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Breathe It In: A Quick Guide to Dabbing, Vaping, and Smoking Hemp

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Breathe It In: A Quick Guide to Dabbing, Vaping, and Smoking Hemp

While dabbing, vaping, and smoking cannabis isn’t new, using those methods to consume hemp is something that’s not talked about as often as it is with marijuana. But, with the only difference between the two being their levels of THC (hemp is always below 0.3% THC), it makes sense that you would also be able to dab, vape, and smoke hemp.

What you’re considering when you compare different consumption methods is how and how quickly you want to feel the effects of your hemp. If you’re looking to ease the pain of a particular spot on your body, a topical could still be your best bet since it keeps most of the healing plant compounds—known as cannabinoids—in that targeted area. If you’re looking for all-over relaxation and immune support, you might reach for a sublingual oil since that helps to disperse those compounds throughout your entire body.

But, what you’re not considering with an edible or other ingestibles is how much ends up going through your digestive system. While some cannabinoids will be absorbed into the bloodstream, a lot will be swallowed and processed through your liver. This doesn’t mean they’re not effective or not helping, but it does mean you might not be feeling as much of the therapeutic effects as you could be because your liver already processed a lot of the cannabinoids before they made it to your bloodstream.[1]

That’s where inhaling your hemp comes into play. By skipping your digestive system, dabbing, vaping, and smoking hemp are all powerful options for feeling the restorative effects of hemp.

Dabbing Hemp

Dabbing might sound like the most intimidating inhalation option, but it’s really not that scary, especially since there’s no risk of getting too high when you’re dabbing hemp. It’s also a lot easier on your lungs than smoking because dabbing is simply flash-vaporization. 

How to Dab Hemp

Unlike smoking hemp, dabbing hemp starts with concentrates instead of flower. The nice thing about starting with a concentrate is that you’re working with a very high cannabinoid profile, so you don’t need much to reap the rewards. Since it’s concentrated and getting absorbed directly into your bloodstream through your lungs, less is definitely more. You can always do another dab should you feel like you need it.

To dab, you’ll need a dab rig (dabbing’s version of a pipe) and a nail (dabbing’s version of a bowl). Heat the nail with a blow torch for about 15-30 seconds, and then give it a few seconds to cool before dropping your concentrate on the nail and inhaling. You can also try electronic rigs, like the Pulsar APX Volt, that handle the heating for you.

Benefits of Dabbing Hemp

Like we mentioned earlier, one of the main advantages of dabbing hemp is that you don’t need much to get results. When you’re working with concentrates, a lot of plant matter is removed from the equation (making the flavor better, too!), so you’re only absorbing important phytonutrients. The flavor is also enhanced because you’re vaporizing, not burning, so the terpenes (flavor compounds) aren’t totally scalded before entering your body. For even better flavor, try terpene-infused concentrates, like our delicious, full-spectrum concentrates that contain high levels of CBD, CBG, CBN, and other cannabinoids for a strong entourage effect.

Vaping Hemp

Vaping hemp is like dabbing, but it doesn’t usually need as serious of a setup. With vape cartridges readily available these days, you can skip the headache of getting set up and jump straight into picking the strain you want.

How to Vape Hemp

Vaping hemp is pretty straightforward, but you do still need to have one thing prepared—your vape pen battery. Nothing’s more frustrating than picking up a new vape cartridge only to have to wait for your battery to charge before you can use it. You also need to make sure the cartridge you buy will fit your battery since there are different sizes.

Benefits of Vaping Hemp

Vaping’s main benefits are similar to dabbing. You’re working with a concentrated form of cannabis, so you won’t need as much to feel the effects and the flavor will stand out more.

The other main benefit of vaping is its discreteness and portability. Vape pens are small and easy to keep in a purse or pocket. And since it’s merely vapor, it’s easier on your lungs than smoking and there’s not a lot of odor to notice.

Smoking Hemp

Tried and true, smoking is probably the inhalation option you’re most familiar with. Smoking comes with its own set of options, from hitting a pipe to rolling a joint. But no matter which way you choose to smoke, you’re always going to be working with flower.

How to Smoke Hemp

For the easiest approach, hemp pre-rolls are a great option. Filtered and ready-to-light, they’re perfect if you’re in a hurry or on the move and don’t have time to grind up some flower. Plus, they’re small and portable, unlike some other smoking options.

Of course, the classic option will always be to pack a bowl. You’ll need a grinder to grind up your hemp flower and something to smoke it out of. Inhaling smoke can be intense, so don’t overdo it on the first hit.

Benefits of Smoking Hemp

One nice thing about smoking hemp is that if you reach for a pre-roll, there’s virtually no set up or clean up. Light up, and once you’re done, throw the filter away and move on with your day. 

On the other side of that, the ritual of smoking can add to the experience. It can be therapeutic to go through the motions of breaking out your hemp flower, grinding it up, packing a bowl, and hitting it. The biggest benefit of smoking hemp is that you don’t need a lot of equipment or materials to make it happen.

Key Takeaways

Inhaling hemp is a quick and effective way to experience the benefits it has to offer. By skipping the digestive system route that other consumption methods take—like edibles and sublinguals—inhalation introduces cannabinoids to your bloodstream more quickly and completely.

  • Concentrates remove a lot of plant matter from the equation, so dabbing and vaping provide better flavor and a higher cannabinoid profile.
  • Vaping is a popular option because of its discreteness and portability.
  • Smoking doesn’t need a lot of equipment or materials. If you’ve got your favorite strain and some quality rolling papers, you’re set!


  1. https://www.healthline.com/health/how-long-do-edibles-take-to-kick-in#onset-time 

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