Hemp Cigarettes – What You Need To Know
Hemp has been globally cultivated for thousands of years, but what is hemp and what makes the plant so special? Hemp is a strain that comes from the Cannabis Sativa plant species, it is an agricultural crop grown for seed and fiber. “Some of the earliest known uses of hemp began in China about 10,000 BCE, where it was used for making clothing, rope, and paper.”
In today’s world, hemp is becoming very popular. The use of hemp has evolved into diverse products such as lotions, oils, food, beverages, and cigarettes. Smokable hemp is a developing trend, but is it a good way to consume the cannabinoid? Here’s what you need to know:
Hemp vs. Marijuana
Hemp and marijuana are both part of the cannabis family. However, hemp will not get you high unlike marijuana, which is known for its psychoactive effects.Marijuana has high levels of THC, containing anywhere from 5%-35% whereas hemp has less than 0.3% THC. Hemp contains high cannabidiol (CBD) content which is not psychoactive. Smoking hemp is a positive alternative to marijuana, ”You get the same taste, the same psychological feeling of smoking a joint, but without the high.”
Pure American Hemp cigarettes™ (found here) are nicotine and tobacco free. Some research suggests that smoking hemp cigarettes could be a potential tool to replace tobacco and nicotine addictions. According to a Brightfield Group survey of more than 5,000 CBD users in the U.S.:
- 24% have used it to help quit smoking.
- Quitters are often replacing cigarettes with either smokable hemp or vaping
- 41% of quitters have entirely replaced tobacco with hemp CBD.
Google trends reveals over the last year that hemp was researched more often than tobacco and nicotine.
BDS Analytics and Arcview Market Research projects that the collective market for CBD sales in the U.S. will surpass $20 billion by 2024 while New York-based investment bank Cowen & Co, estimates that the market could pull in $15 billion by 2025. The smokable hemp market currently represents approximately 2% of the overall CBD market, but with a 250% growth from 2017 to 2018, Brightfield Group, a Chicago-based cannabis market research firm, identifies dried and smokable hemp flowers as one of the fastest-growing segments of the CBD market.