What is CBD Flower?

What is CBD Flower?
May 01, 2024
5 min read

CBD flower is a relatively new form of cannabis dominant in CBD instead of THC. CBD flower is used to deliver a dose of non-intoxicating CBD more rapidly than is possible with CBD oil. This article aims to address common questions about CBD flower and how it compares to the more commonly known THC flower.

What is CBD Flower?

Difference between CBD and THC flower

CBD and THC flowers are both used for different purposes. CBD flower is non-intoxicating, unlike THC flower. However the main difference between CBD and THC flower is in the ratio of cannabinoids it contains.

  • Type 1 cannabis, or high-THC flower is dominant in THC and produces only trace amounts of CBD.
  • Type 2 cannabis, or balanced flower contains a roughly even split of THC to CBD. Often, balanced flower is slightly more dominant in CBD.
  • Type 3 cannabis, or CBD flower, is dominant in CBD and produces only trace amounts of THC.

CBD and THC flower often share a striking resemblance in appearance, yet their distinct aromas set them apart. Because cannabis was bred during prohibition for high THC content, CBD-rich lineages have been neglected. For this reason, the gene pool of CBD flower is less diverse than that of THC flower. With the recent surge of interest in CBD, breeders are striving to develop strains that match the quality of established high-THC strains.

What are the effects of CBD flower?

CBD flower is generally said to be non-psychoactive (does not produce a ‘high’). However, it still contains trace amounts of THC and minor cannabinoids that do have psychoactive effects. Some patients report a mild THC effect from CBD flower, at a small fraction of the strength of a typical dose.

CBD commonly produces a clearheaded, physical effect. The quick onset of action of CBD flower vs CBD oil means that patients are more likely to experience the effects of CBD more quickly, as opposed to the slow and gradual onset of oil.

How long do the effects of vaped CBD flower last?

Vaporised CBD flower has a duration of 4-6 hours — longer than the duration of THC flower which typically lasts 2-4 hours. This means that the effects of balanced or Type 2 cannabis strains will tend to be more CBD-dominant as they are used throughout the day. While the effects of THC will peak quickly, the prolonged duration of CBD allows it to build up, resulting in a stacking effect.

The 4-6h duration of CBD flower is also less than CBD oil at 8-10 hours. This may mean that CBD oil is more practical than flower for those that cannot vaporise during the day.

How much does CBD flower cost?

CBD flower is generally more expensive than THC flower as it is a niche product. Typically, CBD flower is priced at between $12 and $14 a gram. However, due to the lack of long-term research on these CBD-rich genetic lines, the quality of CBD flower tends to fall short in comparison to THC flower. Due to the differences in potency and length of effects, CBD flower might also be more or less effective than THC flower by weight.

Can I drive on CBD flower?

Despite its inability to produce a ‘high’, CBD flower contains trace amounts of THC which can still show up on a drug test. In most states, it is illegal to drive with a detectable amount of THC in your system. For this reason, it is recommended that patients who have recently consumed this medication do not drive. THC can be detected in saliva for up to 72 hours. Please consult with your prescriber if this is an issue.

What does CBD flower smell like?

In theory, CBD and THC flower should smell the same, given that cannabinoids have no smell. However, due to the restricted genetic pool of type 2 and type 3 flower (CBD-dominant and balanced cultivars), many CBD strains have similar aromas due to their related expression of terpenes. CBD flower and balanced flowers are often thought to have an acrid, pungent aroma similar to parmesan cheese or vomit. These aromas are entirely normal and natural in cannabis and may be due to butyric acid and/or VSCs.

We hope this guide to CBD flower has been useful and informative. If you have any further questions about CBD flower, be sure to ask your prescriber at your next consultation.

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Please note that this blog was not written by a licensed medical practitioner and therefore is not providing medical advice. We do not endorse the use of cannabis or any other illicit drugs. Like any medication, cannabis has potential negative side effects and should only be used under the guidance of a qualified medical professional. For the latest information on cannabis prescription and use, please visit the TGA website. If you are considering cannabis as a treatment option, we encourage you to consult with a licensed healthcare professional.

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