CBD Joints: How They Differ from Oils
When it comes to CBD there is a multitude of different ways you can choose to imbibe it. With all the new innovation and brand new practices being developed, there are bound to be a few favorites that spring up among regular users.
Of all the different ways to get CBD into your system, smoking it in joints and using CBD oil are, by far, the two most popular options.
But which one are you supposed to choose? How do CBD joints differ from CBD oils?
How Do CBD Joints Work?
To be able to choose between them properly, it is helpful to know how they actually work. With regard to CBD joints, they work pretty much as you would expect them to.
A marijuana strain that is rich in CBD is chosen; it is then processed into a smokable bud through curing and drying before it is ground up into a coarse powder that makes it easier to handle. After it is wrapped in smoking paper and made into a joint.
To get the CBD into your system, you simply light the joint, puff, and inhale the smoke. In precisely the same way that imbibing regular, THC-rich marijuana works. The CBD-rich marijuana is burned, causing the various cannabinoids within unscorched marijuana to convert into the necessary cannabinoids that our bodies can process.
These cannabinoids are then transported into the lungs as you breathe in, which allows your bloodstream to carry the cannabinoids from your lungs across your body to the liver. This is where they are broken down and then assimilated into the body through the endocannabinoid system.
This is basically exactly the same as smoking normal, recreational marijuana, so it is easily very familiar to regular smokers. This is one of the big reasons why so many choose to get their CBD this way, as they know how to do it and don’t mind the smoke. In fact, this is probably the best way to enjoy all of the natural flavors from within the strain, as a lot of that is lost when you turn it into CBD oil.
What about the process of imbibing CBD oil? How is it different?
How Do CBD Oils Work?
CBD oil has a distinctly clinical, rather alien method of imbibing it when compared to the regular smoking method that many people find comfortably familiar.
For starters, instead of making it yourself out of marijuana that has been cured and dried, you instead buy it from a CBD oil manufacturer. This is because the process for making it is rather scientific and requires some heavy, expensive equipment.
Cannabis that is rich in CBD is put through an extraction process, whereby CBD is heated using a process known as supercritical heat extraction. This results in the CBD and other cannabinoids being suspended within inert oils, such as coconut oil or hemp seed oil.
From there, you are left with a vial of CBD oil that is rich in CBD, cannabinoids, terpenes, and very little else. To imbibe it, you simply need to either sprinkle droplets of CBD oil onto your food or put it directly under your tongue.
This method of imbibing CBD oil is known as sublingual intake, and it works because there are a lot of blood vessels under the tongue that can easily and quickly take the CBD oil in your mouth directly to your liver.
If you eat the CBD oil directly, then it will need to be digested in the stomach and taken into the bloodstream through the large intestine, as with all other foods.
This is obviously a very different way of taking it when compared to just smoking a joint, but it still is pretty similar in its end result. You still end up with the CBD entering your liver, being broken down and then assimilated into the endocannabinoid system (ECS), where it can then create effects in the body.
Well what about the health risks? Are there any particular health risks worth worrying about when it comes to choosing between CBD oil or CBD joints?
What Are the Health Risks?
The first thing that needs to be said about the health risks inherent to taking either CBD oil or CBD joints is that the problems you might come across are related to the methods with which you imbibe them, not the actual CBD itself.
In fact, CBD has remarkably few side effects. Instead, any associated health risks are going to be a result of your chosen method of imbibing CBD.
The Problems with Smoking CBD Joints
When you use CBD joints, you are smoking a marijuana bud, causing it to turn into a cloud of smoke that you can inhale and you get your CBD that way.
However, that isn’t the only thing that is happening – you are also smoking the rolling paper of the joint, as well as various parts of plant matter within the marijuana bud that you don’t really want in your lungs.
Despite the fact that it is marijuana you are enjoying, you are still basically just smoking. It might be healthier than tobacco, but it is still breathing in hot air after burning plant matter.
This can cause various lung ailments, such as the burning of your inner lung lining, or just the buildup of burnt detritus in your lungs. If you only use CBD joints sparingly, this won’t really be a problem; but long-term, high-intensity users can run into lung issues later in life if they smoke a lot, regardless of what is in their joint.
Additionally, when you smoke CBD joints you are going to be forced to smell like whatever particular strain you chose for a long while. This is because the smoke stays with you for an exceptionally long time – especially on clothes, hair, and your fingernails.
There is also a level of inherent annoyance when you smoke to get your CBD, as you need to follow various social rules and etiquette to be able to dose yourself. For example, you cannot smoke inside in most places these days, forcing you to have to go outside.
Furthermore, as you will simply be smoking a strain of marijuana that is rich in CBD rather THC, people will simply presume that you are smoking recreationally to get high. Making it seem like you are rather obstinately imbibing weed just to get high.
This all ties into the inherent problem with smoking to get your CBD; it is extremely noticeable and not at all discreet. If you do not want everyone around you knowing that you are imbibing cannabis, smoking is definitely not a good idea to get CBD into your system.
The Problems with CBD Oil
Considering that CBD oil doesn’t involve smoking whatsoever, you might assume that there are no problems associated with getting your CBD in this way.
Well, it is certainly true that CBD oil has far fewer problems when it is compared to smoking, but there are still a few inherent issues.
For starters, CBD oil has a famously pretty foul taste – this is because there is nothing within CBD oil other than its cannabinoids and terpenes. This results in a strangely acrid, almost deeply uncomfortable taste which is immediately familiar to anyone that has ever taken CBD oil.
This often leads to people trying to find ways to disguise the taste of raw CBD oil, such as using it in a vaporizer. This means they are able to smoke their CBD oil without having to combust plant matter or paper.
However, this has its own slew of problems, as smoking CBD oil designed for sublingual use can lead to conditions like lipoid pneumonia. This occurs when the fatty oils within CBD oil become suspended within your lungs, inducing illness that is remarkably similar to conventional pneumonia.
However, as long as you make sure only to take your CBD oil as it is intended to be taken – that is, like CBD oil under the tongue or added to food or drinks – then you shouldn’t run any real risks.
Final Verdict About CBD Joints: How They Differ from Oils
On first being asked the question of their particular preference between joints or oil, most people will likely pick whatever option they are most used to using. Most of the time, this is CBD joints if they began taking CBD after regularly smoking marijuana already, or it is oil if they are first time users of CBD.
However, very few people have made the conscious decision to switch between the two – once you’ve made your choice, it seems remarkably difficult to try and shift to something else.
CBD joints are a perfectly fine way to get your CBD – they are rich in all those unique flavors and aromas that all marijuana strains possess, as well as being incredibly familiar to frequent smokers. It is simple, easy to use and altogether a very comforting way to imbibe CBD.
CBD oil, meanwhile, is definitely the best choice if you are looking for a more discreet method of enjoying your CBD. You can take it discreetly, without having to step outside to light up your joint. The only real unfortunate quality of CBD oil is its tendency to taste absolutely horrid.
Ultimately, the choice between CBD joints and CBD oil is up to you, and whether you value good taste and familiarity over discretion and simplicity.
As long as you take it properly and in moderation, you shouldn’t really run into too many problems regardless of what you do. Just make sure that your CBD is of the very highest quality possible and you will be fine.