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do hemp plants grow buds

Do Hemp Plants Grow Buds? (Pictures Inside)

Do Hemp Plants Grow Buds? Yes! Hemp buds are produced as Hemp Flowers, also called Hemp Blossoms. Hemp Buds are the richest CBD source of the entire Hemp Plant, and are used to craft the highest quality Hemp Wellness Products! The Hemp Stem and Hemp Leaves both contain CBD, but unlike Hemp Buds; they both possess high levels of Chlorophyll which reduce the effects of CBD in the human body. Because Hemp buds do not contain Chlorophyll, make sure your Hemp Wellness Products are made only from Hemp Buds. I attached a picture below so you can see a Hemp bud from our family Hemp farm!

The Growing Popularity of Hemp in 2020

What is making Hemp so popular in 2020? The answer is Hemp’s natural ability to provide relief without a psychotropic, or high, experience.

The popularity of hemp has been soaring before 2020, and for good reason – Hemp offers a plethora of health benefits with little to no side effects. Despite its widespread usage, however, there remains a general lack of knowledge about the plant, especially as it relates to differences between hemp and marijuana. In this post we’ll give you all the information you need to dispel misconceptions around hemp and have an in-depth understanding of its uses and benefits as well as the legality of growing your own.

To truly grasp the concepts throughout this article, you will need to be familiar with a few things first! Below are some terms we’ll be using throughout this post as defined by Everyday Health’s medically reviewed glossary:

Cannabinoids – A cannabinoid is one of many naturally occurring chemical components of hemp or marijuana. As of right now, we know at least 100 different Cannabinoids exist in the Hemp Plant including the famous CBD and THC, but also not-so-famous cannabinoids like CBC (Cannabichromene) and CBG (Canabigerol).

Tetrahydrocannabinol – Short for THC, this Cannabinoid is the psychoactive component in cannabis, making it responsible for the “high” sensation. It’s more prevalent in marijuana than hemp.

Terpenes – This organic compound contributes to the flavorful and aromatic qualities of plants. Cannabis is laden with terpenes.

Marijuana – Marijuana is the male version of Cannabis Sativa, Hemp is the female version.

Cannabis Cannabis, or Cannabis Sativa, is the plant specie contain the female Hemp and the male Marijuana.

What is Hemp?

Hemp is the female version of the Cannabis sativa plant specie. The benefits and uses of Hemp are becoming widely recognized and accepted, as well as popularized for the results. The stems, seeds, leaves and flowers of the plant provide over 25,000 uses, including products and applications for industrial and commercial use, and health and nutrition.

According to Weedmaps, industrial products such as textiles, clothing, building materials, concrete and more are made from elements of the hemp plant’s stalk. Hemp seeds and oils are also used as nutritious food products as they are rich in protein, fiber and essential minerals.

How is CBD Oil Made?

CBD oil can be extracted from Hemp to mitigate a variety of health issues. CBD’s rising popularity as a treatment for ailments is largely why hemp is so sought after, as hemp has a high CBD content.

A study determined that CBD had positive effects in reducing symptoms of social anxiety disorder in certain individuals. The benefits of CBD are being widely touted for alleviating ailments including chronic pain, depression, and even some epilepsy syndromes. According to the Harvard Medical School Harvard Health Blog, CBD was able to reduce or stop seizures in childhood syndromes including Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.

The Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana

It’s important to differentiate hemp from marijuana. Compared to marijuana, hemp has a higher percentage of CBD and lower percentage of THC (the intoxicating substance that produces a “high”). To be classified as Hemp, the plant’s THC content must be 0.3% or less, as noted by Fit Households. While hemp and marijuana look similar, it’s helpful to understand some key differences to help distinguish the two. Of the three species of Cannabis (Sativa, Indica, and Ruderalis), Hemp only belongs to the Sativa family, while marijuana belongs to both the Sativa and Indica strains. Below is a visual showing the differences in appearance in Sativa and Indica, courtesy of the Ministry of Hemp

Do Hemp plants grow buds? Yes, and they contain the purest CBD!

As you can see, Sativa leaves are thinner and longer than Indica. The Indica strains have the greater THC content, while Sativa has a higher concentration of CBD. This means marijuana will get you high while hemp cannot, as the THC content in hemp is too low to have an effect.

Female Hemp Buds Contain the Purest CBD notes that hemp grown for CBD-yield requires the female plant only, as the high seed production caused by male and female plants will decrease CBD levels. Since buds from the female plants are richer in cannabinoids than the male flowers, researchers are working to increase the production of female flowers by chemically inducing female plants to produce male flowers. This process, called masculinization, allows male flowers to produce the pollen needed to fertilize eggs while maintaining only X chromosomes, meaning they remain genetically female (and have CBD-rich buds).

Growing Hemp for Everyday Products is Different than Growing Hemp for CBD

When discussing hemp buds and hemp farming, you should know that growing industrial hemp is very different from growing hemp for CBD yield. Farming industrial hemp versus hemp for CBD-yield requires different techniques. With hemp farmed for its fibers and seeds for industrial use, male plants are preferred for their longer, stronger stalks. CBD-rich hemp is grown specifically (and more laboriously) to have a low THC content, meaning the buds from the female plants are desired.

Though it has the potential to be incredibly lucrative, the CBD hemp is becoming a competitive market. According to an NPR article, the industry is expanding so quickly that the huge amounts of hemp being planted and harvested are causing an oversupply, and the average price for CBD flowers has decreased by about 50%. Due to this, some farmers are choosing to remain in the industrial hemp scene, focusing on harvesting male plants for their grain and fiber to transform into products like fabric and building materials.

No, Hemp Products Won’t Get You High

The CBD-rich hemp buds are popular for their potential medicinal properties, and these flowers are purchased widely to smoke, vape or make into the highest quuality Hemp Oils. Despite some misconceptions, hemp will not cause a “high” or “stoned” effect.

Hemp Oils made using the whole-plant do not create a quality final product. The reason is because the Hemp Stem contains waxes the body cannot digest as well as Chlorophyll that works against CBD in the human body. When you purchase a Hemp Oil Product, make sure it was created only using the Hemp Blossom.

Smoking hemp flower is a popular choice among people who want to reap the benefits of CBD in their delivery system of choice. Hemp is specifically cultivated to contain only up to 0.3% of THC, making Hemp a viable alternative for those wishing to avoid the mind-altering effects of marijuana.  

Incredibly, CBD-rich hemp is helping some smokers quit cigarettes. A Brightfield Group study of over 5,000 CBD users found the following:

  • 24% have used CBD to help quit smoking
  • Quitters are often replacing cigarettes with either smokable hemp or vaping CBD
  • 41% of quitters have entirely replaced tobacco with CBD-rich hemp

Is Smoking Hemp Buds Legal?

While smoking hemp buds is legal, you should be careful: hemp and marijuana are virtually indistinguishable in appearance and smell, which could cause problems if law enforcement finds you smoking publicly. This issue has already caused several states, including Texas and Louisiana, to ban smokable hemp, and farmers are fighting back. According to PEW Research Center, money raised by a proposed tax bill in Texas would provide law enforcement with roadside THC test kits to mitigate the issue. The equipment would allow officers to test the actual concentration of THC (rather than just the presence of it) to confirm that is at the 0.3% content level or below.

In September 2019, a federal judge argued that states can’t declare the smokable form of hemp illegal since the 2018 Farm Bill legalized all forms of hemp, and ruled Indiana’s ban on smokable hemp unconstitutional. As information around hemp becomes more accessible and its use more widespread, law enforcement will need to adapt their training and procedures to ensure they are properly distinguishing between hemp and marijuana.

Benefits and Side Effects of Smoking Hemp Buds

According to Mr. Hemp Flower, smoking hemp flower can provide an array of relaxing and therapeutic benefits. Smoking is the fastest way to experience these positive effects, which can include pain relief, decreased anxiety and alleviating insomnia. Hemp has also been shown to help with high blood pressure. The cannabinoids and terpenes in hemp may act as an antidepressant and anti-inflammatory, contributing to its widespread popularity and usage.

It is possible that some side effects may occur after smoking, including lightheadedness, nausea or dry mouth, but there are no major risks in consuming hemp. Smoking hemp is considered to be safe, although it’s important to remember that inhaling any kind of smoke is harmful to the lungs.

If you’re looking to buy CBD buds to smoke, make sure you buy from trustworthy retailers that specialize in growing and sourcing hemp flowers. The National Hemp Association provides an all-encompassing rundown of what to look for when purchasing hemp buds online and where to buy from. If you prefer not to smoke, vaping or ingesting edibles are alternatives ways to reap the benefits of CBD. Edibles are food or candy products infused with hemp (or marijuana). You can buy edibles, or cook or bake them yourself. Vaping is different than smoking in that it requires an electronic vaporizer that allows you to inhale the substance directly, rather than the smoke itself.

Is It Legal to Grow Hemp in the United States?

It is absolutely legal to buy hemp as of the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, a bill that legalized industrial hemp with a THC content of no more than 0.3% by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act. Before this bill, federal law did not differentiate between hemp and marijuana. Now that this bill legalized industrial hemp, is it legal to grow your own? Yes, with a few caveats. 

First, you must determine your purpose for growing hemp. Is it for industrial or commercial use or for research? If the answer is yes to any of those, you can legally grow your own hemp. But although growing industrial hemp is legal, it’s still highly regulated. You’d need to procure a license from your state’s department of agriculture, as you must submit lab results to ensure that the hemp falls within that legalized range of 0.3% THC content or less.

Growing hemp at home for medicinal or recreational use requires you to check your state’s laws, as it depends on whether your state has legalized cannabis use for those purposes. It can be grown legally at home if you live in a state where cannabis is legalized, and/or if you live in a state that allows marijuana to be grown for medical reasons. To do this, you’d need to be approved to grow at home and have a medical marijuana card. You can determine your state’s laws here.

Hemp is becoming even more popular in 2020

Hemp is a popular plant lauded for its many positive effects and benefits. With increased understanding around it as a product, its usage is becoming more widespread and accepted in 2020.

CBD-rich hemp wellness products can provide amazing benefits for anxiety reduction, anti-inflammation, insomnia and even seizures, without the mind-altering effects of THC-laden marijuana. Some users have been able to stop smoking cigarettes, opting for hemp as a healthy alternative! If you’re interested in hemp to mitigate health issues, consider researching and reaching out to a local dispensary or supplier.

Industrial hemp, which is grown differently than CBD hemp, is widely used for products including clothing, textiles, building materials and even fuel. You can grow your own hemp for commercial or research purposes with a permit. For this type of farming, the male plants are desired for their height and strength. If your interests pertain to CBD hemp, the process is quite different. The female plants produce CBD-rich buds, and researchers are working to maximize production by chemically inducing female plants to produce male flowers, meaning the flowers are loaded with CBD while preserving the reproductive cycle.

If you’re interested in the hemp-farming industry for commercial, industrial, or research purposes, make sure you take a look at your state’s industrial hemp statues here, and check out the below resources for more information and support!


So, do Hemp plants grow buds? The answer is yes. The Hemp plant produces buds that contain the richest source of CBD, and the highest quality Hemp Oils are made only using the Hemp Flower. At Greenlife Organics, we make all of our premium Hemp Oils directly from Hemp buds we produce on our San Diego Farm, click here to explore our collection!

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To your health,

Jess Etchemendy

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