Introduction to CBD Flower & CBD Infusions
What is CBD Flower?
This is a common question we receive from customers both in-store and online. Technically speaking, CBD and marijuana are the exact same species. The only thing that makes the distinction between hemp and marijuana is the law of whichever state or country you’re in. Another technicality is the amount of THC in the plant, that’s actually responsible for determining the legality of the situation.
So as far as science is concerned, there is no difference between the cannabis plant and the hemp plant because it’s all actually the same species: Cannabis Sativa. The only difference between the two are the distinction that the law makes and the distinction that retailers make. At the end of the day, hemp flower is just cannabis sativa bred to have a naturally higher CBD percentage than that of marijuana or industrial hemp.
Is CBD Flower Potent?
Another question we regularly receive from clients is that regarding potency. Often times when customers ask this they’re basically asking it will get them high. Now, this isn't always the case obviously, like when a customer consumes CBD for a medical reason and they’re actually concerned with the medical efficacy of the CBD, but a lot of other times the only reason someone is buying CBD or hemp flower from your store is because they are seeking a cannabis-like effect. *CBD DOES NOT PROVIDE A HIGH*
Depending on the type of flower that you purchase and what you’re looking to accomplish with it, CBD flowers can be very potent, especially if you do not consume marijuana. This is only the case because sometimes .3% THC can be mislabeled and if you’re not used to it you can actually get a little bit of a buzz.
Does CBD Flower Smell?
When we get this question, it’s sort of hard to describe to someone unless they have a pretty good knowledge of marijuana and it’s smell compared to hemp and it’s smell. As I previously mentioned, there is not a scientific difference between the plants but there are a lot of different and varying characteristics between them. When you open a bag of real chronic, a myriad of smells can hit you from everything between gassy ethanol and fruity lemon, but with CBD flower the smell is quite similar, though it’s muted and normally far less spicy in terms of noticeability and the manner in which it alerts your nose.
CBD flower smells a lot like marijuana, but as I previously stated, it’s muted. So when I flew with a couple ounces of CBD flower from Arizona to Louisiana I didn’t run into any issues from law enforcement coming or going.
Can You Get High Off of Hemp Flower?
Yes! You can. Definitely get a sort of relaxing buzz from hemp flower, though nothing even close to the potency of legal marijuana. Though hemp flower is often marketed as non-psychoactive, for someone who isn’t used to THC at all, they will often feel effects.
To be clear, though, the CBD in the CBD flower is not what’s causing an effect. The actual CBD within the product is non-psychoactive so it mostly functions as an anti-inflammatory and Nuero-protectant and again, does not get you high.
Will CBD Cause You to Fail a Drug Test?
This is usually the primary concern of those consuming CBD, “will I piss hot at my job”. Here’s the thing, if you’re only consuming CBD isolate without any other cannabinoids then you’re good, but the lines begin to blur in full spectrum blends and blends that contain CBN because it actually can interact with whichever markers are used to gauge THC in a drug test.
Something to take into consideration, too, is that even though the THC markers state that the product’s levels are below .3% THC often times the drug tests you take at an employer’s vary in sensitivity so what may make you fail one test may not cause you to fail the other. So just because you’re passing certain drug tests does not mean you will pass others.
*Something to keep in mind: The mechanism of CBD and its binding to receptors is much more difficult if there’s not THC in the substance, tincture, or infusion already because they naturally work together. So without THC, CBD is more or less inapplicable besides the potential to interact with certain nerves in the spinal cord.
The Different Types of CBD
Flower: CBD-rich hemp flower is simply the cannabis sativa plant grown under the agreement that there would be no more than .3% THC present in the flower itself. For those of you who may trying to cut down on smoking or simply enjoy the ritual of rolling, smoking, etc, this is a great route to get your CBD, especially because it already has naturally occurring THC. As far as bioavailability is concerned, you’re consuming about 25% of the active ingredients available in the flower.
Gummies: Gummies and other edibles are great for discreet consumption, not to mention that the cannabinoids present in the gummies are more readily absorbed by your body than from the smoke and flower. By this I mean that the bioavailability is much higher in edible versions than in smokeable versions.
Other Edibles: Gummies, cookies, brownies, etc are all basically the same in the sense that CBD oil is made in a large quantity then used as a replacement in whichever recipes you so choose. Make sure to read the label so you understand exactly what’s in the edible in order to understand how your body may react to it. Often times different carrier oils are used when the CBD is extracted from the hemp, but they're limited to a few in the mainstream marketplace.
Drinks: Recently, CBD has permeated into the beverage realm and I’ve noticed it as a booster in all sorts of teas and energy drinks. CBD is a popular calming agent so this often pairs it with lavender or other calming herb of the sort. The bioavailability in the drinks is about the same as the edible because at the end of the day you’re consuming either an oil or a tincture.
Oils: The most common CBD oils are made from MCT oil, sunflower lecithin, or hemp oil. What you’re looking for here, from a craftsmanship perspective, is a carrier oil with a high level of fat. This is so that it’s the best possible vehicle to transport your CBD or THC into the body. More fat=more space for the THC and CBD to grab on and metabolize, in turn making it more medicinally effective.
Tinctures: Tinctures in this context specifically refer to CBD extractions made from alcohol. In terms of science and bioavailability, this method of consumption acts similarly to an edible and it is absorbed in the body the same way. From a sales perspective these may be the best kind of tincture or oil to have on hadn’t simply to due to the ease that a vodka tincture could be injected into pretty much any liquid, crafting the perfect relaxing summer or wintertime drink.
Cloud 9’s Favorite CBD
Get your daily CBD while enjoying delicious bursts of flavor from Funky Farms CBD Tinctures. These tinctures are MCT oil cannabis tinctures meaning the cannabis compounds will be more evenly absorbed making daily dosages more accurate than other tinctures. Additionally, they are easily absorbed by the liver, so effects are felt more quickly. The Funky Farms MCT Tinctures are derived from full spectrum distillate. Full Spectrum CBD is made up of hundreds of cannabinoids embedded in the cannabis plant, and it is more powerful and widely credited to helping with conditions such as anxiety, depression, muscle pain, migraines, and many more. The Funky Farms Tinctures contain no THC and is available in three delicious flavors that is sure to make your mouth water. These tinctures come in many different strengths: 250mg, 500mg, 1000mg, & 2000mg. Enjoy the benefits of Funky Farms CBD Tinctures Today!
Long Beach Hemp Co. Dog Treats
We’ve got pups covered, too! Long Beach Hemp Co. has amazing CBD baked treats for your favorite fur baby. Your pup will love the crunchy, tasty treat that comes with a 150mg serving of premium CBD. Our specially-formulated CBD dog treats come in a peanut butter flavor, which your best friend will love. And because pets "are people too," the Long Beach Hemp Co. products are made with hemp, and are safely processed as THC-free. Plus, our treats are the easiest way to add premium CBD to your best friend’s wellness routine. You’ll love the convenience of having the powerful benefits of CBD, which is bound to make their tail wag.
If you want to try CBD but don't know where to begin, one of the easiest ways to introduce this powerful phytonutrient into your wellness routine is with, well, edible gummies! You will love these Full Spectrum CBD Infused Gummies by Healing Nation. These tasty, chewy gummies will provide you with all the benefits that CBD offers, including relief from stress, anxiety, insomnia, inflammation, and pain management. Healing Nation Full Spectrum CBD Infused Gummies offer 99.99% pure, high-quality CBD with a wide range of milligram and flavor options. These edible gummies help promote energy balance and a sense of wellness. Plus, they can help satisfy your sweet tooth! Full Spectrum CBD Infused Gummies by Healing Nation are rich in terpenes and hemp oil. Choose from various fantastic flavors from Peach, Watermelon, Fruity Worms, Sour Cubes, and so much more. These CBD Infused Gummies make your daily serving of CBD a sweet experience. The Healing Nation Full Spectrum CBD Infused Gummies come in 250mg, 500mg, 1000mg, 1500mg, and 2000mg.
The TKO CBD Hemp Oil Infused Shisha has an incredible flavor complemented by smooth and satisfying smoke. Each tin of TKO CBD Hemp Oil Infused Shisha contains 250g of only the best natural cannabinoids derived from the finest organic hemp and sugarcane-based herbal shisha. The TKO CBD Shisha is 100% herbal and does not contain nicotine or tobacco. Enjoy a hookah experience like no other with this top-shelf CBD that includes five excellent flavor options. The signature flavor blends include delicious cane molasses for an authentic hookah experience that is smooth and flavorful with every bowl.
The TKO CBD Pre-rolls by Terp Nation provide a relaxing and tasty way to get your daily dose of CBD. Made with a full terpene profile, these cones will be a delicious treat you are sure to fall in love with. Smokable CBD is one of the fastest ways to intake CBD as it enters the blood stream through the lungs providing you with almost immediate effects. The TKO CBD pre-rolls are available with your choice of 120mg, 150mg, or 180mg CBD. These pre-rolls are made with Industrial Hemp that contains less than 0.3% delta-9 THC. All TKO products are manufactured and lab-tested in the United States. This product is not intended to diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease.
Top Shelf CBD Flower is a brand we at Cloud 9 are incredibly familiar with, as it's been one of the highest selling and most requested hemp flowers at our stores and online. This industrial hemp flower is a full spectrum blend which means it features a full range of cannabinoids from CBN to CBG and many more. As far as smoking CBD is concerned, this is one of the top choices fro smokers everywhere and a highly recommended brand by the Cloud 9 Gang.