How To Consume CBD Flower—Smoke vs. Vape vs. Edibles (Guide)

If you’re having trouble figuring out what to do with CBD flower, you’ve come to the right place. Finding out how to use 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, and then we’ll jump into a detailed explanation of the best ways to use the lab-tested, indoor-grown CBD flower strains Secret Nature offers. How do you consume CBD flower? Get all the answers you’ll ever need in this comprehensive guide.

What is CBD flower?

CBD flower is Cannabis sativa flower that 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 sativa can, in fact, be bred to be dominant in any of the eight major cannabinoids, which include cannabigerol (CBG), cannabinol (CBN), and cannabichromene (CBC). The only reason that CBD-dominant hemp flower is more common than CBN-dominant or CBG-dominant flower at the moment is that CBD became popular before any of the other non-intoxicating cannabinoids.

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 upwards of 25% CBD, which means that they rival the pinnacle of top-shelf THC-rich Cannabis sativa flower in terms of pure cannabinoid potency.

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 strains are harvested and dried, and then they are kept in air-tight containers to decarboxylate or “cure.”

At this point, CBD flower is now 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?

CBD flower benefits

There are lots of reasons that people choose to use CBD flower instead of other CBD product options. Here are a few of the top benefits of using CBD flower regardless of the consumption method that you choose:

The entourage effect

According to scientific research, the various cannabinoids present in hemp flower become more effective when they are kept together. Via a phenomenon called the entourage effect, it appears that CBD and the other 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, but CBD-rich hemp flower keeps the entire medley of cannabinoids that Cannabis sativa expresses intact.

Indica, sativa, and hybrid options

When you use CBD flower, you can fine-tune your experience by choosing indica, sativa, or hybrid strains. It appears that 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.

Multiple ingestion methods

The sky’s the limit when it comes to methods you can use to ingest CBD flower. While smoking hemp flower is the most popular ingestion method, you can let your creativity run wild when you use CBD flower instead of another type of CBD product.

How to use CBD flower

Now that you have some basic background on what CBD flower is and the benefits it provides, it’s time to dive into the top three most popular hemp flower ingestion methods:

Smoking CBD flower

Smoking CBD is one of the most popular ways to use hemp flower. In this section, we’ll answer some of the most common questions regarding smoking CBD flower and help you on your way as you discover the benefits of smoking CBD flower for yourself.

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.

The CBD buds that Secret Nature produces are practically dying to be smoked. They’re grown indoors with organic processes, they’re abundant in terpenes, and they’ve been dried and cured to perfection.

CBD buds that were grown outdoors, however, might not taste as good, and outdoor bud usually has lower cannabinoid concentrations. For the best smoking experience, choose top-shelf quality with Secret Nature indoor-grown hemp nugs.

Smoking CBD flower benefits

There are tons of different benefits of smoking hemp flower, which helps explain why this CBD product category has become so popular over the last few years. These benefits can only be unlocked to their full potential, however, when you use high-quality CBD flower like the organic, lab-tested strains we offer at secretnaturecbd.com.

One of the most impressive benefits of CBD flower is the rapid onset of effects that pulmonary CBD ingestion provides. “Pulmonary ingestion” is just a fancy term for inhalation, and 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 to three minutes.

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. If you’re looking for quick, potent relief, there’s no better ingestion method than inhaling CBD.


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 throughout the course of a given day.

Vaping CBD flower

We can understand if you don’t want to put smoke in your lungs. Even though Secret Nature hemp nugs are grown with organic processes and they don’t contain any harmful contaminants, smoke is smoke, and inhaling smoke of any kind can be harmful to your health.

Since vapor absorbs into your lungs better than smoke, vaping hemp flower may be more effective than smoking it, and vaping also preserves the terpenes and flavonoids that provide CBD flower with its unique flavors. To vape Secret Nature hemp flower, you can pack a bowl in a dry herb vaporizer and bring it with you on the go, or you can invest in a more advanced tabletop vape that provides thicker clouds of hemp flower vapor when you’re ready to relax at home.

Eating CBD flower

Can you eat CBD flower? Yes, but only under certain circumstances. We certainly don’t recommend that you eat CBD flower right off the stalk, and 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, so eating raw CBD flower won’t provide the effects you desire.

So, can you eat CBD hemp flower? Yes, but only when it’s been cooked or otherwise heated to the extent that the cannabinoids it contains have been properly activated.

The most effective way to eat CBD flower is to cook your hemp buds into oil, butter, or a similar substance that you can then use when making food. To avoid burning your buds, simmer your concoction on low heat, and keep a strainer on hand to remove the cooked plant matter after your hemp nugs have been cooked to perfection.

There are tons of different ways to cook CBD hemp flower—We suggest that you check out this excellent guide from Project CBD to get started.

How to consume CBD flower FAQ

Let’s wrap things up with some answers to common questions regarding CBD flower and how to use it. Plus, learn which Secret Nature CBD flower strains are best for the various ingestion methods we’ve covered in this guide.

What can I do with CBD flower aside from the options you’ve listed?

If you’re feeling adventurous, you could try making your own CBD topicals with Secret Nature CBD flower. Check out this informative Project CBD guide to learn more.

How does smoking CBD flower make you feel?

Inhaled CBD flower usually offers more potent effects than CBD you ingest orally or apply topically, but like other types of CBD products, CBD flower usually provides a relaxing, calming sensation.

Can you get high off CBD?

Unlike THC, CBD is non-intoxicating, which means it does not make you feel high.

What is the best CBD flower to smoke?

When you smoke CBD flower, you should be provided with a nostalgic, full-bodied experience. Here’s the strain that we think represents Secret Nature the best while offering the pinnacle of what every CBD smoker is looking for:

Secret OG CBD Flower

With almost 20% total cannabinoids, our “house strain” certainly doesn’t disappoint in terms of potency, and experienced cannabis smokers will find that Secret OG tastes and hits exactly like OG Kush without getting you high.

What is the best CBD flower to vape?

Since vaping CBD flower brings out the flavors of the terpenes in hemp to the greatest extent, it’s best to choose a truly tasty strain when you’ve decided to use a dry herb vape pen or a tabletop vaporizer instead of smoking CBD flower. Here’s the strain that we think fits the bill the best:

Sour Space Candy CBD Flower

This strain packs more than 22% total cannabinoids, and it has delicious, candy-like flavors that are expressed best when you vape Secret Nature Sour Space Candy.

What is the best CBD flower to eat?

If you’re planning to make something sweet and delicious with your Secret Nature CBD flower, you can’t do better than this delicious, doughy strain:

Dough Boy CBD Flower

With terpenes that smell and taste just like dough and cream and nearly 22% total cannabinoids, there’s no better Secret Nature strain to cook into brownies or cookies than Dough Boy.

Find out the best way to use CBD flower with Secret Nature

The best way to learn about any topic is to explore it for yourself. Try one of the strains we’ve linked above to experience the Secret Nature difference and find out just how beneficial CBD flower can be.

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