CBD has become one of the newest compounds to come out and be able to treat a wide variety of health issues. Some of the many popular forms CBD can take can be in topical form, edible, wax, or in dry herbs and oil concentrates. When CBD is used topically, it is intended to only treat a localized part of the body, such as an area of inflammation caused by injury or arthritis.
Edible forms of CBD are very potent and can be used to treat a myriad of diseases related to pain. The problem with this form of CBD is that it takes an extensive amount of time before the effects are felt. This can be grueling for someone who is experiencing pain and wants immediate relief. Vaping CBD is perhaps the fastest and most direct method of achieving the medicinal effects of CBD.
The problem with this is that not everybody has or wants a vaporizer. The alternative to this is to consume CBD in the form of a bong or pipe. In this article we will be looking at the pros and cons of using this method and how to get the most out of your CBD smoke sessions using a bong or pipe.
Unlike a vaporizer that requires the use of accessories to maintain its operational functions, bong and pipes remain solitary and simplistic. The direct nature of a bong or pipe makes it attractive to those who prefer a streamlined method of herbal consumption. The only external components used in a bong (depending on the type) would be a bowl and downstem.
Pipes are even easier with only a small glass screen as its only requirement for a good smoke session. Where vaporizers stand out is in their ability to heat up dry herbs to a point right below combustion in order to release CBD compounds without destroying them. When using a bong or pipe, the only way to ensure that you get the most out of your dry herb without destroying the CBD is to use a non-flame or low-heat lighter.
This would imply that butane, and anything that uses a direct flame, would be counterproductive to a medical patient who is trying to get the most medicinal compounds from their CBD herb, without compromising the potential for relief. The benefit here would be the need for less replacement parts and accessories, having an affordable means to consume dry herbs, and using an affordable version of CBD.
The obvious con here is potentially destroying your CBD and other compounds and flavonoids that contribute to the anti-inflammatory nature by way of combustion. The smoke itself can be irritating and creates a cough that can also be counterproductive to a medical patient. The heat coming off a bowl or pipe can also be a risk, and the delicate nature of using a glass bong or pipe is also obvious.
This can be mitigated of course by using silicone instead of glass or any other delicate material. Perhaps one of the biggest issues with using a bong or pipe is in their regular maintenance requirements. Bongs and pipes just get dirty rather quickly and need to be cleaned very often, preferably once a week or more depending on your smoking habits.
While bongs may be preferable to pipes due to the added layer of having water to both filter and cool down a hit, bong rips remain incredibly heavy and could result in the user coughing a great deal which may or may not be conducive to CBD therapy.
If you are looking for a fast and simple way of just loading a bowl and taking a hit in order to get the CBD therapy you need, then a small glass or silicone pipe would be the way to go. The price point for a simple glass piece is very low compared to high-end vaporizers on the market and combined with a lighter that slowly heats up instead of torching your dry herbs, you can have one viable method for achieving the results that you want using a pipe.
Bongs are a double-edged sword in that they can produce even bigger hits, and yet leave you with a much bigger maintenance task. Not to mention that unless you have a silicone bong, you risk having more to break if something should go wrong. Depending on the brand, some bongs can be almost expensive if not more than a high-end vape. The added benefit of water can produce some of the most therapeutic hits, however.
It really just boils down to a matter of personal preference and what it is you are trying to accomplish by using CBD. No matter what you end up choosing, make sure you go for something that you will use constantly since CBD is a therapeutic compound which implies you will be using a device to medicate quite often. If you want something quick and easy, then go for a pipe.
If you do not mind cleaning up and having a heavy session, then go for a bong. Either way, try to get a hold of a lighter that does not automatically burn all the dry herbs up from one hit, instead opting for one that uses a ceramic rod and heats up. This is the closest thing you can get to a vaporizer using dry herbs through a bong or pipe. Both methods are viable and will be up to you to choose which one to medicate with.
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