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Article Last Updated on January 6, 2023

Hemp products have been enjoying quite the popularity over the past few years, especially since CBD products, like CBD oils and tinctures, have reached a wide audience. Because of this, growers in hemp farms aspire to cultivate flower products of the highest quality in order to offer a product worth using.

For example, growers in Colorado, Oregon, and many other states focus on pesticide and contaminant-free cultivation to allow those hemp trichomes to produce the purest CBD, which is especially important for cultivating premium CBD flowers.

Cannabis connoisseurs know that hemp buds are great for smoking and vaping, so we’ve prepared a little selection of the best CBD flower strains on the market today.

What Is the Difference Between CBD-Rich Hemp Flower and Marijuana Flower?

One of the most common confusions regarding cannabis is whether there is a difference between hemp flower and marijuana flower. They are often thought to be the same strain, but they are actually very different.

Even though both belong to the Cannabis family, the cannabinoid content in their flower buds is not the same. The hemp plant is the industrial variety of the Cannabis sativa subtype. It’s rich in CBD (cannabidiol), the non-intoxicating and anti-inflammatory compound, and it only contains trace amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive compound that gets you high.

CBD products have not been officially approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but the Farm Bill of 2018 has legalized the cultivation of industrial hemp in the United States under the condition that it contains below 0.3% THC.

Marijuana, on the other hand, can be of the Cannabis indica or the Cannabis sativa variety. It has a much larger THC content than the hemp plant and it’s often used recreationally for its mind-altering effects.

Both types of cannabis plants, though, contain other cannabinoids that work together to enhance the effects of THC and CBD. This is known as “the entourage effect” and it serves to bring out the best of the plant’s beneficial effects.

The Best CBD Hemp Flower

When it comes to CBD flower strains, the market has expanded significantly and there are many different strains to choose from. Their CBD content varies, but they’re all rich in many other cannabinoids and terpenes that are giving them their unique flavors and aromas.

So, let’s review the best and the most popular CBD hemp flower strains that many CBD lovers like to smoke or vape.


As per the name, Lifter will definitely lift you up. Its zesty and spicy aroma coupled with a woodsy taste will refresh your taste buds. This uplifting hybrid is a cross between Suver Haze and Early Resin Bud and packs 20% of CBD, making it one of the most potent hemp flowers on the market. It can help stimulate your focus and elevate your mood, but at the same time it will fully relax you and mellow you out.


Elektra is enjoying quite the popularity these days due to its alluring aroma and delicious taste. A cross between Early Resin Berry and ACDC, its rich terpene profile makes it sweet and nutty at the same time, with a slightly citrusy and earthy aroma. Elektra clocks at 17% CBD, giving you mental clarity and full relaxation. Users praise it for being a great chronic pain and stress reliever, and many use it as a sleep aid.

Special Sauce

With its deep berry flavor and aromatic hoppy and citrusy smell, Special Sauce is special indeed. It has a high CBD content of 23% and other interesting cannabinoids and terpenes. It’s considered a great daytime strain that will make you feel at ease but still able to tackle the day. Users have reported positive effects on pain relief and symptoms of anxiety.

Bubba Kush

Bubba Kush is an Indica dominant strain, making it ideal for mind-body relaxation. With a complex taste that blends notes of coffee and chocolate with piney and citrusy aroma, Bubba Kush is very attractive. Its CBD content clocks at 16% and other cannabinoids at 19%, making it suitable for relieving pain, muscle tension, or anxiety, and it can also be used to battle sleep problems.

Sour Space Candy

The flavor of Sour Space Candy is an alluring combination of sweetness and citrus that tastes like sour candy. At 20% CBD and 0.06% THC, this strain will uplift your mood, leave you stress-free, and increase your concentration capacity. 

Hawaiian Haze

Hawaiian Haze is just what the name implies – fruity aroma with hints of pineapple and citrus with floral overtones. The terpene-rich flavor profile of the smoke is on the sweet side but still earthy. This strain packs 18% CBD which is perfect for alleviating any aches you may have, or just to share with friends.

Suver Haze

Suver Haze, a combination of Suver #8 and Early Resin Berry, is one of the more popular strains among CBD hemp lovers. Its flavor is piney and citrusy, while the diverse terpenes give it an aromatic mix of peppery, woody, and earthy overtones. The average CBD percentage of this strain is 18%, making it perfect for migraines and pain relief, as well as anxiety and sleep difficulties.

Sour Diesel

Sour Diesel is a pungent and flavorful strain that packs 20% CBD and 0.094 THC. Its aroma is initially tangy and sour, but the undertones reveal a slight sweetness. The diesel-like smell comes forth last and it lingers. This strain will energize you and stimulate your creativity while making your body feel mellow and relaxed.

Does Smoking CBD Flower Get You High?

Marijuana is widely used due to its psychotropic effects which are caused by the cannabinoid THC. Industrial hemp contains very little amounts of THC, so it’s highly unlikely to get you high or have any intoxicating effect on you.

Moreover, in a full-spectrum product that contains all cannabinoids, CBD balances out the effects of THC and prevents them from becoming overly pronounced, so when these two cannabinoids work together, they can boost your mood and uplift you.

Can CBD Bud Be Detected With a Drug Test?

Drug tests at workplaces have become very common nowadays, so it’s natural to wonder if CBD can show up in a drug screening. The good news is that the chances of that happening are very slim.

Modern drug tests are designed to look for THC byproducts in the body, rather than CBD. And since a hemp bud contains only 0.3% THC, you would have to consume a lot to get it to detectable levels. Therefore, you shouldn’t worry about testing positive on a drug test when you take CBD, but if you want to be safe, you can tone down your hemp bud consumption a week before the upcoming screening.


Smoking or vaping CBD flower seems to be a crowd-pleaser activity in the cannabis community. People who like to avoid the psychoactivity of THC and medical users alike are turning towards using hemp to get all the recreational and medical benefits.

Luckily, the market is brimming with a variety of strains that have alluring flavors and different effects according to your needs, so what remains is to look up some info before you decide what to try next and enjoy the ride.

A passionate advocate for the benefits of cannabis. Fraser Horton, who has a background in botany and a strong love of nature, has spent years researching how cannabis affects the body and mind. He established Leaf Nation in 2020, where he has devoted himself to educating people about the legalisation of marijuana and its safe and responsible use. Fraser is committed to highlighting cannabis’ potential for improving wellness and working to dispel the stigma associated with its use.


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