When it comes to cannabis, it’s no secret that buds (or flowers) are the star attraction of the soothing plant. In this fabulous guide for those new to CBD, we will outline everything that you need to know about the possible health benefits of this up and coming plant medicine. CBD flowers are growing steadily in popularity, so let’s dive right in and get to learning about the wonders of CBD buds.
What are CBD Buds?
CBD buds are the flowers that form from the hemp plant, but don’t forget that hemp and marijuana are two completely different plants. While hemp contains less than 0.3 percent THC (the psychoactive compound) – marijuana contains far more. This means that marijuana will make a person high, and can significantly alter your thoughts and feelings. On the other hand, CBD contains a host of potentially medicinal benefits, without making you high. It is used globally to treat a range of illnesses and injuries, and is a coveted ingredient for therapeutic oils. CBD oils can be used to make lotions, tinctures, edibles and much more.
Hemp buds contain levels of THC that are too low to make a person high. CBD flowers (not matter how they are consumed) seem set to revolutionize the world of medicine.
Does CBD Bud Make You High?
Although the levels of THC in hemp flowers are next to nothing, there is emerging evidence which suggests that there could be medical benefits to the compound. While you will not experience intoxication with CBD buds, you will experience the entourage effect. So what exactly is the entourage effect? Well, the entourage effect describes the way that THC and the other CBD cannabinoids work hand in hand with each other to enhance the health benefits of CBD. This could mean lower stress levels, stronger pain relief or heightened focus.
Hemp based CBD buds do not make you high, because the levels of THC in hemp are too low for intoxication.
When comparing the THC content of marijuana to hemp, it is not uncommon to find weed strains with between 12 and 25 percent THC. On the other hand, hemp generally contains 0.3 percent of THC only (perhaps a little more in its raw form). For this reason if your goal is to get high, then you shouldn’t smoke hemp, but rather go for a potent marijuana strain like Sour Space Candy.
CBD Buds and Scientific Research?
Scientists are still in the early stages of uncovering the truth about how CBD works, however preliminary evidence suggests that it is beneficial in relieving hundreds of different illnesses and injuries. Although most of the studies have been conducted on animals, qualitative data seems to confirm that it is effective on humans as well. That being said, more research is needed in order to fully understand the nature of CBD, and how it works within the human body.
What are the Healing Benefits of CBD Bud?
CBD buds offer the same healing benefits that CBD does. In fact, CBD buds have even more advantages, and can be consumed in abundance without getting high. Although hemp products do not cause much sought after intoxication, they do not have the side effects that marijuana does, such as a foggy brain or memory problems.
It is worth bearing in mind that the method of consumption may affect how beneficial the bud is to you. For example, those with respiratory conditions of any nature would be wise to avoid smoking or vaping any bud. Rather, it is best to consume CBD bud as an edible, by either baking it or adding it to existing food choices. For those who love to cook, CBD lasagne is a growing trend that is both delicious and healthy. If you’re thinking of baking or cooking though, homemade cannabutter is a great starting point that you should look into.
Those with respiratory conditions should consider consuming CBD buds in edible form.
No matter what the cause, it’s a good idea to consult with a health care practitioner before embarking on a CBD journey.
Is it Possible to Fail a Drug Test with CBD Buds?
Although it is unlikely that CBD buds would show up positive on a drug test, it is not impossible. Hemp buds contain traces of THC which have the ability to affect a drug test – although this is a rare occurrence. Bear in mind that the quality of CBD products can influence the results of a drug test – with premium products less likely to cause undesirable testings. It is important to remember that if you’ve been using CBD in combination with marijuana-based products, there is a high chance that you may fail a drug test.
Where can I Get CBD Buds?
You can source CBD buds online, as long as you are certain that you have found a reliable dispensary or brand. There are a slew of brick and mortar dispensaries that stock the bud, however you need to be sure your distributer is both legal and legit. It might actually be best to grow your own hemp, so long as it is legal in your area.
This article is not intended to diagnose, treat or prevent illnesses of any nature. It is wise to speak to a health care practitioner before consuming CBD buds.
Dr Elizabeth Blackwell is a double board-certified integrative and family medicine physician. Dr Blackwell expertise lies in functional and holistic medicine.
She is the director of medical services at the Pacific Clinics MD, a comprehensive clinic focused on chronic stress, gut health, decreasing inflammation, improving hormonal imbalance, weight loss resistance and helping women get pregnant. Dr Elizabeth Blackwell also has significant experience in working with cancer, dementia and chronic pain patients.
In recent times Dr Blackwell’s work has focused on exploring the effects of cannabinoid therapies. Dr Blackwell has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Well+Good, Vogue, Healthline, Forbes, Medical News Today, Harvard Health and more.