Hemp Flower FAQs: Troubleshooting Smokables

The 2018 Farm bill heralded the golden age of hemp and CBD. It introduced millions of previously wary consumers to this amazingly healthy and beneficial substance. The popularity of hemp flowers exploded almost overnight, and many consumers who had never previously considered cannabinoids began dipping their toes into the world of CBD.

Many of these individuals were left a little confused about the hows, whys, and whats of hemp and CBD. With these FAQs, we hope to clarify some of those issues. 

We’ll answer the most commonly asked questions about hemp flowers and ensure you’re better prepared the next time you order and smoke.

Will Hemp Flower Get Me High?

The “high” that you get from cannabis is produced by a compound known as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This major cannabinoid produces feelings of euphoria and sedation. It is also responsible for everything from cannabis’s painkilling properties to its paranoia side effects.

By law, hemp flowers must contain less than 0.3% THC, a trace amount that simply isn’t enough to produce the same effects.

That said, that doesn’t mean that hemp flowers won’t have any effects whatsoever.

Hemp flowers can produce feelings of mild sedation and may also help to improve focus and creativity. Some users have reported painkilling properties and others insist that it helps with everything from anxiety to depression.

Although some dismiss these effects as placebo, research supports them. Hemp flowers contain a wealth of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. In isolation, CBD, CBG, and terpenes can yield positive effects and when they are combined, they may be enhanced.

What Does Hemp Flower Look Like?

The buds you buy from dispensaries have been trimmed to remove the leaves. They are dense and are often covered with fine white hairs, which is where the “frosty” description comes from.

They are relatively small—enough to sit in the palm of your hand—and are often green with bits of orange and occasional hues of purple. However, the color and size, just like the aromas and effects, can vary significantly from strain to strain.

Is Hemp Flower Legal?

The 2018 Farm Bill made the cultivation, sale, research, and consumption of hemp flowers legal at a federal level. As a user, you are generally free to buy and smoke this substance and as a grower, you can acquire licenses to cultivate it, all while following laws that require you to monitor THC levels.

However, there are still a few gray areas as some state legislators have refused to embrace these laws. Alabama, Texas, and Indiana have existed as gray areas concerning the use of hemp, allowing some CBD products but banning smokable hemp flowers. In states like Mississippi, efforts to pass legal hemp laws have failed. 

The good news is that they are gradually changing their attitude to hemp and it’s surely a matter of time before hemp, and even marijuana, is legalized across all of the United States. 

In fact, it seems that every list of legal hemp states and legal marijuana states becomes inaccurate every few months due to the rapid change that we’re witnessing. 

Does CBD Flower Smell Like Weed?

Yes, very much so.

Hemp and cannabis are the same plant, so you’ll notice very similar fragrances and tastes. Just think of hemp flowers as cannabis flowers without the THC and you can’t go wrong.

Of course, there are many different strains of hemp, just like there are many different strains of cannabis. These contain varying levels of terpenes, the compounds responsible for the plant’s unique aromas. 

As a result, there will be lots of subtle differences between the different strains. If you’re worried about your legal hemp being misconstrued as illegal cannabis by others, it’s a genuine concern and one you can avoid by abstaining from smoking in public.

What Is the Difference Between Hemp Flower and CBD Flower?

CBD flowers are hemp flowers bred to produce higher levels of CBD. To remain under federal law restrictions, they must contain less than 0.3% THC but can contain varying amounts of other cannabinoids, including CBC, CBG, and CBN.

The names “hemp flower” and “CBD flower” are used interchangeably, and both differ considerably from “cannabis flower,” which contains much more than 0.3% THC.

What Is Hemp Flower?

Hemp flowers, also known as “hemp buds,” are the flowers of the hemp plant and are where you’ll find the highest concentration of terpenes and cannabinoids. These flowers are harvested from the plant (grown indoors or outdoors) and are then dried, trimmed, and cured before being sold to the consumer.

How Many Hemp Flower Strains Are There?

There are hundreds of different hemp strains, each offering its own unique flavor and cannabinoid profile. Furthermore, as this product continues to sweep the United States, we’re seeing more and more strains being introduced.

Can You Fail a Drug Test by Smoking Hemp Flower?

This is one of those confusing “yes and no” answers. On the one hand, labs often test for THC and not CBD, so if you’re using a pure CBD product then you shouldn’t fail one of those tests. 

However, hemp flowers and other full-spectrum products (ones that have not been isolated to a specific compound) contain trace amounts of THC that may show up on a test.

It seems absurd to think that such a tiny amount of THC could lead to a failed test, but it happens. After all, a poppy seed bagel can lead to a positive result for opiates, and you could test positive for steroids after eating red meat.

If your job requires regular drug tests, it would be wise to stay clear of anything that contains even trace amounts of THC. 

When Does Hemp Flower Expire?

The compounds in hemp flowers can degrade over time and it’s recommended that you consume them within 12 months of harvest. 

Without proper curing and storage, the shelf life will be significantly lower. A flower won’t necessarily “go bad” after this time, but it will lose its potency.

What Is Hemp Flower Used For?

Hemp flowers are used for a variety of reasons. Some consumers smoke them as an alternative to cannabis or tobacco, others use them for social situations or to help them relax and unwind.

Everyone responds differently. You may find that they have no effects on you whatsoever.

Can CBD Flower Be Mailed?

You can order hemp flowers online through a number of retailers that ship across the United States. Since they are legal under federal law, there should be no issues with USPS shipments.

Check the retailer’s terms and conditions and shipping details for more information.

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