Ed Mahoney – Co Owner Artistic Organics
If you’ve been by Artistic Organics lately, you’ve noticed a new product has been slowly taking over the shelves. CBD HEMP FLOWER! Initially, Kellie and I had been reluctant to carry CBD hemp flower due to its similarity to its cousin Marijuana. It looks like it, it smells like it and it even tastes like it. However, there is a vast difference between the two. So, you might be asking….
“Why carry it at all? Isn’t CBD oil, and water-soluble the best method to take CBD?” Oh my friends… get ready for your head to explode…. There’s a new player in our store… and we have ample options for you.
Before we jump into why CBD hemp flower, I’d like to take a moment to help explain the differences between hemp and marijuana. As I explained above, they are both cousins of the same species… CANNABIS.
“Hemp has been known for years to be an “every part of the buffalo” plant. The seeds are a healthy source of protein and essential amino acids that can be eaten whole or ground into hemp milk. The leaves can be juiced, the fibrous stalk can be turned into clothing, rope, paper, and even construction material. The oil from pressed seeds can be used for cooking, soapmaking, or biodiesel fuel. Finally, of course, there’s the CBD, which is what most people are after. Hemp plants contain a much higher concentration of CBD while marijuana plants tend to be higher in THC. ”
CBD is best utilized when it’s a Full Spectrum product. This means the product you are taking contains all the natural cannabinoids, terpenes, and trace amounts of THC that come naturally in the plant. This creates what is called the Entourage effect, which means that the plant works synergistically with your body creating a stronger and more effective result. When a person takes a sublingual, it’s important to verify through COA’s that what is in the bottle is truly a “Full Spectrum” product. However, carefully harvested and processed hemp flower, since it’s in its natural form, will always be Full Spectrum.
So, what’s the difference between taking CBD via oil sublingual and flower? Due to the nature of being fat-soluble, taking an oil does take some time to build up in your system. This is primarily why we guide our clients on how to titrate. However, once you find your titration levels, the effects of CBD will typically last for about 8-10 hours. Inhaling flower, on the other hand, allows the CBD to enter your bloodstream much more quickly since it bypasses the liver and digestion system. Therefore, the effects are much more immediate. The drawback is the effects do not last nearly as long… typically up to 3 hours on average. If you’re not the smoking type, no worries at all. You can use hemp flower in a lot of different applications such as steeping in a tea, warming in milk, or even making your own edibles.
Now that you have a better understanding of the difference between CBD and marijuana, and the various methods of taking CBD flower, let’s talk about strains! It still boggles my mind seeing all the various strains of hemp. Much like its cousin, the creative names never stop to amuse me. Hawaiian Haze, Mango Mountain, Lifter, and Boax, are a few examples of the clever ways its designers utilize the flavors and benefits to market their strains. Keep in mind, each strain will have various cannabinoid and terpene profiles that will create different effects. Some will relax and help you sleep, while others will reduce pain or help you focus.
Artistic Organics now carries 8 different strains: Suver Haze, Lifter, Strawberry Pie, Hawaiian Haze, Boax, Jupiter, Mango Mountain, and Vanilla Cherry Blossom are now in stock with more on the way. If it’s too much on the brain to think about, relax and let our educated team help direct you through your symptomology to find the best strain for you. In addition, we also carry hemp vaporizers which allows you to inhale hemp flower without burning the flower. This is by far the safest way to inhale hemp and get all the benefits from the plant without looking like a college kid about to get in trouble! You’ll now have even more options to consider when trying to figure out the best method of taking your CBD that matches your lifestyle.
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