What Is Hemp Flower?
What Is Hemp Flower?
Did you know that smoking hemp flower is legal in the United States? Since the Agricultural Improvement Bill of 2018 a.k.a. The Hemp Bill, Americans have been able to legally purchase and consume hemp CBD products. CBD derived from hemp flower or cannabis flower is the same compound - the difference between cannabis and hemp as it pertains to U.S. federal law lies in the potency of THC contained in the plant material.
THC is the psychoactive compound known for inducing the feeling of being high. Flower or bud from the hemp plant contains less than .3% of THC potency according to regulations. Hemp flower can have a relaxing or euphoric effect and is preferred over cannabis by people who are more sensitive to the effects THC or who are seeking the benefits of CBD consumption without the more intoxicating effects of a THC-dominant strain.
Are There Benefits of Smoking Hemp Flower?
Smoking hemp flower as opposed to other methods of ingestion such as oral may be the preferred choice for some people in certain circumstances. Often smoking hemp or CBD-dominant flower can be a faster onset for treating pain for example than other types of administration such as edibles.
Women Smoke CBD for Symptoms of Menopause
While data is anecdotal, dispensary patients have indicated that cannabis is helpful in treating the symptoms of menopause. Women going through “the change” report a slew of challenging symptoms including a shift in mood and libido, hot flashes or night sweats, insomnia, vaginal dryness, or even osteoporosis.
Smoking flower is one of the preferred methods of administration for women. Women may wish to consider terpinolene-dominant hemp varieties for day and strains with more myrcene, limonene, and caryophyllene for pain-relief.
Is Smoking or Inhalation of CBD Beneficial for Schizophrenia/Psychosis?
There has long been concern in the medical industry that cannabis consumption could trigger psychosis. According to Michael Backes, author of the book “Cannabis Pharmacy,” this has never been verified. There is some question as to whether cannabis might cause psychosis in patients pre-disposed to this disease or alternatively, if those patients are genetically or socially pre-disposed to consume cannabis.
Backes reports that “Some schizophrenic patients claim that cannabis has helped them deal with social rejection, social anxiety, and boredom…they typically report [smoking] cannabis for mood elevation, relief of social anxiety, or calming of generalized anxiety… A group of researchers conducted a successful study that compared the efficacy of CBD versus an atypical antipsychotic drug used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. CBD was demonstrated in this study to be as effective as the antipsychotic, but with greatly reduced side effects.”
A study of 4380 twins concluded that cannabis consumption accounted for only 2 to 5 percent variance of psychotic experiences in adolescent twins and that cannabis is not the cause of schizophrenia but rather commonly taken to medicate symptoms.
“High-THC cultivars should always be avoided”, he continues, “the high-ratio CBD:THC phenotypes and any similar ultra-high CBD varieties…are likely to be the best varieties for most patients attempting to use CBD as an anti-psychotic for treatment-resistant schizophrenia.”
Will Smoking CBD-Dominant Hemp Flower Increase Sexual Libido?
For women surveyed, cannabis consumption may improve sexual desire, pleasure, or even the quality of an orgasm. Many women prefer low-THC, CBD-dominant flower typical of hemp strains. For men, excessive consumption may reduce testosterone levels.
Michael Backes recommends low doses if one chooses inhalation as the preferred method of administration. CBD-dominant hemp flower with higher levels of the terpenes myrcene, limonene, beta-caryophyllene, or linalool may be the most effective for supporting an improved sexual experience.
If you have questions about treating sexual disfunction or any of the conditions mentioned in this article, consult a physician to identify possible interactions with pharmaceuticals or to identify the best approach for your particular needs.
- Courtney Freeman
Backes, Michael. Cannabis Pharmacy. London, Elephant Book Company Limited, 2014.