In the world of CBD, we find a great variety of cannabis species and strains that are rich in CBD. Hemp is a type of Cannabis sativa plant, and hemp buds are the flowers of the hemp plant. These buds hold high concentrations of cannabinoids compared to the stalk, leaves, and roots of the plant.
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What Are CBD-Rich Hemp Buds?
CBD-rich hemp buds offer an alternative to CBD oil as a source of CBD that can be smoked, vaped, or used to make edibles and ingested. In the context of hemp buds, CBD richness refers to the CBD content of a cannabis strain. A ‘CBD-rich’ strain has been specially bred to contain a high-CBD content but low-THC content.
Cannabinoids and Hemp Buds
There are at least 113 different cannabinoids that have been isolated from the cannabis plant. CBD and THC are the predominant two, followed by CBDa, THCa, THCv, CBC, CBCa, CBG, and CBGa among many others.
Both CBD and THC are made from CBG, which is a “parent” cannabinoid. Most cannabis is very low in CBG (if any) because it differentiates into either CBD or THC. The exception to this are the emerging CBG-dominant hemp bud strains.
Full-Spectrum CBD Hemp Buds
In addition to cannabinoids, terpenes also play an important role in your hemp flower experience. Even hemp buds that are low in CBD potency can offer a great experience because strains with rich and diverse terpenes and minor cannabinoids offer a full-spectrum “entourage effect.”
Higher potency does not mean “better” when it comes to CBD! You really do need to consider the role that terpenes and minor cannabinoids play. Many lower potency hemp buds are high-quality. Along with terpenes and cannabinoids, how you use hemp buds will also determine what your individual experience is with them. A great example of this is the Hempress hemp buds which are only around 11% CBD but offer a fantastic flavor profile and user experience.
Hemp Bud Potency
There are some more factors to consider when looking at hemp bud potency. Remember that every batch of hemp flower is unique and different because farmers grow, harvest, and dry crops differently.
You can notice this when comparing T-1 with T-1 Reserve or Wife vs Wife Reserve. The CBD potencies below are a snapshot of current selections and subsequent batches could differ in potency. The Plain Jane store website will have the most up to date information.
It is also worth noting that new users should not start with the most potent CBD flower. You should consult with your doctor to make sure it is safe to you to use CBD products and always start low and go slow!
What is the Most Potent Hemp Bud?
For those of you wondering what Plain Jane’s most potent CBD product is, that would be CBD Moon Rocks at about 45.0% CBD. These are hemp buds that are painted with CBD extract and then rolled in kief. They are usually ground or broken in chunks and smoked to consume. CBD moonrocks are one of the most potent products you can buy.
Plain Jane Hemp Buds by CBD Potency
To see more information about these strain’s terpene profiles and user experiences, please check out “Plain Jane Hemp Terpenes: The Ultimate Guide.”
|Elektra CBD Hemp Flower||21.8%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|Sour Space Candy CBD Hemp Flower||21.1%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|Hawaiian Haze Hemp Flower||20.9%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|Sour Diesel (Greenhouse) Hemp Flower||20.2%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|Special Sauce CBD Hemp Buds||19.0%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|Suver Haze CBD Hemp Flower||18.8%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|Pineapple Haze (Greenhouse) Hemp Flower||18.7%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|Purple Gas Hemp Flower||18.7%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|Charlotte’s Web CBD Hemp Flower||18.6%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|Skywalker Hemp Buds||18.5%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|Wife CBD Hemp Flower||18.0%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|T-1 CBD Hemp Flower||17.6%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|Blueberry Diesel Hemp Flower||17.5%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|Rogue CBD Hemp Flower||17.4%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|Lifter CBD Hemp Flower||17.4%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|Golden Cherry (Indoor) Hemp Flower||17.1%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|The Wife Reserve (Greenhouse) CBD Hemp Flower||16.75%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|Durban Diesel (Greenhouse) Hemp Flower||16.6%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|Siskiyou Gold Hemp Flower||16.0%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|Bubba Kush CBD Hemp Flower||15.5%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|Cat’s Meow (Indoor) Hawaiian Grown Hemp Flower||14.9%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|Kush CBD Hemp Strain Indoor||14.5%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|Stormy Hemp Flower||14.4%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|Stress Killer CBD Hemp Autoflower-2||14.2%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|Cloud 9 (Indoor) Hemp Flower||14.0%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|Blue Gas (Indoor) Hemp Flower||14.0%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|T-1 Reserve (Greenhouse) CBD Hemp Flower||13.7%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|Mongo CBD Hemp Flower||13.6%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|Remission CBD Hemp Flower||13.5%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|Pineberry Hemp Buds||13.1%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|Harle-Tsu CBD Hemp Flower||12.8%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|Berry Bliss (Indoor) Hemp Flower||11.6%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|Hempress CBD Flower||10.5%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|Jack Herer Hemp Flower (light dep)||9.7%||<0.3% Delta-9-THC|
|Painted Lady CBD Hemp Flower||8.7%||under 0.3% Total THC|
100% Natural vs Synthetic CBD
Because CBD has gained a massive amount of attention in recent years due to its medical properties, some companies are trying to profit off of that hype by marketing their products as CBD when in reality, they are made with substances that are not derived from the cannabis plant. This puts both patients and the industry at risk.
It is practically impossible to create fake hemp buds because they are cut directly from the cannabis plant. However, some less scrupulous companies have been practicing some not so safe and not exactly legal practices like spraying hemp buds with CBD concentrate or psychoactive delta-8-THC concentrate.
As Michael Bronstein, co-founder of the American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp said, “This situation is akin to someone filling drinking bottles with gasoline and selling it under the label of ‘vodka’.
A year ago in Utah, the topic gained attention when 50 people became sick after consuming what they thought was CBD. It turned out that the product they had been using was mislabeled! It was actually a product containing a synthetic cannabinoid called “4-cyano CUMYL-BUTINACA.” This synthetic cannabinoid has been sold online as a designer drug and should be avoided!