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Tobacco to Hemp, Pre-rolls > Then Cigarettes!

Now that hemp is federally legal, tobacco smokers have a non-addictive alternative within their grasp—and they’re very excited to try it! It’s not hyperbolic to say that the 2018 US Farm Bill has hurt the tobacco industry. According to the latest data, a sizable chunk of smokers are serious about swapping their nicotine-laden cigarettes for all-natural hemp pre-rolls. And, honestly, who could blame them? When you consider all the health drawbacks of tobacco, it’s not difficult to understand the surge in demand for hand-trimmed hemp. Although it’s debatable whether hemp will fully replace tobacco, there’s certainly a lot of excitement surrounding this ancient crop’s potential. If you’re a tobacco smoker who’s thinking about giving Melting Pot’s strains a go, then you should know you’re not alone. As hemp cultivars become easier to access, the move towards CBD flowers will only accelerate in the ensuing years.

How Popular Is CBD Flower With Tobacco Smokers? To better understand hemp’s rise in popularity amongst smokers, Hemp Industry Daily and Nielsen recently studied consumer behaviors in the CBD industry. According to their research, analysts now believe tobacco smokers are far more likely to consume CBD versus non-smokers. Indeed, Hemp Industry Daily reporters say that almost 25 percent of smokers have already tried CBD within the past year. For comparison, about 18 percent of Americans say they’ve taken a hemp-derived product between 2019 – 2020. While these stats are impressive, researchers were even more surprised by the intense interest tobacco smokers showed for smokable hemp. Research suggests there’s an over 150 percent higher chance tobacco smokers used smokable hemp versus non-smokers. That likelihood increased to 191 percent when analysts asked participants whether they used hemp pre-rolls within the past month. Looking ahead, the demand for smokable hemp flowers and pre-rolls is strongest amongst tobacco smokers. Hemp Industry Daily says the chance a tobacco smoker will try hemp flower in the next year is 164 percent higher than non-smokers.

Why Are Tobacco Smokers Gravitating Towards Smokable Hemp? It’s clear that many tobacco smokers are interested in switching to high-CBD flower, but why is this the case? Here are a few possible explanations for why people are turning away from tobacco. Interestingly, survey data from Hemp Industry Daily also suggests smokers are interested in CBD as a “healthier” alternative to tobacco. In a recent survey of over 5,000 CBD customers, 24 percent said they were using CBD to help quit smoking. Analysts also discovered 41 percent of former cigarette smokers use hemp flower as a replacement for tobacco. In the USA, the CDC has also been working hard to spread health info on nicotine addiction. According to the CDC, the total number of US smokers has dropped from 20 percent in 2005 to under 14 percent in 2018. As public health initiatives become more prevalent, it’s increasingly likely tobacco smokers will shift towards other compounds like CBD hemp. What Are The Benefits Of Smoking Hemp vs. Tobacco? There’s No Such Thing As “Habit-Forming Hemp” A significant reason tobacco smokers are interested in switching to hemp pre-rolls is that they’re non-addictive. Unlike nicotine, CBD is non-habit-forming and does not contain any psychoactive properties. Not only that, high-quality CBD hemp has none of the toxic additives you often find in cigarettes. Since legal hemp buds only have ≤ 0.3 percent THC, it’s impossible for smokers to feel “stoned” with a high-CBD pre-roll. On the contrary, most users often report a general sense of ease and contentment while smoking well-cured hemp strains. Whether you smoke a hemp joint early or late in the day, there’s no risk of getting addicted or feeling disoriented. All of these features make smokable hemp a far safer alternative to tobacco products. You can still enjoy the feel of “lighting up” without any of the dubious additives or addictive compounds in tobacco products.

Hemp Smoking Has An Immediate Impact Unlike many other CBD products, hemp pre-rolls have an immediate impact on users. The reason for this is twofold. First, the smoke from a hemp joint doesn’t have to travel through your digestive tract. Instead, the smoke from a hemp bud goes directly into your bloodstream, which means you’ll feel an effect within a few minutes. Another reason hemp flowers are so potent has to do with “the entourage effect.” Although there’s still debate over this phenomenon, some scientists believe hemp compounds work together to produce a heightened therapeutic effect. Even though CBD could have an effect independently, the entourage effect suggests it might work better when paired with secondary cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes. Proponents of the “entourage effect” believe smoking hemp is the best way to take advantage of this plant’s many unique properties.

Could CBD Oil Help With Nicotine Addiction? Let’s be clear: there’s no scientific evidence that CBD can help with nicotine addiction. We always recommend that smokers work with a doctor if they want to reduce their cigarette consumption. With that disclaimer out of the way, some initial studies suggest CBD might have therapeutic potential. Indeed, one study out of University College London found that cigarette smokers who inhaled CBD daily for one week reduced their average cigarette consumption by 40 percent. Researchers also said that smokers who took a placebo inhaler did not reduce their cigarette consumption. Hopefully, as more scientists investigate CBD’s role in nicotine addiction, we will better understand how this cannabinoid works. Until then, it’s best for cigarette smokers to ask their doctor whether it’s OK to try CBD or CBD pre-rolls.

Make The Switch To Smokable CBD With Melting Pots CBD Hemp Pre-Rolls!

There has never been a better time to start smoking hemp. Not only is hemp now federally legal, the quality and variety of buds you’ll find is remarkable. Melting Pot is dedicated to bringing the finest artisan hemp flower to discerning CBD customers.

Come in today to get a free Hemp Pre-roll and see what you think.

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