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What is CBD flower—and how do you use it?

What is CBD flower—and how do you use it?

CBD flower is the flower of the hemp plant, cannabis sativa L. This is the same plant from which CBD oil is derived. The female hemp plant produces flowers when it reaches maturation. These flowers look and smell just like a cannabis flower, and can contain very potent concentrations of terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabidiol. They’re also known as CBD buds or hemp buds.

Like the rest of the hemp plant, the cannabinoids in the CBD flower have been found to harbor many health benefits for the body. These cannabinoids naturally interact with your body’s own endocannabinoid system, helping to reduce pain and delivering other positive effects. 

CBD flower shouldn’t be confused with cannabis buds, which can cause the psychoactive effects that make you feel high. Cannabis buds are illegal in many countries.


Unlike CBD oil, CBD flower doesn’t have to go through a rigorous extraction process, which can affect some of the natural (and beneficial!) chemicals in the plant. Harvesting the CBD flower is a much more natural process; it’s simply cut and dried before being packed and sold. This is CBD in its purest form: no processing, dilution, or extraction. 

Industrial hemp plants must contain less than 0.3% THC. This is the limit established by the 2018 Farm Bill. 

How do you consume CBD from CBD flowers?

The most common ways of consuming hemp flowers are vaping, smoking, or using them as an ingredient in cooked products. 

To smoke CBD flowers, you need only roll it up yourself with hand roll papers or add it to a smoking device such as a pipe, bong, or hookah. Smoked CBD flowers have a light cannabis flavor. The great thing about smoking flowers is that it won’t cause throat irritation or coughing. It also won’t leave you with red eyes or a dry mouth.

When comparing CBD hemp flower to other cannabidiol consumption methods, smoking the flower is perhaps the best way to reap the benefits. It also assists with the entourage effect, the process by which all the compounds (phytocannabinoids and terpenes) in the plant work synergistically to produce the most powerful benefits. Although these compounds are effective on their own, they are even more effective together.

Benefits of smoking CBD flower

Those who use CBD flower say that it contains a much higher concentration of the naturally- occurring cannabinoids and waxes in hemp than any other CBD product. 

A major highlight of CBD flowers is that they are naturally low in THC content. Although you can use hemp flowers the same way you would cannabis flowers, smoking CBD flower won’t make you high. It’s totally non-psychoactive, so it will not intoxicate you or leave you impaired. 

Otherwise, the cannabidiol flower is believed to have many of the same benefits and uses as CBD oil. Thanks to the body’s endocannabinoid system, CBD flower is just as effective as CBD oil at managing the symptoms of a wide range of conditions. The endocannabinoid system is an intricate network of receptors found throughout the body and brain. These receptors interact with CBD and other cannabinoids to provide its many fantastic therapeutic benefits. Some of these benefits include:

Anxiety relief

One of the most important benefits of CBD flowers is their ability to help relieve or reduce anxiety. This is due to their high concentration CBD/CBDA, which provides users with effective but subtle relaxation. But unlike the psychoactive effect that marijuana is known for, CBD flowers promote a sense of calm. Some users describe it as a ‘body high’ because of the deep level of relaxation, along with a clear mind and feeling of focus. It’s even said to be better than drinking a couple of glasses of wine! Those who are prone to anxiety or panic attacks may find relief from smoking CBD flowers. 

Reduced inflammation

Much anecdotal evidence suggests that CBD flowers habor powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. This is due to the fact that CB2 receptors are located throughout your body, helping to modulate inflammation and pain, as well as many other neurological and bodily processes. Rather than attaching to these CB2 receptors, the cannabidiol in CBD flowers directs the body to use more of its own cannabinoids. This helps to boost the level of available cannabinoids in the endocannabinoid system, providing greater anti-inflammatory effects. 

Neuroprotective properties

While these properties are still being researched, it’s believed that CBD flowers may be effective in managing symptoms of neurodegenerative conditions. It’s also been suggested that CBD has antioxidative properties that may be effective for those suffering from bipolar disorder or other mental health issues. People with psychological disorders associated with oxidative stress may also benefit from smoking CBD buds.

Is smokable CBD right for you?

Smoking isn’t the only way to enjoy CBD flowers, but it may be one of the most effective. Keep in mind that the method of consumption is crucial to the effects CBD provides. Inhalation (i.e., smoking or vaping) delivers the CBD directly to the lungs, where it quickly passes into the bloodstream and moves throughout the body. In most cases, smoking reaches peak concentrations in plasma within three minutes of consumption.

But this consumption method might not be right for everyone. Those with smoking-related diseases (such as pulmonary disease, lung cancer, or emphysema) shouldn’t smoke CBD flower as it may worsen their symptoms. The same applies for anyone with cardiovascular disease, as it may increase risk.

Alternatives to smoking CBD flower include topical or oral products that don’t have to be inhaled or smoked. Tinctures, oils, edibles, balms, lotions, and many more options are available!