Lately, hemp flowers have exploded in popularity and are filling the shelves of dispensaries across Florida. However, what are hemp flowers, how do they differ from regular cannabis, and what options are there?
Continue reading below as we tell you everything you need to know about hemp flowers.
What Are Hemp Flowers?
Put simply—hemp flowers are buds from the hemp plant that have less than 0.3% THC. Now, you might be wondering, what is hemp?
Hemp is actually the cannabis plant, the same one that produces high-THC cannabis. However, hemp plants have been specially bred to produce tiny amounts of THC.
Hemp flowers are usually dominant in CBD, and it’s the starting material that most CBD tinctures and oils are made from. However, breeders have also created hemp strains that are high in other cannabinoids like CBG.
Why Use Hemp Flowers?
For starters, since hemp flowers are low in THC, they won’t get you high. However, you’ll still be able to take advantage of the benefits of the other natural occurring cannabinoids.
Not only that, but many people prefer hemp flowers because they can be smoked. The flavors and aroma of natural hemp flowers are unparalleled.
Others enjoy the fact that hemp flowers are natural products plucked right off of a plant. That’s why many people are starting to choose hemp flowers when they visit their local Florida smoke shop.
What Hemp Flower Options Are There?
Now that hemp flowers have become a lot more popular, the selection on the market has expanded. Here you’ll find everything you need to know about the most popular hemp flower options.
CBD Hemp Flower
The most popular hemp flower at the moment is CBD flower. CBD flowers have mostly CBD in them and only a bit of THC and other cannabinoids.
The effect of CBD flower can only be described as clean. Users notice that the brain is unclouded, stimulated and there’s a powerful sense of well-being throughout the body.
CBD flowers can cause some people to feel energized while others fall into deep relaxation. That makes sense because CBD can support a wide range of mental and physical ailments.
More specifically, scientists studying CBD have found that CBD may aid:
- Depression and anxiety
- High blood pressure
- A healthy brain
The best part about CBD is that it’s well tolerated by just about everyone. That means that you can’t have too much of it, and the only potential downside is a bit of drowsiness.
CBG Hemp Flower
The next most popular hemp flower product is CBG hemp flowers. In regular cannabis buds, CBD and THC are the most abundant cannabinoids.
However, there are many other minor cannabinoids that all play a role in cannabis’ effects. Breeders have been able to take this minor but essential cannabinoid and make it more abundant.
People became interested in CBG because it has the effects of both CBD and THC. That makes it the best of both worlds.
However, just like CBD, CBG doesn’t have any psychoactive properties—meaning you won’t feel high.
Smoking CBG hemp flower is a little smoother than CBD hemp flower and also provides a stimulating and clear head. As scientists have found, CBG may be able to aid with:
- Appetite stimulation
- High blood pressure
- Improving focus
CBG also doesn’t have any significant side effects, and it’s almost impossible to take too much. Keep your eye out for CBG hemp flower the next time you visit your local Florida dispensary.
Indica or Sativa?
Perhaps you’ve heard about the classic cannabis classification—indica or sativa. Many hemp flower retailers also use this classification for some of their CBD or CBG offerings.
However, this style of classifying cannabis is a little misleading and shouldn’t be applied to hemp flowers.
In a nutshell, the problem with indica or sativa is that it’s based on an old classification system. There may be a few different subspecies of the cannabis plant, but cannabis has been crossbred so much that probably everything is a hybrid.
We still use indica or sativa to say if a strain is more relaxing or energetic, respectively. The better way to figure that out is by looking at the terpenes of the hemp flower.
In the last decade, there’s been a lot of research about terpenes and how they can play a role in cannabis’s potential therapeutic effects. So the next time you’re in a Florida dispensary, pay attention to the terpene content on the label.
Delta-8 THC Hemp Flower
There’s one more hemp flower option that’s a bit—controversial. Delta-8 THC has become extremely popular lately as a THC-light.
That’s because Delta-8 THC is psychoactive, unlike CBD and CBG, but it’s not as potent as regular Delta-9 THC. Delta-8 THC is an excellent option for people who want the benefits of THC without getting too high.
However, the controversy is because there are no naturally produced Delta-8 THC hemp flowers. At the moment, all Delta-8 THC products are extracts. In order to make Delta-8 THC hemp flowers, CBD or CBG hemp flowers are sprayed with Delta-8 THC.
That’s left many Floridians wondering if Delta-8 THC hemp flower is actually safe to smoke. Typically, Delta-8 THC is smoked in a vape in the form of a pure distillate.
With Delta-8 THC hemp flower, the Delta-8 THC needs to be diluted with chemicals and sprayed. Many people are suspicious about the safety of the chemicals used to thin out the Delta-8 THC.
On top of that, there’s suspicion that many manufacturers are spraying down otherwise unsellable hemp flowers. Our opinion is to stay far away from Delta-8 THC hemp flowers until they find a way to make it naturally. Until the manufacturers can produce lab reports that show no residual solvents— stick with a pure Delta-8 Vape or traditional THC flower from the dispensaries.
Try CBD and CBG Hemp Flowers Today
As you can see, CBD and CBG hemp flowers are great for people who want to get the benefits of CBD and CBG through smoking without a medical marijuana license.
If you don’t have a certification or need to renew your medical marijuana license for your traditional THC flower found at the dispensary, then call or head over to Compassionate Healthcare of Florida. We can help you get your medical marijuana license, so you can start trying CBD and CBG and THC flowers today.