Vaping and e-cigarettes have gained in popularity within recent years and the number of users only seems to be going up. According to the statistics, it is estimated that 10.8 million adults are using e-cigarettes and that approximately one third of these users are vaping. Many of these users have taken to vaping CBD - but is it safe? In this article, we will discuss the pros and cons of vaping CBD.
What is CBD Oil
First let's start with the basics. What is CBD oil? CBD oil, also known as hemp oil, is derived from the cannabis plant. It can be made into tinctures, vape oil or left in it's original form. It is important to note that CBD tinctures are not made for inhalation and can be very dangerous and potentially cause serious health risks.
There are two types of CBD that are good for vaping: CBD vape juice and CBD e-juice.
CBD vape juice can also be called CBD vape oil or CBD distillate. Contrary to the name, it doesn't actually contain any oil. It is made with food grade ingredients that make it safe for inhaling, as well as oral consumption. It generally comes in a small dropper bottle making it easier to refill the vaping device.
CBD e-juice contains either distillate or oil that is made using CO2 or some other solvent based extraction method. This usually comes as a cartridge or pod and is almost identical to THC cartridges or pods.
How to Vape CBD Oil
In order to determine how to vape CBD, you will first need to determine your preference for consumption. We mentioned earlier the different types of CBD oil you can vape with, each with their own specific vaping device. So, which is best for you? There are several options available:
Disposable Pre-filled Pen - Just like the name indicates, these come already prefilled and can be thrown away once they are used. The pen comes as one unit and pre-charged. No extra work is required, allowing for the ultimate convenience
Cartridge Pens - Cartridge pens come as two separate pieces; the battery and the cartridge. Some cartridge pens are refillable, however, most are pre-filled and disposable. The industry generally uses a 510 threading for batteries, which means that most batteries will fit on most cartridges, even if they are a different brand. However, there are some more "heavy duty" vape pens, which have much larger batteries but allow for a more customized vape experience.
What Dosage of CBD Should I Vape?
Vaping CBD is no different than taking CBD in another form when it comes to figuring out what amount you should be taking. Your dosage will depend on a number of different factors from a person's weight, tolerance to CBD as well as the symptoms that one is trying to treat. Like all cannabis, it is best to start slow and work your way up.
Most prefilled CBD cartridges contain 100 mg - each puff delivering on average 1-2mg of CBD. If you are using a refillable pen, your dosage could be more or less depending on how much you have put in, as well as the strength and quality of your CBD. Start with small hits of your vape, then wait at least 45 minutes to an hour to feel the effects. From there you can increase your dosage slowly until you find that "sweet spot." Depending on what you are using CBD for, daily dosages will vary from person to person. This is why using prefilled cartridges is a much better way of vaping CBD.
What Are the Benefits of Vaping CBD Oil?
There are a few reasons vaping has become so popular in recent years and they go hand in hand with CBD. First, vaping CBD allows for faster penetrability because it is absorbed through your bloodstream rather than going through your digestive system, therefore increasing its bioavailability. This means that the CBD avoids having to pass through your liver and digestive system equating to more entering into your body without being lost through additional barriers.
Second, vaping can be very convenient. All you need is your vaping device filled with CBD and you're set. Even better? Vaporizers are typically small enough to fit in your pocket, making them great for on-the-go users!
In addition to being fast acting and convenient, vaping CBD still offers all the same benefits of taking CBD any other way.
What Are the Cons of Vaping CBD?
While vaping CBD will allow more CBD and for faster absorbency, there are some risks associated with it. The risks are not associated with CBD itself but more so with the vaping process itself. Specifically, researchers are concerned that no studies have been conducted to study the long-term effects of vaping. There have also been issues of the vaporizers exploding due to issues with the battery that can not only cause injury to users but also can start fires.
As more and more companies begin making CBD vaping oil and devices, it is important to ensure that you are getting a quality product when you purchase. Many companies have poor quality oil that can contain unsafe ingredients. Research the products you are buying as well as carefully read the ingredients list before consuming.
Should I Vape CBD Oil?
While there are both pros and cons to vaping CBD oil, it is ultimately up to you on what you choose. Vaping can be a fast and easy way to consume as long as it is done safely. The most important thing to take away is to make sure you are getting your vape products and oil from reputable companies. Ultimately, if you decide that vaping is not the right choice for you, there are many ways for you to consume CBD and still get all the benefits!
Have you ever tried vaping? What was your experience? Tell us your story in the comments!