Since the legalization of industrial hemp in the 2018 Farm Bill, retail markets have been inundated with a variety of CBD products. Everything from edible gummies, to oils, to prerolls and beyond. Today we are going to dive into one of our most prized and most versatile products hemp flower buds.
One of the first things people wonder when they see dried industrial hemp flower is whether or not it is legal to possess. After all, it does look quite similar to its cousin, marijuana. In the state of Tennessee marijuana is still a restricted product but industrial hemp buds are legal as long as they meet the federal definition of industrial hemp meaning they contain less than 0.3% ∆9THC. If you would like more information about the differences between marijuana and industrial hemp, check out our video resources here.
Although industrial hemp and marijuana plants are from the same family, they differ in the amounts of THC and CBD they contain. Marijuana plants contain larger percentages of THC, known as the “The High Causer,” while industrial hemp contains relatively no THC but contains much more of the health benefitting compound CBD. Here at TN Hemp Farmacy we take testing seriously. All of our products have third party lab testing to confirm both THC levels and CBD potency.
1. Fastest Delivery System
There are a couple of reasons why someone might choose hemp flower buds instead of eating gummies or using a topical salve. Smoking or vaporizing dried flower buds is the fastest way to get CBD to your bloodstream. This is because the inhaled CBD contacts directly with your lung’s alveoli and gets transferred directly to your bloodstream. Most people feel the effects within a few minutes and the effects can last for a few hours.
Ingesting CBD in the form of gummies or as a tincture still provides great health benefits; it simply takes longer to reach the bloodstream. Once ingested the medium passes through your stomach to the intestines where it is absorbed into the bloodstream and transported to the liver to be metabolized. This process takes much longer than inhaling CBD directly.
2. Entourage Effect
Consuming the raw, natural flower also provides great benefit due to the “Entourage Effect.” THC and CBD are two of the mostly widely researched cannabinoids found in the cannabis family of plants. There are many more, however. In fact, there are have been more than 480 natural components found within the cannabis plant. When all of the compounds are ingested together, they exert a sort of synergy which make them more effective than when any one of the compounds is isolated. This synergistic relationship is what is referred to as the entourage effect. By consuming hemp buds you are taking in the entire plant in its most natural state including all of the naturally found compounds within.
The most popular methods of consuming hemp flower is to purchase it as a preroll or to smoke it in a bowl. Prerolls offer convenience and ease of use.
For those who want to avoid smoke inhalation, you can purchase a dry herb vaporizer. By consuming hemp flower buds in this method you can receive all of the benefits of vaporized terpenes and cannabinoids, aka the entourage effect, without the harshness of inhaling smoke from the burned plant.
Remember that when consuming hemp flower buds, or any CBD product, it is important to do your research! What you put into your body matters. We strive to bring you the highest quality hemp flower on the market – grown right here in Tennessee! Check out our product pages for third party testing results. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any question.