Not totally illegal, smoking CBD is at least strongly discouraged. Fortunately, there are healthier alternatives, with marked effects. *Scroll down to the bottom of the article to find your discount code for ALL Cannacares CBD Products The last few years have seen a huge surge in popularity around the usage of cannabidiol as a wellness supplement. The benefits of CBD oil are now very well known. This increase in popularity has led to rampant innovatio
Can you smoke CBD? [Method, Law, Health Effects]
Smoking cannabis remains illegal in the majority of European countries which, at best, have decriminalized it but not legalized it. CBD, however, is 100% legal when isolated and in derivative products extracted from a plant containing less than 0,2% THC. Smoking CBD therefore seems to straddle the law. Several sub-questions then arise. How to smoke CBD ? Can CBD be smoked legally? What are the effects of CBD smoke on our health ? This guide explains it all!
How to smoke CBD?
Cannabis CBD is a plant, it is smoked like any other plant material
After all, CBD hemp and marijuana are the same plant, with a few molecular exceptions. The idea of smoking CBD when you want to take advantage of its properties is therefore often the first to cross your mind.
Smoking a CBD Joint
It’s relatively easy to grind a CBD flower down to crumbs and then roll in cigarette paper equipped with a filter. Although this mode of consumption is far from being good for the health, it is particularly not recommended to mix tobacco with CBD crumbs. Tobacco is indeed harmful and highly addictive since it is loaded with nicotine.
The water pipe (bong)
THEuse of a water bong (or bang) is also quite simple and both filter and cool smoke, for a slightly cleaner experience. Simply place the CBD concentrate (resin, pollen) directly into the bowl of the pipe, optionally adding a few drops of CBD oil directly to the water.
Smoking CBD is therefore relatively easy. However, just because it’s possible doesn’t mean it’s recommended. For legal and public health reasons, the practice should be banned. Explanations.
Can you smoke CBD? The legal response
For a long time, French law allowed the sale of CBD, with the exception of leaves and flowers. The main objective was tostop smoking CBD, a practice not dangerous because of the cannabidiol, but of the combustion which releases many harmful toxins in the lungs. At the beginning of 2022, the Council of State nevertheless put an end to this ban and the marketing of CBD flowers is perfectly legal. Smoking CBD is therefore strongly discouraged… but not strictly regulated by law. Smoking cannabis remains illegal, however, and if checked, it is impossible to determine with the naked eye whether it is CBD or not. It is therefore to be expected trouble with the police and justice, regardless of the exact composition of the joint.
Smoking or vaping CBD, do not confuse!
Smoking should not be confused with vaping CBD. Certainly the gesture and the speed of the effects are close. Using and cleaning a CBD vaporizer is also easy. Nevertheless, thanks to its low temperature, it offers an experience less harmful to the lungs. It is indeed important to distinguish the two modes of consumption by specifying that the risks associated with vaping are less important than those related to combustion (traditional seal) since the necessary temperatures are very different. Vaping a e-liquid at the CBD (without nicotine) or use a dry herb vaporizer for its flowers CBD thus releases less toxins than smoke. However, they do exist and can have long-term side effects, which are still poorly understood.
Smoking CBD has well-known drawbacks.
Smoking CBD: Health Cons
Smoking CBD has more disadvantages than advantages
Smoking CBD is often considered for the excellent bioavailability that this implies. When you smoke cannabis, legal or not, the cannabinoids arrive directly in the lungs and a maximum amount of CBD thus passes into the bloodstream. This happens very quickly (less than 30 minutes). Two main advantages are mentioned by smokers.
- Faster effects,
- More marked effects.
However, smoking CBD is far from having only advantages.
- Long-term lung damage,
- Respiratory problems,
- Heart disease,
- Cerebrovascular accidents (stroke),
- Production of toxins harmful to the body,
- Various risks related to cutting products (flowers, but especially poor quality CBD resin and pollen), and more frequent screening due to the mode of intake and the smell of cannabis released.
These risks are not related to the CBD itself, but indeed to the smoke and the quality of the CBD consumed (additives and presence of pesticides in particular).
Alternatives to smoking to enjoy the effects of CBD
There are healthier yet effective alternatives to consuming CBD
As you will have understood, smoking CBD is a particularly effective way… to clog up your lungs! If only one element of this article had to be retained, it would be the following: smoking CBD is possible, but not recommended. Fortunately, there are many healthier and equally effective alternatives to taking advantage of CBD benefits.
- Sublingual route: a few drops ofCBD oil under the tongue for about thirty seconds and voila for quick and marked effects!
- oral: place the quantity of CBD oil on a sugar, in a yogurt or a little honey and swallow. The effects will take a little longer to appear than sublingually and will also be more diffuse. The bitter, earthy taste of light cannabis, on the other hand, is much easier to mask.
- CBD food : for more diffuse effects, but an original experience (nos. CBD recipe ideasallow you to test).
- Local application : CBD creams, the hemp oil and other CBD wellness products have many benefits for the skin. They are used, for example, in massage or in local application as day cream ou by night.
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Can You Smoke CBD Oil?
The last few years have seen a huge surge in popularity around the usage of cannabidiol as a wellness supplement. The benefits of CBD oil are now very well known.
This increase in popularity has led to rampant innovation and a proliferation of delivery methods. There is an ever-shrinking pool of products that have not been paired with CBD, from CBD balm to CBD chocolate and even CBD lube!
There is no doubt that ingesting CBD oil sublingually, in the form of tinctures is the most popular delivery format. This is because it was the first to become commercially available and is the most common entry product.
That said, one of the lesser explored questions around CBD is whether or not you can smoke CBD oil.
Can you smoke CBD oil?
In short, yes, you can smoke CBD oil. There are a number of different ways in which you can smoke CBD oil, depending on personal preference and situational factors. These include dabbing, smoking CBD flower and vaping CBD e liquid. Many people prefer to smoke CBD in order to avoid the earthy, often unpleasant taste that accompanies ingestion and sublingual use.
Dabbing has become an increasingly popular method to consume traditional, recreational cannabis and this is now making its way into the domain of CBD.
By using a dab rig or portable dab pen, you can heat CBD concentrate via convective heating. This products more of a vapour than actual smoke, hence many feel it is safer than actually smoking CBD.
Smoking CBD Flower
While smoking is typically associated with recreational cannabis use, there is actually a growing demand for smokable CBD flower. This looks and smells very similar to typical recreational cannabis, but crucially is removed of THC (the cannabinoid responsible for getting you high).
CBD flower is typically rolled into a joint, or cigarette and smoked in the usual fashion. The upside of this is the lack of additional material such as a dab rig, batteries, or a vape.
Vaping CBD E Liquid
CBD E liquid is typically made from CBD extract and combined with a solute such as MCT oil or propylene glycol. This is because CBD is not water soluble.
The added benefit of CBD e liquid is that you can find a variety of flavours that make consumption a far more appealing process.
Once you have the kit for this, the experience of vaping CBD oil is an incredibly straightforward one, particularly with Cannacares’ medically certified CBD vape pen.
What are the benefits of smoking CBD oil?
With CBD available in so many different forms, many become confused as to the benefits of each type. While delivery methods each have their own pros and cons, CBD delivers the same therapeutic benefits regardless of its format.
However, we will now briefly cover the main benefits of smoking CBD oil over ingesting.
Bioavailability may seem like a complex concept, but it’s actually fairly straightforward. It simply refers to the effectiveness of a substance once it is ingested. The bioavailability, denoted in percentage, is the portion of the substance that is actually used by the body.
One of the main benefits of smoking CBD is that the rate of absorption is far higher than almost all other delivery methods. Once the CBD is inhaled, it passes through the lungs and into the bloodstream within just 3 minutes.
Furthermore, in terms of bioavailability itself, the body can use 30% of smoked or vaped CBD. On the other hand, only 4-12% of CBD can be utilised by the body when ingested orally.
So, not only does smoking CBD deliver its benefits far quicker, but the body can also use a much higher proportion of it.
Vaping CBD can aid smoking cessation
A 2015 study published in Substance Abuse and carried out by Prud’homme, Cata and Jutras-Aswad found that regular CBD inhaler usage (near-identical to CBD vaping) dramatically decreased the number of cigarettes smoked per day, as well as reducing nicotine cravings.
This was backed up in a more recent study by University College of London, who found that the number of cigarettes smoked by participants dropped by 40% with regular CBD oil usage.
Avoiding the taste of CBD
The taste of CBD, particularly when ingested, is often cited as a reason for CBD cessation. It can often be earthy and somewhat unpleasant. Thankfully, when smoking or vaping CBD you avoid this.
What are the risks of smoking CBD oil?
There are two main concerns to keep in mind when it comes to making a decision on smoking or vaping CBD oil. One lies in health and the other in personal safety.
Naturally, when discussing smoking, lung damage is the first concern that comes to mind. Of course, the damage caused by smoking has been well-documented for decades, despite the best efforts of the tobacco industry.
Although there is no evidence to definitively state whether or not smoking CBD oil is bad for the lungs, we can look into studies that investigate the smoking of cannabis and hemp.
One notable study has stated that cannabis smoking is associated with large airway inflammation, increased airway resistance and lung hyperinflation.
However, it is important to note that these respiratory issues are related to smoke itself, rather than the substance being smoked.
Furthermore, clinical research from 2018 suggests that not only does CBD help prevent the invasion of lung cancer cells, but it also inhibits metastasis.
Smoking CBD flower can often attract unwanted attention from law enforcement. Both the appearance and smell of CBD flower is very similar to that of recreational cannabis.
Cannabis is still illegal across much of the world, so this could well attract the attention of any suspicious law enforcement nearby and lead to confusion, despite the widespread legality of CBD.
A possible alternative to avoid such situations is to vape CBD e liquid instead.
Is vaping CBD a viable alternative to smoking?
For those who are keen on the benefits of smoking CBD, such as its increased rate of absorption and impressive bioavailability but are reasonably concerned about the potential long term health effects, vaping CBD is a viable alternative.
While there is a lack of evidence surrounding the long-term impact of regular vaping, due to its novel nature, early signs suggest that it is far less harmful than smoking.
Vaping is also a far more discreet method of consumption, as the smell is far less potent than that which accompanies the smoking of CBD.
As a result, it is always best to err on the side of caution and avoid cheap, low-quality products. Cannacares offer the world’s first medically-certified vaporisation device for cannabis derivatives. This is the highest quality product available on the market and is expertly crafted for life-long use.
Will vaping CBD make me high?
As long as you are purchasing a professional product with high-quality ingredients that is THC-free, then there is no way that vaping CBD can get you high.
THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol to use its full name, is responsible for the high typically associated with cannabis use in popular culture.
Even with broad-spectrum CBD products, the legal THC limit in the UK is 0.2% which is not high enough to intoxicate the user.
In short, yes you can smoke CBD oil! Although many believe this reduces its therapeutic potential, the user will still derive the medicinal benefits of the cannabinoid.
Vaping is almost certainly a safer option than smoking, as initial research suggests. If you are going to opt for a CBD vape product, then we strongly recommend opting for a high-quality version.
There are of course a multitude of CBD delivery methods as outlined at the start of the article, so the choice is very much down to the individual and their personal preference.