If you are someone who keeps up with health and wellness trends, there is a good chance you have heard of CBD oil. The industry has exploded over the past few years, and with an array of products hitting the market, CBD has become the next big supplement in the natural health community. Full-spectrum hemp (CBD) infused products like tinctures, topicals, pills, and salves have been all the rage; however, vaping may be a good option for those looking to feel the effects quickly.
If you are someone who is considering vaping CBD or if you aren’t sure where to get started, here is what you need to know.
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Known as cannabidiol, CBD is extracted from the leaves, buds and stalks of the hemp plant (a subspecies of the cannabis plant). CBD contains cannabinoids that interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ESC). The endocannabinoid system is a network of receptors throughout the body and brain that is responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the body, affecting functions like mood, memory and appetite.
The cannabinoids found in CBD bind to the network of receptors to promote the increase of the body’s natural cannabinoids, also known as endocannabinoids. The increased production of endocannabinoids produces therapeutic effects for the body.
CBD Vape Oil vs. CBD Oil
It’s important to make a distinction between CBD oil and CBD vape oil (or e-liquid). CBD oil on its own is not meant to be vaped through a vaporizer. Instead, CBD oil on its own should be taken orally or sublingually. However, there are CBD-infused vape liquids that are made to be inhaled through a vape. Keep in mind when you are looking to purchase CBD oil for your vape, ensure you are getting the type that is specifically formulated to be vaped.
CBD Has No High
No, you will not get “high” from vaping CBD oil liquid, since CBD does not produce any psychoactive effects. The compound THC, also found in the cannabis plant, is responsible for the mind-altering effects in drugs like marijuana. CBD alone does not contain (or contains only trace amounts of) THC, therefore you will not feel any “high.”
Potential Benefits of Vaping CBD Oil
Understanding the full extent of the amount of therapeutic benefits you can receive from CBD is still in the early stages. The non-psychoactive compound has been shown to help reduce anxiety, inflammation, and chronic pain. There have also been studies linking CBD to treat symptoms of medical conditions like multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and arthritis.
While sublingual tinctures are a common way to administer CBD oil, vaping may be a quicker option to feel the full effects. Vaping avoids what is known as the “first-pass” effect, which means that it is not processed by your liver before entering the bloodstream. Instead, the CBD vape juice is heated to the point of vapor before it enters your lungs. It is then almost immediately absorbed into your bloodstream.
Vaping the CBD as opposed to ingesting it helps your body absorb more of the active ingredient, since the first-pass effect also chemically breaks down a certain amount of the CBD in the liver. With a vape, you will end up using less CBD oil to feel the same effects.
Vaping CBD is Safe
Inhaling vapor itself is safe, since you are only heating a tincture to its vapor point before breathing in. In theory, inhaling a pure CBD tincture is safe with little chance of toxicity. However, due to the lack of regulation by the FDA when it comes to labeling, packaging and ingredient listing, it’s hard to know exactly what you are getting in a product. For this reason, it’s imperative to purchase your product from a reputable vendor that has the milligram (mg) amount of CBD listed on the product. Do your own research and read reviews to ensure you find a transparent CBD merchant.
It’s worth noting that while uncommon, some users may have allergies to the vape equipment. While generally safe, CBD oil may interact with other medications, so it is important to speak with your doctor before introducing a new supplement into your daily regimen.
What You Will Need to Get Started
There are many vaporizers on the market: some are discrete, some are stylish, and some more complex. If you are a beginner, starting with the basics will most likely be the best option. You will need to get a vaporizer and CBD vape juice. Alternatively, you can purchase CBD vape pens that come pre-packaged for simple use.
The vaporizer itself has a few different components:
The Tank or Cartridge
This part is the holder of the CBD oil. Depending on the type of pen, it will either be refillable or intended for a single use.
This is the part of the vape pen that heats the juice into vapor.
Sensors and Buttons
Depending on the complexity and type of pen, there will be certain buttons and software built into each one. The pen will need to know when a user is inhaling to turn on in some models. In other models, a button will need to be pressed to release the heating agent.
Some vape pens have a rechargeable USB battery built in. Other types will just be a replaceable battery.
You will also need to buy CBD vape juice along with your vaporizer. There are different mg amounts, so pay close attention to the dosage you need.
Is CBD Oil Legal?
The legality behind CBD oil has been a bit sticky in recent years; however, as of 2019, industrial hemp is legal nationwide. The CBD oil must be from a state-licensed industrial hemp farm, containing less than 0.3 percent of THC.
There is no doubt that vaping CBD oil is a great option to quickly receive the therapeutic benefits of CBD. It can help lower anxiety levels, inflammation and improve overall mood. It’s a great natural alternative to prescription medication and is bound to continue to gain more popularity in the health industry.
Due to FDA Regulations, we recommend that you do your own research on CBD products. We also suggest that you read the reviews on our website, where our customers record their real-world results of using our products.