Laws & Safety Around Smoking Hemp Flower
The last decade has seen a great surge in hemp, and in recent years hemp for CBD. Farmers all over the United States and Europe have been growing hemp species with favorable terpenes and high levels of CBD.
Nowadays, CBD-rich hemp flower cultivars can be found in dispensaries and smoke shops across the nation that sell quality hemp products. A few excellent strains of high-quality hemp flower CBD with lower THC levels have been coming to the industry. So, what’s the deal with smokable hemp flower and is it safe and legal?
Is Smokable Hemp Flower Legal in my State?
Views on legalization of cannabis seem to be constantly shifting across the states. With more and more politicians taking cannabis reform on board due to a rapidly growing market, it can be very confusing sorting out different state and federal stances on cannabis laws.
Some states have legalized cannabis for medical and recreational use while others allow only medical use. Many states are still fighting for the right to legalize, however, some have banned it outright.
Use these resources to check if your state allows legal recreational and medical cannabis:
State-by-State Industrial Hemp Statues – National Conference of State Legislatures
US Hemp Laws by State – VoteHemp.com
How will you know if the CBD flower vendor is trustworthy?
Most CBD is distilled from parts of the hemp plant that have been processed into a pulp and then converting the CBD from the pulp into concentrate. Many companies may not be selling products that contain the full spectrum of terpenes and cannabinoids from the whole plant.
Studies have found evidence that full spectrum, or ‘whole plant’ consumption, of CBD, CBG and other beneficial cannabinoids can be more effective than isolated CBD.
CBD hemp flower products from a trusted source will be clearly labeled with cannabinoid and THC levels, terpene information, and date of harvest and packaging. Top shelf CBD flower will have been lab tested, and properly screened for unwanted contaminants such as heavy metals, pesticides, and mold.
When buying CBD flower online, look for or request a COA (Certificate of Analysis) of the cultivar and any supporting lab testing documents for contaminant testing.
What does “Full Spectrum” mean?
Full spectrum means that a hemp product contains all of the cannabinoids that are occur naturally in that specific cannabis plant cultivar.
High quality, full spectrum CBD products are typically high in CBD, with only trace amounts of minor cannabinoids, and very low in THC (less than 0.3%).
Taking advantage of the overall composition of the plant is considered “full spectrum” and is a crucial part of the “entourage effect” – which refers to the increased therapeutic effectiveness of medical hemp products, due to the different cannabinoids working synergistically.
Full spectrum products can be far more effective in helping with medical conditions and providing stress or anxiety relief than products that are CBD-isolate derived. Products that are isolate derived will only contain the isolated CBD molecule.
What else can you do to ensure legal compliance?
Apart from checking whether hemp flower smoking is legal in your state, you should check whether the THC levels are within the legal limit.
Hemp and cannabis plants both create flower buds that contain THC and CBD but by law, products from hemp plants are not allowed to contain more than 0.3% THC by dry weight.
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