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There are many benefits to smoking CBD flower, so it’s no surprise that smoking hemp buds has become very popular among CBD users.

If you’re curious about smoking CBD, but have concerns that are holding you back, then stick with us as we’ll walk you through your first CBD smoking experience, so you know what to expect from it.

  • How Does it Feel to Smoke CBD Flower?
  • How Does CBD Flower Taste?
  • What Happens if You Smoke Too Much Hemp?
  • How long does CBD stay in your system?
  • Does CBD Make You Hungry?
  • Choosing the Right CBD Strain

Why Smoke Hemp Flower?

Maybe you already take CBD in another form and want to try smoking it, or used to smoke cannabis, but no longer enjoy the high feeling associated with it.

Whatever your reason for trying it, you probably have similar questions about CBD flower effects, such as, does hemp flower make you high? and what does hemp flower taste like?

We’re going to answer some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive here at Green Unicorn Farms, to help you understand what to expect from your first smokable hemp experience.

Smoking CBD Flower – FAQ’s

So, here are the top five questions that we’re asked about smoking hemp, answered, once and for all. For a bit more context about CBD usage and statistics view our infographic about CBD use here.

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1. How Does it Feel to Smoke CBD Flower?

This is the most common question we receive by far and, like with all CBD products, it can affect you in different ways depending on how much you take and how long you’ve been taking it for.

Many people are worried that because CBD flower comes from the hemp plant, a member of the cannabis family, that it will get you high.

So does CBD get you high?

Short answer, No CBD does not get you high. Let us assure you that CBD does not get you high or impair your thinking, judgement, or motor actions in any way at all.

In fact, many professional athletes turn to CBD for a variety of reasons and they would never do that it their motor skills or mental clarity were affected.

The feeling of euphoria that comes from smoking medicinal or recreational cannabis, is caused by the presence of THC in the flower.

THC is one of over 100 cannabinoids that can be found in the cannabis plant and is pretty much the only one that will make you feel high, as it is a psychoactive compound that has an intoxicating effect.

In recent years we have seen more psychoactive cannabinoids and variations of THC come onto the market. These include Delta 8 THC, THC-O and THC-P.

All this being said, there are still people who get a high-link sensation from smoking CBD and they wonder, “why does CBD make me feel high?”. The answer can be found in the terpenes. Terpenes are naturally occurring compounds that have great effect on the human body. When the terpenes and cannabinoids come together, they produce an effect called the Entourage Effect which can make you feel a similar sensation to being high.

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CBD flower buds, on the other hand, is more commonly harvested from the hemp plant, which by the very definition of it, has 0.3% or less THC content.

It is possible to buy CBD dominant flower that has slightly higher levels of THC in it, so if you’re worried about getting high then make sure the CBD flower you buy is sourced from hemp.

Legal CBD flower cannot contain more than .3% THC in order to be classified as hemp and .3% is far too low to have intoxicating effects.


CBD Flower Effects

However, many CBD smokers do feel something when they smoke it, especially when smoking CBD flower for the first time. But CBD hemp flower effects are highly subjective, depending on the user and the time of consumption the feeling can vary quite a lot.

If you asked, can CBD flower give you a buzz?, for example, then the answer is yes as it can for some people, but usually only the first one or two times of smoking it.

This ‘buzz’, however, is more similar to the buzz you’ll feel after exercising. You don’t feel any less like yourself, just an overall sense of wellbeing.

Similarly, if you asked, “Does CBD flower give you a body high?”, the answer could be yes, depending on your interpretation of the word.

Many users feel a huge sense of relief when smoking CBD. Again, the feeling is not overwhelming, nor is it impairing, but the body feel of smoking CBD is tangible enough for users to sometimes describe it as a body high.

Users also report feeling calmer, more focused, experience a better mind-body connection. Certain strains may also help you feel more motivated and energized, while other strains, and large amounts of CBD can make you feel more chilled and possibly even sleepy.

More on strains and how effects can vary a little later in the article…

The longer you smoke CBD, the less you’ll notice effects such as these as your brain and body get more used to it. You’ll still benefit from the CBD, but the immediate effects you feel may become more understated. You might argue that, as the effects become less noticeable the better balanced your endocannabinoid system is and even if you don’t feel those initial effects, the CBD still works wonders in your body.

You can also think of the benefits of CBD as a removal process. Instead of adding good sensations, it may remove bad ones. Or like drinking water where one glass isn’t going to change your life but dehydration can cause serious damage to your body and organs.

You may also want to read about how Delta-8 THC makes you feel. It offers a completely different and more cannabis like experience.

*NOTE: smoking CBD flower is not meant to cure or treat any physical or mental medical condition and it does not act as a “fix-all” like some media outlets and brands make it out to be. Experiment with CBD and take charge of your own wellness.

What about Delta-8 THC?

Delta-8 THC is a hemp derived alternative to Delta-9 THC (the psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis). It actually creates quite a serious high that is similar but less potent than Delta-9 THC.

If you want a federally legal version of cannabis, Delta-8 THC is the best option you have at the moment.

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2. What does hemp flower taste like?

So, now you know what smoking CBD flower feels like, but what does hemp flower taste like?

If you’ve ever smoked cannabis before, then this is answered very easily as a premium quality hemp flower will taste very similar to how you remember cannabis tasting (great!).

The difference in flavor between hemp and cannabis mainly comes from the fact that cannabis has far more genetics and experienced growers. Cannabis connoisseurs will likely feel a difference in flavor between CBD and THC flower but most smokers will not.

For those that haven’t smoked marijuana in the past, it’s a little bit more difficult to describe, but we’re sure you’ll enjoy it.

Taste the Terpenes

The aromas and flavors of hemp don’t come from the cannabinoids within it, but rather the terpenes it contains. Terpenes are found in all plants, herbs, and flowers, and as the essential oils of nature, have long been known and used for their unique therapeutic benefits.

Carefully cultivated hemp is hugely flavorful and therefore very enjoyable to smoke.

There are over 200 terpenes that have been discovered in hemp alone, although some of them are found in much greater quantities than others and each strain has a unique terpene profile that offers slightly different dominant tastes and smells.

For example, hemp can have a piney taste due to the presence of pinene, commonly found in pine trees. It can also have a citrus-y taste due to the presence of limonene, commonly found in citrus fruits.

It’s worth noting that smoking CBG flower offers a very different flavor, effect and overall experience than smoking CBD flower. It’s a much earthier and creamier flavor and aroma and a more subtle effect. Some people swear by it while others strongly prefer CBD.

Read our terpene guide here for more information

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3. What Happens if You Smoke Too Much Hemp?

If you smoke too much hemp, then the effects that you would normally feel, will be amplified, possibly to a point where the relaxation becomes sedation and then eventually sleep.

So, if you’re wondering, does smoking hemp flowers make you sleepy?, then the answer is yes, but only if you smoke too much.

People often turn to CBD to help them sleep, but not because it makes you feel sleepy, but because it helps to calm and relax you, stops your mind from racing, which allows you to get to sleep more easily, and then stay asleep for longer.

Still Very Difficult to Get High

Most people need at least 10mg of THC to feel any sort of high so you would need to smoke much more than three grams of CBD flower in order to feel any kind of high at all.

Some of the THC is burned off in the combustion process of smoking, so it’s estimated that you’d need closer to five or six grams of hemp flower to make you feel any sort of high.

CBD Has a Favorable Safety Profile

There is no identified lethal dose of CBD as no-one has ever died from taking it. Time and time again, studies have proven that CBD has a favorable safety profile with only a few, mild side effects felt by some.

However, you should always proceed with caution when inhaling a substance. Speak with your medical professional if you are feeling unsure.

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4. How long does CBD stay in your system?

How long CBD stays in your system cannot be answered with a specific number of days. Depending on how much and how frequently you consume CBD, the substance may stay in your system for 2-5 days.

If you smoke the CBD in a vape cartridge, dry herb vaporizer or as smokable CBD flower, the CBD will stay in your system for a shorter time than if you eat it or drop it. That is because smokable CBD metabolizes faster since it doesn’t pass through your digestive system,

If you use CBD on a daily basis your body will “store” the substance in your fat cells where every new dose adds to the time that the CBD is stored in your tissue.

Can you smoke cbd oil? You cannot smoke CBD oil that comes as a regular tincture. You need to buy a CBD specific vape cartridge or disposable vape pen that is made specifically for vaping.

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5. Does CBD Make You Hungry?

No, CBD doesn’t make you feel hungry.

Yet again, it’s mistakenly put in the same box as THC, as THC is notoriously well-known for giving some people the munchies.

In fact, pharmaceutical companies have been synthesizing THC for years to help people suffering from anorexia-nervosa, HIV-associated wasting syndrome, and cancer-associated cachexia, to increase their appetite and there are numerous studies that show the many different ways in which it does this.

THC Makes You Hungry, Not CBD

For starters, THC increases your body’s production of the “hunger” hormone, ghrelin.

Usually, your body would produce more ghrelin when your stomach is empty to generate the sensation of feeling hungry, but THC increases the levels of ghrelin in your body, regardless.

Also, because THC can boost your body’s dopamine levels, enhancing all of your feelings of pleasure, eating can be much more enjoyable when you’re high.

CBD, on the other hand, has been shown to decrease appetite and food intake in animal studies. Although, there is some conflicting evidence that arose from a human study, which found that CBD increased hunger in 6.35% of the participants.

Choosing the Right CBD Strain

Due to the subtle differences found in the terpene profiles of each CBD flower strain, some are better for smoking in the daytime and some are more suitable for nighttime.

Best CBD for Daytime

Right now, our top selling daytime strain is Hawaiian Haze.

It’s an absolute pleasure to smoke, with it’s tropical and sweet floral flavors pulling through and the terpenes that lend this strain its aromatics are great for calming, yet uplifting and energizing you.

With 13.7% CBD, the CBD content is lower than many other strains we have, but a lower CBD content also helps boost energy levels, which is great for when you need to be out and about and interacting with the world.

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Best CBD for Nighttime

For nighttime use, we recommend trying our Bubba Kush strain, which is available in packs of pre-rolls and joint, or larger packs of flower for you to roll your own.

Bubba Kush is a delicious chocolate-y tasting strain with hints of pine and citrus. It will help to relax you in both mind and body, relieving tensions and melting away the stresses of the day.

It has a CBD content of 16.4%, but with 19.4% total cannabinoids, it has a lot more going on behind the scenes (including CBG and CBCa). Thanks to the entourage effect, the high cannabinoid content will contribute even stronger effects than the CBD percentage suggests.

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Enjoy Smokable Hemp

The main takeaway from this article is that smoking CBD doesn’t make you high or hungry! Most people find that smoking CBD flower is a hugely enjoyable and flavorful experience and the vast majority of our customers place more than one repeat order.

However, everyone’s experience is slightly different, and you wont know if it’s right for you until you try it. If you’re still worried about trying something different, then we recommend that you have a clear and free day ahead of you, so if you want to take a lie-down at any point, you can!

If you’d like to learn more about smoking hemp, then check out some of the other articles in our blog. We have a range of topics to help you get started in the smokable hemp world including different ways in which you can consume your CBD flower, how to roll a joint, an introduction to hemp’s primary terpenes, as well as further information regarding the legality of hemp.

Now that you know a bit more about smoking CBD flower, do you think you’ll be giving it a try?

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About Hayley Hayes

Hayley is passionate about all things hemp and has been a strong advocate for CBD for over a decade. As a former marijuana farmer and smoker, she knows a thing or two about cannabis and is constantly on the lookout for new research from around the world regarding her favorite plants.