1. Smoking vs. Vaping Hemp
While smoking is an effective way to consume CBD hemp flower, it is not the only option. Depending on your personal preferences, there are different consumption methods that may be better for you.
Smoking and vaping might seem like similar consumption methods, but there is some differences with bioavailability. Since both smoking and vaping involve the lungs, they both have a high bioavailability; however, vaping has higher bioavailability. Vaping’s bioavailability is as high as 70% (6)
, so you might find greater results from vaping CBD. Smoking CBD still has a relatively high bioavailability, but at around 31% (7)
, it is less than vaping.
Yet smoking CBD is better in terms of which is easier to use. Smoking CBD hemp flower can be easily consumed through rolling papers, blunt wraps or a pipe while vaping hemp CBD flower requires a specific dry vape system.
2. High-CBD Dabbing
Dabbing is another popular cannabinoid consumption method for those who want an intense hit of cannabinoids at one time. Dabbing is when you take a "dab" of cannabis concentrate and vaporize it by placing it on a heated surface and immediately inhaling the vapor.
Dabbing doesn’t heat plant material. Instead, it heats an oil or wax substance that contains high concentrated levels of cannabinoids like CBD. While dabbing can be a strong and effective consumption method, you have to use an oil or wax from CBD hemp flower in order to use this method. We don’t recommend making this yourself unless you truly know what you are doing. Instead, you can try CBD concentrates here
3. Cook With It!
Cooking with hemp flower is a great way to get your cannabinoids without combustion or vaping. A easy recipe to get started with is making Hemp Butter. Simply take your hemp flower and grind it up to the consistency of about the size of a grain of uncooked rice (don't powder it, this will make it tough to filter later on). Then, take a medium sized sauce pan and add water and some butter or coconut oil (or any kind of fat). Add the ground up hemp flower to the butter and water mixture and bring to a slow rolling boil. Once the butter is melted in the water, reduce the heat and simmer the hemp flower in the butter for 45 minutes.
Check the water level and add more as needed in case too much evaporates. You want to have a little water mixed with the butter so it doesn't burn. After about 45 minutes, turn off the heat and filter the butter water mixture through a cheese cloth. This will remove the plant matter from your liquid. Then, take the butter/water mixture and put it in the refrigerator and leave it for a few hours. The butter will float to the top of and you can easily separate it from the water. And there you go, you've just made hemp butter that you can use in all of your favorite cooking recipes. A great way to incorporate cannabinoids into your diet!