What is the definition of hemp flower?

Hemp is cannabis with very little THC  (less than .3% delta-9-THC by dry weight). THC is the psychoactive compound that creates a euphoric high so hemp flower does not produce a psychoactive high (which is also probably a big part of why it’s legal). Other than that, it’s the exact same plant as “marijuana” (Cannabis sativa L.) which typically contains very high amounts of THC (15%-20%).

Hemp is often used for industrial purposes, which is why it’s sometimes called “industrial hemp.” It can be used to create paper, plastic, concrete, and more. It’s extremely versatile and useful plant.

But, hemp has more than industrial benefits. Just like high-THC cannabis, hemp has resinous buds with very high concentrations of beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes. These resin-filled flowering buds are known as “hemp flower” or “CBD flower.” They can be smoked, vaped, or used to make extracts and edibles.

A common misconception is that hemp is low-quality cannabis. Actually, hemp flower for human consumption is grown with the same care and attention that is given to cannabis and the quality of hemp flower available today rivals the quality seen in medical grade cannabis. Hemp is not low-quality cannabis or “ditch weed.” It’s simply cannabis with very little THC. And, it often contains extremely high levels of CBD. In fact, hemp flower is the most cost efficient way to consume CBD beating out oils, tinctures, edibles, and all other methods of consumption. 

Hemp is high in CBD and other cannabinoids

Ambitious cannabis breeders have created hemp strains that contain very high concentrations of CBD, one of the many cannabinoids cannabis contains. CBD in particular is becoming very popular because it has many health and wellness benefits.

This is why hemp flower is often called “CBD flower” or “CBD hemp flower” but here at Bright Box we don’t care for that name because it boxes hemp flower in as if there’s nothing to cannabis besides THC and CBD. While those are the most studied cannabinoids, there are many others, like CBG, CBC, CBN, etc. Many of these “minor cannabinoids” appear to have their own unique benefits completely separate from CBD and THC. Many breeders are starting to target these minor cannabinoids so we’ll start seeing, for instance, “CBG flower” before long. We like “hemp flower” because it refers to basically any legal cannabis with very low concentrations of THC.

Is hemp flower legal?

Yes. Cannabis with less than .03% delta-9-THC by dry weight is legal. The Agriculture Improvement Act (aka “The 2018 Farm Bill”) quietly went into effect January 1, 2019 legalizing the purchase and possession of industrial hemp. This is a huge step forward for Americans. Farmers have a new cash crop (the same one George Washington preferred!) and the American people can benefit from its consumption and other uses.

Please note that each state will introduce its own guidelines and regulations, so you should seek legal counsel from someone familiar with your own state’s policies. As of right now, it’s legal in almost all states.

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