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Smoking Hemp Is a Growing Cannabis Trend. But What Does It Actually Do?
Till now, most cannabis consumers thought they knew the deal with hemp.
In basic terms, it’s the weed you don’t smoke. It’s still cannabis, only bred for fiber rather than the resin that gets you high. As such, it contains practically no THC. It is, however, chock-full of cannabidiol, or CBD, the cannabinoid with many allegedly therapeutic properties even your parents probably use to soothe their arthritis.
So with CBD mania running wild—combined with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which removed hemp from the federal list of controlled substances—”smokable hemp” is actually a thing now, and it’s growing in popularity.
Portland CBD company Roots of Life, for example, markets full-spectrum hemp pre-rolls, which contain almost no detectable THC but a whopping 15 percent CBD—meaning, they can be purchased outside a dispensary,
I always presumed that smoking hemp would only give you a headache, and I’ve never had much success feeling the supposed benefits of CBD. To find out if inhaling a highly concentrated amount of cannabidiol would change anything, I picked up the Roots of Life pre-roll from the CBD Hemp Store in Buckman, intent on finding physical relief when my body needed it most: after a long, grueling run up the hills of Forest Park.
I opened the pre-roll’s bulky plastic packaging and pulled out a joint resembling pretty much every other pre-roll on the market today. Legs sore from my run, I sat on my front porch in the afternoon sun and took a few quick puffs and waited for the soothing effects to settle in. It was curiously odorless and tasted only of light, airy smoke, with none of the familiar flavors, and each drag felt softer and far less harsh than a typical joint.
How I Spent My “High”
As promised, I didn’t find feel even remotely high. In fact, it felt as if I was taking purposeless drags from a cigarette that accomplished little more than simply making me look kind of cool for a second. I might have felt a subtle sense of calm, though it’s difficult to discern if that was the CBD working its magic or a placebo effect.
It was hard not to come away thinking smoking hemp is more of a gimmick than a therapeutic alternative. Then again, the science of CBD is still in the early stages of research—the “entourage effect” proposes that the beneficial effects of CBD are more pronounced when combined with THC, so even the high amount of cannabidiol in hemp might not work without a little bit of the good stuff.
The Bottom Line
Your experience may vary. While I didn’t feel much of anything, I wouldn’t go so far as to suggest the Roots of Life pre-roll is unworthy of your money—and at only $5.25 for a gram, it’s certainly not going to hurt your wallet much regardless. But if you’re really looking for something that might legitimately chill you out, I would still suggest a 1-to-1 pre-roll from a dispensary that features equal parts CBD and THC.
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A Beginners Guide to Smoking Hemp Flower
Published on: 15 July 2020
Last updated on: 15 July 2020
- What are hemp flower buds?
- Dosing tips when you’re smoking hemp flower
- Reasons why you should smoke hemp
- Some misconceptions about smoking hemp flower
Smoking hemp is an ancient practice that is still enjoyed by many. At the same time, Hemp is nowhere near as popular as its psychoactive cousin (marijuana). As such, there are many people who are smoking hemp for the first time.
The benefits of CBD are becoming more widely known, and this has also contributed to a rise in hemp smokers. Let’s go over a few things that the beginner needs to know.
What are hemp flower buds?
As you would probably guess, this is just the flowering part of the plant. Marijuana smokers usually refer to these as ‘buds’, which makes some sense because they do not look like most other flowers. When harvested, trimmed, and dried, they resemble dense little nuggets of plant material. These can easily be broken up and placed in a paper, a pipe, or even a blunt if you are so inclined.
Dosing tips when you’re smoking hemp flower
Dosing is not really much of a problem when it comes to smoking hemp. CBD content will vary from plant to plant, and that makes it hard to predict how much you need for medicinal purposes. On the bright side, you really don’t need to worry about overdosing here, so the smart thing is to smoke a little bit more than you actually require. One study indicates that high dosages of CBD are actually beneficial.
There is only one thing you really need to know here: the effects of CBD are unlikely to last more than 4–6 hours . Thus, if you want to get the full effect, you should smoke 2–3 times a day. As for dosage per session, we would recommend that you use an amount roughly equal to the amount of tobacco in a cigarette. If this proves to be insufficient, you can always add a little more, but do this in increments. Even if you can’t overdose, there is no sense in being wasteful.
Reasons why you should smoke hemp
Because hemp is basically marijuana without the THC high, some people might ask: “Why smoke it at all?”.
Those people would be overlooking some very real and well-proven benefits. For starters, it has a pleasant taste and smell. Many people find it to be far less harsh and noxious than tobacco, making it a viable substitute for those who want to quit smoking. Because CBD has been shown to be helpful in this department, the effect is two-fold.
Hemp smoking is also a good way to control anxiety and minor pain. It has a relaxing effect that is similar to marijuana but without the intense high that some people find undesirable. More to the point, you don’t have to worry about being thrown in jail for this stuff. Clinical trials have shown that CBD can be very useful in the treatment of anxiety problems.
You might have heard about CBD being used as a treatment for cancer. Although there is some truth in this common belief, it isn’t quite that simple. The drugs that are used in chemotherapy (the most common treatment for cancer) tend to cause a lot of nausea and vomiting. This makes it very hard for the patient to eat. In this situation, CBD is the perfect remedy because it alleviates nausea while stimulating the appetite. Even if you don’t have cancer, hemp can be a great way to deal with any nausea issues that you might have.
Some misconceptions about smoking hemp flower
There are many misconceptions regarding the differences between hemp and marijuana. This confusion is understandable because they are technically the same plant. It’s just that some strains have been cultivated for their psychoactive effects while others have been cultivated for fibres. The latter, which is usually called ‘industrial hemp’, would not be very good to smoke. It would be harsh, difficult to burn, and would probably give you a headache.
Smokable hemp from mrhempflower.com , on the other hand, is selectively cultivated for its CBD content. By law, it cannot contain more than 0.3% THC, or else it is legally classified as marijuana. These strains are similar to those developed for recreational marijuana, but most of the psychoactive ingredient has been removed. Thus, it doesn’t get you high but is still pleasant to smoke. Make sure that your smoking hemp does not contain any little bits of the leaf. Even marijuana will give you a headache if you smoke too much of the leaf…you only want the flowers!
You don’t have to worry about overdosing, it won’t affect your ability to drive, and it won’t offend those around you with a noxious, choking smell like tobacco often does. You just break it up, roll it up, light it up, and enjoy the therapeutic benefits. And if your friends are curious about it, you can share it with them as well without having to worry about them getting addicted to this stuff. Because CBD has been known to not be addictive. Nicotine on the other hand, is an addiction beast. Most people can’t even go a day without smoking a cigarette.
Peter Wallace has been an advocate for mental health awareness for years. He holds a master’s degree in counselling from the University of Edinburgh.
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Smoking hemp is an ancient practice that is still enjoyed by many.