Why Are People Smoking CBD Flower?
Are you looking for quick relief? Smoking or vaporizing CBD flower/buds is the fastest way to ingest this beneficial Phyto cannabinoid? Meaning it supplies cannabinoids to your Endocannabinoid System (ECS) quicker than other CBD products. The CBD will cross the blood-brain barrier and start working in a matter of seconds, as opposed to a few minutes (with CBD tincture) or up to an hour (when ingested orally).
One of the most fascinating things about the cannabis plant is something known as the entourage effect. This term was coined in 1999 by the famous cannabis researchers Raphael Mechoulam and Shimon Ben-Shabat. It refers to a synergistic effect in which cannabis is most effective when the plant material is ingested as a whole. This way, the full range of Phyto cannabinoids, terpenoids, and flavonoids can work their “magic” together.
Heat activates phytocannabinoids
Raw plant material is made up of cannabinoid acids that need to be “activated” via heat application. This process, known as decarboxylation, takes the inactive cannabinoid acids and transforms them into active Phyto cannabinoids.
It can help with cigarette cravings
There is some anecdotal evidence that smoking the CBD flower can curb cravings for cigarettes. Furthermore, there is also research evidence that CBD itself can help with nicotine addiction via the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
It’s more social
For some people, the act of smoking the flower is a more social activity than simply ingesting the CBD at home alone. For example, you can step outside of a social event to smoke a CBD cigarette/hempette with a fellow cannabis enthusiast, or you can even use a water pipe like a hookah or bong to smoke the CBD with a group!
It’s a cost-effective way to ingest CBD
Smoking hemp flower is particularly effective, especially considering that some of the products on the market deliver over 100 milligrams of CBD per cigarette/hempette. Additionally, most CBD products require additional processing after the crop is complete, but hemp flower is ready for sale once it’s pruned and trimmed. Less processing time usually entails a lower price tag.
They look better.
This is simply for aesthetic purposes. Known as “bag appeal”, people often associate quality cannabis products with nicely trimmed or pruned buds.
They are easier to smoke.
The various leaves that sprout out from the flowers/buds are considerably harsher on the throat and lungs, so trimming/pruning this extra plant matter will make the hemp “smoother” to smoke.
There is a higher concentration of Phyto cannabinoids/terpenoids.
If you look closely at a hemp bud, you’ll see tiny crystals peppered all over the surface. These are known as trichomes and they are filled with all the beneficial Phyto cannabinoids and terpenoids. These trichomes are much more concentrated in the flowering sections of the plant than anywhere else. Therefore, clipping all excess plant material from the bud will increase its overall concentration of trichomes.
They smell better.
The leaves of the plant don’t hold many terpenes, therefore, they tend to smell and taste like plant material (grassy or hay flavor). Consequently, leaves will degrade the overall smell or “nose” of premium CBD flower. When you trim away fan and sugar leaves from the flowers it allows the full aroma of the bud to prevail.
How Do You Smoke CBD Flower
Once these hemp buds are manicured and dried, they are ready to be smoked! This can be done in any number of ways, including:
2) Water pipes (bubbler, bong, hookah)
3) Rolling papers/blunts
4) Vaporizer (with plant material instead of vape juice)
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