Everything You Need to Know About Vaping CBD Oil
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Vaping has been around for more than a decade now and is growing in popularity—especially among teens and young adults. One of the newest trends impacting this growing vape culture is the desire to vape cannabidiol (CBD) oil. In fact, using this oil in vape pens is becoming increasingly popular and the industry is expected to grow exponentially over the next few years according to the Brightfield Group, a firm that studies the CBD market.
Part of the draw to CBD oil in areas where marijuana has been legalized is the fact that it has been touted as helping treat a host of medical problems. Some of the medical issues people claim that the oil treats include epileptic seizures, anxiety, inflammation, and sleeplessness. However, there is very little evidence backing up these claims with the exception of treating epilepsy.
In fact, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved only one CBD-based medication, which is used to treat seizures associated with two severe forms of epilepsy. But, when it comes to CBD in general, they stress that it cannot be added to food, drinks, or dietary supplements. And although the FDA has warned manufacturers against making unproven health claims, it has not done much to stop the sale of CBD products.
What Is CBD Oil?
CBD oil is extracted from the flowers and buds of marijuana or hemp plants. Typically, it does not produce a “high” or intoxication because it contains very little, if any, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In fact, CBD oil is only permitted to contain less than 0.3% of THC. CBD oil is legal in states where medicinal or recreational marijuana is legal. Meanwhile, several other states have CBD-specific laws on the books even though marijuana is not yet legal there.
According to the FDA, it is currently illegal to market CBD by adding it to food or marketing it as a supplement. Despite these guidelines, they warn consumers that some CBD products are being marketed with unproven medical claims and are of unknown quality. They also caution consumers that CBD can harm the liver and may interact with other medications you are taking. And, it may even have a negative impact on male fertility.
Is Vaping CBD Oil Safe?
Generally speaking, vaping is an unsafe practice regardless of what substances are in the vape pen. And, CBD oil is no exception. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently linked vaping products to an outbreak of nearly 3,000 lung illnesses that were so serious that even young people were being admitted to the hospital. Meanwhile, nearly 70 people have died from what is now being called EVALI (e-cigarette and vaping associated lung injury). And, the CDC believes thousands more may have admitted to the hospital with lung issues related to vaping.
Although the CDC has traced many of the EVALI hospitalizations back to vitamin E acetate, a substance used to dilute oils used in vaping, the risks of vaping CBD oil are not without risk, especially if the vape pens are obtained from illicit dealers, online sources, or friends. At least 26 of the EVALI cases were hospitalized after vaping CBD oil.
Additionally, numerous scientists, doctors, and researchers are concerned with the safety of inhaling CBD oil because little is known about the long-term effects. What’s more, when vaping devices are heated, a chemical reaction takes place in the vapor, which could pose additional risks to the lungs, especially in young people.
And despite the fact that the 2018 Farm Bill removed CBD from the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act, it is still subject to the same laws and regulations as other substances monitored by the FDA. Unfortunately, though, there is very little regulatory oversight of CBD oil in general—even though vaping is one of the most popular ways of using the oil. In fact, the FDA has not yet determined how to regulate CBD vaping products just yet.
But many people are hoping those regulations will happen soon. Even the CBD industry is concerned and asking for oversight. For instance, without more regulations, organizations like the U.S. Hemp Authority are unable to certify CBD oils as it does with CBD topicals, tinctures, and edibles. And, until that happens, consumers have very little way of knowing what they are getting when they purchase a CBD oil.
To make matters worse, this lack of certification has lead people to sell vaping liquid they claim contains CBD oil when it actually contains harmful chemicals, which is injuring and killing people in the process. To determine the extent to which this is occurring, the Associated Press (AP) commissioned a study to analyze the contents of nearly 30 oils claiming to contain CBD.
Their testing was completed by Flora Research Laboratories in Grants Pass, Oregon, which is licensed and inspected by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. What they discovered is that 10 of the 30 vapes contained synthetic marijuana while others had no CBD oil at all. Additionally, eight oils had no detectable level of CBD while 14 were less than 0.3% CBD by weight. The other six ranged between 1.07% and 8.87% CBD by weight.
Because this testing was a such a small sample, the AP noted that their sampling is not representative of the entire CBD market. However, their testing does show just how risky it is to vape CBD oil when there is little to no regulation of the product. Vapers have no idea what they are getting when they take a puff.
A Word From Verywell
If you are considering vaping CBD oil as a way to address a medical concern, talk to your doctor first. The risks associated with vaping and CBD oil are significant and may not provide the benefits you want.
And if you or a loved one are struggling with substance use or addiction, contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-4357 for information on support and treatment facilities in your area. For more mental health resources, see Verywell’s National Helpline Database.
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How to Vape CBD: The Full Guide to CBD Vape Oil
If you’re wondering what’s the best way to use Cannabidiol (CBD), you may want to learn how to vape CBD.
Why you may ask?
Of the many different methods to use CBD, one of the most popular and enjoyable ways is vaping CBD oil.
Not only is vaping enjoyable, but it is also actually one of the most effective ways to consume CBD.
By vaporizing CBD, the cannabinoid content enters the bloodstream directly through the lung, which bypasses the body’s digestive processes, ultimately delivering a higher bioavailability of CBD than other methods.
In addition, vaping can provide stress and anxiety relief throughout the day, while serving as a great alternative to smoking cigarettes.
Although vaping CBD oil is not rocket science, some may be completely new to vaping and are wondering how to vape CBD oil, or whether its the right method for them at all. Well, let’s help address those concerns.
First, let’s look at the two primary methods to vaping CBD.
How to Vape CBD Oil: Your Complete Guide
Using a CBD Vape Juice
There are two primary types of CBD Vape Juices: flavored ejuice and CBD additives. Pre-Flavored Vape Juices are already flavored and ready to drip or fill the tank of your favorite device; while CBD additives can be used as an additive to your favorite non-CBD vape juice. Either can be used in most vaporizing devices by filling your device’s tank, or by “dripping,” which involves dripping drops of eliquid directly onto the cotton wrapped around your devices coils.
Using a CBD Vape Pen
Most CBD vape pens come packaged with a pre-configured CBD cartridge, making it quick and convenient to start vaping CBD. You simply order a CBD Vape Pen from a trusted provider (jump to our recommended vendors list by following this link), charge the device (if it isn’t already charged), and you’re ready to go. Simple as that.
Should I Use a CBD Vape Pen or CBD Vape Juice?
Getting right to the point:
Both of these options have their pros and cons, but in general, unless you have experience using a vaporizing device, or are looking to learn something new, the easiest way to vape CBD is to use a CBD vape pen. For experienced vape users, a CBD vape juice may be preferred because they are used to a certain experience that their device can provide them, or they prefer to mix CBD vape oil with their favorite vape juice.
For users new to vaping, on the other hand, a CBD Vape Pen provides an easy out-of-the-box solution with little to no setup.
The main con of using a CBD vape pen is that you will need to replace the CBD cartridges more often than CBD vape juice, resulting in higher costs. At the end of the day, it’s not a huge deal if you weigh out the pro’s and con’s, plus the benefits of CBD you’re receiving with either decision; however, we do recommend thinking over what works best for you unique situation before you make a decision.
Should You Try CBD Vape Oil?
Vaping CBD not only provides a casual experience for using CBD, it is actually more effective than other methods such as consuming CBD.
“In general, not all of the CBD you consume will directly affect your body: only a certain percentage will be able to enter your systemic circulation and produce its active effects. This percentage is referred to in science as “bioavailability,” and it strongly depends on the manner in which CBD is introduced to your system. For example, the oral bioavailability of CBD is roughly 15 percent. That means for every 100 milligrams of CBD that you eat, only 15 milligrams will actually reach your bloodstream.”
The reason orally consuming CBD is not as effective is because most CBD is not soluble in water, similar to how cooking oil does not blend with water. The CBD that does pass through the body is then filtered out through the liver, lowering its bioavailability even more. Consuming CBD is still effective, and we aren’t against it, but you’ll just have to consume more of it.
Vaping CBD, on the other hand, is a method which maximizes CBD bioavailability.
When you vape CBD, it does not pass through the gut or liver; it goes right to your lungs and diffuses directly into your bloodstream. “This avoids the first-pass effect altogether, allowing nearly four times as much CBD to enter your circulation for a maximum bioavailability of roughly 50 to 60 percent,” Leafly notes. In simpler terms, when you vape CBD you get the most out of a smaller dosage of CBD.
Now, in closing, please keep in mind that not all CBD Vape Juices and CBD Vape Pens are made equally. While there are amazing companies like Koi CBD, there are others who are in it for the money. Just like with buying any product, not every company has your best interests in mind. Some products are manufactured poorly resulting in a decrease in CBD delivery or contain traces of THC; so before you make a decision on which product to purchase, please do your research, ask for the company’s test results, consult our community, and refer to our Recommended Vendors Page.
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We hope this article was helpful, and if you have any questions or comments, or would like to add your personal take on how to vape CBD oil, please comment below!
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