CBD oil vs CBD vape juice
Anyone who vapes will be aware that e-liquid contains four main ingredients: vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, nicotine and flavorings (food-grade additives). But vapers who haven’t used CBD for vaping may be unclear about the juice creating those puffs. The confusion is around whether they’re actually vaping CBD oil or something else.
CBD oils are concentrated products that cannot be vaped. CBD made for vaping can be vaped, and the correct term for this CBD product is CBD vape juice/CBD distillate/CBD liquid. Manufacturers may sometimes refer to CBD liquids as CBD vape oils but this is misleading as they don’t contain any oil.
CBD liquids can be vaporized and inhaled as steam. To verify whether the product is made to be vaped, check its label. If it contains CBD extract, vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, terpenes and cannabinoids, then it may not be intended for inhalation. The label should specify that it is a vape-specific CBD e-liquid.
You can also purchase CBD cartridges – disposable tanks filled with CBD liquid. Pre-filled CBD cartridges are an easy way to try vaping for the first time. There are also CBD pods that pack a certain amount of cannabidiol and connect to many types of vape pens.
Types of CBD e-liquids
CBD e-liquid is produced in two forms: full spectrum or isolate. Full spectrum juices contain other cannabinoids, minimal quantities of THC and terpenes, a class of hydrocarbon compounds responsible for the aroma of plants, fruits and cannabis. Terpenes impart an earthy taste to full spectrum CBD liquids.
CBD e-liquids may also contain isolates, a highly concentrated form of CBD produced after further extracting cannabis compounds. Vape liquids containing isolates are advertised as ‘100% CBD’ or ‘pure CBD’.
How to choose a CBD e-liquid
- As a full spectrum formula contains more compounds from industrial hemp, it may produce a greater effect than an isolate formula.
- Pick whatever suits your palate: CBD liquids can be as flavorful or flavorless/natural as you want
- Check the concentration of CBD juice, ideally starting with a lower concentration if this is your first time inhaling CBD
Do you get a high from vaping CBD oil?
CBD is non-intoxicating and does not cause the psychoactive effects that another marijuana product – tetrahydrocannabinol or THC – causes. CBD oil derived from industrial hemp contains THC in minimal amounts, usually 0.3% or less. Like CBD oil, CBD vape liquid also contains THC in trace amounts that are insufficient to cause a high. There are also vape products containing CBD derived from marijuana that offer a psychoactive effect. These products are sold in states that have legalized the medicinal or recreational use of marijuana.
The legal aspects
The 2018 Farm Bill resigned hemp as a Schedule I substance and reclassified it as an agricultural commodity, allowing hemp cultivation, sale, transport across state lines, and possession. CBD derived from hemp (and not marijuana) is legal in the United States, subject to certain terms. The hemp should not contain more than 0.3% THC, be grown by a licensed grower, and meet shared federal-state regulations.
CBD vaping is a legal practice in many states; cannabis and THC are illegal or restricted to medicinal uses in 40 states. As of 2019, only ten states allow the recreational and medicinal use of both marijuana and hemp: Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington. In late 2018, New York state banned CBD vape and food manufacturing, added a new license category for hemp processing for CBD, and imposed limitations on CBD producers.
Are there any side effects to vaping CBD?
A couple of research studies have concluded that vaping CBD is safe. Any side-effects can be traced to the poor quality of CBD liquids. In general, adulterated CBD oil and tinctures can cause undesirable effects, including hallucination, heart irregularities and loss of consciousness.
Besides the quality of the CBD product, the method in which it is used also matters. As inhalation is a more potent way of getting a CBD product into the system, dosage is important. There are no studies indicating the relation between method of CBD consumption and potency of dosage. So, it is not possible to establish differences in potency between vaping CBD or say, administering CBD oil under your tongue.
Dosage depends on a number of factors, such as body weight, tolerance and the specific symptoms that vaping CBD is expected to alleviate. A dosage of 18mg that is usually ‘medium’ for someone weighing 151-240 lbs, may be ‘high’ for an individual weighing 80-150 lbs. It is best to start with a low dosage and keep increasing in increments of 5mg to notice how you’re feeling.
A growing body of research on the medicinal uses of CBD has emerged. The Food and Drug Administration has already approved a cannabidiol-based drug named Epidiolex as a treatment for severe epilepsy. Baby Boomers are increasingly using CBD for pain and arthritis, says AARP. A study published in Neurotherapeutics concluded that CBD may reduce cravings among people addicted to opioids.
There are different ways to use CBD: inhaling it, applying topically, taking it under the tongue or ingesting it using edibles. Vaping delivers cannabidiol directly into the bloodstream through the lungs, offering higher bioavailability. When used as a tincture, CBD breaks down easily in the body and may deliver a quick impact. CBD capsules take longer to show their effect and offer less bioavailability as the body first needs to break down a capsule.
The addiction potential of vaping CBD
Vaping nicotine can be addictive, so it’s a substance issue as far as both regular cigarettes and e-cigarettes are concerned. E-cigarettes may also deliver more nicotine than their traditional counterparts. Those who love their nicotine may crave more of it by using extra-strength cartridge with a higher nicotine concentration or increasing their e-cig’s voltage for a bigger hit.
In contrast, CBD does not cause physical dependence, and the WHO has stated that cannabidiol is ‘not associated with abuse potential’. There is some preliminary data implying that CBD may be beneficial in addressing tobacco addiction.
As cannabidiol (CBD) increases in popularity and awareness worldwide, the number of different ways to dose CBD has become almost staggering. From tinctures, to e-liquid, to gummies, capsules, drinks, and even wax; there are about as many ways to take CBD as you can possibly imagine. For many CBD users, though, the benefits of vaping CBD oil versus other methods of dosing are too good to pass up (website CBDFX).
With the explosion of Cannabidiol into the general population, it has become more important for individuals to do their due diligence on what the best method of ingestion is for them. Many individuals believe that vaping cannabis extract, is “the best method of consuming CBD oil” (Adam Drury, High Times, August 6, 2018). There are currently two varieties of CBD vapes. These are pre-filled and reusable cartridges. All vapes have four basic components: a battery, a heating element (also known as an atomizer), a mouthpiece and a chamber to hold the material to be vaped. The material is vaporized by the heating element and that material is then inhaled through the mouthpiece.
The primary difference between swallowing CBD and vaping it is the amount of the cannabidiol that enters your system. According to Adam Drury (High Times, August 6, 2018), when CBD travels through your digestive tract, it limits how much your body can actually use, also meaning that you will be able to enjoy the effects much quicker. Edible forms can take more than 30 minutes to digest and enter the user’s bloodstream. For people using hemp oil to treat seizures, chronic pain, anxiety or other similar ailments, waiting 30 minutes isn’t always an option (Leif Hayman, March 12, 2018). So why is vaping more efficient? The answer comes down to human biology. CBD, like any compound, needs to reach certain receptors (called cannabinoid receptors) inside your brain and body. In order to do this, the CBD has to get into your bloodstream. Ingesting the chemical takes longer, because it passes through your digestive system to be metabolized by your liver before finally dispersing in your bloodstream. The lungs, on the other hand, work differently. Air is inhaled into the lungs, passes through membranes and is distributed into the bloodstream. The bottom line is that the delivery is more direct and, therefore, much faster (cbdschool.com, March 23, 2017).
An undesired result is that CBD effects from vaping do not last as long as with oral ingestion. This isn’t a problem for most users as they will simply dose more often when vaping CBD.
Several writers have professed that vaping CBD has significant health benefits as well and that the controversy of inhaling any form of substance is still less dangerous than smoking any substance. According to Nicole Richter (Marijuana Break, February 15, 2019, the 5 main benefits of vaping CBD are:
- It’s better for your lungs
- It tastes better
- It’s available medically
- It can help you quit smoking
- It’s faster acting and longer lasting