Even before the passage of the 2018 Farm Act, cultivators knew the hemp flower had plenty of uses outside of getting people high with THC. In fact, this plethora of applications is partially to blame for its long-term illegality. Those profiting from similar products, particularly in the medical field, didn’t want the competition. Five of the most common uses for hemp flower commonly referred to as industrial hemp include:
Smoking and Vaping
WhereasTHC often causes anxiety and paranoia, inhaling hemp flower with high CBD and low THC has numerous medicinal benefits and doesn’t cloud your head. These benefits include quickly and efficiently alleviating acute symptoms associated with:
- Chronic pain
The CBD found in the hemp flower also reduces the symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis and Dravet syndrome.
Inhaling the smoke from burning hemp flowers enables the CBD from the hemp flower to be absorbed into your bloodstream through your lungs. Because it’s similar to cigarettes and marijuana, it can help users refrain from smoking those.
However, smoking hemp flowers can damage your respiratory system. Therefore, some people turn to vape as an alternative.
Vaping offers a healthier way of consuming hemp flower, as well as a higher rate of absorption than smoking or eating it. When you vape the hemp flower instead of smoking it, there is no inhalation of smoke matter.
Neither smoking, nor vaping, is recommended for those with respiratory problems, children, or the elderly.
As with smoking and vaping, ingesting hemp flower (and the CBD inside) eases pain, anxiety, and other medical issues. Baked goods and beverages like tea and coffee infused with hemp flower offer a simple and delectable way to benefit from CBD without the harmful effects associated with smoking and vaping.
It is important to note that it takes much longer to feel the effects of CBD edibles. In fact, some people have complained of waiting up to an hour and a half after consumption to feel relief. Since your body must digest the food for the CBD to reach the bloodstream, less gets absorbed.
If you are planning to use hemp flower for medicinal purposes, be aware that everyone’s dosing is different. Finding the right dosage for you requires trial and error with different strengths and strains, and it is recommended to start small.
Hemp Flower seeds
Historically used as birdseed, shelled hemp flower seeds are edible and a wonderful way to introduce more plant protein into your diet. Considered a superfood, 30% of the seeds is made up of an oil containing:
- Omega fatty acids
Eaten raw, hemp flower seeds are nutty treats that add a nice touch to salads, smoothies, and cereals. As an alternative to dairy milk, many choose to use hemp seed milk in drinks and recipes.
The construction industry harvests the stalks of the hemp flower to create hempcrete. Lighter than traditional building materials, hempcrete is a strong, insulating substance that regulates moisture well. In addition to being good for the soil and environment, hemp flower stalks withstand twice the weight of steel before cracking and six times the weight before breaking down.
There is a multitude of benefits to using hemp and hemp flower to produce paper. These include:
- Each acre of hemp flower produces about four times as much paper as trees
- Regrowth of the same land plots multiple times with hemp flowers
- Reduction of deforestation
- Hemp flowers are excellent oxygen-producers
Primarily used for clothing, the material created from the hemp flower and plant offers several advantages over cotton. Some of these include:
- While just as soft as cotton, hemp fabric provides greater durability
- Farmers don’t use chemicals during cultivation
- Hemp offers natural pesticides and has antifungal properties
- Fiscal boost to growers and sellers
There are other ways to use the hemp flower, some of which offer medicinal benefits offered from CBD and the flower itself, and include:
The oil obtained from the hemp flower seeds can be used to make:
- Beauty products
- Cooking oil
The passage of the 2018 Farm Act and the subsequent revisions have not only made CBD widely available but have made trials and studies a priority and more readily accessible. With time, there is no end in sight for the future of the hemp flower.