CBD Oils vs. Smoking Hemp

Why smoking hemp might be your preferred method of consuming CBD

When I used to hear the word “hemp”, my mind would resort to sustainable clothing and my favorite seed milk. I never felt inclined to buy some hemp and roll it up into a joint, and I in fact didn’t even know that it was legal, me being under the age of 21 at the time. That all changed when the CBD trend skyrocketed, and I wondered, if it’s legal and beneficial for me to consume cannabidiol tincture, would it be the same for me to buy and smoke the flower? I would soon find that the answer was yes.

For cannabis to legally be considered hemp, it has to be tested under .3% in THC(tetrahydrocannabinol); meaning it won’t get you high. The concept of smoking something that doesn’t get you high still confuses stoners and conformists alike. Yet everyone and their mothers have been jumping on the CBD oil bandwagon. Don’t get me wrong. CBD tincture is a powerful natural medicine. However, I wanted to explore how smoking hemp, or high CBD flower could provide different, or even more relief to the patient.

After I began frequently adding hemp to my joint, and did some research, I found that smoking CBD has a different effect on the body than orally ingesting it. I am going to explain how and why it has different effects, and allow you to conclude with your own preferred method of ingestion.

Are you seeking long term or quick acting benefit?

One of the reasons smoking hemp has such a different effect than CBD oils is due to the difference in the metabolic pathway, or how it enters your bloodstream. For the CBD to provide benefit through orally ingested products, it has to pass through the GI tract and the liver. This means that it takes longer for CBD oil to bypass the blood brain barrier and take effect. In contrast, smoking hemp sends the CBD directly to your lungs, which creates almost immediate absorption into the bloodstream.

With that being said, orally ingesting CBD can have a longer effect on the body, depending upon the product. So if you’re having an anxiety attack or debilitating pain, smoking hemp will provide near instant relief. If you’re looking for conveniency and long term effects, orally ingesting might be your better option. Smoking flower for immediate alleviation in conjunction with CBD oil to maintain the effects can create a medicinal synchronicity that could be more beneficial than one form of consumption on it’s own.

  CBD absorption: smoking VS. orally consuming

In order to assess which is more potent to the body, we have to the look at the bioavailability in different methods of intake, or degree of which the CBD can be absorbed into the body. There are 6 ways of ingesting cannabidiols, all of which have a different rate of bioavailability. It is important to recognize this because although you might be paying for a 1000mg bottle of CBD oil, your body has a limited capacity of absorption which means you are only able to process 200mg of the bottle, at best. There have been a few varied studies to suggest the bioavailability percentage of oral CBD products is between 6- 20%. Although this is a wide range, the most optimistic percentage is still low compared to that of inhaling cannabidiol, which is up to 56% absorption.

Knowing the bioavailability of each product you consume will allow to calculate how much money you’re actually spending on the CBD that your body is able to absorb. For instance, if you spend $50 on a 200mg bottle of oral CBD oil, and you’re only able to absorb 40mg(at the very max), you’d be spending $1.25 per mg of CBD. If you spend $50 on a product that you’re able to inhale, such as a vape liquid with 200mg of CBD in it, and you’re able to absorb 35%(at the lowest), you’d be spending $.25 per mg of CBD. In other words, you’d be spending 80% more on oral CBD products for the same results.

Although I’d like to give an exact calculation for bud itself, there are countless variables that would go into the equation including the CBD percent of the flower, how long you inhale it, exactly how much you inhale when your burn it, etc. Refer to my sources below, specifically Human Cannabinoid Pharmacokinetics for cited information regarding the high bioavailability rate of smoking CBD bud vs. orally ingesting it.

 CBD has to be heat activated for it to work at its full potential

As I started to see more and more oral CBD products on the shelves, I became curious as to the method of which these businesses were making it. I would check to see if they were using organic carrier oils and hemp product. I was also curious if they were heating the CBD at the necessary temperature for it to be activated properly(decarboxylated), which I knew a little something about from years of making edibles. I was surprised to find that a ton of the most well known companies weren’t. They are selling products that aren’t activated for the consumer to reap the benefits at full potential. Another piece of information that they left off the labels.

It is important to recognize the difference between CBD and CBD-A in order to understand why decarboxylation is done for some products and not others. The hemp plant is naturally grown with CBD-A, and any products that are made raw are actually providing that molecule instead of what their bottle says, which is generally pure CBD. The body is NOT able to convert the product into CBD unless it has been heated at its proper and rather low temperature of 230 degrees.  (see figure 1 on resource #2 listed below)

Although CBD-A does have some vague evidence tied to health benefits, CBD is the molecule that has been scientifically proven to relieve anxiety, depression, inflammation, chronic pain, epilepsy, and cancer in the patient. That being said, if you are interested in CBD for any of the reasons previously listed, I encourage you to do some research before buying any orally ingested products so that you know what you’re taking.

When you smoke CBD hemp flower, you are automatically activating it with the heat of the flame so that your body is able to process it and reap the full benefits of the molecule.


After assessing the longevity of benefits, my ability to absorb the CBD, and the importance of activating the molecule, I was able to conclude with my favorite method of consuming CBD, and I hope this information will help you do the same.  

My personal favorite way to get my dose of CBD’s is by simply buying the flower and smoking it. I’ll either add it to a joint with THC bud, or just smoke it on it’s own if I’m too busy to alter my mind. I  highly suggest smoking hemp to those that enjoy smoking anything(i.e. Tobacco, weed) but want a healthier and calmer alternative.

The good news is that hemp is completely legal to buy, and can even be sent to your mailbox. It is crucial to look for organic, high quality bud so that you will enjoy smoking it and get the most benefit for your buck. My favorite source for hemp products including frosty, organic buds is westcoastcbdsupply.com. They have superior customer service as well as some of the best hemp flower I’ve ever seen.

I intend to write more about CBD and the health advantages of consuming it in the near future, so keep your eyes out! For a basic introduction, check out my article, An Intro to CBD/. Thank you for reading this article, and I hope you have a beautiful week!

Please be aware that I am by no means discounting the healing power of orally ingested CBD products and am fully aware that it is the only means of consumption for many people. My intention is to educate and provide cited information for you to make your own conclusions.

Resources used:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2689518/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5938896/

https://www.biocbdplus.com/what-is-decarboxylation-how-cbd-a-becomes-cbd

An Intro to CBD

When I started smoking pot at a young age and was lectured at, my excuse was always that it is healthy, it helps me sleep, and it makes me happier. At the time, I said that but I didn’t know the extent to that truth, and probably mostly smoked it out of rebellion. Now, years later, I have gone through my fair share of bud, and continue to use it, however more aware and educated of the benefits it has.  

One aspect of marijuana that I learned is that it’s made up of more than 400 chemical entities.The most commonly known and strongest link to your “high” is called tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. There are products that you can buy that essentially have separated compounds of marijuana for different medical purposes. That’s right, you can reap the benefits of marijuana without getting stoned. If this had been more commonly known when I was a teenager, maybe I wouldn’t have had an excuse to get high!

A recently trendy and essential compound of the marijuana plant is called Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD. It can be taken in the form of oils, capsules, hemp pre-rolls and bud, edibles, and so much more. The best part: it’s legal. An 18 year old could potentially order high CBD/low THC weed online and face no consequences- as long as their parents are chill with it of course.

I take CBD oil on a daily basis, about 50mg a day and sometimes more if I’m dealing with soreness or cramps. There’s a lot I could write about it, and will probably cover it in more depth in future articles, but here’s a quick understanding of what CBD is and how it could potentially change your quality of life:

  1. It can heal your body and mind:

A few well known benefits are:

  • curing cancer tumors
  • preventing the growth of free radicals(which are the cause of cancer)
  • helping people with substance abuse
  • reducing seizures for the epileptic
  • reducing diabetes
  • relieving anxiety and depression
  • alleviating cramps(I can attest to that one)
  • so so much more.

If you are suffering from one or more of these ailments, please don’t hesitate to try CBD as it may drastically improve your health and overall well being.

  1. It does NOT get you high:

                    As I covered earlier, there are different compounds in marijuana, some that get you high, and some that don’t. CBD does not. Many kids with epilepsy and elderly that aren’t looking for the psychedelic effects will take CBD and don’t notice any head change. This is GREAT for you big aspirers who get couch lock every time you hit the joint. The closest to a high you’ll feel from CBD is the intense relief from any pain you might have.

  1. It might save you money:

A good bottle of CBD oil, which can greatly benefit someone diagnosed with ADHD, costs roughly $120 and can last the whole month or longer . You can spend more or less depending upon the quality. There are expenses associated with health problems that aren’t talked about as much, such as taking days off work, physical or mental therapy sessions, and an overall decrease in productivity. And while your insurance might cover your Oxy’s or xanax, chances are that you’ll be paying more out of pocket down the road to treat your side effects. We can skip that whole mess and cure the root of the problem with cannabidiols.

  1. It is generally made from legal hemp plants:

Although CBD’s can be isolated from plants that contain high THC, it is mostly made from hemp plants that are less than .3 percent THC and have high cannabidiol levels. Hemp is legal to have/grow and is used for making sustainable clothing, healthfoods, biodegradable plastics, and lots more.

 

 

After seeing my dog’s seizures stop immediately from a few droppers of CBD oil, and after taking it for months and seeing a radical shift in my health, I am confident to say that it is a revolutionary medicine. It has been and will continue to act as a potent remedy for people suffering from all types of health issues.

The disclaimer is that everyone has different bodies and genetic makeup meaning what works for me might not work for you. CBD’s have helped hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people, but there are people who don’t sit well with it for whatever reason. Just like how some people can eat dairy and others can’t. Side effects and allergies are extremely uncommon but also mild, so don’t worry about going into anaphylactic shock from a little CBD. Try it out if you’re looking for a potent remedy or for preventive health, you’ll most likely love it and reap the benefits you need most.

I buy my CBD oil from http://www.westcoastcbdsupply.com and have had an awesome experience with their customer service and quality of products. Although it wasn’t easy at first to drop the money on an oz bottle of oil, I found that it was an investment in the most important thing- my well being. Knowing that I have a remedy for hungover mornings and muscle pain from standing so long at work, I am at ease and have more time in my day to enjoy the moment.

Feel free to do your own research, look into testimonials, and make your own decision as to whether CBD could help you or someone you know. It might just be the remedy you’ve been seeking.