When you buy THC flowers, you know exactly what to expect, especially if you have a low tolerance to this compound.
Giggly mood, a goofy smile, red eyes, cottonmouth, gargantuan munchies, and — of course — ultimate stress relief.
Not to mention the whole array of medical benefits.
But what should you expect from using a high-CBD strain?
Does CBD flower get you high?
What are the actual effects of CBD buds?
These questions can be difficult to answer for someone who’s just getting started with using different cannabis products.
Before we get to the title question, though, let’s take a look at what CBD is and what it actually does in your body.
What Does CBD Do?
That’s a good question. CBD has a unique relationship with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system, a complex network of receptors and neurotransmitters responsible for keeping the body in the state of chemical balance (homeostasis).
When CBD enters the bloodstream, it modulates the endocannabinoid system by indirectly stimulating or silencing the cannabinoid receptors.
It also prompts the endocannabinoid system to produce more of its natural endocannabinoids (our “very own cannabis”) to restore that balance when it’s disturbed.
What’s better, CBD slows down the breakdown of these endocannabinoids, meaning they can stay in the body for a longer duration of time and do their work more effectively.
But in fact, CBD can act on more than 60 molecular pathways, interacting with serotonin receptors, vanilloid receptors, orphan receptors, and more.
That’s pretty much for a single plant ingredient, isn’t it?
Now, let’s talk about CBD flowers for a little bit.
What Exactly Is a CBD Flower?
A high-CBD flower is exactly what it sounds like — a cannabis strain that contains significant concentrations of CBD.
Now, CBD can be found both in hemp and marijuana, so these are the two types of CBD flowers you can get on the market as of right now.
While hemp and marijuana belong to the same botanical family (Cannabis sativa L.), they are much different when it comes to their cannabinoid content.
Hemp plants typically grow high in CBD and contain negligible amounts of THC, the psychoactive compound. In hemp strains, THC levels clock at around 0.2% – 0.3%.
Marijuana, on the other hand, usually grows high in THC whereas its CBD levels rarely exceed 1% in conventional breeding.
However, more and more marijuana strains are now selectively bred. In other words, breeders are crossing certain strains to maximize the CBD content of their brand new creation while keeping THC levels in moderation, but not as low as in hemp.
The ratio between CBD and THC in selectively bred strains can be 1:1, 2:1, or even 20:1 depending on the anticipated effects. CBD flowers are particularly popular among medical cannabis patients who want to benefit from the herb but don’t handle its psychoactive effects very well.
Does CBD Flower Get You High?
With high-CBD marijuana strains, you can achieve a very mild and pleasant high. We’d even say that such flowers keep you on the verge of the psychoactive buzz — something similar to what microdosing cannabis does.
This, however, applies to strains with lower discrepancies between the THC and CBD content. For example, a strain that has a 20:1 ratio between CBD and THC is very unlikely to make you feel high.
Hemp CBD flowers are a different story because it’s virtually impossible to get high off any hemp strain. That’s due to the aforementioned THC content, which is below 0.3% in most CBD hemp products.
If CBD Flower Doesn’t Get You High, What Does It Feel Like?
That’s another valid question.
If you’ve been using high-THC marijuana strains, then you’re probably wondering what it is like to have lots of CBD in your system.
The most accurate way to describe this feeling is “relieved.”
Relieved of stress, pain, anxiety, inflammation, attention deficits — you name it.
Most first-time CBD consumers stare at their watch a few minutes after they’ve finished vaping their CBD flower and think “I don’t feel any difference, is it even working?”
But a few moments later, they forget about their ailments and are able to perform better at home, at work, and in their social lives.
All of this without getting high.
So, to summarize this section, this is how CBD can make you feel:
While all this may sound “too general” for some people, please note that CBD isn’t a magic pill that silences the symptoms and becomes the answer to all your problems. The nature of CBD is to regulate your body’s endocannabinoid system to maintain its function and fix what is wrong with you.
But it does this through getting right to the root of your ailments.
And if you are already well, CBD will optimize your health.
Is CBD Flower Right for You?
It depends on what you’re looking for in cannabis.
We suggest that you answer the following questions to determine whether CBD flowers are what you need:
- Do you want to get high off your medication as the potential side effect? Because CBD flowers won’t make you feel high in most cases.
- Do you need to maintain mental clarity?
- Do you want something that could improve your daily performance?
- Have you ever used CBD before?
If you’ve never used CBD before but you feel positive about the rest of the above questions, then CBD flower is right for you. It won’t get you high, but it will allow you to draw upon the myriad of benefits that come with this compound.
How Should I Use My CBD Flower?
There are plenty of options, to be honest.
You can go the old-school way and roll a CBD blunt or pack a bowl of your CBD flower and enjoy the smoke. This allows you to deliver cannabidiol to your system almost instantaneously.
Unfortunately, CBD has a lower burning point than THC, so you might end up wasting more material than expected.
Not to mention all the carcinogens you’re inhaling with the smoke, especially if you consume spliffs.
That’s why many cannabis users switch to vaporization. Vaping CBD flowers doesn’t combust the herb; instead, it heats the material up creating CBD-rich vapor that can be inhaled through a vaporizer.
If you’re an aspiring home chef, then cooking with CBD flowers should sound interesting. Making your own CBD edibles with cannabis butter allows for precise dosing, not to mention that cannabinoids are released gradually after ingestion, making the effects last longer and gain more potency over time.
Are there any fans of CBD flowers out there? Do you prefer marijuana CBD strains or their hemp counterparts?
The comments are yours!