The Surprising Benefits of Smoking CBD
It might seem like cannabinol (CBD) has become the cure-all for nearly everything. With rapidly evolving research, new therapeutic potentials for this miracle molecule are revealed almost daily.
And if you’re like most people, you’re probably heard a lot about CBD oil. It has quickly become the most popular way to experience the benefits of CBD.
But here’s the thing…
While CBD oil certainly deserves its time in the spotlight, there are also benefits to be had from smoking CBD-rich hemp flower.
And the number one reason people choose to smoke CBD rather than use CBD oil may surprise you.
We’ll cover that in just a minute.
What is CBD Flower?
The dried bud of a hemp plant is called a CBD flower. Unlike Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD flower is non-psychoactive, meaning it will not intoxicate you or leave you impaired.
Since both cannabinoids exist naturally in hemp and cannabis, licensed farmers cultivate strains of hemp that offer high levels of CBD, and very little THC.
In America, the legal amount of THC that is allowed in a CBD hemp plant is less than 0.3% – well below the amount needed to induce psychoactive effects. In Europe the permitted amount is even less – 0.2%.
Here’s another interesting fact..
Not only is CBD non-intoxicating, but it also reduces the psychoactive effects of THC. That’s right, CBD counteracts the psychoactive effects of THC.
Does CBD Flower as Effective as CBD Oil?
Yes! CBD flower is just as effective as CBD oil at treating a wide range of conditions. And we have our endocannabinoid systems to thank for that.
The endocannabinoid system is an intricate network of receptors found throughout the body and brain. These receptors react with CBD and other cannabinoids to produce many positive therapeutic benefits.
CBD, whether smoked or consumed as an oil, effectively treats conditions like —
Studies have shown that CBD interferes with the lipid production that is responsible for causing acne. In addition, CBD’s strong anti-inflammatory properties also make it effective as a topical treatment.Alzheimer’s Disease
With well-documented neuroprotective properties, CBD may be an effective prevention and treatment for Alzheimer’s. This is an exciting area of research that is getting much attention.ADHD
Early research published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology shows that CBD inhibits hyperactivity in ADHD and “normalizes social investigative behavior.” More research is needed, but the future looks bright.
CBD boosts appetite. Although it may not be as powerful an appetite stimulant as THC, CBD has the distinction of being non-psychoactive.
Anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
With the ability to ease chronic stress and anxiety, CBD is showing great promise as an effective treatment for PTSD.
Anti-inflammatory properties make CBD ideal for treating arthritis and other conditions associated with chronic inflammation.
Associated with free radicals and oxidative stress, bipolar disorder may have a new treatment on the horizon. CBD’s anti-oxidative and neuroprotective properties may be effective for treating bipolar disorder, along with other mood disorders.Cancer Fighting Properties
CBD and other cannabinoids have been effective at inhibiting the growth of tumors. In addition, CBD is helps treat a wide range of cancer-related symptoms, like nausea and pain.Diabetes
CBD as a treatment for diabetes is an exciting, and well-researched area of study. Recent research has uncovered that CBD interacts with receptors in the pancreas – precisely where insulin is made in the body. While more studies are needed, this is certainly a remarkable discovery.
The hippocampus region of the brain shrinks when a person is suffering from depression. CBD may be able to reverse this condition by stimulating the growth of new neurons and repairing the damaged area of the brain.
One of the most advanced areas of CBD research is as a treatment for epilepsy. CBD can reduce seizures and clinical trials of the CBD-based drug, Epidiolex, have been so successful, the drug has now been approved by the FDA for use in the United States.
Early research is indicating that CBD may be able to reduce the severity of pain associated with fibromyalgia and make episodes less frequent.
CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties are proving to be effective at treating chronic inflammation which is thought to be the root cause of many diseases.
Early research is showing that CBD may improve the mobility of MS patients. It may ease other symptoms of the disease as well, like pain and fatigue.
These are just some of the most anticipated areas of CBD research currently underway. There are many more therapeutic uses for CBD.
And here’s one benefit that might surprise you —
CBD may be able to help you quit smoking.
Preliminary findings published in the journal, Addictive Behavior, found that smokers who took CBD regularly for one week smoked 40% fewer cigarettes during that period than the participants who were given a placebo.
In another study, Early research out of University College London found that CBD can reduce attentional bias to tobacco-related imagery.
What does this mean, exactly?
Attentional bias happens when we hone in on certain queues while ignoring others. For example, if you’re watching a movie and your favorite food appears on screen, you’re likely to start craving it.
And CBD has the power to curb those attentional biases, at least when it comes to smoking.
If you’re a smoker trying to quit and you start using CBD, the next time you’re watching someone smoke a cigarette on the big screen, you’ll probably be a lot less likely to want one yourself.
What’s more, smoking CBD flower can provide the sensation of smoking without the addictive ingredients, which some people may find helpful as part of the quitting process.