The Benefits of CBD Hemp Flowers: CBD without the THC

Hemp Flower—the Non-Psychoactive Bud 

The words hemp, cannabis, and pot have commonly been used interchangeably, and this has resulted in some confusion about what the plant actually is. The short story is this: the kind of cannabis that gets people high is not the same as hemp even though both plant varieties come from the species cannabis Sativa.

Cannabis strains that contain significant levels of tetrahydrocannabinol THC, the cannabinoid responsible for weed’s psychoactive effect, are bred from satica, indica and hybird strains of the cannabis Sativa plant. Hemp, on the other hand, is typically distinguished from psychoactive weed if it has a THC content of 0.3% or less. That’s not enough to get you high.  In fact, if you smoked a pound of hemp, you’re more likely to have a massive headache than a noticeable high. Most medical and recreational strains have a THC content of at least 5% and at most 30%, a much higher amount of THC than what hemp contains.

It is certainly possible to breed weed strains to have low THC to CBD to ratios (meaning strains that have a higher quantity of CBD than THC). But there is an easy way to get THC-free CBD, and that’s to use hemp. Although hemp contains .3% or less of THC, it has significant amounts of CBD (anywhere from 10% to 20% CBD) as well as other non-psychoactive cannabinoids and terpenes volatile compounds responsible for a plant’s smell as well as a unique profile of therapeutic benefits.     

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