How to Smoke CBD Flower: A Beginner’s Guide


The increasing presence of CBD products has made it a little difficult to know what the best way to consume it is. There are oils, rubs, flowers, waxes, foods, tinctures, and just about every other way to consume CBD that you could imagine. 

Today, though, we’re going to go back to the basics. We’re going to talk about how to smoked CBD, and why smoking it might be the best option that you have in terms of experiencing all of the desired effects and getting all of the benefits. 

Let’s take a look at how to get the most out of CBD. 

How to Smoke CBD the Right Way

It may seem as though smoking CBD is unnecessary because there are so many other ways to consume it. There’s some merit to that, considering that a lot of the CBD oils and tinctures are much more concentrated than the initial flower, so you might be able to experience the direct effects of CBD a little bit more intensely. 

That said, it’s important to remember that cannabis, even when it’s void of THC, is comprised of a network of different cannabinoids and terpenes that all combine to create a natural effect. The inclusion of all of the natural pieces of the flower is referred to as the “entourage effect.”

It’s essentially the idea that the plant is diminished in quality when you strip it of all of its components. Different terpenes and cannabinoids that occur naturally in cannabis offer unique colorings and nuances to the experience of consuming it.

So, while vaping and using other methods of CBD are very effective for specific purposes, the experience of smoking CBD enhances the all-around impact of the plant. 

It’s kind of like listening to a record on vinyl as opposed to streaming it. It’s the same music, but one of them isn’t compressed and stripped of some of its natural beauty, while the other gets the job done without those factors. 

You Can Smoke CBD Just Like Cannabis

When it comes down to the actual process of smoking CBD, you can carry it out in just the same way that you would smoke cannabis. 

If you’re new to the whole experience and have never smoked either of these plants before, we’re here to help you out. You’ll need a piece of some kind, a grinder (or your fingers), a lighter, and the CBD flower. 

Place your CBD flower into your grinder and break it down until it’s relatively fine and ready to be placed into the bowl. If you’re using your fingers, just break the flower down until its pieces are around the size of rice crispies or smaller. 

Pack about one or two regular-size pinches into your bowl to start. Generally, this is about the amount that you could spread over the face of a quarter. You could do more or less, depending on your preferences once you get started, but that amount should do the trick for you to have some effects.

Press it down firmly enough so that it’s all compressed together but there’s still some ability for air to pull through. 

Lighting and Pulling from the Piece

Once the CBD flower is ready in your piece, you can press the mouthpiece to your lips. Ignite the lighter and hold the flame about a half-inch from the top of the flower. 

When you suck in through the mouthpiece, the airflow should draw the flame down to lightly touch the flower and start to burn it. If you hold the lighter too close to the bowl, you run the risk of torching the entire situation and ending up with too much smoke. 

There’s nothing wrong with doing this per se, but you’ll get more out of the experience if you work slowly and lightly. You’ll be able to taste the flower more clearly and get a more gradual perspective on how it affects you as you start to go through the process. 

Plus, it’s just generally unpleasant to get a lungful of hot smoke all it once. 


As you pull the smoke in through the bowl, try to catch it in the front of your mouth and keep it there as you continue to pull. Once you’ve got the desired amount in your mouth, then you can pull back and inhale it. 

Using your mouth as a little cache as you’re pulling helps to cool the smoke and contain it so that you have a better grip on how much you’re inhaling. Once you inhale, you can hold it in your lungs as long as you feel comfortable. 

Some people are adamant on the fact that you have to hold the smoke in for as long as you can. This isn’t necessarily true, although holding the smoke in your lungs might allow a little more of the CBD to absorb. 

Then you exhale and repeat the process. 

It’s important to take things slow as you’re just getting started. You’re not going to experience any intense psychological effects from CBD because it’s stripped of THC, which is the main contributor to the feeling of “highness.”

That said, it’s important to go slow with any new product you’re using for a couple of reasons. First, you want to get a feel for how it interacts with your body and see if it does anything that you don’t particularly like. 

Different products work differently on everyone, and there are things that might not sit well. 

The other reason to take it slow at first is to try and gain an appreciation for the experience. The slower you drive through a national park, the more chance you have to see all of the rare animals that live there. 

Similarly, working your way through a hit at a time will give you the chance to feel the gradual onset of effects that hit your body. If you burn through a bunch of CBD all at once, you’ll reach the destination without even enjoying the ride. 

Want to Learn More about CBD?

Understanding how to smoke CBD is just the first step in getting to know all there is about the product. There are numerous ways to consume CBD, all with slightly different benefits and intended effects. 

We’re here to help you get to know the world of CBD. Explore our site for more ideas and insights into different products, what they do, and how to use them the right way.