Nicotine vs. Hemp Flower

Let’s talk about smoking alternatives. 

Nearly 1 billion people around the world choose to smoke – that’s about 13% of the total population. Yet despite the sheer weight of this number, it’s telling that “tobacco product” is such a catch-all term for what’s available… For decades, we have been stuck fast between options like tobacco, nicotine, and not much else. We’re not satisfied with that.

Here’s the good news: The 2018 Farm Bill created new possibilities for exciting, legally distributed smoking alternatives, including combustible hemp rolls. And the bottom line is that hemp-based smoking alternatives give you the first real choice ever truly offered on the market. That’s because there are major differences between tobacco products and hemp products. Sometimes, improvement means big changes, and we’re shaking things up.

From health to affordability, your personal choice means being informed. Here’s what you need to know about combustible hemp, the smoking alternative that is changing the game.

Physical Health

Your physical health is the biggest reason behind what we’re offering. Simply put, hemp is less carcinogenic than tobacco. There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke, which contains thousands of harmful toxic chemicals. Tobacco smoke is associated with over 400,000 deaths per year in the United States, making it the world’s leading cause of preventable death. 

On the other hand, research suggests that cannabis smoke actually minimizes certain carcinogenic pathways  – that is, some cannabis compounds may even kill certain types of cancer. Compared to tobacco, hemp smoke presents minimal health risks, and it has the incredible potential to help people deal with chronic pain, anxiety, inflammation, and high blood pressure. 


It’s no secret that most people who smoke tobacco cigarettes have a very difficult time quitting. That’s because those cigarettes contain careful, deliberate amounts of nicotine—a highly addictive substance. Just how addictive is nicotine? Put it this way: It may be harder to quit smoking tobacco than to stop using heroin or cocaine. Addiction to nicotine isn’t “choosing” anything.

In 2012, researchers reviewed 28 different studies on substance use. The participants in these studies had been trying to quit consuming certain substances that they found addictive. The 2012 researchers found that 18% of participants were able to quit drinking, and more than 40% were able to quit opiates. By contrast, only 8% were able to quit smoking tobacco products with nicotine. 

Hemp does not contain chemical compounds traditionally associated with addiction. Hemp is also safe to consume in high doses. It can balance neurotransmitters in the brain, and if you decide you want to quit consuming it, there are no recorded withdrawal symptoms, keeping you in complete control of your decision. In fact, switching to hemp products can help to relieve difficult symptoms of nicotine addiction. 

As you think over a transition to combustible hemp as a smoking alternative, it’s important to weigh the value of an organic brand that uses sustainable farming techniques. 1606 Original Hemp is just such a brand. We are excited to provide a smooth alternative to tobacco and marijuana products alike.

The Future of Cigarettes

Over the past year, tobacco companies have seen an 11% decline in sales. The data highlight this predicament for tobacco companies, finding that core businesses are shrinking faster than these companies expect. This seriously threatens their usual strategy of hiking prices to offset a decline in sales. 

But as tobacco sales decrease, combustible hemp sales are increasing. The Brightfield Group—a Chicago-based cannabis market research firm—identifies dried and combustible hemp flowers as one of the fastest-growing segments of the CBD market. For those who value choice, the future is looking better all the time. Want to cut down on nicotine consumption and find healthier, more affordable smoking alternatives?

We have just the thing. 

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