Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of more than 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids are the main compounds natural to the plant, and each of them has a different chemical structure and delivers individually unique effects on the human body.
Cannabis Sativa is a family of plants composed of two different varieties; Marijuana and Hemp.
Marijuana is probably the most used and widely known variety of cannabis. Although they both have balanced combinations of the same cannabinoids, the contents for each will vary from one plant to the next.
In the case of marijuana:
The content level of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a lot higher than it is in hemp. THC is the only psychoactive cannabinoid and is the primary reason why marijuana is a psychoactive plant and still illegal in some states and many countries worldwide.
Hemp is a non-psychoactive variety of the Cannabis plant. Hemp has a low Delta-9 THC content, which is kept to 0.3% per unit of dry weight or even less in many cases. As long as Delta-9 THC levels are kept under that limit, hemp and all its derivatives are considered federally legal.
In contrast, CBD is much more abundant in hemp than it is in marijuana. Although CBD is still present in marijuana, it is more prevalent in hemp. This being one of the reasons why hemp is the primary source of CBD extract.
That said, CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that is still very sought after because of the effects and benefits.
What are Hemp Joints?
Contrary to traditional marijuana joints, hemp joints are made with a non-addictive variety of the plant with a high CBD content and a low THC content.
Hemp joints usually come with 0.5g to 1g worth of hemp content. Any more than that and larger rolling papers would be needed. In that case, the user could use more hemp papers or leaves from various plants, but at this point, the name of the finished product would likely change from a joint to a blunt.
Although blunts are usually wrapped using tobacco leaves and are known for having nicotine content, the industry has seen new non-tobacco blunt wraps launched in the last few years. So, the line between joints and blunts has become blurry in these modern times.
Hemp joints like marijuana joints are for smoking as fresh as possible. But they can also be kept for a long time before smoking if stored properly. Proper storage of hemp CBD joints keeps them out of direct sunlight in a cool, dry place and preferably in a neutral charge container like a mason jar.
What is Vaping CBD?
CBD Vape Juice or CBD vape oil is a type of e-juice infused with CBD extract. The CBD extract used is usually sourced from hemp, which makes it federally legal.
CBD vape oils can come in different formats:
They can come in pre-filled cartridges or pods. Carts are the word we use to refer to standard vape tanks that fit with any 510 threaded vape battery or vape pen. Pods are branded vape carts that fit with a custom battery. Some brands will make standard pre-filled carts, while others might make custom pods exclusive to their brand’s vape device.
Some carts are disposable after a single use, but others come with refillable tanks. Refillable tanks require maintenance, but they also allow you to purchase your CBD vape oil in bulk at a much lower price per milliliter.
That’s where the second product format for vape oils comes in. 30ml and 60ml bottles are standard sizes for CBD vape oil, but you’ll also be able to find bigger sizes of CBD e-liquid at much more affordable prices in presentations of 120ml and up.
If the user is a frequent vaper that already has a particular taste for e-juice flavor or brand, CBD vape additives are a great alternative. CBD vape additives are raw, pure, solvent-free extracts that users can add directly to their favorite vape juices. CBD vape additives come in handy because they allow the user to regulate their CBD intake accurately.
Some CBD e-liquids serve multiple purposes and can also work as sublingual, edible, or topical products.
Benefits of Smoking Hemp Joints and Vaping CBD
The cannabis industry has experienced an uproar of consumers looking to purchase more and more CBD products. The reasons behind it are evident; more and more consumers see benefits and positive effects by consuming CBD products.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that some of the main benefits associated with CBD intake are:
1. Better Sleep
2. Anxiety Control
3. Pain Relief
4. Anti-Inflammatory Effects
5. Antiemetic Properties
6. Boost of Energy
7. Enhanced Focus
Effects of Smoking CBD Hemp Joints
Smoking CBD hemp joints makes sense to most people because it comes with features that other consumption methods cannot offer. Smoking has been around for a long time. For many, it has become a part of life, regardless of what the smoking material used is.
Smoking hemp joints allows users to keep the ritual of smoking as a means of relaxation. It provides the fastest onset among all CBD product categories in the market.
Because smoking requires inhaling, CBD is absorbed through the lungs providing a faster path to the bloodstream.
However, inhaling smoke or any other foreign substance can have unexpected effects on the lungs. While smoking hemp is very different from smoking nicotine, smoke is still smoke. The long-term effects of hemp smoking on the lungs still need to be analyzed further to arrive at a conclusive decision.
Another possible side effect of CBD is a negative interaction with other drugs taken in parallel. While this is not specific to smoking CBD alone, we do suggest you speak to a licensed physician before consuming CBD in any format if you are taking other drugs regardless of whether they are prescription or not.
Effects of Vaping CBD
Like smoking hemp, vaping CBD also provides a swift onset and possibly the highest bioavailability among CBD products. Vaping is the next evolution to smoking and is supposed to be less harmful to the lungs because you’re inhaling vapor and not smoke riddled with plant residue.
Vaping is considered by many to be a step above smoking hemp joints because it eliminates much of the negatives you could find in smoking; no smoke, no plant residue, and a more potent concentration of CBD.
CBD vape juice is made using CBD extract, which allows the product to have a more potent concentration of CBD or any other cannabinoids the user needs.
The main concern that vapers have is causing long-term damage to the lungs, but vaping has not been investigated in humans enough to identify what that damage could be or if it even exists. Early on, vapers experienced a lung disease, but it was later found that the disease was directly related to the use of now illegal cutting agents.
As the vaping industry has evolved through the years, so have the regulations and laws surrounding it. Regulations that have rendered the use of the specific cutting agents linked to the disease illegal.
Like vaping, CBD is considered by many to be the evolution of smoking. I believe vaporizing hemp to be the evolution of vaping. Vaporizing allows you to consume CBD or THC conveniently, naturally, with a rapid onset and high efficiency.
Smoking hemp and vaping CBD are similar because they both require inhaling a gaseous state of the product. However, vaping CBD usually provides a much more potent concentration of CBD. In contrast, the concentration of CBD when smoking hemp will vary depending on the strain and the quality of the flower used. That said, smoking and vaping both provide the fastest onset available and are an easy and convenient way to consume CBD.