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The 5 Benefits of Smoking CBD Flower

You may have heard or read somewhere about the benefits of CBD; it’s the cannabinoid with the brightest spotlight as of this writing. Some companies have even gone so far as to make explicit medical claims about CBD use (a big industry no-no). 

We’re not going to make any claims in this post. Instead, we’re going to talk about smoking CBD hemp flower, a tried and true method of ingestion. And, while it may not be the most inconspicuous way to partake, there are a few benefits of smoking CBD flower.

But first….

CBD Flower vs THC Marijuana: What’s the difference?

Read our more in-depth piece here. 

CBD hemp flower and THC marijuana do look awfully similar, and there is a reason for that. High-yielding marijuana strains were used to create many of the hemp flower strains that we know and love today. 

But, and this is a big but, smoking CBD flower will not get you “high.” To be classified as hemp, CBD hemp flower must contain less than 0.3% of delta-9 THC by dry weight.

The Benefits of Smoking CBD Flower

1. No Psychoactive “High” Effect

We touched upon this in the previous section, but smoking CBD flower will not make you feel intoxicated or “high.” 

At least, not all hemp flower. Let us explain:

THC is a cannabinoid produced in all cannabis plants that is responsible for the psychoactive high that users feel from recreational and medicinal marijuana plants. 

To be recognized as hemp flower by the federal government, hemp has to contain less than 0.3% of delta-9 THC by dry weight. However, the precursor to delta-9 is known as THCa. There are some strains of hemp flower that do contain low concentrations of delta-9 THC while containing high concentrations of THCa. When heated, THCa converts into delta-9 THC. 

Notice “Total THC” to the side

 

If you’re looking to smoke CBD hemp flower that will not get you high, make sure to look at said flower’s certificate of analysis. This document, usually from a third-party lab, should tell you the total potential THC in your flower, as well as total potential CBD, and various other cannabinoids. Be sure to pick a strain with relatively low total THC percentages. 

Read more about how to read a certificate of analysis here.

2. Smoking CBD Works. Fast.

Of all the ways to consume CBD, smoking hemp flower works the fastest. When combusted and inhaled, cannabinoids come in contact with your lung tissue and enter your bloodstream almost immediately. 

Some studies suggest that after smoking CBD it reaches peak concentration in your bloodstream in just three minutes. That’s opposed to two or three hours when eaten.

3. Smoking CBD Increases Its Bioavailability

Bioavailability- “the proportion of a substance which enters the circulation when introduced into the body and so is able to have an active effect.”

As opposed to eating and sublingual ingestion (tincture drops under the tongue), smoking CBD increases the cannabinoid’s overall bioavailability— sometimes up to 50%

Why? 

Because CBD isn’t water-soluble, it doesn’t readily absorb into the bloodstream in your mouth or in your digestive tract as it does when vaporized CBD enters your lungs.

4. Get the Benefits of Full-Spectrum Hemp by Smoking CBD

You may notice descriptors like “broad-spectrum and “full-spectrum” when buying CBD products. Each describes a slightly different way of making and consuming cannabinoids.

Read more about the differences between broad and full-spectrum CBD here.

When you smoke CBD hemp flower, you’re consuming “full-spectrum” hemp, meaning that all the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids that are present in the hemp plant during harvest are still present in your finished product. 

Many believe that this is the best way to consume CBD as it provides the users with the entourage effect— aptly named for the effect produced when all cannabinoids work together to provide feelings of calm and relief.

5. Smoking CBD is Affordable

Because hemp flower requires relatively little processing or added labor, smoking CBD hemp flower is one of the most affordable ways to consume the most milligrams of CBD.

See our guide to Affordable CBD here

As you get into the realm of CBD tinctures, edibles, and topicals, you’re talking about more and more processing and equipment required to make said products. Hemp flower, on the other hand, is very low maintenance. You just need to know how to harvest, trim, and store your finished product. 

Speaking of storing CBD hemp flower, if you’re enticed by this piece to purchase some smokable CBD, be sure you know how to store you hemp flower properly.

Updated 8/20/2021

Sources 

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