23 Oct Hemp Cigarettes
Here’s an idea: If we can extract CBD oil from hemp then what’s to stop us from using the high CBD count hemp plant material for other purposes?
Let’s take it a step further: What if we grew a strain of cannabis, that was high in CBD count, but very low in THC (below .03%), but still contained all the terpenes and terpenoids that give high-grade marijuana its very intense smell and aroma?
Now open your mind up real wide: What if we took that high-CBD/low-THC plant material, and cut it up to a loose, leaf-like material that resembled tobacco leaf, mixed it with real tobacco, then rolled it up and put a filter on the end?
You’d have a CBD hemp cigarette that burns and smells exactly like a marijuana cigarette but actually delivers all the health benefits of CBD oil – with basically zero THC and less nicotine. Hmmmm, that might really be something.
Well, apparently we aren’t the first ones to come up with this idea…
CBD Hemp Cigarettes, Aisle 4 (20)
According to a story by USA Today, a leading supermarket chain in Switzerland has begun selling hemp cigarettes. The name of the product is “Heimat”, and they are being sold in 700 co-op supermarket stores nationwide (in Switzerland).
Only those 18 and older may purchase the hemp cigarettes. Each pack retails for $20 each – quite a bit more expensive than a pack of normal, tobacco cigarettes! However, the hemp versions are getting rave reviews, “It tastes like a real joint… I feel mellow and relaxed” said one satisfied customer. You can read the whole article here.
According to the company’s website, their small Eastern Switzerland manufacturing facility is home to the world’s first tobacco-and-hemp cigarette. Each one a blend of pure Swiss tobacco with natural CBD hemp.
The cigarettes contain almost no THC, the psychoactive element in cannabis that gets users “high.” (In Switzerland, an item may contain up to 1% THC to be considered hemp, in the states, the number is 0.3%.)
However, each smoke does contain a 20% level of CBD, the other cannabis cannabinoid, that is believed by many to assist with physical and mental wellness while helping “shoulder drop”; a way to describe its relaxing and mellowing feel. “CBD is like a little Pacman that eats all the aches and stresses away ” is how one online faithful CBD user describes its effects. So, this could easily explain the why the person in the article felt “mellow and relaxed.”
Could Hemp Cigarettes Help You Quit Smoking Traditional Cigarettes?
What if you took out the tobacco element in the “Heimat” product or used nicotine-free tobacco? Might you have a cigarette that could be used as an aid to quit smoking?
According to some studies and research, CBD has been shown to have anti-addiction properties. Its use has gained some traction in treating opioid addiction and other addictive pharmaceutical drugs. In particular, there’s accumulating evidence suggesting that CBD reduces both withdrawal symptoms and the rewarding properties of opioids to decrease cravings.
Could this same benefit apply to reducing a traditional cigarette smoker’s addiction to nicotine? Quite possibly. A study by the University College London, published in the “Addictive Behaviors” periodical (read about it here) found that smokers who participated in an experiment where they were given CBD, reduced the number of cigarettes they smoked by 40%.
Which means that theoretically, a person smoking a CBD hemp cigarette (nicotine free), besides getting the benefits associated with CBD intake, could also be helping themselves kick their traditional tobacco cigarette habit.
Now, HempMeds® is certainly not making that claim, but you have to admit, aside from the massive amount of irony, it’s also a very intriguing concept. Smoking to quit smoking? You heard it here first!
They Only Roll Like That In Switzerland
If the idea of trying CBD hemp cigarettes sounds intriguing to you, you’re not alone. But you’ll need to take a holiday to Europe to try them out. As of this moment, they are strictly available only in Switzerland. They are not legal in the U. S. of A. and we doubt that they will be anytime soon. A cigarette (not the most popular of products) that burns and smells like a marijuana cigarette? That’s a combo that we see as a ways off from being a reality in this country anytime soon.
After researching online, there are no U.S. manufacturers offering this product. We did find one that has a kickstarter type of crowdfunding page, but it’s dated 2016 and has no funds raised. Like many other things, it looks like Europe is a bit ahead of us.
If you are interested in the benefits of taking a daily serving of CBD, (and you can’t get to Switzerland for a smoke), we’re here for you. HempMeds® offers a full line of high-quality CBD products that we can ship directly to you, anywhere in the U.S.