At Exhale Wellness our top priority (besides you) is finding only the best hemp crops in the world for our top-tier CBD flower. Experience soothing mental clarity and full-bodied relaxation as you inhale some of the tastiest strains available. From Northern Lights to Zkittles and everything in between, Exhale’s CBD flower is simply the best there is.
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CBD flower may feel like something that’s relatively “new,” but humans have enjoyed smoking hemp plants for 12,000 years. In that time, we’ve only gotten better at growing hemp and extracting the nourishing compounds within it. But some still have questions about what CBD flower is. Fortunately, Exhale is here to answer those questions!
What Is CBD Flower?
CBD flower comes from the hemp plant, a member of the cannabis family. Cannabis plants are classified as either hemp or marijuana based on their Delta 9 THC content. Delta 9 (D9) is the psychoactive compound in cannabis that gets you “high.”
Cannabis plants with high levels of D9 are classified as marijuana, while those with low levels are classified as hemp. We source all of our CBD from hemp plants. CBD flower is full spectrum, meaning it contains all of the compounds naturally found in cannabis. This includes a very small amount of D9 — not enough to feel high, but just enough to manifest the full synergistic effects of hemp.
Our farmers in Oregon and Colorado use greenhouse and light deprivation technologies to produce the highest quality hemp flower. They select only the best buds and hand-trim them to perfection. CBD flower can be smoked or used to make other CBD products like topicals, tinctures, edibles, vape juices, and concentrates.
How Does CBD Flower Work?
CBD (cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid. A cannabinoid is a compound derived from hemp cannabis plants like CBD or Delta 8 THC. These compounds support a network in our bodies called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is responsible for regulating many neural and physiological processes. All mammals have an ECS, and our bodies produce endocannabinoids of their own.
The cannabinoids found in CBD flower are structurally similar to our natural endocannabinoids. As a result, CBD is able to give the ECS a helping hand, promoting mind-body homeostasis.
What Are the Benefits & Effects of CBD Flower?
The endocannabinoid system regulates many essential bodily functions, including:
CBD supports the ECS, aiding these processes. It promotes relaxation, a positive mindset, better sleep, and relief from physical and mental distress.
There are many ways to enjoy the benefits of CBD — oil, edibles, vapes, concentrates. Each method is a little different. Here are a few ways smoking CBD flower is unique:
- Fast-Acting: Smoking hemp flower is the fastest way to feel CBD’s beneficial effects. When you inhale CBD, it will cross the blood-brain barrier in a matter of seconds, as opposed to a few minutes with a tincture or up to an hour with edibles and capsules.
- Entourage Effect: The term “entourage effect” refers to the synergistic effects of full spectrum hemp products. CBD flower includes all the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids (the “full spectrum”) found in cannabis plants. When you take all of these compounds together, the effects are truly greater than the sum of their parts.
- Social Experience: For many people, smoking is a social activity. Why not pass around a CBD joint at your next party? You could even gather your friends around a hookah or bong for a communal smoking experience.
- Cost-Effective: Since flower is the simplest form of CBD, it is typically the most cost-effective. Other CBD products require additional processing after the crop cycle is complete, but the flower is ready for sale as soon as it’s picked and pruned. Less processing time means less expense.
How Does CBD Flower Grow?
Cannabis is a dioecious species, meaning individual plants are either male or female. Flowers form on the female plants once they pass the vegetative state, around 5-10 weeks old. These flowers contain the CBD and other compounds we love, but what exactly is inside?
Researchers estimate there are more than 400 compounds in cannabis plants. These elements are categorized as cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. These are the three core compounds in hemp plants, and they are densely concentrated in the flowers. This makes hemp flower the most abundant source of these compounds.
The most well-known cannabinoids are CBD and THC, but research has uncovered more than 120 different cannabinoids. Each has unique qualities and may help to amplify the synergistic effects of hemp flower.
Terpenes are responsible for the way hemp tastes and smells. These aromatic compounds can be found throughout the plant world, from pine trees and lavender to citrus peels and, of course, cannabis flower. Different hemp strains contain different kinds of terpenes. There are countless aromas and flavors to experience.
Flavonoids lend color to flowers, be they hemp, marijuana, or tulips. As you explore hemp flower strains, you’ll find vibrant green, purple, orange, and even golden tints, all thanks to flavonoids. Research has shown that flavonoids have antimicrobial properties to protect the plant from bacteria and fungi.
How Is CBD Flower Processed?
Once hemp flowers reach maturity, they must be harvested and processed for retail. Growers “cure” the flower through a gradual drying process, after which the buds are trimmed. Trimming away the excess leaves serves several purposes:
- Visual Appeal: Most people find that neatly trimmed hemp buds have greater aesthetic appeal
- Easier to Smoke: The small leaves that sprout from the flower buds produce harsher smoke. Trimming these leaves makes the hemp flower easier on the lungs.
- Flowers are More Potent: Flowers have a higher concentration of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids than any other part of the hemp plant.
What’s the Difference Between CBD Flower & Delta 8 Flower?
CBD and Delta 8 both come from hemp plants, but their effects are quite different. Delta 8 THC (D8) has a similar molecular structure to Delta 9, but they offer different effects. While D9 induces a groggy “high,” D8 is more mellow, encouraging an uplifting, euphoric experience.
Delta 8 is also a cannabinoid, but it only exists in very small amounts, usually less than 1% in the hemp plant. So we use a process called isomerization to convert CBD isolate to Delta 8 distillate. That distillate is then sprayed on the CBD flower. So, Delta 8 flower is simply CBD buds coated in D8.
What Are the Best CBD Flower Strains?
At Exhale Wellness, we source our CBD from the highest quality hemp plants bursting with cannabidiol. With so many premium hemp strains to choose from, how can you find the best one for you? Ultimately, the “best” strain is a matter of personal preference. To get you started, here are some of our best-selling CBD flower strains:
Discover the otherworldly flavors of Skywalker OG! This Indica-dominant Hybrid features fruity notes and a citrusy tang, paired with undertones of pine and spice. The rich terpene profile complements the strain’s high CBD content, delivering maximum flavors and effects.
If you want to experience this strain for yourself, but don’t want the side effects of marijuana, never fear. You have a new hope in CBD! When tension takes over, and your thoughts drift to the dark side, take a hit of Skywalker OG and restore balance to your world.
Picture this: you’re lying on your back, gazing into the night sky. Above you, something breaks through the pitch black. Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights, fills your field of vision with awe-inspiring green, purple, and orange beams. Tranquility washes over you, and your mind opens to embrace the wonders of the universe.
We can’t take you to the Arctic, but we can deliver the same sense of peace and inspiration with one of our most potent strains, Northern Lights. This deeply relaxing Indica calms your body and centers your mind. The buds have a bold green hue and bright orange hairs (pistils), evoking the brilliant colors of its namesake.
Sour Space Candy
Wondering how this strain got its name? The “sour candy” part refers to the flavor of these buds, which many liken to candy apples – sweet and tart. Where does the “space” part come from? It’s because this strain will send your worries up, up, and away!
Sour Space Candy is a Sativa-dominant Hybrid. The light, uplifting effects make it the perfect choice for daytime smoking. It’s also one of the most visually-appealing strains out there. Feast your eyes on its dense, sticky buds, and marvel at the blend of lime green, tangerine orange, and deep purple hues.
You’ll be as happy as a kid in a candy store when you smoke this sweet and fruity strain. At the end of a long, hard day, nothing relaxes you more than some Zkittles in your pipe. Inhale and taste the explosion of tropical flavors so that you can release all of your worries.
A Hybrid strain that leans toward the Indica side, Zkittles offers a deep sense of calm. Feel your mind and body relax more and more with each hit you take. This is an especially good strain to smoke before bedtime for an extra-restful night of sleep.
Other Popular CBD Strains
When people smoke CBD hemp flower, they often enjoy trying out different strains to see which works best for them. Experimenting with different flowers is half the fun of enjoying CBD, so check out these other popular strains:
- Gorilla Glue
- Cherry Wine
How Much Cannabidiol Is in CBD Flower?
Different strains of CBD flower have different concentrations of cannabidiol. Most hemp flower contains around 10-20% CBD, but farmers are constantly coming up with more potent strains. The most potent strains typically contain over 20% CBD! Who knows how far we might go in the future?
To give you a better idea of hemp flower potency, here are the four strains we talked about before, ranked by how much CBD they contain.
- Skywalker OG – 20.94% CBD
- Northern Lights – 20.73% CBD
- Sour Space Candy – 20.66% CBD
- Zkittles – 20.38% CBD
How Do You Smoke CBD Flower?
There are many ways to smoke hemp flower. Which is best? That’s up to you! Try these various smoking methods and find which one you enjoy most:
- Water pipe (bubbler, bong, hookah)
- Rolling papers/blunt wraps
- Pre-rolled joint
- Vaporizer (one made for plant material, not vape juice)
Are There Other Ways to Take CBD Flower Besides Smoking?
Yes! While smoking is undoubtedly the most popular way to enjoy CBD flower, it is far from your only option. Vaporizers are an increasingly popular method for consuming CBD flower. Many people find that vapor is smoother and milder than smoke. Just be sure you get a vaporizer designed for flower, not a liquid vaporizer (like a vape pen).
You can also make your own edibles from CBD flower! First, you must decarboxylate the flower. “Decarboxylation” may sound like it takes a lab coat and master’s degree to wrap your head around, but it’s actually very simple. It involves the process of heating and activating the cannabinoids, so they can provide you amazing benefits! Follow these steps:
- Preheat your oven to 240° F
- Finely grind your CBD hemp flower
- Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the ground buds on the tray, aiming for one thin layer of flower.
- Bake the CBD flower for 30-40 minutes. Every 10 minutes, shake the tray gently to mix up the flower, so it bakes evenly.
- Remove the tray from the oven and let it cool for 30 minutes.
Once you have decarboxylated your flower, you can add it directly to your food. You can also improve its bioavailability by mixing the decarbed flower with a fat, such as butter or coconut oil.
To make cannabutter, heat equal parts butter and water in a saucepan. Add your decarbed CBD flower and simmer on the lowest setting for 2-3 hours. Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth, and, just like that, you’ve got your own cannabutter! Put it to work in brownies, cookies, and anything else your imagination can dream up.
How Long Does It Take for CBD Flower to Kick In?
The onset time for CBD depends on the consumption method. One reason that smoking CBD flower remains the most popular option is how rapidly it acts. When you inhale CBD, it enters your bloodstream quickly through the lungs. You can feel the effects kick in almost instantly. The same principle applies to vapes.
Edibles take longer to kick in because they must first be metabolized in your digestive system. Edibles take about 45-60 minutes to take effect. However, edibles tend to last longer, from 6-8 hours, while the effects of smoking and vaping last 2-4 hours.
Does CBD Hemp Flower Smell?
The smell of CBD flower is similar to that of marijuana. The strength of its scent can be a good indicator of its quality. An intense aroma usually indicates a higher quality flower, although some CBD-rich strains have subtler scents and flavors for those who prefer a milder smoking experience.
Is CBD Flower Legal?
CBD is federally legal in the United States, thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill. Under federal law, cannabis plants with Delta 9 THC levels above 0.3% are classified as marijuana, while plants with 0.3% Delta 9 or less are classified as hemp.
Marijuana remains federally illegal in the US. Any hemp plant with more than 0.3% Delta 9 is automatically considered marijuana and is therefore illegal. However, 18 states and 3 territories have fully legalized marijuana.
Is CBD Flower Legal In All 50 States?
Hemp-derived CBD is federally legal in all 50 US States. However, some states have placed restrictions on how much CBD hemp flower you can get at one time or which particular products you can buy. You can use this map to check the laws in your home state.
Is It Safe to Smoke CBD Flower?
CBD is well-tolerated by most mammals, including human beings. It is not intoxicating, meaning you can smoke CBD flower wherever and whenever you need it without impacting your functionality. That’s right, you can easily incorporate CBD into your daily routine without sacrificing anything.
There are no reported cases of people (or other animals) overdosing on CBD. Nor is it possible to become addicted to CBD because it has no intoxicating, mind-altering effects.
Side Effects of CBD
One of the main reasons people love CBD is the fact that it has minimal side effects. While THC can cause feelings of couch lock and brain fog, CBD leaves you alert and clear-headed. A few people experience side effects of CBD, but these are generally mild and short-lived. Potential side effects include:
- Increased appetite
- Dry mouth/increased thirst
Even if you accidentally take too much CBD, you just need to sleep it off! Most likely, you might feel a bit dizzier or more tired than usual, but it’s nothing to panic over. For some people, it might even add to the already soothing, calming benefits!
Will CBD Flower Show Up On a Drug Test If I Smoke It?
With very few exceptions, drug tests do not check for CBD. However, nearly all drug tests check for THC. Since CBD flower is a full spectrum product, it does contain trace amounts of THC (within the federal limit of 0.3%). In such a small quantity, the THC should not show up on a drug test, but this is not a guarantee. Consistent doses could potentially build up the THC in your body over time, but this is still highly unlikely.
For some people, you might consider taking broad spectrum CBD products instead. “Broad spectrum” means that the product contains all of the compounds in cannabis that we love, except for THC. Popular broad spectrum products include edibles, capsules, vape carts, and concentrates.
Beyond broad spectrum products, you have CBD isolates. Isolates contain pure CBD and no other compounds. You won’t get the entourage effect with products that are not full spectrum, but you can protect yourself against failing a drug test.
What Are the Benefits of Buying Premium CBD Hemp Flower Online?
When it comes to purchasing CBD hemp flower, you have two options. The first is to buy it from a brick-and-mortar store – either a CBD shop or a general cannabis dispensary. Your other option is to buy CBD online.
The online CBD market is ever-expanding and easily accessible to everyone. We all know that online shopping is convenient, but what else do you gain from shopping on the web? For starters, you can:
Get CBD Wherever You Are
CBD dispensaries mostly operate in large metropolitan areas. If you don’t live in the big city, your local options will be limited or nonexistent. The lack of a competitive market sometimes leads vendors to raise prices. If there is only one CBD store in your community, they can mark up low-quality products, knowing no local competitors will offer better deals.
Online vendors ship CBD straight to your door, anywhere in the United States. With online research, you can compare multiple sites to ensure you get the best product for the best price. Most reputable online retailers offer free returns, which few brick-and-mortar shops do.
Choose From More CBD Products
Let’s say there is a CBD store in your local area. How do you know what products they offer? Some may list a menu on their website, but you can’t be sure whether the products they list are in stock or not. You might show up at the shop to find they are sold out of the CBD you want.
Online vendors maintain complete and up-to-date menus. If something sells out, it will say so on the website. Then, you can check back on occasion to see if they restocked the product, rather than taking disappointing trip after disappointing trip.
Read Customer Reviews
When it comes to choosing the best CBD products, what are you more likely to trust: the company’s word or the word of fellow customers like yourself? Customer reviews give unbiased opinions about the quality of the product.
Customer reviews are also a great place to look for recommendations. Discover which products customers like the most and read about their CBD experiences. If you are new to the world of CBD, reading other people’s stories is a great way to build your knowledge base so that you can make informed decisions.
Why Buy CBD Flower From Exhale Wellness?
Not all CBD flower is created equal. There are two grades of hemp flower: biomass and premium. Biomass flower is low-quality and not ideal for smoking. At Exhale Wellness, we use only premium hemp flower – for both our CBD and Delta 8 strains. Unfortunately, there are some companies out there package biomass and label it as premium-grade hemp flower.
We value brand transparency, so all Exhale products are tested by a third-party lab. They screen for potency, cannabinoid content, and any harmful byproducts. Lab results are available in Certificates of Analysis (COA), so you know exactly what you’re consuming. So try some CBD flower today and see for yourself why we love it so much