Are there benefits to smoking hemp flower? Hemp is becoming increasingly popular but not as much as its psychoactive cousin marijuana. The advantages of CBD are increasingly understood, which also helps to increase the number of hemp smokers.
The many benefits of smoking hemp flower are already praised by regular hemp users. Demand for CBD continues to grow into a market closely matching that of the cannabis industry.
Consumers must understand the difference between hemp and marijuana in order to make an educated decision.
Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana
The hemp plant produces a wide variety of cannabinoids including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the cannabinoid which creates the high in marijuana. Hemp, however, does not contain sufficient THC and normally is at .03% maximum.
It does however produce high concentrations of non-intoxicating cannabidiol (CBD) in much higher levels. The use of CBD derived products from hemp. Hemp is quickly evolving into one of today’s best-known types of treatment with cannabinoids.
Hemp, however, does not produce sufficient THC to induce the high effects when consumed.
Marijuana or cannabis varieties contain more than 0.3 % THC (dry weight) and produce psychotropic or euphoric effects on the user. As a strong psychoactive agent, THC will bind directly to the human endocannabinoid system to the CB1 and CB2 receptors. Marijuana over activates parts of the brain that contain the highest number of these receptors. Which causes the “high” that people feel.
Benefits of Smoking Hemp
Both the cannabis and hemp plant produce similar looking flowers usually referred to as “buds”. Hemp flowers are collected trimmed and dried similar to the cannabis flowers. They can be quickly broken or ground into a joint, pipe a blunt or even vaped.
But what benefits does the hemp plant have compared to its cannabis counterpart?
No High Effects
While THC is present in each cannabis plant, it is less common in the hemp variety. Because the THC levels of hemp flowers are so small, it will not induce a high when smoked. But for some people even a small THC amount may cause a sensitivity issue.
Hemp smokers should be aware that traces of THC may occur during drug testing, even at low doses.
No Worry of Overdosing
A great benefit of smoking hemp flower is that you don’t have to think about overdosing. Smoking a little more than you really like might be more beneficial then harmful. It is doubtful that the effects of CBD will continue over 4-6 hours. Therefore, you can smoke 2–3 times a day if you want to get the full effect.
Other compounds in natural hemp, such as aromatic terpenes, are a perfect source in CBD for smokers. These terpens are not only indicative of the distinguishing flavours of these terpenes but they also have physiological effects.
Hemp is also full of antioxidant-rich properties, such as flavonoids, which can improve the effectiveness of CBD.
Hemp an Alternative to Tobacco
Smoking hemp flowers give users a pleasant taste and flavor. It is much less harsh and unhealthy for many people than tobacco, which makes it viable for those trying to stop smoking.
Hemp joints seem to provide a safer alternative. Particularly for people looking to wean away from cigarettes, and eliminate nicotine from their system.
Control Anxiety and Stress
Smoking hemp is also an effective way of managing anxiety, minor pain relief and stress. It has a calming effect similar to marijuana, but without the potency that some people find in cannabis. Early research studies have shown that CBD is particularly effective in treating issues with anxiety.
CBD has also been proven to help with nausea and increase appetite.
Smoking hemp flowers will not impair your driving ability, it will not offend people with toxic and heavy smell associated with tobacco. Hemp flowers are not addictive and can help those wishing to cut the nicotine craving.
The best benefit of smoking hemp flowers are the therapeutic CBD effects. As well as the abundant terpene and flavonoids it delivers without the high.