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CBD Hemp Flower: Expectations vs. Reality

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When deciding to buy CBD hemp flowers, you need to be extra careful about the source you choose. Your provider should be credible and reliable and offer high-quality, organic products tested by an independent third-party lab.

At Cheefbotanicals, you can get premium CBD hemp flowers that are 100% naturally grown. All their products are organic and pure and come with third-party lab testing results that you can easily access.

But no matter which provider you choose, what you get may not match your expectations. And it’s not because of quality. You may get a top-notch product, but you still might expect an entirely different experience.

We’re here to help you understand the factors that may affect your experience with CBD hemp flowers so that the reality meets your expectations a bit better.

CBD and THC Levels

Hemp flowers usually contain very high levels of CBD – higher than its cousin marijuana has. The latter also has higher THC levels than the hemp plant, so it is still not legal in so many places around the world.

In places where cannabis is legal, what’s legal is industrial hemp. This type of hemp contains very low levels of THC – less than 0.3%.

So, if you get CBD hemp flowers from legal sources, you can’t expect to get a higher THC content.

For instance, if you’ve ever tried smoking or vaping marijuana and expected the same effects with CBD hemp flowers regarding THC, you’ll likely be disappointed.

But if you’re looking for the calming or pain-reducing effects of CBD, you’ll be positively surprised by the hemp flower’s high CBD content.

The Form Factor

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The way you consume your CBD hemp flower plays a considerable role in what kind of experience you’ll get out of it. Here’s what you can expect.

Vaping CBD Hemp Flower

If you decide to vape CBD hemp flowers using a dry herb vaporizer, you’ll maintain the flower’s potency. The vaporizer won’t burn the content, but rather heat it up until it starts vaporizing pure hemp extract.

The effects are almost immediate. You’ll feel them kick in after approximately 5-10 minutes.

Smoking CBD Hemp Flower

While we don’t recommend smoking CBD hemp flowers, we can say that the effects are almost the same as with vaping.

The only difference is that smoking involves combustion, which means damaging your health with toxic chemicals. It also means losing a lot of CBD content and terpenes, that is, losing a certain amount of the hemp flower’s potency.

So, vaping CBD hemp flowers might be a better alternative.

Making CBD Edibles

If you make CBD edibles with hemp flower buds, your CBD experience would be quite different. That’s because of the lower bioavailability.

When you consume food infused with CBD, that food goes through your digestive system. The system breaks down most of the CBD molecules, so you end up with lower potency.

The effects also take much longer to kick in. You might feel them in about half an hour, or you might need to wait up to 90 minutes. It all depends on the strain of your hemp flower and the dosage you use.

When making CBD edibles from hemp flowers, one of the most crucial steps is decarboxylation.

Many people, especially newbies, have never even heard of it, which is often the main reason why their CBD isn’t working.

Dry hemp flower buds contain cannabidiolic acid (CBDa), which has a different molecular structure than CBD. Your job is to turn it into CBD before using the flower buds in cooking.

Decarboxylating hemp flowers means heating them in an oven at 250°F. Simply spread the crushed flower buds on a baking sheet and heat them in the oven. After approximately 45 minutes, you’ll have your CBD ready to go.

The Dosage Factor

How much CBD you consume in a vaping session or through food also impacts your experience. It goes without saying that the more hemp flower buds you use, the more potent your experience would be, and vice versa.

However, different dosages don’t have the same effects on everyone. For instance, if you’re a beginner, a small dose might provide you with noticeable effects. That’s why it’s always a good idea to start small and work your way up if needed.

Different CBD hemp flower strains also come with different effects, so that’s another factor to consider.

Do Your CBD Hemp Flower Expectations Meet the Reality?

If your CBD isn’t working, you may not be doing everything right. The facts above should help you get the most out of your CBD hemp flower – as long as you get it from a reliable source.

With a high-quality, organic product from a trusted vendor, you’ll enjoy a satisfying experience, no matter how you choose to consume the hemp flower.