We have talked before on this blog about the versatility of CBD. You can take it under your tongue, in a capsule, in a gummy, or mixed up in your favorite smoothie. And that’s just what you consume by eating. There’s a whole other world of CBD consumption just waiting for you to explore, and it starts with CBD flowers. What you need to know about this method of consumption is all right here.
What Are CBD Flowers?
When we talk about CBD flowers, we are talking about one part of an industrial hemp plant. Like any plant, hemp has multiple parts: the stem, roots, seeds, leaves, and last of all, the flower. The flower is the part where you get most of your cannabinoids, including CBD. When making tinctures, the entire plant is harvested, and the CBD is extracted from it. When preparing CBD flowers, the flower part of the plant is harvested, dried, and then packaged for use without going through the extraction process.
How To Use CBD Flowers
The most popular method of consuming CBD flowers is by smoking or vaping them, and for good reason. But there are a plethora of other ways to use CBD flowers. For example, if you cut the flower super finely, you can mix it with loose tea leaves, put it into an infuser, and make yourself a fine cup of CBD flower tea. Or, you can incorporate it into a seasoning to put in your food. You can even put it into your bath water or add it to a homemade bath bomb.
A Note on Decarboxylation
If you are used to incorporating CBD oil into food, drinks, or beauty projects, you are probably used to just putting the oil straight into whatever you’re making. But in order to fully activate the cannabinoids in CBD flowers, they need to undergo a process called decarboxylation. That is a five-dollar word that means you have to get the flower hot. Decarboxylation happens naturally when you put CBD flowers through the extraction process to get CBD oil or when you smoke or vape them. If you just want to add them to a tea or as a seasoning, you will want to decarboxylate the plant first.
Fortunately, saying decarboxylation is much harder than the actual process. Preheat your home oven to 240-300 degrees Fahrenheit. If you go too much lower than this, your CBD may not decarb, and if you go too much higher, you run the risk of degrading your bulb. Take your flower and crumble it onto a cookie sheet. Try to stick to dime-sized pieces; if you go too fine, you may burn your flower. You may need to bake them anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes. You’ll know they’re done when they’re a nice, toasty brown.
What about THC?
Tetrahydrocannabinol—or THC—is the compound that causes a “high” in hemp’s cousin marijuana. For CBD products to be legal, they must have a less than .3% Tetrahydrocannabinol content, and the same is true in CBD flowers. However, the THC content in CBD flowers is likely to be a little higher than in other products like broad-spectrum CBD tinctures.
Why Use CBD Flowers
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” So, Helen Keller was definitely talking about teamwork when she said that quote, but the idea does apply well to CBD flowers too. There are a lot of cannabinoids and terpenes in CBD flowers that are great on their own. But they’re so much better when they work together!
When different components of CBD are in a plant together, they enhance the other components for a more effective CBD experience. Scientists have a term for this synergistic phenomenon: the entourage effect. Other forms of CBD such as isolate have everything but the CBD stripped from it. There are no terpenes, other cannabinoids, or trace THC. The CBD flower has it all, allowing you to take full advantage of the entourage effect.
Our bodies absorb CBD differently depending on how we consume it. For example, when we take CBD oil under the tongue, we tend to absorb far more of the CBD than we do when we take it orally, such as through a gummy. When we smoke or vape CBD flowers, our bodies absorb the highest percentage of CBD and it kicks in the quickest out of any other method of CBD consumption. The body may absorb as much as 56% of the CBD and have it reach the bloodstream in as little as three minutes.
CBD is associated with a host of benefits, and because CBD flowers give you more CBD faster, you may experience even more of these benefits. Some issues CBD may help with include:
Because research on CBD is ongoing, it’s important to keep in mind that these benefits still fall under the “potential” category.
Risks of CBD Flowers
Health Side Effects
CBD flowers, like tinctures, are safe to use and don’t contain the carcinogens that you find in cigarettes. However, it should be noted that inhaling anything other than oxygen isn’t great for your lungs. Although CBD flowers are associated with few side effects, some users have experienced nausea and dry mouth. Users may be able to reduce such effects by adjusting their dosage.
Drug tests mainly focus on THC content in the urine. Because THC content is so low in CBD products, they shouldn’t cause you to fail a drug test. However, there are some factors that may impact that. For instance, THC builds up in the body over time. The more you use for longer, the more likely it is to show up on a drug test. You may also have issues if the company you are buying from doesn’t label its THC content correctly. That’s why our products are backed by third-party testing.
If there’s anything else you feel you need to know about CBD flowers, you can find it out by trying them for yourself. We have plenty of CBD hemp flowers for sale for you to try.