With the legalization of marijuana or marihuana spreading all across the US and the world in general, people and scientists alike are curious to learn more about all the different parts of the plant and what they can offer. One part that often gets overlooked is the hemp part, which is the upper portion of the cannabis plant.
There are many different ways to get CBD into your system, from placing a couple of CBD oil drops underneath your tongue and holding it in your mouth for a few minutes to eating gummy bears filled with this powerful and beneficial chemical!
But one way that remains shrouded in mystery is smoking the plant itself, specifically the hemp. Can you smoke hemp? Is it more beneficial if you do? That’s what we’re going to find out today so keep reading to find out more!
What Is Hemp?
The hemp part of the mystical plant contains many beneficial chemicals known as cannabinoids. These cannabinoids work with your endocannabinoid system (which controls vital functions like sleep, mood management, and inflammation) to improve all areas of your life.
One such cannabinoid is called CBD (or cannabidiol.) This cannabidiol is hugely beneficial because once it enters your endocannabinoid system, it can keep enzymes from breaking up too quickly when attached to pain receptors so that you can feel less pain, more happiness, and fewer negative thoughts for an extended period!
Hemp is a specific kind of cannabis plant that is grown specifically for medicinal and recreational purposes. Hemp is most often grown for its fibers since it can create things such as rope, clothing, and specialty fabrics. Fun fact: hemp is one of the fastest-growing plants on Earth, second only to bamboo!
Hemp also has edible seeds, which can be beneficial for humans as well. However, this plant carries some stigma because it’s often confused with cannabis, which is used to create the marihuana drug. While these two plants belong to the same botanical family (Cannabaceae), they’re pretty different.
Cannabis contains higher levels of THC, which is the cannabinoid in the plant that makes you high. On the other hand, Hemp contains deficient levels of THC and much higher levels of CBD and CBN, which do not create the sensation of being high but are still highly beneficial.
Alright, now that we’ve cleared up these misconceptions, let’s answer the question on everyone’s minds: can you smoke hemp?
Can You Smoke Hemp?
The short answer is yes, yes you can! The hemp plant produces flowers that can be smoked. At the end of last year, the United States Congress made hemp farming legal, so the smoking of hemp has recently exploded in popularity. While some people may tell you that the only thing you get from smoking hemp is a painful headache, this is simply not true. The myth that smoking hemp causes headaches originated when the hemp plant was only cultivated to make fibers for textiles.
In addition to this, the Cannaceae family of plants has been stigmatized for many years. According to historical accounts, the Nixon administration demonized the consumption of marihuana and all other medicinal plants to excuse the incarceration of black people and protestors of the Vietnam war, who happened to smoke cannabis regularly.
According to Nixon’s former secretary advisor, incarcerating someone for being black or being against the war was prohibited, but sending someone away for smoking the devil’s lettuce was allowed entirely, which is why they made such extensive efforts to demonize it in the sixties.
However, we know better now and understand that hemp is nothing but a gift from nature that can benefit human beings in various ways. Now that we’ve broken down some of the stigmas, let’s dive deeper into the psychological effects of smoking hemp.
Can Smoking Hemp Make You High?
This is a common concern for people who find the feeling of being ‘high’ undesirable. If you’re one of those people, then don’t worry. Hemp has got you covered! According to Canadian hemp expert Kelsy Raap, smoking hemp is neither addictive nor psychoactive. The hemp plant contains CBD, not THC, the fundamental chemical element that makes you high.
How Does Hemp Flower Make You Feel?
Suppose you’re not too nervous to just dive into smoking hemp flowers without any previous research, no worries! Many people currently smoke hemp and report having felt many pleasurable sensations. According to multiple hemp flower smokers, smoking the hemp flower doesn’t create a high feeling. It does not impair your judgment, make you dizzy, create the feeling of paranoia, visual hallucinations, etc.
Smoking hemp flowers for the first time can give you a light ‘buzz.’ Still, unlike the one you get from smoking marihuana or drinking alcohol, it’s more similar to the buzz you get when you finish a successful workout a deep sense of relaxation and accomplishment! If you’re nervous about this potential buzz, then don’t worry. These effects only occur when a person tries hemp flowers for the first time and diminish with use.
As for its psychological effects, people report feeling lighter, happier, more relaxed, and less burdened by anxiety or depression. Effects are often described as a ‘body high,’ with muscles feeling relaxed and soft to the touch. This is why many people who struggle with mental illnesses like depression anxiety smoke hemp quite a bit. Smoking hemp is not only a natural way of gaining calmness, but it can also greatly alleviate nervous disorders like anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
Benefits of Smoking Hemp Flower
Like we talked about before, there are many benefits to smoking hemp flowers, from psychological to physical ones. But everything looks better in a list, so here are some of the many benefits you can get from smoking the hemp plant!
- Providing a calming and soothing effect.
- Decreasing inflammation.
- Medicinal benefits like helping with chronic pains, lack of appetite, etc.
- Improves sleep.
- Helps with many mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, and even addiction to substances.
- It can help people quit smoking tobacco cigarettes since it provides the same calm without cancer! In addition, the ritual of smoking anything other than cigarettes can help with addiction as well since psychologists have found that it’s often the ritualistic aspect of smoking that brings people comfort.
- Much more affordable than smoking marihuana or tobacco cigarettes.
- Non-addictive, unlike tobacco and nicotine.
- Completely legal on a federal level!
- It’s not intoxicating at all and does not impair judgment or decrease motor skills.
- It’s by far the quickest way of getting CBD into your system, which means longer lasting and faster-acting effects!
Is Hemp Legal to Smoke?
On a federal level, yes, yes, it is! Last year, it was now wholly legal to farm hemp in the United States on a federal level. However, because the US is made of fifty states which each have its own set of rules, whether you’re legally allowed to smoke it or not depends on which state you’re in.
As of writing this, it is legal to smoke hemp in all US states except:
- North Carolina
So, as you can see, only a small number of states are deliberately going against federal law to make hemp smoking illegal. However, other states have their own set of weird rules which are more lenient. In Utah, for example, it’s legal to possess hemp but to smoke it, sell it or distribute it. On the other hand, it’s illegal to smoke hemp in public spaces in certain parts of Florida, but smoking hemp in comfort in your home is terrific!
In conclusion, apart from the five states we mentioned, smoking hemp is perfectly legal and safe.
Drug Tests and Smoking Hemp
Does smoking hemp show up on a drug test? Well, it depends on the type of hemp you smoke. If it’s full-spectrum, it might be because full-spectrum hemp tends to contain traces of THC. While these traces can’t be higher than 0.3% as mandated by law, they can still appear on a drug test.
However, smoking hemp marked as ‘CBD isolate’ or ‘isolate’ won’t show up on a drug test since it contains no traces of THC. It’s often better to stay on the safe side and not smoke two weeks before a drug test.
The Future Places of Hemp
With more and more states quickly leaning towards legalization, hemp has a bright future ahead of it! With the rise of unhappiness and discontent in the modern world, it is only natural that people would look towards Mother Nature to heal.
Smoking hemp is perfectly legal on a federal level, and on a state level, it is legal in 45 out of 50 US states. Smoking hemp does not cause the feeling of being high but rather a light buzz that makes people feel happy, comfortable, and safe. Hemp flowers tend to be more affordable than marihuana buds and cigarettes in general.
They are also more profitable to buy and sell because of their non-psychoactive effects. There are tons of benefits to smoking hemp flowers, from better sleep to relaxation, improved appetite, and alleviating symptoms of anxiety disorders like anxiety, PTSD, and depression. All in all, smoking hemp flowers is beneficial to all. Happy smoking!