Have you been in on the CBD craze? Smoking hemp flowers with CBD is growing more popular by the day, and with good reason. More and more people are noticing the benefits of smoking hemp (or other forms of consumption) and they want in on the trend.
Have you tried it out yet? Are you interested but aren’t sure if you should bother?
Too many people are confused by anti-marijuana propaganda. While this propaganda makes claims that are overblown and inaccurate, they’re also about something entirely different.
THC is the target of anti-drug campaigns, and it’s one of the reasons that hemp had a hard time with legalization. CBD, however, is non-psychoactive, meaning that it won’t get you “high.”
Is that a relief?
You might be wondering, “but are there benefits to smoking hemp,” and that’s normal. It’s good to do your research. Read on to learn all about how you can benefit from hemp.
1. Anxiety Relief
One of the top reasons that many people start smoking or otherwise consuming CBD is for anxiety relief. Many people report a wash of “calm” after consuming CBD that doesn’t otherwise interfere with their day like some anxiety medications might.
CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system; specifically, the CB1 and CB2 receptors. While there isn’t yet enough research to determine how this works, it’s thought that this affects the neurotransmitter serotonin.
Serotonin is a happy chemical. People who take antidepressants for depression or anxiety take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors that also affect serotonin.
When your serotonin levels are too low, you’re more susceptible to anxiety and depression.
CBD helps with this problem. While it isn’t a replacement for antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication, many people with low to moderate levels of anxiety, or treatment-resistant anxiety, can benefit from smoking CBD.
2. Relief for Aches and Pains
CBD has also shown success with various aches and pains.
For chronic pain, like arthritis, research indicates that CBD helps to lessen inflammation in the joints. There are several ways to do this.
Smoking or vaping CBD can result in immediate relief while using a topical cream can create more of a “slow burn” effect. Both of these are great options.
You don’t have to have chronic pain to benefit from hemp flower though. People with sore muscles from long days at work or heavy exercise also report pain relief after using CBD. Because this pain is a result of inflammation from small muscle tears, that makes sense.
Topical CBD may also help with sunburns, though smoking may only take away the pain for a while.
3. Better Sleep
Do you have trouble sleeping at night? CBD might be the solution.
People with strange work schedules or who have had their sleep schedule disrupted have trouble sleeping and waking at appropriate times. There’s evidence to suggest that CBD may help regulate sleep cycles.
Furthermore, because you’ll have less anxiety, you’ll have fewer racing thoughts. Even if you don’t believe that you suffer from anxiety, a lack of sleep is often due to our brains being too “loud” at bedtime. CBD should calm you down enough that you’re able to relax and drift off at bedtime.
Some people also report a better feeling of wakefulness after taking CBD either at night or in the morning when they get up.
You can always take over the counter or prescription sleeping aids, but there are downsides to this. They can make you feel sluggish, or sleep too much, plus some cause sleepwalking. Using a more mild and natural method first may be best.
4. It Has Few Side Effects
There are pharmaceutical options for almost every condition, but there is no medication that’s free of side effects. Anyone who’s taken sleeping medications, heavy pain medications, or psychiatric medications knows this all too well.
Side effects from medications vary. They can sometimes cause increased thoughts of suicide, fatigue, weight gain, extreme weight loss, hair loss, and more.
CBD, on the other hand, doesn’t have these side effects.
The side effects of CBD are enhanced versions of the intended effects. While they may be uncomfortable, they’re not dangerous. You may feel drowsy, hungry, or have mild nausea.
An unfortunate side effect of taking prescription medication is the potential for addiction, overdose, and abuse. CBD doesn’t have any reported potential for abuse and there are no reported deaths associated with any kind of “overdose.” Overdose potential is low to nonexistent.
5. You Don’t Need a Prescription
One of the best things about CBD is that you don’t need a prescription to get it. While this may change in the future, it’s a great option now for people who don’t have appropriate access to healthcare, or for people who can’t afford their prescription medications.
Many doctors will still talk to you about CBD if you bring it up. Some may offer a medical marijuana card where that’s legal. You can get CBD online, however, in various forms.
6. It Works Fast
When we’re discussing smoking hemp flower specifically, there’s a reason that many people choose this method over other methods of consumption. It’s one consumption method that works almost immediately.
When you smoke or vape something, it goes right into the bloodstream. This means that you feel the effects almost as soon as you use CBD. Other methods such as eating edibles or taking capsules take a longer time to distribute the CBD into your system.
You can buy hemp flower alone, or you can buy pre rolls. Are CBD pre rolls good? Or are you better off with buying by the gram?
If you don’t already have smoking paraphernalia (and if you’re new to CBD, this is the case), then starting with pre-made rolls may be best.
Is Smoking Hemp Flowers Right for You?
Smoking hemp flowers is no longer taboo. It’s a popular way to ease anxiety, reduce pain from inflammation, and get a good night’s rest. Why not give it a try and see if it’s right for you?
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