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Why Would I Smoke CBD Hemp Flower?

September 28th, 2021 by Cara Oorbeck

CBD Hemp Flower Topics Covered

CBD Hemp Flower –  What is it?

Hemp Flower is the unprocessed bud from the hemp plant. The hemp plant naturally contains many cannabinoids (fancy word for compounds)including the well known cannabinoid CBD and terpenes. The hemp plant is similar to marijuana in that it has all of the same compounds, but the amount of each of these cannabinoids varies tremendously.

The biggest difference between the two plants is that hemp has much higher percentages of CBD than marijuana. Additionally, the THC cannabinoid, that compound that gets you “high”, naturally occurs with only 0.3% or less present. You can receive the full neutralizing benefit of the hemp plant through the pulmonary system (lungs), without any concerns of the head fuzziness associated with marijuana.

You can buy CBD hemp flower in all 50 states legally unlike marijuana.  The hemp flower strains come in a multitude of varieties with some fun names including Bubba Kush, Blueberry Diesel, Skywalker, Sour Space Candy, White CBG, Cherry Wine and many more premium strains and many people enjoy the different varieties! CBD hemp flower can provide relaxing effects in a matter of minutes when smoked or vaped. CBD flowers do not get you high and may be able to provide some assistance with a variety of physical complaints including sleep, anxiety and stress, and pain relief.

It’s important to note that while hemp flower is a good fit for some people, it’s not for everyone.  Smoking anything is a bad idea if you have asthma or any type of pulmonary concerns.  It goes without saying that anyone under the age of 21 shouldn’t be considering smoking as a way to get their daily CBD intake. My friend the respiratory therapist says the only thing that should go into your lungs is air. She’s not wrong! But there are some situations where hemp flower may be really beneficial. Let’s talk them through.

Healthy Smoking: Is Smoking CBD Hemp Flower Really Better?

There is an ongoing debate that we hear regularly about the benefits of smoking hemp verses ingesting hemp daily. At GWL we are proponents of daily CBD use. The difference between ingesting hemp and smoking hemp can depend on what effects you are looking to achieve. Ingesting a hemp based(CBD/cannabinoid)capsule, tincture or edible daily, can take hours to see benefits and if you have never taken cannabinoids it can take as long as 5 to 7 days to begin to see full benefits. Where as smoking hemp flower is much more fast acting. When taking cannabinoids from hemp in through the lungs (smoking), the benefits can be felt and seen within minutes not hours. This can be helpful for people who are looking for immediate assistance. The negative part of smoking rather than ingesting hemp is that it can also wear off more quickly than when hemp is ingested. This is a nice option if you are just looking to experience some of the benefits from cannabinoids quickly.

We regularly get asked the question, “Can CBD help me quit smoking?” This is a loaded question. Millions of people struggle with nicotine addictions ever year and conventional treatments often leave many people or needing a lot more help! The short answer to can CBD help me quit smoking is maybe. CBD and cannabinoids will not counteract the addiction to tobacco. Hemp flower does not eliminate the physiological effects of addiction that nicotine brings. With that said, we talk to people everyday that are utilizing hemp flower/CBD Flower as a part of a more complete plan to attempt to quit smoking. It can offer a benefit in the physical feel of smoking and the habit.  Additionally, CBD is a known neutralizer and one of the primary benefits found is reduction in anxiety.  The process of quitting smoking can absolutely ramp up that anxiety, and smoking hemp flower may help curb that anxiousness.

Another way that smoking hemp flower can assist with the process of quitting smoking includes some with the oral fixation associated with smoking. Often smokers are so accustomed to having something in their hand to inhale, and smoking hemp flower can alleviate the desire to smoke nicotine, because it does give a smoker something to smoke in the process of quitting smoking nicotine. The other that accompanies the smoking habit. So in that regard hemp flower can assist as you are getting over the of desiring to some something without going back to the nicotine.

Why Would I Want to Smoke Hemp Flower?

There are a few reasons someone would choose to smoke CBD hemp flower over marijuana. The first and primary reason for choosing to smoke hemp verses marijuana would be the benefits to the body. Smoking hemp flower enables you to feel the same relaxing or calming effects of smoking marijuana without the “high ” or psychoactive effect. Smoking hemp flower rather than marijuana can also help to avoid some of the other negative side effects of marijuana including:

    • Munchies
    • Red eyes
    • Dry mouth
    • Slow reaction times

One of the other reasons people choose to smoke hemp includes an alternative to an after dinner drink or smoking marijuana. It can be enjoyable and can assist with unwinding at the end of a day. Because nicotine, marijuana and alcohol can be habit forming some people are choosing hemp flower, as a non-addictive alternative.

Understanding the Measurements of Hemp Flower:

Knowing how much CBD hemp flower to purchase can be confusing. Here is a quick guide to assist when you are trying hemp flower.

  • 1 pre-roll(size of a cigarette) is usually equivalent to 1 gram.
  • 1/8 ounce= 3.5 grams
  • 1/4 ounce = 7 grams
  • 1/2 ounce = 14 grams
  • 1 ounce = 28 grams

Terpenes, Do They Matter?

If you don’t know what terpenes are and you want to learn more, I would definitely recommend checking out our blog on terpenes. As more simple explanation as to what terpenes are is that they are aromatic compounds in the hemp flower. So, do these compounds matter? Absolutely! Terpenes contribute to the “entourage effect”, which essentially means that the cannabinoids found in the product will be more effective in the body than if those terpenes were removed in the hemp processing.

There are a few notable terpenes found in the hemp plant that may offer different benefits when smoked. The most widespread terpene found in hemp plants is known as Myrcene, another few terpenes are D-Limonene, Alpha Pinene, and Linalool. Many terpenes have been shown to be antimicrobial, meaning they have properties that potentially can aid in fighting potentially microbes, like bacteria and mold. Moreover, some terpenes have been shown to possibly aid in inflammation, relaxation, increasing focus/attention, and even promoting healthy digestion. Understanding the practical uses of these terpenes allows for different hemp flowers to have different effects on the body.

CannaFlower has mastered this understanding of terpenes, which is how some pre-rolls are for Joy and others for Calming. Put me to the test by trying some of our amazing hemp flower that we carry and see how you feel after a few minutes. We’d love to hear your thoughts!

If you are ready to jump into the world of Hemp flower, we are here to help guide you. Give us a call at 1-888-772-7875 (Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm EST), or fill out our online contact form.  You can also click the “live chat” button at any time!

Sources:

https://jcannabisresearch.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s42238-020-00051-z

About Cara Oorbeck

Cara OorbeckCara is on staff and assists with the day to day administration at GWL. She is passionate about sharing her passion and knowledge of Hemp and CBD. Cara has been writing and public speaking for the past 20 years. When Cara is not working at GWL she is enjoying her family and 7 rescue animals.


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