Has the recent buzz around hemp in the CBD market piqued your curiosity?
With the Farm Act of 2018, growing hemp in America was legalized, leading to the fast-growing trend of smoking hemp. Even though the smokable hemp flower market is still very recent, it is fast-tracking to become a multi-million dollar market
According to most users, smoking hemp has a similar relaxing effect as marijuana, only without the ‘high.’ You can grind some hemp, roll it up, and hit the blunt.
If you’ve never tried hemp before and wonder what all this buzz is about, you’re at the right place.
What exactly is it and can you smoke hemp? Can you smoke it the same way as you smoke marijuana? Does it affect your health?
These are some of the questions we’ll be answering here.
By the time you finish reading, you’ll know exactly what the hemp buzz is all about.
Without wasting any more time, let’s get rolling!
What is Hemp?
Hemp belongs to the Cannabis sativa species and is a dioecious plant, which essentially means that it can male and female plants. There are various uses of hemp, and it has been around for a long time.
The term ‘hemp’ refers to Cannabis, which contains 0.3% or less of THC content in terms of dry weight. While it doesn’t contain enough THC to produce an intoxicating effect, it has high cannabidiol (CBD).
How is it Different from Marijuana?
The term ‘marijuana’ refers to Cannabis, which contains more than 0.3% of THC in terms of dry weight. Moreover, smoking marijuana has a euphoric effect, or it gives users a ‘high.’
Here are the three key factors that will help you differentiate between hemp and marijuana:
The composition of both plants is different. As mentioned earlier, THC is produced differently in both plants. Hemp cannot have more than 0.3% THC; on the other hand, marijuana can hold up to 30% of THC content.
As the composition of the two differs, so do the regulations surrounding them.
Initially, hemp was considered an illegal substance in the States due to the Controlled Substance Act of 1970. However, after the introduction of the Farm Act of 2018, growing hemp was legalized.
Marijuana is still illegal under federal law due to the Controlled Substance Act.
There are different uses of hemp and marijuana.
Marijuana is mostly used for recreational purposes. Research has shown that it can potentially be used for therapeutic purposes.
Hemp, on the other hand, has many purposes.
It’s the leaves and flowers which make the hemp flower smokable. You can also make oils with them.
People use the stem to make fiber. Hemp fibers have been used for over 10,000 years to manufacture clothing, rope, building materials, paper, etc.
In addition, the seeds are used to make proteins. The whole plant can also be used for fuel or feedstock.
Can You Smoke Hemp?
Now comes the question: can you smoke hemp?
The short, quick answer is yes.
As mentioned earlier, the smokable hemp flower doesn’t contain enough THC content to cause intoxication, and while cannabis is psychoactive, it doesn’t cause intoxication.
You can definitely smoke hemp, but it won’t give you a high. The high CBD hemp buds have a strong calming and anti-anxiety effect on users. After smoking hemp, you’re probably going to feel super relaxed.
In addition, hemp flower strains contain other secondary cannabinoids, flavonoids, and aromatic terpenes as well. This means that you get to enjoy the flavor of the hemp strain without worrying about it impacting your life.
How to Smoke/Consume Hemp?
So, how can you get the most of the high CBD hemp flower?
We’re going to discuss three major ways through which you can consume hemp:
This is pretty simple. Just grind up the smokable hemp flower, roll it up in a joint or a blunt wrap, and light it up. Rolling up a blunt might take some practice, but this method is cheap and easy.
Furthermore, if you’re looking to add some flavor to your hemp, you can even get flavored papers.
Vaping has become popular these days among cannabis consumers. The dry herb vaporizer heats the high CBD hemp flower. The heat causes the resin to evaporate. It is this resin that users inhale.
This method is a lot safer than smoking as there is no burning of CBD hemp buds. Vaporizers also filter out any possible impurities. Moreover, it produces a more concentrated flavor, which means you can enjoy a strong hit without using many CBD hemp buds.
Some people make topicals for their skin using hemp flowers. You can go all out making balms, lotions, serums with your hemp flower. You can also get creative by mixing it with other oils and ingredients.
How Does Hemp Impact Your Health?
The CBD content makes the hemp flower smokeable, but what impact does it have on your health?
Inhaling burnt plants and smoke is quite harmful to your lungs. Moreover, the combustion process produces certain chemicals that may harm your body.
As smoking hemp is still relatively new, there isn’t much research regarding smoking hemp’s specific dangers.
However, there is research that claims Cannabis does not cause lung cancer the way tobacco does. In fact, it has shown to reverse lung damage.
Last thought about the Smokable Hemp Flower
So, can you smoke hemp?
Yes, the CBD content makes the hemp flower smokable. However, due to the low concentration of THC, you don’t experience a psychoactive effects.
This is one of the significant differences that set the smokable hemp flower apart from marijuana. As the latter contains more than 0.3% of THC content, allowing users to experience a high.
Depending on your preferences, you can consume hemp in multiple ways. You can either roll up a joint/blunt, use a vaporizer, or get more creative using it as a topical for your skin.
There is little research regarding the impact of hemp on health. However, research on Cannabis shows that it is useful in reversing lung damage.
So, will you be joining the latest CBD trend and try smoking hemp? Given everything we discussed in this post, there’s not much to lose by smoking hemp.