The cannabis plant has many names. It’s often referred to as Mary Jane, bud, flower, grass, and more recently, trees (hello, Reddit).
These terms all refer to Cannabis indica, which you know as marijuana or weed. However, Cannabis indica is one of two (possibly three) distinct species in the genus Cannabis, including:
- Cannabis indica. Also known as marijuana, this plant contains high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive compound that produces the “high” feeling often associated with marijuana use. Cannabis indica is used in medicine and clinical research, and the psychoactive effects and feelings of euphoria make it popular among recreational users.
- Cannabis sativa. Also known as the hemp plant and occasionally referred to as cannabis or CBD flower. The hemp plant contains little to no THC (less than 0.3%) and does not elicit a “high” when consumed. The plant has several industrial, medicinal, and nutritional uses and applications (more on this later).
- Cannabis ruderalis. As the controversial third species, there is some debate on whether ruderalis is a distinct species or a subspecies of Cannabis sativa. At the moment, plant taxonomic databases consider it “Cannabis sativa var. ruderalis.”
Throughout this article, mentions of hemp or the hemp plant are referencing Cannabis sativa. Any mention of marijuana is in reference to Cannabis indica.
What Are the Uses of Hemp?
Hemp is a versatile plant with a myriad of uses. The plant’s incredible growth rate and low water requirements make it one of the most efficient biomass sources in the world. Hemp products are used in construction, textiles, medicine, and even biofuels.
The hemp plant is one of the fastest-growing plants on earth (closely trailing bamboo). It’s ready for harvest within four to six months after planting and can grow 5 meters (16 feet) tall, and it requires very little water — just a few inches of rainfall each month under ideal conditions.
Some uses and products of the hemp plant include:
- Food. Hemp seeds can be eaten raw, ground into hemp meal, or made into a slurry for hemp milk, herbal tea, or for use in cooking and baking. Hemp seed oil has high nutritional value, with high densities of easily digestible protein, polyunsaturated fatty acids, lipids, and carbohydrates. Hemp seed oil is also high in insoluble fiber, which helps promote bowel health and maintain regularity.
- Industrial products. The fibers in hemp are durable and strong, making it an excellent option for several fibrous products, including paper, rope, cloth, canvas, jewelry, shoes, and even homewares.
- Building and construction materials. Because of hemp’s sustainability (fast growth rate and low water usage), it is classified under the “green” category of building design. Because hemp is lightweight, durable, breathable, and resistant to most molds, it is a cost-effective and quality raw material for use in building and construction. It’s used in insulation, concrete, oils and varnishes, and as a wood replacement.
- Cultivation and farming. Because hemp grows quickly and densely, it’s often used to smother and kill weeds and other undesirable or invasive plants. Hemp is also used to remove unwanted chemicals from soil, and can even clear the impurities out of waste water or sewage effluents.
- Biofuels. The oils in hemp seeds and stalks can be made to produce biodiesel, sometimes called “hempoline” (which is honestly delightful). The plant can also be processed into ethanol.
The hemp plant truly is a jack of all trades, with uses and applications in several areas. Now, let’s explore another possible use of the hemp plant: consuming the raw hemp flower.
Can You Really Consume Hemp Flower?
Of course—anything is edible at least once!
In all seriousness, hemp flower is technically edible — although eating a raw hemp flower would likely be difficult or unpleasant. For a better experience, hemp flower is processed into other products prior to consumption.
Hemp contains several cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, but many of these compounds are lost or altered during typical treatment processes.
The best way to consume raw hemp flower is with a whole plant (full-spectrum), raw cannabis flower. This method preserves all the compounds found in the hemp plant, including the aforementioned cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.
What Are the Benefits of Consuming Hemp Flower?
Unlike an isolated CBD product, which contains a single cannabinoid, raw hemp flower contains numerous cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. Maintaining these compounds throughout processing and extraction is a delicate process, which is why Field Queen processes the hemp flower in the most natural way possible — only water is removed.
This “whole food” processing method results in a more natural and complete hemp flower product, maintaining and preserving the plant’s several beneficial compounds.
Potential benefits of hemp flower include:
- Cancer treatment. This 2014 study suggests cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) may reduce inflammation by selectively inhibiting cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), an enzyme involved in inflammation processes throughout the body. It also indicates CBDA can decrease inflammation in two ways: down-regulation (decreasing the number of receptors for a neuro-transmitter) and enzyme inhibition (disrupting the pathway between an enzyme and a substrate).
- Treatment of mental health conditions. This 2020 study suggests CBD oil is an effective treatment for several mental health conditions, including major depression, anxiety, and mood disorders like bipolar.
- Addiction recovery treatment. This 2019 study found CBD significantly reduced drug-cue induced cravings and anxiety compared to a placebo. The study also suggests decreased physiological symptoms in response to drug cues (specifically heart rate and salivary cortisol levels).
- Anti-inflammatory treatment. This 2014 study suggests CBD may be effective in preventing or reducing tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα), which can lead to significantly reduced pain and discomfort.
- Nausea treatment. Multiple studies from 2013 suggest CBDA (one of the compounds found in the hemp flower) may be effective in treating or reducing nausea and vomiting.
- Other treatment methods, including epilepsy and fungal and bacterial infections.
Because the hemp plant contains little to no THC, consuming it won’t produce the “high” feeling often associated with marijuana use. Even without THC, hemp’s various cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids produce positive effects and have several potential benefits.
It is important to note that while hemp flower has potential benefits, it is not without risk. Potential side effects include: nausea, vomiting, dizziness, dry mouth. Most of these side effects are mild. Please consult with your healthcare provider before consuming CBD or cannabis products.
How To Use Hemp Flower Buds To Achieve These Benefits
Ready to learn how to use hemp flower? Let’s dig in.
There are several ways to consume the hemp flower, but the plant must first be processed. There are a number of processing methods that result in one of three types of CBD products: CBD isolates or isolated CBD, broad-spectrum CBD, and full-spectrum CBD.
CBD isolates (or isolated CBD) are exactly what they sound like: a single (isolated) cannabinoid. During processing, this individual cannabinoid is the focus of the extraction, and other compounds are lost or altered.
Broad-spectrum CBD is often an isolated CBD oil or extract that’s had other cannabinoids, terpenes, or flavonoids added to the mixture after processing.
Full-spectrum CBD is exactly what it sounds like: a product containing hemp’s full spectrum of compounds. Several of hemp’s compounds (particularly terpenes and flavonoids) are delicate and/or volatile, which makes processing and extraction significantly more difficult compared to isolating and extracting a single compound.
Typical consumption methods of hemp flower include:
- Oils or tinctures. Oils are typically extracted from the plant using solvent and distillation processes, which result in isolated or “broad spectrum” CBD oil. Without the full-spectrum cannabis, we’re missing out on the entourage effect.
- Edibles. Whether it’s gummies, candies, or chocolates, CBD edibles are a popular consumption method. Edibles are typically broad-spectrum CBD.
- Extracts. Hemp flower extracts are typically vaporized or vaped. The extraction process is focused on one or two cannabinoids, and the extracts are either isolates or broad-spectrum CBD
- Hemp seeds or hemp seed oil. The seeds can be eaten raw, and the oil can be used in cooking or baking.
- Smoking. The hemp flower is ground up into a hash and then smoked. The smoking process results in decarboxylation, which converts acidic cannabinoids into more familiar compounds like CBD.
- Herbal tea. Hemp flower can be steeped in hot water to release the beneficial compounds for consumption.
- Raw Cannabis Powder from Field Queen. The raw hemp flower is carefully processed, maintaining all the cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes contained within. It’s then ground into an ultra-fine, water-soluble powder and placed into capsules for easy consumption.
Field Queen turns this:
Because of Field Queen’s refined and delicate processing methods, all the compounds within the hemp plant are preserved and maintained. This includes all the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids contained within the plant, which produces a whole plant (full-spectrum) CBD product. The hemp plant’s full range of compounds work best in combination with one another to amplify the effects and benefits you’ll feel.
Field Queen’s raw cannabis powder is a natural, “whole foods” cannabinoid product. It’s not an oil or an extract — it is food. Hemp flower, ground into a fine powder that’s water soluble and contained within individual capsules.
This natural, water-soluble form results in significantly improved bioavailability – meaning our bodies process it more quickly and efficiently compared to isolated or broad-spectrum counterparts. You’ll feel results quickly, often within 10-20 minutes, and improved bioavailability (efficiency) means less is required to achieve similar results.
You can take the capsules on their own, add them to your post-workout meal or shake to help with muscle relaxation and recovery or add them to your morning smoothie for an added boost to begin your day.
Tips for Getting The Most Out of Your Hemp Flower
Now that you know how to use hemp flower, we're going to provide you with a few tips to get the most out of it...
Set Your Expectations
A few things that are important to remember when consuming raw cannabis powder:
- Start with a lower dose and work your way up to higher doses
- You’ll feel the effects quickly – often within 10-20 minutes.
- You won’t experience the “ultra high” feeling you’d get with marijuana consumption.
- With a whole plant product, the effects may be stronger than other cannabinoid or CBD products.
- Less is required to produce similar effects compared to other products on the market.
Consumers have reported feelings of mild euphoria, energy boosts, decreased stress and anxiety, and a general sense of calm or lack of worry.
Hemp Flower FAQs
Think of this as a fun fact section. Maybe it will help you win your next trivia night, or perhaps you’ll simply amaze your friends with random facts!
Is There THC in Hemp?
Yes. The hemp plant contains small amounts of THC (specifically, 0.3% or less). Generally, the amount of THC contained in hemp (Cannabis sativa) is not enough to produce the “high” feeling you’d get from hemp’s counterpart, marijuana (Cannabis indica).
What is Hemp Used for?
The hemp plant is incredibly useful. It grows almost as fast as bamboo and requires minimal water, making it extremely eco-friendly and efficient. Hemp’s strong fibers make excellent cloth, rope, paper, shoes, canvas, and several other industrial products. This versatile plant is also used in construction and can even produce biofuel.
Can I Consume Hemp Flower?
Yes! There are several processing methods that convert the hemp flower into an easily-consumable form. Hemp seeds can be eaten raw or used in preparing other foods. Hemp can also be made into oils or tinctures, brewed or steeped into a tea, infused into an edible, and even vaped or smoked. However, the best method of consumption is with a whole plant (full spectrum) product - we recommend Field Queen.
Final Thoughts on How To Consume Hemp Flower
There you have it - how to use hemp flower.
We’ve covered several ways to consume raw hemp flower, including oils or tinctures, edibles, and making tea, to name a few. If you’d like to receive all the benefits hemp has to offer, the best way to consume hemp flower is with a full-spectrum product that contains all the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.
That’s why we recommend raw cannabis powder from Field Queen.