Whenever something trends on social media, you can expect there to be a ton of misinformation. Such is the case with smokable CBD hemp flower. Although CBD has been legal since 2018, many customers still don’t know what the heck this cannabinoid does. Even fewer people understand why some CBD fans have begun smoking trichome-rich hemp flowers.
If you’re confused about the smokable hemp phenomenon, then you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we’re going to run through some of the most common questions we get on smoking and vaping hemp. Hopefully, the answers below will give you a more accurate understanding of what smokable hemp flower has to offer.
Common Questions About Smokable Hemp Flower
Is Smoking CBD Hemp Flower Safe?
When people first hear about smoking CBD hemp flower, they often ask about the health risks associated with this substance. Aren’t there safer ways to enjoy the benefits of CBD? Why should anyone risk injuring their lungs with a smokable hemp pre-roll?
First off, scientists don’t have a ton of data on smokable hemp’s carcinogenic profile. However, recent studies from the University of Colorado and UCSF suggest cannabis smoke has fewer carcinogens than tobacco. Plus, if customers feel uncomfortable smoking hemp, they could place our flowers in a dry herb vaporizer.
Since vaping works using conduction or convection heating, there’s no need to fear inhaling combusted carcinogens. As a bonus, many dry herb vaporizers come with precise temperature settings, which helps flavor chasers preserve all of those delicate terpenes.
Although we’re not sure about smokable hemp’s long-term effects, the latest data suggests it’s far safer than nicotine-laced cigarettes. However, if you’re concerned about smoking CBD hemp flower, please know there are plenty of alternative ways to take CBD. For instance, you can find full-spectrum CBD tinctures , CBD topicals, and CBD isolate powder. Please take your time browsing our portfolio to find the right CBD method for your preferences.
Why Would I Want To Smoke CBD Hemp Flower?
Now that you know a bit about hemp flower’s safety profile, you may be wondering why you’d want to try this product. While there are many potential benefits associated with smokable hemp, the key draw for most customers is its superior potency.
Whether you smoke or vape our CBD buds, you should feel noticeable effects within a matter of minutes. Since hemp smoke doesn’t have to go through the digestive tract, your lungs will have an easy time absorbing all of those unique cannabinoids. As a bonus, hemp flower provides users with dozens of terpenes and flavonoids, which may result in the “entourage effect.”
As we’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, some cannabis researchers believe the compounds in raw hemp work together to produce a heightened therapeutic effect (aka “the entourage effect”). Although research into this theory is ongoing, many customers claim smoking CBD hemp is more potent than any other consumption method.
Bottom line: if you’re someone who wants to experience CBD’s max potential really fast, smoking one of our hemp strains should satisfy your cravings.
What Does Smoking CBD Hemp Feel Like?
Another misconception people have about smokable hemp is that it will get them “high.” While hemp is a part of the Cannabis sativa genus, it contains minimal traces of the psychoactive cannabinoid delta-9 THC. Indeed, per US federal law, all CBD products must contain ≤ 0.3 percent THC. Even if you’re hyper-sensitive to THC, it’s unlikely smoking hemp will induce any “stoned” sensations.
Unlike THC, CBD is non-intoxicating. While CBD interacts with our endocannabinoid system, it appears to work indirectly, which may account for its subtler effects. Also, recent evidence suggests CBD could block THC from landing on our brain’s cannabinoid receptors, thus weakening its psychoactive potential.
While CBD hemp flower won’t get you baked, that doesn’t mean you won’t feel any effects. Many customers who smoke our hemp buds describe the experience as “calming.” Depending on what strain you’re smoking, you may also experience a slight energy boost, enhanced focus, or mild sedation.
Is Smoking CBD Hemp Flower Addictive?
Unlike tobacco, there’s no evidence that smokable CBD hemp flower is habit-forming. In fact, the World Health Organization recently said CBD shows no risk of “abuse or dependence potential.”
Interestingly, many cigarette smokers are using CBD hemp flower to help them ditch their nicotine addiction. While there’s no data on whether CBD could curb tobacco addiction, one study out of the University College London suggested that CBD inhalers may reduce nicotine cravings. Hopefully, further tests will reveal how CBD could be used as an adjunct therapy for tobacco smokers.
Disclaimer: The FDA has not reviewed any of the health claims made on this website. None of the info in this post is meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any medical condition.
Is CBD Hemp Flower Safe To Use During Work Hours?
As more people discover CBD hemp’s calming effects, they often wonder whether it’s safe to take a stash to work. Well, since the US government legalized hemp flower in 2018, there’s nothing illegal about smoking hemp on your work break. Just be sure to research your state’s current cannabis restrictions to ensure you’re not breaking any local laws.
On the downside, CBD hemp flower may interfere with a drug screening. While Organic CBD Nugs promises never to sell hemp flower with over 0.3 percent THC, it’s possible this THC could appear in your test results.
Everyone absorbs cannabinoids at different rates, so there are no guarantees THC won’t be in your bloodstream during a screening. For this reason, we recommend only taking THC-free products like CBD isolate if you know a drug screening is forthcoming.
Employees also have to be wary about which hemp strain they bring to the office. Typically, sativa strains are a better choice for daytime use because they’re associated with energizing effects. By contrast, indica-heavy strains tend to have a slightly sedating effect, which kind of defeats the purpose of using hemp to boost productivity!
As a final tip, we recommend vaping rather than smoking hemp flower at work. Not only is vaping better for your lungs, it’s way more discreet. You won’t have to worry about the scent of hemp clinging to your clothes after your soothing CBD session.
How Do I Choose The Best CBD Hemp Strain?
Choosing the “right” hemp strain largely depends on your preferred flavors and effects. If you’re interested in a relaxing nightcap smoke, then you should begin your search with indica-dominant strains like Elektra or Bubba Kush. On the flip side, customers who want an uplifting daytime toke should go for sativa-rich strains like Lifter or Fruity Pebbles.
While this indica vs. sativa distinction doesn’t work 100 percent of the time, it’s an easy way to get a “preview” of different strains’ effects. Please check out this previous post for a more detailed explanation of indicas vs. sativas.
In terms of flavor, the easiest way to differentiate strains is to check their terpene profile. Terpenes are all-natural compounds that are responsible for each hemp strain’s flavors and aromatics. Interestingly, there’s also research that suggests terpenes may influence a strain’s effects.
Here’s a brief list of the most common terpenes in hemp strains to help you make the perfect purchase:
- Limonene: Lemon, sweet, and tart.
- Myrcene: Fruity, tropical, and musky.
- Humulene: Hoppy, citrusy, and earthy.
- Beta-Caryophyllene: Spicy, black pepper, and smoky.
- Linalool: Lavender, floral, and herby.
- Alpha-Pinene: Woodsy, pine, and earthy.
Could I Use CBD Hemp Flower In Edibles Or Topicals?
You don’t have to be a “CBD toker” to use Organic CBD Nugs’ resinous hemp flowers. Indeed, we’ve heard from many customers who’ve successfully used our hemp flowers to make DIY topicals and edibles.
Just be sure to heat your hemp flower in a 240° F oven for about 35 minutes before adding them to your infusions. If you skip this step, your hemp buds will only contain acidic cannabinoids like CBDA and CBGA. It’s only after you heat your hemp flower that these inactive cannabinoids turn into active cannabinoids like CBD and CBG.
Is CBD Hemp Flower Better Than Other CBD Products?
While CBD has the same molecular structure in oils, edibles, and hemp flower, it doesn’t have the same effects in each product. As we mentioned above, CBD hemp flower tends to have the most immediate effects, which is great for customers who want ultra-fast, potent relief. However, people prone to coughing fits might not enjoy this ingestion method.
By contrast, CBD edibles take longer to work through our digestive tract. This often results in subtler—albeit longer-lasting—effects. On the plus side, edibles are easier to conceal (and often way tastier) than smoking CBD hemp flower.
For many customers, CBD tinctures offer the best balance between potency and discretion. Since you could take tinctures sublingually (i.e., under your tongue), they have a higher absorption rate versus CBD edibles. You may not experience the immediate effects associated with smokable hemp flower, but CBD tinctures are way easier on the lungs, and they’re more discreet to take in public.