Hemp is a general term in the Cannabis industry used to describe cannabis species and strains that overall have less than 0.3% THC.
Cannabis is outwardly known for its psychoactive effect induced by THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol. These psychoactive effects have many benefits and, along with psychoactive mushrooms and a technique called micro-dosing, is being used to research and treat PTSD sufferers. However, there is another component in cannabis being researched for its physical health benefits: CBD, or Cannabidiol.
CBD, unlike THC, is not psychoactive. It can make up to 40% of a cannabis plant's extract and is directly responsible for many of the outward/physical health benefits that people seek the plant out for. Both CBD and THC are found in all cannabis plants and their ratios in each plant are what make the different strains, providing varied health and mental benefits and effects.
Both CBD and THC are cannabinoids, the general name of the chemicals found inside of cannabis plants. There are at least 144 different kinds of cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. Each has its own medicinal properties and benefits and we are always looking to find more.
There are at least 144 different kinds of cannabinoids found in cannabis plants.
A ‘Full Range’ CBD product is a product derived from hemp flowers that contains all or most of the cannabinoids found across cannabis plants. By taking a Full Range CBD product you are allowing these cannabinoids to enter your system together to work their magic in concert with each other. Most CBD products (not the flower itself) are an oil you take by itself, in some sort of edible form, or are a balm or salve to smooth onto affected areas. There are full spectrum CBD gummies (see here), chocolates, tablets, tinctures, even tea, lotions, beauty products and much more.
You can also ingest a full range of CBD the old fashioned way: smoking. Smoking hemp flower the way you would any other cannabis flower (in a bong, pipe, or some sort of rig) will still provide you with their CBD benefits. Remember a hemp plant is any cannabis plant that has less than 0.3% THC in it. That means that smoking this flower will not get you stoned in any real sense. In addition, THC and CBD have an inverse relationship. Meaning an increased presence of one will level out and diminish the other.
The difference between smoking and eating CBD is night and day. Which you choose should depend on your desired effect, how much time you can wait for the desired effect, and where/what it is you are trying to treat. By eating CBD, your body has to first digest the contents in your stomach before being processed by the liver and then be distributed to the body. In other words, you are looking at a couple of hours before your body receives the CBD, depending on individual digestion. This is not the quickest delivery system, but perhaps the most efficient of the two. Smoking hemp flower (CBD rich), allows for a direct injection straight into the bloodstream after you inhale. Effects tend to be felt much quicker.
Neither method is worse or better than the other; it just depends on individual capabilities and preference. If you are an avid smoker already, it might make more sense to buy hemp flower at reliable stores like Mr Hemp Flower and smoke that as well. However, if you have lung concerns or are not comfortable with smoking, eating the CBD is an equally valid option. Just don’t eat your whole stash in one sitting, or you won’t have anymore to enjoy later!