It may seem like a novel idea now—and one that’s gaining popularity—but smoking hemp flower and seeds has been around for just about as long as the plant itself. The hemp plant has been cultivated domestically for over 12,000 years; it’s possibly one of the first plants ever to be cultivated and reports of people smoking it go back nearly as far. Ancient Scythian shamans reportedly inhaled the vapors of hemp-seed smoke, both as ritual to “induce a daze” and for their own pleasurable recreation.
Even early Americans—who grew it to make rope, clothing, and paper as far back as the 1600’s—smoked the flower recreationally as well. It was reportedly used it to quell various ails, including tooth aches and muscle pains. You’ve probably even heard a quote about hemp that’s often misattributed to Thomas Jefferson: “Some of my finest hours have been spent on my back veranda, smoking hemp and observing as far as my eye can see.” (Highly relatable to most modern cannabis lovers, but apparently TJ never actually said it.)
“Some of my finest hours have been spent on my back veranda, smoking hemp and observing as far as my eye can see.”
Early people definitely got it right when it came to the joys of smoking hemp. Depending on the strain, it can be either relaxing or energizing, and—thanks to the body buzz many report feeling after smoking— it’s also just downright enjoyable and fun.
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That’s because all the cannabinoids you hear about all the time—CBD, CBG, CBN, THC—are present in smoke-able hemp flower. And because of the so-called “entourage effect,” consuming all of those cannabinoids at once makes them each work better when they hit your own endocannabinoid system; it’s the same reason “full-spectrum” hemp-derived products are favored over “broad spectrum” or “isolates.” The sum is greater than the parts.
But just because hemp flower has THC (all “full spectrum” hemp products do, btw) that doesn’t mean that smoking it will make you “high.” Or, at least not high in the same way that smoking regular cannabis will. The federally legal amount of THC that hemp flower can contain is under .3%—and that’s just not enough to produce the psychoactive or intoxicating effects you might normally associate with THC. For comparison, most high-inducing weed products contain anywhere between 5-35% THC; Miss Grass THC Minis have between 9%-20%.
All the cannabinoids you hear about all the time—CBD, CBG, CBN, THC—are present in smoke-able hemp flower. And it works faster than a tincture.So, if hemp doesn’t make you high, what does it do? Well, remember the aforementioned relaxing/energizing effects? Smoke-able hemp has all the same benefits of your trusted full-spectrum cannabinoid tincture—better sleep, better sex, better focus, better homeostasis—and it works a lot faster, too. The bioavailability of smoke-able hemp is between 25% and 50%, meaning that the body is able to absorb all those delicious, homeostasis-supporting cannabinoids *a lot* faster than when you ingest it as a sublingual or eat it as a gummy.
Plus, it tastes great and let's face it: Smoking is enjoyable. (Don't @ me.) And, when mixed with other herbs—especially adaptogenic herbs like Holy Basil or high-terpene herbs like lavender, as seen in Miss Grass Minis Hemp + Herb Pre-rolls—the results can be pretty incredible. All the terpenes and cannabinoids naturally found in hemp form a pretty incredible base for other magical plants to do their work. And you’ll definitely feel it happening. Just take a hit of Miss Grass’s XXX Sexual Herb + Hemp blend with euphoria-producing damiana, heart-opening rose petals, lung-protecting mullein, and passion-inducing hibiscus to see what we mean.
You’ll probably be surprised this stuff is even legal.
Benefits of smoking hemp:
- Relaxing or energizing, depending on the strain.
- Creates a pleasant body high.
- May help with sleep, pain, sex, stress, and inflammation.
- Doesn’t induce munchies.
- Available legally in most states.
- High bioavailability.
- Can be used as a substitute for tobacco or as a way to take a tolerance break from THC.
- High cannabinoid and terpene content.
- Doesn’t induce intoxication or anxiety.