Can You Smoke Hemp – Does Hemp Have Buds?
The marijuana industry has become more and more prominent in recent years. Many states and countries are beginning to legalize marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes, and even more regions are recognizing the medicinal importance of non-intoxicating cannabinoids such as CBD.
In addition to providing a much wider wealth of medicinal benefits to huge numbers of people, this also means that people are beginning to learn and explore more about the industry itself. One of the most interesting facets of the cannabis industry is the use of industrial hemp.
Hemp is a bit of a confusing topic for a lot of people because of its close association with marijuana. Marijuana and hemp are both a form of cannabis, but they are vastly different in their effects and their medicinal uses. There are a number of questions that you might have about hemp.
- Are hemp and marijuana the same plants?
- Does hemp get you high?
- Can you smoke hemp?
- How is hemp harvested?
- Are hemp and marijuana processed and grown in the same way?
- Is hemp legal to smoke or possess?
- Does hemp have buds like marijuana?
All of these are important and viable questions that should be addressed. Hemp does share a lot of similarities with marijuana, but the two plants are far from identical.
Before making any decisions regarding the use, purchase, or selling of hemp, you’ll probably want to have a bit of understanding about the hemp industry and the plants involved. We’ll discuss all of the main aspects of the hemp industry in this article so you can have a clear understanding of what you’re working with.
Will smoking hemp get me sent to jail?
One of the biggest and foremost inquiries that people have regarding hemp is whether or not it’s actually legal. This is a bit of a difficult thing to say, because the legality of hemp is in something of a grey area. In some places it’s considered legal, in other places it’s considered illegal, and in the majority of places – especially the United States – it depends on who you talk to.
To answer this question, you’ll need to know a little bit more about what hemp actually is. Hemp is, at least in the United States, considered to be a certain type of cannabis. It’s not actually a different plant, contrary to a popular belief.
Rather, hemp is considered to be the parts of marijuana that do not contain the same degree of active components – particularly THC – as the rest of the plant. Hemp is considered to be the stalks, stems, and sterilized seeds that are found in the cannabis plant. Marijuana, on the other hand, is considered to be the more psychoactive flowers and buds of the plant.
In most areas, the possession of hemp is considered legal. In fact, in 2018 President Trump legalized hemp for industrial production. The bill, known as the Farm Bill, allows farmers to produce hemp for use in medicines, textiles, and the like.
So in this sense, smoking hemp would likely not get you sent to jail. However, there’s not a whole lot of reasons that you’d really want to smoke hemp in the first place. It’s non-intoxicating, since it doesn’t contain THC, and the amount of CBD and other cannabinoids found in the hemp plant are not generally significant enough to produce much tangible effect.
Does hemp grow buds?
According to US law, hemp is considered to be the stalks, stems, and sterilized seeds ot the cannabis sativa plant. By this definition, no: hemp does not grow buds.
However, many people are unaware of this definition. It is more common for people to understand hemp to be classified by the second definition: marijuana with less than 0.3% THC.
In this case, hemp absolutely grows buds. These buds are usually rich in other compounds like CBD and CBN.
What are the benefits of smoking hemp?
The question gets even more confusing when one recognizes that there is another definition of hemp as coined by many American entrepreneurs and hemp industrial advocates. Hemp is often considered to be any strain of cannabis that contains less than 0.3% THC.
This differs from industrial hemp in that this definition of hemp allows for hemp to actually contain flowers, or buds. These buds might not be rich in THC, but legally they can contain a high amount of other cannabinoids, including CBD and CBN.
Many marijuana retailers and growers grow strains containing no THC and high amounts of CBD because they provide different benefits for medicinal and recreational users.
- CBD is a very relaxing substance that can make it easier for you to fall asleep.
- CBD can help reduce anxiety and stress.
- CBD can be considered an antidepressant in some cases.
- According to Dr. De Filippis, CBD can help reduce the symptoms of a number of intestinal and digestive issues by reducing intestinal inflammation.
Many of these benefits can be experienced by using normal marijuana, however, not everyone is fond of the intoxication that the plant provides. Many people find that marijuana makes them more anxious or uncomfortable, so using hemp can be a viable alternative.
If you’re looking for a video that describes in more detail some of the benefits of smoking hemp or CBD-rich flower, this YouTube video by Billy Carlson provides some detail on the things you might experience by consuming CBD.
Is hemp legal to grow?
Because of the massive increase in the popularity of substances like CBD, the hemp industry began booming. Prior to 2018, it was booming despite its illegality – but the United States government saw an opportunity for significant profit, and legalized the growth and production of industrial hemp.
Prior to this, hemp was illegal to grow and sell in the States, though it was legal to import. It was used to make things like carpets and clothing.
Now that hemp is legal, you might wonder whether or not you can legally grow it at your home. Unfortunately, the answer isn’t quite so simple. It depends on where you live and what you’re intending to do with it.
If you’re planning to farm it for commercial or industrial purposes, or if you want to grow it for research, then you’ll need to get a license from your state’s agricultural department. However, this doesn’t let you know much about growing it in your home.
States that have legalized the growth of cannabis for medicine or recreation certainly allow you to grow hemp if you qualify – meaning if you’re over 21 or if you’re a medical patient. However, you still need to meet the regulations for growing hemp at home: a private space and the funds needed to do it properly.
States that don’t currently allow the growth of marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes are likely going to be a bit more difficult to grow hemp in.
How can I identify a hemp plant?
Identifying a hemp plant can be a bit tricky, because a lot of hemp plants look pretty similar to other plants in the cannabis family.
- Marijuana leaves tend to be a bit more broad than hemp. They have tight buds that look like nuggets (nugs). Comparatively, hemp has much thinner leaves that are concentrated at the top of the plant.
- Marijuana looks like a stout bush when observed from a distance, whereas hemp is usually much thinner and taller.
- Hemp tends to look a bit like ditchweed.
- There are also some differences in regards to how these plants are cultivated. Hemp plants are grown quite close to each other, sometimes with as little as 4 inches of space in between. Marijuana requires much more space and a more controlled environment. Marijuana also grows in a much quicker cycle.
Do I need a permit to grow hemp?
If you’re planning to grow hemp, you’re going to need to acquire the proper permit from your state’s agricultural department.
These permits will naturally differ from state to state. Some states, like Colorado, are much more lenient because they already allow people to grow a few medicinal or recreational marijuana plants given that they qualify for them.
These laws naturally differ from country to country, as well. If you don’t live in the United States, the best way to find out whether or not you need a license to grow hemp is to contact someone in the agricultural department of your province, state, or country.
What does hemp do to the body?
Hemp that contains a high concentration of CBD will have a number of effects on the human body. The main reason for this is because of the significant impact that CBD has on the body’s endocannabinoid system, or ECS.
An evaluation on the ECS led by Dr. Mohammed Khan shows that there are a huge number of therapeutic aspects that the system is responsible for. CBD can have a potent influence on a number of these aspects.
One of the reasons that CBD is able to provide these benefits without causing intoxication is because it indirectly affects the system. THC has a high binding affinity to the CB1 and CB2 receptors. These are the two primary receptor sites involved in the endocannabinoid system.
By directly stimulating these receptors, THC is able to quickly exert powerful effects on the brain and body. CBD, on the other hand, doesn’t have a particularly potent binding affinity and it works indirectly on a number of systems.
According to F.A. Iannotti et. al, one of the indirect ways by which CBD works is by influencing the TRPV1 receptor system. This system is involved in the maintenance of pain, body temperature, and inflammation. These effects are part of the reason that CBD can be so effective in managing painful conditions.
FM Leweke has observed another mechanism by which CBD works in the body – by inhibiting Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase (FAAH). Inhibiting this substance allows the body to produce more of its own endocannabinoids, such as anandamide. Anandamide is sometimes referred to as ‘the bliss molecule’ because of its potent effects on a person’s well-being and sense of comfort.
Can you smoke hemp tea?
Hemp tea is becoming more and more popular these days. The leaves and stalks of the hemp plant can be brewed into a tea and enjoyed for mild relaxing effects.
The tea is more potent if it is brewed with a source of fat, such as milk. This is because CBD is a fat-soluble molecule and does not dissolve very well in water. Water-brewed hemp tea may still be mildly effective, but there’s little doubt that it will be more effective when brewed with milk or oil.
Some people are wondering whether or not they could smoke hemp tea for any benefit.
This is certainly a possibility. However, most hemp tea is generally not very strong – most of the strong hemp filled with CBD is used to make CBD compounds and medicines. While smoking hemp tea could yield some positive benefits, it’d be more practical to source a flower or hemp product that’s actually intended to be smoked.
The low concentration of CBD found in hemp teas means that you would have to smoke quite a significant amount to feel any benefits – this is why it’s more efficient to make tea. You can ingest fairly large quantities of hemp leaf without it being hard on your body and without it being too time consuming.
Smoking hemp cigarettes instead of tobacco
A number of companies have begun producing and selling hemp cigarettes. These are rolled and packaged in a similar manner of regular cigarettes.
These cigarettes generally contain no tobacco and can provide mild effects related to the CBD content. Unfortunately, most of the hemp used to make hemp cigarettes doesn’t contain a significant amount of CBD.
Just as is the case with hemp tea, hemp cigarettes are usually made with low-grade hemp that does not contain a lot of CBD. Higher concentrations of CBD are usually used to make CBD tinctures, extracts, and oils.
However, the quality tends to differ between different brands. You may find some hemp cigarettes that are actually fairly powerful, though these are generally quite hard to find. If you’re hoping to smoke a hemp product with the intention of producing actual benefits and symptoms, then you might want to consider investing in some actual medicinal or recreational-grade CBD flower.
Can I quit smoking with hemp?
Just because hemp cigarettes don’t contain a lot of CBD doesn’t mean that they don’t have uses. There are a number of things that hemp cigarettes can be useful for – and, interestingly enough, one of the things that they can be useful for is helping you quit smoking.
The first reason that hemp cigarettes can be useful is because they simulate the feeling of smoking a cigarette. Many smokers find that they fixate on the actual act of smoking the cigarette. While the nicotine is certainly addictive, many people find that even after they’re able to stop smoking – say, by using nicotine patches or gum – they still crave the action of smoking cigarettes.
In fact, some studies have revealed that replacing this oral fixation is key to helping people stop smoking. Tushna Vandrevala observed the bio-behavioural feedback of subjects using e-cigarettes instead of normal cigarettes and found that they satisfied the oral fixation.
Hemp cigarettes can be a useful alternative. You can pull them out, spark them up, and smoke them during a work break or at a social gathering in the same manner that you would be able to smoke a cigarette.
That helps deal with the fixation. However, if you’re able to be smoking hemp that contains CBD, or if you’re able to simply source CBD flower, there are some interesting benefits that you might experience.
CBD has actually been evaluated for its efficacy in helping people manage a number of different addictions. CBD has been shown to reduce symptoms of withdrawal and cravings in a number of addictions.
According to a study led by Gustavo Gonzalez-Cuevas, CBD has a number of interesting applications in regards to treating addictions – including nicotine. The study showed that people who use CBD have a tendency to smoke less tobacco overall.
Furthermore, CBD can be useful for attenuating some of the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. Nicotine withdrawal can lead to things like stress, anxiety, an elevated heart rate, and mood instability. CBD can help ground, relax, and stabilize individuals – which can help to prevent many of these symptoms.
Taking CBD oil or tinctures, combined with smoking hemp cigarettes, could actually be a viable alternative for helping people to smoke less tobacco.
What does it feel like to smoke CBD?
CBD is available in a number of different forms. The most common usage of CBD is in the form of oils and tinctures which people consume orally or take sublingually. However, this is also one of the slowest ways to reap the benefits of CBD.
Instead, many people prefer to smoke their CBD. Smoking is a viable option that provides very quick benefits for the people who are using it. After smoking CBD, you may notice a number of things.
- You will experience an increase in relaxation. Stress and anxieties may disappear, and you may find it easier to be present in the moment.
- You may find that you are able to focus and concentrate easier.
- You may find that you are able to manage your emotions better, or that you are more willing to look deeper into the cause of issues like depression or sadness.
- You may find it easier to fall asleep at night.
- You may find that your appetite becomes restored.
- You may find that you experience a reduction in pain or inflammation throughout your body.
There are two main ways to smoke CBD – by smoking flower, or by vaporizing extracts of CBD.
CBD flower is generally not as strong as CBD extracts. CBD flower generally contains no more than 25% CBD. This is plenty, though some people who are using CBD for medicinal purposes may require higher doses of the substance.
In this case, you may find benefit from vaporizing concentrated CBD extracts. This allows you to take a fairly large dose of CBD at one time.
When you’re smoking CBD, it hits you quickly – within a few seconds. However, the benefits also wear off much quicker than they would if you were simply eating the medicine. Smoked CBD usually only lasts about 45 minutes.
CBD and hemp have become more and more popular in recent years due to their impressive potential as medicinal compounds. However, due to the rapidly changing legal status of hemp that has been going on over the last few years, a lot of confusion has arisen in the area.
CBD is considered legal to grow for medicinal and recreational purposes in some states, however, it’s always important to check with your local state agricultural department to figure out what the specifics are for your region.
It’s also important to consider what you’re going to be using the CBD for. There are a number of benefits attributed to the use of CBD, however, not everyone is able to reap these benefits from simply using low-grade hemp flower.
Conversely, you may want to look into securing or growing a source of low-THC, high-CBD cannabis – which is also often referred to as hemp. This confusion can be off-putting for some – however, it’s generally agreed that any cannabis product with 0.3% or less THC can be considered hemp.
Hemp can be used for a number of things, ranging from helping people manage their chronic pain and anxiety to providing building materials for a wide range of different products. You can even use hemp to help you stop smoking!
If you’re thinking about growing hemp or if you’re looking for a natural alternative that could help you manage some health problems, you may want to consider reaching out to a local dispensary or hemp supplier.
Rachel Sims is a passionate writer and huge proponent for cannabis legalization across the country, which is why she stays in the know on record-breaking moments for the industry, trends, and relevant law changes.
With over nine years of professional writing experience, Rachel is dedicating her passion and writing skills to the hemp and marijuana industries to help destigmatize cannabis and spread awareness of the benefits that the plant has to offer.
Rachel regularly writes for companies in the cannabis industry, as well as on her own website: Hashing It Out.
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