CBD is an increasingly popular hemp extract that many people use for its potential wellness benefits. And while CBD oil has been all the rage as of late, CBD flower has started to make its mark in the cannabis industry for its desirable effects like relaxation and pain relief.
What is CBD Flower?
CBD flower is taken directly from industrial hemp plants without the need for extensive extraction processes. These flower buds contain the same beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes found within CBD oil. People who prefer CBD buds claim they work better due to the abundance of cannabis compounds, which work together to produce more lasting and noticeable effects.
CBD oils on the other hand typically have to go through an ethanol or CO2 extraction process. Some CBD products are further distilled to “purify” them. This may end up stripping away some naturally occurring cannabinoids in the process. In contrast, CBD flower is trimmed from the stalks of hemp without any additional manufacturing or purification needed.
Can CBD flower get you high?
Industrial hemp strains have naturally low THC levels. This means that their flowers also contain minimal amounts of THC (the psychoactive compound in cannabis plants). These plants produce CBD rich buds that will not create any mind altering effects like those commonly associated with a THC high.
CBD is an entirely different compound from THC, and its effects are very complex. It is not psychoactive, meaning it does not produce a “high” or change a person’s state of mind, but it influences the body to use its own endocannabinoids more effectively.
According to one study posted to Neurotherapeutics, this is because CBD itself does very little to the ECS. Instead, it activates or inhibits other compounds in the endocannabinoid system.
For example, CBD stops the body from absorbing anandamide, a compound associated with regulating pain. So, increased levels of anandamide in the bloodstream may reduce the amount of pain a person feels.
Cannabidiol may also limit inflammation in the brain and nervous system, which may benefit people experiencing pain. CBD can also help people struggling with insomnia, and certain immune-system responses.
What are the effects of high CBD flower?
While the effects are far from the ‘high’ typically associated with cannabis use, smoking CBD-rich hemp flowers does produce a subtle ‘relaxed’ feeling throughout the body. A body high, if you will.
In an interview with Reuters, Corso Serra di Cassano and Boris Blatnik – founders of Kannaswiss, a Swiss company that grows high-grade hemp flowers and produces CBD-rich hash – compare the high to drinking a couple glasses of wine.
From personal experience, the best way I can describe the feeling is a sense of relaxation or relief coming over you. Any tension in your body will subside and your mind-chatter will slow. However, your focus will remain and you will be able to continue with your daily tasks unimpeded. This makes it ideal for daytime use, when consuming high amounts of THC may hinder you.
As with trying anything for the first time, it is advisable to start off with a low dose and to take note of how it affects you. Everyone can react differently. Having said that, there is little chance that the effects of high-CBD hemp flowers will cause the anxiety and paranoia commonly associated with high-THC cannabis use.
High-CBD, low-THC cannabis, therefore, looks to be a great option for those who desire the calming and therapeutic effects of cannabis without the intoxicating high that is not always desirable.
What are the benefits to using CBD Flower?
Much like CBD oil, hemp flower is believed to have many beneficial effects that can be used to alleviate issues like chronic pain, anxiety, sleep troubles, and more. While most of this is based off of anecdotal evidence, some scientific studies have shown that CBD has valuable purposes, including: anti-inflammatory properties that work to mitigate pain, anxiolytic effects help reduce anxiety and stress, potential neuroprotective properties.
Popular high CBD flower strains
Harlequin is one of the most popular CBD strains, and you can usually find it with a 5:2 CBD/THC ratio. While it’s a sativa dominant strain, it has a very soothing effect which makes it an excellent pain reliever for chronic pain, inflammation, depression, PTSD, migraines, and stress. The high THC content is somewhat negated by the high CBD content, which means you shouldn’t have much issue
Charlotte’s Web (The World’s Most Famous CBD Strain)
Charlotte’s Web is the strain that famously helped reduce the seizures of Charlotte Figi. Because its CBD content runs as high as 20:1 and the THC content is so low, it can be sold as a food supplement. Due to this extreme CBD potency, there is little to no ‘high’ associated with Charlotte’s Web. In fact, it’s so oriented toward helping with seizure disorders such as Dravet’s Syndrome, you won’t even realize you’ve taken anything except for the fact that your pain disappears. If you’re curious, we wrote another article on what does taking CBD feel like? Charlotte’s Web is used to help with migraines, fatigue, fibromyalgia, muscle spasms, and arthritis and is typically consumed in high-quality CBD oil form, like Ambary Garden’s Full Spectrum Daily line, rather than being smoked.
Sweet and Sour Widow
This strain is what we would consider a beginner strain – it has a 1:1 CBD/THC ratio. It’s going to give you a good preview of what a mixed strain looks and feels like, without sending you to the moon.
Stephen Hawking Kush
Stephen Hawking Kush offers mild, relaxing effects while doling out a healthy dose of CBD, too. This indica-dominant strain is one of the more unique CBD cuts out there, offering both heady and soothing effects.
This strain is a 50/50 hybrid and has one of the highest CBD: THC ratios around at 20:1. Once you consume ACDC, you’ll experience a strong euphoric feeling which makes you calm and happy. It is ideal for daytime use as it tends to make users more focused on their work and it also increases your sociability. ACDC is generally used to treat anxiety, inflammation, migraines, nausea, neuropathy, arthritis and bipolar disorder. It is also a favorite for people with chronic pain, and it is even a good choice if you’re looking to mitigate the effects of chemotherapy treatment.
This strain usually has a CBD/THC ratio in the 5:1 range. This is another great example of a strain with medicinal qualities. It induces strong feelings of relaxation making in useful in the treatments of muscle spasms, anxiety, and pain. This strain will give you plenty of relief along with a gentle THC buzz.
This indica dominant (60%) strain is a cross of Sour Tsunami and Harlequin strains and can contain up to a 22:1 CBD/THC split. Harle-Tsu basically works like a painkiller, which means it is excellent for daytime use. You’ll feel calm and relaxed, but also completely functional. It works well for calming the adverse effects of PMS, PTSD, migraines, depression, inflammation, and insomnia.
Canna-Tsu is a more balanced CBD/THC strain. With a 5:1 or even 1:1 split and a sensational olfactory palette of citrus and sweet earth, Canna-Tsu gives the CBD enthusiast a splendid terpene profile.
Pennywise truly gets its name from its genetic cross of Harlequin and Jack the Ripper. It combines Jack the Ripper’s mental clarity with the medical power of Harlequin. At an even 1:1 CBD/THC split, it’s definitely going to provide some level of THC high that’s pleasurable at almost any dosage.
Ringo’s Gift is a hybrid cross of Harle-Tsu and ACDC. With a ratio of 24:1 CBD/THC, the strain is potent medicine named for activist, CBD specialist, and founder of SoHum Seeds, Lawrence Ringo. A sativa dominant strain with a CBD/THC ratio as high as 20:1, it is a cross of ACDC and Harle-Tsu; and both are known individually for their high levels of CBD. It’s ideal for alleviating chronic pain, anxiety, arthritis, gastrointestinal disorders, stress, PTSD and muscle spasms.
Also created by Lawrence Ringo, Sour Tsunami was created by crossing Sour Diesel and NYC Diesel. This unlikely pair of stimulating plants bred a high-CBD phenotype that has since reshaped the medicinal benefits of high-CBD cannabis.
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