What Do the Colors on a CBD Hemp flower Bud Mean?

Have you ever wondered why your CBD hemp flower bud or flower is a certain color when it arrives in the mail? Understanding the colors can help you distinguish between quality buds and buds with low quality. Below, we look at what CBD hemp flower colors mean.


Quality CBD flowers should be generally green in color, though the shade can range from a lighter green to darker green. Bright, robust coloration generally signals a high-quality product. Top-quality CBD flowers tend to be some combination of green and purple.

In its natural state, the Cannabis sativa L. plant matter contains a pigment called chlorophyll which makes the plant appear green. If you have oil containing Phyto complex (like ours at CBII), the green color results from the oil containing some natural plant matter.


Anthocyanin is a member of a class of substances called flavonoids. Plants with high amounts of anthocyanin have been used in herbal medicines for thousands of years in North America, Europe and China.

Anthocyanins are responsible for giving purple cannabis strains their vibrant color. They are water-soluble pigments that are present in many plants. Temperature, light, pH levels, and structure all play a role in determining its pigments' specific color and stability. 

A strain must be predisposed to turn purple, which depends on its genetic makeup. Certain strains contain more anthocyanins than others.


Orange CBD hemp flower bud is a potent hybrid strain known to produce euphoric and creative effects. This strain contains a high amount of CBD. Those new to CBD hemp flower should slowly increase orange bud usage, as it can be overpowering. Orange bud features an aroma of orange and nectarines.

The red-orange hairs that we see on many strains of the hemp flower we consume are called pistillate hairs or stigmatic hairs. When the female plant isn't pollinated, it produces great amounts of resin, with a layer of the trichomes that are the source of the hemp flower’s properties.


If the flower appears brown, it indicates a poor-quality product. The buds should be dense and well-formed, not airy and weighed down by stems and seeds. a CBD flower that contains shades of brown is usually not the greatest quality of CBD.

The brown coloration on a hemp flower signifies that it has been oxidized and is now old. CBD buds that contain significant brown coloration will likely be harsh to smoke, low in potency, and may promote a sleepy experience.


Red hairs show up more frequently, but red buds and leaves are not nearly as common. Red CBD hemp flower is a genetically selected plant. It’s also a rare plant. The “Red” is best known for its hybrid effects, which simultaneously offer great relief to the body and the mind and is known for its aroma.

There are also some lovely shades of pink, such as Predator Pink or Pink Kush, with actual pink and fuchsia hues. These are Indica-dominant hybrids with powerful body-focused effects known to eliminate pain, insomnia, and appetite loss.


Carotenoids produce the warm hues found in many plants, including carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and tomatoes. Beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin are among the more than 750 carotenoids that have been identified and can be converted by the body into Vitamin A. 

Many flavonoids are also yellow and can influence the colors of CBD hemp flowers. Known for their sweet and citrusy scents, yellow flowers can produce happy, stimulating effects that sharpen creativity and sensory awareness.


There are two main types of hemp mold. First, there is the fuzzy gray mold (strawberry mold). Second, there is the fuzzy white mold (powdery mildew). Last, there is the brown mottled flower mold. 

These molds are common to all-natural agricultural products such as hemp flowers. They come from the fungus species like Botrytis cinerea or Fusarium, and their spores can spread easily in the cultivation environment. If you find mold in your hemp flower, you should not smoke it. Doing so can lead to health problems.


Cascadia Blooms offers nine high-quality, organic strains of CBD, which you can consume in several ways. You can use a vape, bake the CBD into a meal or dessert, smoke it, or tincture. Learn more about our products and strains. Order online today and get CBD products delivered to your door.