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Although cigarette use has been declining in America, it’s still fairly common for employees to take a few smoke breaks. Indeed, recent surveys suggest employees in high-stress fields like IT “smoke away” 20 days’ worth of productivity per year. Of course, this doesn’t include all of the time lost due to nicotine-related health issues.
Thankfully, CBD hemp flower appears to be a safer alternative for smokers who want to relax while remaining productive. Not only is CBD hemp federally legal, it won’t get employees stoned. Quite the contrary; many people who add hemp to their workdays report positive effects like better mood and focus.
Anyone looking for a healthier alternative to the standard cigarette breaks should take a peek at CBD flower. While the low-THC percentage in CBD won’t get you high, they should keep you calm even on the busiest of days.
Why Should You Add CBD Hemp Flower To Your Work Routine?
At first, the thought of smoking CBD hemp flower might seem a bit odd. After all, this plant has primarily been used for industrial purposes. What possible benefit could you get from lighting up this herb?
We’ll admit, people haven’t traditionally smoked hemp flower. When it’s grown for industrial purposes, hemp flower has few trichomes, and it could have an unpleasant “grassy taste.”
However, as demand for CBD skyrocketed in recent years, cultivators discovered ways to breed flavorful, trichome-rich hemp strains. Unlike hemp made for industrial uses, these resinous, high-CBD buds provide users with a rich and satisfying smoking experience.
While these buds taste remarkably similar to many weed strains, they carry none of the psychoactive side effects related to THC. So, instead of feeling “dazed and confused” after your smoke session, you’re more likely to feel refreshed and ready to head back to the boardroom.
CBD has a plethora of purported benefits such as reducing anxiety and soothing aches and pains. Since smokable CBD hemp goes straight to your lungs, you should notice these effects immediately. Plus, hemp flower contains countless secondary cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes, all of which may contribute to a heightened therapeutic effect (aka the “entourage effect”).
Anyone who wants a fast and flavorful way to sneak CBD into their workday should enjoy vaping or smoking hemp flower.
Could CBD Hemp Flower Help With Nicotine Cravings?
As smokable hemp becomes increasingly trendy, more tobacco smokers are getting “CBD curious.” In fact, a few surveys suggest tobacco smokers are one of the largest demographics interested in smokable hemp flower.
According to recent statistics, almost 30 percent of current cigarette smokers said they’d like to try smokable hemp. Impressively, tobacco smokers are now 150 percent more likely to try a hemp pre-roll versus the general American population.
While the demand for smokable hemp flower is undeniable, there’s little data on whether this product helps with nicotine cravings. There are, however, a few glimmers of hope for those struggling with nicotine addiction.
For instance, one study out of the University College London tracked CBD’s effectiveness on a small group of nicotine addicts. Half of the study participants used a CBD inhaler whenever they felt an urge to smoke; the others used a placebo. Interestingly, the smokers in the CBD group had 40 percent fewer cigarettes than those in the placebo group.
While this study was small, it strongly suggests the endocannabinoid system plays a role in nicotine addiction. This trial also indicates that CBD might be a successful adjunct therapy in nicotine treatment.
As a bonus, recent research out of UCSF suggests cannabis smoke has fewer carcinogens versus tobacco. For even less risk, hemp fans could always place their buds in dry herb vaporizers.
Note: none of the above information is intended to diagnose, cure, or treat any medical conditions. The FDA has yet to verify the efficacy of smokable hemp flower or CBD supplements.
What’s The Best CBD Hemp Strain To Smoke During Work Hours?
Ever since the 2018 US Farm Bill went into law, there has been an explosion in the field of “hemp hybridization.” While this is great news for customers, it could make choosing the right daytime strain extra challenging.
While hemp strains aren’t as distinct as marijuana hybrids, there are subtle differences between hemp cultivars. It pays to read each of our detailed strain descriptions before making a purchase. Trust us, you don’t want to take an “after-dinner strain” when you’re already suffering from a “post-lunch coma!”
In general, you’ll have better luck smoking a sativa-forward hemp cultivar during the workday. Hybrids like Lifter and Sour Diesel have an uplifting effect that’s ideal when you need to ramp up productivity. As a bonus, both of these strains are high in the citrusy terpene limonene, which might naturally enhance mood.
While this doesn’t mean indica strains are a “bad” choice, they tend to be more associated with relaxation and mild sedation. This is especially true if your chosen hybrid has high traces of the fruity terpene myrcene.
If you’re new to the hemp smoking world, we’d first recommend trying a few strains at home and gauging how you react. Make a mental note of which cultivars enhance focus, motivation, and energy before adding them to your work routine.
Is Delta-8 THC Good For At-Work Use?
You may be surprised to see an assortment of delta-8 THC vape carts starting to pop up all over. Indeed, there are countless queries online regarding the legality of these new products.
First off, delta-8 THC is not an illegal cannabinoid. The 2018 US Farm Bill only targeted delta-9 THC. While delta-8 and delta-9 are similar, they have a different molecular structure.
All that being said, we don’t recommend using delta-8 THC vape carts at work. Since this cannabinoid is slightly psychoactive, it can interfere with productivity. Also, it’s unsafe to drive or operate heavy machinery after vaping delta-8 THC. If you’re interested in experimenting with delta-8 THC, we only recommend using it for a relaxing, at-home session.
Could Smoking CBD Hemp Flower Get You Fired?
While hemp flower is federally legal, it could land you in hot water during a drug screening. Unfortunately, there’s no way to tell how much THC will be in your bloodstream at the time of your drug test. Even though there should be less than 0.3 percent THC in most hemp strains, everyone metabolizes cannabinoids at a different rate.
However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the benefits of CBD before a drug screening. All you have to do is look into THC-free products like CBD isolate powder. Although you won’t experience the “entourage effect” with this purified powder, it’s a risk-free way to enjoy CBD while on the job.