Upstate Hemp Co, which has quickly become my favorite hemp flower shop, recently released a batch of C-5 Hemp. C-5 stood out among their other products since it boasted a 2.5% THCa content. THCa is a non-psychoactive version of THC compared to the one we know of delta-9 THC. NY’s pilot program only looked at the delta-9 content, not the potential of THCa. With this, the plant is fully legal under Federal and State law but has a higher potential THC content than most hemp. In addition to the THCa content, it has 0.29% delta-9 THC and 18% CBD!
Opening the bag, the flower had a very earthy smell which gave me a very familiar feeling to this flower. First thing I noticed was the very high trichome coverage on the flower! The flower is also a bit darker in color compared to Deschutes.
Smoking C-5 continued the familiar feeling and provided a bit of a comforting sensation. The smoke gave off a bit of a pine-y scent and was very pleasant. While the overall THC content will be low compared to legal products I have used, the presence is still noticeable.
Shortly after smoking I most certainly felt the THC. My thoughts were starting to drift a bit but were certainly manageable. I found myself being very active and started to experience a bit of the munchies. Overall it was a very mild buzz but it did provide a bit of a clear head from the high CBD content.
While I have been aware of the medical benefits of cannabis for some time, using it for such things wasn’t something I had considered. With the explosive growth of hemp based products, I was slightly weary of all the claims CBD companies were making. Also, there were many bad actors in the industry selling product which sometimes had no CBD in it at all.
Once I found that hemp flower, with a high CBD %, was available for retail sale, I purchased some and started experimenting. As covered in previous posts, I found that I could feel the effects of the CBD. Armed with this personal experience, I went ahead and ordered some CBD oil from a local manufacturer, 4Fathers Innovation.
I did not take CBD looking to cure a specific ailment, it was merely a curiosity to see if it help anything. Within 2 weeks, I started to notice a significant improvement in my overall well-being. My back pain, stemming from a college injury, was no longer as prevalent as it once was. Headaches, which I just assumed was normal, were no longer there. For the first time in a very long line, I felt without pain.
Studies have shown CBD helps with inflammatory issues, which is what CBD most certainly did for me. I also noticed I was not quick to anger as I was before. I also have not taken an ibuprofen in months since starting my CBD regiment.
Since we are still studying this plant and getting ourselves out from under 70 years of prohibition, I’m hoping more will come out on the benefits of all cannabinoids.
Everyone’s body is different and I doubt all will have the same positive effects that I have had. I do hope it helps many and we can get actual clinical data to support these anecdotal claims.
As noted in my previous post, Sunbeam Haze is another Hemp strain ordered from Upstate Hemp Co. Sunbeam Haze was grown in a greenhouse and was only afforded wonderful Western NY sunlight. Sunbeam Haze has a whopping 21% CBD content and a very low 0.04% THC content.
Sunbeam Haze is slightly darker in color compared to Deschutes. The bud structure is very light and airy. It almost appears as if there is more in the package than should be due to how much larger the buds are. Sunbeam Haze gives off a very pleasant earthy, familiar smell that is not overpowering. There are far less trichomes on Sunbeam Haze compared to Deschutes. Given how dry the flower is, Sunbeam would be a good candidate for a joint or a bowl.
Using my Hemp-only bowl, Sunbeam Haze burns through very quickly. The smoke is also not harsh and carries through the earthly flavor. In some sittings, I ended up packing two bowls to get an equivalent quantity smoked due to how airy the buds are.
Sunbeam Haze has a remarkably different affect when compared to Deschutes. Sunbeam Haze provides a bit of a headrush, more akin to what a Sativa would do. My usual morning headache went away and my mind seemed a bit “clearer” than before. Sunbeam Haze is best suited for a morning or mid-afternoon smoke. It gives a sensation of a mild “pick me up” while providing focus on activities.
I’ve also noticed with Sunbeam Haze that it provokes a slight bit of hunger afterwards. Not a full-bore munchie attack like encountered when consuming a higher THC product; but enough to make a quick trip to the fridge.