What is Smoking Hemp Flower Like?

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Now that it is legal, people have embraced products made with hemp. CBD oils to be my favorite product among consumers because smoking allows the substance of the plant to directly travel to your bloodstream and therefore delivers the relief and relaxing effects almost instantly. This is one of the most desired properties to a smoker.

Anyways, at this day, more people than ever have experienced, or want to experience, trying hemp flower by smoking it, but they don’t know how they feel about it. Does it get you high? What does it taste like? If you want to know more about smoking CBD flower but want to learn before you try, this article will explain it to you.

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Key Takeaways

  • Smokable hemp flower, derived from the Cannabis sativa plant, is legal as it contains less than 0.3% THC, ensuring it does not produce the psychoactive effects associated with marijuana. Instead, it is high in CBD and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids, providing therapeutic benefits without the high.
  • There are various ways to smoke hemp flower, including rolling it into joints, using pipes or bongs, or vaporizing. Each method has its nuances in terms of preparation and consumption.
  • High-quality hemp flower should be free of stems, seeds, and brown spots, and should have a fresh, aromatic scent with visible trichomes. Always check for a third-party Certificate of Analysis (COA) to ensure purity and safety.

What Is A Smokable Hemp Flower?

Smokable hemp flower is the dried flower of the Cannabis sativa plant (aka marijuana), but ones that have been bred legally to have less than 0.3 per cent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the cannabinoid that causes the marijuana high.

Because smokable hemp flowers have high levels of cannabidiol (CBD) and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids, they appear to be therapeutically beneficial with little to no mind-altering effects.

Does Hemp Flower Get You High?

Hemp flower won’t get you high. At least, not a totally legal and lab-tested CBD flower. The legal amount of THC content that a hemp product contains is only .3%. This is because THC is the substance that creates the so-called “high” of marijuana. Regardless of who the vendor is, if the hemp flower is considered legal, it won’t give you the same buzz you can expect from marijuana.

Benefits of Smoking Hemp Flower

Hemp flower contains several substances, the most popular being CBD. This cannabinoid is great for treating multiple physical conditions; sore muscles, inflammation and chronic pains can be reduced by its consumption. In addition, its relaxation effects are perfect for people who seek calm feelings while hanging lucid and just want to have a good time.

Another compound called CBG is also getting attention because of its amazing effects on the body; some studies have proven it to slow bacterial growth, inhibit cancer cells growth and reduce inflammation. Its several properties are enhanced thanks to the direct interaction of this substance with receptors of the endocannabinoid system in our bodies, helping to regulate sleep, mood and appetite.

Relaxing Effect

Having a little higher percentage than hemp alone should make it a powerful relaxation tool. It helps you relax without intoxication. The CBD in your hemp flower mediates your endocannabinoid-CBD receptor interactions to help tone down a stressed nervous system and get into a good place for getting rest.

Anxiety And Pain Relief

While some people use hemp flower to help them relax, others do so to address issues such as pain and anxiety. CBD is anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) and analgesic (pain reliever), just like cannabis is when converted into marijuana.

Appetite Stimulation

Smoking hemp flower may stim helpulate your appetite, which can be beneficial for those struggling with loss of appetite due to medical conditions or treatments.

How to Smoke Hemp Flower?

Smoking hemp flower is a straightforward process, but there are a few key steps to ensure an enjoyable and effective experience.

1. Choose High-Quality Hemp Flower

High-quality hemp flower is quite discernible from poor quality and here are a few visual cues we have found helpful. Trimmed and cured hemp flower should be devoid of visible stems, seeds or brown spots. A desirable hemp flower bud will frequently exhibit ridge-like structures, be brightly coloured and have a pungently aromatic scent with a trichome-covered exterior. Having been freshly harvested, select hemp flower ought to remain springy to the touch.

Dried-out, browning hemp that emits a skunky or off-putting odour warrants reconsideration or exclusion due to the high likelihood of poor quality, improper curing, dry storage and the use of sub-optimal cultivars and processing techniques.

A quality hemp company will let you see an unaltered Certificate of Analysis (COA) from a third-party lab that confirms levels of cannabinoids and the absence of pesticides, heavy metals, and other contaminants.

2. Roll a Joint, Pack a Bowl, or Use a Vaporizer

  • Joints: Rolling a hemp joint is similar a to rolling traditional tobacco or marijuana joint. Use rolling papers, place your ground hemp in the center, and roll it into a cylindrical shape. Seal the joint by twisting the end.

  • Pipes or Bongs: Pack the ground hemp into the bowl of your pipe or bong. Use a screen to prevent small pieces from falling through. Light the hemp and inhale slowly, controlling the airflow with your breath.

  • Vaporizers: If you prefer a smoke-free option, use a dry herb vaporizer designed for hemp flower. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for loading and heating the device. Vaporizing hemp may provide a smoother, more flavorful experience and reduce the inhalation of potentially harmful combustion byproducts.

3. Start with Small Doses and Adjust as Needed

If you’re using hemp flower for the first time, start with a small dose – a few draws from a joint, for example, or a couple pinches in a bowl – and see how you feel after a minute or so before taking more. It’s different for everybody, so you’ll likely need to experiment to find the right dose.

As with smoking hemp flower, you might come to find that a higher dose is disagreeable and you will develop your dosing regimen accordingly to maximise whatever effect you are after. (Less pain, more focus, more relaxation; you get the picture.)

Listen to your body: don’t overdose, or you could feel terrible (or even throw up!). Botany makes it easy for you to find your perfect hemp flower experience. We vet our premium hemp flower so you can make sure your flavor and effects are always on-point.

How Does Smoking Hemp Flower Work?

When you smoke your hemp flower, the CBD and other beneficial compounds rush directly into your blood stream through the lungs. This method of ingestion provides you with high bioavailability – that is, much of the CBD enters your system versus other consumption methods such as orally.

The moment it enters your bloodstream, CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) that’s found throughout your entire body. The ECS is a network of receptors and neurotransmitters that control a number of functions, including mood, pain perception, appetite and sleep. CBD binds to these receptors, changing their activity to produce therapeutic effects.

Taste and Odor of Hemp Flower

While hemp flower and marijuana look alike, the taste can vary tremendously depending on how the CBD flower was processed, which is why good hemp flower should taste earthy and even nutty, or, if you consider the terpenes (hemp flower can taste and smell much like many of the THC-rich cannabis flower strains you may have smoked, and each strain has its own mouth-watering flavour, from the fruity and citrusy, to the piney and minty to the nutty and sweet, and beyond.

Be wary of CBD flowers that taste very grassy in flavour; while hemp is a plant high in chlorophyll, good-quality drying and curing methods should mitigate the presence of this substance in the final product. More likely than not, grassy flavours in hemp flower indicates poor-quality flower.

What is Smoking Hemp Flower Like: Frequently Asked Questions

Is Hemp Flower Psychoactive?

No, hemp flower isn’t ‘psychoactive’ as traditionally understood, since it contains very small amounts of THC (less than 0.3 per cent). THC is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that causes the high associated with marijuana. Hemp flower is high in CBD and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids, which produce very little or no psychoactive effects but can be therapeutic.

Is Hemp Flower Addictive?

Hemp flower is not usually habit-forming. Hemp does not contain nicotine and other chemicals that can make other things addictive. Further, CBD found in hemp is non-habit-forming, and, according to current research, helps to undo the effects of other, more challenging addictive drugs –demonstrating potential to advance public health, especially for those recovering from substance abuse.

How Strong Is Hemp Flower?

Hemp flower is measured in strength by the cannabinoid (primarily CBD) concentration, and can vary depending on the strain and how it was grown. Contrary to THC-dominant cannabis, which is graded according to how potent its high is, hemp flower strength is measured according to the efficacy of its CBD content and its ability to provide therapeutic benefits – minus the ‘high’.

References for this article:

  • https://www.cdc.gov/marijuana/featured-topics/CBD.html
  • https://www.fda.gov/news-events/public-health-focus/fda-regulation-cannabis-and-cannabis-derived-products-including-cannabidiol-cbd
  • https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/cbd-thc-difference
  • https://labstat.com/understanding-a-hemp-certificate-of-analysis-coa/

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