Hemp Uses

Can You Smoke Hemp?

If you’ve ever read anything about cannabis and the cannabis-derived products companies continue to launch to market, you might have noticed there is one word that keeps coming up; Cannabidiol, or CBD for short.

The reason why CBD keeps turning heads and taking up space on the front pages is that it is an easily extracted component of the cannabis plant. But most importantly, because it is a non-psychoactive component that has been deemed federally legal since the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill.


That ‘legality’ is subject to two different requirements. The first is that all legal CBD products need to have a maximum of 0.3% THC. THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main psychoactive component of the cannabis plant, and the main reason why marijuana is so sought after.

The second requirement is that all legal CBD products must be made with CBD extract sourced from hemp, a non-psychoactive variety of cannabis. Like marijuana, hemp is also a cannabis variety. The main difference between both varieties is that marijuana contains a high THC concentration, while hemp has a lower THC content and a more prevalent CBD concentration.

Hemp is also a legal harvest as long as it contains a maximum amount of 0.3% THC per unit of dry weight.

That said:

The question remains; Can you smoke hemp flower?


Why and How Do You Smoke Hemp?

Can You Legally Smoke Hemp?

Can You Smoke Hemp and Get High?

Why and How Do You Smoke Hemp?

Smoking hemp is not any different from smoking marijuana. Hemp is also a flower that is professionally curated and dried. Within it, you’ll find high concentrations of CBD and usually a lower concentration of THC. Although there are some varieties of hemp that could have a higher THC content.

Once the flower is mature enough, growers will pick the hemp flower bud, dry it, and curate it. Once the curating process is done, dry hemp flower can be ground and used to pack a water pipe bowl or roll a hemp joint or hemp blunt.

In other words:

There isn’t much science to smoking hemp. Especially if you’ve smoked marijuana or any other smokable substances. The key is to light your preroll or bowl and inhale deeply. Depending on the hemp strain you are using, the CBD and other cannabinoid content may vary from flower bud to flower bud.

Now that you know how to smoke hemp, the only question left to answer is why you would choose to do so bearing in mind that there are so many different CBD products in the market. The answer to that question is tied to how effective smoking CBD is.

How Do You Smoke Hemp

By smoking CBD the cannabinoid has to pass through the entire digestive tract. This includes the liver and gut, where the CBD has to go through a process called First Pass Metabolism. This process breaks down the CBD content, making it less effective and bioavailable [1].

The bioavailability of CBD determines the proportion of the total amount of CBD ingested that ultimately reaches the bloodstream. The remaining CBD that doesn’t reach the bloodstream is pretty much wasted.

While it is difficult to determine a firm bioavailability rate on inhaled CBD, it is widely accepted that the bioavailability of inhaled substances is much greater than orally ingesting the same substance. The reason for this is that the substance is absorbed through the lungs, where it completely bypasses First Pass Metabolism, therefore avoiding the further breakdown of CBD molecules [2].

On top of that:

Inhaling CBD doesn’t only make it more bioavailable to the body, it also has a quicker onset. While tinctures usually take upwards of 30 minutes for the effects to be noticeable and edibles can take up to 3 hours to do so, the effects of inhaled CBD only take 5-15 minutes to onset.

That said:

You can smoke CBD-rich hemp flower if you require a quicker solution and if you want to make the most of the CBD content in your product.

Can You Legally Smoke Hemp?

As long as your hemp contains equal or less than 0.3% THC content, smoking hemp is completely legal. However, smoking hemp is still smoking, so make sure you are smoking in places where you’re allowed to do so.

We must also say that cannabis laws are continuously evolving and changing, so smoking in public spaces can be tricky and may be subject to local laws. Bearing that in mind, make sure you know exactly what the legal status of smoking a cannabis product publicly is in your location before you decide to smoke.

Can You Smoke Hemp and Get High?

Hemp is a non-psychoactive variety of the cannabis plant. This means that, in most cases, the THC content in hemp is equal to or less than 0.3% per unit of dry weight. While this concentration of THC is very low, and in most cases will not result in intoxication, at the end of the day it depends on the tolerance level of the consumer.

In other words:

Legal hemp is considered non-psychoactive and should not get you ‘high’. However, it ultimately depends on your tolerance level, any pre-existing conditions, other medications you are taking before the fact, and many other variables.

The best choice is always to visit a licensed physician who can assess your specific situation and determine the right amount of CBD you should take if any.

Hemmfy articles and blogs are meant to entertain and educate. However, we are not medical professionals and do not intend to give medical advice through them.

The knowledge around CBD and other cannabis-derived products is growing and constantly changing, as does their legal status. Hence, we recommend checking with your local authorities and a licensed physician prior to consumption.


[1] Huestis, M. A. (2007). Human Cannabinoid Pharmacokinetics. ChemInform, 38(47). https://doi.org/10.1002/chin.200747256

[2] Millar, S. A., Stone, N. L., Yates, A. S., & O’Sullivan, S. E. (2018). A Systematic Review on the Pharmacokinetics of Cannabidiol in Humans. Frontiers in Pharmacology, 9. https://doi.org/10.3389/fphar.2018.01365

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