CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a non-intoxicating compound found in the cannabis plant. CBD hemp flowers contain a number of beneficial terpenes and cannabinoids that work with the body’s own endocannabinoid system. This system helps maintain homeostasis in the body by acting as a balancing mechanism with other body systems, such as the circulatory, nervous and digestive systems. CBD is currently being researched for it potential ability to provide pain relief, reduce stress and anxiety, lower inflammation, and ease migraines and nausea.
Sounds great, right? But what can you do with the hemp flowers? Here are some suggestions:
1. The most natural method of ingesting CBD is by smoking or vaping the fresh flowers. This increases its bio-availability in the bloodstream and the speed of absorption, and allows for the full spectrum synergistic effects of the cannabinoids and terpenes in your body. As a warning, any form of smoking brings potential health risks. But if smoking is something you enjoy responsibly, CBD is a great alternative to tobacco and imparts a soothing sensation along with therapeutic benefits.
2. CBD flowers can be blended with black or green loose leaf tea leaves for an energizing boost. Alternatively, increase the relaxation effects of CBD by mixing the herb flowers with chamomile flowers.
3. One of the most popular forms of consuming CBD flowers is by cooking or baking it. CBD flowers can be easily added as an ingredient to a wide variety of recipes. Cannabutter is a fantastic and tasty way to infuse CBD into brownies or cookies–you can use it to replace butter in many recipes. Add your CBD infused cannabutter to pasta sauce, toast, or even mac-n-cheese. Cannabutter also makes an excellent topping for baked potatoes, popcorn, or pancakes!
4. Another popular way to ingest CBD is through a carrier oil infused with CBD. Large distributors use special manufacturing machines to extract the CBD and infuse oils, but you don’t need a factory. After decarboxylating, it’s easy to infuse your oil in a crockpot at home. Once it’s made, you can enjoy the oil in myriad ways. Many people simply ingest it directly using an oral dropper.
5. CBD flowers can also be used to make a tincture. Tinctures are made by using food grade alcohol to extract the cannabinoids from the hemp flower, and are usually taken under the tongue via a dropper - this method tends to be faster-acting than edibles. Tinctures can also be used in recipes to make edibles.
6. Bath bombs and topical salves.
In future blog posts, I’ll share recipes made with CBD flowers, steps on how to make oils and tinctures, and a topical salve. Please note: we are not medical professionals, so please check with your own healthcare provider before trying CBD products.
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