How To Consume CBD Flower — Smoke vs. Vape vs. Edibles

Not sure what to do with the CBD flower you just bought? You’ve come to the right place. Using CBD flower can be complicated for beginners, and even veteran CBD flower users might learn a thing or two by examining the most popular hemp ingestion methods in more detail.

In this guide, we’ll give you a brief overview of what CBD flower is and the benefits it offers. Then, we’ll jump into a detailed explanation of the best ways to use Secret Nature hemp flower.

How do you consume CBD flower? Let’s find out.

What is CBD flower?

CBD flower is just like THC-rich cannabis, but it contains less than 0.3% THC. There’s a common misconception that hemp and cannabis are different plant species, but the only difference between high-THC cannabis and low-THC hemp is the dominant cannabinoid.

Cannabis can, in fact, be bred to be dominant in a few different cannabinoids. The only reason CBD-dominant hemp flower is more common than CBG-dominant flower is that CBD became popular first.

CBD flower can be grown either indoors or outdoors, but indoor CBD flower offers substantially increased quality and potency. Some indoor CBD flower strains contain close to 25% CBD, which means they rival the potency of top-shelf THC-rich cannabis.

How is CBD flower made?

Most CBD-rich hemp strains take around four weeks to grow to their full size, and they take a further 8-9 weeks to flower. Once they have reached peak potency, the flowers of CBD-rich hemp plants are harvested and cured conventionally or flash-frozen.

At this point, CBD flower is ready to consume. What are the best ways to consume CBD flower, however, and what are the benefits of consuming CBD flower in contrast to using CBD extract?

Does CBD flower offer the entourage effect?

According to scientific research, the various cannabinoids present in hemp flower might become more effective when they are kept together. Via a phenomenon called the entourage effect, it appears cannabinoids engage in a form of synergy with each other to deliver benefits that go beyond their individual attributes.

Many types of hemp products remove or isolate certain cannabinoids, eliminating any potential for the entourage effect to manifest. CBD-rich hemp flower, however, keeps the entire medley of cannabinoids in hemp intact.

Are there indica and sativa CBD flowers?

Yes, there are indica, sativa, and hybrid options with CBD flower just as there are with THC-rich cannabis. It appears the unique terpene combinations in CBD flower are responsible for these varying effects, and CBD flower users report that:

  • Indica strains provide relaxing effects,
  • Sativa strains provide energizing effects,
  • And hybrid strains provide balanced effects.

How do you use CBD flower?

People primarily either smoke or vape CBD flower. These ingestion methods might be the most popular, but you can let your creativity run wild when you use CBD flower since it’s the source from which all other CBD products come. It’s possible, for instance, to infuse CBD flower into coconut oil, and from there you can make pretty much any hemp-infused edible treat or oil-based topical under the sun.

Let’s run down the three most popular options for using CBD flower:

OPTION 1 — Can you smoke CBD buds?

Even though they contain less than 0.3% THC, you can smoke CBD buds just like you’d smoke any other form of cannabis. With that said, there are significant differences between the quality of smoke provided by different types of CBD bud.

Hemp flower that’s grown indoors with organic processes, abundant in terpenes, and dried and cured to perfection is what you’re looking for. CBD buds that were grown outdoors might not taste as good, and outdoor bud usually has lower cannabinoid concentrations. You’ll also need to check lab tests to make sure your CBD flower contains compliant levels of THC.

What are the benefits of smoking hemp flower?

One of the most impressive benefits of CBD flower is how fast it activates — inhaling hemp flower allows the CBD it contains to absorb into your bloodstream rapidly. From there, the blood vessels in your lungs carry CBD directly to your brain, and the effects of inhaled CBD generally set in within 30 seconds.

Smoking hemp flower is one of the most beneficial ways to use CBD. These benefits can only be unlocked to their full potential, however, when you smoke high-quality, organic CBD flower.

Is smoking CBD flower stronger than using it other ways?

If you’re looking for quick, potent relief, there’s no better ingestion method than inhaling CBD. Because inhaling CBD bypasses the digestive system’s filtration mechanisms and delivers CBD to your brain so quickly, the effects of inhaled CBD are also considerably stronger than other ingestion methods.

Keep in mind that the effects of smoked CBD flower usually only last 30-60 minutes. Therefore, you’ll need to smoke CBD flower frequently if you want to experience the benefits of this ingestion method continuously.

OPTION 2 — Can you vape CBD flower?

You might prefer not to let smoke into your lungs. Secret Nature hemp nugs are the cleanest smokeables in the world, but smoke is smoke.

Since vapor absorbs into your lungs better than smoke, vaping hemp flower may be more potent than smoking it. Vaping also preserves the terpenes that imbue CBD flower with its unique flavors.

To vape Secret Nature hemp flower on the go, pack a bowl in a dry herb vaporizer and bring it along. At home, use your tabletop vaporizer to bring out the fullest flavors and bring about the chillest vibes.

OPTION 3 — Can you eat CBD flower?

You can only eat CBD hemp flower if it has been heated to the extent that the cannabinoids it contains have been properly decarboxylated (activated). We also strongly recommend processing your hemp flower into coconut oil or mixing it into food instead of eating it alone.

Consuming hemp flower raw is a bad idea even when it’s been dried and cured. Not only does raw CBD flower taste bad, but cannabinoids only activate when they’re exposed to heat.

FAQ — how to use CBD flower

Is there anything else you’d like to know about using CBD hemp flower?

1. What else can I do with CBD flower?

As the source material from which all other CBD products come, you can make CBD flower into pretty much anything. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could try making your own CBD topicals with Secret Nature CBD flower. Start with our recipe for making CBD flower-infused coconut oil, and then try this coconut oil balm recipe for the finishing touches.

2. How does smoking CBD flower make you feel?

Smoking CBD flower usually offers more potent effects than CBD products you ingest orally or apply topically. Like other types of CBD products, however, CBD flower usually provides a relaxing, calming sensation. The effects of CBD flower vary, though, depending on the strain with indicas delivering the most relaxing effects and sativas being peppier.

3. Can you get high off CBD?

No, CBD cannot make you feel high because it affects the brain differently than THC. Unlike THC, CBD is non-intoxicating, which means it does not make you feel high. CBD interacts with entirely different neuroreceptors from THC, eliminating any potential of intoxication. It seems that CBD might even modify the neuroreceptors responsible for THC’s intoxicating effects.

4. What is the best CBD flower to smoke?

Based on the sheer number of reviews this strain has received, we’d say that Secret Nature customers believe Secret OG is the best CBD flower to smoke. With almost 20% total cannabinoids, Secret Nature Secret OG CBD Flower certainly doesn’t disappoint in terms of potency, and experienced cannabis smokers will find that Secret OG tastes exactly like OG Kush.

5. What is the best CBD flower to vape?

Based on the reviews we’ve received for this strain, we’d have to say that Sour Space Candy is the best CBD flower to vape. Since vaping CBD flower brings out the terpenes in hemp to the greatest extent, it’s best to choose a truly tasty strain when you’ve decided to vape CBD flower instead of smoking it. Secret Nature Sour Space Candy CBD Flower packs more than 22% total cannabinoids, and it has a delicious, candy-sweet flavor profile.

6. What is the best CBD flower to eat?

We think Dough Boy is the best Secret Nature CBD flower strain to make into edibles based on the reviews we’ve received. With terpenes that smell and taste just like dough and cream and nearly 22% total cannabinoids, there’s no better Secret Nature strain than Dough Boy CBD Flower to cook into brownies or cookies.

7. Can I eat CBD flower?

Yes, you can eat CBD flower if you prepare it the right way. If you try to eat hemp flower without cooking it, though, the cannabinoids it contains won’t activate, preventing you from feeling their effects. To eat CBD clower effectively, grind it up and decarboxylate it first.

8. How do you ingest CBD flowers?

There are three main ways that people ingest CBD flower: smoking it, vaping it, and eating it. You can smoke CBD flower in a bong, joint, or pipe. If you prefer vaping, you have your choice of dry herb vaporizers and CBD vape pens. Cooked properly, the cannabinoids present in hemp flower can be infused into a variety of delectable dishes.

9. How is CBD best absorbed?

The latest research indicates that vaporizing CBD might provide the best bioavailability, meaning your body can most likely use the highest percentage of the CBD you ingest when you vape it. You can vape CBD distillate in dab or vape cartridge form, and you can vape CBD flower in a dry herb vaporizer.

10. Can you boil CBD flower?

You can boil CBD flower if you intend to drink the liquid you boil it in. Boiling hemp flower, however, strips it of its cannabinoids and terpenes, so don’t try to use flower after you’ve boiled it.

Boiling CBD flower into tea or coffee is a great way to use your hemp buds. You can fill any average tea strainer with ground-up CBD flower for a convenient and effective at home or on-the-go ingestion option.

11. What does CBD do when eaten?

When you eat CBD, this cannabinoid gradually absorbs through your digestive tract, delivering effects over the course of 2-3 hours. The effects of orally ingested CBD aren’t very intense, and their main selling point is how long they last. Even if you eat a lot of it, CBD flower won’t get you high, and as long as your hemp buds contain less than 0.3% of it, the trace amounts of THC in your bud won’t cause intoxication either.

12. Can you make cannabutter with hemp?

Yes, you can make cannabis-infused butter or “cannabutter” with hemp instead of THC-rich cannabis. The process is exactly the same even though you might buy your CBD buds online instead of at a dispensary. Check out this great cannabutter recipe to get a basic idea, then just switch out the delta 9 “weed” for your favorite hemp.

13. How do you make CBD flower cookies?

All you need to make CBD flower cookies is an oil like butter or coconut oil, some CBD flower, and a normal cookie recipe. Simply infuse your butter or oil with CBD flower using a crockpot or a double-boiler, and then add the infused concoction to your cookie recipe. Depending on the strain you use, the subtle taste of hemp might add the perfect culinary finish to your fresh-baked cookies.

14. How should CBD be consumed?

You should consume CBD in whichever way best suits your needs. The fastest-acting and most effective way to use CBD might be to inhale it, but both topical and orally ingested CBD products also have their proper place and time.

Whichever way you decide to use CBD, just remember to prioritize quality over all else. Your health is more important than anything else, and not all CBD products are made equal.

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