Many people are currently enthusiastic about CBD products. CBD oil is particularly popular. Not only smokers wonder whether it is possible and healthy to smoke cannabidiole.
Perhaps you have this question in mind or have already made experiences with this type of application. It is obvious because hemp extracts have always been smoked to produce a quick effect.
We have compiled the latest known information on the CBD for you here.
Smoking cannabidiol - what you have to consider
Many people immediately think of smoking when they hear the keyword cannabis. The joint is one of the typical forms of application for Cannabis indica with the noise-generating active ingredient THC. Here flowers and other parts of the plant are smoked.
As you probably know, cannabidiol is not derived from Cannabis indica, but from the cannabis plant Cannabis sativa. Not least for regulatory reasons the THC content of these extracts must therefore be below 0.2%. Nevertheless, flowers and other cannabis extracts can also be obtained from the cannabis plant.
Can these be smoked without further ado?
Dangerous substances in smoke
People who smoke passionately do not always think of possible dangerous substances in smoke.
These can also occur if you smoke plant parts from the commercial hemp plant like flowers. Here it depends entirely on the source plants, their quality and culture. The process of smoking is also a combustion process. The properties and effects of plant extracts can change during combustion processes.
Other hazardous substances may arise if CBD products are smoked that are not intended for this purpose.
Cannabidiol oil must not be smoked
The popular cannabidiol oils use carrier oils in which the CBD is incorporated. These oily products are not intended for vaporization or smoking. Heating can produce harmful substances that can be toxic and carcinogenic.
It can also be problematic that the low boiling point of the carrier oils used causes the valuable hemp plant substances to evaporate before they can be absorbed.
Cigarettes and Liquids
In some countries, such as Switzerland, cigarettes with CBD are offered for sale. In these countries, the THC content, which is the EU limit value, is usually significantly exceeded. In many cases, these cigarettes contain about 1 % THC.
In addition, many different liquids are also offered online. These are intended to be smoked or vaporized as e-cigarettes. In many cases, the intended content of 0.2% THC can be maintained, but this is not always safe.
It can also be problematic that these liquids are often mixed with flavours whose composition and origin can be doubtful.
The CBD cigarettes offered in Switzerland can lead to a confrontation with the respective national narcotics laws within the EU.
Smoking such a cigarette moves out of the legal area and also out of a legal grey area in the use of products containing cannabidiol.
Liquids are also considered illegal in the European Union and in Germany. This already follows from the fact that smoking per se is not legally permitted as an unaccepted dosage form for cannabis products.
The authorities, who like to associate the smoking of cannabis products with the use of illegal substances, are on the safe side. Even CBD oils are in a legal grey area that cannot be extended to smoking products.
Evaporation - the better alternative?
Those who like to smoke may want to switch to vaporizing cannabidiol in view of the problems described above.
However, even this form of application is not uncomplicated:
Vaporization (in medical terms this means the vaporization of certain extracts) is practiced and frequently used in medically prescribed medical applications of cannabis.
The extracts used for this purpose usually also contain THC. They are only used in this area if prescribed by a doctor.
Anyone who vaporizes extracts such as blossoms or teas made from useful hemp for inhalation is also operating in a legally uncertain area. Since this form of application is not legally required by the legislator, you can also come into conflict with the law.
It should also be noted that certain pollutants may also be produced during the vaporisation of cannabis extracts if the initial extracts are not of extremely high quality without further residues. Above all, it is strongly discouraged to vaporize and inhale oils containing cannabidiol.
Advantages in terms of effect?
Perhaps you expect an even better effect from the intake of cannabidiols via the lungs. You already know the basic mechanism of action of cannabis extracts in the human organism.
We humans produce our own substances that are similar to the cannabinoids from the hemp plant. These substances dock, for example, as messenger substances in the so-called endo-cannabinoid system of our body at different receptor sites. Via these receptors they influence bodily functions such as pain sensation or sleep.
Cannabinoids from the hemp plant can also combine with individual receptors and thus also unfold their effect in our body. This is one of the reasons for the pain-relieving or sleep-promoting effect that many users of these products appreciate.
Smokers in particular also report an intensely relaxing effect when they consume CBD via the lungs. When cannabinoids are vaporized, not only a relaxing effect but also a higher bioavailability is described.
Vaporization and inhalation leads to higher bioavailability
Vaporization with subsequent inhalation has the advantage that, unlike smoking, the plant parts used do not burn. There are indications that vaporization considerably increases the bioavailability of cannabinoids.
Bioavailability is the measure of the absorption of substances by the human organism. Studies on the vaporisation of cannabinoids indicate an increase in bioavailability of between 10 % and 35 %.
In comparison to the smoking process, no further combustion residues are absorbed. Studies on vaporisation and inhalation of cannabinoids report that uptake of cannabinoids via the lungs could lead to a faster onset of action.
Vaporization also takes place with e-cigarettes. In many cases, however, the temperatures cannot be set as well for this form of smoking as for vaporizing devices intended for medical use. In addition, the starting substances are composed slightly differently.
Medical cannabis products may contain THC if prescribed by a doctor.
Quitting smoking with cannabidiol?
If you smoke nicotine on a regular basis, cannabinoids may also offer you the opportunity to free yourself from this addiction. As a smoker, you think that if you smoke hemp extracts as well, the transition will be particularly easy.
There are indeed interesting initial scientific findings that cannabidiole may help in the process of addiction cessation. This is shown by a recent study related to heroin weaning.
However, it is probably particularly important for a successful weaning in that a smoked extract is very low in THC. THC again has an addictive effect and should therefore be an obstacle to weaning.
Smoking CBD - A question of individual attitude
CBD smoking is possible. There are various possibilities to choose from, for example, ready-made liquids for e-cigarettes.
You can also make your own extracts from flowers, for example.
Legally speaking, you're not on the safe side. In any case, there is a threat of violation of the narcotics law. One reason for this is that the law does not allow cannabidiol to be smoked. On the other hand, it is often not possible to ensure that the THC content of smoke extracts remains below 0.2%.
If the advantages of smoking as a form of application outweigh these legal concerns and also possible quality problems for you personally, you will have to make an individual decision yourself.
We would like to take this opportunity to strongly advise you against smoking or inhaling CBD oils.
Note: In this article we report on prescription cannabis, prescription CBD or over-the-counter or legal CBD. This Article does not make any proposal as to the possible purpose of the proposal and is for information and education purposes only. Promises of healing and benefits are excluded.