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Despite popular misconception, CBD hemp flower is not the same thing as cannabis or marijuana flower. Both CBD hemp and marijuana are members of the same taxonomic Family, Cannabaceae, along with hops and other softwoods. They also happen to be in the same taxonomic Class as roses.
The primary differences between hemp and marijuana in terms of their effects on humans boil down to their constituent cannabinoids, the active chemical compounds in cannabis plants.
There are 104 different cannabinoids found in plants in the cannabis family, the most prevalent and commonly known of these being THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). Cannabis sativa and indica flowers, commonly called marijuana, contain enough THC to produce a psychoactive effect on the brain or euphoric effect on the body and only the smallest proportions of CBD.
Hemp, by contrast, contains a large amount of CBD but little to no THC. The benefits, side effects and current legal status of CBD hemp flower in the United States are therefore distinctly different from those of marijuana.
Benefits of CBD
While research on the medical benefits of cannabidiol is still in the early stages, there is already vast support in the medical community for incorporating it into a larger treatment program for many conditions and symptoms. The most researched and proven uses of CBD to date are to treat certain types of epilepsy.
CBD is most commonly used as a natural treatment for chronic pain. There are many other uses of CBD hemp flowers beyond these, however, including to help treat or alleviate the following health and medical concerns:
- Anxiety and depression
- Insomnia and poor quality of sleep
- Lack of appetite and loss of body weight
CBD hemp oil can reduce inflammation, nerve pain, and muscle spasms. It can boost cardiovascular health and combat oxidative stress. It is currently used in substance abuse treatment for its ability to help eliminate addictions and has even been found helpful for losing weight. CBD is currently being studied for its purported benefits in treating symptoms and slowing the progression of certain diseases, including Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and Dravet’s syndrome.
It is also being studied for its apparent ability to prevent Diabetes and protect against certain types of cancer. Ingested CBD hemp flower, as distinct from smoked or vaporized, offers certain nutritional benefits as well. Hemp contains protein, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. You can digest and absorb these nutrients when you consume CBD flowers in such forms as tinctures, edibles, pills and sprays.
One other important benefit of CBD hemp flower for many people, regardless of their primary reasons for using it, is that, unlike marijuana, it does not produce a psychoactive or euphoric effect.
While recreational cannabis users may seek out this effect, many people who could benefit from using cannabis medically are dissuaded from doing so because they consider this quality a negative side effect. For this reason, products made with CBD hemp flower is often the preferred medication of the two for children and people with mental illnesses who have qualifying conditions for using either.
Recent evidence has shown a difference in the level of benefits produced from “whole plant” CBD hemp flower and products containing merely an extracted CBD isolate. This is believed to be due to the presence of supporting cannabinoids and terpenes in the hemp flower, including small, non-psychoactive proportions of THC.
Regardless of the benefits sought, products containing the entire CBD hemp flower can increase those aspects and produce a more significant overall effect.
In 2011, the journal Current Drug Safety determined that CBD produced no adverse effects on fundamental bodily functions including food intake and digestion, psychomotor and psychological functions, body temperature, blood pressure, and heart rate.
CBD has also been found to be extraordinarily non-toxic with human subjects tolerating even extreme doses. No fatalities have been reported due to CBD intake, and the Department of Health and Human Services says no severe side effects or indications of toxicity even with chronic CBD use in generally healthy people.
A review in a 2017 issue of the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research further discussed the side effects and safety of CBD. Citing many clinical studies, this review found the most common CBD side effects are appetite and weight changes, diarrhea and drowsiness or fatigue. CBD hemp flower has also been found to pose certain other potential side effects, including the following:
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Mood changes and anxiety
- Dry mouth and red eyes
CBD may also increase liver enzyme levels indicating potential liver inflammation or damage. Other health and safety concerns about CBD include its potential to interact with certain medications, including particular epilepsy drugs.
In addition, while CBD oil contains very little to no THC, some CBD oil may contain large enough amounts of THC to produce psychoactive and euphoric effects. This can impair your abilities to operate machinery or drive a vehicle. It can also affect your mood, attention, memory, mental health and heart rate in both short-term and long-term ways.
Taking the proper dose of CBD is key to avoiding or aggravating side effects. Your method of ingesting CBD hemp flower can also play a role in the possibility of side effects.
Smoking hemp in a bowl, joint or water pipe can produce the same side effects associated with smoking any substance, including coughing, irritation, dizziness and shortness of breath. Ingesting CBD hemp flower in edible, tincture, pill, spray or vaporized form, however, does not pose these same risks.
Where to find wholesale CBD Flower
CBD is currently one of the hottest commodities in the US market, propelling an industry worth more than $50 billion. If you want to create your own line of CBD products, you must make sure that the raw material you are getting is of the highest quality.
Here at Industrial Hemp Farms, we can supply you with high-CBD hemp flower and help you in every step of the way towards creating your own products, including extraction and packaging. Contact us or call us at 800-985-9587 to schedule an appointment at our facilities in Colorado Springs
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