When CBD was legalized in 2018, CBD products have exploded in demand as customers discover the many benefits of consuming CBD. In recent years, the hemp flower market has gained increasing popularity as consumers begin to enjoy the unique and flavorful user experience of smoking CBD hemp flowers. For the purpose of this article, the following are some of the CBD terms you may want to know.
Hemp flower: Also known as a CBD flower
Terpenes: Plant oils that of the cannabis plant that are flavorful and aromatic
Flavonoids: Components of the hemp plant with potent antioxidant effects
Manicured: Hemp buds or flowers that are hand-trimmed and high-quality
Full-Spectrum CBD Flower: Contains the full spectrum of cannabinoids (including less than 0.3% THC), terpenes, and flavonoids found in cannabis.
Indica-dominant hemp: Comprises of terpenes with a soothing or relaxing effect
Sativa-dominant hemp: Comprises of terpenes with energizing, uplifting effects
Cannabis contains various types of plant oils, categorized as either cannabinoids, terpenes, or flavonoids. While cannabinoids are exclusively found in the cannabis species, terpenes and flavonoids can be found in different plants aside from hemp.
Terpenes have potent aromas and flavors that considerably affect the way you experience cannabis. For example, limonene is found in citrus herbs like mint, rosemary, and pine. It has a sharp, fruity aroma with a relatively sweet taste. If you are looking for a CBD flower that will elevate your mood while reducing your anxiety, you may do well with one rich in this terpene.
Another example is humulene, found in many types of deciduous trees, hence its distinct woody aroma. What’s unique about this terpene is that it has an appetite suppressant effect. Humulene works synergistically with other compounds in the hemp flower to promote weight loss, while diminishing your anxiety around food.
Sativa and Indica Strains- What’s the Difference?
Just like its marijuana cousin, CBD flowers can either be indica or sativa. Take note, it is the ‘terpene’ component, not cannabinoids of the hemp plant that causes it to be an indica or sativa strain. Even when the dominant cannabinoid is CBD, CBG, or CBN, which is a whole different story, indica and sativa traits will assert themselves during your smoking or vaping experience.
An Indica-dominant CBD flower will help you relax without losing track of reality. Indica-dominant strains are often consumed at night, particularly by those who have difficulty falling asleep since it has a relaxing effect on the body. This type of CBD flower is also used to soothe muscle tension and body aches at the end of stressful work days.
Most strains that contain the word “kush” are indica-dominant strains. Examples are Blackberry Kush, Girl Scout Cookies, Kosher Kush, Cherry Cough, Frosted Kush, OG Kush, Purple Urkle, and White Widow.
A Sativa-dominant CBD flower on the other hand might be a better choice if you want an uplifted mood and increased energy levels. This type of CBD flower often has a fruity aroma and gives you an energy boost without making you paranoid or restless. This strain is a more suitable pick for those who want to be more focused and productive, hence they are popularly known as “daytime” cannabis.
Sativa-dominant CBD flowers does not induce the body lethargy that indica strains can. Some CBD enthusiasts report that they can think more clearly when smoking or vaping sativa-dominant strains. Although not a hard rule, names of strains that include “haze” in them are usually sativa-dominant strains. Some of the common of sativa-dominant species include: Hawaiian Haze, Juicy Fruit, Lemon Abacus, NYC Diesel, Purple Haze, Sour Lifter, and Suver Haze to name just a few.
When vaped or smoked, the effects of CBD flower can be felt almost immediately after you take this non-psychoactive cannabinoid into your lungs, and can last about 30-60 minutes. Remember, CBD is non-intoxicating. Enjoying a potent dose of CBD flower for relaxation and leisure won’t make you confused or jumpy after, ensuring an experience that is altogether enjoyable and pleasant.