While most people are familiar with Marijuana flower by now, CBD hemp flower is a relatively new term. So new, people don’t even know the difference, and let’s face it, I don’t blame them. Although hemp has been around for ages, it’s making it’s return to the mainstream news in a big way thanks to creations like CBD moon rocks and CBD vape oil. CBD has become headline news recently with the passing of the Farm Bill and story after story of cannabinoids providing relief to a number of sufferers. For this reason, I’d like to take the time to explain the differences between CBD flower and Marijuana flower, and put to rest some concerns you may have with CBD.
First things first.
Let’s talk about Cannabis. I know the term Cannabis comes across to most people as though we’re about to get high, but Cannabis is actually just the classification of the plants. There are two species under the Cannabis classification, and they are Hemp and Marijuana. From here, Marijuana branches into more sub species, indica and sativa, but we’ll save this for another article. What this means, is that science makes a distinct separation between hemp and marijuana, but technically, they are both from the same Cannabis family.
CBD hemp flower and marijuana flower are both part of their respective plants they grow on. While their physical appearances are starkly different, each have similar composition. Both plants have: roots, a stalk, leaves, buds, seeds, stems, and of course flowers. Although marijuana flowers are typically more coveted and prevalent in today’s society, CBD hemp flowers serve great purpose as well. The flower is the top of the plant and typically used for smoking and ingesting, as well as the buds. The rest of the plant is broken down for other uses such as oils, concentrates for moonrocks, tinctures, cloth, rope, paper, and of course compost for future growing. We’ll discuss the benefits of the flowers in just a moment.
So what’s the difference?
There are a number of differences between CBD hemp flower and marijuana flower, but mainly hemp doesn’t contain enough of the psychoactive ingredient to get you high. Marijuana contains much higher tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the chemical compound that creates a high feeling in humans. Even though hemp lacks the THC, it still contains important cannabinoids which enact on our endocannabinoid system (ECS) and help to alleviate a number of physical and mental issues. CBD being sold nationwide in the U.S. must contain less than 0.31% THC to meet legal requirements, and the percentage of CBD varies per plant. On the other hand, marijuana contains upwards of 25% THC with a limited amount of CBD.
Benefits of CBD hemp flower.
Much like other CBD products on the market today, CBD hemp flower is great for treating many different conditions. CBD flower contains a much larger cannabinoid profile than you get in distilled products like tinctures, salves, creams, and edibles, thus smoking or ingesting the flower allows you to consume more cannabinoids. There is also something called “the entourage effect.” This is the synergistic effect between CBD and THC which you don’t get in CBD only tinctures and other products. This is why many patients who suffer from painful disorders and diseases, such as epilepsy, cancer, and diabetes, choose to use CBD hemp flower in it raw form.
Benefits of marijuana flower.
If you’ve listened to the news recently, you’ve been hearing all about marijuana and it’s growing legalization nationwide. You may have even heard some reports of the numerous health benefits the plant has to offer. Researchers estimate marijuana to have been used for over 3,000 years to treat peoples’ ailments. Chronic pain, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and cancer are a few of the conditions being treated with marijuana in this day and age. Much like CBD, marijuana acts on the ECS and helps the body regulate your organs and cell functions. This makes marijuana very effective in pain management and suppressing nausea and vomiting.
CBD hemp flower and marijuana flower are extremely close, although they are worlds apart. While they are in the same classification, Cannabis, they are different species all together. They both hold great medicinal properties, but only marijuana with give you high feeling.
They also look very different. Hemp looks rather skinny and has smaller leaves, and marijuana has big leaves and a dense, fuzzy buds.
Whether you are for or against the legalization of marijuana, it’s hard not to agree with CBD hemp flower being legal. We are blessed to have this hemp plant and it’s wonderful healing flowers available to all who need it.