What is CBD Hemp Flower - is my brain hardwired to feel its effects?

CBD flower and its effects on the body

CBD is a compound found in the cannabis plant. There are two types of cannabis plants: hemp and marijuana. The main difference is that marijuana contains high levels of THC and provides a psychoactive effect (it gets you high). Hemp contains virtually no THC and does not provide a psychoactive effect (it does NOT get you high).

Hemp has a rather high concentration of CBD. From the World Health Organization,

“In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential….. To date, there is no evidence of public heath related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”

What is your Endocannabinoid System?

CBD is one of 113 compounds scientists have identified in the hemp plant. These compounds are called cannabinoids. When cannabinoids are ingested, they interact and bind to your brain’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Wait, part of the brain is named after cannabis? Yes! Your ECS is the part of your brain that regulates how comfortable you feel. Your body is constantly trying to react to its surroundings. If you are out for a run and start to get hot, your body begins to sweat to cool you down. You can thank your ECS for that. When your body starts to leave from homeostasis (what is comfortable) your ECS kicks on to react and bring you back to what is comfortable.

What is the history of hemp flower?

Hemp and marijuana are technically the same plant. It depends on the cannabinoid profile to categorize if a plant is hemp or marijuana. If the Delta9THC is below .3%, the flower is categorized as hemp flower. If the Delta9THC is above .3%, the flower is categorized as marijuana. Is hemp flower legal? Thanks to the Farm Bill, hemp has been federally legal since 2014. The 2018 version of the Farm Bill clarified exactly what smokable hemp flower is and how it can be cultivated, packaged, and distributed. 

How do you get new strains of hemp flower?

In order to get a new strain (that has a unique terpene and cannabinoid profile), hemp plants are bred. Pollen from a male plant must come into contact with a pistil from a female plant. The pistils are the little hairs that you're used to seeing on cannabis and hemp flower. The photo below is the strain parfait from Umami Seed Co. The orange hairs are pistils.

Umami Seed Company Parfait Flower

If pollen comes in contact with a pistil, a seed will form. If no pollen comes into contact with the pistil, the distressed females will produce large and seedless buds. You're telling me that the cannabis and hemp flower that we smoke comes from female plants that are angry they aren't getting any satisfaction from a man? Yep, that's exactly what I'm telling you. You must remove all male plants and pollen if you want a crop of hemp flower that does not have seeds.

 

Lets review,
  • There are two main types of cannabis plants: hemp and marijuana
  • Marijuana gets you high while hemp does not
  • Hemp is federally legal under the farm bill, marijuana is not
  • When you ingest hemp it interacts with your brains ECS
  • Your ECS works to keep your body in homeostasis (comfortable)
  • Male and female hemp plants are bred to get new strains
  • The hemp flower that we buy today is the result of sexually frustrated female plants

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