Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most popular types of cannabis products on the market, especially for people looking to enjoy the benefits of cannabis without getting drunk. While everything from gummies to CBD oils is on drugstore shelves, there is reason to believe that smoking high dosage CBD plants could be a powerful method to access the medical benefits of CBD.
We’ll go over the details what happens when you smoke CBD, its pros and cons, and why you might consider smoking as your childbearing method.
Can You Smoke CBD?
Every smoking experience is quite subjective and may vary from product to product. It all depends on the human metabolism and the individual tolerance of their endocannabinoid system.
What Does Smoking CBD Feel Like?
Smoking high concentrated CBD flowers with some THC will also be different than rubbing CBD isolate (pure CBD) or ingesting CBD oil. It also depends a lot on what other cannabinoids and terpenes are in the product you are smoking. These compounds often work together to produce specific results, a phenomenon known as the entourage effect.
CBD will not give you the same intoxication as THC but it can give you a feeling of pure relaxation. Some users report that CBD can make them feel sleepy, happy, or even energized, depending on their dosage and route of administration. It is believed that low doses of CBD are stimulating, while higher doses (250mg or more) can be sedative. Others laughingly assert that CBD relieves inflammation or pain after smoking.
Benefits and Side Effects
With the popularity rise and legal status under the Farm Act of 2018, cannabis users in the United States are benefiting from new research on CBD, including additional information on smoking and other consumption methods. More research is needed, but humanity is starting to get a coherent picture of the CBD benefits.
Benefits of Smoking CBD
There is concrete scientific evidence for the usefulness of CBD in the treatment of seizures caused by epilepsy. There is a lot of evidence that led the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve a CBD-based drug for the treatment of children epilepsy.
Other clinical studies have explored the potential of CBD in these cases:
- relieving depression
- relieving anxiety
- treating chronic pain
- reducing insomnia.
CBD has also been shown to help support healthy immune function. Although more research is needed, thousands of patients report the benefits of smoking CBD.
Among other usage methods, inhaling CBD through smoking provides the fastest relief. This means that the benefits of CBD can be felt within minutes, peaking in about 15-30 minutes when smoked or vaporized. Smoking CBD from a cannabis flower can also help those who want to quit smoking cigarettes. One study found that CBD can reverse cravings for smoking.
Possible Risks and Side Effects
When you use fire to burn plant material, it creates carcinogens that enter your lungs. These carcinogens are found in tobacco and cannabis smoke and represent one of the risks of smoking flowers. Because CBD smoking is associated with smoke inhalation, patients should be aware of the risk of developing respiratory problems.
Fortunately, smoking CBD has fewer risks than smoking cigarettes, especially for more severe conditions like cancer. Although excessive smoking can cause breathing problems such as bronchitis or excessive phlegm production, no causal relationship has been found between CBD smoking and cancer. An easy way to reduce the risks associated with smoking is to vaporize rather than smoke the CBD, and this eliminates some of the risks associated with smoking, the inhalation of toxins.
A 2007 study found that using a vaporizer can reduce harmful respiratory symptoms in regular cannabis smokers. CBD consumption in general comes with some drug interaction risks, so be sure to check with your doctor if smoking cannabis will work in your existing treatment regimen.
Smoking CBD vs. THC
CBD and THC are the most common cannabinoids found in marijuana and potentially treat many of the same symptoms such as:
Of course, there are differences between them in chemical structure and in how they interact with the body’s ECS but the main difference lies in intoxication.
CBD is often chosen for its non-psychoactive properties, but it is actually psychoactive and more accurately described as non-intoxicating. It can still affect the brain and body (which is why it can relax the users), but it doesn’t produce the intoxicating effects that people experience with THC.
Thus, smoking CBD is similar to smoking THC, but without the effect. In fact, CBD can mitigate the psychoactive effects of THC and even enhance its other therapeutic benefits while minimizing the unwanted negative effects of anxiety, heart palpitations, or dry eyes and mouth. CBD is also technically legal to smoke if you smoke CBD hemp flower. Most governments distinguish CBD hemp from marijuana based on the amount of THC in the plant.
The Farm Act of 2018 legalized industrial hemp in the US, defined as plants containing no more than 0.3% THC by dry weight. US citizens can legally buy industrial hemp flowers in almost every state, even online, as long as they meet the standards defined as industrial hemp. Alternatively, you can purchase high concentrated CBD cannabis flower from licensed pharmacies in legalized states, but these products often do not qualify for cannabis. While they contain higher levels of CBD than many commercially available hemp products, these dispensary products may contain higher amounts of cannabinoids, including THC.
The details and peculiarities of CBD smoking described earlier lead us to not entirely unambiguous conclusions. As it turned out, for general well-being and minimizing damage to the body, smoking CBD or THC is a better choice than smoking the same tobacco cigarettes. However, the way to smoke anything is a rather dubious choice due to the presence of carcinogens in its smoke.
But everyone is the blacksmith of his own destiny and everyone is looking for different purposes in the use of such a plant as hemp. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, but otherwise the decision is up to the user and only he is responsible for the decisions he makes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is smoking CBD safe?
Unfortunately, there are still doubts and more researches should be made on specific methods of consuming CBD. However, most evidence suggests that smoking CBD flower is generally safe, except for the risks associated with smoking herbal substances. CBD can also interact with some prescription drugs, so discuss your goals with your doctor.
Can you smoke CBD oil?
Patients can consume CBD in a variety of ways, including vaporizing CBD oil through cartridges. Most CBD oils in tincture form are meant to be taken by mouth, but you can purchase cartridges of CBD oil from a pharmacy to vaporise. While you can purchase CBD vape oil containing less than 0.3% THC in most states, the FDA has yet to step in to regulate the CBD market. You may be better off getting CBD oil cartridges that have been lab tested by a licensed dispensary if you want to really vape it.
Does CBD make you high?
While CBD is psychoactive in the sense of brain and nerve system interactions, CBD is not intoxicating. You don’t get high when you smoke CBD, but many users report a subtle soothing or relaxing effect.