Hemp flowers come in all shapes and sizes depending on how they are grown and the conditions they are grown under. Since the Farm Bill was introduced back in 2018, it has sparked a lot of enthusiastic hemp plant growers world-wide. Legally, of course, they supply their stock to various manufacturers of consumer and pet products.
Due to the recent demand for CBD (cannabinoids) products, for consumer use, this expectation has been elevated and only a few quality hemp flower growers and manufacturers are allowed to do business under stringent conditions. If you weren’t aware of this legislation, you can find more about the Farm Bill and the status of legalizing CBD can be found on this website
Moreover, when choosing the best strain to use in manufacturing products or for personal consumption, there are a few things to consider. We look at these below as well as the most popular strain of the ‘Sour Space Candy’ that people have been harping about.
Different Types of Hemp Flower Strains
An upward trend has taken place over the past two years and the demand for CBD has more than doubled, especially since people have been given more information about its benefits and properties, and as such many suppliers and manufacturers have hit the market as well.
Touching slightly on the health benefits of CBD, are its uses to treat various internal and external conditions which have been studies and clinical trials done thereof. Various benefits include alleviating health conditions such as seizures, headaches and migraines, pain and inflammation, epilepsy, discomfort from surgery, arthritis, dry skin conditions like eczema, allergies and much more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/16/style/self-care/cbd-oil-benefits.html
A lot of people also take it holistically for overall health and well-being as well as calming mental issues such as depression and anxiety. With so many advantages and positive results from clinical trials, it’s no wonder the demand for this natural plant extract has grown significantly globally.
Out of all the formats of ingesting CBD, the most effective one is inhaling it. Studies show that inhaling it has a bioavailability rate of anywhere between 35% and 45%, while other formats such as tinctures or capsules etc. are somewhere in between 10%-20%. But that’s a topic for another day. Let’s look at the various popular strains of Hemp plants one can find on the market.
Things to Consider Before Choosing Your Strain
For those who are still newbies at the substance. First and foremost, always, but your product from a reputable source and as many options as there are on the market, not all of them have the pure varieties or grow them sustainably. Some of the well-established, reputable, and sustainably grown suppliers like Cheefbotanicals for example, are the ones to stick to if you have never bought anything related to Hemp or CBD before.
They would typically have their lab-tested certificates on their website for the public to access, which is a good indication that they won’t be hiding anything from you. Plus, they also have many varieties of products so you can typically buy it all from one safe place.
Secondly, don’t just choose the first one that looks nice. Take your time to choose the one for you. When deciding on the strain that meets all your preferences, there are a few things to consider. The list below is a good starting point:
- The ratio of CBD to THC. This is the component that gets you high and should be well below 0.3% as a legal requirement.
- Overall potency. This refers to the strength of the weed, similarly to the point above, if you are looking to get high, choosing something that has a THC value of 5% will be less potent than a 20% strain.
- The Terpene profiles. This is the taste and smell of the plant. If you want to enjoy it you need to choose one that fits your taste buds.
- Methods of growing. Is it a pesticide-free growth environment and organic methods? Do some research for yourself online.
A Few Examples of Strains
Hawaiian Haze. This option has a tropical flavor to it. Think – pineapple and mangoes combined with a citrus undertone. It is both earthy and fruity and contains a good amount of CBD, i.e. 18%. Good if you want to relax in the evenings but not for daytime smoking.
Sour Space Candy. Not just the name but everything about this one appeals to all the senses. This is one of the richest CBD strains on the market when compared to the Hawaiian Haze or Lifter varieties. It’s got just over 20% CBD in it and the THC values are as low as 0.6% which means your getting a product that does not get you high, yet it gives you a boost in your mood and helps to improve your focus.
Lifter. If you like the combination of a sweet-sour variety, this is one to try. It has hints of the zesty-ness of a lemon coupled with a woody hint and contains the same amount of CBD as Hawaiian Haze i.e. 18%.
Sour Diesel. As the name implies, this is a sour one. Again, another popular one amongst the masses due to its THC values of 0.094% and a high CBD range of between 20% – 21%, plus it is fast-acting, which most of them are when you inhale them. Quite the satisfying taste and feel.
So, there you have it, amongst the hundred other strains, these 4 are your usual suspects. But keep in mind if you have never smoked them before, it is a good idea to start with a minimal requirement and then build up your tolerance for it over time if need be.