There are many ways to enjoy CBD – sublingual application, ingestion, topical application, and inhalation. Every person has their own preferred method of getting their doses of CBD, and each option provides its own set of pros and cons. In this article, we’ll be focusing on one of the quickest ways to get the desired results of CBD: inhalation with vape oil.

Vaping was a popular activity before CBD was introduced into the equation. It is often seen as a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes, and its large variety of fragrant and tantalizing flavors make it particularly appealing. Aside from the pleasant, creative flavors and often surprisingly accurate aromas, conventional vaping liquids (most commonly referred to as vape juice or e-liquid) do not typically provide health advantages to the user. Cannabis-infused vape oils, on the other hand, are used specifically for the therapeutic benefits they provide. So what exactly are the benefits of CBD vape oil, and is it safe to use? Let’s take a deeper look.

WHAT IS CBD?

CBD (cannabidiol) is a type of chemical compound, called a cannabinoid, that is naturally produced by the cannabis plant. To date, scientists have been able to identify 113 different types of cannabinoids, each with their own traits and benefits. Different strains of cannabis, such as industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa) and marijuana (Cannabis indica), have varying concentration levels of different types of cannabinoids. Typically, CBD oil is extracted from industrial hemp, as it produces high levels of CBD and low levels of THC – the cannabinoid that is well known for its ability to produce a euphoric high in users. CBD is commonly used for alleviating stress, soothing the mind, and relieving body aches and pains. It can be found in a wide range of products, from food and beverages to skin care and beauty.

CBD OIL VS. CBD VAPE OIL

CBD oil is extracted from the hemp plant and is meant specifically for ingestion, often in the form of a tincture. CBD vape oil (more often referred to as CBD vape juice), on the other hand, is not a true oil. Instead, CBD is usually mixed with a carrier oil and a thinning agent – such as vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, or vitamin E acetate – to accommodate the heating component of a vaping device.

So, can you vape CBD oil, and vice versa? Technically, yes – in the sense that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. But, is it advisable? Not really. CBD vape juice contains a thinning agent specifically because regular CBD oil is too viscous to be ideal for vaping devices. When you vape conventional CBD oil, you’ll likely experience an unpleasant taste (some might even say “foul” or “awful”) and get very little CBD into your system, rendering it a wasteful attempt. The incompatible liquid will also likely leave residue on the device’s heating coil, which may damage the apparatus or, at the very least, make it a hassle to clean. If you prefer to ingest your CBD orally, consider going for a tried and true CBD tincture.  

EFFECTIVENESS

CBD intake via inhalation is the fastest-acting method because it goes directly to your lungs and subsequently into your bloodstream. In one study, CBD has been shown to still be present in the system for up to 72 hours after inhalation. The effects and longevity of CBD edibles pale in comparison, as a significant amount of the contents gets destroyed by stomach acids. Sublingual application of CBD tinctures can help bypass the digestive system, as the oil gets absorbed by the mucous membranes when you allow the contents to dissolve in your mouth (this is why most tincture-use instructions will recommend that you hold the product in your mouth for 30 to 60 seconds before swallowing). This can substantially increase the bioavailability of the CBD oil, though inhaling it still remains the most effective method.

SAFETY

There are two major concerns when it comes to vaping CBD juices. First, vaping is still quite new to us, and we don’t yet have a full picture of just how safe it is or what the long-term effects are. In addition to that, the vaping market is not currently regulated by the FDA, so many vape juices for sale can contain unknown or unsafe ingredients. For example, inaccurate or incomplete ingredient lists in packaging labels are actually quite common in vaping products, especially when purchasing from less-reputable brands. Even with these two concerns aside, inhaling CBD vape juice can also irritate your throat and lungs.

FINAL THOUGHTS

CBD vaping is still in its infancy. While this method is fast-acting, long-lasting, and olfactorily appealing, it does come with some risks. You can minimize these risks by purchasing from well-established brands, knowing and understanding all the ingredients that you’re inhaling into your body, and keeping up with new findings on the safety of vaping.

If a sublingual application is sounding more like your thing, we’re happy to walk you through everything you need to know about CBD tinctures.