You don’t have to look too far to see that hemp-smoking has made its way prominently into modern-day culture. In fact, some would say that hemp smoking has gained an all-out cult following. Between 2019 and 2020, the sales for smokable hemp increased by 54 percent. Even though smoking hemp is not necessarily a new thing, (people have been doing it for literally centuries), the relaxation of hemp regulations has allowed renewed interest in firing up an incredibly fascinating plant to reap the proposed benefits.
What is Smokable Hemp?
Smokable hemp is, just as it sounds, specific parts of the hemp plant that can be ignited and the smoke inhaled. Smokable hemp can be found under a lot of names, such as:
- Smokable CBD
- CBD buds
- Hemp flower
- CBD flower
Whatever the name or description used, hemp in a smokable form is filled with the full-spectrum of cannabinoids hemp is known to boast. And, smoking hemp flower can be an awesome way to experience the full spectrum of effects and the diversity of unique strains.
Ways to Smoke Hemp
Smokeable hemp, which is sometimes also referred to as smokable CBD, can be found in a few different forms. Here is a look at the three types of smokable hemp we have available at TIMBR ORGANICS.
Hemp flower is essentially the buds harvested from the hemp plant. The flower is picked when the cannabinoids and terpenes are at their peak concentrations, cured in a controlled environment, and then packaged to maintain the quality of the flower. Hemp flower, such as Sour Space Candy Hemp Flower, can be used in all the traditional ways that cannabis has been used for centuries; it can be rolled into a joint and smoked, placed in a pipe or bong, or even further processed to make your own edibles.
Hemp Pre Rolls
Hemp pre-rolls are one of the most popular forms of smokeable hemp. These blunt-style hemp smokes contain about a gram of cured hemp flower, which is enough to share or smoke over the course of several days personally. As an added bonus of pre-rolls, you can simply pop open the package and light up. Therefore, many hemp smokers prefer pre-rolls purely for their convenience. Plus, the low cost allows you the opportunity to try several hemp strains.
Hemp cigarettes are one of the more modern options for smokable hemp, but they are especially popular. In general, hemp cigarettes are made by finely chopping raw hemp flower and then placing the material into a rolling paper outfitted with a solid filter. What you end up with is smokeable hemp with a recognizable and socially acceptable appearance. For example, TIMBR ORGANICS CBD Cigarettes come in packs of 20 and have the trademark filtered appearance.
The Benefits of Smoking Hemp
Why is smoking hemp gaining such traction in such a diverse CBD market? After all, you could go for CBD edibles, CBD oil, or even CBD capsules and essentially reap the advantages of CBD. You could assume that people enjoy smokable hemp because it is a familiar method of cannabis-style consumption. However, the true answer lies in one primary and several secondary benefits of smoking hemp.
Inhaling CBD is the fastest way to feel the effects. An ingestible edible or oil may take up to two hours to take effect. Inhaled products may kick in within as little as 15 minutes. Therefore, if you want to see quicker effects, smoking hemp is a logical option.
When you smoke hemp, the cannabinoids and terpenes are going into the lungs and being transferred to the bloodstream without going through a lot of hurdles in between. Ingested CBD, on the other hand, must go through the digestion process before getting into the bloodstream, so a lot can be lost in the process. The bioavailability of cannabinoids when smoking is as much as 56 percent. The bioavailability levels for orally ingested cannabinoids only make it to 20 percent at the most.
The Entourage Effect
Smoking hemp is also one of the easiest ways to experience the entourage effect, which can be explained as hemp components working together in synergy for better effects. When you buy smokable hemp, you are not getting a heavily processed product. The natural cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids are still present, and you get all of them with every puff.
Is Smoking Hemp Legal?
The passage of the Farm Bill in 2018 decriminalized hemp and hemp-derived products containing less than 0.3 percent THC federally. Therefore, smokeable CBD or smokable hemp is legal as long as it has been properly tested and contains within the legal limits of THC.
As a caveat, do keep in mind that smokable hemp looks and smells like marijuana. For example, if you order Hawaiian Haze Hemp Flower, you get a sealed container filled with cured hemp buds rich in aromatic terpenes. By appearance and smell, the untrained person may not be able to tell the difference between what you have and any ordinary cannabis. For this reason, it is always recommended to keep your hemp in its original container and hang onto your purchase receipt to prove that what you have is indeed hemp.
Will Smoking Hemp Get You High?
Smokable hemp will not get you high. The fractional amounts of legally allowed THC are nowhere near the levels that could cause intoxicating effects. The other cannabinoids in hemp, specifically CBD, are not intoxicating cannabinoids.
Just to give you an idea of how much THC could be intoxicating, let’s take a look at recommendations from professionals. The state of Arkansas offers a guide on how much THC to use for medical marijuana patients. The guidelines notate that impaired coordination would occur if consuming more than 2.5mg of THC—nearly eight times what you will find in most legal smokable hemp. Therefore, you can easily smoke a hemp pre-roll and go on about the rest of your day without concerns.
Is Smoking Hemp Safe?
Naturally, smoking anything can bring questions about safety. Most new hemp smokers will have two primary questions: Will smoking hemp make me high? and Is smoking hemp bad for the lungs? As long as you are getting your hemp from a reliable source that follows the proper procedures for analyzing cannabinoid content, you should not have concerns about smokable hemp making you intoxicated.
As for respiratory effects, smoking anything (even hemp) may lead to negative respiratory consequences, specifically if you smoke a lot of hemp. Therefore, it is worth taking note if you have pre-existing respiratory problems or specific concerns. While the occasional hemp smoker may never have problems at all, smoking hemp habitually (several times every day) may cause respiratory concerns.
As an alternative, inhaling vaporized CBD may be a viable alternative for individuals who have specific concerns about smokable hemp or who do intend to smoke hemp on a habitual basis. For example, TIMBR ORGANICS Hemp Disposables deliver cannabinoid vapors instead of smoke. Studies have indicated decreased respiratory symptoms among heavy cannabis users who switch to vaporizing instead.
How Does Smoking Hemp Feel?
Every person who tries smokeable hemp can have their own unique experience simply because results can vary depending on the strain, the individual, and the amount smoked. However, most people do report similar results after smoking hemp. Smoking hemp doesn’t leave you feeling intoxicated or “out of it” in any way. Instead, you may feel an almost immediate sense of calm or general ease.
The strain of hemp you smoke can have a lot to do with the overall experience. For example, if you smoke Suver Haze, you may feel more chill and relaxed, which can be great just before bed or if you’ve had an especially stressful day. On the contrary, smoking Jack Herer tends to have a more uplifting effect that leaves you feeling focused and somewhat energized—sort of like a day-starting smoke.
On another note, smoking hemp may help soothe certain ailments, and the rapid onset of effects means you may see that happen rather quickly. For instance, if you are smoking hemp in an effort to help soothe nausea, you may see positive effects within just a few minutes.
Ready to Try Smokable Hemp? Trust a High-End Supplier
With smoking hemp offering obvious benefits and the chance to get the full experience of different hemp strains, you may be ready to try hemp-smoking yourself. If so, make sure to trust only the most vetted supplier. At TIMBR ORGANICS, our hemp is sourced from farms right here in the United States, carefully processed with quality in mind, and always tested for cannabinoid content. Check out our full collection of smokeable hemp products, including a diverse collection of strains in raw hemp flower and hemp pre-roll form.
This article is not intended to serve as a substitute for advice or consultation from a certified doctor or health professional. Before trying CBD or hemp flower products, it is strongly advised to conduct your own research and consult with a licensed doctor. While the World Health Organization considers cannabidiol to be “generally well tolerated with a good safely profile,” more research is needed to properly evaluate the safety and efficacy of CBD for general use.
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