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CBG flower comes from female industrial hemp plants, just like CBD flower. Both types of hemp flowers have less than .3% THC, but CBG flower contains high levels of cannabigerol (CBG) instead of cannabidiol (CBD).

Scientists often refer to CBG as the “Mother Cannabinoid.” The acid form of CBG, CBGA, breaks down into other cannabinoids such as cannabichromene (CBC), cannabidiol (CBD), and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as the plant matures. For this reason, breeders have had a difficult time producing hemp plants with high levels of CBG until relatively recently.

In the past, consumers could only get the benefits of CBG by buying expensive concentrates. Since cannabis and hemp plants typically contain less than 1% CBG, concentrate manufacturers extract CBG from plants that are only six weeks into an eight-week flowering cycle. Even when harvesting early, manufacturers need to use an enormous amount of plant material to extract CBG. The difficulty of extracting the cannabinoid makes CBG concentrates unaffordable for many consumers.

Luckily, we now have access to an increasing selection of delicious high-CBG hemp flowers.

While research of minor cannabinoids is still in the beginning stages, scientists have found some exciting potential benefits of CBG.

Similar to its sister cannabinoid, CBD, CBG seems to have the ability to help reduce inflammation. Researchers are particularly interested in CBG’s potential ability to reduce the inflammation associated with digestive disorders like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and colitis.

Both THC and CBG have been shown to reduce the excess intraocular pressure associated with glaucoma. But unlike THC, CBG is non-psychoactive. CBG may be a useful alternative for people who want to reduce intraocular pressure without experiencing any of the intoxicating effects of THC.

Researchers are studying the potential of CBG to help calm involuntary muscle contractions related to bladder dysfunctions. CBG significantly reduced acetylcholine-induced contractions in both animal and human studies.

CBG has been shown to have anxiolytic properties. CBG interacts with the CB-1 receptor and boosts levels of one of the body’s principal endocannabinoids, anandamide. The researcher who discovered anandamide named it after the Hindu word “ana


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CBG & CBD flower comes from the hemp plant, a member of the cannabis family. Cannabis plants are classified as either hemp or marijuana based on their Delta 9 THC content. 

Cannabis plants with high levels of D9 are classified as marijuana, while those with low levels are classified as hemp.  CBG & CBD flower are full spectrum, meaning they contain all of the compounds naturally found in cannabis. This includes a very small amount of D9 — not enough to feel high, but just enough to manifest the full synergistic effects of hemp.

CBG & CBD flower can be smoked or used to make other CBG & CBD products like topicals, tinctures, edibles, vape juices, and concentrates.


CBD (cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid. A cannabinoid is a compound derived from hemp cannabis plants like CBD. These compounds support a network in our bodies called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is responsible for regulating many neural and physiological processes. All mammals have an ECS, and our bodies produce endocannabinoids of their own.

The cannabinoids found in CBG & CBD flower are structurally similar to our natural endocannabinoids. As a result, CBG & CBD are able to give the ECS a helping hand, promoting mind-body homeostasis.

What Are the Benefits & Effects of CBD Flower?

The endocannabinoid system regulates many essential bodily functions, including:

  • Sleep
  • Appetite
  • Digestion
  • Discomfort
  • Memory
  • Mood

CBD supports the ECS, aiding these processes. It promotes relaxation, a positive mindset, better sleep, and relief from physical and mental distress.

There are many ways to enjoy the benefits of CBD — oil, edibles, vapes, concentrates. Each method is a little different. Here are a few ways smoking CBD flower is unique:

  • Fast-Acting: Smoking hemp flower is the fastest way to feel CBD’s beneficial effects. When you inhale CBD, it will cross the blood-brain barrier in a matter of seconds, as opposed to a few minutes with a tincture or up to an hour with edibles and capsules.
  • Entourage Effect: The term “entourage effect” refers to the synergistic effects of full spectrum hemp products. CBD flower includes all the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids (the “full spectrum”) found in cannabis plants. When you take all of these compounds together, the effects are truly greater than the sum of their parts.
  • Social Experience: For many people, smoking is a social activity. Why not pass around a CBD joint at your next party? You could even gather your friends around a hookah or bong for a communal smoking experience.
  • Cost-Effective: Since flower is the simplest form of CBD, it is typically the most cost-effective. Other CBD products require additional processing after the crop cycle is complete, but the flower is ready for sale as soon as it’s picked and pruned. Less processing time means less expense.


Cannabis is a dioecious species, meaning individual plants are either male or female. Flowers form on the female plants once they pass the vegetative state, around 5-10 weeks old. These flowers contain the CBD and other compounds we love, but what exactly is inside?

Researchers estimate there are more than 400 compounds in cannabis plants. These elements are categorized as cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. These are the three core compounds in hemp plants, and they are densely concentrated in the flowers. This makes hemp flower the most abundant source of these compounds. 


The most well-known cannabinoids are CBD and THC, but research has uncovered more than 120 different cannabinoids. Each has unique qualities and may help to amplify the synergistic effects of hemp flower.


Terpenes are responsible for the way hemp tastes and smells. These aromatic compounds can be found throughout the plant world, from pine trees and lavender to citrus peels and, of course, cannabis flower. Different hemp strains contain different kinds of terpenes. There are countless aromas and flavors to experience.


Flavonoids lend color to flowers, be they hemp, marijuana, or tulips. As you explore hemp flower strains, you’ll find vibrant green, purple, orange, and even golden tints, all thanks to flavonoids. Research has shown that flavonoids have antimicrobial properties to protect the plant from bacteria and fungi.

How Is CBD Flower Processed?

Once hemp flowers reach maturity, they must be harvested and processed for retail. Growers “cure” the flower through a gradual drying process, after which the buds are trimmed. Trimming away the excess leaves serves several purposes:

  • Visual Appeal: Most people find that neatly trimmed hemp buds have greater aesthetic appeal
  • Easier to Smoke: The small leaves that sprout from the flower buds produce harsher smoke. Trimming these leaves makes the hemp flower easier on the lungs.
  • Flowers are More Potent: Flowers have a higher concentration of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids than any other part of the hemp plant.


There are many ways to smoke hemp flower. Which is best? That’s up to you! Try these various smoking methods and find which one you enjoy most:

  • Pipe
  • Water pipe (bubbler, bong, hookah)
  • Rolling papers/blunt wraps
  • Pre-rolled joint
  • Vaporizer (one made for plant material, not vape juice)

Are There Other Ways to Take CBD Flower Besides Smoking?

Yes! While smoking is undoubtedly the most popular way to enjoy CBD flower, it is far from your only option. Vaporizers are an increasingly popular method for consuming CBD flower. Many people find that vapor is smoother and milder than smoke. Just be sure you get a vaporizer designed for flower, not a liquid vaporizer (like a vape pen).

You can also make your own edibles from CBD flower! First, you must decarboxylate the flower. “Decarboxylation” may sound like it takes a lab coat and master’s degree to wrap your head around, but it’s actually very simple. It involves the process of heating and activating the cannabinoids, so they can provide you amazing benefits! Follow these steps:

  1. Preheat your oven to 240° F
  2. Finely grind your CBD hemp flower
  3. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the ground buds on the tray, aiming for one thin layer of flower.
  4. Bake the CBD flower for 30-40 minutes. Every 10 minutes, shake the tray gently to mix up the flower, so it bakes evenly.
  5. Remove the tray from the oven and let it cool for 30 minutes.

Once you have decarboxylated your flower, you can add it directly to your food. You can also improve its bioavailability by mixing the decarbed flower with a fat, such as butter or coconut oil.

To make cannabutter, heat equal parts butter and water in a saucepan. Add your decarbed CBD flower and simmer on the lowest setting for 2-3 hours. Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth, and, just like that, you’ve got your own cannabutter! Put it to work in brownies, cookies, and anything else your imagination can dream up.

How Long Does It Take for CBD Flower to Kick In?

The onset time for CBD depends on the consumption method. One reason that smoking CBD flower remains the most popular option is how rapidly it acts. When you inhale CBD, it enters your bloodstream quickly through the lungs. You can feel the effects kick in almost instantly. The same principle applies to vapes.

Edibles take longer to kick in because they must first be metabolized in your digestive system. Edibles take about 45-60 minutes to take effect. However, edibles tend to last longer, from 6-8 hours, while the effects of smoking and vaping last 2-4 hours.


The smell of CBD flower is similar to that of marijuana. The strength of its scent can be a good indicator of its quality. An intense aroma usually indicates a higher quality flower, although some CBD-rich strains have subtler scents and flavors for those who prefer a milder smoking experience.


CBD is federally legal in the United States, thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill. Under federal law, cannabis plants with Delta 9 THC levels above 0.3% are classified as marijuana, while plants with 0.3% Delta 9 or less are classified as hemp.

Marijuana remains federally illegal in the US. Any hemp plant with more than 0.3% Delta 9 is automatically considered marijuana and is therefore illegal. However, 18 states and 3 territories have fully legalized marijuana.

Is CBD Flower Legal In All 50 States?

Hemp-derived CBD is federally legal in all 50 US States. However, some states have placed restrictions on how much CBD hemp flower you can get at one time or which particular products you can buy. You can use this map to check the laws in your home state.


CBD is well-tolerated by most mammals, including human beings. It is not intoxicating, meaning you can smoke CBD flower wherever and whenever you need it without impacting your functionality. That’s right, you can easily incorporate CBD into your daily routine without sacrificing anything.

There are no reported cases of people (or other animals) overdosing on CBD. Nor is it possible to become addicted to CBD because it has no intoxicating, mind-altering effects.

Side Effects of CBD

One of the main reasons people love CBD is the fact that it has minimal side effects. While THC can cause feelings of couch lock and brain fog, CBD leaves you alert and clear-headed. A few people experience side effects of CBD, but these are generally mild and short-lived. Potential side effects include:

  • Drowsiness/fatigue
  • Increased appetite
  • Dry mouth/increased thirst

Even if you accidentally take too much CBD, you just need to sleep it off! Most likely, you might feel a bit dizzier or more tired than usual, but it’s nothing to panic over. For some people, it might even add to the already soothing, calming benefits!


With very few exceptions, drug tests do not check for CBD. However, nearly all drug tests check for THC. Since CBD flower is a full spectrum product, it does contain trace amounts of THC (within the federal limit of 0.3%). In such a small quantity, the THC should not show up on a drug test, but this is not a guarantee. Consistent doses could potentially build up the THC in your body over time, but this is still highly unlikely.

For some people, you might consider taking broad spectrum CBD products instead. “Broad spectrum” means that the product contains all of the compounds in cannabis that we love, except for THC. Popular broad spectrum products include edibles, capsules, vape carts, and concentrates.

Beyond broad spectrum products, you have CBD isolates. Isolates contain pure CBD and no other compounds. You won’t get the entourage effect with products that are not full spectrum, but you can protect yourself against failing a drug test.