Hemp Flower 101: Everything You Need to Know About Hemp and CBD

by Sugar Team August 18, 2022 11 min read

Hemp Flower 101: Everything You Need to Know About Hemp and CBD

With the passing of the Farm Bill of 2018, hemp has become federally legal, but there's a lot that people still don't know about marijuana's healthier cousin.

While marijuana and hemp are both technically the same family of cannabis plants, hemp is only considered legal if its THC content is below .3%. This generally only occurs when the cannabis plant is purposefully bred solely for its CBD content.

The flower buds from female hemp plants contain the highest concentration of cannabinoids, including cannabidiol (CBD). Hemp flower strains are bred for their unique spectrum of cannabinoids which all have their own characteristics in how the effects are felt by the user.

For example, at Sugar, we focused on achieving a specific goal of helping smokers quit. In order to accomplish this, we sourced high potency CBD flowers that not only smoked smoothly, but also would pass third party lab testing for heavy metals and pesticides.

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Is hemp the same as marijuana?

Understanding the difference between hemp strains and marijuana plants is a great way to introduce yourself to hemp flower and learn how hemp flower can be beneficial to you. Marijuana and CBD flower all contain over 100 different cannabinoids, including cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

The main chemical that hemp flower is bred for is CBD, primarily for its medicinal effects. THC in hemp flower products can reach a maximum of .3%, low enough so that it would be extremely difficult to get high off of CBD hemp flower.

Marijuana plants are bred for their THC content, and as the marijuana industry has grown, so has the potency of marijuana with strains reaching upwards of 30% THC. That's 100 times more THC than the maximum allowed in CBD hemp flower!

Is CBD flower legal?

Yes, with the Farm Bill of 2018, the U.S. government has federally legalized hemp flower and the production of hemp products. They have also removed hemp and hemp seeds from the DEA schedule of Controlled Substances.

When you smoke CBD flower, you should not be getting enough THC to make you high. Legal hemp flower should have less than .3% THC. To put things into perspective, the maximum allowed THC in legal hemp is 100 times lower than some of the stronger strains of marijuana available. Anything over, and the hemp plants would need to be destroyed.

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Can you get high from hemp flower?

CBD hemp flower can contain a maximum of .3% THC which can theoretically get you high if you smoke enough, but would not be an easy thing to accomplish and would be an incredibly inefficient way to get high. There are plenty of marijuana strains with over 100 times the amount of THC at your local dispensary.

Even the most premium CBD hemp flower wouldn't get you high unless you smoked obscene quantities of it, so you have nothing to worry about. Sit back, relax, and enjoy.

Is hemp flower addictive?

To date, there is no evidence to suggest that CBD flower can cause addiction. Legal hemp contains only trace amounts of THC (.3%) and has no psychoactive effects.

Pyschoactive drugs can be addicting due to its effects being highly rewarding which can lead to addictive behavior. There are no chemically addictive substances in hemp flowers either.

In fact, some studies have shown that CBD can help curb nicotine addiction, a reason why CRÈME hemp cigarettes can be an effective tool in helping tobacco smokers to quit.

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How is hemp flower grown?

The hemp plant is grown from seed and crops can grow as tall as 16 feet. Hemp is an annual crop that is generally grown in open fields or greenhouses in temperate climates. Crops require an average monthly rainfall of at least 2.5 inchest in growing seasons.

Although hemp is a cannabis plant and closely related to marijuana, there are different methods in how they're grown and harvested, depending on usage.

The hemp plant is also a great material that is strong and durable. Some of hemp's best use cases include cordage, paper, canvas, insulation, and building materials. There are those who argue that industrial hemp fiber is better than wood in every way. Hemp could very well be a stronger, more durable, and more sustainable material than wood!

Industrial hemp plants grown for seed production are planted father apart, are shorter in stature, and generally contain more branches. Industrial hemp plants grown for fibre production are harvested for maximum yield and quality, so they're harvested soon after the plants reach maturity. There are also differences in terms of harvesting timing, depending on the hemp strains involved.

As with marijuana, there are plenty of different hemp strains grown specifically for their CBD content.

While the hemp plant is relatively new to modern agriculture, there are regulations that growers need to adhere to in order for their crops to be considered legal.

Is hemp material a new thing?

While it might seem like hemp is an innovative new material that was just discovered, in reality, hemp was a major resource used in the 17th century. The Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp paper in 1776!

Why did hemp fade out of existence? Hemp was lumped in with marijuana in the Marijuana Tax Act which went into effect on October 1, 1937. This act limited the production of hemp for commercial and industrial uses. A material that's more sustainably grown, more durable, and stronger than wood was tossed aside due to the war on drugs.

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Hemp as a food source

Aside from a superior material to wood, hemp was also bred for seed content, oils, hemp powder, and hemp protein. Hemp is an important food crop, high in nutrients.

Hemp seeds are a great source of vitamin C, vitamin B, and vitamins A and E and exceptionally rich in linoleic acide (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3). They're also a great source of high quality protein accounting for more than 25% of its calories. For comparison, chia seeds and flaxseeds have protein account for 16-18% of its calories.

Where has hemp been all our lives?

Hemp and terpenes

When selecting hemp strains, we suggest learning about and aiming for specific terpene profiles. This of course, all depends on your desired effect.

Limonene is known to have anti-anxiety effects, so if you're looking for some stress relief in your smoke, look for a terpene profile high in limonene. A terpene known to help sleep disorders is linalool, has been studied extensively and is also found in lavendar.

Terpenes are still being studied for their effects and there are plenty of guides out there with charts of the known effects of terpenes. Even minor cannabinoids such as CBN, CBG, CBC, etc. have subtle effects in your experience.

We encourage reading customer reviews on products to help you choose the right hemp strain for you.

When selecting our hemp blend for Creme, we wanted to create (will can you help with this?)

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CBD hemp flower for anxiety

While CBD isn't yet legally cleared as an anxiolytic, or anxiety relief medication, research supports the benefits of CBD for anxiety and in fact, over 50% of U.S. adults who use CBD, use it to alleviate anxiety.

This anxiety relieving property is part of the reason users of CBD products feel relaxed after use. The effects are felt within minutes of smoking the CBD hemp flower.

Studied have shown that CBD flower is also used to counter the psychotropic side-effects of marijuana. THC, the psychoactive chemical found in marijuana, stimulates a molecule found in an area of the brain where memory, learning and emotions are stored, known as the hippocampus.

In the study, researchers found that when the molecule is triggered, it can cause feelings of anxiety, depression, and addictive behaviors. The researchers also found that when given THC in combination with CBD, mice felt lower levels of anxiety and paranoia.

Next time you fire up the bong, light up a CRÈME hemp cigarette to enjoy your high on another level, without the paranoid thoughts and feelings.

CBD and diabetes

CBD helps reduce inflammation, meaning it is maintaining glucose levels of your body. Fighting against inflammation is beneficial in reducing the risk of diabetes.

Diabetes is an inflammatory disease and inflammation is the primary cause of obesity-linked insulin resistance, hyperglycemia, and hyperlipidemia.

CBD and Multiple Sclerosis symptoms

People suffering from Multiple Sclerosis symptoms can find some relief from symptoms such as fatigue, pain, inflammation, depression, muscle stiffness, and problems with mobility.

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CBD hemp flower for sleep

As previously mentioned, CBD hemp flower has anxiety-relieving properties which can help you relax after a long day. Studies have shown that the combination of CBD and melatonin can be a powerful tool in fighting insomnia.

Please check with your doctor before using melatonin. Melatonin is well tolerated for short-term use, and information regarding long-term use of melatonin is limited.

CBD flower for pain

Cannabinoid receptors, named CB1 and CB2 are found in the central nervous system and are responsible for the cognitive and emotional effects of cannabis plants, including hemp and marijuana. Cannabinoid receptors are also responsible for our perception of pain as well as functioning as an antioxidant in reducing inflammation, making it an effective natural pain reliever.

The benefits of CBD extend to even arthritic pain. CBD flower ability to inhibit the sensation of pain in tandem with its inflammation reducing properties makes it an effective, more natural solution for arthritic pain.

Can CBD help with Acne?

Yes! CBD can help with problems with acne. Aside from the anti-inflammatory effects of CBD, it also assists the body in managing acne.

The use of cannabis oils can reduce activities in the sebaceous glands which are responsible for reducing sebum production. Sebum is the oily substance that causes acne when excessive amounts build up.

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CBD flower for quitting tobacco

CBD flower is not an addictive substance. It smokes like marijuana flower, but doesn't get you high. This allows for an enjoyable and relaxing smoke that won't overwhelm you or interrupt your day.

Smoking CBD flower allows the CBD to get into your system faster, which allows you to feel the effects of the CBD flower almost instantly. This instant gratification is partly what makes CBD flower a great as a tobacco cessation tool.

Within minutes, you should start to feel more relaxed, your cravings satisfied.

Hemp flower for drug addiction

Studies have shown that compared to participants that took a placebo, CBD reduces drug cravings and further aids in fighting addiction with its anxiety relieving properties.

In this study, 42 participants received either a placebo or one of two CBD medication doses once daily for 3 days. The participants were then exposed to drug-related cues so that researchers could observe whether or not CBD could reduce opioid cravings and anxiety related to their use.

The researchers measured positive and negative emotions, vital signs, and salivary cortisol levels in order to measure stress response.

Participants that received the CBD medication reported less cravings after being exposed to drug-related cues during the study. These effects lasted for at least a week after administering the doses. Participants that took the CBD medication also recorded lower measures of stress response after drug cues.

Interestingly, low-dose and high-dose participants showed no significant differences; however both showed significant differences when compared to results of participants that took the placebo.

How to smoke CBD flower

CBD flower can be smoked in any of the ways marijuana can. Since hemp is the same cannabis plant as marijuana, minus THC, and rich with CBD.

You can smoke hemp flower as joints, prerolls, through a bong, or as cigarettes with brands like CRÈME which use only premium hemp flower and absolutely no tobacco or nicotine.

Why my CBD flower sparks

When you see your smokable hemp flower spark, it's because there are still stems and sift in it. If you're experiencing this in a cigarette, it's a sign of a poor quality product.

With CRÈME cigarettes, the smokable hemp flower in our blend is carefully and methodically sifted to ensure as few stems as possible and a smooth smoke.

Smoking CBD hemp flower from a cigarette

Many hemp smokers prefer to smoke from a CBD cigarette because it's just more convenient. Once you find a trusted hemp cigarette brand, you can eliminate the hassle of rolling a pre-roll, or the inconvenience of lugging a bong or pipe around wherever you go.

When looking for hemp cigarettes, it's important to look for brands that use premium hemp flower. While other brands might be cheaper, CRÈME hemp cigarettes use only American grown hemp that's selected for potency, taste, and smoothness. Stems and seeds are sifted out before sent to production, ensuring a smooth smoke using only the highest quality premium hemp flower.

Smoking CBD hemp flower from a bong

When smoking CBD flower out of a bong compared to a standard glass pipe, you get a much smoother, cooler, and better tasting smoke because of the water filtration system. The water in bongs help to filter out a lot of the tar that would otherwise end up in your body.

Smoking CBD flower out of a bong is perhaps one of the more advanced ways to enjoy smokable hemp flower. You pack the bowl just as you would if you were smoking marijuana instead of CBD flower, fill the bong with water, grind your herbs, pack said herbs, and ignite.

cannabis stems

Can I smoke CBD hemp flower stems?

While you can smoke CBD flower stems, they are generally taken out of the hemp before production as they contain very little CBD and may cause the smoke to be harsher and less enjoyable.

If you're encountering products with a lot of stems in them, it is generally indicative of low quality CBD hemp flower products.

Should I smoke CBD hemp flower seeds?

There is not enough THC content contained within the seed to get you high, nor would it be easy to smoke the seed. We recommend eating them instead as they are healthy for you. Hemp seeds are rich in protein, amino acids, polyunsaturated acids, and many important vitamins and minerals including calcium, magnesium and potassium.

If you want to smoke something, we recommend CBD flower which will be a much smoother smoke and have a much higher CBD content.

Where can I buy CBD hemp flower?

CBD flower can be bought at CBD stores or online along with other CBD products. Hemp flowers look like marijuana flowers. In fact, well -grown hemp flowers can look every bit as crystalized as well-grown marijuana flowers.

If you're interested in single-serving hemp cigarettes made with only the best cbd hemp flower, please check out our collections page. There are a variety of flavors and have sweet tips for a great tasting smoke.

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Does hemp flower show up on a drug test?

While CBD won't show up on a drug test, THC may show up if enough is present. Hemp by law is regulated to contain less than .3% THC which generally would not show up on a drug test. There is always the potential that if you smoke enough, trace amounts would show up on your drug test.

If you're worried about passing a drug test after you smoke CBD hemp flower, be sure you know the cannabis flower you're smoking is high quality CBD flower that is grown the right way, and contains THC below the legal threshold.


Not all cannabis flower is created equal. There is a broad spectrum of effects coming from the cannabis plant that varies from marijuana plants heavy in THC that will get you high, to hemp that is grown for low THC content and high levels of CBD.

All the benefits of CBD can be obtained from smokable hemp flower. Whether you're seeking relief from pain, anxiety, paranoia, or even acne; the benefits of CBD can be enjoyed with smokable CBD flower.

With the legalization of hemp, the federal government opened more doors for studies surrounding the all-natural benefits of CBD and other cannabinoids. The benefits of CBD are considerable, and if you enjoy smoking, hemp flower is a great option, and perhaps the healthiest option for you.

If you're looking to quit smoking tobacco or just interested in great tasting hemp cigarettes to help you relax and get an amazing night's sleep, check out CRÈME CBD cigarettes.


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