When it comes to hemp flower, many people don’t know how it is supposed to be consumed. And we get it. With so many different products out in the market, it is quite hard to be up to date with every single news that comes out about this incredible plant. For this reason, we created this article to show you how you can eat hemp flower in case you are not very fond of smoking or vaping.
To start with, it is important to note that hemp isn’t directly edible. Even when perfectly dried and cured, you won’t get the cannabinoids in it activated because they need to be exposed to heat. Not to mention it will have a terrible taste if you eat it right off the stalk. That’s why many companies have started to sell edibles in order to deliver the great benefits of hemp flower along with a delicious flavor.
Even though hemp was made legal by the 2018 Farm Bill, there are still a lot of irregularities regarding CBD edibles. The FDA is trying to control the sale of CBD-infused edibles and many other products, giving licences to those companies who have their goods tested and approved by them. That is why it may be hard for you to easily find CBD edibles unless you make a good research about the companies that sell their products in your state.
Because of this limbo, choosing a good product from an established company is highly important. This will guarantee that you are being sold the correct dosage and there are not other compounds forbidden by the law, like a strong THC presence. It’s key to look for transparency when shopping, so your best bet is to buy only from those who have been approved by the FDA and have publicly available test results from a third-party lab.
So say you have found a company that sells CBD edibles. What to pick? From chocolates to gummies; from smoothies to cocktails, there are several options that provide high-quality CBD in delicious forms. One specific food item that deserves recognition are CBD gummies. To break it down into simpler terms, think of multivitamin gummies, but with cannabidiol instead. This edible is extremely popular and has been improved over the years by many companies.
At the beginning of the hemp hype, many gummies used to contain corn syrup and various dyes, which ended up diminishing the benefits of CBD and providing a long-term danger to your body. Currently, you can find brands with no sugar or artificial sweeteners who also use food-based coloring. The best thing about this product is that elders enjoy them just as much as children, having a great market to appeal to. In addition, it is very convenient, since they are one of the most common CBD edibles and can be found at any store that sells hemp products.
Another CBD edible that is one of the consumers’ favorites is CBD-infused chocolates. Sugar in chocolate enhances the effects provided by CBD in the body’s endocannabinoid receptors. This way, some cognitive processes such as normalizing sleep, improving mood and suppressing pain are controlled by the intake of CBD chocolates.
However, it is important to consume only high-quality products with small quantities of sugar. It is better for your body if you choose dark chocolate, which has a high cocoa content, and find good doses of CBD in it. Of course, this depends on each person’s needs. If you want to start consuming CBD edibles, it is better for you to visit your physician in case you will use it as a way to control any illness. It is also important to begin with a low amount of edibles and slowly increasing the intake if you happen to need more.
Making your own CBD edibles
So now that you have a heads up about the FDA laws and the current companies that create hemp flower edibles, you may be asking yourself if it is possible to make your own hemp-infused foods. If you don’t find any product that catches your attention, you can make CBD edibles from scratch using your favorite hemp flower strains. Keep reading to learn the basics about this process!
In order to eat hemp flower, first you have to heat the buds to activate the CBD compounds in it. The most effective way to do so is to cook the hemp buds into butter, olive oil or even ghee on a low flame to avoid burning the nugs.
Once it has properly released all the CBD rich components, take out the plant material and then add your canna-oil to your preferred recipes: brownies, cookies and even tea. As of now, many websites have released many special recipes that can be recreated, going from simple things as cannabis tea to more complex ones as your own CBD gummies.
This method is perfect if you want to have more control over your personal dosage of CBD and the ingredients you use for the recipes. In addition, you will get to know more about your body and how it reacts to each food, which will help you choose the right CBD edible in the market if you happen to crave one from time to time.
The long-lasting nature of the plant makes it better to treat conditions that have chronic symptoms. People who suffer from arthritis, multiple sclerosis, nerve damage, and sports related injuries, can benefit from the all-day relief provided by eating hemp flower products. Additionally, the effects last 2-4 hours more than smoking or vaping hemp flower, which will reduce the amount of times a day you need to take it.
Another benefit of eating hemp-infused edibles is the entourage effect. According to scientific research, the cannabinoids present in hemp flower are more effective when they are kept together. Thanks to this effect, all the compounds of the plant, like CBD and terpenes, engage in a form of synergy with each other. This phenomenon delivers benefits much greater than their individual features. CBD-rich hemp flower allows the whole cannabinoids to interact with each other, making each strain’s benefits increase.
The downside of this method of consumption is that it doesn’t allow the CBD to directly interact with your bloodstream, making it a slow-acting option. It takes from 30 minutes to 2 hours for the liver to process all the food and supplements you take, meaning it all depends on how fast your metabolism is and the dosage you take. Another inconvenient is the low bioavailability -the presence of certain compounds, in this case, CBD, in a determined product- that results from heating the buds, since this process reduces CBD levels from 6%-20%. Hence, it is not the best option if you want to experience instant relief or relaxation, which would be much better if you have CBD oils or smoke hemp flower.
Humans have used hemp plants therapeutically for thousands of years. Chinese medicine texts from the second century indicate it was used as a medicinal herb, and for years it was a main ingredient in some recipes that mothers used to give to their children to treat pain in Europe. Even though hemp was made illegal for decades, these ancient practices have served as a foundation for the companies that dedicate their time to manufacture good CBD products to make peoples’ lives way easier, resulting in a better quality of life.
If you happen to be curious about making your own CBD edibles, check out Botany Farms’ CBD strains to give your recipes an amazing taste and aroma while enjoying the multiple benefits of our craft cannabis. There are several strain varieties and flavors to suit your preferences and get started on the consumption of hemp flower edibles while you adapt to the new experiences this great herb provides.