CAN CBD BE SMOKED?
The use of CBD in our society has surged in popularity in recent years, with a huge array of different CBD products now available on the market, with everything from gummies, powders, slow-release patches and even skincare products out there, to name just a few. As it is present in so many different delivery methods, it can be difficult to decide which option to go for, as each one comes with its own list of pros and cons.
Taking CBD oil drops orally is currently the most popular way to take the substance effectively and experience its proposed benefits. There are also a number of popular alternative methods such as topical balms and creams along with hemp powders that many people around the world see as their go-to choice, however, one particular method that is not widely spoken about is smoking.
So, can you smoke CBD oil?
Put simply, you can smoke CBD oil as a method of delivery if you wish to do so. As it is considered to have a high level of bioavailability, this means that it is likely to be absorbed into the bloodstream quickly, so any possible effects could be felt by users almost immediately. If you would like to learn more about bioavailability and why it is important in CBD, you can find more information about this by reading our recent blog post which covers the subject in full.
Another reported benefit of smoking CBD oil is the fact that it is non-intoxicating, so it won’t make you feel ‘high’. THC, the compound that is found in recreational cannabis, is not present in CBD oil, and by UK law, any CBD products sold must contain less than 0.2% of this compound to ensure that it does not produce any psychoactive effects. Therefore, users can be sure that the potential benefits of these products will not be accompanied by the additional effects of THC.
However, like any delivery method out there, there are also a number of disadvantages that can come with smoking CBD oil to take note of. First of all, there are the negative effects of smoking to take into consideration. While there is no evidence to support the fact that CBD itself could be damaging to the human body, there is a high amount of evidence that highlights the dangers of having a smoking habit. Many research studies suggest that smoke inhalation over an extended period of time has the potential to lead to lung damage and respiratory issues and could result in users developing conditions such as heart disease, lung cancer and emphysema. It is for this reason that many experts do not advocate for this method of delivery.
In addition, smoking CBD oil isn’t the only way to achieve a high level of bioavailability. With a wide array of alternative products such as oral and topical varieties offering another option that holds a lower number of disadvantages when it comes to the human body, there is no reason why taking CBD should pose any risks to our health and wellbeing.
With that being said, it is not our aim to influence our readers on which products to purchase. It is your own choice how you take your dose, and this is likely to be determined by your lifestyle along with your individual needs.
How to smoke CBD
If you choose to smoke CBD, this can be done by dabbing. This refers to using a dab ring to inhale the substance. Generally made out of glass, they are made to incorporate a two-step process in which a torch is used to heat up a surface area, with the extracts from the CBD being placed onto this surface area for the vapour to be inhaled using the dab ring mouthpiece. Alternatively, a portable dab pen can be used to simplify the process so that the CBD can be smoked on the go, but it is important to note that both methods produce a similar smell to that of cannabis, which is illegal to consume in the UK.
Whichever option you choose to use, both of these provide effective delivery of the substance, allowing you to experience the possible benefits with rapid effect.
Can you smoke CBD oil in a vape?
Another way in which many people around the world choose to take CBD is by vaping. Widely used by individuals who prefer a more subtle taste, vaping allows users to incorporate additional flavours to suit their palate and to counteract the typically strong taste of the substance.
One important thing to note here is that you cannot use sublingual CBD oil when vaping, as there is a possibility that this could be dangerous and pose a risk when it comes to your health. For this reason, all CBD vape liquids are made by mixing CBD extract with an emulsifier in order to make it suitable for vaping. While this method of taking the substance is likely to be significantly safer than smoking and can help those who wish to quit, we are still unsure of what the long term benefits and disadvantages of vaping CBD are. Again, although it is a popular way to consume the substance, this is all down to personal preference.
When smoking or vaping CBD, it’s so important to do this safely while also taking into account the pros and cons of both methods. There is so much research to be done into the potential benefits that CBD oil could have on the body, and while we are unable to make any medical claims of its possible effects, we can continue to explore the many different delivery methods of the substance and educate our readers so that they are able to make informed choices when it comes to consumption.
Here at Holistic Herb, we pride ourselves in offering our customers high-quality CBD oils which have superior Total Bioavailability in comparison to many other products on the market today. If you would like to learn more about the products that we offer, take a look at our shop to discover our range.