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Can You Vape CBD Oil? The Bottom Line

CBD tincture and CBD oil sound like their similar products, so it’s natural to wonder if you can vape tinctures with CBD in them. CBD flower extract and CBD isolate, however, are very different from CBD tinctures, and vaping tincture could hurt you.

Learn all about which CBD products you should and shouldn’t vape with these five tips, and check out our top Secret Nature vape picks at the end to start your CBD vaping adventure today.

1. CBD tincture vs vape—What’s the difference between CBD oil and CBD tincture?

Let’s start with some simple definitions of terms:

CBD Oil

Depending on the context, CBD oil can mean a variety of things. While this term usually applies to winterized or distilled CBD-rich hemp extract, some people also use “CBD oil” to refer to finished CBD tinctures and other oral products. For the sake of simplicity, we’ll only use “CBD oil” to refer to winterized or distilled cannabidiol extract in this guide.

CBD Tincture

A CBD tincture is a finished product that contains cannabidiol-rich hemp extract and various other ingredients. These oral products contain CBD oil mixed with one or more carrier oils, which dilute cannabis extract and make it less viscous. While some carrier oils may be vaporizable, others could cause serious lung conditions that can lead to death.

What’s the difference?

CBD oil contains nothing but the substances that are already present in the cannabis flower. If it’s possible to vaporize CBD flower (hint: it is), then it’s also possible to vaporize the oils present in this plant.

CBD tincture, on the other hand, usually contains lots of ingredients that could hurt your lungs if inhaled. Some CBD products are designed to be either vaped or ingested orally, but make absolutely sure that your product is meant for this purpose before proceeding. You should not vaporize Secret Nature CBD tinctures under any circumstances.

Don’t let the packaging be confusing. Even if that bottle in your hand is labeled “CBD oil,” look at the ingredients list to understand what you’re working with. If even one of the ingredients on the list looks like it shouldn’t be vaporized, don’t try it. You don’t want to risk the potential dangers that can occur when you inhale the wrong oils into your lungs.

2. What are the negative effects of vaping CBD tincture?

Some oils, like cannabinoids, absorb easily into the cells that line the inside of your lungs. Most oils, however, shouldn’t be inhaled because they remain on the surface of your lung lining where they can attract and breed bacteria. This process leads to an illness called lipoid pneumonia, which can be fatal.

Common carrier oils used in tinctures, such as hemp seed oil and MCT coconut oil, have the potential to cause lipoid pneumonia when vaporized. Very few oils are safe to vaporize, so chalk it up to a lucky accident that we can inhale cannabis vapor at all.

The oil from the seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant, however, is very harmful, and it should never be inhaled. Not even Secret Nature hemp seed oil, which comes from the best organic sources in the world, is suitable for vaporizing. Don’t vaporize Secret Nature CBD tincture under for any reason—visit our CBD vape product category page to choose from affordable, convenient cannabinoid vaping solutions.

3. Is CBD vape juice the same thing as CBD vape oil?

No. Let’s get into the finer points.

Vaping, in general, has gotten a bad rap in recent years—and for good reason. Most vape products on the market are subpar, and a red flag should immediately go up the moment you hear something you inhale described as “juice.”

Just as the name suggests, vape juice is all too often a cocktail of potentially dangerous substances thrown together hodge-podge for the sole purpose of selling the most products possible. While CBD vape juice cartridges might contain the amount of CBD listed on the package, they might contain less or none at all. They may contain, however, potentially fatal pulmonary toxins like vitamin E acetate, which was behind the recent spate of vaping-related illnesses.

When vaping cannabis products, it’s best to vaporize cannabinoids, terpenes, and other Cannabis sativa flower constituents only. Anything else you add actually detracts from the usefulness and safety of vaping CBD—with the potential exception of added cannabis terpenes and other isolated cannabis products that are reintroduced into the final mixture.

Secret Nature vape cartridges contain 100%-organic live resin, low-THC cannabis extract only. Live resin is the purest and most flavorful form of cannabis extraction ever devised, and it offers results that leave our customers begging for more.

4. What kind of CBD is best for vaping?

Now you know that you can’t vape CBD tincture. What kinds of CBD is it okay to vape, though, and which CBD products offer the best vaping experiences? We’ll cover all the details in this section and help you pick the right CBD product to vape.

CBD Flower

Yes, you can vape CBD flower. Vaporizers for cannabis flowers have been around for decades, so whether you want to go all-out on a volcano-style rig or stick with a simple dry herb vape pen, there are lots of options on the market.

Vaping CBD flower provides you with one of the most natural possible vape experiences. The vapor produced by heating CBD flower is delicious and mild, but grinding hemp on the go might be a bit too much of a strain.

Even if you don’t get a bunch of green crumbs everywhere, people might wonder about the source of that unmistakably dank aroma. CBD vape pens are best for when you’re out, but you’ll love sinking into that genuine analog haze that sets at the moment you inhale a thick cloud of delicious Secret Nature flower .

CBD Dabs

For CBD manufacturers, dabs are one of the easiest products to make. We put this vapable type of CBD extract into our tincture product, so everyone on the Secret Nature production crew is very familiar with what CBD dabs look and feel like.

Inhaling a CBD dab is an entirely different category of experience from mixing and packaging CBD oil, however. With dabs, you have total control over the dose you use, and the sky is the limit when it comes to hardware and accessories for making your dab dreams come true.

The only problem with complicated dab rigs, however, is that they’re hard to transport. Plus, no method of storing CBD dabs is perfect, which means you’ll probably waste oil in the end. There’s no product category more approachable than CBD vape pens if you want to get the best bang for your buck and use CBD vapor on the go.

CBD Cartridges

Vape pods or cartridges may well be the most convenient tools for using cannabinoids ever devised. Containing winterized or distilled cannabis extract, these tiny cartridges attach to rechargeable batteries that vaporize the oil inside. Small enough to fit in your pocket, Secret Nature CBD vape pens offer more benefits than the competition, and here’s why:

Live resin extraction

Instead of using decarboxylated (dried and cured) cannabis bud, live resin extraction uses nugs fresh off the vine. If you’ve ever smelled a living cannabis plant in full bloom, you understand there’s no better aroma on Earth.

Decarboxylation is necessary to make CBD flower ready to vape or smoke , but the same doesn’t go for CBD concentrate. Live resin tastes like flowering cannabis plants smell, and you can instantly note the refreshing level of purity each Secret Nature live resin CBD vape cartridge offers. There’s truly no better cannabinoid extraction method on the market, and since Secret Nature cannabis plants are treated with such tender, loving care, the end results are truly remarkable.

Excellent hardware and product options

Secret Nature vape cartridges are available in 700mg and 1200mg sizes, which offers a refreshing departure from the standard 1g option. In addition, we also offer a rechargeable battery that fits either cartridge size.

Trusted brand reputation

The CBD flower market has exploded in recent years. They’re all just imitators, however, and Secret Nature is the genuine article. Not even artisan, high-grade breeders in recreational marijuana states can hold a candle to our frosty nugs, and the internet has taken notice.

Secret Nature products consistently receive higher ratings and larger numbers of customer reviews than competing offerings. Your investment has only made us stronger—watch as Secret Nature products become even more godlike while our company grows.

5. Does vaping CBD have any side effects?

CBD itself is not known to have any major side effects. Also, vaping appears to be much better for you than smoking , so there aren’t any added side effects of this ingestion method.

All too often, however, CBD producers include unnecessary ingredients in their vape products that might be harmful. Always make sure you know what is in your vape products by using the data that’s available. Here are some of the tools you might find useful as you determine whether the CBD vape product you’re considering is safe:

Independent lab reports

In most industries, government regulation provides consumers with assurance that the products they’re using are safe. The CBD industry, however, is too new to be fully regulated, which means it’s necessary for producers to verify the purity and potency of their products with other methods.

Good lab reports should be from a facility that isn’t associated with the CBD producer, and they should confirm that the product you’re considering contains the amount of CBD listed on the label. Companies that have the means to provide independent lab reports for their CBD vape products are also less likely to offer contaminated goods.

Posted ingredients list

Companies are required to list the ingredients in their products if they are intended for human consumption. Reading through this list will give you an idea of what’s in your product, but you need to be prepared to understand the context of each ingredient. Is propylene glycol (PG), for instance, actually safe? What about “natural flavoring”—is it really that natural?

Don’t settle until you’re entirely sure what’s in the product you might buy . There are a lot of CBD companies that go the extra mile for their loyal customers, but there are also plenty that doesn’t. Learn to tell the difference by reading between the lines on the ingredients label.

Customer reviews

It’s natural to trust other consumers more than you trust advertising copy. While it’s certainly possible for eCommerce companies to fudge their review numbers slightly, it’s much harder to fabricate the reviews themselves. Take a listen to all the unique voices who have come together to sing the praises of Secret Nature in the review section for each of our products. Our customers don’t just like our products—they absolutely adore them, and that much will quickly become clear.

6. Should I use different doses of CBD tincture vs. CBD dabs?

Let’s get into the subject of bioavailability, which will be essential to understanding the different doses you should use with different CBD products. Bioavailability is the measurement of your body’s ability to absorb a substance before it is excreted. Also known as the absorption rate, calculating bioavailability is essential to understanding how much of a CBD product to use.

While highly effective in their own way, oral CBD products have far lesser bioavailability than inhaled CBD products due to the well-intentioned interference of the liver, which tries to filter out dangerous substances before they move on through your digestive tract. You might want to use more CBD tincture than CBD vape, therefore, since the bioavailability of vaping CBD is higher than swallowing it.

Most tinctures are designed to deliver 25-50mg of CBD per dose, and most vape pens deliver 5-10mg per draw. This ratio is about equal to the bioavailability differences between these product types.

7. Which Secret Nature vape products should I try?

What you choose to let into your lungs matters. Secret Nature is serious about only offering the highest standard in quality, customer assurance, and product engineering. Our brand extends far beyond our top-shelf flower that ships to every state, and we invite you to try the following Secret Nature CBD vape products above all others:

Raw Nectar – CBD Vape Pen Cartridge, True Full Spectrum, Honey, Sweet, Earth, Hybrid, Balance

Secret Nature Raw Nectar captures everything that live resin can and should be. This honey-tasting, CBD-rich hybrid is perfect for sinking into the effects of non-intoxicating cannabidiol at home or on the go. Like all Secret Nature products, Raw Nectar vape cartridges are batch-tested for potency and the presence of contaminants like agricultural toxins and heavy metals.

Product specs
  • Sizes: 700mg & 1200mg
  • Hybrid
  • Taste/aroma: earthy, sweet
  • Total cannabinoid concentration: 442mg per 700mg cartridge | 884mg per 1200mg cartridge
  • CBD concentration: 426mg per 700mg cartridge | 872mg per 1200mg cartridge
  • Battery optional
  • Lab-tested for potency and purity
  • Live resin CBD extract with no added ingredients
What do Secret Nature customers have to say?

Secret Nature customers love the mellow flavor of this cartridge, and they also report that the convenience of vaping CBD on the go with Secret Nature Raw Nectar is easier than they ever expected. They love the taste of this particular phenotype, and more than anything else, we see one recurring sentiment among our customers—Secret Nature vape cartridges are the best they’ve ever had.

White Fire OG – CBD Vape Pen Cartridge, True Full Spectrum, Pine, Gas, Earthy, Indica, Relax

A true indica strain to its core, White Fire OG offers a piney flavor with plenty of CBD, terpenes, and trace cannabinoids in each cloud you inhale. This 100%-organic live resin CBD vape cartridge comes in a vacuum-sealed container, and Secret Nature ships to all 50 states.

Product specs
  • Sizes: 700mg & 1200mg
  • Indica-dominant
  • Taste/aroma: Pine, gas, citrus
  • Total cannabinoid concentration: 442mg per 700mg cartridge | 884mg per 1200mg
  • CBD concentration: 442mg per 700mg cartridge | 884mg per 1200mg
  • Battery optional
  • Lab-tested for potency and purity
  • Live resin CBD extract with no added ingredients
What do Secret Nature customers have to say?

Secret Nature customers who have tried Whitefire OG confirm that our brand is the best on the planet. Manuel S. says that this train has an “Awesome flavor,” and Dina L. tells us that “white fire pen is just what I need when winding down before yoga or before bedtime.” Some customers who got the 700mg cartridge initially note that they’ll be choosing the full 1200mg version next.

Gelato – CBD Vape Pen Cartridge, True Full Spectrum, Sweet Cream, Berries, Hybrid, Balance

Gelato is just like the strain you know and love—just without the THC. Nothing tastes better than this classic cannabis phenotype, and now you can take Gelato everywhere you go with this non-intoxicating Secret Nature CBD vape cartridge.

Product specs
  • Sizes: 700mg & 1200mg
  • Taste/aroma: Cream, fruit, berry
  • Hybrid
  • Total cannabinoid concentration: 442mg per 700mg cartridge | 884mg per 1200mg
  • CBD concentration: 442mg per 700mg cartridge | 884mg per 1200mg
  • Battery optional
  • Lab-tested for potency and purity
  • Live resin CBD extract with no added ingredients
What do Secret Nature customers have to say?

Joseph H. gives us an imaginative description of this Secret Nature Gelato experience with the following comments: “Very literally sweet on the inhale and very literally Chill on the exhale.” Other customers comment on the great taste that this strain offers. Let’s hear what Dianna S. has to say to sum things up: “The true full-spectrum, sweet cream, berries, hybrid, the balance of the Gelato CBD vape pen cartridge is very satisfying.”

Can you vape CBD oil? The bottom line

Never vape CBD tincture under any circumstances—unless the packaging on your tincture specifically states that you can vape it. Certain carrier oils found in tinctures, such as propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin, are believed to be reasonably safe for vaping. Whether it’s a good idea to ingest these substances orally, however, is less clear.

Tinctures are meant to be tinctures, and vape products are meant to be vape products. Any time these two CBD product categories overlap, you’re probably losing out on quality. At Secret Nature, we made a concerted effort to only choose the best organic ingredients for our tincture, and each ingredient is intended for oral consumption only.

As far as our vape products go, we’re confident there aren’t any better options on the market. We did market research as part of developing our brand, and one of the first things we noticed was the lack of transparency in the CBD vape market. Not only do we tell you exactly what’s in each Secret Nature vape cartridge, but we even insist on using nothing less than the best live resin extract that science can produce. Live resin tastes better, and it may even be more effective.

Education is the key to using CBD safely. Share this article with friends or loved ones who might be using CBD for the first time. Vaping related injuries are entirely preventable, and the best way to keep yourself safe is to always demand the highest standard in CBD product quality. Secret Nature won’t disappoint.

CBD oil and CBD tincture are different things, and you’ll want to know which one you can vape before you get started. Find the answers in this Secret Nature guide.

Vaping CBD carries unique risks

A woman uses a vape pen.

Jenni Avins

senior lifestyle correspondent

People like vaping because it’s a smokeless, convenient, and fast-acting way to consume pleasure-inducing chemicals including THC and nicotine. It’s also potentially quite dangerous—and that’s also true when it comes to vaping cannabidiol, the popular cannabis-derived compound known as CBD. In fact, thanks to a regulatory no-man’s-land, a consumer craze, and manufacturers who dilute extract with oils better suited for salad dressings, CBD vapes are uniquely risky.

As of Oct. 10, more than 1,200 cases of a mysterious vaping-related illness, and 26 related deaths had been reported to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is advising consumers to “consider refraining” from vaping altogether. Of the 771 patients the CDC previously reported data on, the majority reported vaping THC and/or nicotine. Only about 17% reported having vaped a CBD product, but there is still good reason for CBD enthusiasts to take note—and even to be especially cautious.

“There’s no regulations.”

“There’s no regulations, there’s no one telling companies what to do,” says Jonathan Miller, general counsel for the trade group US Hemp Roundtable. “I don’t want to say it incentivizes bad behavior but it certainly doesn’t crack down on bad behavior.”

While no single brand, product, or ingredient has been identified as the cause of the 1,000-plus cases of vaping-associated pulmonary injuryfirst called VAPI and now renamed EVALI—we do know that many of the affected patients were vaping illicit, and therefore unregulated, THC products. Tests showed many of those contained vitamin E acetate, an oil derived from vitamin E—which is considered safe for skincare but not for inhalation.

We can’t reasonably expect dealers of illegal cannabis vapes would test their products for safety or share ingredient lists with customers. The thing is, consumers can’t necessarily expect that sort of testing or transparency from manufacturers of hemp-derived CBD vapes either—even if they’re buying them from vape shops, specialty stores, or websites that don’t appear to be breaking the law. The category is completely unregulated. And reckless players are not limited to labeling their products as THC. In September, the Associated Press tested 30 vape products marketed as CBD from brands that authorities had flagged as suspect, and found that 10 contained dangerous synthetic marijuana and many had little to no CBD at all.

While the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been struggling to research and regulate both CBD and vaping separately, the agency has allowed manufacturers to flood the market with both types of products. In the FDA’s eyes, none of these products are legal, as they have not been evaluated or regulated for their safety. And where these two categories overlap in CBD vapes is a grey area that’s ripe for exploitation at the risk of consumers’ health. According to analysts at Cowen and Company, that grey area was worth an estimated $40 million in sales in 2018.

Meanwhile Miller, along with many others in the cannabis and hemp industries, is eager for lawmakers to create legal frameworks for their products. They point to the reported illnesses from black-market vapes as proof that a legal, regulated cannabis market is a safer one.

A brief legal primer

The difference between cannabis and industrial hemp in the eyes of US law is the content of THC, the intoxicating compound in cannabis: If a plant contains more than 0.3% THC by dry weight, it’s cannabis, and still considered federally illegal despite the many states with legalized recreational and medicinal use. If it’s less 0.3% THC by dry weight, it’s considered hemp, which is being incrementally regulated by government agencies. The 2018 Farm Bill removed industrial hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, essentially declassifying it as a dangerous controlled substance of no medical use, clarifying its status as an agricultural product, and making it legal under federal law under some circumstances.

In May of this year, the FDA held a public hearing where more than 100 stakeholders—patients, manufacturers, and researchers among them—testified about their experiences with CBD. Now, the industry is waiting for a timeline for regulation, which was expected this autumn, but has yet to appear. In the meantime, the FDA considers interstate sale of CBD as a food additive or nutritional supplement (ie., all those candies, canned sodas, and tinctures) to be illegal. But it’s not enforcing the law so long as operators in the estimated $590 million market for hemp-derived CBD adhere to the broader rules for the categories they fall in, whether that’s food, supplements, or cosmetics.

But here’s where it gets complicated, because the FDA hasn’t regulated vaping yet.

“You get kind of a double grey area here,” says Miller. “CBD is considered illegal by the FDA, and vaping is now viewed pretty hostilely by the FDA. It really is a great unknown … Without the FDA engaged formally, it makes it a lot tougher for consumers to figure out what’s a good product and what’s not.”

You might be safer with weed

If you’re in a state where weed is legal, you might be safer smoking (or vaping) it, by going to a licensed dispensary for a high CBD-strain or vape that’s subject to the same regulations that cannabis is. In states like California and Oregon, where cannabis is regulated by state agencies, products with THC are subject to testing for contaminants such as pesticides, heavy metals, solvents, and mold-related toxins. Again, hemp-derived CBD products are currently subject to … nothing.

“It’s the wild, wild west,” says Aaron Riley, the CEO of the Los Angeles-based cannabis testing lab CannaSafe, of the CBD landscape. Riley says that many of the CBD products CannaSafe tests would fail if they were subject to the same exacting standards as products containing THC—but they’re not. “You don’t have to get licensed. You don’t have to do any type of testing at all.”

Which isn’t to say that no one is testing CBD products. As the Hemp Roundtable’s Miller said, “some very well-meaning companies will try to promote the best practices.”

Some of those companies are those that come from the cannabis industry, and therefore have years of experience with extraction and testing.

The northern California-based company Bloom Farms—which has been in the cannabis extracts business since 2014—started selling hemp-derived CBD products online in January, and puts them through the same testing processes as their products with THC, which are under the strict purview of the California Bureau of Cannabis Control. Customers can also download a certificate of analysis from Bloom’s website that provides test results from a third-party lab, but that’s far from standard in the CBD space.

An oily situation

And of course, not all CBD vapes are created equal. Many extracts sold in vape pens and cartridges are diluted with other substances, such as medium-chain-triglyceride, or MCT, oils—fats that are frequently derived from natural sources such as coconut oil. While these are known to be safe to eat—and are often found in CBD tinctures—there’s little if any evidence that it’s safe to vape them, despite some manufacturers touting them as an all-natural ingredient.

“It’s totally horrifying to me,” says Katie Stem, an herbalist who cofounded the Oregon-based cannabis company Peak Extracts in 2014, and has researched plant medicine and chemistry at Oregon Health & Science University. “People should not be cutting [cannabis extracts] with any sort of culinary lipid.” Stem says that with an extraction process using carbon dioxide as a solvent, it’s possible to create a vape-able distillate containing only plant material, without any additives.

Quartz contacted two manufacturers of CBD vape pens that contain MCT oil, and neither has replied to our messages. Bloom Farms’ unflavored CBD vape contains no MCTs or other cutting agents. The company’s flavored CBD vape pens contain trace amounts of MCTs—less than 0.3% according to a company representative—and the company is currently phasing them out.

Neal Benowitz, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, who has studied the pharmacology of e-cigarettes, says that CO2 extraction process is “pretty clean,” and the results are well-known.

“People have been vaping them for a long time, and haven’t had a problem,” he says. “That seems to be relatively safe, and that’s a solvent that dissolves them. The question now is, when you start messing with that process, what are you adding to it?”

Benowitz said the effects of vaping MCT oil, however, is an understudied area.

“I’m concerned about it,” he says. “But I don’t have any data.”

Stem speculates the tendency to mix cannabis extract with MCTs might come down to greed or ignorance, and a misunderstanding of the term “cannabis oil,” which is something of a misnomer since CBD and THC extracts are not fatty lipids at all.

“They think, ‘Oh, it’s an oil. I can mix it with another oil and that will thin it and it will make it easier to flow into our vape pen,’ and it’s not harmful because we’re already smoking oil. Well, no. Cannabis extract is not an oil,” says Stem.

Kathryn Melamed, a pulmonologist at University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Center who has seen patients affected by vaping, agrees that smoking oils can be dangerous, and notes that the vaping-related illness bears some resemblance to lipoid pneumonia—a direct reaction to lipids or oils in the lungs.

“While one type of substance—like vitamin E or maybe some other oil—can be ingested and metabolized through the gut, the lung just doesn’t have that ability,” she says. “So then it becomes much more dangerous, and a particle that the lung wants to try to fight and expel. And that’s the inflammatory response that you get.”

A regulatory no-man's land and a consumer craze have created a perfect storm of untested oils for vaping.