CBD cigarettes, also known as hemp cigarettes, contain hemp plant material. They contain zero tobacco and are nicotine free, which is why hemp cigarettes are quickly gaining popularity amongst smokers. Some hemp cigarette brands will include additional ingredients such as peppermint, flavorings or other leafy herbs in order to enhance the smoking experience. It’s always important to review the ingredients in any product that you decide to consume.
Some people do report feelings of relaxation and calmness after smoking CBD cigarettes. However, because hemp cigarettes are required by law to contain less than 0.3% THC, the chemical that makes a person high, it is unlikely that you will get high from smoking a hemp cigarette. With that being said, hemp cigarettes usually contain small amounts of THC, so you may experience mild effects of the substance after smoking a hemp cigarette.
While there are limited studies surrounding CBD and its affects in humans, CBD is currently approved by the FDA for some patients with epilepsy to treat seizures. Also, there is research supporting CBD’s potential ability to reduce tobacco consumption, promote relaxation and sleep, and reduce pain and inflammation. Scientists generally agree that further research is warranted, though the early studies seem promising considering the preliminary data used to justify these studies in the first place.
CBD is generally well tolerated, though it can cause some side effects such as drowsiness, reduced appetite, dry mouth, nausea, or diarrhea. It may also have interactions with other drugs, so it’s best to consult with a medical professional before using any CBD products.
According to a report published by the World Health Organization (WHO), CBD is safe and well-tolerated in humans (and animals), and is not associated with any negative public health effects. Experts further stated that CBD is non-psychoactive, and does not induce physical dependence, meaning that it’s not “associated with abuse potential.”
The short answer is yes. Hemp and hemp derived CBD was legalized federally through the 2018 Farm Bill. While some states have different laws and restrictions surrounding the production and distribution of hemp and CBD, it is generally legal to purchase hemp products online as long as they meet the legal definition of hemp (less than 0.3% CBD). However, laws frequently change, and we recommend for you to review your state’s current laws prior to purchasing any CBD or hemp products.
Research suggests that cannabis (or hemp) smoke is less carcinogenic than tobacco smoke. A 2018 study discusses how “Cannabis and tobacco smoke are not equally carcinogenic.” Although both cannabis and tobacco cigarettes are used through the means of combustion and inhalation (lighting them with fire and then inhaling them), the two plants are pharmacologically different. According to the study, “available scientific data, that examines the carcinogenic properties of inhaling smoke and its biological consequences, suggests reasons why tobacco smoke, but not cannabis smoke, may result in lung cancer.”