Smoking hemp flower has become an increasingly popular way to consume CBD. Smoking marijuana has been the most common way to consume it for years, even for people taking it for medical reasons. However, CBD has typically been consumed in the form of oil drops or edibles.
There are good reasons to smoke CBD, and an increasing number of people are learning about this. However, if you are new to smoking CBD or cannabis in general, you’re likely going to be a bit confused when you shop around to buy CBD flower. A big thing that can confuse people are CBD flower strains, what they are, and what to look for. Here’s a quick beginner’s guide so you can better understand how CBD flower strains work.
What Is a Strain?
When a shop or dispensary that sells CBD flower talks about a “strain”, they’re referring to a general family or category. It’s meant to give you a quick idea of the general properties that the hemp flower has, and how it will affect you. Traditionally, there have been three stain categories: indica, sativa, and hybrid.
Indica strains originated in India, and they are generally more relaxing. Sativa strains are more energizing, and hybrid strains combine the profiles of both. However, this is a general description of each, and not always universal. You can still find indica strains that are more energizing than some sativa strains, and vice versa.
Nowadays, the classification of any CBD hemp strain in those three categories is a bit outdated, and you will often see more groups or names for strains. All of them will attempt to give you an idea of how a specific CBD flower will affect you. That way, you can more easily browse a shop of its products to find a strain that fits what you’re looking for.
What Strains Are Best?
What CBD flower strains are best will vary from person to person. There are several factors that can affect how CBD affects you generally, how a specific strain affects you, and your reasons for wanting to take CBD. The main factors include:
- Your specific biological response
- The strain’s chemical profile
- If you have a specific health condition you want CBD to help treat
- If you want to take it for recreational reasons
There are different strains to suit different needs, so keep that in mind when you are shopping around. There should be general information about each strain’s effects, so you know whether it’s something that will help treat your pain or just help you to relax.
In the end, everyone who is a beginner to CBD flower will have a period of learning when it comes to strains. Over time, you will become accustomed to how strains work the more you take CBD. You will find that shopping for CBD flower becomes a lot quicker and easier as you browse a dispensary, or even shop for it online. You don’t have to feel intimidated by it; you can always ask someone at a shop for some tips to get started, and the rest you will learn over time.