Now that hemp is legal in all 50 states (with less than 0.3% thc by dry weight), many people are turning to hemp for it’s alternative use benefits.
One of its main ingredients is cannabidiol (CBD), which produces feelings of well-being without the “high” of marijuana. A variety of products, including capsules and gummies, contain CBD. These products, however, do not contain the full spectrum of compounds found in the hemp plant.
Hemp flower contain the components that many CBD products lack. Available online and in dispensaries, pre-rolled CBD is made from hemp flower buds. Although some people still roll their own joints, pre-rolled joints are increasingly popular. These convenient and affordable products, when properly made, offer the complete benefits of the hemp plant. Since quality may vary, it is important to know what to look for when buying pre-rolls.
How Pre-Rolls Are Made
During the production of pre-packaged hemp buds or hugs, the pieces fall into the bag. These small pieces, known as “shake,” are usually the same quality as the flower buds. The shake is then collected and used to make high quality pre-rolls. Other producers use ground up nugs in their pre-rolls.
Here at Tillmans Tranquils we grind up high quality hemp flower to make our pre rolls.
The shake is collected and added to pre-rolled papers. After a machine shakes the joints to settle the contents, the joints are tamped down and twisted closed by hand.
Some lower quality pre-rolls contain pieces of stems and leaves that have been cut away from the buds. These pieces, called “trim,” often result in a lower quality pre-roll with an unpleasant taste. Before buying a quantity of pre-rolls, you may want to buy one pre-roll and cut it open to see the contents.
Does Pre-Rolled CBD Make You High?
High-CBD flower does not produce the intoxicating effect, or “high,” that THC-intensive flower produces. It does have a psychoactive effect because it directly affects the function of the brain. The psychoactive and intoxicating effects of cannabis largely depend on the body’s endocannabinoid system and its CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors affect mood and pain perception, while CB2 receptors affect the immune system. The human body produces substances similar to those produced by cannabis, which bind to and stimulate these receptors.
THC gets its intoxicating effect from its ability to bind to CB1 receptors in the brain. CBD, on the other hand, regulates the activity of these receptors and reduces the ability of THC to bind with the receptors. It helps the body produce the “feel-good” neurotransmitters dopamine and anandamide. CBD therefore has a psychoactive effect, without the intoxicating effect or “high” produced by THC.
Hemp has high levels of CBD and can legally contain only 0.3 percent THC. Marijuana contains up to 25 percent THC, which is the reason it is so intoxicating. In fact, it would take up to 12 CBD pre-rolls to produce the high caused by smoking marijuana. The dramatic difference in THC levels explains why marijuana is used mainly for recreation, while hemp flower is used for healing. Smoking pre-rolled CBD will make you feel relaxed but not “stoned.”
How Pre-Rolled CBD Affects the Body
Many people turn to pre-rolled CBD for a variety of uses. The psychoactive effects of CBD has made it in increasingly popular use case for treating sleep related issues. Its effects on dopamine and anandamide levels appear to reduce cravings for cigarettes and even heroin. Hemp’s anti-inflammatory effects may help with high blood pressure and pain.
Smoking is an effective way to benefit from CBD because the lungs quickly absorb the cannabinoids and send it into the bloodstream. Within three minutes of smoking, CBD reaches its highest levels in blood plasma. The faster it reaches the bloodstream, the faster it spreads to the rest of the body. When eaten or taken as a pill, however, much of the CBD is destroyed as it passes through the digestive tract and liver.
After smoking, CBD remains in the body for longer periods than after eating it or taking it in pill form. Researchers have found it in blood up to 72 hours after inhalation. One study found that after taking it in a gelatin capsule, CBD remained in the blood for only 6 hours.
Safety and Quality of Pre-Rolled CBD
CBD itself does not appear to cause serious side effects or health problems. Minor side effects can include nausea, diarrhea, dry mouth and mood changes.
The greatest risk from smoking pre-rolled CBD appears to be respiratory issues. Like all smoke, cannabis smoke contains particles and gases that can irritate the respiratory tract. According to a 2007 article in Harm Reduction Journal, CBD smokers self-reported respiratory symptoms such as cough, phlegm and chest tightness. These symptoms, however, were more frequent in people who also smoked tobacco cigarettes. People who have lung problems may also experience more respiratory symptoms when smoking pre-rolls.
Another risk is inaccurate labeling of CBD levels in some products. A 2017 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association stated that 26 percent of tested products had less CBD than labeled. If a pre-roll contained such a low level of CBD, it could not produce the desired health benefits.
Pre-Rolls and Consumer Choice
Thanks to the Farm Bill of 2018, it is legal to sell products that contain CDB. Consumers now have an increasing variety of choices when it comes to CBD products. People who choose to smoke high-CBD hemp can buy pre-rolled CBD joints online or at dispensaries. More people are understanding that pre-rolled CBD is not the same as marijuana. As people learn about its potential for reducing anxiety, insomnia and other ailments, the demand for CBD will likely increase.
Quality control remains an issue for CBD products, however. People may enjoy the convenience of pre-rolled CBD, but they cannot see the product quality before they buy it. Accurate labels are needed to ensure that pre-rolls contain high quality shake and optimal levels of CBD. Good quality pre-rolls, however, offer convenience, quick CBD delivery and lasting benefits.