A Beginners Guide: How To Use Hemp Flowers
All About Hemp Flower
If you're new to the world of hemp and CBD, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about hemp flower. What is it? How is it different from other types of cannabis? And most importantly, what can you do with it? In this blog post, we will answer all of your questions about hemp flower and provide a beginner's guide to using it. If you want to know how to use hemp flowers, keep reading to learn more!
A Brief Introduction to Hemp Flower. Hemp is a variety of cannabis that contains less than 0.3% THC, which means it will not get you high like marijuana does. It is also known as industrial hemp because its fibers have traditionally been used for rope and textiles since ancient times--it has long been cultivated throughout Europe and Asia before being brought over to North America during colonial times. The plant itself can grow up to 15 feet tall with leaves ranging from five inches across at their narrowest point all the way up two three feet wide!
What Is Hemp Flower?
Hemp flower refers specifically to the female flowers on top of the stem or stalk; these are what we smoke when using cannabis products like joints. The hemp flower itself can range from being a light green color with some orange hues, but it often appears brownish due to resin buildup. The buds themselves are covered by small hairs called trichomes that contain cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which gives them their distinctive look as well as unique medical properties!
The Difference Between Hemp Flower And Cannabis Flower
Hemp flower is different from cannabis in that it has less than 0.3% THC and more CBD, which means you won't get high when smoking hemp bud! This also makes it legal for purchase throughout the United States as long as certain restrictions are met (we'll cover those later). Why do people choose hemp over other types of cannabis like marijuana or sativa strains? Well, there have been many studies done on CBD's benefits so far--one thing we know now is that they include relief from anxiety without any psychoactive effects whatsoever; another benefit may be reducing inflammation associated with chronic conditions such as arthritis.
Benefits Of Using Hemp Flower
Hemp flower has the highest concentration of CBD available in any form; these flowers contain around 10-18 percent, while cannabis flowers only have between four or five times less than this amount. It's also been shown to help relieve pain associated with migraines, arthritis, joint swelling and inflammation; users report feeling an almost immediate improvement after smoking a hemp flower joint.
Hemp flowers have been shown to reduce seizures, PTSD and depression as well. It is a true miracle plant and in this blog we will give you tips on how to identify the best smokable hemp available online. Bear in mind these are just some of the many benefits of CBD flower, as research continues to reveal even more uses.
How To Use Hemp Flower
You can use hemp flower by smoking it in a joint or pipe, eating the buds raw as part of your diet, brewing tea with them and more. The best way to consume this type of cannabis is through inhalation; you'll get all its benefits without worrying about any harmful chemicals, if you smoke organic CBD flower. Hemp buds are a much healthier way to deal with stress, when compared to tobacco that contains harmful substances such as nicotine. In addition, smoking hemp flower gives you the entourage effect, as all of the cannabinoids and terpenes are present in the raw, unprocessed material.
Tips For Growing Or Buying Hemp Flowers
There are many ways to grow hemp flowers at home if you have time and space, but buying from a dispensary or online CBD shop will save you money. Here are some things you should know before growing or buying hemp flowers.
Growing Hemp Flower At Home
You can grow this plant indoors and outdoors; it's best to keep them inside until they're mature enough for outdoor planting because the weather may not be suitable yet. Make sure you have at least four square feet per plant if growing outside! If indoor, then one large pot (2-5 gallons) will suffice with a soil depth of about 6-12 inches and plenty of room around each stem so air can circulate freely through all parts of your plants. The roots need air too, so make sure there is adequate ventilation in addition to proper drainage systems such as gravel beds underneath your pots (this helps prevent water buildup which could lead mold growth). You also want to be sure to use a soil mix that's specifically for hemp, as regular potting soils are often too dense and will not drain well.
Bear in mind it will take about 90 days at least to produce a hemp plant, so if you need relief anytime soon, you're better off buying some hemp buds now, while you wait for your crop to mature.
Buying Hemp Flower
You can buy hemp flower at dispensaries or online; we don't necessarily recommend you purchase from a dispensary if you're in a legalized state. The reason for this is with the overhead a brick and mortar cannabis dispensary must pay for, often the price of your hemp buds will inflate. In addition, most cannabis dispensaries focus on cannabis and not premium hemp flower, so the quality of CBD buds they carry is often low.
When buying CBD flowers online make sure they have been tested by an accredited lab and look for the seal of approval from one of these organizations: The Clean Green Certification, Dem Pure, Certified Kind or ProVerde Laboratories. If purchasing online, read reviews and check the company's website to see how it verifies the quality and safety of its products. Make sure any CBD product you choose is organic, to avoid ingesting harmful chemicals like pesticides or solvents. Organic buds taste better and are better for you.
How To Identify Top Shelf Hemp Flower : A Beginner's Guide
When looking for hemp flower to smoke, it's important to find the best quality product available. This can be difficult as there are many different strains of hemp and not all of them are created equal. Here are some tips on how to identify top shelf hemp flower:
Hemp flowers should be a light green or golden color; if they're darker than this then they may have been over-dried and lost some of their potency. This is not always the case as some genetics are naturally darker green or brown, but it's a good rule of thumb. The pistils (hairs) range from white or cream colored, to orange or red. When properly dried out, the buds will snap off cleanly from the stem and will feel dry to the touch but not brittle.
- Size & Shape
The size of the buds is not as important as their shape. They should be dense and sticky, with a strong aromatic smell. Some buds will be conical, while others may have an asymmetrical shape. What is most important is the density. The buds range from quite dense in indica hemp buds like our Immortal hemp strain, to spongy and fluffy, like our sativa dominant Eden strain.
What you want to avoid is overly airy hemp buds known as "larf". These are immature buds or just low quality bad genetics. It's a slang term for buds that are smaller and less developed than the ones on top. These buds, which are usually wispy or fluffy, grow on the lower branches of cannabis plants. Typically, their immaturity is attributed to a lack of light penetration due to living in the shadows of the bigger, topmost flowers (called "colas"), although other environmental variables can produce similar effects.
These are the tiny crystals that cover the outside of the hemp flower and are where most of the CBD and THC are found. The trichomes should be clear or milky white; if they're amber in color then the flowers may have been over-dried, or harvested past optimal potency. It is worth noting that some growers will wait for the trichomes to turn amber to increase CBD percentages. You won't be able to see the color of the trichomes without a jewelers loop or magnifying glass.
When looking for top quality hemp flower to smoke, it's important to look for signs of freshness like a light green or golden color, snap cleanly off from the stem, dry but not brittle, dense & sticky with a strong aromatic smell. Clear or milky white trichomes indicate high potency. Amber colored trichomes may be past their prime which means the THC and CBD content has begun to degrade.
The smell of the hemp flower is a good indication of its quality. Look for an earthy or floral scent. A premium hemp bud will have a smell which is almost overpowering; if it's not too pungent then this may indicate over-drying or even mold on your flowers! Terpenes are aromatic oils found in hemp and other plants. They give each strain its unique aroma and flavor profile, as well as influence the effects you can expect from smoking them (i.e., relaxing vs energizing).
If purchasing online make sure to check out the company's website for more information about their strains like terpene profiles and lab testing results before making your purchase decision. At Dreamland Organics we focus on terpene production by feeding our hemp plants compost teas to allow them to fully express inherent genetic traits.
- Trimmed or Untrimmed?
If you're looking for hemp flower that is ready to smoke, then look for hand trimmed buds only. If your goal is to make extracts (e.g., oils) from raw material, then an untrimmed bud with all of its plant matter intact may be better suited toward this end. We recommend purchasing pre-rolled hemp flower joints, if you're new to smoking hemp flowers; otherwise it can be a hassle trying to roll joints by hand! It's really up to personal preference whether one should buy trimmed vs untrimmed cannabis plants and how much money they want to spend on them, as both options do have their benefits.
- Organic Buds
When purchasing hemp flower, it's important to look for organic products only. This will ensure that the CBD potency is high and there are no harmful chemicals like pesticides or solvents used in the growing process, which can have adverse health effects over time if consumed regularly. The best way to find out if a company has an organic certification is by asking them directly; most reputable businesses should be able to provide documentation or explain how they grow and what methods they use. It's also important to note that a certification does not always mean the product is truly organic, so discernment is key. Some hemp companies use the term "organic" solely as a marketing gimmick, while others are true to their word and produce only organic CBD and CBG flower.
Note: Not all plants grown in soil qualify as "organic” because some companies use synthetic fertilizers on their crops which do not meet USDA guidelines, but can still legally be labeled ORGANIC! You'll want to make sure that you're buying from a company who grows only organic hemp buds in living soil.
- Delta 8 Hemp Flower
Delta 8 hemp flower is a relatively new form of cannabinoid that has been gaining popularity. It's similar to the delta nine-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) found in cannabis but with less psychoactive effects. The problem with delta 8 hemp buds is they are not natural products. The hemp buds are sprayed with delta 8 extracts, produced with carcinogenic acids! That is why Dreamland Organics refuses to sell any delta 8 products what so ever! Many people are unaware of the dangers of delta 8.
We don't sell delta 8 gummies, delta 8 vape carts, or anything of the sort. We realize that most CBD flower brands sell delta 8 and do not inform the consumer of the potential risks. Even so called organic CBD brands sell delta 8 flower and products, when delta 8 is the opposite of organic. We don't care solely about making a quick buck off of this toxic fad. We think good old premium hemp buds provide enough relief for our consumers without any risk of harm.
- Craft Hemp Flower Vs Industrial Hemp Flower
Industrial hemp is typically grown in large fields and contains less than 0.3% THC. The USDA has set this amount as a mandated minimum for any plants to be considered eligible under Federal regulations, which means that most products on the market will have less than this percentage of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Craft hemp flower is more likely to contain higher levels of cannabinoids because it's produced from small farms who use organic methods without chemical fertilizers or pesticides, so their yields aren't as large as industrial harvests and the plants get much more care. Craft hemp farms employ the same standards as indoor growers where every plant gets attention every day!
Industrial grade cannabis buds tend not to have much of a flavor profile; whereas craft bud growers use indica and sativa-dominant strains with stronger terpene profiles like Kimbo Kush, Dream Fuel, Eden or Immortal.
Industrial hemp farms grow their plants like wheat, soy or corn in huge fields that have to be driven, not walked. It's simply impossible to care for each plant. They just plant their hemp crop, set up an irrigation system and hope for the best at harvest.
Craft hemp flower farms also tend to cure their buds longer and dry them properly. Large industrial hemp farms often lack enough drying space, forcing them to dry their hemp plants on the ground! Compare that with a small, craft hemp farm like Dreamland Organics, where we dry our plants in temperature and moisture controlled rooms, for a slow even dry. We also cure our premium hemp buds in glass jars for a minimum of 60 days before shipping them to our satisfied customers across the country. Read our reviews and you will notice many references to the superior taste and smell of our flower.
- Sativa, Indica, Or Hybrid Hemp Strains? What's the difference?
The three main types of cannabis strains are sativa, indica, and hybrids. Sativas are known for their uplifting and cerebral effects, while indicas are more associated with a sedative "stoned" feeling. Hybrids are a mix of the two.
Hemp flower can come from any one of these varieties but is typically categorized as either hemp or CBD flower. Industrial hemp refers to strains that have been bred specifically for fiber and seed production, meaning they contain very low levels of cannabinoids (THC & CBD). CBD Flower strains have been selectively bred over time to produce higher levels of CBD, sometimes up to 20%.
When choosing hemp or CBD flower it's important to know the difference so you can choose. We also have a blog going in depth on the differences between indica, sativa and hybrid strains.
Hemp Flower FAQs
Is Hemp Flower Legal?
Hemp flower is legal in all 50 states. Hemp plants contain less than 0.3% THC, which is the federally mandated minimum for something to be considered hemp and not marijuana. CBD Flower can contain up to 20% CBD, so these products are also legal because they do not have enough THC content by law! The 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp production across the US with some restrictions on how many acres farmers may grow at one time, or what types of seeds they're using (must comply with federal regulations). This has created an opportunity for small companies like us who are passionate about quality cannabis products without breaking any rules! We hope you enjoy our premium buds as much as we enjoyed growing them ourselves :)
Will I Pass A Drug Test After Smoking CBD Flower?
If you’re smoking CBD flower, it is very unlikely that a drug test will be positive for THC. However, there is always some risk, as the amount of THC in hemp plants can vary by strain or grow conditions. If you are concerned about passing a drug test, we recommend taking an at-home saliva kit to ensure accuracy before going forward with any tests administered by your employer or school district. It's important to note that while most companies only care if there are traces found during testing - they don't care what kind! This means even though our products contain less than 0.3% THC content per dry weight (something required under federal law), people could still potentially fail these tests as each test may be calibrated differently to trigger a positive result. We have heard stories of school bus drivers testing positive for cannabis after taking CBD tinctures, so do your due diligence and smoke at your own risk.
We are not lawyers and certainly do not offer legal advice. We are simply cannabis flower snobs, turned hemp growers, who like to educate our readers. We try to provide as much information on all things hemp flower, so you can make an informed decision.
So we have learned today all about hemp flower, how it is different from cannabis, how to spot top shelf organic hemp buds and even touched on legality. We went over the benefits of hemp flower, whether or not you may pass a drug test after consuming and CBD products to avoid, like Delta 8. We showed you how to use hemp flower, what to look for when choosing a CBD store and much more. Our intention was to bring newbie CBD flower smokers up to speed on this emerging market, as it is still in it's infancy.
We'd like to be a beacon of information for all things CBD and we are here 24/7 to answer any questions from newcomers or OG CBD heads alike. We love what we do and love to lend a helping hand. Yeah, we're cool like that!
So what's next? If any of this resonates with you, we think it's time to try some CBD! Like to smoke? Try some of our premium CBD flower!
Need discreet pain or anxiety relief sans the smoke? May be suggest a full spectrum, organic MCT CBD oil tincture?
Just have some sore muscles or aches and pains after the gym? Our CBD salve is great for that!
Whatever ails you, we feel that CBD offers an all natural way to treat it, from pain, to stress, insomnia, seizures, PMS, and depression! Is there anything CBD can't do? Good question. We'll let you know if we find anything. Stay blessed and stay healthy. One Love!