How to recognize the quality of CBD flowers

Whether for smoking, vaporizing or eating: CBD flower have numerous areas of application. There are countless different types of hemp to choose from - each with its own unique taste and effect. In this article, you will learn everything you need to know about choosing the right CBD bud.

What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?

Hemp and marijuana come from the same species - cannabis sativa. Hemp and marijuana flowers are hard to tell with the naked eye, but there is one major variation. Both hemp and marijuana make the psychoactive compound THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). However, only marijuana plants produce significant amounts of THC. This makes marijuana plants psychoactive while hemp plants remain non-psychoactive.

For a cannabis plant to be classified as hemp, it must contain less than 0.3 percent THC. Most CBD products as well as CBD oil are made from this.

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Choosing the right CBD bud can be tricky when there are literally thousands of options available. Look out for these five simple tips the next time you shop:

    1. How does the CBD flower smell?

The smell depends heavily on the terrene profile of the hemp flower. Hemp varieties with high concentrations of terrenes have a very aromatic smell. Low-terrene strains, on the other hand, have a more subtle flavor. Hemp without terrenes smells like weed. Avoid these varieties whenever possible.

The best CBD flowers have a strong aroma, which indicates a rich terrene profile and stronger effects. Hemp plants that have not been properly processed or stored will smell and taste like weed and have low potency.

Of course, when buying online, it is not possible to smell the product. You should therefore pay attention to how the variety smells and tastes in the product description. Most suppliers provide guidance on what to expect from each variety. If you are buying from a reputable source like the description is accurate.

2. Look at the trachoma’s

The trachoma’s are small structures that protrude from the surface of the flowers. They are made of a hardened resin in which many terrenes and cannabinoids are stored. These are what make hemp useful in the first place.

The best CBD flower has much visible trachoma on the surface of the leaves. Visible, densely populated trachoma’s are a good indication that the hemp flower has been handled with care throughout the entire growing and harvesting process. Visible trachoma’s mean three things, each of which has a strong impact on the quality of the CBD flower:

Healthy hemp plants

The only way to get really nice trachoma’s on the hemp flower is through a combination of good genetics and rearing. Healthy plants that have been exposed to minimal amounts of pesticides and grown in nutrient-rich soils produce many terrene- and cannabinoid-rich trachoma’s on the surface of the leaves.

Minimal post-harvest processing

The second cause of low trachoma levels is poor handling or storage of the hemp plants after harvest. Processing can easily damage the hemp flower. The process involves cutting off the buds, removing the buds from the tops of the plants, and drying and curing for several weeks. CBD buds with lots of trachoma’s still intact are a good indication that the hemp you have chosen has been treated well.

    1. C) Fresh hemp flowers

As soon as the hemp is harvested, dried and packaged, the clock starts ticking. Over time, the trachoma will gradually break down. If the hemp is properly stored, it can take a few months to a year for decay to be noticeable. Badly stored hemp ages faster and the trachoma’s can break down within a few months.

3. Look at the other cannabinoids

CBD isn't the only active ingredient in the hemp flower. Other known cannabinoids to consider include CBC (cannabichromene), CBG (cannabigerol), and CBN (cannabin). None of these cannabinoids are psychoactive, and each has its own set of benefits.