Smokable hemp flower vs. tobacco—which is better?

Are you a cigarette smoker considering switching to smokable hemp flower? In case you need a gentle push in that direction, this post will give you ample reasons to quit smoking tobacco and start smoking hemp instead. 

Face it. Tobacco smoking is a deadly practice. And quitting smoking can be rough. But there is an alternative. Smokable hemp flower and hemp cigarettes are not only far less harsh on your heart and lungs, but millions of people actually smoke hemp flower for their health. And whereas millions of people have died from smoking tobacco, zero deaths have been attributed to smoking hemp flower. 

Not only does the practice of smoking tobacco potentially lead to cancers of the lungs, mouth, and throat, it also leads to chronic health issues such as asthma, emphysema, and other forms of COPD. Tobacco smoking also often leads to high blood pressure, heart disease, heart attack and even stroke. 

If these facts aren’t reason enough for you to stop smoking tobacco altogether, then, let’s face it, you are hopelessly hooked and better pray that you are spared from the potential horrors of heart of lung disease. 

But, wait. There is hope for smokers that would like to keep smoking while not destroying their health in the process.

Before you say, yeah I can always switch to vaping, there is now ample evidence that inhaling vaporized oils is also extremely damaging to your lungs and circulatory system.

We’ve got a better solution. 

Toss the cigarettes into the trash and replace them with smokable hemp flower.

What is smokable hemp flower?

So what is hemp flower? You’ve probably heard of marijuana, the smokable herb that causes intoxication and euphoria. Marijuana is not actually a plant, it’s a product produced from a plant — just like corn. 

In the same way that corn is the product of the maize plant, marijuana is a product of the cannabis plant. And just as there are different types of corn that come from different strains of maize, there are also different strains of cannabis that produce different types of cannabis flower. 

To be specific, marijuana refers to the resinous, aromatic, sticky, flower clusters (aka buds) of the female cannabis plant. And hemp refers to the same product except without the buzz.

Cannabis flowers are high in two families of compounds that are responsible for the medicinal properties attributed to cannabis:

  • Cannabinoids - Compounds such as THC, CBD, CBG, etc. 
  • Terpenes - The aromatic resins produced in the flowers. 

Both cannabinoids and terpenes can mimic the effects of neurotransmitters and other signaling molecules produced naturally by our own bodies. 

The most famous cannabinoids are THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). 

  • THC is the cannabinoid that is responsible for the high experienced when smoking or eating marijuana. 
  • CBD is responsible for a number of calming effects. Both THC and CBD are also used by many to treat pain.

Basically smokable hemp flower comes from cannabis strains that essentially devoid of THC. As a result, hemp flower provides many of the same medical benefits of marijuana except without the high. 

Smokable hemp flower is grown in the same way and using the same methods as those used to grow marijuana. 

Hemp flower looks like marijuana and smells like marijuana. That’s because, essentially, it is marijuana except without the THC.

  • Marijuana - Cannabis flower that contains THC and causes a high
  • Hemp flower - Cannabis flower that contains negligible amounts of THC and does not cause a high

You get the point.

So what makes smoking hemp flower such a great alternative to smoking tobacco?

Health issues associated with smoking

The first question that is often asked when discussing switching from smoking tobacco cigarettes to smoking hemp cigarettes is, doesn’t that just substitute one unhealthy vice for another? Not really. Hemp is a major step up from deadly tobacco.

And here’s why:

Hemp doesn’t get you high

Some people worry that smoking hemp is going to make them high. As we mentioned, hemp is THC-free, and therefore smoking hemp does not cause a high. 

Hemp cigarettes are not addictive

As we all well know, nicotine, the compound found in tobacco that affects the brain, is highly addictive — even more so than cocaine or heroin say some studies. Withdrawing from nicotine can be an extremely unpleasant process. Hemp, on the other hand, is non-addictive. If you ever decided to quit smoking hemp, you should be able to stop “cold turkey” without a problem. 

Nicotine is poisonous, hemp is 100% non-toxic

Nicotine is not only highly addictive, it’s also poisonous. Yes, you heard that right. If you were to inject all the nicotine contained in one pack of cigarettes into your bloodstream all at once, you would probably die of heart failure. The only reason you survive smoking tobacco is because you spread it out over the course of a day. 

Smoking hemp does not cause cancer

There is no scientific doubt that smoking or even chewing tobacco causes cancer of the lungs, mouth, throat, and esophagus. On the other hand, zero cases of lung cancer have been attributed to smoking cannabis. 

Smoking hemp is relaxing

A lot of people say they smoke tobacco because it makes them feel less stressed out. However, nicotine is not an anxiety suppressor. The reason nicotine relieves stress is that it takes away the craving caused by the addiction to smoking.

On the other hand, millions of people use cannabinoids such as CBD and CBG to relax. In fact, that’s the number one reason that people give for using medical cannabis. 

Where to buy smokable hemp flower

We hope you’re convinced that hemp flower provides are a far safer alternative to smoking tobacco. 

Hemp flower is non-addictive, non-toxic, and completely non-intoxicating. Moreover, unlike smoking tobacco, which has resulted in millions of deaths, zero deaths have been attributed to smoking hemp flower.

There are two ways to smoke hemp. The first is to purchase pre-rolled hemp cigarettes. The second is to buy dried, smokable CBD hemp flower and roll your own. 

In both cases, Half Day CBD has got you covered!