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CBD has made a huge name for itself in 2019 as a cannabinoid that can deliver amazing health benefits. Today, smoking CBD flowers is also rising in popularity as a means of recreational relaxation.

Smoking CBD Flowers is a relatively new way to enjoy the benefits of this trendy cannabinoid. Generally speaking, those using CBD are more familiar with products like CBD oil, CBD topicals like creams and salves, as well as CBD softgels. There’s an amazing array of formats out there to suit the unique needs of everyone.

But what about the recreational benefits that smoking CBD can have? Well, that’s where CBD flowers come into play. Usually, those who smoke cannabis are looking for that added ‘buzz’ that we typically associate with THC. But for those who suffer with anxiety, stress or simply don’t want to experience a psychoactive high, smoking CBD flowers can be an amazing alternative thanks to its relaxing properties that don’t induce a typical ‘high’. 

Many people aren’t aware of the beneficial effects of smoking CBD flowers. And we know you have a lot of questions on this one! That’s why we’re here to answer your burning questions surrounding CBD flowers once and for all. 

Let’s take a look at exactly what CBD flowers are before digging into your FAQ’s. 

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What’s the difference between CBD Flowers and Regular Cannabis Buds?

You can think of Hemp and Cannabis as “cousins” that belong to the same family of plants called ‘cannabaceae’.  The main difference between CBD flowers and regular buds is the proportion of THC they contain. 

Regular cannabis contains a cannabinoid called THC. THC is the cannabinoid which is responsible for the high associated with the recreational cannabis. Some flowers typically contain THC at very high levels.

On the other hand, hemp flowers contain only trace amounts of THC – usually no more than 0.3%. This is down to the regulations placed on growers of CBD Flowers. Hemp growers worldwide are producing high CBD, low THC strains in order for consumers to reap the medicinal benefits of this popular cannabinoid without any psychoactive high. 

What are the health benefits of smoking CBD flowers?

The health benefits of smoking CBD flowers are still being explored by scientists and researchers. But anecdotally, many people claim that not only does smoking CBD flowers reduce anxiety and stress, but it also delivers fast-acting relief from chronic pain

However, a 2017 report by the World Health Organization (WHO) showed promising results for CBD as a general medicine. The report found that CBD could provide relief for a variety of debilitating conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, cancer and diabetic complications, as well as general pain, anxiety and depression.

What does it feel like to smoke CBD flowers? 

Many people who smoke CBD flowers report experiencing an overall feeling of calm and relaxation throughout their bodies. Studies are showing that CBD can have anti-anxiety and stress relieving properties. This could be the one of the reasons why people feel more relaxed after smoking CBD Flowers.

Many people who smoke CBD flowers for the first time are surprised by how similar the experience is in comparison to traditional marijuana. This is due to CBD Flowers terpene profile – something which we’ll touch more on in a second.

You can read a first-hand account of what happens when smoking CBD flowers here

What do CBD flowers taste and smell like?

CBD Flowers contain the same or similar terpene profiles as regular marijuana. Terpenes are a part of the plant which is responsible for aroma and taste. As a result, when you smoke CBD flowers, you’ll experience the same smell and taste as you would when smoking marijuana. 

Psychologically, this plays a big part in the overall feeling of relaxation when smoking CBD flowers. Certain terpenes can have beneficial effects on human health.

For those who are transitioning from smoking regular marijuana, there could also be some weight to the common assumption that this similar terpene profile gives individuals a ‘placebo effect’. Therefore they may find it easier to switch to CBD flowers and reduce marijuana consumption. 

Does smoking CBD Flowers have side effects?

In general, CBD has no severe side effects. CBD is a widely legalised nutritional supplement with a ton of health benefits. However, for example when taking large doses of CBD oil without regulating from smaller amounts first, some mild side effects have been reported. These include nausea, drowsiness and diarrhoea. 

When it comes to smoking CBD flowers, the effects are easier to control. That’s mainly for two reasons. When you smoke CBD flowers, you’re more in control of how much you ingest, because you’re taking it in puff-by-puff at your own pace. So once enough is enough, you can simply put down your joint/vape/pipe or whatever is is you’re using to smoke. 

The second reason it’s easier to control is because with smoking, the effects are much more instant. That’s because when you smoke CBD, it enters your bloodstream faster. So if at some point during your smoking experience you start to feel nauseous, for example, then you can just stop smoking there and then. 

Are CBD Flowers legal?

Since the USA’s introduction of the 2018 Farm Bill, the hemp landscape has revolutionized. As a result, so have the laws on CBD flowers. 

The passing of the Farm Bill meant that with FDA approval, the health benefits of CBD were finally available legally across the board. The state of Indiana recently tried to ban CBD flowers within the state, but a federal judge deemed it unconstitutional because of the farm bill.

In the UK, the legal status of CBD and CBD Flowers is a bit confusing. CBD products are now legal in the UK – as long as they meet certain conditions. CBD products in the UK can only be sold “provided they have been derived from an industrial hemp strain that is EU-approved”. They also must contain less than 0.3% THC. 

However, it’s still forbidden to sell CBD flowers for smoking. UK Cannabis law reform campaigners ‘C.L.E.A.R’ outline the legal issues surrounding this on their website

Final thoughts

So there you have it – hopefully we’ve answered all of your burning questions on CBD Flowers. You now know that CBD flowers can give you a very similar experience to smoking traditional marijuana – but without a psychoactive buzz. This is all thanks to their similar terpene profile. And don’t forget about the amazing health benefits that you have the potential to reap in the process.

So if you’re a sufferer of anxiety, chronic pain or simply want to experience cannabis without the added high, CBD flowers could be a fantastic alternative for you.

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About the author

Sophie Smith

Sophie Smith is a writer and natural health enthusiast. Founder of a green beauty blog, her knowledge of natural remedies and plant-based cosmetics has lead Sophie to become an advocate for the many benefits of cannabis as an alternative medicine. Her mission is to help combat the stigma associated with 'cannabis' by writing factual content that empowers your CBD choices.

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