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Hemp Uses

What Is Hemp Flower?

Most people are familiar, in one way or another, with Marijuana. But not everybody is familiar with Cannabis.

Wait, isn’t it the same exact thing?

It’s not. Cannabis is much more than just ‘getting high’. It’s a complement of components that synergize and work together to help your body feel things it has never felt before. And the best part is that it doesn’t require ‘getting high’.

That’s where hemp flower comes in:

A non-psychoactive variety of cannabis that has stepped onto the scene with a lot of hype behind it. It’s been around for thousands of years, and at some point, it was even one of the most important raw materials in America. Being used for much more than smoking (clothes, rope, etc.), hemp has been around the block a few times.

Smokable hemp flower has only been in our lives for a few years, at least legally speaking. Now it’s here to steal the show and all you have to do to learn more about it and how to use it is to keep reading.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

The Difference Between Cannabis and Hemp

What Are Feminized Hemp Plants?

The Difference Between Hemp Flower and Biomass

What Is Smokable Hemp Flower?

What Is Hemp Flower Used for?

The Difference Between Cannabis and Hemp

Not that we want you to feel click-baited or anything like it, but there isn’t any difference between cannabis and hemp. They’re the same thing.

But there is a catch.

While hemp refers to a single type of plant. Cannabis refers to a whole family of them. A family of which hemp is a part.

In other words:

Hemp is cannabis, but cannabis isn’t necessarily hemp. The Cannabis Sativa family of plants has two main varieties, hemp (a non-psychoactive variety) and marijuana (the psychoactive version of cannabis).

While marijuana contains larger amounts of THC, hemp is entirely the opposite. But that doesn’t make hemp useless. On the contrary, it makes hemp even more attractive to CBD consumers who are trying to avoid THC altogether. 

What Are Feminized Hemp Plants?

A female cannabis or female hemp plant is a version of the cannabis plant that has not been pollinated by the male plant. Female hemp flower buds produce and hold larger amounts of cannabinoids (THC, CBD, etc.) than their male counterparts.

The same concept applies to hemp and marijuana plants. But because industrial hemp is frequently grown for biomass (stems, stalks, and fan leaves), this concept sometimes goes out the window. That is why you want to make sure you purchase your hemp flower from a trustworthy source that cares for its crops and is committed to growing high-quality hemp flower. 

The Difference Between Hemp Flower and Biomass

Hemp flower farmers must be more careful than biomass farmers when it comes time to harvest the crop. The reason for this is that the hemp flower is more delicate than its biomass. Which means that biomass farmers are more likely to employ commercial harvesting methods, while flower growers are conditioned to use more artisanal techniques.

As you’ve learned above, it is the feminized flower that contains most of the cannabinoid content in the cannabis plant. Biomass like stems, stalks, and fan leaves do so as well but in lesser quantities.

Difference Between Hemp Flower and Biomass

This is the main disadvantage of hemp biomass when compared to hemp flower. Especially when you’re paying by the gram but only a limited portion of the product you are buying actually contains cannabinoids.

However:

Cannabis products made with biomass are a lot more affordable than those made using only hemp flower. Which, in turn, is one of the biggest pros that biomass has to offer.

Not only are hemp flower buds more delicate and difficult to harvest, but they also require a longer curating and drying period than biomass. While biomass can be dried and curated in a matter of days, hemp flower buds may take weeks. Making the process a lot slower, more expensive, and less commercial.

What Is Smokable Hemp Flower?

It doesn’t take a lot of knowledge on the subject to notice that cannabis concentrates are taking over the market at an incredibly fast pace. The reason is that cannabis concentrates are unbelievably versatile, cannabinoid-rich products that are easily used for multiple purposes.

This has drawn the attention of seasoned cannabis smokers, vapers, and new consumers alike. However, the demand for curated cannabis flower doesn’t seem to plummet.

In fact:

The demand for smokable hemp flower seems to rise now that people have figured out they can get CBD from smoking hemp as well. But what exactly is smokable hemp flower?

The answer is easy. So easy that you probably already have the answer by now.

Smokable hemp flower is the dried and curated flower picked from a mature harvest. You can take this flower bud, grind it, and use it to pack a bowl or roll your own hemp cigarette. But hemp flower for sale can also be used to produce concentrate extractions and make infusions.

In other words:

Dried hemp flower can be looked at as just smokable hemp flower, but it is just as versatile as any concentrate, regarding you have the time to do your own extractions.

What Is Hemp Flower Used for?

As you have learned by now, hemp flower can be used for a large number of purposes.

If your goal is to inhale its cannabinoid content, then you can either vaporize or smoke it. This of course requires that the hemp flower is previously dried and curated to attain the desired effect.

If you have raw hemp flower that has not yet been dried and curated, you can always cold press it for raw hemp extracts. Some people prefer to use this extraction method under the belief that raw hemp extract provides a different version of some cannabinoids because they haven’t been through the chemical changes that curation and drying cause. Which has also prompted some users to believe that these acidic variations of cannabinoids could have a different set of effects on the human body. But a lot more studies are needed for this to be a conclusive remark.

If your idea is to make finished goods (edibles, oils, etc.), you may also submit the hemp flower to decarboxylation in any oven. Once you’ve decarboxylated the hemp flower you’ll be able to use a wide range of extraction methods to produce concentrates.

That said:

The concentrate you obtain will depend on the type of extraction method you utilize.

Hemmfy articles and blogs are meant to entertain and educate. However, we are not medical professionals and do not intend to give medical advice through them.

The knowledge around CBD and other cannabis-derived products is growing and constantly changing, as does their legal status. Hence, we recommend checking with your local authorities and a licensed physician prior to consumption.

Simon Cartagena

Simon Cartagena is a full-time cannabis copywriter. This has led him to write for companies like Hemmfy.com where he acts as Senior Content Writer and other world-renowned cannabis publications. Simon has created Content Marketing strategies and articles that have helped company revenues increase by up to 1,000%. Simon’s goal is to help people understand cannabis in an industry where misinformation seems to be predominant.