Anecdotally, cannabis consumers have used CBD to alleviate depression, anxiety, insomnia, and pain. But until multiple studies confirm the anecdotal benefits of CBD and the benefits of smoking CBD specifically, that’s all they are — anecdotal.
CBD can be infused into a variety of products, including vape juice, edibles, capsules, and CBD oil tinctures. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
The benefits of smoking CBD
Both THC and CBD interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
You’ve likely seen cannabidiol (CBD) everywhere from drugstore gummies to boutique coffee concoctions. But there’s reason to believe smoking high-CBD flower might be one of the most effective ways to experience the potential benefits of CBD.
Because smoking CBD involves — no shocker here — smoke inhalation, there is the risk of developing respiratory issues. Whenever you combust plant material, toxins called polyaromatic hydrocarbons form. Polyaromatic hydrocarbons exist in both tobacco and cannabis smoke and exposing yourself to those toxins is one of the risks of smoking weed.
Since some CBD oils contain trace amounts of THC, you should avoid driving or using heavy machinery when taking CBD oil, particularly when first starting treatment or using a new brand.
In June 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Epidiolex, a CBD oral solution used for the treatment of certain rare forms of epilepsy in children under 2—Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Both are exceptionally rare genetic disorders causing lifelong catastrophic seizures that begin during the first year of life.
CBD oil may benefit those with drug addiction, suggests a 2015 review of studies published in Substance Abuse.
According to a 2012 study in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, rats injected with inflammatory chemicals in their hind feet experienced less inflammation and neuropathic pain when treated with an oral dose and spinal injection of CBD.
CBD oil may also increase liver enzymes (a marker of liver inflammation). People with liver disease should use CBD oil with caution, ideally under the care of a doctor who can regularly check blood liver enzyme levels.
CBD oil is an extract of Cannabis indica or Cannabis sativa—the same plants that, when dried, make marijuana. CBD oil is believed by some to treat pain, reduce anxiety, and stimulate appetite in the same way that marijuana does, but without its psychoactive effects. CBD has also shown promise in treating certain types of seizures.
For this study, nine healthy men took either 600 mg of CBD or the same dose of a placebo. According to the researcher, those treated with CBD had lower blood pressure before and after exposure to stressful stimuli (including exercise or extreme cold).
Experts recommend cannabidiol for a wide spectrum of conditions. The best part is that it comes with almost no side effects. If side effects do occur, they are commonly mild and not long-lasting.
The choice of one method of CBD consumption over the others depends on three main factors, including how fast-acting the method of administration is, bioavailability, and convenience. For instance, CBD oil tinctures and vape juice are known to deliver faster results compared to the other methods.
1. Relatively Affordable
Many people associate cannabis with the feeling of euphoria. Unknown to them, cannabis is actually a genus of a plant that comprises various strains, including Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, Cannabis ruderalis, etc. Now, hemp is mostly derived from indica strains. These cannabis species are marked for their high levels of CBD and insignificant levels of THC.
There’s no denying the fact that hemp-derived products are more legal than their marijuana-based counterparts. This is because it has a lot to do with the low levels of THC in hemp plants compared to marijuana. Most people who shy away from smoking cannabis are usually unaware of the herb’s legal status.
However, it’s reassuring to know that you can smoke CBD hemp flower in any of the 50 states in the US without running afoul of the law. The signing into law of the 2018 Hemp Bill by President Donald Trump made it legal to cultivate, trade, and use hemp-based products. You only need to ensure that those products contain a maximum of 0.3 percent of THC concentration.