Differences Between CBD Oil and CBD Vape Juice E-Liquid
If you’ve ever come across the term “CBD vape oil”, you know that someone’s got their cannabis glossary wrong. You can’t vape CBD oil just like you can’t ingest CBD vape E-liquid orally.
There’s a ton of confusion and misconceptions out there around cannabidiol terminology.
One of the most confusing things about CBD products is the difference between CBD oil and CBD vape E-liquid.
When it comes to using these terms, the majority of people use them interchangeably — which is incorrect.
What’s worse is that a lot of CBD businesses don’t really seem to care about the differences between those two products.
With few regulations on CBD goods, the whole industry is like the Wild West, and if we’re being honest, that’s not the direction we’d like to see the industry move in.
Hopefully, this guide on the differences between CBD oil and CBD vape E-liquids will clear up the fog of confusion.
After reading the article, you’ll never use the terms CBD oil, CBD tinctures, and CBD vape E-liquids wrong again.
Class, open your CBD dictionaries, please.
Is CBD Oil the Same As Hemp Oil?
Like we said, CBD oil may seem like an easy topic, but when you try to delve into the details, you’ll understand how wrong you’ve been for your entire life.
It all starts with one umbrella term: cannabis oil
Here’s a quick breakdown of how the terminology overlaps:
|Marijuana-derived oils||Hemp-derived oils|
|THC oil||CBD oil|
|CBD oil||Hemp oil|
|Marijuana oil||Hemp seed oil|
Cannabis oil is used to describe all oils from the cannabis family plants.
That being said, cannabis oil can refer either to both marijuana oil or hemp oil.
Further, marijuana oil can mean THC oil, CBD oil, or THC/CBD oil (often just summarized as marijuana oil) where these two cannabinoids appear in an even ratio.
The term “hemp oil”, on the other hand, can be used to refer to CBD hemp oil or hemp seed oil.
CBD hemp oil is extracted from the flowers of mature hemp plants, while hemp seed oil is made from seeds as the name suggests.
CBD Oil vs. CBD Vape E-Liquid: What’s the Difference?
We’ll try to keep it as simple as possible.
CBD oil is basically a CBD extract from cannabis plants, suspended in a carrier oil solution.
People use CBD oil for medical purposes, using it as sublingual drops, capsules, or as a food additive.
The extraction is commonly performed with the use of CO2 to isolate the CBD molecules along with other cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant matter.
This method ensures a pure, distilled form of CBD which can be suspended in a carrier oil such as olive oil, hemp seed oil, or MCT oil.
CBD vape E-liquids use the same extract (with a different kind of carrier oil), which is then thinned with agents like propylene glycol (PG) or vegetable glycerin (VG).
Without adding these two compounds to the CBD mixture, the oil will be too viscous to undergo the vaporization process correctly.
This, in turn, brings us to another question.
Can I Vape CBD Oil?
As mentioned, CBD oils are concentrated extracts that are specifically made to be taken orally (e.g. beneath the tongue). They haven’t been designed to be vaporized with a vape pen.
That’s because CBD oil is too thick to be vaporized in the coil.
And what about eating CBD vape E-liquids? Can you use it this way?
Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerin are not meant for oral consumption, and even vaping the CBD liquid for an extended period of time isn’t as safe as some companies are trying to convince you.
To cut a long story short, no, you can’t vape CBD oil and vice versa — you can’t eat CBD vape E-liquids.
Distinguishing Between CBD E-Liquids & Vape Juice
We know what you’re thinking right now.
“This is madness… Please, not another subcategory!”
THIS IS CBD LINGO!
Fear not, we’re not going to cause any more anxiety.
CBD E-liquids and vape juices are basically the same things… for the most part.
CBD E-liquid is the term to describe any CBD fluid that has been made specifically for a vape pen, whereas vape juices refer to pre-filled cartridges you can load your vaporizer with.
CBD juices can be refilled with any CBD E-liquid if you run out of your current batch.
Before we proceed to choose between CBD oil and CBD vape E-liquid, we need to clear up one last thing.
What About CBD Tinctures?
While CBD tinctures look very much like CBD oil — especially when bottled — there are slight differences between these two products.
The word tincture itself means any medicine kept in an alcohol solution.
The undeniable advantage of suspending your CBD in alcohol is the ease of use. You can conveniently administer it into food or take it straight under the tongue. However, we don’t recommend adding PG or VG to the mixture, as the alcohol is not designed to vaporize the same way that the vape oil does.
CBD Oil vs. CBD Vape E-Liquid: Which One Should I Use?
Regardless of the product you choose, all forms of CBD serve one purpose: to let you experience the health benefits of cannabidiol.
CBD oil is the most popular form of administration because it’s easy to use, offers decent bioavailability and precise dosing.
However, with the rising demand for CBD products, there is a myriad of CBD goods to deliver the same effects, but vape E-liquids have recently jumped on everyone’s tongue as being superior to CBD oil in many aspects.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the pros and cons of both consumption methods:
1. Vaping is More Bioavailable Than Hemp Oils
What is bioavailability?
We’ve used this term a couple of times in the article, but we haven’t explained it yet.
Let’s make up for it.
Bioavailability is measured by the amount of CBD actually reaching the bloodstream.
The bioavailability of CBD oil varies between 25% and 40%, whereas vaping has been shown to provide 50%–60% bioavailability, with some studies suggesting even 80%.
Simply put, this means you need less CBD to get the expected effects when you vape it than using it orally, which is also cost-effective.
2. Vaping is More Convenient than CBD Oils
Nothing can match the convenience of using a vape pen.
Whenever you need to take CBD, you just turn on the pen, heat the liquid to the desired temperature, and inhale the therapeutic cannabinoids.
It’s much easier than measuring out the dosage with the dropper and putting the oil under your tongue.
3. Dosing is Easier with CBD Oils
If you want to dose CBD oil effectively, you need to answer three questions:
- How much CBD is in the bottle?
- How much CBD does the oil contain per mL?
- How much CBD oil can the dropper hold?
This way, you can calculate the dosage based on your body weight, and adjust the number of milliliters in the dropper so they match your dosage guidelines.
With CBD vape E-liquids, dosing is a different story.
Let’s say you’ve been advised to take 10 mg of CBD per day. Most companies provide dosing guidelines for their CBD vape pens. They will often tell you how much CBD is in one puff of their pen. If a single puff contains 2.25mg of CBD, then you will need to inhale four times to meet your dosage.
4. Vapes Have a Faster Onset of Effects
People often wonder how long it takes for the CBD to kick in.
In order to produce its effects, CBD oil must be absorbed sublingually before making it to the bloodstream.
Although CBD oil applied sublingually can act faster than its edible forms (capsules, gummies, etc.), you still need to wait anywhere between 15 and 30 minutes to start experiencing the health benefits of cannabidiol.
Vaping, on the other hand, causes you to absorb CBD through the lungs, which gives CBD E-liquids a shorter onset time.
You can feel the calming effects of CBD almost immediately after the last puff from your vape pen. This can prove invaluable if you need fast relief from your ailments.
5. CBD Oils are Likely to Have Fewer Health Risks
The World Health Organization (WHO) has claimed CBD oil as a safe, natural compound with no potential for abuse.
This means CBD oil can’t pose threat to one’s health and thus is entirely safe for human consumption.
CBD vape E-liquids, however, are not risk-free.
First, the temperature of your vaporizer, as well as the amount of liquid you’re inhaling at one time, can get hard on your lungs; not as hard as smoking, of course, but it still can affect people with pre-existing lung conditions.
Also, over-inhalation of CBD liquids can lead to excessive coughing and nausea.
Another health risk associated with vaping CBD is the use of toxic thinning agents such as propylene glycol.
While PG allows the liquid to vaporize evenly, it can potentially break down into carcinogens when they are treated with extremely high temperatures.
According to a study from the International Journal of Environmental Research, inhaling even low amounts of propylene glycol caused respiratory issues like asthma and allergic responses.
If you want to avoid the dangers caused by propylene glycol, we suggest that you switch to vaping dry flowers or E-liquids made with 100% vegetable glycerin.
Final Thoughts on the Differences Between CBD Oil vs. CBD Vape E-Liquids
We hope that we’ve managed to clear up any confusion and misunderstandings you may have faced when browsing different CBD products.
The differences between CBD oil vs. CBD vape E-liquids are subtle yet significant.
Here’s a recap:
- CBD oil is an umbrella term that can basically describe any oil which contains cannabidiol.
- Most CBD oil products are used orally or sublingually (under the tongue).
- CBD oil and CBD tinctures are two terms often used interchangeably. While they look very much alike, tinctures involve using alcohol instead of oil to suspend the cannabinoids..
- CBD vape E-liquid is a CBD extract contained in substances like propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin. These two compounds help the liquid vaporize more efficiently and produce thick clouds of vapor.
- You can’t vape CBD oil, just like you can’t eat CBD E-liquid.
- If you ever come across a company advertising their products as “vape oils”, they mean “vape liquid”.
Whichever of these products you’re about to use, just make sure you always get your CBD from a reputable source. The CBD market is still loosely regulated, to say the least, so the current legal limbo creates ripe opportunities for sketchy companies to rip unaware customers off their hard-earned money.
Don’t be one of those customers!
Livvy is a registered nurse (RN) and board-certified nurse midwife (CNM) in the state of New Jersey. After giving birth to her newborn daughter, Livvy stepped down from her full-time position at the Children’s Hospital of New Jersey. This gave her the opportunity to spend more time writing articles on all topics related to pregnancy and prenatal care.
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Vaping CBD Oil Safely
Since the legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada and the legalization of hemp in the United States, the news has been flooded with studies about the potential medical benefits of hemp-derived CBD, or cannabidiol. As a result, a multitude of CBD products has hit the market, including capsules, patches, tinctures, edibles, and vape oils. More and more people every day are turning to CBD to help them with common health complaints like pain, anxiety, and sleep disturbances.
While consumers can choose from a variety of methods to medicate with CBD, vaping remains the quickest way to effective symptom relief. Similar to the effects of smoking, vaping effects show up within minutes. However, vaping does not expose the user to the dangerous carcinogens that come along with smoking. Instead of burning the material, vaping indirectly heats CBD vape oil. This releases atomized droplets of moisture-containing CBD that the consumer can inhale safely. The method is similar to using a diffuser for essential oils or steaming herbs for saunas.
What is CBD?
Cannabis plants contain over a hundred different compounds called cannabinoids. Cannabinoids bind to the receptors of our endocannabinoid system (ECS) to help regulate several of the body’s vital systems.
The most well-known cannabinoids are THC and CBD. We’ve heard about tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) for years. THC, a psychoactive compound found in cannabis, produces a ‘high’ along with its medicinal benefits. In contrast, CBD is not psychoactive, but the compound offers many of the same medical benefits of medical marijuana. New cannabis users can now benefit from medical cannabis without worrying about psychoactive effects or passing drug panels that test for THC.
After hearing about the promising laboratory and clinical studies, patients these days increasingly experiment with CBD vape oil to help them with conditions such as:
- Chronic pain– Millions of people suffer each year from chronic pain caused by injuries, arthritis, and fibromyalgia, among other painful conditions. CBD has been shown to reduce the inflammation that causes pain.
- Anxiety- With our fast-paced modern lifestyle, it’s no wonder that so many people in our culture regularly struggle with generalized anxiety, social anxiety, and panic attacks. CBD and other cannabinoids help to regulate the endocrine system which balances the emotions and inhibits the release of stress hormones like cortisol. CBD also helps patients battle insomnia that often accompanies anxiety disorders.
- Digestive issues– CBD Studies have shown promise in the treatment of digestive conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Crohn’s Disease.
- Skin conditions– Allergic reactions, minor burns, psoriasis, and acne all respond to topical and CBD vape oil treatments.
- Neurodegenerative disorders– Studies show that CBD can help protect the brain and encourage brain cell regeneration. This is potentially life-changing news for patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis.
- Cancer-Not only can CBD vape oil helps with painful cancer symptoms, but CBD can also reduce chemotherapy side-effects like nausea and loss of appetite.
- Epilepsy– Remarkable clinical studies have come out about epileptic children who had seemingly miraculous reductions in seizures while undergoing CBD treatment.
Now that you have an idea of what CBD can do, let’s take a look at some common ingredients found in CBD vape oil products.
Vegetable Glycerin (VG) and Propylene Glycol (PG) in CBD Vape Oil
Because CBD is not water-soluble, it needs to be suspended in an oil such as coconut or olive oil. However, most CBD oil cannot be vaped directly. For vaping purposes, manufacturers mix CBD oil with vegetable glycerin. Sweet-tasting VG helps to dissolve the CBD oil and has the added benefit of producing thick clouds of vapor.
Some may wonder if vaping with vegetable glycerin is safe. VG extracts come from natural palm oil or coconut oil. VG has been FDA-approved for many years for use in food and supplements. Health-conscious consumers who do not want to consume alcohol, the most common tincture base, choose tinctures with vegetable glycerin instead. Unfortunately, purely VG-based CBD vape oil remains too thick to vape without causing equipment malfunctions, such as a clogged vaporizer. To solve this problem, manufacturers need to add a thinning agent like propylene glycol.
Propylene Glycol (PG) solves the viscosity problem of vaping CBD oil. The FDA approves of propylene glycol for use in food and cosmetics. PG is commonly found in ice cream, artificial sweeteners, whipping cream and sodas. Theaters and concert venues often use propylene glycol to create stage fog without causing any related health problems among the staff. Propylene glycol has an extremely low toxicity level. PG is generally safe to vape unless a person has a specific allergy to PG. A mixture of 70 percent vegetable glycerin and 30 percent propylene glycol creates an ideal ratio for CBD vape oil.
Alternative CBD Vape Oil Mediums
CBD vape oil manufacturers have come up with a couple of solutions for consumers who are concerned about propylene glycol or who are allergic to PG. Some producers use a base of medium-chain triglyceride oil (MCT), a compound derived from coconut oil. For years, bodybuilders and other athletes have been using MCT for its fat-burning properties and its benefits for mental clarity. Medium-chain triglyceride oil has the added benefit of being able to be vaped at low temperatures. The main drawback to an MCT-based CBD vape oil is its inability to produce clouds of vapor like glycerin-based CBD oil does. Many vape consumers, especially ex-smokers, rely on the cloud of smoke to indicate the quantity that they are vaping. It takes a while for MCT vapers to get used to a cloud-free vape.
Triethyl citrate, derived from citric acid, provides another alternative medium for vaping. Also FDA-approved, triethyl citrate is added to foods as a stabilizing agent.
Other CBD Vape Oil Additives
CBD isolate plus a carrier oil usually makes up 98-99 percent of the volume of most CBD vape oils. However, some CBD vape oils contain other additives in small amounts. A few of these are added for their health benefits, and some are added for flavor. Some common CBD vape oil additives include:
- Terpenes– Terpenes occur naturally in essential oils, and these compounds provide numerous medicinal benefits. Terpenes, plentiful in cannabis, strongly contribute to the variety of therapeutic uses of the plant. CBD isolates lose their terpenes during the extraction process. Alternatively, some manufacturers use full-spectrum CBD oil to make their CBD vape oil. This conserves compounds like terpenes and other helpful cannabinoids. These substances work together in what is called an “entourage effect” to target the ECS receptors.
- Polysorbate– Another FDA-approved additive, polysorbate helps CBD vape oil to maintain an even consistency. With this additive, users do not have to concern themselves with shaking the oil to thoroughly mix the contents.
- Natural and artificial flavorings– Various natural and artificial flavorings can be added to CBD vape oil to enhance the flavor. Although many people enjoy the pure flavor of CBD, vape oils come in a dizzying array of fruity and spicy flavors.
Steeping CBD Vape Oil
After mixing together all of the ingredients, high-quality CBD vape oil manufacturers steep the mixture. Steeping is essentially the process of aging the vape oil to provide the best possible flavor. During the steeping process, excess alcohols evaporate out which leaves the oil with a smoother taste. CBD vape oil makers age their oils in three relatively simple steps:
- Steeping-During the steeping process, CBD vape oil is stored in closed containers. Oil makers store the containers of oil in dark places and shake them periodically to move the ingredients around.
- Breathing– In the next step, the lids are removed from the containers which allows the mixture to release excess alcohols.
- Streathing– To streath CBD vape oil, artesans first vigorously shake the mixture before running it under warm water. Next, they remove the lids and let the open containers sit for a couple of hours. Finally, the manufacturers replace the caps and shake the mixture. Streathing helps to thin out the vegetable glycerin which allows the ingredients to distribute better.
Is Vaping CBD Safe?
Most of the vaping horror stories you may have heard about involve E-cigarettes. Tobacco users normally vape much more than a medicinal CBD consumer. This causes units to potentially overheat and explode. Vaping CBD for medicinal purposes only involves taking a few puffs throughout the day.
The vast majority of the risks of vaping CBD oil can be avoided by choosing high-quality vaping equipment and CBD vape oils. Proper use of vaping equipment and batteries is crucial to safe CBD vaping. We’ve compiled some tips for safely vaping CBD oil.
Tips for Vaping CBD Oil Safely
- Invest in good-quality vaping equipment. This cannot be said too many times. Cheap vape pens can burn the vape oil which releases carcinogens. Cheap units also often come with low-quality vape mods and batteries which have the potential to malfunction and explode.
- Follow the instructions in the user’s manual that comes with your vaporizer. Every vaporizing unit follows different guidelines for optimum use.
- Buy good-quality CBD vape oil. Don’t try to vape CBD oils that are not formulated for vaping. They can cause malfunctions in vaping equipment.
- Change vape coils often. You will know that your vape coil needs to be replaced if your vaped CBD oil starts tasting strange.
- Use the right charger for your batteries. Using the wrong charger can damage your batteries and equipment.
- Don’t store batteries loosely alongside items like coins or keys as they can damage vape batteries.
- Keep your vape equipment dry. Wet batteries are a safety hazard.
- Throw away damaged batteries. This includes the outside wrappings of batteries. Any dented or bulging batteries should be immediately discarded.
- Vape CBD vape oil at lower temperatures. This reduces the chance of burning the oil. Burning CBD vape oil can damage the CBD molecule and add trace amounts of harmful carcinogens. Vaping at high temperatures can also add to the risk of battery explosion.
- Be careful with homemade vape mods. If a vape mod is not constructed properly according to Ohm’s Law, it may malfunction and cause accidents. When in doubt, buy replacement vape mods and coils direct from a reputable manufacturer.
Who Should Not Vape CBD?
Though in most cases CBD can provide symptom relief, vaping CBD should be avoided under certain conditions. Some people should avoid vaping CBD oil, including:
- People with respiratory problems such as asthma, allergies, COPD and lung cancers should take CBD in another form such as sublingual tinctures or edibles.
- People who are taking certain medications should not take CBD. Check with your doctor to make sure CBD is compatible with your prescriptions.
- Women taking oral contraceptives. Since CBD aids the endocrine system to achieve balance, it also balances hormones like progesterone and estrogen. That balance equals fertility. Taking CBD can make oral contraceptives less effective.
Although it is not for everyone, CBD has the potential to help millions of people to reduce uncomfortable symptoms and live a better life. Hopefully, you now know a bit more about the vaping CBD oil. Visit your local or online dispensary to find the CBD vape oil product that is right for you. Happy vaping!
CBD has not been approved by the FDA to diagnose, treat or cure any illness. All of the articles on this site are written by 3rd party content providers, expert bloggers or Doctors not directly affiliated with Eden’s Herbals. Individuals should learn the risks and side effects prior to taking CBD. Make sure to always check with a medical professional before starting any new CBD treatment or medication.