Smokable hemp flowers are more available now than ever and they’re being used by some people as a replacement for other methods of ingesting CBD, or even as a replacement for cigarettes.
While smoking CBD hemp flowers is a step away from addictive, nicotine filled cigarettes; burning and smoking CBD flowers is still harmful, since any vegetable matter that is burned produces tar, carbon monoxide, and other toxins.
There are of course less harmful ways of taking CBD while stopping smoking, such as vaping which mimics the ritual of smoking without the need to inhale any actual smoke.
Is CBD good for you?
Since the scientific research being carried out on cannabis and its products is still mostly inconclusive, we only have popular consensus, individual studies, and public feedback to go by.
Countries such as the US where medicinal CBD is legal in 33 states have effectually opened up the public conversation about what CBD can do, but there’s still a long way to go before we can validate its effects with certainty.
In the UK, CBD products are popularly used in ‘wellness’ circles where people have reported that its effects include calmness and other associated feelings. Stories about its effects have also been circulating on the news round.
Recently, a Guardian journalist spoke to Phillip McGuire, professor of psychiatry and cognitive neuroscience at King’s College London, who has worked on two studies, testing the effects of cannabis on patients with psychosis using a double-blind placebo.
“We’ve done two phase-two trials and, in both of these, found that cannabidiol reduced psychotic symptoms more than the placebo did” he says, “So it wasn’t a placebo effect, it really did reduce psychotic symptoms.” says Phillip.
What this study suggests is that CBD has powerful effects on mood, but there’s still a lot of medical research to be done on the compound before we can start saying how much CBD should be taken and in what circumstances.
Can you smoke hemp?
The short answer to this is yes, and people have been smoking hemp flowers as a way of taking CBD or as a replacement for cigarettes. In terms of health, smoking CBD hemp will still have negative effects as it involves inhaling smoke.
However, as far as current research can tell us, vaping e-liquid is less damaging than smoking hemp and there has been no conclusive evidence that has told us otherwise. Even the benefits of smoking a full spectrum of cannabinoids (also known as the entourage effect) that you get from hemp flowers can be replicated with multi-cannabinoid CBD e-liquid, such as Canavape Complete.