CBD flower can be rolled in joints, smoked out of a bong, and even comes pre-rolled in papers, just like marijuana. The buds also look very similar to marijuana — and some strains even smell like marijuana. This has made it a bit confusing to know if CBD flower is legal to smoke.
We’re here to reassure you that CBD flower is indeed legal throughout the United States. You can smoke it or vape it in all 50 states without worrying about any of the laws and regulations that surround marijuana. But why is CBD flower legal while marijuana isn’t? To better understand why CBD flower is legal, we should first take a deeper dive into what CBD flower is and then take a closer look at the laws that made it legal in the United States.
What is CBD Flower?
CBD flower comes from the hemp plant, which is specifically bred to be rich in CBD (Cannabidiol) and low in THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), the cannabinoid that gets you “high.” CBD hemp flower is non-psychoactive, meaning you won’t get high but will still experience the plant’s “synergistic effects” since it’s a full-spectrum product — i.e. it has all of the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids found in hemp.
There are over 100 known phytocannabinoids in hemp. The most popular are THC and CBD. Cannabinoids interact with the cannabinoid receptors in our body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Since CBD indirectly connects to the receptors, it’s thought that they block THC from fully interacting, canceling the side effects you’d usually experience from that cannabinoid. This allows you to experience hemp’s effects on your mood, digestion, and immune system without the side effects of being “high,” like having bloodshot eyes and slower reaction times.
Different strains of CBD flower have their own unique smells and flavors. That’s thanks to each strain’s unique terpenoid profile. There are over 100 different terpenes discovered so far. The terpenoid composition of the CBD hemp flower you inhale will provide a different synergistic effect, whether it’s becoming more focused or more relaxed.
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Flavonoids are organic compounds that make up about 10% of cannabis’ chemical composition. While flavonoids are also found in both fruits and vegetables, the ones only found in cannabis are called canniflavins. They give each hemp strain its unique color and appearance. There’s also a possibility it further amplifies the plant’s synergistic effects.
How Do You Smoke CBD Flower?
Once manicured and dried, hemp buds can be smoked with a pipe, bong, blunt, or vaporizer. All of these methods are effective since smoking CBD is one of the fastest ways to feel its effects on your ECS. The CBD will cross the blood-brain barrier rapidly and you’ll start to experience the CBD’s effects in 30 to 90 seconds. The effects will typically last up to three hours.
That instant relief is one reason that smoking CBD hemp flower has become so popular in recent years. Another reason is the very act of smoking. Heat activates inactive phytocannabinoids, making the “entourage effect” even stronger. All of the cannabinoids, terpenoids, and flavonoids work together to give you the most satisfying results.
There are also studies that indicate smoking CBD hemp flower has the potential to curb nicotine addiction. Not only does it allow you to mimic the action of smoking, but the CBD itself interacts with the ECS in a way that some researchers claim lessens cigarette cravings.
CBD flower is also thought of as a more social way to ingest CBD. Using a hookah or bong to smoke CBD with a group is a lot more interactive than simply dropping some CBD tincture under your tongue.
Is CBD Flower Legal Nationwide?
CBD flower that comes from hemp is legal in all 50 states, thanks to the Farm Bill passed in 2018. The bill states that any cannabinoid derived from hemp is legal if the hemp is produced in a manner that meets the bill’s regulations. Simply stated, CBD products are legal if they are derived from hemp that must contain below 0.3% THC.
Marijuana, on the other hand, is still considered a schedule one drug. Marijuana is any cannabis plant containing above 0.3% THC. CBD hemp flower and other CBD products that have above 0.3% THC are also illegal, whether it comes from a marijuana or hemp plant.
Another important aspect of the 2018 Farm Bill is continuing research into hemp. This was also the goal of the Farm Bill passed back in 2014. The more recent Farm Bill recognizes the “importance, diversity, and opportunity of the plant and products derived from it.” The Farm Bill also recognizes that there’s still a lot to learn about hemp.
Is CBD Hemp Flower Legal Internationally?
While CBD is legal in all 50 states, it’s a different story when it comes to the rest of the world. Every country has its own regulations for CBD and it’s important to figure out those rules before traveling internationally with your CBD hemp flower.
If you’re planning to travel to Europe, there are 26 countries that require travelers to have a Schengen certificate if they want to travel with CBD. This is due to the Opium Act and the Schengen Declaration. There are many countries in Asia where it is illegal to travel with CBD. It’s truly important to speak with a traveling agent or government official before attempting to bring it with you.
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Is CBD Flower Safe?
Smoking CBD hemp flower is well tolerated amongst consumers. It has a lot of benefits for your mood and body that makes it a commonly positive experience. While smoking hemp is a satisfying way for healthy adults to ingest CBD, it’s always important to consult a doctor with any questions if you’re looking to start.
A 2011 Current Drug Safety study found that healthy adults can take up to 1.5 grams (1500mg) of CBD daily without any serious side effects. Taking around 20 grams of CBD could potentially become a toxic dose although overdoses have never been recorded.
Most often, CBD’s side effects will be few and mild. Some things you might experience from smoking CBD hemp flower is dry mouth and vomiting. If this happens, you can try lowering your dose of CBD so it becomes more manageable for you.
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How to Find the Best CBD Flower
You should always be on the lookout for premium CBD hemp flower. The procedure — from harvesting to processing — will result in a better product. The careful curing and trimming will result in quality buds, which ensure that the smoking session is more enjoyable.
Although it’s aesthetically pleasing to have buds with “bag appeal,” there are other reasons why perfectly manicuring the nugs is important for CBD flower enthusiasts. This includes being tastier and easier to smoke. You won’t have to inhale smoke from the leaves. In turn, you’ll receive a noticeably smoother experience. The lack of leaves will also lead to a more appealing aroma since the terpenes won’t be overpowered by the blander smell of the leaves.
Premium bud also has a higher concentration of phytocannabinoids. That’s thanks to the trichomes you will see all over the hemp’s surface. They look sort of like tiny crystals. Trichomes are much more concentrated in the plant’s flowering sections. Because of this, you’ll get a better concentration of trichomes when the leaves are carefully trimmed off.
Premium Hemp vs. Biomass Hemp Flower
Premium CBD hemp flower is able to maintain its quality appearance, scent, and experience due to the extreme care and regulations set in place. The premium-grade flower must pass physical and visual inspections, ultimately receiving a Certificate of Analysis.
A third-party COA will confirm the cannabinoids present in the CBD hemp flower, as well as how much is present. This is important since there can’t be more than 0.3% THC in legal hemp. They will also check for CBG, CBN, and CBC, as well as other cannabinoids.
Premium grade hemp smells strongly of terpenes and has nice sized buds with minimal leaves due to hand trimming. Biomass hemp flower, also referred to as “low-grade” will have a more mild smell similar to hay or grass clippings. Biomass flower presents smaller buds with minimal trimming, which often results in a very leafy product. At Cheef Botanicals, our CBD flower is always premium grade so you don’t have to worry about any of the downsides of biomass hemp flower.
Popular CBD Flower Strains
When it comes to choosing CBD flower you might also want to consider the different strains. Each hemp flower strain has a different composition and offers a different array of benefits without getting you high. Here are some of our top CBD flower strains right now:
Our Hawaiian Haze has less than 0.3% THC and around 18% CBD. It’s sure to get you energized and feeling uplifted. It provides a refreshing feeling that makes this strain perfect for CBD flower enthusiasts. It’s also ideal for newcomers looking for a boost in the morning before work or a social event. Tropical and citrusy, this is an invigorating CBD flower strain that’s known to make you chatty and excited.
Cheef Botanicals’ Skywalker OG has 0.13% THC and almost 21% CBD, making it a CBD-dominant strain that offers consumers a feeling of relaxation when they need it most. A hybrid between Skywalker and OG, this flower is dense and sticky with fruity, spicy, and piney smells similar to kush. This is the perfect CBD flower for someone looking to unwind after a long day or if you’re planning to get a more restful sleep.
Our ever-popular Lifter strain has less than 0.3% THC and around 18% CBD. A mesmerizing blend of piney fresh redwood and lemon zest, Lifter is a richly flavored CBD flower that gives users a peacefulness and new sense of focal energy. This is a strain that makes you feel tranquility, unlike anything you’ve experienced before.
Sour Space Candy
With 0.06% THC and almost 21% CBD, Cheef Botanicals’ Sour Space Candy is a flower strain that’s sure to give you an energized and positive feeling. This is a CBD flower strain that’s made for daytime, giving you greater focus and an uplifted spirit. A cross between Sour Tsunami and Early Resin Berry, you can expect a sour, fruity flavor and dense, sticky buds.
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CBD hemp flower doesn’t just look like marijuana. It also provides a lot of the same benefits as marijuana thanks to the cannabinoids, terpenoids, and flavonoids present in each strain. But unlike marijuana, hemp is legal because of its lack of THC, a psychoactive cannabinoid that gets you “high.”
By smoking CBD flower, you skip the unwanted side effects of being high and the concern about its legality, allowing you to fully enjoy the benefits of your chosen CBD strain.
Cheef Botanicals provides only the premium, all-natural, non-GMO CBD products. Each of our products provides the natural, safe, and effective wellness powers of cannabinoids found in hemp. We believe in promoting wellbeing and providing access to useful education and research on CBD. Cheef Botanicals continuously spreads the truth about natural alternatives that promote much-needed stability and balance.