There’s a lot of nuances to consider when choosing the best strain of hemp flower. There are many varieties of hemp to choose from, each with its taste, aroma, effects, and health benefits.
There are varying qualities of hemp flower available for purchase. You can find hemp for sale in many places, including smoke shops, gas stations, convenience stores, CBD shops, and online.
There are also many strains of hemp to consider. Each strain will vary in quality depending on who grew it and where it came from. For example, Lifter is a popular and common hemp strain, but the quality of that particular flower depends on how it was grown, where it was grown, and what kind of care was taken to package and store it. So the Lifter you get at a local smoke shop will be different from the Lifter you get online from a hemp farm.
Was the flower grown outdoors? Indoors? In a greenhouse? Were organic farming practices used when growing this flower? Were pesticides used? Did the cultivator deal with any pest issues or weather issues that could cause contaminants or mold? Was the flower dried and cured appropriately? Was it hand-trimmed? Was it stored properly before it landed on the shelf where you bought it?
As you can see, so many variables make a difference in the quality of the end product, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. The care taken in growing, drying, curing, packaging, and storing the flower is equally as important as picking the right strain for your specific uses.
To ensure that you pick the best hemp flower for your needs, you need to get the right CBD strain to maximize the experience. This can be difficult because everyone responds differently when consuming hemp or cannabis. So, how a particular strain affects you might not necessarily be the same as how it affects another person. The best advice is to find a good source of quality hemp flower and try small amounts of several different strains to see what works best for you.
In addition to picking a good strain, you need to determine how to consume it. This hemp flower buyer’s guide will help you choose the best CBD-rich hemp flower to make your experience as enjoyable and easy as possible. At the end of the article, you will find out where to buy the best hemp flower for whatever consumption method suits you.
What is a Hemp Flower?
Hemp flower is the dried flower buds of the cannabis plant (Cannabis sativa L). Hemp has high concentrations of the compound cannabidiol (CBD), which has purported health benefits. However, unlike marijuana, hemp extracts and hemp flowers don’t contain the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in high concentrations (hemp has under 0.3% THC). THC is the compound that gives users the high associated with smoking cannabis.
There are many everyday uses of hemp flowers. For example, you can into food or confections like cookies and gummies. You could also make hemp tea by steeping dried flower in hot water. Also, a popular way to get the benefits of CBD-rich flowers is by smoking or vaporizing it.
Using hemp products for well-being and relaxation is federally legal and approved in most states in the US. Again, the THC concentration in federally legal hemp must be less than 0.3% by dry weight. Reputable herbalists sell CBD products such as hemp flower, oils, tinctures, CBD edibles, and even hemp-based pet products.
How to Find the Best Hemp Flower
If you want to have the best experience with hemp flower, it’s vital to ensure you buy a quality product. Some flower strains may not have the levels of CBD that you are looking for, but just looking for the highest percentage of CBD does not mean the best quality. To experience the full Entourage Effect, you want a product that has CBD and other cannabinoids like CBG, CBDv, CBDa, CBN, or other minor cannabinoids.
You also want to find something that has a wide variety of terpenes. Terpenes are organic compounds found in fruit, cannabis, and other botanicals. There are hundreds of terpenes, each giving their own therapeutic value. In addition, terpenes are responsible for the scent and taste of these compounds. For example, hemp flower with high amounts of Pinene will have a piney, earthy taste and smell, while high amounts of Limonene will produce a very citrusy taste and smell.
To echo what was stated above, finding a reputable source is crucial. If you want to have the best experience, you should ensure that you get the product from a reputable source and that the company is known to have quality products and gets positive reviews.
Here are a few ways to ensure that the hemp flowers you buy deliver the ultimate experience.
Third-party lab testing
First, a reputable CBD hemp flower seller will provide third-party lab reports. The Certificate of Analysis (COA) should contain information about potency, the presence of solvents or pesticides, and moisture content. It should also contain information about cannabinoid and terpene content. Lab reports will help you understand exactly what is in the product you are buying.
CBD flower source
Another consideration before buying hemp flower buds is the source. To ensure a clean product, look for CBD hemp products produced using organic farming methods. Also, buying CBD products from the US is essential. Find a brand that sells or produces high-quality products as you are far more likely to get what you pay for.
The third way to ensure you are getting a quality hemp product for smoking is to check out reviews. User reviews will help you decide if the product delivers what the seller claims. Don’t just check out reviews on a product; check Google for reviews on the company as well. Chances are, if you see many other consumers having a positive experience with the brand, they are selling high-quality products.
How to Choose Hemp Flower
CBD-rich hemp flowers have many uses. For example, if you are a first-time user or prefer something that is quick and convenient while on the go, you may decide to buy prerolls. If you are experienced with smoking cannabis or hemp to focus, relax, or improve your mood—then you might just buy the flower and roll your own or use a pipe, bong, or vaporizer.
Here are three factors to help decide on the right hemp flowers to buy:
- Potency: Look for the CBD content percentage to ensure you get the desired results. CBD percentage is typically between 12 and 20 percent. If you are unsure about the potency and quality, you can ask to see third-party lab reports. Also, check the potency of other cannabinoids and terpenes.
- Flavor: When you start smoking hemp flower, you soon discover there are a wide array of flavors and strains to choose from. Some like Bubba Kush have an extremely pungent, intense earthy flavor with fuel notes. Strains like Strawberry Gelato will have a taste and smell with fruity notes.
- Effect: The levels of cannabinoids in different hemp flowers have various effects on the users. Some strains have an energetic effect that makes you more alert, focused, and energized; the others are better for relaxing or winding down after a long day.
How to Smoke Hemp Flower
There are several ways to smoke CBD hemp flower—prerolls, in a pipe or bong, vaping, or rolling your own. Depending on how you plan to smoke hemp flower can determine which type to buy.
Let’s look in more detail at how to smoke hemp.
Buy hemp prerolls for easy smoking.
The easiest way to smoke hemp flower is by using a pre-rolled joint. Prerolls are quick and convenient. They come in specific strains or in blends of hemp flower to deliver the experience you need. With no finicky rolling to bother about, you can enjoy the hemp experience on the go. Also, preroll packs contain several rolled joints so that you have nothing to worry about.
Smoke hemp flower using a pipe or beaker
A popular way to benefit from hemp flower is by smoking it using pipe or bong. Many hemp smokers say that smoking in this way results in a smoother, more incredible, and less harsh taste than a joint. Smoking in a hemp pipe is also a cheaper way to enjoy CBD products.
Roll your own hemp flower joint
You can always save money by buying hemp flower in bulk and rolling it yourself and rolling your own joint. This way, you can use the exact amount of legal cannabis you want to smoke. Also, you can experiment with various hemp combinations for the ultimate smoking experience.
Vaporize hemp flower in a dry herb vaporizer
Some say that a dry hemp vaporizer is the healthiest way to “smoke” CBD flowers. If you plan on inhaling hemp or cannabis for medicinal effects, this is what a doctor would suggest reducing health risks. The vaporizer heats the dried buds enough to release the cannabinoids without burning the flowers. This type of hemp “smoking” typically results in a milder taste without burning your throat and produces far less carcinogens from igniting the flower.
Mix hemp flower with your favorite dispensary strain
This applies to states that have legal medical cannabis or recreational adult-use market. People come to our store all the time and tell us they have smoked cannabis for years but have started getting anxious as they got older from smoking. As responsibilities mount, it is easy to be overwhelmed with anxiety when smoking highly potent THC dominant cannabis. Since CBD is known to counter the effects of THC, mixing hemp flower with high THC cannabis will produce a more mellow high with a more medicinal effect. Since hemp is considerably cheaper than legal cannabis, it will also save you a bunch of money!
What to Expect from Smoking Hemp
Because CBD hemp doesn’t contain significant levels of THC, you won’t get high from it. However, some people experience immediate effects where they feel energized or more focused. For others, the relaxing and calming effect of smoking hemp comes a bit later. It is a very individual thing, and every strain will provide you with different effects and feel.
When using hemp smoke for the first time, it’s best to start slowly, taking small puffs and waiting for a few minutes to gauge effects. In time, you will be able to determine the correct dosage for the effect you desire. However, most hemp users say that having a routine of smoking CBD flowers is the best way to enjoy its benefits.
Where to Buy the Best Hemp Flower
At East Coast Herbalist, we specialize in high-quality dried hemp flowers for smoking. We source flower from farms producing high-quality strains in Oregon, California, Colorado, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Our range of smokables includes organic hemp flowers, packs of prerolls, hemp beakers, and travel water pipes.