We’re going back to basics. CBD comes in just about every form you can name, but it all comes from a single source: CBD flower from the hemp plant. It may not come in bright colours, or trendy flavors, but we think there’s a lot of good reasons to pick this flower. Let’s explore together.
When we say CBD flower, we mean hemp flower. Hemp comes from the cannabis family, and refers to plants that contain less than 0.3% THC (the compound that people reach for when they’re looking for a “high”).
Like the cannabis plant, the hemp plant is made up of tall leafy stalks and dense flowers or “buds.” These raw flowers can be enjoyed as-is, or refined to make the CBD products you see on the market.
Points for versatility! Whole, raw CBD flowers can be consumed or crafted in a variety of ways. Each has its own unique claim to fame— it just depends on what you’re looking for!
CBD flower is ground, then packed into a pre-roll or other smoking accessories such as a pipe.
CBD flower is finely ground, then packed into the oven of a flower-compatible vaporizer.
CBD flower is toasted, then submerged into your oil of choice and slowly heated over several hours. This infused oil can then be ingested or applied topically.
It all depends on what you’re looking for! There’s no right or wrong way to explore CBD; one woman’s deal breaker is another’s selling feature. Here’s what sets CBD flower apart:
It works faster
Compared to ingested or topical products, smoked or vaped CBD flower delivers CBD to the bloodstream more quickly. Depending on your reasons for exploring CBD, the speed of onset could be important to you.
Its unique smell and taste
Compared to products that contain CBD isolate, CBD flower offers a more holistic aroma. When you smoke CBD flower, you can experience all of the plant’s complex, naturally-occurring terpenes (the compounds that give it its unique taste and smell).
It’s about feeling calm, not getting high
Unlike THC-dense cannabis, CBD flower (AKA hemp), doesn’t cause any intoxication or “high” when consumed. Instead, it offers a lucid sensation of calm and well-being, and may help you achieve a feeling of balance.
First things first: Make sure your hair is pulled back from your face. Singed bangs is not the look we’re going for.
Place the pre-roll’s filter in your mouth and begin gently inhaling. Ignite your lighter, and hold the flame so it’s touching the very tip of the pre-roll. This will ensure an even burn as you go.
If you’re struggling with the hand eye coordination, or you’re somewhere with windy conditions, there’s no shame in asking a friend to help light while you pull.
Once lit, inhale (or pull) slowly and steadily on the pre-roll. There’s no need to do this for longer than feels comfortable, or to hold the smoke in your lungs. Just take a full, deep breath and then let it go (which is a good habit to get into, pre-roll or no pre-roll).
After taking one or two pulls, wait a few minutes to check in with yourself before smoking more. Again, CBD is non-intoxicating, but it’s always a good call to start low and go slow.