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