CBD hemp flower is becoming popular with experienced cannabis users as well as those who have only used hemp-derived CBD oil products. Those who have regularly smoked marijuana in the past are more likely to know what to expect than those who have only used CBD oil.
Two of the most commonly asked questions about hemp flower is, “how does CBD hemp flower make you feel?” and “is it like CBD oil?” We’re going to discuss how hemp flower makes you feel and what you can expect from the experience.
Hemp Flower is Used for Therapeutic Benefits
Hemp flower is bred for its high CBD and low THC content. As a result, it’s not typically used for recreational purposes because it has less potential to cause intoxicating effects. Instead, it is most commonly used purely for medicinal and therapeutic purposes. But that doesn’t mean you won’t feel anything at all.
One of the important things to know about CBD flower is that it is the “raw” form of the plant. It is unprocessed and has had nothing removed. This means that it does contain some THCa, the acid precursor to THC. Once decarboxylated (e.g., heated or smoked), the THCa will convert into its psychoactive THC form.
What Can I Expect to Feel from CBD Flower?
Unlike other forms of consuming hemp via processed CBD oils or extracts, it is much more likely that you will “feel” something when vaping or smoking hemp flower. This is because while hemp flower has less than 0.3% THC, it often contains over that amount in THCa. While amounts under 0.3% have little chance of imparting an intoxicating effect, amounts approaching 1% are much more likely to.
Nevertheless, this is still considered a small amount and the feeling is very mild in comparison to high THC marijuana. Generally, if you are going to feel anything, you will at most feel relaxed and at-ease rather than impaired. Pain may be abated, and anxiety reduced, but you will still be functional. This is thanks to the high CBD content of hemp flower.
Additionally, because it is unprocessed, it still contains all of its other naturally-occurring compounds such as terpenes and flavonoids. These are sometimes partially destroyed during the extraction process to make CBD oil. These terpenes and flavonoids have individual benefits that contribute to the overall “feeling” you may experience when using cannabis, especially when combined with cannabinoids such as THC. This synergistic effect is commonly referred to as the “entourage effect”.
The Feeling May Depend on Your Tolerance
Individuals that are new to using cannabis will have lower tolerances compared to those who are more experienced. Therefore, a lower tolerance may make you more likely to “feel” something from CBD flower. Experienced users may not feel anything at all and may only experience the resulting therapeutic benefits.