The term “hemp” is used to refer to a variety of different things, and you’ve probably seen it used in a variety of different products—from rope, to shoes, to textiles, to biofuel. But can you smoke hemp? If you’re asking yourself that question, you’re probably interested in hemp as a medicinal product—something you can ingest or inhale. You’re wondering if it’s safe, and if there are any psychoactive effects you should expect. And if you can smoke hemp, perhaps you’re looking for some best practices for doing so. Let’s dive into all these questions and more.
What exactly is hemp?
First thing’s first: we need to come to an understanding about what exactly hemp is. Hemp comes from the Cannabis sativa plant, and contains high levels of CBD (cannabidiol) and low levels (less than 0.3%) of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the main psychoactive component of the plant, so hemp products retain the medicinal benefits of medical marijuana without the “high.” That is the most fundamental difference between hemp and marijuana. Marijuana can also come from the sativa plant; it just has higher levels of THC.
Because the sativa plant is strong and fibrous, you will also see hemp used for making products like paper, rope, blankets, etc. But more importantly for our purposes, hemp’s unique chemical profile makes it a totally safe, totally legal way to get all of the health benefits of CBD without the psychoactive effects typically associated with medical marijuana.
Can you smoke hemp?
Short answer: Absolutely! As you might imagine, we here at Curaleaf Hemp are huge proponents of ingesting or inhaling hemp as a means of assuaging pain, anxiety, and a variety of other ailments. All of our natural, non-intoxicating CBD products are made from hemp plants (home-grown and home-processed!), and among those products, our disposable vape pens are tailor-made for smoking hemp—that goes for whether you are a first-time or a long-time user.
How do you smoke hemp?
Smoking is great, but using a disposable vape pen in particular is a massively effective way to get hemp into your system. Vaping CBD allows you to get the compound into your system 30 to 60 minutes faster than other methods of hemp inhalation or ingestion; and it does so by heating the hemp just enough to turn it into vapor. In terms of the benefits: among the many other pros of disposable vape pens, they are extremely easy to use (they’re ready to go right out of the box) and extremely inconspicuous (you don’t get those big billowy “clouds” that you’d get from a tank-style vape or from a more traditional mode of smoking).
Of course, using a disposable vape pen is just one way to smoke hemp; and what’s right for another hemp user might not be right for you! The important thing here is that not only, yes, can you smoke hemp, but you can also do it safely, legally, and without much hassle.
What are the benefits of smoking hemp?
We’ve discussed the non-psychoactive profile of CBD as a compound. So if it’s not going to get you high, what’s the point of smoking it? There is a veritable laundry list of research-backed CBD benefits, some of which have more evidence than others. Among these, there is strong evidence suggesting that hemp is effective in treating neurodegenerative diseases (think Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, etc.).
Hemp is also gaining steam as an effective alternative to pharmaceutical drugs for depression and anxiety. It’s less addictive than benzodiazepines like Xanax and Valium, and doesn’t have the troubling side effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like Lexapro and Celexa.
Other studies have shown hemp to be a potentially promising treatment for high blood pressure, heart disease, physical pain, and even cancer and cancer-related symptoms. The benefits of smoking hemp are wide-ranging and promising, and risk is minimal to non-existent. With legislation finally catching up, there is no better time to take health into your own hands!
So you can smoke hemp, but should you?
The case for smoking hemp is pretty compelling; and with little to no side effects, risk, as we discussed, is quite minimal. One thing to keep in mind is that, because hemp is such a low-risk, high-reward compound, the most potentially “dangerous” aspect of smoking hemp is going to be the method by which you do so. For instance, re-using vapes over and over can cause some of the metal to be vaporized with the hemp. Inhaling metal is, obviously, not ideal. Pre-rolls and joints have their own chemical issues.
This is, again, one of the major pluses of going disposable. You don’t have to worry about any of the components atrophying; you simply use it and toss it. So by all means, use hemp to get on the fast track to wellness, but think carefully about the method by which you do so; and when in doubt, start safe and easy!