If you are new to smoking CBD from hemp, you probably have a few questions. And we are here to provide you with the answer you may seek.
CBD from hemp has been proven to have many benefits for a wide range of people. And by smoking CBD-enriched hemp flower, the CBD will enter your body quicker, causing a feeling of relaxation.
And the greatest part, CBD hemp is legal on a Federal level due to the 2018 Farm bill.
Now let’s get down to business….let’s talk hemp-produced CBD flower.
Why Smoke CBD Flower?
Cannabis users may wonder, why smoke CBD flower? It doesn’t get you high. But for some people, it is not about that.
CBD has become popular in the medical world due to its wide range of health benefits.
It has shown positive indications for neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties and anti-seizure, antipsychotic, antidepressant, and anxiolytic abilities.
But why smoke CBD-enriched hemp?
Because it is one of the fastest ways to feel the effects of CBD.
There are many other ways to consume CBD hemp. For example, CBD topicals, CBD tinctures, hemp-produced edibles, and even CBD vape cartridges exist.
But smokable CBD hemp flower hits harder and faster because it doesn’t have to be processed through your digestive system to work.
And while some people may curl up their noses at smoking hemp, CBD flower nowadays can smell and taste just as delicious as indoor-grown hydro.
So if you enjoy smoking weed and like the flavor, you’ll love smoking hemp flower, too – without the high, of course.
Will CBD Flower Get You High?
Smoking CBD flower, aka hemp, will not get you high. It contains less than 0.3% Delta 9-THC. You would have to smoke a near-impossible amount to get high.
It is smoking marijuana, not Hemp, that makes you high and has intoxicating effects.
The majority of cannabis users need approximately 5-10 mg of Delta 9-THC to feel any sort of noticable effects.
And if there is only less than 0.3% present, you would have to smoke a whole load of CBD hemp flower to feel intoxicated. While it is not impossible, it is improbable.
But some users describe that you feel a slight “body high” effect when smoking CBD hemp flower. You will most likely feel relaxed and a little calmer due to the high CBD content.
But how much this has to do with the other phytocannabinoids present in hemp has not been thoroughly looked into.
Hemp contains over 150 different phytocannabinoids. And though many of them are in small amounts, these phytocannabinoids can still affect your system.
For instance, there is Cannabigerol (CBG), which has antibiotic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties. This cannabinoid is called the mother of all cannabinoids as they believe that this is the cannabinoid that creates them all.
Then there is Cannabinol (CBN), which has sedative, antibiotic, anticonvulsant, and anti-inflammatory effects. When Delta 9-THC degrades, this cannabinoid is the result.
More recently, you have recently isolated phytocannabinoids like THCp and CBDp. THCp is actually claimed to be several times more potent than Delta and isn’t for the inexperienced.
And all these cannabinoids are all present when consuming full-spectrum CBD.
Some believe that this produces what is called the “entourage effect,” and the result is a combination of CBD, terpenes, and other phytocannabinoid goodness, which is smokeable. However, more research needs to be completed. More on this later.
You can buy CBD-enriched flower in joints, blunts, or as individual grams, ounces, etc. But if you want the best effects, be sure to smoke full-spectrum CBD.
Also, do your research, determine which companies use synthetic or natural CBD, and check for Certificates of Analysis (COAs) for all their products. This is to ensure your own safety. Only buy from reputable brands that have completed these third-party tests.
You should also keep in mind that the food and drug administration has not approved any CBD products or cannabis products, as of yet.
But the bottom line is that smoking CBD flower will not get you high.
CBD Hemp Flower Effects
CBD hemp flower effects depend on the user, as well as the strain, and when you consume the CBD flower. Things like weight, age, chemical makeup, and metabolism all play a role in how your body will react to the CBD flower “buzz.”
Effects that are commonly described are:
- A small initial buzz that dissipates after repetitively smoking CBD flower
- A feeling as if you just exercised (also dissipates)
- Body high
- Sense of well-being
- Feel calmer
- More focused
- Great mind-body connection
- Chilled out feeling
- Feeling of being balanced internally
- Removes bad sensations
As with most natural compounds, the body adapts over time, and these effects will not be felt as readily after consistently smoking CBD.
And even though you may not be feeling these effects, CBD from smoking hemp should still improve your bodily functions and mental well-being.
CBD Flower Is Terpene Rich
When purchasing CBD flower, it comes in a variety of grades, just like THC-rich cannabis plant does.
It will have differing percentages attached to varying strains. The average CBD percentage in CBD flower is 2-15%. And, more rarely, it can get up to approximately 20%.
If you are smoking CBD flower, especially if it is indoor-grown, they will look and smell just like Delta-9 THC cannabis. This is because it contains a percentage of terpenes like marijuana.
If you don’t know what terpenes are, they are aromatic compounds that create a plant’s smell and taste. They can vary from an almost peppery taste to a citrus one.
Terpenes are everywhere around us in our environment, including cannabis and in the food we eat. And the fragrance of most plants is due to a combination of terpenes.
In nature, terpenes act as a self-defense mechanism to protect the plants from animal grazing or infectious germs. It also can attract pollinators and help plants recover from damage. Overall, terpenes are amongst the most abundant compounds in nature.
Some believe that these terpenes have properties that improve the buzz or effects of CBD and cannabis. And that they work together with phytocannabinoids to produce the high feeling you get from marijuana or the benefits of smoking CBD flower. This is dubbed the “entourage effect.”
However, a study of the entourage effect, exploring whether volatile terpenoids such as myrcene, α- and β- pinene, β-caryophyllene, and limonene affect the binding capabilities of cannabinoids at the CB1 and CB2 receptors, demonstrated that there were no noticeable effects.
However, the researchers are quick to say that the entourage effect has not been disproved, just that it does not seem to act on the potency of Delta 9-THC or CBD at the endocannabinoid receptors.
Therefore, they believe that these terpenes may have effects on their own or that they have an impact on metabolism or the synthesis of the endocannabinoids, which isn’t a far-fetched idea considering the properties and effects that other essential oils can have.
In fact, many terpenes found in essential oils have demonstrated beneficial effects on the body.
Anyway, more research needs to be completed to discover the mechanism in which terpenes act as an entourage with the endocannabinoid system and the phytocannabinoids in the hemp plant.
But, you will still taste all the varying terpene profiles depending on what strain of CBD smokable hemp you choose. You will usually find what you like by trying a variety of strains.
You may find that you like a more earthy taste, or possibly a floral one. Some people love smokable hemp strains that taste like spices or fruits. It is really up to you and your taste buds.
Try to enjoy experimenting until you find what sort of CBD flower you like to smoke. Then you can let your budtender know what kind of terpene profiles you are searching for.
What If You Smoke A Lot Of CBD Bud?
It’s Near Impossible To Get High
As stated previously, getting high from smoking CBD flower in mass amounts is not impossible. But it is improbable.
To put it into context, let’s say you smoke about 10% of Delta 9-THC to get the desired effect. Then you will need to consume over 30X the amount to get the same percentage of THC.
Therefore, if you smoke some premium hydro at 20% or higher, you would need to smoke 60X more CBD hemp flower to reach the same amount of Delta-9 THC.
So if you smoke a gram joint, you would need to smoke 60 one-gram joints to get the same effect.
And I am sure some people have tried to, but to smoke that much CBD hemp flower would be rather unpleasant on the throat and lungs. Not to mention, smoking all of that would be a big waste of premium CBD flower and money.
CBD Will Chill You Out
The primary effect of smoking hemp flower is relaxation.
Roll yourself a joint for smoking CBD flower or buy a pre-roll of smokable hemp and find a seat in the comfiest chair of your home. You won’t notice anything immediately, but halfway through the joint, you may find yourself feeling a bit better than you were.
Some people use it for anxiety, and with regular use, they notice a significant improvement in their symptoms. CBD also has antipsychotic properties and has been used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia successfully.
Not to mention, it has been proven to be highly safe by the World Health Organization (WHO.) In 2017, the WHO concluded that cannabidiol (CBD) should not be declared a scheduled substance as it does not have abuse potential or cause harm.
Although, they did state that they do not recommend CBD for medical use, despite it demonstrating therapeutic effects for seizures.
And there is no defined lethal dose of CBD, as nobody has died from consuming or smoking it. There are many studies that have demonstrated that it has only shown mild side effects felt by very few people.
But keep in mind that inhaling any substance, including smoking CBD flower should be done cautiously and as advised by a medical professional.
You Won’t Get The Munchies
It is a common misbelief that CBD hemp flower will make you want to eat everything in sight. But this simply isn’t true when you smoke CBD.
It is Delta 9-THC when you smoke cannabis that makes you want to eat everything in your refrigerator. It increases the production of ghrelin in the body. Ghrelin is also known as the hormone that affects the hunger response.
Using cannabis increases the levels of ghrelin even if your stomach is full. Therefore, causing you to have a serious case of the munchies.
And as cannabis also boosts dopamine levels, enhancing pleasure, food becomes more satisfying when you are high on cannabis.
But with CBD has been found to counteract the adverse effects of THC, like weight gain. In animal studies, it was shown that over fourteen days, it produced a significant decrease in body weight gain in rats.
And though we aren’t rats, it will be interesting to see what other things CBD may be beneficial for as the mechanism by which CBD works on the human body is not precisely known.
In one study, the researchers compared chronic THC, and CBD user brains against healthy controls and found that the gray matter in the right anterior hippocampus was reduced in the regular users. This suggests that THC has neurotoxic effects and that CBD has neuroprotective effects.
They also found that THC decreases brain activity in the area of the brain called the striatum. The striatum plays a role in planning activities, completing cognitive tasks, and motor activity. However, they found that CBD increases neurological activity in this brain area.
So, as you can see, there are many benefits to using CBD-infused hemp flower. It counteracts the negative effects of smoked cannabis, essentially mediating it.
An odd fact I found during research was that the higher the THC amount produced in a strain, the lower the amount of CBD produced. So these high THC strains have minimal CBD ranging from 0.09-0.2% total CBD.
So if you are looking for high CBD and THC strains, your best bet is to find a lower THC strain, as it is more likely to have higher CBD.
Wrapping Up Smoking Hemp CBD
Smoking hemp can be just as pleasurable as smoking premium quality cannabis nugs. And if you smoke CBD flower it is one of the fastest ways to produce effects and is quickly becoming a popular way to consume CBD flower from the hemp plant.
With all the benefits of CBD, it is hard to go wrong when smoking premium-grade hemp flower.
It won’t get you high, but some people will find some effects from the CBD in hemp. With regular use, CBD will work wonders on your body.
You will feel a relaxed, chill vibe that will decrease over time as your body becomes accustomed to the CBD in hemp. And though you may feel no effects, it is still working in your system.
Try out different CBD hemp strains with varying terpene profiles until you find the taste you love.
But remember to always consume safely with your well-being in mind, and when in doubt, contact a medical professional. Also, ask your doctor or pharmacist if CBD is the right treatment for you if you are on other medication.