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CBD Hemp Cigars

The idea of smoking hemp in cigar format is not a new one.

Blunts have been around for decades. The original idea was to hollow out an inexpensive cigar and put your choice of cannabis in the center. These would then be smoked just like a regular cigar.

Cigar smoking itself is hundreds of years old. The oldest known figure of someone smoking a cigar is on a tenth century Mayan pot.

The Mayans wrapped their cigars in the leaves of palm trees or plantains.

Christopher Columbus was offered tobacco in trade with the Native Americans he met. While it isn’t known if Columbus became a smoker one of his lieutenants did. He introduced it to Europe and the rest, as they say, is history.

The next step in the evolution of the cigar was the idea to wrap it in tobacco leaves. While there were and are a lot of countries that produce cigars Cuba is still considered the best when it comes to tobacco. However, tobacco may be ready to take the back seat.

Forbes magazine has an entire article devoted to one brand of hemp cannagars, the new name for these cigars. The article describes everything from how the package the cannagars came in to the scent that fills the room when it is smoked. 

This particular product is extremely costly. It’s produced in China although the company that makes it does not grow the hemp. They carefully choose the best of the crops available around the world and handcraft each cigar. The packaging is gold leaf and the article states that the product is “kept safe from humidity and uncontrolled aging with a screw down lid.”

Naturally there are a lot of other companies that produce cannagars, or you can make your own. The next question is what are the benefits? The answers may surprise you.

Long lasting:

Hemp cigars are rolled to burn a long time. Some can burn for hours with more than one smoker using them. This benefit may not be something the once in a while smokers would like but it has plenty of merits.

Asthma:

One in twelve people are estimated to have this lung condition. It is a frightening malady as well as annoying. It can also be deadly. Around three thousand people die from asthma attacks each year.

It’s known that tobacco smoke can exacerbate asthma symptoms. For a long time it was thought that smoking hemp would be just as disastrous. However Time Magazine reports that a well-organized study is turning that idea on its ear. Lung function actually improved for hemp smokers on two of the main respiratory tests.

Depression:

More efforts are underway to understand what causes depression and how to treat it. It’s estimated that about seven percent of the adults in the United States suffer from major depression and up to fifteen percent will have at least one bout in their lifetime.

A lot of things can cause depression. Our environment, lifestyle, work and social life all have interactions that can cause or alleviate the symptoms. However there is one genetic trait that can cause this problem on a more constant basis. 

The human body has an endocannabinoid system. It was named that because studies done on cannabis are what helped scientists discover it. One of the receptors in this system, CB1, plays a major role in this area. If there is too little of it, anxiety depression and even suicidal thoughts are likely. Hemp works with both CB1 and CB2, helping many people to get over depressive episodes.

Pain management:

This is becoming a major issue. For a long time doctors freely prescribed opiates for pain relief. This started long before we had a medical system, the FDA or the DEA. Opiates have been used since prehistory. The source is the opium poppy. Unfortunately opiates are addicting.

After that synthetic opiates were developed. Again they were freely prescribed. These are also addictive and the United States now has a difficult problem in dealing with it. This is a hardship for all of those who suffer pain and now can’t get pain relief from their doctors.

This is an area that hemp can help greatly. Marijuana, hemp’s sister plant, has a lot of a psychoactive chemical called THC. Hemp has very little of it and a great deal more CBD. Smoking hemp cigars could be an answer to the prayers of those who suffer pain whether it’s arthritis or cancer.

Digestive issues:

In the United States there are between sixty and seventy million people who have some form of digestive problem. This results in more than forty eight million trips to the doctor, almost three million hospitalizations and over two hundred seventy thousand deaths every year.

While not all of these issues can be helped by smoking cannagars many can. There are two reasons for this. As mentioned earlier in this article CBD works on the endocannabinoid system in the human body. This system has receptors in the stomach. The reaction between the two can ease the pain as well as help the digestive system get back on track.

Stress relief:

We live in a fast paced world. Information is thrown at us in a constant barrage and it can be difficult to unwind after a stressful day. Even good things can cause us to feel this emotion. Avoiding the issue is bad for our health. It can lead to all kinds of problems from insomnia to heart disease.

Recent studies suggest that hemp is one way to overcome the stress and relax. Besides working on the endocannabinoid system it also interacts with 5-H1A receptors in the brain. These receptors help produce serotonin, the chemical that helps us relax and sleep.

Hemp cannagars may very well be the next big thing. They are safer than cigarettes, they don’t cause people to get high and they have several proven health benefits.

Resources

http://www.finckcigarcompany.com/cigar-advisor/the-history-of-cigars/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/warrenbobrow/2018/12/23/xiaolin-cannagars-luxury-cannabis-cigars-rolled-properly/#441e4baf47fe
http://healthland.time.com/2012/01/10/study-smoking-marijuana-not-linked-with-lung-damage/
https://www.projectcbd.org/science/frontiers-hemp-science
https://www.projectcbd.org/medicine/depression-cannabis
https://www.verywellmind.com/depression-statistics-everyone-should-know-4159056
https://www.projectcbd.org/medicine/depression-cannabis
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317221.php
https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-statistics/digestive-diseases
https://www.consciouslifestylemag.com/omica-hemp-cbd-tonic/
https://www.stress.org/daily-life