After several months of negotiation and debate between lawmakers, Congress has finally voted for the cultivation of hemp to become legal in the states. This would make the crop legally unchained from its close cousin, marijuana, which is known for its ability to get users high. The Bill will open up plenty of opportunities for farmers who have chosen to grow the crop, as well as companies who are in the business of processing hemp and producing it into a wide range of products, including skincare and textiles.
With the legalization of hemp come several questions from potential users and curious individuals who want to get their hands on the crop. One of the biggest questions that people have is whether you can smoke hemp, just like its close cousin marijuana.
So, can you smoke hemp? Read on to find out.
Is Hemp Smokable?
In the US, hemp is referred to as Cannabis Sativa L and has a THC level of less than 0.3 percent. Smoking hemp can result in a pleasant feeling, but will definitely not make someone high, unlike marijuana. Because of this, hemp has not been subjected to any kind of federal regulations.
So, when it comes to the question, “Can you smoke hemp?” the answer is yes, you can. However, it will not offer the same effects as marijuana, contrary to what many people think.
Hemp Will Not Get You High
As mentioned, hemp and marijuana are closely related to each other. However, they are not exactly the same thing. Sure, both plants come from a similar species of cannabis but they have different effects when smoked. When you smoke hemp, you’ll probably only end up with a headache.
Hemp has a very low level of THC. The THC is the chemical compound in marijuana that’s responsible for getting people stoned. It has a more intense effect than the CBD, a compound that treats people of anxiety, stress, arthritis, and several other conditions.
Various Uses of Hemp
Hemp is getting a lot of hype compared to other CBD products, such as vapes, supplements, and oils. Although CBD is also derived from marijuana, it is much easier for companies to use the hemp that’s derived from CBD since the extracting is legal in most states.
Can you smoke hemp? Sure, you can! But hemp is useful in several other ways too! Hemp is also used in making different kinds of products such as fiber, fuel, construction materials, beer, food products, clothing, and more. With the approval of the Bill, it’s now legal to grow, purchase, or sell hemp-related products in the country. But since growing hemp is very strictly regulated, the domestic market for hemp-related products is very small. As a result, most of these products have to be imported from Canada, China, and Europe.
So to address the question, can you smoke hemp? Yes, you could theoretically smoke the substance. However, you will get no effect from doing so, unlike when you smoke marijuana.