There has been an increase of 1,500% in CBD sales since 2014. This is mainly due to the removal of CBD Flower from the Schedule I controlled substance list in 2018. Making CBD flower legal. No longer defined as marijuana, experts expect sales of CBD and CBD flower to topple the $100 million mark by 2022.
What is CBD Flower?
Hemp and marijuana come from Cannabis sativa. To avoid the intoxicating effects that often impair marijuana users, farmers cultivate strains of CBD flowers that contain less than .3% of Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. For research purposes, CBD was separated from marijuana and classified as industrial hemp. CBD flower is the dried bud of the plant.
CBD Oil vs.CBD Flower
CBD comes in two forms, oil, and flower. To create both isolate and full-spectrum CBD oil, farmers extract and concentrate the CBD from the hemp plant. To create a CBD flower, the plant gets dried, trimmed, and processed. Consumption is the main difference between CBD oil and CBD flower.
CBD oil is an odorless, discreet way to get the benefits of the hemp plant. The most popular ways to get CBD into your bloodstream include:
- Sublingual – placing it under your tongue
- Edibles – adding to food
- Beauty products – rubbing it into the skin
Regardless of how you use it, the benefits of CBD oil aren’t immediate. Your body needs to first absorb the oil before it passes through your bloodstream. Additionally, if you use edibles, the amount of CBD your body receives diminishes because saliva and stomach acids break down the compound.
CBD flower offers the quickest and least expensive way for you to experience the compound’s full range of benefits. CBD flower is most commonly smoked or vaped. By inhaling CBD flower, you receive a higher bioavailability or degree and rate at which a substance gets absorbed into your bloodstream. When you smoke of vape CBD flower, the millions of tiny alveoli in your lungs instantaneously transfer the active ingredients into your blood without breaking any of it down.
While safer than cigarettes, it’s important to remember that all smoke irritates lungs. Other factors to consider when smoking or vaping CBD flowers are the other chemicals present and your frequency of exposure.
Additionally, because it comes from the same plant, smoking or vaping CBD flower gives off a similar odor to that of marijuana smoke.
CBD vs. THC
THC and CBD both come from the chemical family known as cannabinoids. The difference between the two is how the atoms are arranged. These distinctions are what account for the differing effects on your body.
THC binds with receptors in your brain and produce a high or sense of euphoria. The bind between CBD and these receptors is much weaker, and CBD often interferes with the binding of THC and dampens the psychoactive effects.
Federal CBD Flower Legal Laws
When interstate commerce is involved The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act prohibits adding any drugs, approved or otherwise, to human or animal food. Therefore, at a national level, CBD in food and drink is illegal.
The 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp and hemp-derived CBD products that contain less than 0.3 percent THC. However, marijuana-derived CBD products remain illegal on the federal level because CBD comes from the cannabis plant.
State CBD Laws
In some form or another, over 40 states have legalized commercial hemp. CBD products are completely banned in:
- New Hampshire
- South Dakota
- District of Columbia
Eight other states have murky hemp laws that allow some hemp production but prohibit the use of hemp-derived products, including CBD flower. They are:
To ensure your safety, and the efficacy of the products you purchase, use a dispensary or thoroughly vet your retailer and your flower when buying CBD or CBD flower.
Disclaimer: CBD Flower is not used to treat, cure, or mitigate any disease, illness, ailment, and/or condition. We make no representations as to intended use or suitability for use.