A Beginner's Guide to the CBD Flower
CBD products are making waves in the natural health and beauty industries. You may have read about CBD online or heard your buddy talk about it. But, what is it exactly and why is it so popular?
In this blog, we'll guide you through what CBD flower is, how CBD has been used, and all the different ways there are to consume it.
Ready to dive in? Let's go!
What is CBD Flower?
CBD is short for cannabidiol and it is one of over four hundred naturally occurring compounds found in the Cannabis species. Aside from THC, the main psychoactive compound found in Cannabis plants, CBD is another well-known chemical compound within cannabis.
In Canada, CBD flower comes from either hemp or cannabis (they're both part of the same Cannabis sativa plant species) where the flower is grown to produce high amounts of CBD content.
Hemp simply refers to a Cannabis plant that contains less than 0.3% THC content whereas there is no THC limit in cannabis.
CBD Hemp Flower vs CBD Cannabis Flower
Now, is there a difference in the CBD flower that comes from hemp vs the CBD flower that comes from cannabis?
On a molecular level, the CBD compound found in both types of CBD flower is the same--whether it comes from hemp or cannabis.
However, the CBD compound in CBD flower derived from cannabis, which contains higher amounts of THC, may cancel out the psychoactive effects of THC.
Whether your CBD flower comes from hemp or cannabis, they're likely to look very similar. To help you distinguish the two, hemp grows taller than cannabis and its leaves are more narrow than those on a cannabis plant.
Is CBD Flower Legal?
In Canada, CBD is regulated under the Cannabis Act of 2018, which established foundational rules and regulations surrounding the production, sale, possession, and use of cannabis. Provinces were free to create additional restrictions.
The province of Ontario, where CANNABUZZ Hamilton is located, regulates CBD based on age and location of purchase. You may use CBD flower and CBD products if you are over the age of 19 and if you purchase CBD flowers from licensed vendors or the government-operated online store.
Because CBD products, including CBD flower, may contain THC, you may fail a drug test if asked to complete one.
CBD Flower Side Effects
While most users take well to using CBD, there are some side effects to using CBD.
Potential side effects of CBD flower include:
- dry mouth
- dry eyes
As with smoking cannabis, you may experience dry and red eyes and a dry mouth with certain strains. Of course, side effects vary from person to person. However, it also depends on the amount of CBD flower taken and how much THC content is in it.
If you smoke a CBD flower strain that contains unproportionate levels of THC to CBD, you may experience a psychoactive high that feels out of control and uncomfortable. This can cause your body to reject what you consumed and it may also induce anxiety.
Make sure you chat with one of our CANNABUZZ team members to help you pick out the CBD flower strain that is right for you.
Different Ways To Smoke CBD Flower
As with smoking cannabis, there are many ways to smoke and use CBD flower too. Here are some of the easiest ways to smoke CBD flower.
Joints are a classic when it comes to smoking flower. But, not everyone can roll a joint (well). It takes practice and rolling a few bad joints to perfect a joint that looks great and smokes well.
Luckily, you don't have to learn how to roll to smoke and use CBD flower. At CANNABUZZ Hamilton, we carry pre-rolls in store that are ready to use whenever. We have different strains in stock so be sure to check it out!
Pipes come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors, but the main idea of a pipe is that there is a chamber for you to load up the flower and an airway for you to inhale the smoke. Most pipes also come with an air hole on the side to help control the light of the flower.
After you've finished smoking, you can empty the chamber and put it away in your pocket. They are small and convenient compared to a bong.
3. Dry Herb Vaporizer
A dry herb vaporizer is a great beginner-friendly way to smoke CBD flower.
Instead of burning the actual flower as you would in a joint, a pipe, or a bong, a dry herb vaporizer heats the flower. It is the heat from the vaporizer that activates all the terpenes and trichomes in the flower.
A bong is a larger piece of glass that looks like something a scientist would use in the lab. Except, people use it to smoke flower.
Bongs are similar to pipes in that they have a loading chamber (or bowl) and an airway for you to inhale the smoke. What's different is that bongs are vertical and the bowl is removable.
Bongs are a little more sophisticated and take some time to get used to. However, they deliver a nice, smooth hit when you get the hang of it.
Where To Buy CBD Flower
If you're looking to purchase CBD flower to unwind after a long day, you are at just the right place. We stock some of the best CBD flower and CBD products on the market.
Need help finding the right strain? Stop by our store and chat with one of our team members. We'll get you off to a good start.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns!