How to Choose the Best Buds
What is CBD flower, and why is it important for your daily health routine? In this CBDBound blog post, we explore the ins and outs of one of the most versatile CBD products on the market. The ultimate in DIY, CBD flower can be the base for anything from baked goods and other edibles to homemade topicals, tinctures, and more. All it takes is a little elbow grease, the right recipe and materials, and a bit of time!
First, let’s get to know your CBD flower.
Both CBD flower and marijuana bud come from the same hemp plant, and both share the same chemical formula. So, why does one get you high, and the other soothe inflammation and anxiety but produce zero psychotropic effects? The answer lies in the chemical structures themselves. The differences in the chemical structures of the same molecules mean they bond with different receptors in the brain and subsequently produce unique effects. While THC has been touted as a wonderful, all-natural wonder drug (and is for many medical and recreational users), unfortunately, others have adverse reactions to marijuana or are unable to consume it for a variety of reasons.
For those living in an illegal state or are otherwise unable to enjoy the physical and mental benefits of THC, CBD is an excellent alternative. In recent years, CBD has exploded in popularity and is now available even at your local big-box store. It’s easy to understand why. When used as recommended, high-quality CBD products can be exceptionally effective at mitigating symptoms related to pain, inflammation, digestion, mental health issues like anxiety or depression, and more. As an all-natural alternative to traditional medications, CBD is an excellent supplement to every wellness routine – when approved by your physician.
Cannabidiol flower is available in many of the same well-known strains as marijuana, which means CBD users can enjoy the delicious taste and aroma of OG Kush, Sour Diesel, and Grand Daddy Purp and more without the hazy psychoactive effects. When researching CBD flower for yourself, it’s important to note the differences between strains. These strains are:
An Indica-dominant CBD flower strain is best suited for users looking for pain relief. This strain produces a strong body effect and is recommended for everything from digestion issues, issues with joint inflammation, and even migraine headaches.
A Sativa-dominant CBD flower strain is recommended for users seeking relief from anxiety, depression, or other emotional symptoms. This strain is better known for its calming and relaxing effects than for its physical pain-relieving benefits.
Crossing an Indica and Sativa strain produces a hybrid that can be virtually any combination of both strains, producing different effects depending on which strain is more dominant. If you’re looking for pain-fighting properties as well as a calming effect, a hybrid strain may be a great option for you.
Some people just don’t love pills or powders, and that’s alright! If you are interested in CBD because of its naturally soothing properties, enjoying full-spectrum cannabinoids and terpenes in their most natural form is one of the most effective ways to enjoy CBD. Here are some of the most popular ways to enjoy CBD today, as well as some suggestions for how you can use CBD flower to DIY these awesome products yourself!
Gummies, candies, chocolates, trail mix, coffee, coffee creamer, beef jerky…the list goes on. Thanks to recent innovations in extraction techniques, it’s easier than ever to add CBD to virtually any food or beverage- and many retailers are jumping on this bandwagon. If you follow strict dietary guidelines, have food sensitivities or allergies, or simply prefer to save money by creating your own CBD treats, a bulk purchase of CBD flower is a must.
Like THC, CBD can be extracted from the plant through a high-fat emulsion process. You’ll start by breaking down your CBD flower to prepare it for the infusion process. By cooking your flower at low heat for an extended period of time in a 4:1 ratio with a high-fat substance like butter or oil, you will be able to decarboxylate the cannabidiol molecules, creating “special butter.” After cooling and straining, your homemade butter or oil is ready to be used however you see fit. CBD infused coconut oil can be used in virtually any baked good, homemade gummy, or even as a healthy addition to your morning smoothie. Conversely, CBD butter can be added to and infuse any savory or sweet dish with the CBD you need to feel your best. With your own CBD infused oil or butter extraction, you’ll never have to swallow a bitter supplement pill again.
Best recommended strain: Erth Hemp CBD Flower – Kingston Kush
While CBD can benefit many internal body structures and systems, it is also extremely beneficial for external use. Cannabidiol’s anti-inflammatory properties are excellent for joint and swelling issues, but can also be used topically as both a pain reliever and skin moisturizer. Dry skin patches, redness from rosacea or eczema, even sunburn can be soothed by an all-natural CBD cream or balm. We have a wide range of topical CBD products available at CBDBound, but if you prefer to DIY, CBD flower is the place to begin!
The same heat-based extraction method outlined above using coconut oil creates a versatile CBD-infused base that can be used in virtually any cosmetic or topical product. Everything from lip balms, salves, lotions, creams, and even gels can be readily mixed up using a homemade CBD extraction, and using your own CBD flower to do so means you’ll benefit from the full spectrum of terpenes and cannabinoids naturally occurring in the hemp plant. As an added bonus, crafting your own CBD topical is fun, cost-effective, and completely customizable. While some CBD topicals cost up to hundreds of dollars, you can research and purchase the best strain for your needs in bulk to save big by making your favorite products yourself. Sensitive to fragrances or have specific allergies? You can completely control the entire process and be 100% certain there are no contaminants or unwanted ingredients in your product. Love a specific essential oil, but having a difficult time locating CBD products that include it in their ingredients? It’s no problem if you are customizing your own product!
Best recommended strain: Coastal Clouds CBD Flower – Cherry Blossom
Tinctures can first seem intimidating if you’ve never used one before but are actually one of the most user-friendly and versatile CBD products available today. If smoking or eating CBD does not appeal to you, a tincture may be a better fit for your needs. While CBD oil is the most potent delivery method for ingestion, it is also one of the most expensive and is typically vaped as it has an unpleasant taste when ingested orally. However, making your own CBD vape products can be tricky, and should be left to professionals or those with many years of experience. CBD tinctures, on the other hand, are super easy to make and can be made by just about anyone.
A CBD tincture is a super-concentrated liquid suspension of cannabinoids in alcohol. To make your own, simply acquire high-quality CBD flower and break it down. All parts of the hemp plant are safe for human consumption, but if there are any seeds, it’s recommended that they are removed as they can add bitterness to the tincture. Stems, however, should definitely be included in the mix. Once your CBD flower is ready, add to an airtight container and then add white vinegar or high-proof spirit in a 1:4 plant-to-alcohol ratio. As cannabinoids are fat-soluble molecules, the higher the proof, the higher the potency of your tincture. Once your jar is sealed, store in a cool, dark place for 6-8 weeks, then strain and decanter in a dark glass bottle with dropper for dosing as the dark glass will prevent degradation of the cannabinoids at a molecular level.
Tinctures can be enjoyed sublingually by dripping a few drops under the tongue and holding for 30 seconds before swallowing. You can also add your dose to your favorite beverage, as tinctures are water-soluble thanks to the high-proof spirit as a cannabinoid carrier. Not only are they discrete, but they can be highly effective and fast-acting, especially when dropped under the tongue for instant relief.
Best recommended strain: Erth Hemp CBD Flower – Two Hawk Haze
As with any CBD product, it’s vital you consult your physician before adding any supplements to your diet, and when it comes to creating a product yourself, be sure you’ve done your research. It may take a few (or a lot) of attempts before you perfect your DIY CBD product of choice, but thankfully, we have plenty of CBD flower available for you to practice with. Smoke it, eat it, rub it in your skin- it doesn’t matter unless you’re having fun and feeling great while you do it. For more information on CBD flower, or if you have any specific questions about your DIY product, contact the experts at CBDBound!