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What are CBD-Rich Flowers, Buds & Joints?

Dave Kriegel
September 13, 2019

CBD flower was the original source of cannabidiol. Hemp plants are typically rich in CBD, in addition to other cannabinoids and terpenes. They also contain some THC, but not enough to actually get you high, and typically within the legal limitations of 0.3% THC. Although hemp can look exactly like marijuana, you can actually purchase high CBD strains online.

Hemp buds can be vaporized, smoked or even used to make CBD edibles. In the case of vaping CBD (and smoking), it has a higher bioavailability than other methods of consumption, making it one of the most effective ways to experience the benefits and effects of CBD. In this guide, we will take a look at CBD buds, joints and the various ways to enjoy them.

What are CBD flowers?

CBD flower refers to the buds of hemp plants. Hemp generally can contain varying levels of CBD with some strains reaching 25% cannabidiol, in addition to a full spectrum of other cannabinoids. It is virtually indistinguishable from marijuana—the main difference is that hemp has lower amounts of THC. The 2014 Farm Bill has legalized the cultivation of hemp in the USA, and it is now sold in every state—although some states may require a prescription to obtain CBD-based products. Today, many hemp products are sold online and in select stores

grumpy gorilla cbd bud

Grumpy Gorilla

Feel alert but super relaxed. Grumpy Gorilla is a balanced hydroponic hybrid strain with gorgeous, muscular CBD flowers ranging in size from medium to large. The advertised notes of sour apple, gas, and pine deliver as promised, plus the CBD levels are in the 21% range with a total of 24.7% total cannabinoids. Our fav!

Hemp bud is available in sativa, indica and hybrid variations. You’ll notice many of them even have the same names as the more popular marijuana strains. Each one has its own unique terpene and cannabinoid profile, which can produce slightly different effects. For example, sativa strains can be invigorating, whereas indica strains can induce sleepiness.

Can you smoke hemp?

Technically, yes. Hemp bud can be smoked in the same manner as weed. It’s available in pre-rolled joints typically containing about a gram of CBD-rich hemp. But hemp flowers can also be vaporized by utilizing a portable or desktop dry herb vaporizer, which is equally effective as smoking, but less harsh on your throat and lungs. There are even dry herb tanks and dry herb pens that are suitable for both hemp and marijuana. Be sure to check out our complete guide to getting the most out of vaping your dry herbs.

These are some of the most popular ways to use CBD hemp:

  • Vaporizing
  • Smoking
  • Edibles
  • Making tea

Supreme OG

Deep relaxation with body relief and the typical Indica couch-locking effects. This OG has a spot-on wintergreen taste with some grass and funk notes. Nice coverage of trichomes lay on money-green colored buds. Only 13% total CBD, but the entourage effect is strong. A full-bodied experience of flavor and effects.

Pros and cons of CBD hemp

Hemp is a natural source of CBD. If you enjoy smoking or vaping cannabis, you will enjoy experimenting with different hemp strains. They come in hybrid, indica and sativa varieties, and have that classic weed smell and taste. CBD flower can also be used to make edibles like brownies, using the same recipes you would with regular weed.

The disadvantages of CBD hemp is that it isn’t as convenient as vaping a CBD vape cartridge or using CBD vape juice. It also smells and looks exactly like weed, which might be an issue for some people. Pre-rolled CBD hemp joints require smoking, which is much less safer than vaping. Vaporizing hemp, or making your own edibles and tinctures is a lot safer.

  • Natural source of full spectrum CBD
  • Can be smoked or vaporized
  • Suitable for making edibles
  • Comes in various indica/sativa/hybrid strains
  • Currently sold in all 50 states
  • Classic cannabis smell and taste
  • Does not get you high
  • Looks and smells like marijuana
  • Less convenient than CBD oil
  • Requires a device to vaporize

The CBD hemp flower industry is just kicking off. Due to the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, we can look forward to seeing a growing market of some dank CBD nugs. Until cannabis becomes fully legal everywhere, it’s nice to at least have access to cannabidiol-rich hemp buds. Hemp dispensaries and bars are popping up across the country, and you’ll probably start seeing CBD flower sold at your local vape and smoke shops.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Dave has always had a passion for helping people quit smoking. As a former smoker himself, he knew how hard it could be. As soon as he learned about vaping, he instantly became obsessed with it and helped many people stop smoking. Vaping360 has given Dave a platform to do this on a much larger scale, by educating the public about the wonders of vaping. When Dave is not writing he is either listening to music, performing it, or cruising around on his Penny board.


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Pat Sweeney

What edibles can be made with the cvs flower 20% and how much do I use?

Yolanda Savage
Yolanda Savage

Can you test positive on a drug test, smoking CBD flower?

Jeremy Mann
Jeremy Mann

Hi Yolanda, Unfortunately, it is possible to fail a drug test with CBD flower. The thing with high CBD strains is that they contain a super small percentage of THC, legally 0.3% or lower, but the accumulation of frequent use may trigger a positive—or depending on how sensitive the test is. And then there are cases of some strains being “hot,” or slightly over the legal limit. So while it’s not a given that you WILL fail a drug test, you COULD. The CBD products which should not lead to a failed drug test are CBD isolates. Hope this helps.… Read more »

Paul Sullivan
Paul Sullivan

Is there anyway to distinguish a ‘hot’ CBD batch from a .3% batch. At 70+ years old I need all the help I can get.

Jeremy Mann
Jeremy Mann

Hi Paul. The only way you can be mostly sure is to look at the certificate of analysis (COA). Lab reports aren’t as easy to read as the Sunday comics, but the best brands for high CBD strains include that info on their product page. You can look at the lab reports just to verify. But notice, I said you can be “mostly sure.” There are a lack of standards with regard to testing in the CBD industry. Not to say lab reports should be taken with a grain of salt, but it’s not as definitive as it could be.… Read more »

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