Years ago, society considered smoking to be a positive. Indeed, you would even see doctors talking about the apparent “benefits” of smoking cigarettes. But in recent decades, we have found out much more about the dangers of tobacco smoking – it can cause cancer, and potentially life-threatening issues with the respiratory system. And cigarettes can be frighteningly difficult to quit because of the nicotine addiction that comes with them.
However, it is important to note that medical marijuana and smokable cannabidiol (CBD) products, such as CBD pre-rolled joints are quite a bit different from standard smoking. And there are perfectly valid reasons why a CBD user would choose hemp flower as their preferred way of taking CBD.
This article will make the argument for smoking CBD, in a world where the act of smoking has been demonised. We’ll be focussing on:
- The benefits of smoking CBD
- Why CBD smoking is different to cigarette smoking
- How to smoke CBD
- The smokable CBD products available today
- How CBD can help you to stop smoking
Smoking offers the most rapid CBD effects
Smoking is simply the most efficient way of getting CBD molecules into the body. With all other consumption methods, the effects are slightly delayed. This is more obvious with capsules and edibles, as the CBD only gets into the bloodstream after being digested and absorbed through the stomach.
But when smoking, CBD’s passage into the bloodstream is almost direct, going straight in via the lungs. The health benefits for this are, therefore, often more pronounced. This is excellent for pain relief and treating rheumatoid arthritis. But we’ll get more into the specific therapeutic benefits of hemp plants and smoking hemp buds later in the post.
Comparing smoking CBD with smoking tobacco
When considering CBD and tobacco smoking, it’s vital to remember that it is not the smoking itself which is addictive. The reason that cigarette smoking is addictive is purely down to the nicotine from the tobacco. While tobacco addiction is extremely problematic, the same cannot be said for smoking high-CBD strains. The effects of cigarette smoking are rather notorious in the 21st century, with common illnesses including bronchitis, emphysema and lung cancer.
No amount of CBD is addictive, and instead, some research suggests that CBD may be effective in treating addiction. In reality, this means that you can pick up CBD joint smoking when you feel like it, and then stop at a moment’s notice. There’s no risk of becoming dependent. Whether this is true of general marijuana – which contains a psychoactive element called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – is up for debate. Some have argued that THC is either physically or mentally addictive, or both. However, more studies are necessary to know that for sure.
How smoking CBD may help you
Now you know that smoking CBD joints can be done in a positive, and therapeutic way, let’s look in more depth at the specific illnesses and health issues that hemp flower may be good for.
Smoking CBD for fibromyalgia
CBD is a promising treatment for fibromyalgia. The condition has posed many problems for scientists hoping to find a cure. Fibromyalgia’s symptoms are unusual, and impact both mental and physical wellbeing. Researchers studying cannabis and cannabinoids, however, have identified the endocannabinoid system (ECS) as a possible root cause. This is logical in the sense that the ECS regulates both physical and psychological health variables.
Smoking CBD is an efficient way of clearing any ‘fibro fog’, a form of cognitive dysfunction that many fibromyalgia sufferers experience. It’s also great for managing the pain that comes with the condition. Fibromyalgia pain is typically very intense, hence why the quick relief offered by CBD is so welcome.
Smoking CBD for anxiety
Anxiety is another disorder where rapid relief is essential for the CBD to have a meaningful effect. Anxiety patients don’t get much benefit from a treatment that doesn’t begin to work instantly, since the symptoms are a problem in the moment, and generally subside once removed from the anxiety-inducing situation. However, these symptoms can have a devastating effect on quality of life if not brought under control.
Smoking CBD before an event that is likely to cause anxiety will bring at least two or three hours of anxiety relief. A high-CBD joint with a rich percentage of CBD allows for a large dose of CBD to be taken in at once. Research on CBD and anxiety seems to show that big doses are most beneficial for easing the mental condition.
Smoking CBD for inflammatory problems
CBD and cannabinoids have revelatory potential as a remedy for improving immune system functioning and treating inflammation. Scientists happened across the ECS in the early 1990s, and have since learned how the system interacts with others in the body. This led to unearthing the close link between the immune system and the CB2 (cannabinoid receptor 2) in the ECS. In essence, CBD manages inflammation by making sure these receptors are regulated. This is done by promoting healthy levels of endocannabinoids, many of which are CB2 receptor agonists.
In reality, this means that hemp oil and CBD cigarettes are really powerful anti-inflammatory treatments. For illnesses such as arthritis, CBD hemp flower represents a product that can start soothing joint pain almost immediately. Patients who have suffered from reduced mobility and lower quality of life because of arthritis may find that CBD joints give them a new lease of life.
CBD for quitting smoking
Fascinatingly, CBD may even help smokers to kick their tobacco habit. Some small studies that have been conducted on the anti-addictive effects of CBD. One, that was focussed on smoking, showed that smokers given a CBD inhaler significantly cut back their intake of cigarettes over a week-long period. The study had a couple of caveats. As a small investigation, it’s impossible to say if CBD had a genuine impact. The study was placebo-controlled, though the short timeframe wasn’t long enough to provide conclusive results.
That said, CBD has also demonstrated anti-addictive effects for heroin addicts. Researchers have theorized that CBD’s regulating effect on opioid receptors could be the mechanism behind this response. Smokers trying to give up nicotine could simply experiment on themselves by smoking a CBD joint over a cigarette, and seeing if this reduces their intake over time.
Smoking CBD for pain
Smoking CBD for chronic pain is a very popular reason for consuming CBD.This also extends to medical cannabis. Proponents have seized upon the analgesic effects of cannabis plants when arguing for marijuana reform. With many types of pain, and neuropathic in particular, a treatment needs to be fast-acting to really benefit the patient. And that’s exactly what CBD joints offer. Not having to wait around for the relief to be felt enables those affected by pain to enjoy an active lifestyle, and for their quality of life not to be impeded.
CBD joints are a better option than cannabis joints for many users, as the former don’t come with any psychoactive side effects. Not everyone is negatively affected by cannabis, but taking the plant (in any way) does trigger anxiety and paranoia in some. This is exacerbated if in an unfamiliar or unpleasant situation.
How to smoke CBD
CBD is smokable in a few different ways, although each method broadly produces the same effects. Cannabis users will probably know all about these, but let’s run through them anyway!
In a joint
Most people smoke CBD flower in a joint. Some like to buy pre-rolls to save them the fiddly hassle of rolling. However, others love the art of rolling and consider it a part of the cannabis and CBD experience. Rolling yourself also gives users the ability to mix different strains together, as to complement the indica and sativa properties of different buds.
Smoking a joint is a touch unhealthier than other methods, because the smoke from the paper is also being inhaled. That’s why it’s best to use natural papers, that contain as few chemicals as possible.
In a pipe, bong or bubbler
Smoking CBD flower in a pipe, bong or bubbler takes papers out of the equation. All of these are great for users who want a somewhat smooth and cooler hit. The smoke is hottest in a pipe. The water in a bubbler provides cooler smoke. Bongs give you the coolest smoke of all because they can hold the greatest amount of water. This makes for bigger rips, and a greater intake of CBD at once. Bongs are, therefore, perfect for CBD users who favor strong, and quickly-delivered doses.
The only drawback with these three is that some cleaning and maintenance is required for optimum smoking sessions. Failure to keep your equipment in tip-top shape will lead to a taste that declines over time. CBD and cannabis smokers usually clean their glass pieces with alcohol and salts.
Mixing CBD and THC-rich flower
Combining CBD and THC-rich bud is a cool trick that allows you to enjoy a smoke from days gone by. Today’s weed is more potent than ever, meaning that THC concentrations are way up, while CBD levels are in freefall. Disturbing the cannabinoid makeup in strains may have unintended consequences that we don’t yet know about.
That’s why recreational users should serious think about propping up their THC-laden joints with some CBD. Biologists and historians are pretty certain that humans’ use of cannabis goes back thousands, if not tens of thousands of years. However, 21st century marijuana is a new prospect altogether, and one humans have never encountered. We’re yet to really understand the long-term effects of high-strength pot.
Some drawbacks of smoking CBD
Smoking CBD is still unhealthier than CBD oil and all other CBD products, including vaping. The crucial point is that it’s not as risky as smoking tobacco cigarettes or even normal cannabis. However, CBD joint smoking is also pretty smelly, and the least discreet method of all. This isn’t a problem if you live in a legal state and are happy to smoke at home, with no need to worry about the smell. But the odor is just like cannabis and could cause problems if you have nosy neighbors. Or even if you don’t want your clothes to have a weed-tinged aroma.
For those who really want to get the CBD benefits we have discussed, but without the negatives of smoking, there are plenty of other CBD products available.
Other CBD options
Vaping is effectively the same as smoking in regard to how the CBD gets into your body. CBD e-liquids don’t have the strong smell. With no combustion involved, vaping is also healthier. CBD tincture oils almost match smoking and vaping for speed of effects. Users who want a CBD hit to last them several hours, such as overnight, trend towards edibles, syrups, capsules and other orally-consumed products.