The CBD industry has become a billion-dollar industry seemingly overnight. While smokable hemp flower only took up 2 percent of the CBD sales in 2017, it has been one of the fastest-growing segments of the CBD industry over the last few years. Hemp cigarettes are one of the most popular forms of smokable hemp sold in stores.
What are Hemp Cigarettes?hemp trim
To the naked eye, hemp cigarettes look exactly like tobacco cigarettes. They have the same filters and wrapped in the familiar white cigarette paper.
The difference becomes apparent when you look inside. Dried hemp flower is green compared to the golden-brown hue of dried tobacco. While they burn similar to a tobacco cigarette, the smell and taste are quite different.
Hemp cigarettes appeal to a very specific sub-niche of hemp consumers. The typical hemp cigarette smoker also smokes tobacco cigarettes, but interested in alternatives to tobacco.
They are less interested in smoking hemp flower in a bowl or joint because it feels too much like smoking weed. Hemp cigarette smokers appreciate that they are more discreet than hemp pre-rolls. They also like the psychological aspect of feeling like they are smoking a cigarette.
Does Smokable Hemp Contain Nicotine?
This is the most common question people ask when considering hemp cigarettes. The answer is no, and this is a standard across all brands.
It is 100 percent hemp trim, which is the leftover material from hand trimming hemp flowers. Hemp only has cannabinoids like CBD, CBG, CBN, and several others. There is no nicotine at all.
This makes CBD cigarettes a popular choice for traditional cigarette smokers who are looking to wean themselves off nicotine while still enjoying the psychological component of smoking a cigarette.
Keep in mind that this alternative to tobacco cigarettes is not an FDA-approved nicotine cessation product. You should always consult with your physician if quitting nicotine is your goal.
Are They Healthy?
Just to be clear, no form of smoke inhalation is healthy. Smoking hemp cigarettes can cause lung irritation and damage just like tobacco cigarettes.
With that, one could argue hemp cigarettes cause less damage to your health than traditional cigarettes. This is because cigarettes that contain hemp do not contain all of the carcinogenic additives that tobacco companies put in their products.
Do They Smell?
The one potential downside to hemp cigarettes is they do still smell like marijuana when smoked. This is because hemp is also in the cannabis family of plants. The only difference between hemp and marijuana is THC content.
It is legal to sell hemp that contains up to 0.3% THC under the 2018 hemp farming act. While hemp won’t get you high, it does still have all of the terpenes that give cannabis its pungent smell.
You might want to be careful smoking CBD hemp cigarettes in public places. Even though it’s legal, the smell might draw unwanted attention from law enforcement.
Will Smokable Hemp Get Me High?
No. As mentioned above, they only contain up to 0.3% THC, which is the cannabinoid responsible for producing the high you get from marijuana. CBD is the primary cannabinoid found in hemp products. It does not produce a high like THC.
Where Can I Buy Hemp Cigarettes?
You may be able to find these types of cigarettes at your local smoke shop, but not every smoke shop has them in stock.
The best place to buy them is from an established online hemp vendor. We sell Lucky Leaf brand hemp smokes, which contain quality hemp trim and come with a cannabinoid content test. They are $9.99 for a pack of 10 or $59.99 for a carton containing 100 cigarettes. This brings the cost down from $1.00 per cigarette to 60 cents per cigarette.
We also sell hemp cigarettes wholesale if you are a store owner looking to break into the smokable hemp market. Check out our shop to give these hemp cigarettes a try.
Check out our guide on smoking CBD.