what happens when you smoke cbd

What happens when you smoke cbd

“There’s a lot of people out there who are smoking tobacco to relieve anxiety,” Dr. Otto said. “It forces you to breathe more deeply. There are some relaxing effects from nicotine. I think a smokable form of CBD could be helpful for getting people to switch from tobacco to hemp with the next step to look at vaporization.”

CBD is meanwhile associated with flowering hemp plants, or cannabis sativa plants that have less than .3% THC. If you want to go super biology geek on this, you can learn about how pollination and other factors can turn hemp plants into marijuana plants – or consider that marijuana plants also contain CBD – but let’s not digress.

Of course, there are many ways to ingest CBD; it has been added to lotions and served in elixirs. Different means of ingesting CBD create different levels of bioavailability, a nifty term to convey the speed and extent to which any substance reaches the site of action within the body.

Proven Benefits of Smokable Hemp?

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We all know hemp and marijuana are plants. What kind of plants? Cannabis sativa. Of the 500 or so different kinds of molecules in the plants, around 140 are chemical compounds known as cannabinoids. Say it with us: “Cah-nab-i-noids.” Turns out, there are more than 110 of ’em. (Here’s our deep dive into cannabinoids.)

“It’s possible that’s due to the anticancer properties of cannabinoids – and we know that THC and CBD and CBG may have some anti-cancer properties – and perhaps that’s what’s lowering their cancer risk,” said Dr. Otto, a medical doctor who is not financially affiliated with Dad Grass.

In the Weeds: CBD, THC, and Several Other Acronyms

“There are none of the carcinogens and it’s much easier on the throat and lungs,” Dr. Otto said. “Inhalation is a very effective method and the onset of relief is very fast and it’s very easy to control because you can regulate how many puffs you take and how deep those puffs are.”

One of the most important things to know about CBD is that it isn’t THC, the truly intoxicating, mind-altering component derived from cannabis plants that makes smokers feel high. THC is the most prevalent cannabinoid in cannabis sativa plants. And by the way, THC, for those looking for a real tongue twister here, is short for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol.

What happens when you smoke cbd

Rick Simpson Oil, named after its Canadian developer who claims he cured his own skin cancer with a custom blend of cannabis oil, is a popular form of CBD oil that is commonly smoked.

The good news is there is a lot of clinical evidence that CBD is safe to consume, even in large quantities. A clinical trial published in CNS Drugs in 2019 showed that healthy individuals who received 1500 mg of CBD twice per day experienced very few adverse reactions and all were mild. For context, most CBD products on the market today contain 10 mg per serving.

While some cannabis consumers and patients prefer to take their CBD through oral administration or topical application, others have found inhalation to be the most effective way to consume. And there may be some science to support this preference.

While more research into the effectiveness of CBD consumption methods is needed, most evidence suggests that smoking CBD flower will not cause intoxication. The primary concern for users is getting unadulterated CBD and, for those who prefer smoking, the potential long-term consequences for the lungs. CBD does interact with some prescription drugs so check with your doctor before trying it.

Can you smoke CBD oil?

Both THC and CBD interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

The hemp plant produces a broad range of cannabinoids, including THC, the intoxicating cannabinoid in marijuana. However, hemp does not produce enough THC to be intoxicating when consumed.

Although the hemp plant doesn’t produce a significant amount of THC, it is capable of producing the non-intoxicating and medicinally rich CBD in high concentrations. And certain strains of hemp produce flowers that look indistinguishable from the high-THC cannabis you’ll find at legal dispensaries.

The benefits of smoking CBD

In addition to feelings of relaxation, some report feeling a quick relief of swelling and pain after smoking CBD.

Of the emerging research into CBD’s potential medical benefits, there is concrete scientific evidence for its effectiveness in the treatment of epilepsy by reducing seizures. So much so that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a CBD-based drug to treat childhood epilepsy. But that’s the only hard scientific evidence on the cannabinoid.