What the CBD? - The Ultimate Guide to Hemp Cigarettes

by Sugar Team September 08, 2021 5 min read

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  1. What are hemp cigarettes?
  2. Hemp cigarettes vs. tobacco cigarettes
  3. What are some of the benefits of CBD?
  4. Are hemp cigarettes legal? 
  5. Will hemp cigarettes make you high?
  6. What are the differences between hemp cigarette brands?
  7. Why is lab testing important for hemp and CBD products?
  8. Will hemp cigarettes help you quit smoking tobacco cigarettes?

What are hemp cigarettes?

Hemp cigarettes, also known as CBD cigarettes, is a new alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes that has become a growing trend across the country. Ever since hemp was legalized in 2018, an explosion of hemp products has hit the market. Many consumers are realizing the value in a smokable product that doesn’t contain nicotine, the addictive chemical found in tobacco.

Hemp cigarettes vs. tobacco cigarettes

People often ask us what the difference is between hemp cigarettes and tobacco. Firstly, hemp cigarettes contain zero tobacco and zero nicotine. This means that hemp cigarettes are void of the addictive substance nicotine, making them a great alternative to tobacco. Another major difference is that many tobacco companies add chemicals to their cigarettes to make them smoke smoother or burn a certain way, and often do not care if these chemicals will ultimately harm you. Some studies have shown that there are toxic levels of heavy metals found in some tobacco cigarettes, including arsenic, cadmium, and lead. One of the things that we do at Sugar is test all of our products for heavy metals so that you don’t need to worry.

Another main difference is that hemp cigarettes are typically rich in CBD, terpenes, and other cannabinoids that may have some benefits.

What are some of the benefits of hemp cigarettes?

We’ve found that people smoke hemp cigarettes or take CBD for different reasons. Here are some of the potential reported benefits:

  • An alternative to hookah, a form of flavored tobacco
  • An alternative to tobacco cigarettes
  • An alternative to e-cigarettes
  • Al alternative to cigars
  • An efficient delivery method of CBD
  • May provide a sense of relaxation and well being
  • May help with recovery from exercise
  • May help with sleep issues or pain, though further scientific research is needed

Are hemp cigarettes legal?

Yes! Since the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, the federal government has lifted the ban on hemp products as long as they contain less than 0.3% Delta-9 THC. Some states will still require licenses for manufacturing and wholesaling hemp products, however, purchasing hemp cigarettes online for personal consumption is completely legal.

Note: this should not be considered legal advice. Laws change, can be interpreted in different ways, and if you're unsure about your state's stance on smokable hemp for any reason, please seek professional counsel. 

Will hemp cigarettes make you high?

Hemp is botanically the same species as cannabis, the plant that gets you high. However, it is quite different due to the way it is cultivated. Instead, hemp is grown in a way to intentionally reduce the amount of THC within the plant. By doing so, cultivators are able to legally grow hemp plants rich in CBD and other cannabinoids for all to enjoy, without keeping you glued to the couch. Keep in mind, though, that some of Sugar’s customers report some “head change,” meaning that you may feel an intense relaxation or sense of relief. If you do experience this, we would recommend that you sit back, relax, and enjoy yourself. 

What are the differences between hemp cigarette brands?

We thought you’d never ask. Not all hemp cigarettes are made equal. This is a really loaded question, but we’ll do our best to hit the main points:

  • Not all hemp is lab-tested for heavy metals and pesticides, since not all states require testing. Worry not, Sugar tests all of their products for these things.

  •  Hemp strains can vary significantly in how they smoke. Some varieties or harvests are bitter and harsh, while others are naturally smoother and more pleasant.

  •  Sometimes hemp cigarettes contain menthol, flavors, and other stuff to keep things interesting, like sweetened filter tips.

  •  Some hemp cigarette brands will go cheap, so you’ll find seeds and stems inside the cigarette when you break it apart. This is due to improper (or lack of) sifting. Stems tend to be harsher and taste bitter, while seeds are bitter and tend to make the cigarette spark when burning. Both stems and seeds are not meant to be smoked!

  • Not all hemp cigarettes are wrapped the with the same density. If wrapped too tightly, it becomes difficult to pull or drag. If too loose, then the cigarette may fall apart or burn quickly and harshly. There is a definitely a sweet spot, and few hemp cigarette companies care enough to measure this correctly.
    CBD potencies can vary between strains and harvests. There are brands out there that boast ultra high CBD potencies, while some others hardly make any mention of it at all. If CBD is one of your main reasons for smoking hemp cigarettes, then it would be practical to consider the available CBD levels in the brand that you choose.

    When you add these different factors together, you’ll find that hemp cigarettes vary quite a bit from one brand to another. From hemp material selection to smoothness and attention to detail, plenty can go wrong or right. The best thing to do is to consider what you’re looking for in a hemp cigarette, and find a company that fits the bill. But remember, cheaper is not always better.

    Why is lab testing important for hemp and CBD products?

    It should go without saying that putting heavy metals and pesticides into your body are probably not a good thing. Unfortunately, a large amount hemp is grown in soil that has previously been abused with pesticides, fertilizers, and poor farming practices. Swaths of that contaminated farmland has now been repurposed for hemp, which is a naturally absorbent plant. This means that the pesticides and heavy metals left behind in the soil are absorbed by the hemp plants, and end up in the flower that you and I might smoke. Some states do not regulate these impurities in hemp crops, which leaves consumers vulnerable to toxins and poisons.

    All hemp manufacturers are aware contaminants potentially ending up in their hemp products, but the responsible ones take action to ensure that the hemp they’re using for consumable and inhalable products are free from these impurities. One way that hemp farmers will avoid this issue is to grow hemp in a greenhouse with clean soil and water. Sometimes abused farmland soil can be remediated, though this can be a difficult and expensive process. Other farmers will search for fresh soil in order to avoid that issue all together when growing outdoors. Ultimately, there are ways to avoid consuming dirty hemp, and looking at a product’s COA (certificate of analysis) lab results will help you choose the right product for you.

    Will hemp cigarettes help you quit smoking tobacco cigarettes?

    There isn’t any research to definitively say that hemp cigarettes or CBD will make you stop smoking. However, there is some research that suggests:

    • CBD may reverse attentional bias to cigarette cues
    • CBD may reduce cigarette consumption in tobacco smokers

    The double blind experiments can be found here and here.

    If you’ve decided to fight your tobacco addiction, we recommend combining cessation tools, support groups, and other tools that you find personally works for you. Remember, good things don't ever come easy. Millions of people have quit tobacco addiction, and so can you.

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