High THC cannabis, hemp, and CBD have all become wildly popular of late. Indeed, public opinion has shifted dramatically over the past few years in favor of increasing liberalization of all of these substances. Unfortunately, public understanding has not necessarily increased along with this shift, and many questions remain. One such example: What is the difference between Cannaflower’s CBD Hemp Flower and a traditional High TCH Cannabis Flower?
What Are They?
The hemp flower is cannabis in a flower form that comes from the Cannabis Sativa plant. It is usually available either dried or raw and can be processed into CBD oil. In order to be sold in the United States, as well as much of Europe, the hemp flower must contain no more than .3% THC total at the time of state testing prior to harves. THC is short for tetrahydrocannabinol, and it is the cannabinoid in cannabis commonly associated with intoxication. The hemp flower is high in CBD concentrations. CBD is short for cannabinol and it is another type of cannabinoid that may have numerous medical benefits. It became available across the United States as a result of the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill.
Traditional high THC cannabis flower, colloquially referred to as marijuana, comes from the cannabis plant, but typically has much higher levels of THC and lower levels of CBD. This product comes in many different forms, but in its most basic, the flower can be smoked for an intoxicating effect.
What Do The Hemp Flower & Marijuana Flower Have in Common?
To be clear, the distinction between hemp flower and marijuana flower is only a legal classification and has to do solely with the Delta 9 THC content. Essentially, hemp and marijuana are just two different classes of cannabis and they have much more in common than have differences, including looking nearly identical to each other when correctly cultivated.
The similarities begin in that both hemp flower and high THC cannabis flower may have significant medical benefits. Many studies have found that CBD may have the potential to help people recover from numerous physical and emotional ailments, including depression, pain, inflammation, and more. Marijuana may also have some medical benefits, with research associating it with insomnia, pain, and glaucoma. This is why 33 states and Washington, D.C. have legalized medical marijuana.
Both the hemp flower and marijuana flower come with confusing regulatory schemes. Marijuana growth is heavily regulated and regulated differently from one state to another. Since it is illegal at the federal level, businesses cannot get access to common banking, insurance, and transportation services, making operating one of these types of businesses more complicated. Hemp flower is legal at the federal level, but again, different states have different rules, and some states and localities continue to enforce marijuana laws even if the product is hemp. That’s why it is alway important to have packaging that points to a Certificate of Analysis when in possession of hemp flower. Since both hemp and high THC cannabis look so similar, it helps to have documentation to avoid any confusion and misadventures with law enforcement. Furthermore, the FDA has yet to promulgate regulations on the manufacturing and labeling of CBD, creating an environment where bad actors can rip off customers.
Although they come with different levels, the hemp flower and marijuana are each filled with numerous types of cannabinoids, including CBD and THC. As such, they have numerous chemical similarities.
What Are The Differences?
Despite all of the above, the hemp flower and high THC cannabis flower do have a few key differences.
First, and perhaps most importantly: Both have dramatically different physiological impacts. High THC contents will get you “high” or create a state of intoxication that will result in many impacts on your body and mind. Of course, these changes are highly enjoyable for many, and this helps to explain marihuana’s popularity. Hemp flower is high in CBD, and CBD will not result in an altered state of consciousness or high feeling. CBD users will often feel less stressed and more relaxed – that is one of the most popular reported benefits of CBD – but it is well short of any sort of intoxication, more of a slight high with.
While they have similar ingredients and origins, they have very different amounts of important cannabinoids. High THC cannabis flowers usually contain at or above 12% THC, while legally produced hemp flowers don’t have more than .3%. By contrast, hemp flowers are very high in CBD, usually percentages in the mid-teens, whereas traditional cannabis typically does not have a very high amount. It’s almost easy to say that the percentages of THC and CBD reversed when it comes to traditional cannabis and hemp.
Legality is a huge point of contention between these two flowers as well. Thanks to the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp is federally legal in the United States, provided it meets the applicable regulations as set by the United States Department of Agriculture. States do have the power to regulate hemp production and sale, but the hemp flower and CBD can be sold almost anywhere in the United States. Of course, the same cannot be said about high THC cannabis: It remains illegal at the federal level and is legal in 14 states, and Washington, D.C. That number is growing, but traditional cannabis use remains illegal in most places in America.
Lastly, the two have different chemical reactions with your body. CBD hemp flower works by strengthening the binding between your body’s cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors. It doesn’t actually bind with your receptors. That’s not the case for the traditional flower, as the THC does bind with your cannabinoid receptors, thus explaining the different reactions between the two.
While traditional cannabis with high levels of THC will no doubt face a long road of regulatory challenges to become available on a national level, hemp flower is available to all Americans right now. Online companies like Cannaflower will ship premium federally compliant hemp flower directly to the consumer in all 50 states. With the advantage of such convenience and products that share so many attributes to traditional cannabis, it’s no wonder that hemp flower is gaining such popularity in mainstream America.