What Are CBD Cigarettes And How Do They Work?
Unless you’re a hermit or a hobbit, you’ve probably noticed that cannabidiol (CBD) is super popular these days. Maybe you’ve consumed it in tincture, edible, or beverage form and you’re interested in mixing it up a bit with some smokables. Well, there’s reason to believe that smoking some high-CBD flower is the best way to get all the goodies out of this magical cannabinoid.
You can smoke CBD through a pipe, joint, or vape pen, but here we’ll be covering CBD cigarettes. A huge variety of choices await you for potency, strain, flavor, size, and more!
Read on to learn more about CBD cigarettes and how they work.
What are CBD cigarettes? Well, they look a bit like tobacco cigarettes but rest assured, they contain 100% raw cannabis and no nicotine or tobacco whatsoever. The cannabis is pre-rolled in a natural hemp paper, and being a cigarette, they have a filter.
The smell, you’ll notice, is nothing like tobacco (nor did you expect it to be, I assume). Lighting one smells very much like lighting a bowl or a joint.
Dosing is easy with these fun little filtered doobies. It can be frustrating when you know you’ve experienced a great dose, but can’t figure out (or remember) what it was. With these, you’ll know exactly how much you’re getting, making it easy to repeat/adjust that dose.
There is 60mg of CBD per cigarette, but they come in different potencies as marked on the packaging. You’ll have the benefit of a small, durable package of 12-20 cigarettes, depending on what you buy. These babies will calm you down mentally and physically, and unlike tobacco, you won’t be ruining your health while you smoke them.
In fact, smoking these can potentially improve your inflammatory function and sleep cycle. You’ll also be getting a full spectrum of terpenes from the flower. Research strains and terpenes online so you can dial in your selection to your needs. Terpene levels vary with each strain.
Studies are being done, and have been done, that show promising results in the realm of sleep quality improvement, anxiety reduction, and relief from depression, pain, and insomnia. Countless anecdotal reports agree.
Concrete clinical evidence has shown improvement in two rare types of epilepsy, which has led to the production of a CBD medication called Epidiolex. CBD has been reported to help those with nausea associated with chemotherapy and other treatments.
Research is still not concrete, but when so many people are benefiting from it, it’s worth a try. It’s safer than pharmaceuticals in general. No serious negative side effects have been reported, even at high doses, so go ahead and experiment. Don’t fear the reefer.
CBD Flower Legality
This depends on where you live. If CBD is legal in your state, smoking CBD cigarettes is too, as long as they contain less than 0.3% THC. This THC level is standard and complied with in order to market and sell them. This will be on the package.
With the US marijuana prohibition finally going up in smoke, a conversation with authorities may or may not be a worry for you. CBD is federally legal in any form, but some state governments are being wishy-washy (ahem, I mean careful) about legalizing it. It must be because they are genuinely concerned about our health…
High-CBD Flower vs. Hemp Flower Legality
These two sound a lot alike, but there’s a difference that will dictate where (and if) you can buy them. Legally, there’s a huge difference. That’s why you might not want to spark up a CBD cigarette in the middle of your town square.
As you might already know, the hemp flower creates many different cannabinoids, including THC. Hemp doesn’t make enough of it to intoxicate you. But, it’s able to create a high amount of CBD, depending on the strain, which looks exactly like THC-rich cannabis flower.
Marijuana and hemp are differentiated by the amount of THC they produce. In the US, Cannabis sativa L. is considered industrial hemp because it contains no more than 0.3% THC. The Farm Bill of 2018 opened the doors for the online purchase of hemp flower online in almost every state.
High-CBD flower containing Delta-9 THC can be purchased only from dispensaries in states where it’s legal. This will be marked on the package for you, but if not, ask your budtender.
Smoking CBD vs. THC
These two cannabinoids are like Lavern and Shirley. They each have very different personalities, but they’re still great friends. Alone, they’re delightful in their own ways, but when they hang out together on screen, there’s a magical synergy that seems to have a life of its own.
THC will bind with your brain’s CB1 receptors, and do you know what happens when they get together? Let’s just say you’ll laugh a whole lot, solve the energy crisis, think deeply, write a song, and make a dessert involving unusual ingredients which you may consume in one sitting.
CBD improves the positive effects of THC when taken together. CBD technically acts as an antagonist, having the opposite interaction with that very same receptor. This may seem counterintuitive, but nature is interesting that way. CBD won’t kill your THC buzz, rather it will take the edge off the negative side effects, such as the rapid heartbeat and anxiety that THC can sometimes bring on.
Bioavailability & Mechanisms
The bioavailability of CBD, or your body’s ability to distribute and use CBD, is improved greatly when smoked. Through the lungs, it’s more quickly passed into your bloodstream, whereas edibles have to pass through your gut, your liver, etc. Bioavailability is 50% when smoked, but when eaten it can be as low as 5%.
When we look at their chemical structures, the two cannabinoids are a lot alike, the main difference being the arrangement of molecules. However, their effects differ greatly. Yes, they can both calm the mind and body, but tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the one that will get you high, aka, intoxicated, depending on the dosage.
CBD, on the other hand, is not “nonpsychoactive”, but rather “nonintoxicating”. There’s a big difference. CBD does affect the mind (along with the body), therefore it is psychoactive. These psychoactive effects are very mild, though, unlike those of THC, which can send you to Mars even in small doses.
Both THC and CBD will sing in harmony with your endocannabinoid system (ECS). We have evolved alongside cannabis for thousands of years. These cannabinoids fit with our ECS like perfect puzzle pieces.
Edibles will take sometimes up to 2 hours to kick in, but smoking allows you the benefit of feeling the effects right away. It’s the most efficient way to take CBD.
Since smoking CBD flower requires inhalation of smoke, there’s always the risk of respiratory issues developing. Combustion of plant matter causes polyaromatic hydrocarbons to form. These occur in both tobacco and pot smoke, but unlike tobacco smoking, there has been no connection between pot smoking and cancer!
Driving is not recommended on CBD if you feel drowsy, whether that’s due to the effects of CBD or normal sleepiness. You won’t feel drunk, as with alcohol, if you take a large dose of CBD, but it could act as a slight sedative.
The biggest risks you’ll find are bronchitis, or even COPD, with long-term pot smoking in excess. Smoking anything, though, isn’t the best thing for your lungs. But you’ll be surprised when you read that CBD oil may have potential lung-healing effects as seen in a 2014 study.
Besides the possible issues listed above, CBD might interact with some types of prescription drugs. You might want to ask for more CBD information from your doctor before you try it.
The Experience of Smoking High-CBD Flower
This experience varies by individual, but the general feelings are a sense of calm, well-being, and relaxation. It also varies by which product you use. For example, dabbing pure CBD isolate will feel a bit stronger than hitting a vape pen that has a little THC in the mix.
So, as you probably learned by now, CBD won’t get you high or make you see unicorns farting rainbows. Rather, it can help you chill out, get some better sleep, feel a bit happier, and sometimes more energetic.
A CBD cigarette review reported that one will feel quick relief from pain and swelling after smoking CBD flower. Thousands of others agree! And here’s some more good news: Overconsumption has only been known to make the individual feel a little drowsy.
Pot smoke itself is a bit harsher than a tobacco cigarette, but since CBD cigs have filters, the harshness is cut down without loss of CBD strength. It’s reported that CBD cigarettes are less likely to go out during your smoke session, while other methods do.
Can You Smoke CBD Oil?
CBD products include edibles, vape juice, capsules, CBD oil tinctures, and more. Tinctures are only for ingestion, while CBD oils are for inhalation. CBD vape juice will vary in strength, depending on the laws of the state. CBD is legal in most states.
A Canadian named Rick Simpson developed a high-THC oil, cleverly named Rick Simpson Oil, which he claimed cured his skin cancer. It is his own custom blend of cannabis oil, and it remains popular today. You can find instructions online on how to make it at home.
Full Spectrum CBD oil contains all terpenes available from the strain that was used to make it. Isolate is just CBD and no other cannabinoids or terpenes. Just as THC and CBD work great together, CBD, other cannabinoids, and terpenes have a synergistic effect, also known as the “entourage effect“. It is nature’s way of healing us in a multi-faceted, and still slightly mysterious, way.
Experimental human research is still limited (in the lab), but this is changing quickly. A 2021 article reports findings of a CBD study on the pain-relieving effectiveness of CBD distillate vs a placebo.
This study was run by researchers at Syracuse University and found that there are facets of pain changed by CBD that are definitely outside the placebo effect.
By the time you read this article, there could be more exciting new findings around CBD. The industry is booming, and because it’s now legal, scientists are taking this opportunity to legitimize the anecdotally reported evidence and benefits.
Delta-8 THC vs CBD
If you enjoy CBD, you’ll probably enjoy Delta-8 THC. Now, this is not the same THC that gives you a typical weed high (Delta-9 THC). It’s about half as intoxicating and takes about twice as long to kick in. It goes well with CBD, and in fact, they’re found together in many great products, so check out more here.
State-of-the-art equipment is used to separate Delta-8 from Delta-9, and to measure the resulting amount the product contains. These processes also remove any pesticides or solvents found in them.
After processing, the final distillate will contain around 60-70% Delta-8 and about 2-6% Delta-9. In order to create a compliant product, they have to bring it down to at or below 0.3% Delta-9.
CBD Cigarettes Are Your Best Buds
Whether you’re trying to quit tobacco or want to try something new, CBD cigarettes will allow you a break in your day without breaking the law. The very act of smoking is hard for people to quit when they’re quitting tobacco. If vapes aren’t doing it for you, try these for a smokey treat without nicotine or the intoxication of Delta-9 THC flower.
Find them online or at your neighborhood dispensary. A budtender (in person or online) will be happy to answer your questions and tell you more about each product. Ask them what they’ve been into lately or which ones they’ve tried and liked. You’ll have a favorite in no time!
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