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You can smoke CBD hemp flower and it is a beneficial way to enjoy all the benefits of the cannabis plant without the adverse effects.
Many people are surprised to learn that it is federally legal to smoke hemp. Yes, we’re talking about hemp. That same thing used to make hemp clothing, hemp oil, the popular ‘hemp hearts’ sold at health food stores, and even those hemp sandals you wore at a music festival back in the day.
And while hemp is indeed cannabis, it cannot make you high like marijuana can.
Hemp and marijuana are more than just closely related plants; they are the same plant — Cannabis sativa. The central (and legal) difference between hemp and marijuana is that marijuana contains large amounts of Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the intoxicating compound in the cannabis plant that makes gives people psychoactive experiences.
Hemp still contains THC, but in such trace amounts (under .3 percent according to federal law), smoking does not create intoxicating effects. The difference between hemp and marijuana was clarified in the 2018 Farm Bill passage, which made hemp federally legal. However, some states have passed rules restricting the use of hemp.
Traditionally, hemp was considered the type of cannabis used for hemp fiber and hemp seed. The hemp plant has a unique structure, yielding two types of fiber that can be used for everything from hemp clothing and textiles to hempcrete or pressed hemp wood products. That type of hemp, called fiber hemp, was selected to grow tall, straight stems producing high amounts of fiber and grain in their seed heads.
Marijuana, on the other hand, was selected by growers for many years to be shorter, bushier plants that produce a heavy set of fat, cannabinoid-rich flowers to be smoked.
After the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill (before that hemp grown for any use had been illegal), hemp growers began selecting hemp plants that produced flowers high in the non-intoxicating cannabinoids but were still low in THC. This means many people who were not living in states with legal marijuana laws now have access to the many health benefits of smoking the cannabis plant without risking laws that make it illegal to smoke marijuana.
You may see smokable hemp growers like Colorado Breeders Depot talking about CBD hemp or CBG hemp strains. This means we are referring to hemp strains high in these cannabinoids instead of hemp that is low in cannabinoids and probably most appropriate for fiber hemp. Although, here at Colorado Breeders Depot, we have developed a “tri-crop” varietal of hemp that produces excellent amounts of fiber and grain, as well as a respectable percentage of CBD.
Generally, however, a CBD hemp varietal will have an impressive percentage of CBD, or cannabidiol, in it. Typically, more than 10 percent and the same goes for a CBG hemp varietal.
That’s important because these cannabinoids are all part of the more than 400 compounds available in the cannabis plant with human health benefits.
CBD has become very popular in the last decade as medical marijuana become more readily available. Doctors and scientists began studying why marijuana helped many patients relieve pain and ease anxiety and other health benefits. It quickly became apparent that CBD and other minor cannabinoids like cannabigerol (CBG) were working with our human endocannabinoid system in beneficial ways.
In the 1990s, scientists discovered the human endocannabinoid system, a series of natural, cannabinoid-like compounds that we all exude. The endocannabinoid’s primary function is to maintain homeostasis in our bodies, a healthy balance, to outside factors. It acts as a series of nerve receptors regulating things like how we perceive pain or stress. What was even more interesting, is scientists discovered that it was by interacting with the endocannabinoid system that the cannabis plant can give off effects. In some cases, these interactions make people feel ‘stoned’ (that is from THC). Still, the other cannabinoids like CBD can help ease pain, provide relief for anxiety, help with insomnia, and even prevent epileptic seizures.
Smoking CBD hemp flower, or CBG hemp flower, gives us the positive effects of the interactions with the endocannabinoid system without the intoxicating effects of marijuana, which many people do not enjoy, even when it is legal for them to use.
Anytime you inhale something that is burning into your lungs, there is a risk of potential damage. You should always check with a doctor, especially if you have any lung or respiratory issues. However, smoking hemp is generally considered quite safe and certainly much safer than smoking cigarettes and the many chemicals in nicotine.
Many smokers turn to hemp to help them kick a smoking habit.
Overall though, smoking hemp is not considered to have any significant health benefits. Some people do experience minor side effects. They might include:
One of the best ways to experience the benefits of hemp is by smoking it, which creates a higher bioavailability of the cannabinoids into your bloodstream and has a much faster effect on your body than ingesting CBD products or using CBD topicals.
If you are interested in experiencing the benefits of smokable hemp, check out our offerings at Colorado Breeders Depot. We breed hemp seed and sell only the highest quality hemp flower we grow ourselves or buy from other hemp farmers we know and trust.
We are also happy to answer any questions! Give us a ring at (719) 275-7770 or check out our website – www.coloradobreedersdepot.com