Vaporizing CBD has the quickest response to your endocannabinoid system. Here’s what you need to know about the types of CBD vape oil, their benefits and risks.
Understanding CBD vaping
Cannabidiol (CBD), is just one of over 200 naturally occurring chemical compounds found in hemp, and Cannabis sativa.
It’s a common misconception that hemp and marijuana are two different species of plant. In fact, they’re not distinct species at all. They’re just two different names for cannabis, a type of flowering plant in the Cannabaceae family. While science doesn’t differentiate between “hemp” and “marijuana,” the law does. Legally, the key difference between the two is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content. THC is one of many cannabinoids, or chemicals found in the cannabis plant. It’s the one that’s primarily responsible for the “high” associated with cannabis. Hemp is a legal definition proposed in 1979, in the USA, as any cannabis that has less than 3% THC. (Yes…it’s an arbitrary number!)
CBD has been touted for its therapeutic effects, ranging from providing natural pain relief to natural anxiety relief. CBD (non- physcoactiveis) is a popular alternative to cannabis that has less than .3% psychoactive, because unlike delta-9 (THC)—the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis—CBD does not get you high.
CBD is now available in foods, supplements, and even pet treats where it’s legal to sell CBD products. To be considered legal, CBD oil (actually ANY product labeled as CBD) must contain 0.3 percent or less of THC.
There are various ways to consume CBD, including vaping. Inhaling CBD produces near-immediate effects because it passes quickly from the lungs into the blood.
But this fast-acting mode of CBD consumption must be approached with care, experts agree. CBD vape oil available through state-licensed cannabis dispensaries is tested for potentially harmful impurities, but unregulated vape products can have detrimental consequences (more on this later).
Here’s what you need to know about CBD vape oil—aka “vape juice” or “e-juice”—and less-risky ways to inhale CBD.
What is CBD vape oil?
CBD vape oil is a form of CBD oil that’s mixed with a carrier liquid (to thin the oil) that has been processed for use in a vape pen. It usually comes in pre-filled cartridges that can be attached to a compatible battery, which heats the liquid to produce a vapor that the user inhales.
Similar to other types of CBD oil, CBD vape oil comes in three basic forms:
- Full-spectrum: This type contains other cannabinoids found in the Cannabis sativa plant, including up to 3% THC.
- Broad-spectrum: This includes other cannabinoids and beneficial plant chemicals, but no THC and again less than 3% THC.
- CBD isolate: This is the purest form of CBD and only contains CBD. with no THC.
Benefits of CBD vape oil
Vaporizing means heating a substance until it vaporizes into a gas. Because you’re not heating it to the burning point, you’re avoiding byproducts of combustion like particulate matter, tiny particles of soot that can damage the lungs and hurt the heartpotentially other organs.
Due to its quick action, inhaled CBD may be beneficial for heading off migraines, providing fast pain relief, and even quelling public speaking anxiety, says Bonni Goldstein, MD, medical director and owner of Cannacenters, a medical practice in Los Angeles, and author of Cannabis is Medicine: How Medical Cannabis and CBD are Healing Everything from Anxiety to Chronic Pain.
“The advantages are a quicker onset, for many people it’s much easier to dose, believe it or not, because if you feel the effects quickly, you’re like, ‘OK, I ‘m good I got my dose,’” she explains.