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September 3, 2020

Smoking Hemp Flower: A User’s Guide

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By Valerie Orta on September 3, 2020

Did you know you can smoke high-CBD hemp flower with minimal amounts of THC? Read on to learn more about what the experience of smoking hemp flower is like.

Even if you’re well-versed in the world of CBD, you might be one of the many who are unfamiliar with the terms ‘hemp flower’, ‘CBD flower’, or ‘high-CBD hemp flower’. It’s nothing to be ashamed of - whether you’re a newbie who’s trying to learn the ropes or a seasoned user who wants to expand their knowledge - we’re here to help you gain a fuller understanding of what high-CBD hemp flower is, and what it does.

What is Hemp Flower?

First of all, hemp flower is the same thing as CBD flower or high-CBD hemp flower, so there’s no need to get confused there. These are simply terms that are interchangeable. 

The hemp flower itself is the dried flower buds of the cannabis sativa plant. It shouldn’t be confused with the marijuana plant, because there are notable differences there. 

While both look very similar and can interact with the body in the same way, there are exceedingly low amounts of THC - the molecule in marijuana responsible for intoxicating effects. The reduction of THC is accomplished through selective breeding that produces plants with high CBD content and low THC.

Smoking Hemp Flower: CBD vs. Weed

Much like cannabis, though, it can still be smoked. Some users like this method because it makes for an immediate effect. The reason it works so quickly is because the lungs absorb the CBD faster than almost any other part of the body, therefore you begin to feel the effects more quickly. Hemp flower shares more than a few qualities with marijuana, such as:

  • Both come in dense, potent buds with a distinct smell.
  • These buds (or flower) can be broken up and smoked in joints, bowls, water pipes/bongs, hookahs, etc.
  • Smoking the bud produces a rich aroma and distinctive flavor that can change depending on the strain, or particular type of hemp plant that it came from.

So, basically, when it comes to CBD vs. weed, hemp flower offers all the benefits of CBD without the high THC content that some users would much rather stay away from. It should be noted that, while some users are very sensitive to THC and may notice its presence, most will not pick up on it or feel ‘high’ because of it.

It's important here to point out the existence of delta 8 flower, which is made with CBD flower but enhanced with Delta-8 THC. Delta-8 THC is a hemp-derived form of THC that does have elevating benefits that you can feel. So when shopping for hemp flower, you'll want to make sure to pick the one associated with the types of effects you're seeking.

What are the Benefits of Smoking Hemp Flower?

There would be no use in smoking the hemp flower if it didn’t have a positive impact on the mind and body. Luckily, there are plenty - and that list includes (but is not limited to):

  • Feelings of relaxation, allowing for better focus
  • CBD is legal (though every state is different, refer to your state’s guidelines)
  • Hemp CBD flower with trace levels of THC is not intoxicating
  • It promotes general wellness and eases feelings of comfort
  • It encourages mental serenity 

smoking hemp joint

The Experience

The question on many people’s minds might be: If hemp flower is so similar, yet so dissimilar to marijuana, how does it feel to consume it? Of course, we have the answer.

The experience of smoking the hemp flower is definitely a “head-change”, but the effects lie more along the lines of being able to focus, relax, and enjoy the same expected benefits that CBD has on the mind and body. It’s not about getting high. 

If you’re new to smoking CBD hemp flower, we recommend setting aside some time in your day when you don’t have any pressing tasks to do -- make this time your special space to test things out and experiment. You should be in familiar, comfortable surroundings. Give yourself an opportunity to relax if you want, but also have a couple low-priority jobs in mind in case you feel like being productive (like cleaning the kitchen or organizing a closet). 

The important thing is you give yourself the space you need to notice how the experience affects you mentally, physically, and emotionally. Removing distractions will help with this. 

As with other CBD products, you may not even notice a difference the first time you try smoking hemp flower. Often the benefits become apparent only when regular levels of CBD in the body are established and maintained.

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