CBD Flower, Worth the Hype?

CBD Flower, Worth the Hype?

CBD Flower

Worth the Hype?
CBD Flower

CBD Flower

       This simple answer is, Yes It Is! In today’s marijuana market, one of the biggest, yet oldest product vectors, is hemp flower. Hemp has a long history of being used for multiple purposes, but more recently has been marketed and used as a way for CBD intake. With the landmark case for marijauna legalization dealing with Charlotte’s Web, understanding the ins and outs of CBD flower is paramount for understanding the current marijuana market in the United States. CBD flower can offer all the amazing health benefits of THC without the intoxicating psychoactive effects. While most companies are extracting the CBD from female hemp plants to create oils, topicals, edibles and other products, when you can find it, CBD flower is an excellent way to incorporate CBD into your daily routine.

        A common misconception with hemp derived weed is that it contains NO THC. This is incorrect, as it actuality is a part of the chemical make up. The key thing is just a small percentages can be found within the CBD flower, around 5%. Keep in mind, because of the THC level, although low, this may trigger a drug test if the situation occurs. With how CBD and THC react within the brain, this will provide little to no psychoactive effect but will provide the pharmaceutical benefits that both THC and CBD can provide.

Why Use CBD Flower?

        You may be asking yourself, why use CBD flower over the varied other options that exist? Studies have shown that there is a correlation with the aspect of breathing something in and relaxation. So hitting a good CBD joint can get you that little extra mile to be completely and totally relaxed. It takes around 3 minutes for CBD to take effect and the feeling of true relaxation can last for anywhere from 60-90 minutes. This all without the psychoactive effects which bother some and unfortunately keep them away from enjoying weed in general.

       When looking into smoking CBD flower it’s important to note that CBD has a myriad of effects on the human brain, from helping with pain, assisting with sleep issues, and even some studies show that CBD can actually help with tobacco addiction. It is the perfect solution for those looking for all the benefits of THC without the mind altering effects.

Jars of CBD Strains

5 Of Or Favorite CBD Strains

        So you may be asking, what are the best CBD strains to smoke? Below is a list of our favorites and specific use cases for each to help you decide which is right for you.

Charlotte’s Web

       Charlotte’s web is not only ground breaking in terms of cannabis reform, it’s one of the best strains you can enjoy. This stain, on average, has 13% CBD, and is known to help with anxiety, pain, and depression. 

Cherry Wine

        If you are looking for something that targets pain relief specificly, Cherry Wine is a fantastic strain with 17% CBD and less than 1% THC. If worried about possible drug tests in your near future this could be the strain for you.

ACDC

        Coming in with 14% CBD, ACDC does all the same things as Charlotte’s Web, but with no relevant amount of THC. Most people describe that ACDC makes them relaxed and happy.

Harlequin

        One of the most popular CBD strains available, it provides users with a clear mind and alertness. It can also elicit a mild sense of euphoria that helps the user enjoy any activity they are undertaking. Typically come in at a ratio of 5:2 CBD/THC, keep in mind, this strain has a little more THC than the average strain of CBD flower. 

Stephen Hawking Kush

        If you love Harlequin based strains Stephen Hawking Kush will be out of this world for your senses. Considered an Indica dominant hybrid, Click here if you do not know what that is,  this high CBD strain is great for relaxation, focus and pain relief. Perfect for high stress situations, SHK will help you keep a clear mind while also lighting up your taste buds with beautiful cherry and berry flavors.

       So when you consider the facts about CBD, it is definitely more than worth the hype. Having so many health benefits without the draw back of intoxication makes it an amazing substance for those who need the pain relief but are afraid of using THC. Even if your flower has THC in it, if the percentage of CBD is higher, then you won’t feel any psychoactive effects whatsoever. So go down to your nearest smoke shop or dispensary and grab some CBD flower today.

        Please let us know in the comment section below if you want us to review any other CBD strains, your experiences with them, what you use them for, or any other questions you may have. We will do our very best to get answer your questions as soon as we can. 

 

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       Weedology is a series dedicated to you out there who have been thinking about exploring cannabis due to hearing how it can help you in various mental or physical ways. You have very little or no experience with anything THC or CBD based, are confused on what the differences even are, where to begin, but are starting to go down the path of research and understanding. If this sounds like you, then welcome and you are exactly the person we are trying to help with this series.

       It’s been a long time since the “Reefer Madness” panic, where the idea that marijuana could cause madness and murder ran rampent. Nowadays Cannabis has a much more positive reputation as medical use becomes more prevalent. There still is this disconnect between the previous negative association and the new health conscious outlook for marijunana. This disconnect creates a wall for those with no previous experience with weed who want to try but are afraid of the negative claims. It’s time to break down these walls and fully educate people on the realities of THC and CBD.

CBD Vs THC Benefits

Difference Between THC and CBD

       The first thing to go over when it comes to marijuana is its two major chemical compounds – THC and CBD. We have an article, “What is the difference between THC and CBD, that goes over the difference between these two compounds. To shortly explain, THC and CBD have the same chemical formula but the overall structure is different. This allows for two drastically different effects, with THC being the main psychoactive component found primarily in marijuana, while CBD will NOT cause a “high” feeling and instead can work with other elements in the body to create feelings of well being. CBD is primarily found in hemp plants. So in summary if you want a higher percentage of THC you will find that in marijuana, but if you’re looking for CBD in a greater amount then you’d be looking for something hemp derived.

Cannabis Terpenes Chart

Terpenes And How They Benefit You

         Marijuana has a plethora of different chemical compounds, aside from THC and CBD, each with its own way of affecting the body. The next important item to understand is terpenes. For a full explanation of what they are and how they can help you, please check out our article, “Terpenes and how they benefit you”. The way I would like to explain the relationships between THC/CBD and terpenes is this: imagine THC/CBD as the concept of going on vacation and the terpenes are the destination. In other words THC/CBD can assist with the sense of wellness, but terpenes can help dictate whatever specific feeling of wellness will occur. Some can create a sense of euphoria, while others can help ease chronic pain. They have a range of effects and in combination with each other can help a variety of afflictions.

Sativa Vs. Indica Chart

Different Cannabis Classifications

         The next major thing to understand is the classification of cannabis. There are three basic types. Indica, sativa and hybrids. These classifications help users group together strains of marijuana by generalized effects they will have. Indica’s are known to be particularly great for sleep and chronic pain. Sativas tend to energize the user, used primarily for it’s effects on mental wellbeing. Hybrids are a cross between the other two categories, and can present themselves in two ways. You have indica dominant and sativa dominant. What this means is while the strain has parentage from both indica and sativa and may share effects from both categories, it has a stronger leaning towards one or the other. Users will utilize a combination of the classification and the smell (which comes from terpenes) to help decide what strain is best for their maladies.

Indica – Great for sleep and chronic pain

Sativa – Energize, great for mental wellbeing

Hybrids – A cross of of both types with one dominating over the other

Microdosing

         Now marijuana has a storied history of causing behavioral changes in its users for the duration of it’s psychoactive effects. But what isn’t really talked about often is how these effects can be managed based on dose. In today’s world microdosing is the new way to consume cannabis, especially for those looking for medical relief. But what is microdosing? Well microdosing is the action or practice of taking or administering very small amounts of a drug in order to test or benefit from its physiological action while minimizing undesirable effects (https://languages.oup.com/google-dictionary-en/).

         In practice you ingest – or smoke – very minute amounts of cannabis(THC) or hemp(CBD) to achieve the positive medical effects while you experience very little amounts of the overwhelming psychoactive effects. This is perfect for newcomers to the cannabis culture because it allows them to achieve more control over whatever effects they may feel. Microdosing also allows people to move through their everyday life without impairment but also with an improved quality of life.

          This leads us into the varied medical effects that marijuana and hemp can provide someone. You can combine all the knowledge we listed here to create a fantastic medical regiment that is perfectly catered to your needs. First is to do some research into terpenes and find the top 3 that address your needs.

           I personally tend to use things with limonene, pinene, and terpinolene. These three together help me with chronic joint pain, negative mood swings and provide the ability to have restful sleep. Therefore I use strains like Jack Herer, Girl Scout Cookies, and Gorilla Glue to address my medical needs. And with the help of microdosing I can go about my daily life without psychoactive interference. But what about those with a low tolerance? In those cases even microdosing could be too extreme for a daily regimen. But then can those people experience the benefits of marijuana in their life? In come CBD to the rescue!

CBD Chemical Make Up

CBD

           CBD, by many accounts, can be considered a wonder drug. Providing so many useful benefits it is almost impossible to write them all down. For an in depth explanation of CBD please look at our article “CBD Flower, Worth the Hype?. As stated earlier, CBD is believed to work with the body to help enhance a feeling of wellness. It can help with so many issues, like pain, inflammation, autoimmune diseases, migraines, and even depression/anxiety.

            Since it lacks the psychoactive effects of THC, this is the perfect thing to try for those who are still too afraid of trying something THC heavy. Now in order for it to work to its full potential it does require a small amounts of THC. When CBD is the higher ratio, it undercuts any effects THC can have on the body which means no psychoactive feeling will be felt. Most importantly to keep in mind is many hemp derived CBD products only contain .3% THC which is the federal legal limit for the substance. This way you can be confident that you will keep your wits about you while making sure your daily struggles are addressed.

          As CBD is the newest booming industry, it’s nearly impossible to go anywhere without seeing some form of it for sale. It’s no longer a product that is only sold at a dispensary. This makes it so nearly anyone can try CBD if they so choose. With all of it’s medical effects, its the perfect place to start if you are curious about marijuana or hemp. Now with possesing this new information and what may best be for you, you are bound to experience a positive effect from these products. From water to gummies to chocolate. If you can think of something, then there is a large chance its made with CBD in it!

           For those wanting to start out today, please check out these recommended brands that will most certainly help you step in the right direction for your mairjuana and hemp journey. If you still feel uneasy or have any concerns many medical professionals are becoming more and more aware of the positive effects of THC and CBD so please reach out to one to discuss your particular situation with them.

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What Are Terpenes

        Cannabis has many different chemical compounds that help create the well rounded high you feel when you ingest it. Among the more important compounds are Terpenes. Terpenes are scented molecules that are found not only in weed but many other plants and fruits. Just doing a basic check around your kitchen, items like citrus fruits, apples, and even beer,  will show you how common these molecules are in your daily life.

 

Effects Of Terpenes On Your Mind And Body

        The question then arises, “What kind of effects do terpenes have on my mind and body?” This may seem like an easy question to answer but in reality the answer changes based on the combination of terpenes you’ve ingested. Different combinations can make you feel tired or energetic, and can even help with pain relief. Here at Cool Grinder, we will explore how they help provide and amplify the basic medicinal benefits of marijuana. Some of the most well-known terpenes found in cannabis are linalool, limonene, pinene, myrcene, and caryophyllene. Linalool is known for its sedative, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory effects. 

 

Linalool To Smooth The Mood And Limonene To Boost It

        Researchers believe linalool creates a sedative effect by decreasing sympathetic nerve activity and increasing parasympathetic nerve activity. This means weed that has high amounts of linalool in it would be great for those suffering from anxiety and panic disorders. On the other hand, something like limonene is known to boost mood, relieve stress, and improve the absorption of other terpenes. Each terpene interacts and affects the body in different ways. Knowing how terpenes work and their overall effects can help you customize your weed usage to get the best end result for any pain or mental distress that you are trying to address.

 

Which Terpenes Is Best For You, Follow Your Nose

        The best part about terpenes is even if you know nothing about them, your brain has been making choices for you based on the terpenes that would suit you best without even knowing it. When weed smells bad to you that’s your brain subtly telling you that those terpenes within the strain you’re smelling are not good for what you require. So when it comes to finding the best strains for what you need, follow your nose! Also, when applicable, check testing labels for terpene combinations so you can decide which are best suited for your needs.

 

Conclusion

          We don’t really know the full effect terpenes have on the brain and the body yet. With marijuana still being a schedule 1 drug. The research needed to fully flesh out the effects of these scented molecules is not able to be performed. (See our article about Decriminalization vs Legalization of weed HERE). At the moment we have a terpene wheel provided by Leafly to go over what we do know about terpenes, their smells, and the major medical effects that they can provide. On top of having all of this amazing medical information, the terpene chart also provides the boiling point for each terpene, so when you have the option, you can ensure you get to the proper temperature to enjoy all the amazing effects each terpene can provide you.

 

          Have you found Terpenes help you in any way? Physical, mental, whatever, let us know in the comment section below! Also, if you have any questions please comment below and we will get back to you as quick as we can.

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What’s The Difference Between THC Vs. CBD?

What’s The Difference Between THC Vs. CBD?

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Difference between THC vs. CBD

3 Items To Think About When Using CBD Related Products

1. If you use CBD flower, there’s a large chance of THC being present in small amounts. Not enough to produce a psychoactive effect but enough to trigger a “positive” on a drug screening.

2. There are many CBD products that use the federal legal amount of THC to help bolster the effect of CBD. In these cases THC will show up in drug testing as well so be aware of the THC level if you are concerned about testing.

3. If you are concerned about being tested, it’s best to use a product that ONLY contains CBD or something like a non-transdermal topical cream. It’s the best method to avoid unsavory results if you encounter a drug screening situation.

Cannabidiol chemical make up

What Is THC And CBD And The Differences Between Them

       Since 2020 THC and CBD have been buzz topics all over the world. You can find CBD based products in your local vape store, gas station, mall, or local pharmacy. Some wonder though, “What is THC and CBD and the difference between them?” These two chemicals are the most prominent cannabinoids found in both hemp and marijuana.

What Are Cannabinoids

      Cannabinoids are compounds found in the cannabis sativa plant. With over 480 different compounds found in the plant, only around 66 are termed cannabinoids. While they are found in both plants, Marijuana has a higher percentage of THC and hemp has a higher percent of CBD. These two cannabinoids are so similar, they even have the same chemical makeup. The only difference is their chemical arrangement. THC and CBD both work by binding themselves to neurotransmitters in the brain. By doing so, this is how they affect things like mood, sleep, pain and even in some cases memory. 

 

       The big driving difference between these two cannabinoids is something called the psychoactive effect. The psychoactive effect is the stimulation or depression of one’s central nervous system resulting in hallucinations, and or a significant disturbance/change to motor function, thinking, behavior, perception, or mood. This effect is what creates the sensation of being “high” when smoking THC, and it’s why products that contain more than .3% THC are illegal. CBD does have many of the same health benefits of THC but does not create the psychoactive effect. This makes it a great resource for those pain sufferers looking for relief without the “high” feeling and concerned of testing positive during a drug screening. 

 

    THC and CBD both have an effect on the Endocannabinoid system (ECS). Researchers are still trying to understand the depth and inner workings of the ECS, but they do know it’s one of the most important systems in the human body. It’s exists all throughout the body and is known to affect the central nervous system’s development. It’s receptors are found in the brain, various organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. 

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How CBD Can Help You

       CBD can be used to treat a wide array of conditions including reproductive health and fertility with no known side effects. The CDC claims that in all tested patients there were no signs of toxic or negative side effects, while the psychoactive element of THC can create a negative effect in some people such as anxiety.

     

Drug Testing       

       Another big question concerning the two is drug testing. Although some states or entities have started to drop the element of drug testing especially for THC ( see our article about decriminalization vs legalization of weed HERE ), it is something to still be aware of. THC will always show up on tests that screen for the chemical, but when it comes to CBD that answer is a little harder to predict. It greatly depends on the type of CBD product you use.

       We hope this clears up some questions about the difference between THC and CBD. Cannabis legislation is a hot topic and looks to be always up for debate in state and federal legislation. In return, the topic of drug testing and if they play into one’s life is not set in stone just yet. How deep researchers will be able to go to understanding CBD and THC’s effect on the ECS will allow us to understand all the positive effects on the body’s way to heal and maintain itself.

     

       Here at Cool Grinder, we will keep this blog up to date as more information becomes available. If you have any questions please ask them in the comment section below and we will respond promptly!

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What Decriminalization vs Legalization Of Weed Means For You

      In the last few years there have been whispers of federal decriminalization of cannabis. For those who aren’t in the know, it can be very confusing to understand the difference between decriminalization vs. legalization of weed.

The Questions You Should Ask Yourself

1. What does this mean for our country?

2. What kind of effect does this have on the average smoker in the United States?

3. Which one is better, Decriminalization or Legalization of weed?

      To understand these issues, one needs to have a good understanding of what decriminalization of weed is and how it is different from legalization of weed.

 

What Is Legalization?

       Legalization is when something becomes allowed by law. It means something once illegal, is now legal. It removes the fear of being arrested or fined providing you follow any restrictions included in the law. Alcohol is a good example of this. Even though alcohol is a legal substance in the United States you must be 21 to indulge and if out in public you can only drink in designated spaces, like a bar.  Not following these restrictions can result in you being arrested or fined. The government can also put a limit on what you can carry or possess. Retailers usually will require a license in order to sell goods, like in the case of liquor store or bar.

 

What Is Decriminalization?

        Decriminalization is removing the criminal aspect of use from a certain drug. This has hard limits on the amount one can carry or use at any time. The drug is still illegal under federal or state laws that apply, but the punishment is not as extreme. Instead of facing arrest for possession or use, if one is within the decriminalized limit, those found with the substance may see fines, education, or drug treatment as the punishment. Though punishment for use may be lessened by decriminalization,  production, dealing, and sales of the drug are still prosecutable by law.

 

Difference Between Legalization Vs. Decriminalization

       While these two may have some similarities in their definitions, they are nowhere near synonymous with each other. Decriminalized substances are still prohibited by the law but the legal system will not prosecute cases or criminalize an individual possessing under a certain amount. Legalization means there is no chance of being prosecuted as the once banned substance is now federally legal, provided the user follows the law of where and when something can be used.

 

The Debate Around Legalization Vs. Decriminalization Of Weed

       When it comes to the legalization and decriminalization of weed, there is a fierce debate. Many government officials believe that both legalization and decriminalization can amplify drug addiction issues in the United States, despite decriminalization’s focus on education and rehabilitation. This belief ignores all the studies which claim criminal consequences have an unnoticeable effect on drug use. Those outside of a governmental capacity believe that decriminalization and its emphasis on rehabilitation over punishment has an overall better chance of deterring those who may use any harsh drug.

   

       Outside of deterring people from using harsher drugs, decriminalization of weed has a better outlook for the cannabis market as a whole. Once decriminalized and removed from scheduling, universities and research labs can more freely access marijuana for medical based studies. Helping us pin down the positives and negatives of long term use for pain control.

       Having this information can help tackle other substance abuse problems in society, like prescription drugs and opioids. Since marijuana has almost no evidence to suggest a high addiction rate within its users, the descriminalizing of weed and putting a higher value of medical research almost seems like the obvious move to make here. Ending federal prohibition as well will allow the states to make their own policies based on the wants and needs of its voting population.

 

Decriminalization vs Legalization of Cannabis

Weed Legalization And Legislation

         While legalization puts society in a similar position, the main governing body of the United States would make a majority of the laws and regulations for the rest of the states to follow all while taking very little input from its voting bodies. Decriminalization, on the other hand, opens the possibility of expungement of past convictions. Roughly between 70 to 100 million people are living with some sort of record related to cannabis convictions.

         As stated earlier, petty criminal convictions do little to deter overall drug use, and it is beyond shameful that so many people in the United States must carry the consequences of these petty convictions throughout their lives. It affects their employment chances, and housing and educational opportunities. This also barricades those with records from having a career in the cannabis industry, removing powerful forerunners from ever legally being able to work in an industry they helped create.

 

      Decriminalization Vs. Legalization of weed is a very hot topic which seems to be changing constantly. We will keep our ear to the ground and update this article as things change.

       If you have any thoughts or questions concerning the Decriminalization Vs. Legalization of weed please comment below. You can also find the history behind the topic here at history behind the topic here at Wikipedia and we also included a great video below. 

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