Up In Flames: Can I Smoke CBD?

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-  Exploring the practicality and value of smoking cannabidiol.

Lotions, vape pens, edibles, patches.

Everywhere you look, you’ll see a new style of CBD product.

It seems they could fill up a shopping mall with all of the options.

That may have you asking, “can I smoke CBD?”

Here, we’ll examine how people typically consume CBD, why some people smoke it, and if there are any risks involved.

How Do People Consume CBD?

As mentioned, there is no shortage of CBD products to choose from in today’s market.

To understand how people are consuming CBD, the authors of a paper published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, performed a cross-sectional study of consumers.

They found that the most common forms of CBD application were sublingual methods such as:

  •       Sprays
  •       Oils
  •       Drops
  •       Tinctures


Vaping was the second most common form of CBD consumption and the fewest people indicated that they apply CBD topically.

However, according to the study, more people are smoking CBD than consuming it through an edible.

It may come as a surprise that more people smoke than eat CBD, however, they have good reasons.

Why Do People Smoke CBD?

A 2017 study showed that people are replacing their pharmaceuticals with CBD products.

The top conditions for which they claimed to be using CBD were:

  •       Anxiety
  •       Insomnia
  •       Joint pain and inflammation
  •       Depression

The study also indicated that the second most popular form of CBD was when it was delivered in a high-CBD flower variety.

Invariably, with its popularity and its value to consumers, people are smoking CBD.

In fact, a 2018 study published in Addiction, showed that smoking CBD may even help people with tobacco and nicotine withdrawal.

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The authors found that CBD does have some value with reducing the salience of addictive behaviors, including those associated with smoking cigarettes.

While the study didn’t support the idea that CBD reduces cravings for nicotine, it does seem to dampen the neurocognitively-associated pleasantness attached to addictive behaviors.

So, smoking CBD may help some people quit smoking cigarettes by making them less appealing.

Is Smoking CBD Dangerous?

While the majority of scientific papers and reviews of the literature indicate that CBD is safe for human consumption, there has been data published recently that indicates some risks with smoking CBD.

For example, a recent paper published in Archives of Toxicology noted that physicians should oversee the application of CBD due to potential risks of liver damage.

They showed that their data “suggest that drug-metabolizing enzymes (in particular CYPs which are contained in the enzyme mix) increase the genotoxic properties of CBD and CBDV.”

To be certain, their conclusions may be concerning, but they do not undercut the general consensus that CBD is low in toxicity and safe for human consumption.

Of course, using CBD under the guidance of a physician is the most appropriate way to keep yourself healthy.

Smoking CBD isn’t for everyone, but it can be a useful tool for many. If this post has been useful to you, please share it with your friends!


By Nicholas D. 

Professional Cannabis Writer and Content Creator

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