Hemp Flower vs THC Flower

Imagine for a second that you’re on a game show. The lights are bright, the audience is loud, and the host is uncomfortably enthusiastic. The host brings the microphone to their mouth and begins a chant that sweeps throughout the gathered crowd. “Name. That. Bud!” Two boxes sit in front of you, each containing a terpene laden, gorgeous bud. They could be twins. The problem is, one is an organic, high-quality CBD flower from Cascadia Blooms, the other a THC heavy flower. The host wants to know which is which. How can you tell?

Fictional game-shows aside, it can be pretty difficult. Both flowers have many similar properties, thanks to a shared gene pool, the same ravishing good looks, and almost identical fragrances. To all but the most experienced eyes (and nostrils), you’re going to be hard-pressed to differentiate. 

However, as they say, never judge a book by its cover. Hemp flower and THC flower may look and smell similar, but beneath the surface, the difference between these two is significant. Years of trial and error, research and development, and a fair amount of personal consumption have resulted in two distinct flowers, building separate, successful industries independent of each other.

The products generated from the commercial cultivation of cannabis can be loosely divided between THC and CBD. While other cannabinoids also have their products and uses, THC and CBD are arguably the most famous.

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis that gives users the ‘high’ typically associated with marijuana. It has varying degrees of legality depending on where you live in the world and is most closely associated with recreational use. This isn’t to say that there isn’t promising research into its medical applications, however.

CBD, or cannabidiol, is another cannabinoid also found in cannabis. Cannabidiol is the second-most abundant cannabinoid in the plant after THC and is non-psychoactive.

So, which one is better? On the subject of THC flower vs. CBD flower, who reigns supreme? Let’s take a look.


Flavor / Appearance

We’ve already mentioned this, but hemp flower and THC flower look, smell and taste incredibly similar. So much so, that our own hemp CBD flower ships with a notice to law enforcement and a COA to differentiate it from THC flower. We understand that while hemp is federally legal to ship and USPS has approved shipping for licensed hemp companies, customers want to know if their CBD flowers will be shipped discreetly and without odor. The answer is yes, and for very good reason.

Both THC and hemp flower are derived from cannabis, with the significant difference being in their cannabinoid content. Hemp flower is bred for high CBD levels, whereas THC flower is bred for, well, high THC levels. On an aesthetic level, they look the same. In fact, with the right experience and research, it’s possible to grow similar strains that cater to both markets. I think we can call it a draw, especially if you have a nose for terpene profiles.



This is where the cracks begin to appear. As of early 2020, THC was legal in 11 states and at various degrees of use, from medical to recreational. On the other hand, hemp flower has been accepted on a wider scale. Thanks to the efforts of the CBD industry, sympathetic legislators, researchers, and hemp farmers, the 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the Controlled Substance Act and recategorized it as an agricultural product. 

The debate on the impact of THC and hemp flower is far from over, but it’s clear that hemp flower is currently available to a far larger percentage of the population. As studies into the application of both flowers continue this may change, and we hope that both will be accepted country-wide soon.



A comparison between the effects of THC and CBD is difficult. We all use cannabis for different reasons- even just choosing one or the other still gives you a wide range of options. Understanding the effects of THC and CBD is important, allowing you to choose a flower that is right for your personal needs.

CBD is non-psychoactive, which is part of the reason why it is accepted on a wider scale than THC. The effects of CBD are less apparent to the user, and the subject on intense scientific scrutiny. The effects of CBD and THC are like chalk and cheese- it’s a difficult comparison, especially as they are generally used for different things. The winner here truly depends on you.

Cannabis in general has long been touted for many reasons, but the FDA has not approved the cannabis plant for any medical use. 

However, the FDA has approved several drugs that contain individual cannabinoids. For example, Epidiolex, which contains a purified form of CBD derived from cannabis. Conversely Marinol and Syndros, which contain dronabinol (synthetic THC), and Cesamet, which contains nabilone (a synthetic substance similar to THC).

Science aside, you can usually split THC and CBD into two distinct camps. In the THC camp, recreational use for a general sense of wellbeing is the order of the day.

Final thoughts

THC flower vs hemp flower sounds like an interesting battle, but the truth is, they’re two very different sides of the same coin. There can be no definitive winner, as the competitors are of two equal, yet separate, classes. 

The answer here is you. Your relationship with cannabis is a personal choice, as evidenced by the mind-boggling array of methods, products, strains, and opinions on both THC flower and hemp flower. As a high-quality CBD producer, we have a slight bias, but your own decisions may be different.

If you’re in a legal state, why not try both? The THC industry has come leaps on bounds in the past few years, with high quality THC products available from dispensaries that are ready and willing to give helpful advice.When it comes to trying CBD flower, we’re right here to help as well. Check out our store for our current strains, and check out our other blog posts for more information on CBD. We love what we grow, and we want you to feel the same way.