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CBD Flowers 101: 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions Answered

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Written by Alexandra Hicks

CBD Flowers are becoming increasingly popular among consumers of all ages, but there are many questions about this industry that remain to be answered.

Despite the large and continuously growing number of CBD Flower users – access to reliable data regarding health effects, laws, and general use remains severely limited. When talking to friends, reading articles and scrolling through social media comments, I’m often astounded by the inaccuracy of the information I see floating around. That said, the ‘CBD flowers 101: 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions Answered’ article aims to answer all the most commonly asked questions we hear about CBD Flowers. Scroll down to see if your questions made the list!

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1. Can CBD Flower make you fail a drug test?

By far one of the most common questions asked about CBD flower is whether it will cause you to fail a drug test or not. There are a lot of adults out there who would use cannabis if they could, but because of drug testing policies at their places of employment, they are forced to refrain.

Many switch to CBD flowers for something to smoke socially and help them unwind without risking their jobs. That said, the risk of failing a drug test because of CBD Flower use is extremely unlikely, with an emphasis on the “extremely” part. If you but flowers from reputable vendors whose lab reports you can trust, then you probably won’t fail a drug test.

2. Do CBD Flowers get you high?

The answer to this question is a resounding “no”. Some people might swear they felt a buzz from the CBD buds they just smoked, but if that’s actually the case, then there are higher levels of THC in those flowers than indicated. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive compound in cannabis that causes the high we all know and love. If the CBD flower strain of your choosing has only trace amounts of THC like advertised, then you will NOT feel any intoxication.

CBD interacts with a different set of neuroreceptors in the central nervous system, so the resulting effects are quite diverse. While CBD flowers are known to make people feel relaxed and even a bit euphoric at times, it doesn’t impact the brain in the same way as THC. So once again, NO, you will not get high from smoking CBD flowers.

3. How does CBD Flower make you feel?

Referring back to the previous question, CBD flowers won’t get you high but they will certainly help you relax and unwind. Exact effects will vary depending on the strain, but generally speaking, CBD flower can make you feel calm and peaceful while maintaining a clear head and higher level of focus than you would typically have when using regular cannabis.

Bouncing off the idea of relaxation, one thing that people very often use CBD flowers (and other CBD products) for is to manage anxiety. Although minimal studies have been done on the effectiveness of CBD to treat the various conditions its touted for, anxiety is one disorder that actually has a lot of research behind it.

4. Can you smoke CBD Flower?

You definitely can and this is my preferred method of consumption. You can smoke them any number of ways just like cannabis. It can be smoked in a pipe/bowl or bong, and it can be rolled into a joint or blunt.

Some people prefer vaping over smoking. It’s believed to be safer because you can control the temperature, setting it lower so the plant matter doesn’t get burned and release toxins and carcinogens that are often found in smoke of any kind.

5. Is CBD Flower safe?

As far as smoking goes, CBD flower is definitely one of the safer things to consume. In general, the longterm health effects of smoking cannabis or hemp are minimal in comparison to those resulting from cigarettes. Tobacco smoke can lead to numerous, lifelong health conditions impacting the lungs, mouth, throat, liver, and many other parts of the body. Experts indicate that smoking any plant matter runs a certain level of risk, most agree that it’s relatively safe.

So, that covers the issue of CBD flowers vs tobacco, but what about in comparison to OTC and prescription medications, considering so many people use CBD flowers medicinally? Again, the safety profile of CBD flowers is quite good. A lot of medications, both over-the-counter and prescription, can have some seriously nasty side effects. Opioids have been known to result in devastating issues with addiction, and even Tylenol is notoriously unsafe and can lifelong lifelong liver damage.

6. What is the best CBD Flower?

We get asked questions like this a lot. “What is the best CBD flower?” Or, “what strain should I choose?” Honestly, this depends on way to many factors to be able to accurately answer. But what we can do is help you figure out what to consider when you’re stocking up.

What are you using the flowers for – recreational or medicinal? What kind of flavors do you like, are there any genetics you normally prefer? Are you a novice user or seasoned smoker? For example, I use cannabis and hemp recreationally, one of my favorite strains is blue dream, and I’m a seasoned smoker. That narrows it down to certain flavor profiles and strains that have the highest levels of cannabinoids.

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7. Does CBD Flower smell and taste?

Absolutely, it smells amazing! And since smell is flavor, it also tastes amazing! Because it’s literally just cannabis minus the THC, CBD hemp flower has many of the same terpenes and flavonoids, thus resulting in similar flavors and aromas. The same principal applies here as with cannabis, the lower the quality of the flower, the less pronounced the flavor and smell will be.

There are a few things you can do to help improve or maintain the flavor and smell of your buds. First and foremost, let’s talk about storage. To prolong the life of your flowers, you’ll want to keep them in high-quality (airtight if possible) glass jars. Another thing that has a huge impact on the flavor is moisture. If your buds are dry and crumbly, they will probably be lacking in the flavor department too. A quick fix is to put a tortilla strip in the jar with your weed. It will liven it right back up, bringing back some much-needed moisture without changing the existing flavor. If you DO want to change the flavor a bit, use a citrus peel instead of a tortilla.

8. How much does CBD Flower cost?

This is one of those questions that can’t be answered with 100% accuracy because the cost of CBD flowers is constantly chaning. Within the CBD hemp flower industry, pricing various based on region, quality, demand, and specific retailer. Overall, it’s cheaper than THC flower and it can be conveniently ordered online from anywhere in the United States. As global supply of CBD flower continues to ramp up, we’ll see prices drop even further.

As a general rule of thumb, I wouldn’t pay more than $100 for 1 ounce of top-notch CBD flowers. If you’re paying more than that, you can likely find comparable quality for a lower price elsewhere. Even when it comes to THC-dominant cannabis buds, I can always find high-quality product for $150/oz or less (just so you can see for comparison). If you want to be alerted to the best weekly deals on high quality CBD flowers, subscribe to our newsletter: The CBD Flowers Weekly Newsletter.   

9. Are CBD Flowers indica or sativa?

This is another one of those tricky and difficult-to-answer questions about CBD Flowers. The overall consensus is that hemp flowers share more genetic traits with sativas, but finding a true “purebred” sativa or indica strain these days is actually quite rare.

After generations of cross-breeding, nearly all cannabis and hemp strains on earth are now hybrids. Some are indica-dominant, some are sativa-dominant, and some are evenly split. For the most part, CBD flower strains are sativa-dominant hybrids, many coming up as variations of already popular sativa strains such as Green Crack and Blue Dream.

10. Are CBD Flowers legal?

YES! CBD Flowers are legal in the United States. The laws surrounding cannabis and hemp are notoriously confusing, but simply put, raw CBD hemp flower with less than 0.3% THC is legal nationwide. The 2018 Farm Bill officially legalized CBD flower at the federal level.

However, when it comes to manufactured products using CBD – including but not limited to medications, supplements, and cosmetics – these are still regulated under the DEA’s Controlled Substance Act. So, unless approved by the DEA and FDA, these products are still illegal.

Did we miss anything?

If we missed any questions about CBD Flowers that are burning in your mind, drop us a line in the comment section below and we’ll do our best to get you an answer!

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  • “That said, the risk of failing a drug test because of CBD Flower use is extremely unlikely, with an emphasis on the “extremely” part”…. It is apparent that you don’t understand cannabis science. This is negligent advice to offer new users. You can 100% fail a drug test when you smoke hemp flower. Most varieties on the market today are technically hot when you take into consideration the amount of THC-A which converts to Delta-9-THC when you smoke it. Lifter, Sour Space Candy, Special Sauce are all .5%-.8% THC-A. Please don’t give advice unless you understand the subject matter for which you are advising.

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Alexandra Hicks

Managing editor at Cannadelics and U.S based journalist, helping spread the word about the many benefits of using cannabis and psychedelics.