Smoking high-CBD hemp flower is becoming an increasingly popular pastime. New studies are continually suggesting that CBD and other compounds in hemp flower may have powerful therapeutic potential. Most consumers agree that smoking CBD flower is delicious and enjoyable, but some consume hemp for more profound reasons. Let’s take a look at 6 of the most commonly reported benefits of smoking hemp flower.
Smoking Hemp Regulates Vital Biological Functions
CBD stimulates receptors in the human endocannabinoid system (ECS). Although scientists didn’t discover the ECS until 1992, the system evolved over 600 million years ago. The ECS is present in almost all animals, including primitive invertebrates such as hydras and sea urchins. The endocannabinoid system plays a crucial role in helping the body maintain homeostasis. The ECS helps regulate the balance of such vital functions, such as:
- Temperature control
- Emotional regulation
- Pain response
- Inflammation and immunity
The ECS has its own internal cannabinoids, which act as intermediaries between the ECS receptors and other bodily systems. Unfortunately, our stressful modern lives have caused many of us to have lower endocannabinoid levels than we need to achieve optimum health. Some individuals have even developed a condition called Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD). CECD has been linked to disorders such as migraines, fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Phytocannabinoids from hemp and cannabis plants lend a hand to internal cannabinoids by interacting with the ECS’s CB-1 and CB-2 receptors in the brain, nervous system, immune system, and the skin. Besides stimulating the body’s ECS receptors, CBD helps to keep levels of internal cannabinoids high by inhibiting their reuptake.
If you’re new to CBD, you may want to purchase one of our Taster’s Menus to try out a few different strains.
Smoking CBD Flowers Lets Consumers Take Advantage of the Entourage Effect
CBD is only one of over 113 cannabinoids found in hemp and cannabis plants. Each of these cannabinoids, along with terpenes, flavonoids, and other compounds, work together synergistically and keep each other in balance. Hemp and cannabis plants exemplify the concept of “whole-plant” therapeutics at its finest.
With natural CBD flower, consumers can be certain they are getting all of the beneficial components of the hemp plant. Just because a CBD oil or edible label says “full-spectrum” doesn’t mean it actually is. CBD has not been fully regulated by the FDA, and products vary considerably. Lab results are helpful, but they still can’t account for all of the potentially beneficial components in hemp plants.
Our White CBG hemp strain allows consumers to take a different approach to the entourage effect. White CBG includes a trio of cannabinoids, including cannabigerol (CBG), cannabichromene (CBC), and cannabidiol (CBD).
Smoking Hemp Flower Can Help with Anxiety
One of the most common reasons people choose CBD products like hemp flower is to help them manage everyday stress and anxiety. It’s not surprising since 40 million adults in the United States alone struggle with anxiety disorders each year.
CBD boosts the body’s internal endocannabinoids, including anandamide. Anandamide, colloquially called the “bliss molecule,” is responsible for the warm and fuzzy feelings athletes get after a session of vigorous exercise. Although further research is needed, several studies have found that CBD has pronounced anxiolytic properties and shows promise in treating anxiety disorders.
Cannaflower’s Rest and Mindfulness collection includes a carefully curated selection of hemp flowers for folks looking to cast away excess worry and stress. Our collection includes sativa-dominant Suver Haze and Hawaiian Haze strains for when you’re looking for alert relaxation and productivity, along with indica-dominant Special Sauce for winding down in the evenings.
CBD Flower Can Increase Chances of a Restful Night’s Sleep
If you find that you’re consistently struggling with insomnia, consult your physician. That said, many people report that smoking hemp flower or using cbd tinctures in the evening has made it easier for them to achieve a restful night’s sleep. Some turn to wine or other alcoholic beverages to fall asleep, but alcohol converts into sugar and tends to wake people up in the middle of the night. Furthermore, it’s pretty easy to overindulge and find yourself with a hangover the next day.
Unlike alcohol, CBD doesn’t produce intoxication or negative aftereffects such as dehydration, headaches, and lack of energy. Indica-dominant hemp strains, like Bubba Kush, are particularly effective for enhancing relaxation before bedtime.
The Anti-inflammatory Properties of CBD Flower Can Provide Chronic Pain Relief
Perhaps the most intriguing benefit of smoking hemp flower is CBD’s ability to reduce inflammation and help relieve pain. CBD influences inflammation by interacting with CB-1 receptors in the central nervous system and CB-2 receptors in the immune system. As inflammation sits at the root of most pain, CBD’s effect on inflammation response could be welcome news to anyone struggling with painful medical conditions like arthritis or IBS.
Remedy CBD flower provides especially pronounced bodily relaxation without causing psychoactive effects or gluing you to the couch.
Smoking CBD Flower Can Help You with Metal Focus and Creative Inspiration
It’s no secret that many artists throughout history have been fans of cannabis and hemp flower. Hemp flower allows creative individuals to harness the power of the imagination without worrying about experiencing the sometimes uncomfortable psychoactive effects of THC.
Cannaflower has prepared a special collection so you can enjoy enhanced mental focus and bring out your creative side. Our Energized and Creative Collection include two uplifting sativa hybrids, Elektra and Lifter, as well as our White CBG strain for overall well-being.
Smoking Hemp Flowers is a Fast Route to Feeling the Effects of CBD
Inhalation is by far the quickest method to feel the effects of CBD. If you’re dealing with acute pain or anxiety, you’ll want fast relief. Consumers can either smoke CBD flower or enjoy it with a dry herb vaporizer. Inhaling CBD increases its bioavailability, and consumers typically notice the effects within a few minutes. CBD edibles, however, can take up to 90 minutes to kick in because they need to be processed by the digestive system before hitting the bloodstream.
You can inhale CBD flower with a vaporizer, pipe, bong, or convenient pre-rolled joints. Keeping pre-rolls on hand means you’ll only be a lighter away from fast relief when symptoms hit.
Now that you’ve discovered a little about the positive effects of smoking hemp flowers, you may be thinking to yourself, “Doesn’t smoking damage the lungs, and even cause serious diseases like cancer?” Good question.
Yes, smoking any substance subjects the lungs to harmful chemicals like tar and carcinogens. However, research has suggested that while chronic cannabis smoking may irritate the lungs and provoke bronchitis, it isn’t typically a factor in the development of conditions like COPD and cancer. One reason may be that organic hemp flowers don’t contain the toxic additives of commercial cigarettes. Another possible explanation is that hemp and cannabis consumers typically don’t smoke as frequently or as much.
If you’re particularly concerned about the hazards of smoking, you can still enjoy many of the benefits of CBD flower. Studies have shown that inhaling cannabis flower through a dry-herb vaporizer significantly decreases respiratory symptoms. Vaporizing hemp flower also allows consumers to enjoy the flavor of terpenes that have a lower boiling point.
Inhaling CBD flower may not be the best ingestion method for people struggling with lung conditions like allergies, asthma, chronic bronchitis, COPD, or lung cancer. People diagnosed with these conditions may have more favorable results from consuming edibles. You’ll find a nearly endless number of hemp flower recipes online.
Anyone struggling with a serious illness should consult their doctor before consuming hemp flowers. While CBD flower certainly provides some (unverified) health benefits, consuming hemp is not a cure for any disease.
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