Benefits of Smoking CBD

Benefits of Smoking CBD

By Julianna Laurizio

Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, is everywhere today.  And I mean everywhere.  It can be found in obvious places, like dispensaries, but also in more unexpected places, like your skincare products or in the form of gummies at your local deli’s checkout counter.  Even my mom uses it- she says the veterinarian recommended it for her dog’s anxiety.  While seemingly ubiquitous, it’s fair to say that most people don’t actually know what CBD is or the range of benefits it can provide.  With it’s quickly increasing popularity, knowing the basics of CBD can help you decide whether or not it's something you’d like to implement in your daily routine.

Unlike THC, which is also found in cannabis, CBD does not induce psychoactive side effects.  In other words, consuming CBD will not get you high.  Hemp-derived CBD is also typically easily attainable as it has since become federally legal to sell and consume, although individual state’s laws still vary.

Surveys show that about 1 in 7 Americans use CBD products.  People are using CBD due to its wide variety of benefits.  “Anxiety relief” is one of the most commonly cited reasons for consuming CBD.  Reduced anxiety, improved mood, and generally feeling less stressed have all been reported findings from those who regularly use CBD.  In the same vein, CBD is often used to treat insomnia being that the underlying causes of insomnia are often stress and anxiety.  In addition to relieving anxiety, users say that it can alleviate physical pain when used in conjunction with traditional, medical methods of pain management .  CBD can also be effective in helping people quit smoking tobacco cigarettes or vaping nicotine products.   A report from the World Health Organization details that CBD is not habit-forming.  Because of its non-addictive properties, it can provide the sensation of smoking without the harmful and addictive properties of nicotine and tobacco . Early studies also show that CBD can potentially even be used to treat drug addiction!

CBD is generally considered to be safe for most adults to use (the most common negative side effects are relatively non-severe).  Smoking CBD has become a popular method of consuming CBD because its effects can set in relatively fast- sometimes as quickly as within 15 to thirty minutes of smoking.  It’s also more potent since you’re directly smoking hemp flower without the additives that edibles or oil might have. 

While medical proof of the efficacy of CBD is still being studied, the anecdotal evidence is overwhelming.  Many of my friends and peers regularly smoke CBD.  I’ve personally started using it to help with my insomnia and have found it does actually help me fall asleep.  I’m especially appreciative that I don’t have that groggy feeling that makes it impossible to wake up in the morning.  Amongst the smokers of my friends, those who regularly smoke CBD products say that they’re less inclined to hit their juul or light a cigarette.  With all the purported benefits CBD provides, it might be worth trying it for yourself the next time you inevitably come across it.

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