To explore this topic, we’re taking a look at what you need to know about hemp cigarettes, including what they’re made from and how they differ from tobacco cigarettes. We’ll also look at some of the risks and benefits of hemp cigarettes so you can make a smarter, more informed decision for your health.
To be clear, any type of smoking can irritate your lungs. However, those who inhale cannabis “report significantly better health outcomes than do those who smoke tobacco or a combination of both substances” according to this study, and limited use doesn’t seem to have an adverse effect on pulmonary function.
What are Hemp Cigarettes: Ingredients and the Basics
We know what you’re wondering: wait, can you smoke hemp? And the answer is yes! While many people consume CBD through oils, edibles, and topicals, inhaling hemp is a great way to deliver CBD directly to the body—without many of the intoxicating (and dangerous) side effects of tobacco cigarettes.
Of course, there are always risks anytime you inhale smoke. With hemp cigarettes, the biggest risks are potential harm to your lungs with heavy use, as well as possible interactions with other medications or supplements. It’s important then to remain aware of your reaction, and to be careful what other substances you consume.
There are a few major differences between non-GMO hemp cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes, including the big one: hemp isn’t addicting, and it won’t damage your lungs in the same way that tobacco will. It’s for this reason that many people rely on hemp cigarettes as a safer alternative option when they are looking to quit smoking tobacco.
In general, hemp seed oil is safe to ingest or use topically, but there are a few things to note if you decide to start taking hemp oil. Pay attention to the following potential risks of hemp oil:
In studies, the CBD in hemp oil has been shown to reduce seizures in rare types of childhood epilepsy that are resistant to other treatments, Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Regularly taking CBD can also reduce the number of seizures brought on by tuberous sclerosis complex, a condition that causes tumors to form throughout the body.
Spreading hemp oil on your skin as a topical application can also reduce symptoms and provide relief for several types of skin disorders. One study showed that hemp oil can act as an effective acne treatment, though more research is needed in this area. In addition, consuming hemp seed oil was found to improve symptoms of atopic dermatitis, or eczema, due to the presence of the “good” polyunsaturated fats in the oil.
Hemp seed oil is used as a remedy for a range of conditions. Some studies show that its nutrients and minerals can contribute to better skin and heart health as well as reduced inflammation. Here’s a deeper look at what the research says about the potential health benefits of hemp oil:
Journal of Dermatological Treatment: “Efficacy of dietary hempseed oil in patients with atopic dermatitis.”
The amino acid arginine is present in hempseed oil. Studies have shown that this ingredient contributes to a healthy cardiovascular system. Consuming foods with high arginine levels can help decrease the risk of heart disease.