Is Vaping CBD Safe? 10 Things to Know
10 Things to Know before Vaping CBD Oil
The question of whether vaping CBD oil is safe is one that could be interpreted in a number of different ways depending on what exactly one means by ‘safe’. Will vaping CBD get you high or cause you to fail a drug test? Does CBD vaping liquid contain safe ingredients? Can you safely vape pure CBD, or even regular CBD oil? As you can see, the more you think about it, the more safety-related questions arise in a whole number of areas.
And, since there are a number of ways to think about the question of CBD vaping and safety, there are of course a number of different responses to this loaded question. So, rather than focusing on just one aspect of the issue of CBD vaping and safety, here’s a list of the 10 most important things to know, spanning a wide variety of areas where the question of CBD vaping safety is the most important:
Will Vaping CBD Get You High?
The short answer to this is ‘no’, so I mean, we’re off to a good start! But alas, there is a longer answer to this question. CBD in itself is absolutely non-psychoactive because of the unique way it interacts with our bodies and our endocannabinoid system. Unlike THC, which directly reacts with the endocannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 and as such causes the psychoactive effects associated with getting high, CBD only indirectly interacts with these receptors. This means that CBD really only promotes our endocannabinoid systems to function better all on its own.
So, CBD oils contain very little to no THC unless otherwise stated. CBD products in the UK can only contain 0.2% THC or less, which is the legal limit for the country. The EU certified strains of hemp that are used to extract CBD oil contain a maximum legal limit of 0.2% THC, and so CBD e-liquid will have no psychoactive influence on your mind or your behaviour. If you are looking for a CBD vape liquid that will have psychoactive effects, you need to look for one that contains high levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol if you indeed live in a country where it is legal to do so.
But, vaping purely CBD infused e-liquids will not get you high, nor will any other method of ingesting products that only contain CBD.
Can You Trust CBD E-Liquid Labels?
As is quite well known, the CBD industry is not as regulated as it could be to ensure entirely safe products with entirely transparent labels (that is, labels that always truthfully attest to the actual contents of the product). This means that, in many cases, it’s difficult to know what’s actually in your CBD vaping liquid. And, like with other CBD products, CBD e-liquids should only be fully trusted and therefore are only fully safe if they have the paperwork to back them up.
So, in order to ensure your CBD e-liquid is safe, always do a bit of research and go with a good quality and respectable brand that is willing to be completely transparent about every process involved in creating the end product. If you’re unsure, ask for a copy of the third-party lab test report. If the brand cannot provide this, go with a brand that can.
What Kind of Vape Pen is the Safest for Vaping CBD?
When you are looking for a vape pen that will provide the safest delivery of CBD into your system, there are a few things to consider:
The best vapes are more expensive, it cannot be denied. But that doesn’t mean they have to be outright astronomical. There’s a reason that the safest vape units are the most pricey, and this leads into the other components of our list.
More expensive vapes are of course not ideal, but are made with much safer, higher quality components which function consistently. Parts like quartz atomizers, tempered glass, and stainless-steel components are indicative of better rigs, and a safer overall experience.
Well known brands have a lot more to lose if their products don’t perform the way that is expected of them. Building a spotless reputation takes consistency, and so a brand you recognize by name is a good way to ensure the safety of the device. There are several excellent vape pen brands and products out there, like the Dr Dabber Aurora Vape Pen, or the KandyPen Rubi, for example.
Can You Vape Pure CBD?
This is a poignant question especially at present because additives and their effects on health have recently come under scrutiny. So if some additives might be unsafe, would vaping pure CBD be better and safer?
Well, trying to vape pure CBD extract might not be the best, or safest, option. Pure CBD is very viscous and sticky, and although it might work in a vape for a short time, pure CBD extract would eventually cause blockages and gunk to form on the inside of your vape. This could result in burning and smoking, which is not only harmful for the health of your vape, but also creates carcinogens that you could potentially inhale. That aside, pure CBD isn’t really commercially available either. Commercially available CBD contains carrier oils like grapeseed oil or hemp seed oil, and as such vapes are made really only to accommodate CBD vape oils, not pure extract.
Can You Vape Normal CBD Oil?
It might seem like a great idea to add CBD oil to your vape pen and vape away, but CBD oil was not really created to translate into a vaping liquid. CBD oils, as opposed to CBD vape oils, contain other ingredients such as food grade oils which are used again as carrier oils or thinning solutions.
Generally speaking, these products are not designed for vaping and are specifically targeted for oral ingestion. The oils used in normal CBD oil are safe for consumption, but do not necessarily vape well. If you do want to vape CBD, you’ll want to find vape-specific products and oils.
What’s The Difference Between CBD Vape Oil and CBD Oil?
Both CBD oil and CBD vape oil contain the same active ingredient: CBD, of course. But there are some fundamental differences between the two. The biggest difference is in the other ingredients included to make each. CBD oils, as stated above, usually contain food-grade oils like hemp seed or grape seed, while CBD vape oils contain thinning agents like propylene glycol, artificial flavoring agents, etc.
Does Vaping CBD Have Benefits Over Other Methods?
Depending on your needs, vaping CBD can have unique benefits. By vaping CBD, it is absorbed into the system much more quickly than eating it or even using it sublingually. When we inhale vapor, it goes directly to our lungs, which have a huge surface area for the CBD particles to land on and then get immediately absorbed into the bloodstream and spread throughout your body.
When we eat CBD, the particles must first pass through our digestive tract, which means that the effects take longer to be felt, and also some of the potency is lost as well. By vaping CBD, it’s absorbed into the body through your bloodstream, rather than your digestive system. Inhaling CBD by vaping also comes with a higher bioavailability than other consumption methods. This means more of it is absorbed into the body compared to other methods - with the same amount of CBD.
What Dosage Should You Take?
When determining what dose of CBD vape oil will work best for you specifically is a bit of a difficult question. Sadly, the needs of one individual, especially when it comes to CBD, can vary greatly and go far beyond body weight, age, and other biological indicators, although of course these will need to be considered as well. But with such a large playing field of symptoms that can potentially be treated by vaping CBD, everyone’s perfect does will be unique to them alone. Everyone’s metabolism and endocannabinoid system is slightly different, which can yield unique results for each person as well.
A typical CBD vape cartridge containing 100 mg of CBD delivers about 1-2 mg CBD with each draw, depending on your device and the strength of your CBD vape oil, of course. Our advice is to start by consulting a medical doctor, they’ll be able to give you a medically educated opinion. But besides this, start low - ideally at the lowest dose (1 or 2 mg of CBD) and wait around 4-6 hours until your next dose. Then, gradually increase this by about 5mg every time you use your vape until you achieve your desired results. It’s important to keep in mind that it may take some time to feel the effects of CBD, so pay close attention to how you feel after every vape and don’t jump ahead with your dosing because you don’t feel the effects straight away.
Are There Side Effects of Vaping CBD?
Research into the side effects of CBD is still in its infancy, and this of course relates to vaping CBD as well. If we focus on the side effects of CBD rather than the side effects of vaping itself, the most common is thought to be mild drowsiness, but this does tend to subside with regular use. What is known for certain is that compared to many prescription drugs, CBD tends to have less side effects.
Can You Overdose When Vaping CBD?
Luckily, CBD does not magically become higher in toxicity if you vape it. No matter how you choose to take it, CBD is very low in toxicity. In order to even come close to overdosing on CBD, you would have to consume hundreds of times the average daily dose of CBD (30 mg) in a relatively short period of time to be at risk for overdosing. It is highly unlikely that anybody will ever take enough CBD to cause concern let alone overdose.
And there you have it, everyone! Hopefully with these tips in mind you can sally forth into the golden horizon and vape CBD with a bit more knowledge, a bit more confidence, and a bit more experience. With these points in mind, vaping CBD can be a safe experience, and a fun one too!