Smoking CBD has become one of the most popular ways to enjoy CBD, but is it right for you? Learn all about smoking CBD in our latest guide!
From topical applications to yummy edibles, hemp-derived CBD products are popping up in all kinds of forms. All these products serve up a fascinating array of routes of consumption, but many are going a more traditional route by smoking their CBD instead.
Can you smoke CBD? You sure can, and hemp-smoking enthusiasts are finding all kinds of ways to do it. From CBD cigarettes and hemp-based vapes to hemp flower to roll up or drop in a pipe, the choice is all yours. And, smoking CBD is growing more popular for good reasons. Here’s a breakdown to cover everything you need to know about smoking CBD flower.
Smoking CBD and THC: The Differences
CBD and THC are sometimes presented as polar opposites, or, one gets you high and the other doesn’t. While smoking CBD is definitely a different experience than smoking THC, there’s more to it than just getting high or not.
Hemp has more than 100 cannabinoids that have been identified thus far, including THC and CBD. Obviously, CBD is considered to be the non-intoxicating cannabinoid of the two. While THC is technically an intoxicating agent, it really can’t be considered a polar opposite of CBD. Really, the two could be better referred to as close cousins because:
1. Both CBD and THC are known to get in the body and interact with the human endocannabinoid system (ECS)
2. Both CBD and THC can have some effect on brain function, albeit the effects can be completely different
The thing that differentiates CBD from THC the most is it has a semi-opposite interaction with CB1 receptors of the ECS; it acts more as an antagonist while THC works as a partial agonist. In other words, CBD doesn’t cause euphoria while THC is more likely to do so.
Keep in mind also, hemp is naturally much higher in CBD than THC. While both cannabinoids can be present, THC concentrations tend to be much lower. With CBD vape products, the majority (and sometimes all) of the THC is stripped out during the extraction process. And, the hemp flower can be specifically cultivated to have extremely low levels of THC.
So, if your big question is, “Can you smoke hemp without getting high?” the answer is yes. The reason? You’re getting an abundance of CBD and only trace amounts of THC.
Is Smoking CBD Flower Safe?
The research into cannabis consumption methods is ongoing, and, in many respects, is just getting started due to prior regulations. However, most available data does suggest that smoking hemp or CBD is not going to yield any type of intoxication. Of course, the big question for most CBD users who prefer to smoke is if there are any ill effects on the lungs.
Naturally, smoking anything, including hemp, may lead to respiratory concerns. But on a positive note, a study performed in 2007 suggested that inhaling vaporized hemp may decrease respiratory symptoms for people who regularly used joints or smokable flower. So, if you are looking to smoke hemp but would prefer to avoid the actual “smoke,” a hemp vaping device may be a viable option to try.
CBD vapes got a lot of negative attention in recent years because of lung illnesses brought on by vaping. However, these issues were more related to the questionable ingredients in the vaping solutions people were using, and not the CBD itself. This is why it is important to look for a reputable smokable hemp supplier with clearly listed ingredients and quality-controlled vape devices.
A Look at the Benefits of Smoking CBD
With so many different ways to get CBD into your system, from topicals to oral tinctures, you’re probably wondering if there are any actual benefits of smoking hemp. Indeed, a few benefits exist, which is why you’re seeing more hemp cigarettes and other smokable hemp products on the market.
Smoking CBD May Enhance Bioavailability
Bioavailability is a big deal when speaking of everything from medications to supplements. This refers to how much of a substance is actually available for use once it makes its way to the bloodstream.
No matter what substance, supplement, or medication it is you’re talking about, all of these will lose some level of bioavailability unless it is injected directly into the blood intravenously. The reduction happens because some other system beyond the circulatory system works to metabolize what’s just been introduced. For example, if you swallow a CBD tincture, the CBD must first go through the digestive system before it enters the circulatory system. By the time the CBD gets to the blood, part of it may have already been metabolized.
Smoking CBD may deliver the cannabinoid to the circulatory system with greater levels of bioavailability. Of course, several things can affect bioavailability, such as how much is inhaled with each puff or how the CBD is smoked. Nevertheless, at least one study suggests smoking yields a more bioavailable form of CBD to the bloodstream. The cannabinoid is drawn into the lungs and then absorbed into the bloodstream without first-pass metabolization by any other system.
Smoking CBD May Mean a Faster Onset of Effects
If you’re looking to feel the effects of CBD faster, smoking may be one of the better routes of consumption. In the aforementioned study of cannabinoid pharmacokinetics, concentrations of cannabinoids were at a peak in the bloodstream within minutes, which means you should start to feel the effects rather quickly. Some studies indicate that inhaled CBD may start working in as little as 15 minutes, while something like an edible CBD product could potentially take up to two hours before you feel anything.
How Will Smoking CBD Make You Feel?
CBD definitely doesn’t leave you high or totally couch-locked and intoxicated. But, you may feel a heightened sense of relaxation, a deeper sense of well-being, or even a bit of energy.
So many factors go into the cumulative outcome of smoking CBD, including the endocannabinoid system of the person smoking, so everyone can have their own unique experience. The type of product smoked can make a difference as well. For example, smoking hemp flower may hit differently than smoking CBD vape.
On another note, the many strains of hemp industrially produced these days yields an almost innumerable variety of strains to pick from. The strain itself can play a huge role in the effects you feel. Hemp strains are made up of different concentrations of cannabinoids and hemp constituents like terpenes, CBD, and flavonoids. Depending on the strain, you may feel everything from a little lifted and energetic to a bit calmer and at ease. For example, smoking Lifter CBD pre rolls may get you in an uplifted mind frame and ready to tackle the day. On the other hand, a few puffs from our Fire OG vape pen may leave you a little more chill or relaxed if you’re feeling a bit stressed.
Try Timbr Organics Smokable CBD Products
In the end, whether you’re an experienced CBD user or a total newb exploring routes of consumption, smoking CBD is well worth a try if you’re curious. Check out our lineup of smokable CBD products, including hemp CBD flower, disposable CBD vape pens, hemp pre rolls, and hemp cigarettes (which are available in two options: CBD cigarettes and CBG cigarettes). With several strains available in a variety of smokable forms, the Timbr Organics product collection is always straightforward and always made exclusively with quality hemp.
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.
TIMBR Organics products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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