Smoking CBD cigarettes is not a new fad. Igniting and inhaling smoke from plant material is an ancient and nearly universal practice. Cultures of almost every language, country, and creed have independently come up with the concept of smoking. For example, the Mayans rolled up tobacco leaves in palm or plantain leaves, and the Scythians would vaporize cannabis seeds. Fast forward a few thousand years, and the use of cannabidiol (CBD) has exploded.
Perhaps you already know about the benefits of CBD hemp products, or maybe you just keep hearing people talk about it and want to know why so many swear by cannabidiol. The history of smoking dates back at least 7,000 years, so for now let’s just focus on CBD cigarettes.
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What are CBD Cigarettes?
CBD cigarettes consist of ground hemp flower rolled into thin “sticks” (resembling tobacco cigarettes), usually 70mm long. The look and packaging might resemble tobacco products, but there’s no tobacco or nicotine in hemp cigarettes. Alternatively, they may resemble marijuana joints, but these are usually called CBD pre-rolls.
Since CBD cigarettes are rolled up hemp they contain all the properties of the plant. Therefore, they will include all the terpenes and cannabinoids, including trace amounts of THC. However, in the United States, 0.3% THC or less is required for legality. This low amount of THC is not enough to induce intoxicating effects, but it does add to the benefits of hemp.
Why do People Smoke CBD Cigarettes?
They’re portable and discreet, and those quitting tobacco may enjoy how closely a tobacco-free CBD preroll resembles a traditional cigarette. CBD vapes can also resemble tobacco smoking, but some might just prefer the classic feelings of lighting up a cigarette or carrying around a pack.
Another reason people choose to smoke CBD is the speed in which the effects can be felt. When you swallow some tincture oil or eat an edible, the cannabidiol must first go through your gastric tract. This process destroys a good amount of the CBD before it can get to the bloodstream. This is known as the first-pass metabolism, during which your liver also reduces the CBD’s concentration.
It can take roughly an hour for you to feel the effects of swallowed cannabidiol, while inhaled CBD enters your blood via your lungs almost instantaneously. By moving directly from the lungs to the bloodstream, cannabidiol also bypasses first-pass metabolism when inhaled, meaning more CBD makes it all the way into your system. In other words, inhaling CBD has a much higher bioavailability rate than swallowing it.
What are the Benefits of Smoking CBD Cigarettes?
Hemp cigarettes can be an excellent replacement for smoking tobacco. Nearly identical in appearance, CBD cigarettes can give the look, feel, and calming effects of regular cigarettes without any tobacco or nicotine at all.
Moreover, while tobacco smoke hurts one’s body, cannabidiol actually promotes the functionality of our endocannabinoid system (ECS). Our ECS regulates bodily functions such as breathing, digestion, and heart rate. An efficient ECS is essential for your well-being.
The best CBD cigarettes are made with all-natural, American hemp and rolling papers — nothing else. Tobacco cigarettes, on the other hand, can contain additives that are extremely bad for you, like acetone and benzene. Hemp cigarettes offer a smoking experience that doesn’t introduce such hazardous chemicals to your body.
Remember how we mentioned earlier that CBD cigarettes contain all the cannabinoids and terpenes of a particular strain including THC? Well, the benefit of keeping minuscule levels of THC is to promote the entourage effect.
The entourage effect is when all of the compounds in cannabis work together to provide the best synergistic benefits. Both full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD products provide the entourage effect, but it is stronger in full-spectrum cannabidiol. Broad-spectrum CBD is best for consumers who are drug tested at their job and may need to avoid THC for work purposes.
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The first big difference between CBD and marijuana cigarettes is the plant material inside. Hemp and marijuana both fall under the genus Cannabis. Marijuana tends to be THC heavy, while hemp (which is what CBD cigarettes contain) is more full of CBD. However, many marijuana and hemp products contain both THC and CBD.
If THC and CBD are both found in hemp, and CBD cigarettes contain hemp, then is there even a difference between cannabidiol and marijuana cigarettes? The answer is yes. Hemp may contain both THC and CBD, but the levels of each make all the difference.
If you were to smoke a marijuana cigarette, it will contain high THC levels. Tetrahydrocannabinol is psychoactive, while cannabidiol is not. Enough THC, and you will begin to feel these psychoactive, or “high” effects. In cannabidiol products, THC levels are kept underneath 0.3%. This allows the CBD, boosted by the entourage effect, to work its magic without getting you intoxicated.
CBD cigarettes and CBD prerolls are one and the same, though their look and type of filter may differ. Both products consist of cannabidiol flower rolled into smokable “sticks” using wood pulp, rice, or hemp paper. Whatever you choose, a CBD cigarette and a CBD preroll will both contain ground hemp rich in CBD, and no tobacco.
The two names usually refer to the look of the product. Hemp cigarettes are often made to mimic the look of tobacco cigarettes, rolled tightly, and tipped with a cotton-like mesh filter. Some companies might use hemp or recyclable material for their filters, and these tips are usually meant to emulate the cellulose acetate that many tobacco companies utilize.
Prerolls usually resemble a marijuana joint. These are meant to look hand-rolled rather than precisely uniform. The ends of prerolls are often bulky with hemp towards the end, tapering off as the paper is twisted at the tip. On the other end, preroll filters are often folded pieces of tough paper made from plant cellulose.
Are CBD Cigarettes Legal?
Hemp flower is not marijuana. Marijuana is still illegal in many states, but hemp has been federally legalized so long as it contains 0.3% THC or less. Even though cannabidiol is federally legal, each state may put specifications on the conditions of this legality. In Idaho, for example, there are strict rules as to what types of CBD are permissible. Although CBD purchases online are permitted throughout the US, you should always check the laws in your state before purchasing cannabidiol.
How Old Do I Have to Be to Buy Some?
Many businesses will not sell to someone under the age of 18 to ensure that CBD doesn’t fall into the hands of unsupervised children. In other places, some cannabidiol products will require that the purchaser is at least 18 or 21 years of age. Still, there are some areas where they allow CBD to be sold to anyone.
In many brick-and-mortar shops, age minimums will be left up to the store. Some places (like New Jersey) won’t even sell lighters to minors, so you’ll have to do some research on local shops in addition to your state’s laws. If you’re in a state like Nevada, where cannabidiol can only be sold in cannabis stores, you would have to be 21 to even enter the store. Try calling the business ahead of time to see if you’re old enough to be sold hemp cigarettes.
Alternatively, hop online! If you’d like to eliminate the guesswork about age and state law, you can still buy industry-leading cannabidiol from the comfort of your own home.
CBD Cigarette Alternatives
Vape juice is also generally more concentrated than flower, offering you more CBD per hit. People who get hemp cigarettes might want the flower, but not the smoke. Rather than tear apart a preroll, pick up some flower to make your own edibles or raw oil.
Prerolls have a looser filter and, depending on their size, they can burn slower than cigarettes.
About Cheef Botanicals
The best CBD cigarettes are made with the best ingredients. That’s why we at Cheef Botanicals are particular about what we put into our products. We only source the highest quality grade hemp for our pre rolls. Our CBD is also sourced from the highest quality hemp grown in Colorado.
Cheef Botanicals’ organic prerolls don’t have any additives or GMOs. We extract our CBD from hemp using an ultra clean CO2 method. Other companies use extraction methods that require questionable solvents like butane or isopropyl. These techniques risk leaving behind a toxic residue if not evaporated properly. To top it all off, we offer free shipping anywhere in the United States.
CBD hemp cigarettes are perfect for social settings, taking a load off at the end of a long day, or on-the-go relaxation. The benefits of cannabidiol are numerous, and new people are being introduced to its wonders all the time.
You can smoke, vape, eat, drink (place tincture in your favorite beverage), and rub CBD on topically, making consumption versatile. Constant research and innovation means the world of cannabidiol is growing larger every day, and Cheef Botanicals is at the forefront.