Benefits of smoking CBD

by Edward J. Ross

Benefits of smoking CBD

Does smoking CBD have any benefits?

Humans' bond with smoking is not a modern century discovery. This relationship dates back to as early as 5000 BC in the Americas during shamanistic rituals, and it's no surprise that nearly 40 million Americans smoke.

Meanwhile, cannabis/hemp is even as old as smoking, still dating back to 5000 BC where it was commonly used in Eurasia. According to an article released in 2018 by the National Institute of Health on drug abuse, more than 11.8 million young Americans have reported cannabis use in the past years.

Although hemp is no longer an illegal product in the U.S., there is still no official medical data on hemp's medical benefits from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The only available information on hemp's medical benefits isn't backed up with enough research and clinical trials, which has caused most people to remain ignorant of the health benefits of CBD consumption.

The means of consumption determines how fast the cannabinoids, CBD, will begin interacting with the body. There are various means of consuming CBD; tincture, topical, smoking, vaping, oral. Smoking is the fastest. When the cannabinoids enter the lungs, they will enter the bloodstream almost immediately, causing the effects to trigger within 10 minutes of consumption.

Knowledge of this, coupled with humans' age-old sentimental attachment to smoking and the legality of hemp in the U.S., has steered most smokers in the U.S. to opt for smoking as their preferred means of consuming CBD. However, there are still questions about the actual health benefits of smoking CBD (besides its fast effectiveness). In this article, I'll highlight the health benefits of smoking, as well as any possible health risks.

What Occurs When You Smoke CBD?

Smoking a CBD flower introduces the cannabinoids straight into your body. No digestion is involved; this means more cannabinoids enter your system. You will enjoy the benefits of CBD by experimenting with low doses, which will reflect positively on your overall health, and finances also.

The difference between smoking CBD and consuming CBD oil or edibles is that the oil or edible substance has to go through your digestive system, which will cause some of the cannabinoids in the CBD to be destroyed; the entire natural chemical compounds contained in CBD won't enter your bloodstream.

Real benefits of smoking CBD

Smoking CBD has the Fastest Effect

Inhaling CBD has proven to be the most effective means of delivering the benefits of CBD to the body because the effects will be felt almost instantly. When CBD is smoked, the cannabinoids immediately enter the lungs (because it's the path of delivery is through the lungs).

The cannabinoids enter the bloodstream instantly, causing a rapid interaction between CBD substances and the endocannabinoid receptors in the body. The desire to experience an instant effect of CBD in the body has made smoking the ideal means of delivering CBD benefits.

It's Non-intoxicating, and You Won't Feel a High

CBD flowers may be psychoactive, but they don't intoxicate the brain since hemp contains 0.3% amount of THC, which isn't enough to cause a "high" effect. CBD flowers are a safer substitute for THC flowers because of the absence of intoxicating substances, which could endanger the user. CBD flower contains all the cannabinoids and terpenes, alongside other natural chemical compounds required to cause its user to feel the "Entourage effect."

This means that, although it contains a very low amount of THC, it packs as many health benefits as a Cannabis flower. CBD flowers that do not contain THC and other psychoactive chemicals will not cause their user to fail a drug test because random drug test screens for THC and not CBD substances.

A Safer and Natural Alternative to Vaping

Vaping was initially thought to be a safer means of inhalation, but recent studies have shown that the instrument used for vaping, generally known as "Vape Pen," contains potentially harmful substances. Flavors (that can lead to lung disease), heavy metals (lead, tin, and nickel), and other chemical compounds endanger human health.

Consuming CBD through vaping isn't purely natural, as volatile foreign chemicals mix up with the CBD flower's natural chemicals. When a CBD flower is inserted into the heating chamber of a vaping pen, the CBD compound mixes up with the flavorings that are usually added during vaping and with the pen's metal's chemical components.

This may reduce the effectiveness of the CBD or even lead to health complications. In the light of this discovery, smoking CBD, the traditional way, has become the recommended means of inhalation by experts.

Can Help Reduce Tobacco Addiction

Cigarette smokers often find it extremely difficult to abstain from lighting cigarette sticks every day due to the addictive chemical in tobacco called "Nicotine." Nicotine is contained in every tobacco-related product, and according to the FDA, it is highly addictive.

It alters the brain's pattern, causing its user to develop an intense craving for it. Nicotine may not be the deadly chemical in tobacco, but its addictive nature poses a huge obstacle to people seeking to quit smoking cigarettes, as a cigarette smoker will experience mental and physical withdrawals when attempting to quit tobacco use.

However, according to a recent study, people who smoked CBD flowers noticed a significant reduction in their urge for tobacco use. During treatment with CBD, there was a 40% reduction in nicotine addiction during the treatment. Also, CBD's ability to treat anxiety and stress, which are some of the major issues that cigarette smokers encounter, especially when trying to abstain from nicotine, is crucial to reducing tobacco addiction.

Therapeutic Effects on the Body

The medicinal properties of CBD are highly effective against pain and stress. Based on research, CBD relieved patients experiencing pain at different parts of their body; back, muscles, joints, etc. And also relaxed patients going through stress. CBD is sometimes referred to as a natural chill pill due to its relaxing nature.

When smoked, it immediately eases out stress by relaxing the nerves and reducing tension around the muscles, and at the same time relieves the body of any symptoms of pain due to physical injury or inflammation (due to the anti-inflammatory properties it contains). Smoking CBD is a rapid means of treating stress and pain-related issues.

Reduces Symptoms of Certain Health Issues Like:

  • Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders

In research carried out in the '70s, CBD positively prevented convulsions in rats. In recent research, epileptic patients that received a certain daily dose of CBD experienced lesser seizures. A documented research of CBD as an anticonvulsant was carried out on a young girl who suffered from Dravet Syndrome, a unique condition that couldn't be treated effectively by conventional medication.

When CBD was administered to her body, her seizures reduced incredibly. Smoking/inhaling CBD can provide instant relief to a person experiencing a seizure and reduce the frequent occurrence of seizures when used regularly.

  • Insomnia

In research, CBD has been shown to increase sleep time in insomnia patients because of the effect of drowsiness it creates in the body when it enters the bloodstream. Smoking CBD at night can instantly improve an insomnia patient's sleep time.

When the cannabinoids enter the bloodstream, it triggers a drowsy effect in the body and the brain, causing the patient to fall asleep within a few minutes. However, In non-insomnia patients, a higher dose is required to cause a similar effect. As small doses of CBD may cause the body and brain to stay alert instead of drowsy.

  • Anxiety and Depression

Studies have shown that CBD can treat anxiety and depression effectively. The mood-regulating effect of cannabinoids is the main reason CBD is highly effective against anxiety and depression. It eliminates the negative emotions caused by anxiety and depression by flooding the brain with positive emotions. Experts believe that CBD also has the potential to treat disorders such as OCD and PTSD.

  • Heart Disease

Based on research, CBD creates a "tissue sparing effect" when consumed, making it cardioprotective. This research is beneficial to cardiovascular disease patients, as the natural chemical compound in CBD makes it an effective remedy to heart-related diseases and a safer remedy because it causes little to no side effects.

A patient experiencing pains or inflammation around the heart region may inhale CBD to remedy the situation quickly. Continuous use may reduce symptoms of heart disease.

  • Diabetes

According to research carried out by Israeli scientists, the anti-inflammatory properties that CBD contains are believed to be a potential diabetes treatment. Chronic inflammation may lead to insulin resistance, which is why treating inflammation with CBD could improve metabolism and prevent diabetes. Smoking CBD can be hugely beneficial to diabetes patients, as the body will respond rapidly to its healing properties.

  • Reduces Chemotherapy's Side Effects

According to a study, CBD interacts with the receptors that release the "neurotransmitter serotonin, which is partly responsible for causing nausea. When consumed in small quantities, CBD can help reduce the symptoms of nausea. Although THC has been utilized as a therapy for nausea induced by cancer treatment for a very long time, CBD may also serve as an equally effective treatment for nausea.

  • It's Affordable

Marijuana is quite expensive, and purchasing it just for the CBD is not worth it, even though some strains contain a high percentage of CBD. However, Hemp (CBD flower) offers a relatively high dose of CBD that bests even the strongest marijuana strains and a lower price tag. This means users can easily ignore the pricey cannabis and opt for CBD flower as their price tag is cheaper than marijuana.

  • It's Legal

One of the major benefits that hemp has over marijuana is its legality and the fact that it isn't federally illegal, unlike its THC counterpart. Hemp is no longer viewed as an illicit drug because it contains very low amounts of THC or, sometimes, none.

CBD use is legal in almost all parts of the U.S., meaning you can easily purchase CBD flowers without any worry and even consume them publicly. CBD is also legal in many countries apart from the U.S.

Conclusion

Smoking CBD delivers so many medicinal benefits to the body rapidly and has gradually become the preferred means of delivering cannabinoids to the bloodstream. Smoking CBD poses a very low risk to one's health, and its side effects are very few and non-lethal. CBD's side effects may include; appetite changes, fatigue, weight loss, dizziness.

This is due to its psychoactive components, but these effects are not fatal and do not pose any health complications. Although the only worry would be combining CBD with another drug, it is best advised to speak with a doctor before combining CBD with any other drug.

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