Getting the Most Out of Your CBD Flower
Cannabidiol, or CBD as it’s more commonly known, is quickly becoming one of the biggest industries to date. Fortunately, as a result, there are so many options for purchasing CBD products, from tea to soap to baked goods – the list is virtually endless.
Premium grade, smokable hemp flower is a great way to ingest CBD, but how can you get the most from your CBD flower? How is it best ingested? Can you use it in cooking? Where can I buy it?
If you’re asking these questions, keep reading as we discuss everything you need to know about maximizing your CBD flower.
What Is CBD?
If you know your cannabis plants, you’ll know there are two species: marijuana and hemp. Within both plants are more than 100 cannabinoids, a compound that elicits mood-altering reactions in your body.
The two most common cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Each species of plant have different levels of these cannabinoids. For example, the marijuana plant has more THC than the hemp plant and is used for smoking weed.
In order for a plant to be classified as hemp, it needs to have less than 0.3% THC present. CBD is used by many to aid with pain relief, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, and more. Reported effects are suggested in animal trials and self-reports, but continued research is still underway.
Several hemp products and hemp derivatives can be made with the remainder of the plant, such as textiles, rope, oils, and more.
How to Use CBD Flower?
As previously mentioned, we utilize CBD flower in many ways. It is commonly smoked, either traditionally as a joint or through a vaporizer, where the user can almost immediately feel the effects. CBD will also be more potent when smoked due to around 50% of the CBD entering your bloodstream vs. edibles where only 5-20% enter your bloodstream.
Otherwise, users can ingest it in the form of CBD edibles (i.e., gummy sweets or brownies), which can take anywhere between one to two hours to reveal the effects. The ideal way to incorporate CBD into your cooking is to make cannabutter.
You make cannabutter by heating the hemp flower (called decarbing), simmering butter with 1/8th of flower, then straining through a fine-mesh sieve creating butter infused with CBD cannabinoids. Like regular butter, you can bake with cannabutter (think muffins and brownies) or even spread it on toast to enjoy as is.
What Hemp Bud to Buy?
When buying hemp flower to smoke, you want to ensure you’re getting good quality bud. Things to look for in a supplier are:
- Third-party lab testing to validate the bud’s CBD content
- Where they source their bud from (is it organic or not?)
- If they’re affiliated or not with any reputable organization like the Hemp Industries Association (HIA)
- Whether they have good or bad reviews from previous customers
Once you’ve found a good supplier, you can start experimenting with different strains to find the ones you prefer. Always begin low and increase as you go. Pay attention to effects, the taste of the strain, and potency when making your purchase.
A Little Goes a Long Way
If you’ve taken the time to find the best CBD flower for you, it’s essential that you know how best to use it to make the most of your bud. Premium quality cannabis can come at a more significant price, so you want to minimize wastage. That would be like throwing money away, after all.
Hopefully, after reading this guide, you have some ideas on utilizing your CBD flower to get the most from it.
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