What Is Hemp Flower? What Are Hemp Buds or Nugs?

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So, What Is hemp Flower? 

Hemp flower or hemp nugs are the dried flowers or buds of the hemp plant. Smokable hemp flower is the fastest growing sector on the CBD market. So, we thought we should break down exactly what is hemp flower and how it is used.

Hopefully, you will gain a better insight into what hemp buds/hemp nugs are. Then, with your new understanding, you'll be better able to make the best decisions when purchasing them for use.

How Are Hemp Nugs Processed?

After a hemp plant is dried, the fan leaves are removed. The hemp nugs are snipped off the main stem. At this point the hemp buds still need to be trimmed. Any sugar leaves need to be removed as well. After this process is done, the CBD flowers are placed in a glass jar for curing.

Industrial hemp farms do not cure their hemp nugs, so this process is only for craft hemp flower farms. Industrial hemp flower farms quickly dry their hemp buds. This evaporates most of the terpenes. A slow dry and slow cure will produce the most flavorful smoke and create the most enjoyable user experience.

What Is Hemp Flower Used For aka Hemp Buds?

Now that you know the answer to "What is Hemp Flower?", you are probably wondering what it is used for?

Dried CBD flowers, also called hemp buds or nugs, can be consumed in many ways. You may choose to make tea out of hemp derived CBD. This is done by steeping the flower material in hot water.

You may also want to bake them in your favorite recipes. Just be sure to add some type of oil in either case, as this is necessary to extract the active ingredient, CBD. The CBD molecules attach to the oil and are drawn out.  

Many people prefer to smoke hemp buds. This can also be done in many ways.  For example, you can grind the flower material and create a CBD flower cigarette.

Are Hemp Buds And Nugs Safe?

Many people wonder, “Are CBD cigarettes safe”? Well the answer is yes! In fact, many tobacco cigarette smokers transition to CBD cigarettes. They do not have any caustic chemicals, are non addictive and even have many health benefits! People who smoke buds claim to have less stress, less anxiety and less pain and inflammation in their muscles and joints.

Like all hemp derived CBD, the THC content is low so you won't need to worry about getting stoned. It lacks the psychoactive compound that creates the "high" effect of marijuana.

Aside from CBD cigarettes, there are other ways to smoke hemp derived CBD. You can learn to make your own pre-roll with  hemp buds . You might also prefer to use a pipe, a bong, or even a vaporizer.

For those experienced smokers who want to consume a greater amount of CBD, they may choose to roll a cigar. CBD cigars are often made by rolling ground-up nugs in leaves - usually palm or hemp leaves. The cigar is then dried until they are ready to smoke. A cigar may last for over 30 minutes, so if you are new to CBD, it is not recommended. This high amount of CBD is only recommended for an experienced CBD smoker!

One of the byproducts of hemp buds are kief. CBD kief is the dried pollen of the hemp plant. The pollen, or kief, contains the highest concentration of the active component, referred to as a cannabinoid, CBD.

CBD kief can be extracted using a method referred to as “dry sifting”. In this case, the trim of the nugs is tossed over a screen which catches the plant material, but allows the kief to fall through to the bottom. It is important to note that this extracted hemp pollen, known as kief, is very concentrated due to the fact that there is little to no plant material contained.

CBD kief can be added to a normal CBD cigarette to increase the potency and increase the effects. Again, this should be done with caution, as kief is not intended for use by first time CBD users. A regular CBD cigarette should be more than enough for the first time user to feel the effects.

However, if you have been using nugs for quite some time, or you have a great deal of inflammation or anxiety, you may want to increase your dosage. CBD kief would be ideal in this instance.

An even more potent form of CBD nugs are what is called “CBD moon rocks”. Moon rocks are nugs which are rolled in the sticky extract of hemp buds, then rolled in CBD kief.

These hemp buds are considered a novelty item and for use on only special occasions. This is due to the fact that, in addition to nugs and  kief, CBD moon rocks also contain an additional hit of concentrated hemp extract, which further increases the potency. CBD moon rocks are reserved strictly for advanced users and not novices.

It is advised that you start with hemp nugs before trying kief and moon rocks. You want to start with something less potent and slowly work your way up to more potent CBD nugs, so that you do not have an adverse reaction.

A well known hemp flower strain , like Bubba Kush CBD, or our Kimbo Kush, would be a good selection for the first time user. That way you can experience the taste of nugs and decide if you like the flavor, or perhaps would prefer a different strain with different terpenes. Terpenes are the plant oils which give the plant its distinct flavor.


When considering trying hemp buds or nugs you should look for a reputable online CBD dispensary and choose a hemp strain that sounds conducive to your particular condition. Some attributes to look out for are organic hemp flower production, slow dried hemp buds and great customer reviews.

Once you have determined a well vetted CBD flower company, select a few small samples before you place a large order. This would be the smartest way to ensure your overall satisfaction and make your first CBD experience a positive one. It’s easy to just do a quick online search and choose the first CBD company you see, but this will not always produce the desired result. You should take your time and make sure you choose wisely, as your health is no small matter.

After performing a thorough search, you can choose your hemp buds. You'll need to decide whether you want to roll a cigarette, make a tea, or smoke your nugs out of a vaporizer. In the end, you will be happy that you took the time to read this article and make an informed decision. After all, smoking or otherwise ingesting CBD nugs should be a practice that alleviates stress and anxiety, not adds to it!

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