Hemp Hop hemp flower, Indoor, Sativa, 13.1% CBD, .11% delta 9 THC
Five Senses: 9.5
Curb Appeal: 8.0
Do you hear that? It's the sound of online reviewers slapping 100 point scores all over Hemp Hop and their indoor CBD flower lineup. Leading the pack is their Abacus Diesel strain, so it's no surprise that we're going to start there. (more on that in a minute) In all the research we've done, we haven't seen quite so many people talking about any one brand this much and consistently coming back with rave reviews. Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina, Hemp Hop is breaking the California and Oregon producer mold. Many of the hemp flower companies we've reviewed so far hail from the West Coast where medical cannabis roots grow strong. With East Coast roots, and a fervent group of online backers, we were more than excited to see the CBD flower Hemp Hop is putting forward from the other side of the country.
The Five Senses (9.5 out of 10)
If you're coming to CBD flower without the context of having dabbled in marijuana before, the Abacus Diesel will quickly teach you what reviewers mean when they say a strain is straight gas. This strain smells of diesel fuel - just like the real deal - and a touch of sweetness. When it is not burning, it does have some pine scents mixed in, but if you fire this up, it is incredible how accurately the name describes the smell and taste. That's a giant compliment, as the score reflects. On top of a slight cherry finish to the smoke, we found it to be super mellow, as well. We didn't get any harshness on the throat as can happen with some flower.
Curb Appeal (8.0 out of 10)
The first thing that jumped out as us with Hemp Hop's flower is that both the trim job and cure are perfectly on point. This flower is easily the best manicured CBD flower we've seen to date. While that doesn't really affect what you're about to smoke, it does suggest that Hemp Hop is pouring an extra amount of effort into the care of their flower. It made us feel a lot better about what we were about to ingest. Beyond the trim, the flower itself looks great. The only problem? As they call out on their website, the Abacus nuggets are really small. For the price, some buyers are going to be disappointed by the size. Regardless of size, our nuggets had a consistent peppering of amber trichomes popping out between various shades of green. The buds were less airy than most and the best we can describe them is dense, which is a good thing. Along with the dense, well-manicured look came a nice coating of crystals all over. This is top shelf CBD flower. There are a couple other flowers that jump out as more visually stunning (Frosted Kush, Zero G and P10), but this is a solid effort.
Potency (8.0 out of 10)
Abacus Diesel registers 13.1% CBD on their certificate of analysis, which is proudly displayed on their website and we appreciate. This is on the middle-lower end of the spectrum in terms of CBD potency. As our readers know, it's not just about the CBD potency, though. On the THC front, Abacus Diesel is right in the middle of the pack at .11%. They're not registering under .1% as many flowers do, but the strain is also not trying to test the max .3% THC in the way that Legals is with their Sour Candy strain. Again, THC content on its own is not going to make or break a score. Where Hemp Hop Abacus Diesel really excels is on the terpene front. At 3.6% terpenes, this flower is loaded with them! Most flowers are lucky to crack 1%. The nerolidol content cracks 1.35% by itself. On top of that, add .86% myrcene and .25% limonene. The middle-lower CBD content is more than made up for with this complete saturation of terpenes and we couldn't wait for the effects to kick in.
Effect (9.3 out of 10)
For us, this wasn't the quickest onset of effects, but man, once they did hit, we had an incredibly pleasant evening. The first thing our reviewers noticed was a pinpoint chill behind our forehead. Our eyes drooped a bit as the chill flowed wider into our body. The nerolidol and myrcene contents were likely doing the heavy lifting here. After the full onset of effect, we felt a bit heavier with wonderful muscle relaxation. This is the epitome of what you want from a CBD flower, in our view. We were relaxed and content all around. Perfect. Last but not least, while the Abacus Diesel effects do start in the head, we felt very lucid throughout. In our opinion, this isn't a flower that will have a huge impact on completing your day-to-day tasks and is an optimal effect for most any time of day.
Price (8.0 out of 10)
Hemp Hop Abacus will run you $25 for an 1/8 oz, $45 for a 1/4 oz, $80 for 1/2 and $125 for an ounce. That's a good value overall, from where we sit. Taking the quality of the flower (amazing) and other vendors into consideration, Hemp Hop is hitting a middle ground on pricing. Yes, there are select strains of nearly the same quality for cheaper, but not many. Certainly there are much more expensive strains. What we like about Hemp Hop is that you get a reasonable starting price for the quality, but are also rewarded for ordering in quantity. When you buy an 1/8th at $25, you're getting CBD at $.055 (5.5 cents) per milligram. That's not too shabby. The more you buy, the more you save. Buying an ounce will drop the per-milligram price to 3.4 cents. At those prices, you don't have to wait for your next paycheck to hit and can make a solid case for always keeping Abacus Diesel in the stash.