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The 5 Benefits of Smoking CBD Flower

You may have read about the benefits of CBD; it’s the second most popular cannabinoid as of this writing. Some companies have gone so far as to make explicit medical claims about CBD’s benefits (a big no-no according to the FDA). 

We’re not going to make any medical claims in this post. Instead, we’re going to talk about smoking CBD flower, a tried and true method of ingestion and,

  • The benefits of smoking CBD
  • What smoking CBD feels like
  • And, the risks of smoking CBD

Can You Smoke CBD?

One of the most common questions we get from first-time customers: can you smoke CBD flower… like the ‘other stuff’? The short answer is yes. 

In fact, you can even buy smokable hemp online and have it shipped directly to your door. Isn’t the internet great?

The 5 Benefits of Smoking CBD Flower

1. Smoking CBD Increases Its Bioavailability 

Bioavailabilty – “The ability of a drug or other substance to be absorbed and used by the body.”

Smoking CBD flower increases CBD’s bioavailability. According to a 2017 Chemistry & Biodiversity study, about 50% of the CBD you smoke makes it into your bloodstream, as opposed to only 5% of the CBD you eat.  

Why? Edible CBD doesn’t absorb into your bloodstream via your digestive tract as readily as vaporized CBD does when it comes in contact with your lung tissue.

2. Smoking CBD Works Faster Than Other Methods

One of the more noticeable benefits of smoking CBD is the speed at which it enters your bloodstream. When you inhale vaporized CBD, it comes in contact with your lung tissue almost immediately. 

Some studies suggest that after smoking CBD, concentrations in your bloodstream will reach their peak in just three minutes. That’s opposed to two or three hours when eaten

Because smoking CBD is the fastest way to ingest and metabolize CBD, it would make sense that your body will process and dispose of CBD faster when you smoke it than compared to other ingestion methods. In other words, smokable CBD will leave your system faster

3. Smoking CBD Is More Affordable Than Other Methods

Because CBD flower requires relatively little processing as compared to edibles, oils, and topicals, one of the biggest benefits of smoking CBD is the price tag. 

If you want to get the most milligrams of CBD for your dollar, look no further than hemp flower. Most hemp farms will carry CBD flower as it requires almost no specialized equipment to produce, it’s easy to store, and it’s easy to ship. 

For a more complete guide on finding affordable CBD, look no further than our updated 2022 guide.

4. Full-Spectrum Benefits From Smoking CBD Flower

You may notice that some CBD products are labeled “full-spectrum” or “broad-spectrum.” Those labels indicate whether or not that product contains cannabinoids other than CBD. 

Full-spectrum refers to CBD products that still contain trace amounts of THC in them. 

Broad-spectrum refers to CBD products that have had just the THC removed. The other 100+ cannabinoids native to the hemp plant are still present. 

When you smoke CBD flower, you’re consuming full-spectrum CBD. 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. The Relaxation of Smokable Cannabis Without The “High”

Smoking CBD flower will not make you feel “high.” 

Why? THC and CBD are not the same. 

THC is the cannabinoid produced in high concentrations by some cannabis plants (classified as marijuana.) It’s responsible for the psychoactive high that users feel from recreational and medicinal marijuana. 

Note: All of that said, there are some “CBD” flowers on the market today that have compliant levels of delta-9 THC and high levels of THCa, the precursor to delta-9. When smoked, THCa converts into delta-9 THC. This type of hemp flower exploits a loophole in the system and will make you feel intoxicated. If you’re looking for CBD flower that will not get you high, make sure to look at the flower’s certificate of analysis. This third-party lab document should tell you the total THC and total CBD present in your flower. Be sure to pick a strain with relatively low total THC concentrations.

Honorable Mention: Smoking CBD Can Help Some Quit Tobacco

This benefit of smoking CBD didn’t make it into our list of five because it’s not a universally shared benefit, though it still deserves some attention. 

If you’re ready to quit cigarettes, but don’t want to do so cold turkey, smoking CBD might be the answer. Some studies have concluded that CBD may ease the anxiety common in folks quitting tobacco and help curb cravings. 

Is Smoking CBD Addictive? 

Smoking CBD is not addictive that we know of. Cannabis science is still relatively young and there is still much to learn, but as of right now we don’t believe that smoking CBD will cause any dependencies.

What’s the Difference Between CBD Flower and Marijuana?

CBD hemp flower and THC marijuana look, smell, taste, and smoke similarly. There’s a reason for that. High-yielding THC marijuana strains were used and bred to create many of the CBD flower strains that we know and love today. 

But, and this is a very important distinction, to be classified as industrial hemp and compliant with the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD flower must contain no more than a 0.3% concentration of delta-9 THC by dry weight. Most CBD flower you’ll find on the market today contains less than 1% of total THC. 

What Does Smoking CBD Feel Like? 

Smoking CBD will feel different for everyone based on a number of factors: 

  • Context – are you smoking for a specific reason?
  • How much you’ve smoked 
  • How long have you been smoking CBD – have you built up a tolerance?

Many users report feelings like a deep sense of calm, focus, sociability, and some sleep benefits after smoking CBD. 

Smoking higher doses of CBD may make you feel more tired than anything, and if you’ve been smoking for a long time, you may need higher doses to maintain the same benefits. 

Does Smoking CBD Have Any Side Effects?

Smoking anything involves risks. When you smoke dried plant material, tars and carcinogens will inevitably make contact with your throat and lungs. 

Smoking CBD flower does not present the same risks as smoking cigarettes does. While smoking excessive amounts of CBD flower may cause some respiratory issues, it’s not chock-full of cancer-causing chemical additives that cigarette tobacco is. 

Smoking CBD can interact with some prescription drugs, so please do check with your doctor or pharmacist before starting.

Updated 4/6/2022

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