Learn about CBD-rich hemp flower and its benefits.
What is hemp?
Hemp is a plant in the Cannabis family often grown for industrial uses. Legally, hemp is Cannabis with less than .3% delta-9 THC. Hemp has been selectively bred to contain high amounts of CBD and very low levels of THC. Hemp has a variety of uses and applications. The hemp flower found on this site was bred and grown specifically to be consumed by humans.
Hemp became legal in the U.S. on January 1 2019 but cannabis with more than .3% delta-9 THC remains illegal. Delta-9 THC is the psychoactive component of the cannabis plant that is responsible for producing its psychoactive, intoxicating effects. All the cannabis for sale on this site is legal hemp (cannabis with less than .3% delta-9 THC by weight).
In addition to wellness benefits, hemp also has many exciting industrial and consumer applications. Cannabis-industry innovators are using hemp to create biodegradeable plastic and cement that actually becomes stronger over time. The future of hemp is quite bright!
It happened quietly, but hemp becoming legal was a huge step forward for many Americans. Cannabinoids (except THC) and terpenes can now be more easily studied by scientists so we can learn more about cannabis’s health and wellness benefits.
For more general information, we suggest reading the very informative and thorough Wikipedia article on hemp.
Is hemp really legal?
Hemp became federally legal on January 1, 2019 when the 2018 Farm Bill went into effect. This means all adult Americans can purchase and possess hemp regardless of the state they’re in or whether they have a medical marijuana card.
This is a recent change; more rules and regulations are coming (which is a good thing!). Individual states will be creating guidelines and policies that apply within their state.
We are not lawyers and this is not legal advice. We recommend contacting a qualified legal professional who is familiar with cannabis law in your state for more specific guidance.
Hemp becoming legal does not mean you should use it openly in public. Hemp flower is indistinguishable from illegal cannabis without measuring its delta-9 THC levels. Using legal hemp in public could lead to your arrest. A police officer may not be aware that hemp flower exists or they may not be aware of the recent changes in legislation legalizing it. They may justly assume what you have is illegal cannabis. This would be an easy mistake for anyone to make. It’s better to avoid that situation entirely until law enforcement and the rest of society has had time to adjust to the legality of hemp. Please read our guidelines of responsible hemp use for more suggestions on using hemp in a safe way that reduces the potential for harm to you and everyone around you.
What is hemp flower?
The cannabis plant produces aromatic flower buds that contain high concentrations of cannabinoids and terpenes. Cannabis flower with less than .3% delta-9-THC is considered hemp flower. Hemp flower is sometimes referred to as “CBD flower” because it often contains very high concentrations of CBD — a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that early research suggests may have a variety of benefits.
Hemp flower is dried (cured) and consumed in a variety of ways — typically smoked, but it can also be eaten, vaporized, or turned into a tincture or oil.
The trace amounts of THC hemp flower contains does not produce an intoxicating, euphoric, or psychoactive high so hemp flower offers people a way to consume the beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes cannabis contains without getting high or breaking the law.
Many people claim using CBD-rich hemp flower produces very subtle, but beneficial, effects. Many people claim it is calming and its anti-inflammatory effects may make it easier to cope with certain kinds of pain.
What are the benefits of consuming high-CBD hemp flower?
Because cannabis has been a Schedule I substance in the U.S. for so long, not enough scientific research has been done to claim that hemp flower can treat, cure, mitigate, or prevent any medical conditions.
In spite of what you may hear from some misguided advocates online, CBD is not a cure-all or panacea. Early research suggests it may be safe and beneficial for relief from a number of uncomfortable symptoms associated with anxiety and inflammation, in particular. But, you’ll see some vendors who claim CBD has miraculous benefits for everything from cancer to PTSD. We do not know whether those claims are true but we suspect scientific research will eventually indicate CBD is helpful for specific conditions, and not a cure for a wide-ranging variety of illnesses.
Anecdotally, hemp flower offers many people some relief from a variety of unpleasant symptoms. Please note that hemp flower and the products for sale on this site are not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any physical or psychological illnesses. None of the information or products available on this site have been approved by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA).
In addition to its possible health benefits, many people benefit from the enjoyment they get from smoking or vaporizing high-quality hemp flower. Hemp flower can become a joy-filled, rewarding hobby the way some people appreciate wine, craft beer, or cigars.
Who should use hemp flower?
Using hemp is a personal decision. You should do research and decide if the potential benefits of hemp interest you. If they do, we encourage you to try it.
Many groups of people — elderly people, veterans, people suffering from psychological conditions, people suffering from pain, and more — get a bit of relief from their discomfort using hemp. Other people choose to use hemp because it offers them a way to relax and unwind that is safer and less harmful than alcohol. Other people love everything about illegal cannabis but cannot use it because they live in a state where it is not legal. Hemp flower gives them a legal way to enjoy cannabis and many of its beneficial effects without having to fear arrest and incarceration. Finally, some people love the calming effects of cannabis but find they can no longer tolerate the anxiety sometimes produced by THC. Hemp flower offers them a way to experience cannabis’s relaxing effects with none of the downsides of THC.
Whatever their motivation, we welcome everyone to try hemp.
How is hemp flower consumed?
Hemp flower can be used a number of ways but it’s primarily consumed one of three ways:
- Orally – A tincture or oil is swallowed or held under the tongue and then swallowed.
2. Smoked – The smoke created by combustion is inhaled into the lungs.
3. Vaped – Heat is applied causing the compounds to boil and the vapor is then inhaled.
What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, a chemical compound found in cannabis that may have significant health and wellness benefits (though more scientific research is needed to be sure).
What are cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in cannabis that interact with the endocannabinoid system in mammals. The endocannabinoid system is involved in memory, stress response, inflammation, energy metabolism, immune function, reproductive system, sleep, and more. For in-depth scientific information on the endocannabinoid system, we recommend the thorough Wikipedia article on the topic. For an easier to read introduction to the topic we recommend this article.