In February 2021, we wrote a blog asking, “Does smoking hemp get you high?”. When we were referring to hemp, though, we were only discussing CBD-rich hemp flower. So today, we want to touch on all the reasons we see why people are moving to smokable hemp.
We clear up the CBD side of legal hemp in that past blog. However, with delta-8 flower in the market now, the answer for if hemp gets you high isn’t as straightforward. Delta-8 can get you high, and hemp generally gets more popular every day.
But is that really why people are moving to smokable hemp? In reality, it appears to be for several reasons – and since everyone is different, this adds up. Keep reading to find out some of the many reasons people are moving to the legal plant.
What is Smokable Hemp?
But first, what is “smokable” hemp?
Smokable hemp, as a concept, consists of various strains of industrial hemp bred for smoking. The primary difference between hemp and cannabis is that hemp strains can only contain a certain amount of THC. To be specific, that amount is 0.3% delta-9 THC — or less. Legally, we can then define marijuana as anything above that 0.3% limit.
Just because hemp lacks THC doesn’t mean the plant is without value when it comes to smoking, though.
Regular industrial hemp, the type grown to mass-produce fiber for textile purposes, is safe to smoke. However, there are only some specific hemp strains bred for smoking. These strains are chockful of terpenes and cannabinoids to make hemp more impactful.
In fact, as a crop, hemp can be used for many purposes besides smoking. There’s no need to breed more terpenes and cannabinoids into the plant when they have a different primary focus.
People will breed specific hemp strains with significantly more cannabinoids and terpenes than the typical hemp plant. These are the strains that one might consider smokable hemp. You can see examples of smokable hemp with all of our potent hemp flower strains.
Is Smokable Hemp Legal?
Next, you’re probably curious about the legality behind hemp you can smoke. Hemp, in general, is still only newly legal itself.
Fortunately, smokable hemp occupies a legal gray zone. Federally, it follows the guidelines outlined in the 2018 Farm Bill. The bill federally protects hemp’s growth and harvest and redefines hemp. Newly defined, hemp is any cannabis plant that contains 0.3% delta-9 THC or less.
The downside is federal decriminalization and legality isn’t the final say in each state’s lawbook. If a state wishes not to legalize hemp as a crop within its state lines, it doesn’t have to.
There are a handful of states with bans on the plant. However, hemp is legal across the nation, putting smokable hemp in the clear. Check your local laws and ordinances to ensure consumable hemp is lawful.
How to Smoke Hemp Flower
If you’ve peeked at our hemp flower yet, you might see how visibly it compares to marijuana. The truth is, the two can look identical. Stalks, leaves, and buds can look the same. After all, marijuana and hemp are still both cannabis.
Because they’re so similar in physical appearance, smoking them is the same. So if you’ve smoked pot before, you’re already familiar.
The difference comes down to a molecular level. Hemp contains only 0.3% delta-9 THC or less. Smokable hemp is rich in other cannabinoids, including CBD, delta-8 THC, CBG, and more. Each plant’s cannabinoid and terpene content depends on the strain and specific genetic breeding.
To smoke hemp flower, start by grinding up your buds. Try only to grind up as much as you’re going to use for the session. That is, of course, if you want to keep the rest of your flower as fresh and preserved as possible.
Put your finely ground bud in the bowl of a pipe, bong, or sprinkle it into a joint/blunt — it’s up to you!
An Alternative to Smoking
Hemp also isn’t limited to just smoking. The market has a wide variety of vaporizers available as well. In addition, both dry and juice-based vapes offer potential users a more comprehensive range of options for a versatile experience.
What is the Difference Between Hemp, Cannabis, & Marijuana?
Cannabis itself is a genus of plants that make up the Cannabaceae family. The two most familiar forms to the general public are marijuana and hemp. Though the two plants are visibly identical, they often differ in function and utilization.
Marijuana is the more traditionally known variant. Many seek it for its high levels of THC and the very potent high it produces. Popularity has increased dramatically in recent history as dedicated connoisseurs have perfected more refined breeds.
Samples taken in 1972 averaged between 3-4% THC by volume and rarely climbed higher than that. However, strains bred to contain 28% or more. They also show that years of work have borne fruit more potent than what was available a decade ago.
Hemp is lesser-known but gaining the limelight quickly in the public eye. As opposed to marijuana, hemp contains no more than 0.3% delta-9 THC. Overall, hemp’s function isn’t to achieve a high.
Instead, hemp is the focus of more medical-based applications. Multiple studies to ascertain all of their potential benefits occur regularly now that we have legal access to the plant.
What it lacks in the psychoactive compound delta-9 THC, hemp makes up for by having a makeup centered around other cannabinoids such as CBD, CBN, and Delta-8.
5 Reasons Why People are Moving to Smokable Hemp
A lot of information surrounding hemp can be confusing. Users make daily claims on the internet, and states each have a different stance surrounding hemp. Debate on its consumable uses is easy to get caught up in, especially in the sea of opinions online.
Instead of dreading that confusing field, let’s take a look at the most common reasons someone might seek smokable hemp.
1. Hemp is Federally Legal
First and foremost traditional marijuana is still classified as a class one controlled substance as far as federal law is concerned. States that legalize marijuana can have issues with federal involvement. So even if you buy it at a dispensary business, a federal official could still confiscate and charge you for it.
This classification does not bind hemp. The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from this list due to its shallow delta-9 THC levels. Hemp is federally legal as long as it tests in or below 0.3% delta-9 THC
Legality alone makes hemp an appealing choice for those seeking to utilize its potential health benefits or even as an aid in dropping other habits such as smoking cigarettes since smoking it can fill the oral fixation that long-term cigarettes cause.
2. It has Potential Positive Health Properties
The clinical research surrounding hemp is ongoing and will be for quite a while. But even so, the list of potential benefits that hemp offers only grows with each passing study. To that end, here is a short list of health benefits that are showing promise:
- Controlling Seizures
- Reducing Anxiety
- Controlling Pain
- Anti-Inflammatory Properties
- Treatment for certain cancers
- And so much more
Even the flavonoids within hemp have promising antioxidant effects that may prove beneficial to reverse the effects of aging.
3. The Stigma is Lifting on Pot (especially the legal kind)
There has been a long-running campaign to paint cannabis as a class 1 restricted drug. These accusations even follow the idea that it acts as a gateway to more problematic drug abuse.
This ideology has haunted the cannabis industry and users’ reputation for over half a century. However, thanks to a modern study, the shroud of ominous taboo is slowly lifting. As the veil comes down, we find that many compounds have massive beneficial potential. Between the heavy THC-wielding marijuana and its softer, non-psychoactive cousin hemp, there is much promise in cannabis.
Research shows that most people use it moderately instead of having an abusive relationship with cannabis. In addition, the results indicate that cannabis has a low risk for physical addiction. Therefore, pot doesn’t compel most people to continue consuming it if it’s negatively impacting their quality of life.
The long-running propaganda surrounding weed works hard to paint its users as lazy “stoners” who don’t function well in society.
But, pot propaganda gets dispelled every day as states legalize the plant and people become more knowledgeable and accepting. Moreover, legal states’ workforce remains motivated and productive, effectively obliterating the lazy stereotype. In fact, to quite the contrary, the data shows most people use it to increase their quality of life.
4. It Can Get You High (Depending on the Hemp Strain)
We know, we know — in our last blog on this subject, we said hemp doesn’t get you high. However, as we mentioned at the beginning, we referred to the CBD side of hemp. And the CBD-rich, non-THC side indeed doesn’t get you high.
On the other hand, some hemp strains certifiably do. So while many might tout hemp as non-psychoactive, this is only the case if it doesn’t contain delta-8 THC.
Since delta-8 is a legal type of THC we derive from hemp, the right strain can undoubtedly get you stoned. However, it doesn’t produce as intense of a high as its delta-9 cousin in marijuana. It’s about 75% less potent than the THC in weed.
Still, this is plenty for many, especially with how concentrated regular cannabis has gotten. It’s a plus for those who can’t smoke marijuana anymore because it’s too potent. Marijuana can cause some users’ adverse, paranoia- and anxiety-inducing effects, making delta-8 a perfect alternative.
We derive the delta-8 in our hemp flower from CBD. Although the milder THC is naturally in hemp, the amounts aren’t significant. It proves to be impractical because you’d have to use too much hemp flower for any viable extraction.
So instead, we gather CBD in CBD-rich hemp strains. We distill and refine that CBD. Finally, we use a precise molecular process to convert CBD into delta-8 molecules.
After making our delectable delta-8 distillate, we saturate our cannabinoid-rich hemp flower strains in it. And we do not hold back. Seriously, we douse those buds.
The result is a mellow, relaxing buzz. Some of our users might describe it as a lite version of weed. Others say it’s the euphoria from pot minus the mind-numbing couch-lock. You can smoke or vape and still feel productive afterward.
5. Smokable Hemp is Easily Accessible
Availability proves one of the most common reasons people move to smokable hemp. Hemp itself is grown in large volumes for a wide variety of purposes. Legalizing hemp is enticing for those familiar with cannabis and people who may have been hesitant due to previous legal constraints.
Whether you’re a veteran, newbie, or someone in between, hemp poses as a highly enticing option in this new world. Accessibility allows everyone to make informed choices about trying it for themselves.
How to Find High-Quality Smokable Hemp
Even though smokable hemp is widely accessible, it can be difficult to find flowers you can trust. With online markets cutting corners and skimping on practical steps, this concern becomes more prevalent. As a delta-8 brand, it’s our goal always to be transparent, so we want to show you how to find the most reliable hemp flower.
Check the Brand
Not all hemp is processed equally. With a lack of federal oversight, it’s easy to get confused about who keeps the best quality assurance processes. So when you go for smokable hemp, make sure you stick with a brand you can trust.
Verify that the brand tests its products. Find out how they verify products. Confirm where they source their hemp. Do they produce it? How is it grown? All of these factors can play a role in the overall quality of the bud.
Look at the Lab Reports
Take a good look at the lab results on a hemp brand’s website. Does it match up with their description of the hemp flower? Furthermore, does it have the cannabinoid content you want? For example, each strain of our delta-8 flower carries a different range of delta-8 and other cannabinoids.
Research the Strain
Do independent research on the strain. Does the hemp brand’s website’s description match the typical summary of the plant? Transparency is critical when trying a new product. You deserve to know what you’re consuming!
Once you narrow in on your ideal strain, you can confidently incorporate smokable hemp into your daily routine.
As you can see, there’s a lot to love about smokable hemp. It’s easy to observe why people are moving to hemp at such a fast pace. While there are certainly always going to be users that prefer marijuana, the hemp side of cannabis still has plenty to offer.
What are your thoughts on the matter, though? Have you tried a smokable hemp product before? Be sure you’re getting it from a reliable source. Check out our delta-8 bud and other types of hemp flower to see which you want to try out first!