Vaping is a popular method for taking CBD, but to a new consumer it may raise questions. We understand that out of all methods of consuming CBD, vaping is the most unfamiliar to new customers. However, vaping presents unique benefits that both new and experienced CBD consumers should consider.
With this comprehensive guide, we clear any confusion about vaping CBD and present the benefits of this consumption method. If you are considering trying CBD vape, this guide will help to answer any questions you may have regarding the process of vaping CBD.
What is vaping?
Vaping is the act of inhaling vaporized liquid through an electronic device known as a vaporizer or vape pen.
How does vaping CBD work?
During the process of vaping, a battery-powered heating element rapidly heats an e-liquid until it turns into a vapor which is then inhaled.
In the lungs, the vaporized CBD e-liquid passes through tiny air sacs called alveoli and enters the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, the CBD compound travels to the brain rapidly. CBD then interacts with cannabinoid receptors in the brain that are a part of the endocannabinoid system.
What is in a CBD e-liquid?
CBD e-liquids contain either hemp oil or CBD isolate (learn the difference here). Oftentimes, manufacturers blend the extract with a carrier liquid. Many vape oils contain vegetable glycerin (VG), propylene glycol (PG), or a mixture of both. PG and VG e-liquids are popular for different reasons. PG creates a stronger throat hit and VG creates thicker clouds. E-liquids that do not have VG or PG require a different carrier liquid, such as MCT oil.
Flavoring is also a common additive in e-liquids. Some manufacturers use artificial flavoring while others opt for more natural flavoring, such as terpenes.
Is vaping safe?
Vaporizers create steam rather than combust materials. This makes vaping is a healthier alternative to smoking. Unlike the smoke of cigarettes or marijuana, vaporizing releases a slow vapor that is less harsh on your lungs.
What are the benefits of vaping CBD (versus other methods of consumption)?
Inhalation has a higher bioavailability than other methods of consumption. When vaporized, CBD enters directly into the bloodstream through the lungs and is not processed anywhere else in the body. This allows for a high percentage of CBD to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Additionally, since the CBD enters directly into the bloodstream, vaping CBD is fast-acting.
How do I vape CBD?
To vape CBD, pull vapor from the mouthpiece. After pulling the vapor from the pen, make sure to inhale the vapor so that it can absorb through the lungs.
How much CBD should I vape?
As with most CBD products, the serving size for vape oil is different for each person. However, we can provide recommendations to help you discover the right serving size for you.
We recommend starting with a low amount when introducing CBD vape oil into your system. One to two inhales from the pen is a good starting point. Continue with this serving size for a few days and note how you feel afterward.
If the results are not as you expected, increase the number of inhales by one. Continue this process until the desired effects are reached.
There are many variations to vaping. For example, the length of your pull will affect how much CBD enters your system. A lengthier pull will introduce more CBD into your system as opposed to a short pull. You can try to keep your pulls consistent or experiment with different pull lengths.
The situation can also determine how much CBD you consume. You may require more CBD in a situation where you are targeting a specific concern. As you are experimenting with how much CBD to vape, it can help to note how you are feeling before vaping.
Can I vape too much CBD oil?
There are no recorded side effects of vaping CBD. Some have reported drowsiness when consumed in excess. Considering this, increasing your serving size of CBD should not raise concern.
What is the difference between different vape pens?
There are many types of vaporizers on the market but choosing a vape pen does not have to be a challenge. When purchasing a vape pen, consider the three following features: ease of use, potency, and flavor.
Ease of use
Some vaporizers are catered towards beginners while others take more practice to use. The type of vape pen you choose will be dependent upon how hands-on you’d like to be with your vaporizer and how customized you’d like your vape experience to be.
Pre-filled vape pen: A pre-filled vape pen is catered toward beginners. A pre-filled pen is used right out of the package and then disposed of after use.
Disposable cartridges: Vape cartridges can come pre-filled or empty and attach to a vape battery. These cartridges screw into the battery and are either thrown away or refilled after use. The battery is kept and recharged. Vape cartridges are a popular choice and give the consumer a greater variety.
Vape mod: A vape mod is a specialized vaporizer that fits a large amount of oil. Vape mods are designed for enhancing the flavor and longevity of the vaping liquid to avoid daily refills and usually produce large vape clouds. Users have the freedom to adjust the mod by changing out parts such as the heating coil or the cartridge.
When choosing a vape oil, it is important to consider the potency of the e-liquid. Determining what potency is best for you may be, at first, a process of trial and error. It is a good practice to start with a low potency and work your way up to a higher potency CBD product.
E-liquids come in a wide variety of flavors. Whether you prefer sweet or natural, there is a flavor to suit your preference.
Trying a new CBD product does not have to be daunting. Vaping may be unfamiliar to you now, but with a bit of practice it’ll become a natural part of your daily routine. You’ll find the benefits of vaping CBD to be worth the initial learning curve.