably ill-prepared to deal with the sudden and forceful emergence of an international, U.S.-based hemp industry. Just six years ago, growing cannabis anywhere outside of heavily-guarded government facilities under the jurisdiction of federal law enforcement agencies (LEAs). Now, cannabis seems to be the hottest thing since toasted bread.
Nor should the puns stop there, as the long, storied relationship between wheat and cannabis has been nothing short of a constant battle for survival between these highly niche-competitive crops. Always the victor in these stories – save for those involving human intervention – is always the hemp plant. It’s hardy. It’s resourceful. It’s aggressively competitive. For these reasons, hemp has been regarded over the past century or so as little more than a weed. Get it?
Now, imagine the government’s surprise upon discovering that hemp’s real agricultural value has actually remained something of an open secret for decades. Long hailed for its robust fiber and durable hurd — which have consistently led to the production of superior paper, textile and rope products than do virgin kraft woods, cotton, and the various regional cordage options available to rope makers respectively – it turned out hemp another trick up it’s leaves. And no, we’re not talking about its recently discovered effectiveness as a superior concrete base (even though we think that’s pretty darn cool too).
The increasing popularity of CBD infused food items has seen the cultivation of hemp flowers skyrocket across Europe as well as the United States. Today CBD infused consumables range from gum to gummy bears, from chocolate to craft beers. This is aside from the popularity of CBD infused oils, cosmetic applications, gels – as well as creams to help control muscular and joint pain.
Why the popularity?
The popularity of CBD is due in part because of its wide availability in the form of consumables – and the fact that these are a discrete way of enjoying the calming effect of the chemical. CBD which is extracted from hemp flowers is a non-psychoactive compound. It differs from THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in marijuana -which is responsible for the ‘high’ caused by using products derived from the THC in marijuana – or by smoking either the leaves of the plant itself or other compounds derived from marijuana
A quick distinction from Marijuana
Hemp flowers do contain trace amounts of THC – but it is simply not enough to provide the high that is delivered from marijuana use. In fact, many countries (where marijuana is illegal) have set limits on which products can be legally sold as containing only trace amounts of THC. In the United Kingdom, for instance, that limit is a THC content of 1.2%. This has led many growers to experiment with selective breeding to ensure that the THC content of the hemp flowers is kept below this threshold – in order to provide users interested in the beneficial effects of smoking hemp flowers or otherwise using CBD for its many health benefits.
CBD’s Impact on Health
Although medical research is ongoing there seems to be a consensus building that the use of CBD can have some remarkable effects on health and wellbeing. Anecdotal evidence certainly seems to back up this view.
There is mounting evidence that CBD can contribute to the control of chronic pain. This is especially true for pain which is the result of inflammation – such as the case with rheumatoid arthritis. However, CBD has also been used successfully in the control of menstrual cramping and muscular pain as well.
The use of CBD has also been shown to reduce what has been called ‘mind chatter’. This is the inner dialogue that many engage in – which can become incredibly distracting and lead to feelings of anxiety.
The ability of CBD to affect mood – in terms of providing relief from stress and anxiety is now well documented. This makes it tremendously useful for those who are struggling to cope with the increasingly demanding modern lifestyle – which includes more work-related stress than has ever been the case.
There is also mounting evidence that the use of CBD can increase focus and mental agility.
CBD is now the subject of intense study due to the fact that it may act as a substitute for many manmade chemical drugs for the control of stress and as aids for focus. It avoids the pitfalls of these drugs – which can have serious side effects.
Smoking flower achieves fast, concentrated effect, but it reduces CBD potency by a long shot (up to 80% of plant matter is incinerated by fire). But, it’s concentrated, so it feels more potent.
CBD flowers are safe to smoke and have a variety of health benefits – ensure that the products that you are sourcing are from a reputable distributor or manufacturer – and sit back and relax.