CBD is the new star of the health and wellness world. The non-psychotropic cannabinoid is used by many to help relieve pain, get to sleep faster, and to reduce inflammation.
And while CBD oil is grabbing all the headlines, a new product is fast becoming very popular in the UK and Europe – CBD-rich hemp flower, or CBD buds.
Raw, dried hemp buds with high levels of CBD look like regular weed, smell like regular weed, but do not get you high like regular weed.
When smoked, vaped or cooked with, however, they do provide a relaxing body-high and a mind-calming effect.
Because of a lack of mind-altering effects, CBD hemp buds are perfect for daytime smoking sessions, as a tobacco replacement, or as a substitute for THC-rich cannabis, which can have some negative effects such as anxiety and paranoia for some people.
Personally, I like to mix high-CBD hemp flower about 50/50 with regular THC-rich weed. The CBD works to counteract the potent effects of THC, allowing me to experience a more relaxed and enjoyable high.
What is CBD flower?
CBD flower is the raw, dried flower of the hemp plant. Hemp being a legally-grown variety of cannabis that has low levels of THC, the compound responsible for the ‘high’ associated with cannabis use.
Instead, hemp can produce high levels of CBD and other cannabinoids like CBG and CBC.
These cannabinoids, along with the rest of the plant’s essential oils, are made in the flower, which, after harvesting, can be cured (dried), trimmed, and then smoked/vaped/processed just like regular cannabis.
Is CBD flower legal in the UK?
High-grade CBD flower has been on sale in the UK since no earlier than late 2017, when I wrote this, but is it actually legal?
Yes, CBD flower is legal in the UK. While there are some confusing provisions – like the 1mg of THC per unit rule – CBD-rich ‘hemp’ is being openly imported into the UK and sold in full view of the authorities.
It’s still a very new industry, however, and new regulations are expected.
How to take CBD flower?
As it’s just like normal weed but without the high, you can use it just like you regular weed. That means:
You can grind up and roll CBD flower into a joint, smoke it in a pipe, or even a bong. Of course, smoking is not the healthiest options as it can damage the lungs.
I love vaping CBD flower. And the quality and affordability of dry herb vapes are improving all the time. They offer a safe way to inhale cannabinoids as they don’t combust the plant the plant material, as combustion creates many harmful chemicals. Here is our list of the best dry herb vapes in the UK.
If you have any experience making hash cakes or weed brownies, then transfer your skill to hemp flower and make yourself some CBD treats. Just like regular weed, CBD flower can be infused and used in countless tasty dishes and gastronomic creations.
- Make your own cosmetics
Thanks to its potent anti-inflammatory properties, CBD is wonderful for your skin. Therefore, you could use extraction and infusion techniques to make your own CBD cosmetics.
The 10 Best CBD Flower Shops In The UK
There are CBD flower shops popping up all the time. And, due to the nature of the product, it can be hard to know which shops to trust.
Not only that, you need assurances that the product you are buying is safe, legal, and what it says it is.
Luckily for you, I have personally tried hundreds of CBD hemp strains from dozens of CBD shops throughout Europe and the UK.
So, if you want to buy CBD flower in the UK, here’s my list of the 10 best shops to buy it from and the strains they sell.
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1. Hemp Elf
The fantastic team at Hemp Elf are leading this exciting new industry with an ever-growing range of exceptional CBD flowers – the best we’ve tried in the UK.
Our favourites are Strawberry Kush, Amnesia, and one of their newer offerings, Zkittlez. The best thing about these flowers is that, unlike most other legal CBD flowers in the UK, they actually smell and taste like the strains they are named after.
Oh, and their CBD hash is unbelievable.
This shop has fast become one of the best shops in the country for CBD flower. They have some of the best strains on the market – smelly and dusted in trichomes – with some of the best prices you’re likely to find.
Pineapple Express and Purple Marzipan are well worth a try, while for those on a budget they regularly offer a few strains for £5/g or less.
With a brick and mortar shop in Swansea High Street as well as a popular online shop, The Brain Box Shop is one of the most well-established CBD flower vendors in the UK.
Not only do they offer an evolving range of unique CBD strains, however, they’ve also got loads of tasty CBD edibles, e-liquids and other CBD products you won’t find anywhere else.
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4. Uncle Herb
We really like Uncle Herb. Their team are passionate and certainly know their stuff when it comes to CBD bud. That’s why their range is so impressive and chock-full of really distinctive strains.
Their flowers are also very high in CBD generally (up to 20%), which means they are very effective.
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Another new shop to make it onto our list, Clever Botanics are the ultimate professionals in everything they do. Their service is incredible, delivery is super quick, and their packaging is the most sophisticated we’ve encountered.
Oh, and their range of CBD buds is one of the best around. Try their Skunk if you fancy something really unique, while their Amnesia is also a stand out.
6. Dope Buds
As relative newcomers to the CBD flower market, Dope Buds are on a mission to bring the very best CBD flowers to the UK market. And they are fast gaining a reputation for just that.
They have some of the best tasting hemp buds around and are constantly updating with fresh harvests of both indoor and outdoor plants.
Ice Head Shop was already a leading head shop before they introduced a full range of CBD products including a nice variety of CBD flowers.
Keep an eye on these guys because their range is always being updated with new and better quality flowers and hash.
A great shop for all types of CBD products, CBD Shop Online also carry a nice selection of high-grade CBD flower for a very good price per gram (£8.50 or less).
Check out our recent review of their Italian-grown Gorilla Glue, which comes in at 15% CBD.
Based in South Wales (hence the ‘SW’ in SWCBD), this is one of the best online head shops in the country.
Stop by for all your smoking needs and choose from their large range of CBD flowers and hash. Zkittles and Bubblegum are both good choices of flower.
10. Jimmy Greens CBD
Jimmy Greens has some amazing CBD strains for some even better prices – from £5.50 to £8.50 per gram.
We’ve tried the White Diesel and it’s absolutely fantastic.
And here’s 3 more that deserve to be featured in this list:
11. LoveHemp 420
13. The Good Budz
– This list is open to edits as new shops and strains appear on the market. Please feel free to get in contact with feedback on any shop/strain.
Other verified CBD flower sellers in the UK/EU:
* Tested and verified
- James’ Haze*
- Kingdom of Green*
- CBD Exotics*
- My Only Bud*
- Hampshire Cannabis Community*
- CBD Nol*
- Hemp Botanics*
- Cannabis Buds Direct UK*
- Highsociety CBD
- Otherside London*
- CBD Labs UK
- CBD UK Products*
- Zenon Hemp Farm*
- Sativa Worx
- CBD Bud Shop*
- Better Buds*
- Rooted Zen
- CBD Elites*
- The CBD Joint
- Get Hemp
- Buds ‘R’ Us*
- CBD Hemp King
- Weed Supermarket