Vaping Hemp Flowers: What the Scientific Community Says

Greetings Farm Fans! This week we have a guest post from Vishal Vivek of Hemp Foundation discussing the scientific consensus on CBD:

Vaping Hemp Flowers: What the Scientific Community Says

The 2018 US Farm Bill legalized hemp cultivation in the United States. Making hemp-derived products for commercial use is now legal across the US. Extracting cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is one of the key motivators of hemp farming. 

It is possible to extract CBD from any part of the hemp plant. However, the highest concentration of CBD is in the female flowers.

Female hemp plant in greenhouse
Female hemp flower

 

There is a restriction, however, in the new bill. It is against the law to claim any health benefits of CBD. But that hasn’t stopped the scientific community from researching its possible therapeutic effects. 

The potential impact of vaping hemp flowers, also labeled CBD flowers, has been an oft-discussed topic in academic discourse on CBD. We present a snapshot of what scholars are saying on this issue.

About CBD

CBD is the most active ingredient of the hemp plant. The World Health Organization (WHO) published a Cannabidiol (CBD) Critical Review Report in 2018. This report clearly states that CBD does not have the potential for humans to abuse it or become dependent on it. 

Though it is illegal in the US to make medicinal claims about CBD, the WHO report acknowledges that there is evidence of CBD being effective in treating epilepsy. The report refers to the medicine Epidiolex as one in phase III of clinical trials. 

Epidiolex has since become a drug available in the market. The US Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has also recognized Epidiolex. This is the only CBD-based drug that has FDA approval. 

The WHO report acknowledges that preliminary findings in a number of research initiatives indicate that CBD may have other potential health benefits also. According to this report, the safety profile of CBD is strong. It is unlikely to produce any adverse effects. 

Health Benefits of CBD

The beneficial effects of CBD on childhood epilepsy syndromes such as the Dravet syndrome and the Lennox-Gastrut syndrome now have full recognition. The approval of Epidiolex has achieved that. In this section, we discuss other potential therapeutic aspects of hemp-derived CBD. 

A recent article in the Harvard Health Publishing, a journal of the Harvard Medical School, refers to studies that have demonstrated that CBD helps relieve anxiety and insomnia. For insomnia patients, CBD is particularly helpful as it facilitates both falling asleep and remaining asleep. 

Inflammatory and neuropathic pain are two types of chronic pain that are extremely difficult to treat. The Harvard report mentions that CBD has shown a positive impact in managing both these types of pain in animal studies. 

What Vaping Means

Vaping refers to the act of breathing in and breathing out aerosol, usually referred to as vapor. Hence the term vaping. Battery-powered vaporizers simulate some of the actions of smoking, but there is no tobacco, nor any combustion. 

Vaping hemp flowers usually means vaping the CBD derived from them. However, it is possible to vape hemp flowers directly also.  Dry vapes have a chamber, a heating element, a mouthpiece, and a rechargeable battery. The basic components of dry and wet vapes are the same. When you turn on the unit, it heats up. The unit is then ready for use. 

In a dry vape, when you put your lips on the mouthpiece and draw in your breath, the heated air inside converts the cannabis flower resins or CBD into a steam. You need to inhale that. Dry vaping of hemp flowers does not billow out clouds of smoke. 

Vaping CBD 

Inhalation is a method that allows immediate absorption, as opposed to an oral dose. The WHO report clearly states that there is no known evidence of CBD being used for recreational purposes or causing any public health problem. Vaping CBD can, thus, have a more immediate impact.

Bioavailability refers to the degree and rate at which your bloodstream absorbs a substance. In the case of oral intake of CBD in any form, the rate of absorption varies between 6 to 15 percent. For inhaling CBD, vaping scores over smoking it as there is no combustion, tar, or ash associated with vaping. The crushed hemp flowersdo not burn in case of vaping and the absorption is purer.

Vaping CBD vs. Vaping Hemp Flowers

CBD is only one of the elements among a wide spectrum of healthy phytocannabinoids that hemp flowers have. Vaping hemp flowers instead of just CBD extract allows the other phytocannabinoids to benefit the system as well. Also, hemp flowers are purely natural with no additives.  

Vaping hemp flowers instead of CBD allows your body does not adversely affect the goodness of CBD in high bioavailability. In case of pain, for instance, vaping hemp flowers instead of CBD will produce the same immediate analgesic impact. 

Cannabichromene (CBC) is another important phytocannabinoid present in hemp flowers. A 2016 article mentions several studies that demonstrate the analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and sedative properties of CBC. CBC also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Vaping hemp flowers allows the body to absorb this healthy substance.  The same applies to terpenes present in hemp flowers.

Vaping hemp flowers means the terpenes are also available to the user’s body. Terpenes have varied therapeutic effects, as demonstrated by many pharmacological studies. Vaping hemp flowers rather than CBD extract is more beneficial from this aspect also.

Future Forward

As of now, CBD is the compound at the center of attention post the legalization of hemp in the US. This has led to hemp flowers being renamed CBD flowers in many popular write-ups. However, hemp flowers have a lot more to offer than just CBD.

As people get to know that, vaping hemp flowers will probably replace CBD vaping. 


Author Bio: Vishal Vivek, Co-founded Hemp Foundation to increase awareness about the most misunderstood plant on the planet. He believes that we can fight climate change, water crisis and plastic pollution with Hemp.
Times Group recognized him as a legendary entrepreneur and published his biography in “I Did IT- Vol 2” at the age of just 30!

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