Your guide to CBD flowers
CBD products are now a real little star in the hemp world.
And even if the CBD market is still in the process of being regulated – acceptance is on the rise. It’s getting easier and easier too,
Buying CBD flowers legally
. In our guidebook series, we go into the properties and
the effect of CBD
as well as on different types of products like e.g.
one. This article is about CBD flowers or hemp flowers: why they are so popular, when consumption is legal and what quality criteria you should look for.
Topics we cover in this guide
WHAT ARE CBD FLOWERS?
CBD flowers are exactly what their name implies – cannabis flowers, flowers of the hemp plant that are rich in CBD.
is a natural phytocannabinoid that is similar to cannabinoids in the human body.
Since it cannot produce a state of intoxication or be addictive, it is not illegal per se to begin with.
Cannabis, on the other hand, is prohibited by law. Only EU commercial hemp varieties used for CBD flower extraction and cannabis containing < 0.2 percent THC are exempt. This limit is intended to ensure that intoxication is excluded, but at the same time creates new grey areas. (More on legality in a moment).
The CBD-rich varieties of
contain less of the intoxicating THC by themselves or through breeding. And most of the CBD is in the upper parts of the plant as well as in its flowers.
Cannabis flowers with a THC content of < 1 % are regarded as tobacco substitutes in Switzerland and are thus legally considered to be equivalent to conventional smoking tobacco. In theory, this should mean that CBD flowers can be smoked – and always in places where you can smoke ordinary cigarettes and the like.
In practice, consumption is complicated by a number of factors. For one thing, a joint, even a legal one, is not equally welcome everywhere. For another, no one can tell from the smoke if you’re smoking a CBD flower or the banned THC-containing cannabis.
CBD flowers look, smell, taste like THC flowers. This can also be difficult in the event of controls, because the THC content stated by some manufacturers can turn out to be higher when tested by the police.
Therefore, it is advisable to look for quality when buying, keep your CBD flowers in the original packaging and keep the receipt if necessary.
Finally, our neighbouring countries also regulate the consumption of CBD flowers differently. Thus, CBD flowers are only legal in Austria if the THC level is below 0.3%. And in Germany, on the other hand, CBD flowers are currently illegal in any form.
Here you can find a detailed article about the
Legal status and legality of CBD
HOW TO CONSUME CBD FLOWERS?
Your legal CBD flowers can be crushed and smoked in rolled cigarettes (joints) or in a pipe. However, many also swear by cool enjoyment in a so-called vaporizer or by means of an e-cigarette. All methods have their fans and their advantages and disadvantages.
SMOKING CBD FLOWERS AS A CIGARETTE
Crush, roll, smoke. It’s as simple as that. Especially those who smoke hand-rolled tobacco cigarettes anyway do not have to change much.
While some people like to turn to CBD flowers as a substitute, especially when they want to quit smoking, there are also smokers who add regular tobacco to their CBD flowers.
CBD FLOWERS FOR THE PIPE
With pipe is meant here both the water pipe and a quite classical tobacco pipe. Just like cigarettes, there are people who consume their CBD flower pure or mixed with conventional tobacco.
CBD FLOWERS IN
With a vaporizer or vaporizer, you don’t burn the CBD flowers, but you vaporize them at a lower temperature.
Many people, especially if they see their CBD consumption as part of their personal wellness rituals or wellness, really swear by it. Vaporization simply produces fewer pollutants than combustion, due to the nature of the process. This, of course, also allows the flavour to develop more immediately. For many, these are reasons enough to reach for the e-cigarette or the fancy pen for on the go.
Another advantage is that an e-cigarette is a bit more inconspicuous than a hand-rolled joint made from CBD flowers.
BUYING CBD FLOWERS: WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR
If you want to buy CBD flowers, you should pay attention to some quality features.
First, here is an overview, which we will discuss in more detail below:
- THC content
- Origin, cultivation, laboratory controls
- Workmanship and quality
- Taste, smell, appearance
Good workmanship from cultivation to pruning and drying the flowers.
Ongoing laboratory analysis to ensure the above.
Here everything is quickly said: Legal CBD flowers have a THC content of < 1% in Switzerland and < 0.3% in Austria.
ORIGIN, CULTIVATION AND LABORATORY CONTROLS OF CBD FLOWERS
You should always make sure that the hemp plants you use are free of pesticides, herbicides and heavy metals. Therefore, the manufacturer should provide information on the origin and cultivation of the plants. Of course, you can also look for EU-certified hemp or reputable organic labels.
Alternatively, a manufacturer can trump with ongoing investigations by independent la-bore.
PROCESSING AND QUALITY: ASSESS THE QUALITY BEFORE SMOKING
If you pay attention to some factors, you can judge the quality even before the first move.
If you have a good microscope, you can look at the tiny but important resin glands (trichomes) of CBD flowers. If most of them are milky white, this is a good sign. This means that the cannabis was harvested at the right time of maturity – neither too early nor too late.
Next, you can look at how neatly and carefully the flowers were trimmed. Namely, the flowers are trimmed to remove all the low-CBD parts of the plant that are unnecessary for consumption. Trimming can be done by hand or by machine. The most time-consuming and gentle method is the so-called dry cut by hand. For this, the flowers are dried and then cut by hand. This leaves more resin glands, the flowers look nicer and deliver a rounder taste. In the case of wet cutting, the flowers are already trimmed at harvest and then dried, which can also mean some loss of flavour due to the rapid drying.
Generally, the appearance of the CBD flower also gives you a lot of information about the drying itself. The sensitive resin glands are best preserved when drying is done gently and evenly (no mould should form).
With the subsequent refinement of the almost dry blossoms (drying, curing or fermentation), the producer can finally take a further step towards a great taste. This process can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months before it is completely dry. It’s the icing on the cake of taste.
TASTE: JUDGE THE QUALITY OF THE CBD FLOWERS WHEN SMOKING THEM
Well, there’s no accounting for taste. However, there is also a very large selection of strains and now even flavored CBD flowers on the market.
In the end, the CBD flowers should suit your taste. Kind of like how we humans prefer different types of tobacco or, for the non-smokers, different types of wine and beer. Basically, CBD flower should deliver a smooth, round experience when smoked and have a light ash. Both are an indication of good quality and “clean” plants.
Here you can read more about
Effect of CBD
and about the current state of studies.