CBD is meanwhile associated with flowering hemp plants, or cannabis sativa plants that have less than .3% THC. If you want to go super biology geek on this, you can learn about how pollination and other factors can turn hemp plants into marijuana plants – or consider that marijuana plants also contain CBD – but let’s not digress.
To keep things simple, think of all things CBD and the flowering hemp plants from which it can be derived as more law-abiding little brothers of cannabis sativa. Because it is wild-child THC, harvested from marijuana plants, which is illegal in the eyes of the federal government.
In the Weeds: CBD, THC, and Several Other Acronyms
One of the most important things to know about CBD is that it isn’t THC, the truly intoxicating, mind-altering component derived from cannabis plants that makes smokers feel high. THC is the most prevalent cannabinoid in cannabis sativa plants. And by the way, THC, for those looking for a real tongue twister here, is short for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol.
Breathing Easy: Smoking CBD is Low Risk
When Uncle Sam declared war on drugs in the early 1970s with the creation of the Controlled Substances Act, it became impossibly difficult for researchers to study the effects of CBD. So it’s hard to be damn sure about all this. Generally, CBD is considered to have anti-inflammatory effects. Studies in the U.S. and Europe have shown CBD to be useful for reducing arthritis or nerve pain. It’s also been shown to reduce anxiety and insomnia, certainly no benefit to sleep on after a stressful day.
There is always a risk of lung damage and respiratory issues involved with smoking anything. This is due to the smoke itself, rather than the substance being smoked and there are plenty of studies to indicate that smoking is likely to lead to numerous health problems, including heart disease, stroke, lung cancer or emphysema.
We still aren’t 100% sure on whether there are any long-term benefits to vaping cannabinoids, and while vaping can be a great way to help break dangerous habits such as smoking – there are still questions over cannabinoids turning toxic when vaping and the potential long-lasting effects of vaping itself.
Some people choose to smoke CBD oil because they don’t like the natural taste, which can take some getting used to for those with a sensitive palate. If you choose to vape it, you can even add different flavours to suit your taste – and still make the most of the rapid absorption benefits.
Are There Any Risks Involved In Smoking CBD Oil?
The surge in popularity of wellbeing supplement cannabidiol has seen suppliers providing all sorts of different ways in which their customers can use it.
We’ve seen almost every product imaginable; from CBD bath bombs and shampoos to CBD gummies, and even CBD lube.
The compound in recreational cannabis that gives users the “high” associated with the plant is THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol.
Will Vaping CBD Get You High?
But one aspect of CBD that we don’t tend to cover on this site is one that many people are talking about online: smoking it.
By law, CBD products in the UK must contain a THC content of less than 0.2%, and are required to be made from approved strains of the cannabis sativa plant that already have very low levels of THC, meaning that any legally manufactured and lab-verified CBD oil will not get you high.