How to Vape CBD Oil Properly
Although edibles and oral drops are some of the most popular cannabidiol (CBD) products, if you need a fast, efficient, and discreet way to consume this hemp-derived compound, your best option is using CBD vape oil .
By inhaling CBD as opposed to ingesting it, you’re giving it direct access to your bloodstream through your lungs. Your body doesn’t need to digest or metabolize it, so you can expect quick results. You’ll notice the beneficial effects of CBD start to take place within minutes, or even seconds at times.
However, before you jump the gun and start vaping CBD, it’s essential to learn more about it. While CBD vape liquids are convenient and effective, they’re somewhat particular. You’ll need to know how to vape them properly.
So, let’s see the right way to vape CBD.
Get Your Dosage Right
As with any CBD product, it’s essential to determine the right dose before using CBD vape oils. If the dose is too light, you won’t experience any of the benefits you were looking forward to. If it’s too heavy, you might start feeling tired, nauseous, or experience some of the other side-effects of using higher doses.
Getting your CBD dose right will likely take a bit of trial and error. A variety of factors can impact how susceptible you are to CDB’s effects – your body weight and age, metabolism, genetics, diet, mood, health condition, and more.
As a general rule of thumb, most CBD users take between 10mg and 30mg a day, but those with severe chronic pain might need as much as 1000mg a day, for example.
Consult your doctor about the CBD dosage, and follow their advice. You’ll be able to adjust the dose as you go easily.
If it’s your first time vaping CBD, start with a small dose of about 1mg or 2mg and slowly increase it by no more than 5mg at a time. You’ll want to wait at least six hours before you take another dose to see how your body reacts to it.
Most CBD vapes will have about 100mg of CBD, so each puff will give you about 1mg or 2mg.
Use the Right Type of CBD Oil
It’s critical to understand that CBD oil and CBD vape oil are two very different things! Mixing them up is a recipe for a bad time.
CBD oil is edible. You can place a few drops directly into your mouth, or you can even mix it up with food or teas. As long as you don’t expose it to heats higher than 320℉ (160℃), you can even cook with it. However, you cannot vape it.
Edible CBD oil will burn in a vaporizer, losing its potency, ruining your device, and leaving you with a bad taste in your mouth.
CBD vape oil, on the other hand, is for vaping only. It’s placed in a carrier liquid (such as PG and VG that are used in e-liquids) that enables it to be vaporized effectively without losing its potency and without burning.
Never eat or cook with CBD vape oil as it’s not designed for ingestion.
Invest in a High-Quality Vaporizer
Once you have your dosage and the right CBD vape oil, it’s time to focus on the vaping device. You’ll have several options, the most popular of which are:
- Disposable CBD vape pens
- CBD cartridges
- Refillable CBD vape pens and pods
Disposable pens come at the lowest cost and the highest convenience. They have a built-in battery and coil and come pre-filled with CBD. Once you’ve used up the available CBD vape oil, you simply dispose of the pen and get a new one.
CBD cartridges are pre-filled vape tanks that require a 510-thread battery to work. They contain up to 1ml of CBD, and when you use them up, you need to get a new cartridge, but not a new battery.
Finally, refillable CBD vape pens and pods come with the heftiest initial investment but pay off in the long run. They have the battery, the coil (which needs to be changed on occasion), the tank, and the mouthpiece. You need to get a bottle of CBD vape juice and refill the tank every time you want to vape.
They require some maintenance, constant cleaning, recharging, and coil changing, but they’re generally considered the best option.
Take Slow Draws
Now, to vape CBD properly, you need to go slow and steady, regardless of the type of CBD vaporizer you’re using. Turn on your device, and take a nice slow, 3-second draw. Keep the vapor in your lungs for a few seconds, then slowly exhale.
If you’re a beginner, wait about ten minutes before you take a second draw and notice how CBD affects you.
Average users vape CBD about twice daily, but it all depends on your condition and what you’re trying to achieve with CBD. If you need just an energy boost, a short vape session in the morning might be the most adequate for you. If you’re trying to alleviate chronic pain, you might need to vape CBD several times a day.
Vaping CBD properly is relatively easy. You just need to determine your dose, get the right CBD vape oil, find a good vaporizer and enjoy slow and steady vaping. Remember to start slowly and work your way up to ensure the best effects.
Everything You Need to Know About Vaping CBD Oil
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Vaping has been around for more than a decade now and is growing in popularity—especially among teens and young adults. One of the newest trends impacting this growing vape culture is the desire to vape cannabidiol (CBD) oil. In fact, using this oil in vape pens is becoming increasingly popular and the industry is expected to grow exponentially over the next few years according to the Brightfield Group, a firm that studies the CBD market.
Part of the draw to CBD oil in areas where marijuana has been legalized is the fact that it has been touted as helping treat a host of medical problems. Some of the medical issues people claim that the oil treats include epileptic seizures, anxiety, inflammation, and sleeplessness. However, there is very little evidence backing up these claims with the exception of treating epilepsy.
In fact, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved only one CBD-based medication, which is used to treat seizures associated with two severe forms of epilepsy. But, when it comes to CBD in general, they stress that it cannot be added to food, drinks, or dietary supplements. And although the FDA has warned manufacturers against making unproven health claims, it has not done much to stop the sale of CBD products.
What Is CBD Oil?
CBD oil is extracted from the flowers and buds of marijuana or hemp plants. Typically, it does not produce a “high” or intoxication because it contains very little, if any, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In fact, CBD oil is only permitted to contain less than 0.3% of THC. CBD oil is legal in states where medicinal or recreational marijuana is legal. Meanwhile, several other states have CBD-specific laws on the books even though marijuana is not yet legal there.
According to the FDA, it is currently illegal to market CBD by adding it to food or marketing it as a supplement. Despite these guidelines, they warn consumers that some CBD products are being marketed with unproven medical claims and are of unknown quality. They also caution consumers that CBD can harm the liver and may interact with other medications you are taking. And, it may even have a negative impact on male fertility.
Is Vaping CBD Oil Safe?
Generally speaking, vaping is an unsafe practice regardless of what substances are in the vape pen. And, CBD oil is no exception. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently linked vaping products to an outbreak of nearly 3,000 lung illnesses that were so serious that even young people were being admitted to the hospital. Meanwhile, nearly 70 people have died from what is now being called EVALI (e-cigarette and vaping associated lung injury). And, the CDC believes thousands more may have admitted to the hospital with lung issues related to vaping.
Although the CDC has traced many of the EVALI hospitalizations back to vitamin E acetate, a substance used to dilute oils used in vaping, the risks of vaping CBD oil are not without risk, especially if the vape pens are obtained from illicit dealers, online sources, or friends. At least 26 of the EVALI cases were hospitalized after vaping CBD oil.
Additionally, numerous scientists, doctors, and researchers are concerned with the safety of inhaling CBD oil because little is known about the long-term effects. What’s more, when vaping devices are heated, a chemical reaction takes place in the vapor, which could pose additional risks to the lungs, especially in young people.
And despite the fact that the 2018 Farm Bill removed CBD from the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act, it is still subject to the same laws and regulations as other substances monitored by the FDA. Unfortunately, though, there is very little regulatory oversight of CBD oil in general—even though vaping is one of the most popular ways of using the oil. In fact, the FDA has not yet determined how to regulate CBD vaping products just yet.
But many people are hoping those regulations will happen soon. Even the CBD industry is concerned and asking for oversight. For instance, without more regulations, organizations like the U.S. Hemp Authority are unable to certify CBD oils as it does with CBD topicals, tinctures, and edibles. And, until that happens, consumers have very little way of knowing what they are getting when they purchase a CBD oil.
To make matters worse, this lack of certification has lead people to sell vaping liquid they claim contains CBD oil when it actually contains harmful chemicals, which is injuring and killing people in the process. To determine the extent to which this is occurring, the Associated Press (AP) commissioned a study to analyze the contents of nearly 30 oils claiming to contain CBD.
Their testing was completed by Flora Research Laboratories in Grants Pass, Oregon, which is licensed and inspected by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. What they discovered is that 10 of the 30 vapes contained synthetic marijuana while others had no CBD oil at all. Additionally, eight oils had no detectable level of CBD while 14 were less than 0.3% CBD by weight. The other six ranged between 1.07% and 8.87% CBD by weight.
Because this testing was a such a small sample, the AP noted that their sampling is not representative of the entire CBD market. However, their testing does show just how risky it is to vape CBD oil when there is little to no regulation of the product. Vapers have no idea what they are getting when they take a puff.
A Word From Verywell
If you are considering vaping CBD oil as a way to address a medical concern, talk to your doctor first. The risks associated with vaping and CBD oil are significant and may not provide the benefits you want.
And if you or a loved one are struggling with substance use or addiction, contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-4357 for information on support and treatment facilities in your area. For more mental health resources, see Verywell’s National Helpline Database.