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Did you know that the hemp plant has been used for over 8,000 years for its durable fibers in fabrics and ropes?
These fibers also include a wide range of medicinal components that are released when smoking hemp flower.
If you want to enjoy the benefits of this plant then you have come to the right place.
Continue reading to discover the world of hemp consumption
What is Hemp Flower?
You may have heard of the CBD hemp flower, but what does this mean exactly? Is hemp different than other cannabis products? The answer is yes.
Hemp comes from the same species of plant as other cannabis: the cannabis sativa plant. However, the difference is that hemp plants contain low levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and much higher amounts of CBD (cannabidiol).
THC is the cannabinoid that produces a psychoactive effect while CBD is a mild medicinal compound. This makes hemp that contains less than .3% of THC legal to grow and sell throughout the United States.
The buds or flowers of the hemp plant can be directly smoked once the plant fully matures and is cultivated and trimmed. This is the most natural state of hemp in its raw form.
Oils can be extracted to create hemp and CBD extracts for consumption by vaping, using tinctures, and creating edibles. However, flower is preferable due to its full-spectrum quality.
The bud contains all the terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids, providing a complete genetic makeup of the plant. Thus, you consume all the benefits of the hemp plant.
Smoking Hemp Flower
Smoking hemp is simple with a few accessories and tricks.
First, break the bud apart using your hands or a grinder to make it easier to burn evenly. Smoking a compacted bud will waste most of your flower and you won’t unlock the full flavor, aroma, and effects of the plant.
Second, place your flower in a glass bowl, bong, rolled joint, or dry vaporizer. Don’t pack the flower, rather leave it light for air to pass in between your bud pieces. This will allow oxygen to move the heat source throughout your flower.
Next, use a lighter or the coil in your vaporizer to decarboxylate the flower. Heating allows the CBD in the flower to activate and release in smoke or water vapor. Without heating it, the effects will be minimal.
You can also make a hemp butter to add in edibles. This requires you to heat the flower in an oil such as butter. Then strain the flower from the oil and use the butter as you would in any food such as baked goods.
Benefits of Hemp
If you are asking yourself, “Should I smoke hemp flower?” then you should know that it actually can be a healthy practice.
CBD is a naturally occurring cannabinoid in your body in the form of receptors within the endocannabinoid system. Adding CBD enhances its purpose of creating equilibrium within the body.
It does this by regulating the release of natural chemicals like serotonin, the feel-good hormone, and cortisol, the hormone in response to stress.
The result of CBD interacting with your brain is that it can assist with relief from mental illnesses like depression, anxiety, and stress.
It also aids in physical discomforts as it acts as an anti-inflammatory. This assists people with chronic pain, insomnia, and neurological problems like epilepsy.
The benefits of smoking hemp flower are still in its infancy as much research is still needed. However, many people claim to see major relief from their symptoms when using CBD regularly and for a prolonged time.
Hemp Dosages and Measurements
The CBD hemp flower effects can vary greatly from person to person. That is why it is important to understand the dosage amounts and how hemp is measured.
Concentrates like oils and edibles are much more difficult to gauge as their levels of CBD can vary depending on the process. They also contain more CBD and require less consumption than flower.
Flower is a raw form of CBD so its cannabinoid levels depend on the strain. Some strains have more CBD as well as various terpenes that produce different aromas and therapeutic benefits.
Start by trying a strain in small amounts to see if you like it. Flower is sold by the gram or ounce. You can buy one gram of each strain to test its effects.
Once you find a strain that you like then save money by buying an ounce at a time.
Where to Buy Hemp
Since hemp is legal throughout the country, it is easy to buy it online or at a local dispensary. However, its popularity has also made it susceptible to scams and bad products.
Some weed tips and tricks are to visit a reputable dispensary so you can talk to a professional about medicinal options. If you live in an area with no facility then you must do some research online.
Look at reviews of online shops to see what others say about their product. Also, look at the third-party testing of their products.
Testing will show the levels of all the existing cannabinoids especially THC, as well as its inorganic compounds. You should consider a completely organic product to avoid consuming additional chemicals.
Trying Hemp for the First Time
Smoking hemp flower for the first time can be scary, but with knowledge comes power. If you know what you are doing then the fear subsides.
Remember that you are taking one step toward a healthier lifestyle.
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