Thousands — if not millions — of people smoke CBD hemp buds every single day. It’s such a widespread phenomenon that smoking hemp has rapidly become commonly accepted, but at a time, so was smoking tobacco.
What is it, exactly, that makes it okay to smoke CBD hemp flower but not tobacco cigarettes? What is in hemp flower, is it safe to smoke, and are there any alternatives? We’ll cover all these questions and more.
Can you smoke buds from hemp?
Most of the hemp buds you find on the internet are smokable-grade. This means they have been bred and cultivated specifically to be smoked.
Watch out, though, for any CBD hemp flower that is listed as biomass. This type of hemp is not intended for smoking and may contain dangerous impurities.
What are the benefits of smoking CBD?
Users report that smoking CBD provides a gentle sense of relaxation. CBD does not provide the high associated with THC — even when smoked.
Smoking CBD flower is the most natural way to use this cannabinoid, and it is also one of the best ways to take advantage of the entourage effect, a theorized form of synergy that may make cannabinoids more effective. CBD flower kicks in quickly and offers effects that last around an hour.
Does CBD hemp flower look like weed?
Hemp flower is indistinguishable from weed by look or smell. Only lab tests or the effects you experience will tell you whether the buds you’re looking at are hemp or weed.
Is smoking hemp bad for your health?
Scientific studies have not identified any specific ways that smoking hemp is dangerous to your health. People in various areas around the world have consumed hemp or cannabis for thousands of years without reporting any serious negative effects.
A recent study found that smoking cannabis did not result in an increased incidence of lung cancer. More research needs to be done, but any claims that smoking hemp is dangerous are not founded in science.
Is smoking CBD bad for your heart?
There is no scientific evidence that smoking CBD hemp flower has any negative cardiovascular effects. Based on our understanding of the available anecdotal material, there aren’t any CBD hemp flower users who have reported negative cardiovascular effects directly tied to their hemp usage. Cardiovascular distress is not one of the known side effects of CBD.
Does CBD flower interact with any medications?
The CBD molecule has a propensity to interact with a wide variety of different prescription medications, and the same goes for CBD when it is in the form of hemp flower. Generally speaking, any medications that come with a “grapefruit warning” should not be used in conjunction with CBD flower, but it’s important that you consult with your physician to determine whether your current slate of medications may interact negatively with CBD.
Smoking CBD for the first time: what to expect
Now that we’ve answered some of your most pressing questions regarding the safety of smoking CBD flower, let’s take a closer look at how it will feel to smoke CBD for the first time:
1.) True-to-cannabis experience
One point CBD hemp flower users almost universally report is that CBD flower looks, smells, and feels just like cannabis should. The effects might not be intoxicating, but everything else about CBD flower screams “cannabis” from its very core.
- Secret Nature Frosted Kush CBD Hemp Pre-Roll 2-Pack review - Rachel C. ★★★★★ “Smells amazing, the best quality , reminds me of my younger days, best affects and shipping was good too”
2.) Relaxing, non-intoxicating benefits
While THC can sometimes be undesirably intoxicating, CBD flower is always non-intoxicating, providing mild, relaxing benefits instead. Many of us don’t mind a little THC here or there, but for those who do, CBD flower is a true-to-cannabis godsend.
- Secret Nature Mr. Rainbow CBD Hemp Pre-Roll 2-Pack review - Sammy L. ★★★★★ “Taste really great a smooth smoke and felt very relaxing and very energizing all at once definitely worth trying”
3.) Potent, short-term effects
People who are used to tinctures associate CBD with long, drawn-out effects that might not be as potent as desired. CBD flower, though, delivers instantaneous, potent effects that users rely on for getting to sleep at night, getting through the day, and everything in-between.
- Secret Nature Diesel Puff CBD Hemp Pre-Roll 2-Pack review - Kelsey F. ★★★★★ “Ordered diesel puff and was super impressed. I loved the glass tube it came in,packaged and sealed very nicely with no outside smell. The effects were uplifting and slightly energizing. Helped with my back pain and over all body tension. It calmed my busy mind by relaxing my thoughts and soften my headspace. I will order again!”
Can you vape CBD instead of smoking it?
It’s perfectly alright if you’re still concerned about the proposition of inhaling smoke of any kind. There’s an alternative ideally tailored to hemp lovers of your disposition: vaping.
You can vape CBD flower in a Volcano Classic or a similar dry herb vape, or you can vape CBD in the form of distillate using a vape pen or dab rig. Smoking high-grade CBD hemp flower, though, is an irreplaceable experience every connoisseur should indulge in at least once.
How do I smoke CBD buds?
When you first receive a package of CBD flower at your door, you might be stuck wondering what to do with it. Smoking CBD flower is easier than it looks, though: Let’s run through each step in the process to make sure you have a firm grasp.
- If you’re smoking CBD hemp pre-roll, all you need to do is light the tip and inhale
- Otherwise, grind your hemp buds in a grinder or break them up with your fingers.
- Place the ground up buds in the bowl of the smoking device you’ll be using
- Alternatively, roll the ground up buds into a joint
- Use a lighter, a match, or (ideally) hemp wick to light your CBD flower on fire
- Inhale the resulting smoke, and enjoy!