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Hemp Wraps

Hemp Wraps

Cannabis’ many uses

The cannabis plant is one of the most versatile plants on the planet. The mother plant to marijuana and hemp, the cannabis plant can be used for a wide array of purposes. Marijuana can be consumed on its own, or used in preparations such as edibles, oils, and lotions.

Hemp, the cannabis plant’s non-psychoactive offshoot, can be used to create a variety of items including clothes, ropes, and more recently, hemp wraps.

What is a Hemp Wrap?

A hemp wrap is an organic sheet of paper made solely from natural plant parts and used to wrap or roll smoke-able herbs into ‘joints’ for consumption. Hemp wraps – as the name implies – are made from the hemp plant. These wraps do not contain nicotine or tobacco like the traditional blunt wraps or rolling papers, making them non-addictive.

Hemp wraps are non-psychoactive – they do not contain Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Tetrahydrocannabinol is the main psychoactive cannabinoid in the cannabis plant, and it is responsible for the state of euphoria fondly referred to as the ‘high’.

Many manufacturers remove all traces of THC and CBD (Cannabidiol) from hemp wraps. The removal of CBD in hemp wraps is largely due to the debates on CBD’s ability to be digested. Consumers looking for hemp wraps containing CBD can still purchase the product, although these variants are not as common.

It is difficult to say exactly when hemp wraps became popular, but it can be estimated that they rose to ranks in markets in the United States sometime around 2017.

Types of Hemp Wraps

In today’s market, hemp wraps come in two main varieties:

  1. Flat Hemp Wraps 
    Flat hemp wraps resemble traditional rolling papers or blunt wraps. They are used in a similar fashion.
  2. Flat Hemp Wraps 
    Flat hemp wraps resemble traditional rolling papers or blunt wraps. They are used in a similar fashion.

Who Uses Hemp Wraps?

Hemp wraps are an accessory to smoking. They can be used by legal herb smokers as well as cannabis consumers. Though unknown to many, there are a variety of herbs – though non-psychoactive – that can be consumed by humans. These herbs are consumed for their flavours, aromas, and the slight buzz that comes with consuming them.

Some of these herbs include:

  • Sage
  • Mugwort
  • Uva-Ursi
  • Coltsfoot

In cannabis consumers, hemp wraps can be used for both recreational and medical purposes. While the wraps themselves have no psychoactive effects, they can be paired with strains containing high levels of THC to give off these effects.

Hemp wraps vs. Traditional wraps: What’s the advantage?

Hemp wraps are quite similar to traditional rolling papers and blunt wraps. They serve similar functions and can be used in similar ways.

The major advantage hemp wraps hold above traditional wraps is their absence of addictive substances such as nicotine and tobacco. Cannabis consumers who like to keep it green in all areas often opt for hemp wraps as they are organic and natural – unlike traditional rolling papers.

Are hemp wraps a healthier alternative?

Compared to traditional rolling paper and blunt wraps, hemp wraps are often touted as a healthier accessory to smoking. This ideology is fuelled by the fact that hemp wraps do not contain nicotine or tobacco – substances known to cause addiction and diseases in consumers. The absence of nicotine and tobacco in hemp wraps only eases the worry of addiction in consumers, but that doesn’t take them out of the woods completely.

No matter the circumstance, it is a fact that smoking in any form can be detrimental to one’s health. The only concrete reason as to why hemp wraps are perceived to be better than traditional rolling paper and blunt wraps is due to their absence of nicotine and tobacco. Compared to other variables, the stakes are roughly the same. Herbs are burned, leading to combustion – the burning of materials – which can release harmful substances in smoke. When this smoke is inhaled, the consumers’ health is put at stake.

Final words - Are they legal in Australia?

On the 12th of November 2017, the Australian Food Standards Code began to permit the sale of low-psychoactive hemp seeds as food. However, according to the Food Standards Code, hemp in Australia is legal for only three purposes: Food, clothing and building materials. While cannabis was made legal for medical use in 2016, its recreational use remains illegal at federal, state and local level.