Much like its cannabis counterpart, the hemp plant is prized for producing smokable flowers or buds in itself. That’s a factoid not often associated with the hemp plant. The one thing that hemp flower is not capable of doing is getting you high. With less than 0.3% THC, hemp is genetically similar but remains a non-intoxicating variety of the cannabis sativa plant. Let’s unbox some of the benefits of combining hemp CBD flower with your favorite cannabis strain:
1) CBD flower is more affordable
Because hemp is legal nationwide, it has become a favorable agricultural commodity among farmers in recent years. This is a trend expected to continue into the future. With the influx of hemp cultivation and manufacturing, the economy’s supply of CBD products has grown exponentially. This ultimately drives prices to lower. Currently, an eighth ounce of hemp flower is roughly $25. The same increment of cannabis flower averages $60 before taxation.
2) CBD products are taxed much less
The state of Illinois taxes adult use cannabis purchases significantly. Cannabis flower with less than 35% THC is taxed 10% while those above that 35% THC threshold are taxed 25%. This doesn’t even include additional taxes imposed by local municipalities. CBD products are not subject to the same taxation tiers as adult use cannabis. Purchases at hemp stores like Evergreen Wellness are taxed the traditional sales tax that you would experience at any other retailer.
3) CBD combats the negative effects of THC
The potency of cannabis in the past is far less than what’s available on the market today. The latest cannabis strains have been genetically bred to favor THC over CBD content. Some anecdotal evidence has shown that the ingestion of larger dosages of CBD may negate the euphoric effects of THC. Furthermore, CBD has also been shown to offset anxiety and paranoia that some may experience with THC heavy strains.
4) CBD is the perfect daytime solution
CBD and THC are relaxation-inducing cannabinoids. However, CBD offers a better balance of serenity without sacrificing alertness. Indica dominant THC strains, in particular, may give you the relaxation you desire but can make you drowsy in the process.
5) CBD is the ultimate medicine
By far, CBD has more medicinal value than any other cannabinoid. Psychoactive THC is known to relieve pain, suppress muscle spasms and stimulate appetite. Check out the list below detailing some of the therapeutic benefits that you can expect from CBD use:
- Relieves pain
- Kills or slows bacteria growth
- Reduces blood sugar levels
- Reduces vomiting and nausea
- Reduces seizures and convulsion
- Reduces inflammation
- Reduces risk of artery blockage
- Inhibits cell growth in tumors/cancer cells
- Treats psoriasis
- Tranquilizing, used to manage psychosis
- Suppresses muscle spasms
- Relieves anxiety
- Promotes bone growth
- Reduces function in the immune system
- Reduces contractions in the small intestines
- Protects nerve system degeneration
6) CBD and THC work synergistically
Ultimately, all cannabinoids are meant to be used in harmony in a process called the entourage effect. The right blend of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids collectively enhance your health and wellness more than the use of any singular cannabinoid.