Hemp flowers are not marijuana flowers. There are no significant amounts of THC in hemp flowers. (As it stands, you would not want medical or recreational marijuana to flower as it means that the plants are past the point of harvesting.) However, hemp flowers still have many of the same health benefits found in medical marijuana. For that reason, many parents feel more comfortable about using hemp flowers and CBD oil to treat certain conditions in their children. Whether you are looking for hemp flowers for yourself or to treat a medical condition in a child, here are three ways you can use the CBD hemp flowers for medicine.
1. Steep for Tea
The flowers are sold in dried form. You can crush them just a little in order to squeeze the most medicine out of them when you steep the flowers for tea. The flowers and bits of flowers are placed in a stainless steel tea steeping ball and then into a cup. Boiling water is poured over the ball. You should let the flowers steep for two minutes or more to get the most medicine out of them.
2. Crush and Sprinkle on Salads
If you do not mind the taste of the flowers, you can eat them whole or in part. Most people find them more palatable when you crush the flowers and sprinkle them over a salad. If your salad greens are wet/moist enough, the crushed flowers will absorb the water and cling to the salad greens. This allows you to consume most of what you crush onto the salad while hiding the taste of the hemp buds.
3. Take Them to a Compounding Pharmacy
If you do not want to add them to a recipe at home, take the buds to a compounding pharmacy. The buds can be crushed or pulverized and then added to liquid suspensions of various flavors, or mixed into topical creams and ointments. You can also request that the buds be crushed and the powder be placed inside capsules. If you are vegetarian, vegan, or glucose-intolerant, request that the capsules made specifically for your diet be used in place of the traditional gelatin capsules. Then you can take either an oral supplement of the flowers or you can use a topical cream made from the flowers to treat muscle and joint pain. Currently, there is no way to make an intravenous or injectable form of the hemp flowers.