An analgesic is any drug or compound which acts on the peripheral and central nervous systems for the purpose of pain relief. Analgesic drugs are distinct from anesthetics, which have a temporary effect and often completely eliminate sensation or cause unconsciousness. Research into CBD’s effects on humans suggests that it may be an effective analgesic for pain caused by inflammation as well as chronic pain due to illness or injury.
Anandamide (N-arachidonoylethanolamine or AEA) is a neurotransmitter which plays a role in mood regulation. The word originates from the Sanskrit word ananda, which translates to “joy, bliss, delight.” Research has shown that CBD can lead to elevated anandamide levels. CBD is being studied for its therapeutic use in treating anxiety, depression, addiction and other related ailments.
An anorectic is a drug which reduces appetite. Anorectics are also known as anorexics, anorexigens, anorexiants or appetite suppressants. Studies suggest that CBD has anorectic properties and may have potential as a therapy for the treatment of habitual overeating and obesity.
Anti-epileptics (AEDs), also known as anticonvulsants, are the most commonly used drugs for treatment of epilepsy. AEDs are also known to be mood stabilizers and are increasingly being used in the treatment of conditions such as bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder, as well as for the treatment of neuropathic pain. CBD has been proven in Phase I clinical trials to reduce seizures in patients with intractable epilepsy. Many U.S. states have already approved the use of CBD as an anti-epileptic.
An anti-inflammatory is a substance which has the ability to reduce inflammation. Inflammation is a natural response of the body to injury or illness. Inflammation often manifests as pain, swelling, redness and heat. Many pain relievers work by reducing inflammation, as opposed to opioids, which block pain signaling to the brain. As shown in numerous studies, one of CBD’s most prominent therapeutic properties is its ability to reduce inflammation.
Anti-insomnia drugs are used to treat sleep disorders. They are intended to induce sleep and prevent premature waking. A variety of studies have shown that CBD may have anti-insomnia properties, and many patients with insomnia claim CBD helps them to fall asleep faster and sleep better.
Anti-ischemic drugs are used to control myocardial ischemia in patients with coronary artery disease. Ischemia is a restriction in blood supply to tissues, which causes a shortage of oxygen required for cellular metabolism. This condition also reduces the availability of nutrients and the removal of metabolic wastes. Research is ongoing as to whether CBD may be an effective anti-ischemic with therapeutic benefits for patients with cardiovascular conditions.
Antipsychotic drugs are used to manage psychosis such as delusions, hallucinations, paranoia, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and are increasingly being used to treat non-psychotic disorders. Pharmaceutical antipsychotics are known to cause unwanted side effects such as involuntary movement disorders, gynecomastia and metabolic syndrome. Research indicates that CBD may have therapeutic properties which may be useful in assisting the treatment of psychosis. Some U.S. states have approved the use of CBD in the treatment of psychosis.
Antispasmodic drugs are used to suppresses muscle spasms or to prevent spasms of the stomach, intestine or urinary bladder. Recent research indicates that CBD may have antispasmodic properties and may be useful for the treatment of spastic muscles and for improving digestive motility issues.
Antibacterial drugs, also known as antibiotics, either kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria and are used in the treatment and prevention of bacterial infections. Some experts consider antibacterials to be external disinfectants such as antibacterial soap, while antibiotics are used as internal medicine. Studies have shown that CBD possesses antibacterial properties.
Antidepressant drugs are used to treat major depressive disorder, dysthymia, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders, chronic pain, neuropathic pain and, in some cases, dysmenorrhoea (painful menstruation), snoring, migraines, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD/ADD), addiction, dependence and sleep disorders. Many of these ailments are characterized by low levels of anandamide in the brain. CBD has been shown in lab studies to increase levels of anandamide.
Antidiabetics are drugs used to treat diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels. Researchers have shown that CBD has the ability to lower blood sugar in animal studies and further research is investigating whether CBD may be useful in treating and preventing diabetes in humans.
Antiemetic drugs are used to reduce vomiting and nausea caused by conditions such as motion sickness as well as the side effects of opioids and medications used in chemotherapy. Research suggests that oral application of CBD may be an effective antiemetic.
Antifungal compounds, also known as antimycotics, are pharmaceutical fungicides used to treat and prevent fungal conditions such as athlete’s foot, ringworm and candidiasis (thrush), as well as serious systemic infections including cryptococcal meningitis. Studies have shown that CBD possesses antifungal properties and may prove to be useful for these conditions.
Antipsoriatic drugs are used to treat a skin condition known as psoriasis. Numerous studies have attested to CBD’s antipsoriatic properties, suggesting that it may be a useful compound in treating this common skin disorder.
Anxiolytic drugs are used to prevent or treat a number of forms of anxiety. Patients suffering from anxiety often have reduced anandamide levels in the brain. CBD has been shown in numerous studies to increase anandamide levels. The treatment of anxiety, including PTSD, is the most common reason given for using CBD. Many U.S. states have approved the use of CBD to treat PTSD and other anxiety-related disorders.
The term biphasic refers to a compound’s propensity to have different effects depending on the dosage being administered. Researchers have shown that, used at lower doses, CBD promotes alertness while at higher doses it promotes sleep.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a phytocannabinoid (a cannabinoid produced in plants), most commonly extracted from industrial hemp, which has been shown to act as a neuromodulating molecule mimicking the effects of certain endocannabinoids (those produced naturally by the human body). CBD has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties, among others.
Cannabinoids are a class of molecules which have neuromodulating effects in the human body. Endocannabinoids are those produced by the human body, whereas phytocannabinoids are those produced by plants such as cannabis. CBD is a phytocannabinoid compound.
Cannabis is a species of plant which produces phytocannabinoids, such as CBD, which is known to have medicinally therapeutic benefits. Phytocannabinoids have been shown to mimic the effects of signaling molecules known as endocannabinoids, which are naturally produced by the human body. Hemp and marijuana are both varieties of cannabis.
Cannabinoid receptors are of a class of cell membrane receptors which interact with both endocannabinoids (human cannabinoids) and phytocannabinoids (plant-derived cannabinoids). There are two types of cannabinoid receptors in the human endocannabinoid system — CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are found mainly in the brain and central nervous system, and CB2 are found throughout the body, especially in the cells or other major organs. The endocannabinoid system is involved in a variety of physiological processes including modulation of appetite, pain-sensation, mood and memory.
CBD oil refers to either the essential oil extracted from CBD-rich cannabis varieties such as hemp, or medicinal oils which have been infused with CBD. CBD oil is commonly used for its supplemental and medicinal benefits.
CBDa is the acid form of cannabidiol. When heated to a certain temperature for a certain amount of time, CBDa is converted into CBD. The process of converting CBDa into CBD is known as decarboxylation.
This term refers to the essential extract of a hemp plant which is high in CBD.
This term refers to a product which has been enriched by infusing it with CBD.
Cannabidivarin, or CBDv, is a non-psychotropic cannabinoid found in Cannabis. CBDv is thought to have therapeutic properties similar to those of CBD such as reducing nausea.
CBD Concentrate, CBD Distillate
CBD concentrate or CBD distillate refers to a distilled reduction of raw hemp extract. A distillation process is used to remove waxes and other compounds to produce a product with a higher-than-natural concentration of CBD.
CBD Isolate is a crystalline form of pure CBD which is made by subjecting hemp extract to a series of distillation processes which remove all other compounds leaving behind only pure CBD. CBD isolate is often used in CBD-enriched preparations such as vape oil.
Decarboxylation refers to a process by which a carbon atom is removed from a carbon chain in CBDa, converting it to CBD, which is more easily absorbed and metabolized by the human body. This is usually done by exposing the compound to higher temperatures for a period of time.
This term refers to edible preparations that have been infused with CBD, such as candies and baked goods. CBD-infused edibles are often used to treat ailments of the stomach and intestines.
An endocannabinoid is a cannabinoid compound produced naturally by the human body. Endocannabinoids are part of the human endocannabinoid system, or ECS.
Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
The human endocannabinoid system, or ECS, consists of cannabinoid compounds produced by the human body and their associated cannabinoid receptors. The ECS acts as a signaling system which has the ability to modulate a number of physiological processes on a cellular level.
This term refers to the combined overall therapeutic effects produced by the active compounds found in CBD-rich hemp extracts such as cannabinoids and terpenes, each of which has its own particular set of effects.
Essential oil refers to an oil which has been extracted from a plant. In the case of hemp, this essential oil contains a host of cannabinoids and terpenes as well as other compounds such as chlorophyll. Some extraction processes remove compounds such as chlorophyll while leaving the cannabinoids and terpenes intact.
An extract is the end product of an essential oil extraction process. In the case of hemp, the essential oils are extracted using a solvent such as supercritical CO2 or ethanol. The resulting product is referred to as hemp extract.
A full spectrum CBD oil is a product which contains a variety of cannabinoids and terpenes. Full spectrum oils are valued for their part in the entourage effect.
Gel Capsule, Gelcap
A gel capsule, also known as a gelcap, is a capsule made from gelatin and other ingredients which contains a medicine or supplement — in this case, CBD oil — to be administered orally.
Hemp Oil / Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil, also sometimes referred to as simply hemp oil, is the oil produced by pressing hemp seeds. It is not to be confused with the plant’s essential oils, which are extracted from the plant’s flowers and leaves. Hemp seed oil contains neither cannabinoids nor terpenes; however, it is rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fatty acids, and is often used as a base for producing CBD oil.
Hemp, Agricultural Hemp, Industrial Hemp
Hemp is a variety of cannabis which is used for agricultural and industrial purposes such as textiles, construction materials, biofuels and food. Unlike marijuana, another variety of cannabis, hemp contains negligible amounts of the psychotropic cannabinoid, THC.
This term refers to a state of human physiology in which a variety of physiological processes are well balanced, producing a state of good health. CBD is often used to maintain or promote a state of homeostasis.
An immunomodulator is a chemical agent which is used to modify human immune response or improve the functioning of the immune system. Research suggests that CBD possesses immunomodulation properties.
An inhaler is a medical device which is used to administer a measured dose of a medicinal compound such as CBD via the lungs. Inhalers are used primarily to treat asthma and other forms of lung inflammation.
Intestinal prokinetics are drugs used to treat intestinal motility disorders. Some researchers believe that these conditions may be the result of an endocannabinoid deficiency and that CBD may be useful in treating them.
Marijuana is a variety of cannabis which contains high levels of THC, a psychotropic cannabinoid. Marijuana is not to be confused with hemp, which has negligible amounts of THC.
This term refers to medium-chain triglycerides, a form of saturated fatty acids. Commonly made from coconut oil, MCTs provide a variety of health benefits including improved cognitive function and weight management. MCT oil is often used as an ingredient or base for CBD-enriched oils.
This term refers to the life-sustaining chemical processes which occur within cells, such as the conversion of sugars and fats to energy and the elimination of wastes. It can also refer to the combined chemical reactions which sustain living organisms. The endocannabinoid system is thought to be involved in the regulation of some of these processes.
A metabolite is the waste product of a compound which has been through the process of metabolism.
Nanoencapsulation and microencapsulation are processes by which CBD oil is converted into a water-soluble preparation by encapsulating the oil in microscopic beads of an emulsifier or wax, allowing them to be more readily absorbed into the bloodstream.
This term refers to a compound’s ability to protect or repair neurons and other nerves in the central nervous system from various types of damage. CBD has been shown in multiple lab studies to have neuroprotective properties.
Neuropathic pain refers to a type of chronic pain which results from damage to the central nervous system, caused by conditions such as diabetes. Research studies have shown that CBD may be a useful therapeutic agent in the treatment of neuropathic pain and many U.S. states have approved the use of CBD as a treatment for neuropathic pain.
A neurotransmitter is a chemical substance released from the synapses where nerves connect to other nerves, muscles or other structures, triggering an impulse. Research has shown that CBD may be an effective modulator of neurotransmitters such as anandamide.
Phytocannabinoids are cannabinoids produced by plants such as hemp. CBD is a phytocannabinoid which has the ability to mimic cannabinoids produced naturally by the human body, which we call endocannabinoids.
A psychoactive drug or chemical is one that changes brain function and results in alterations in mood or behavior such as relieving anxiety. CBD is psychoactive in that it can alter mood and may reduce anxiety. Many U.S. states have approved the use of CBD to treat anxiety-related conditions such as PTSD.
A psychotoxic drug or chemical is one that produces detrimental effects on brain function such as causing psychosis, depression, anxiety or hallucinations. CBD is non-psychotoxic.
A psychotropic drug or chemical is one that alters brain function in such a way as to cause changes in cognition and behavior like causing a high or euphoric feeling. THC is psychotropic. CBD is non-psychotropic.
A sublingual medication or supplement is one that is administered under the tongue and absorbed into the bloodstream via capillaries in the tissues on the inside of the mouth. A liquid sublingual such as CBD oil is often referred to as a tincture.
Terpenes are oily compounds produced by plants such as cannabis which give it it’s aromas and flavors. Many terpenes are physiologically active when consumed. For example, a terpene called limonene is responsible for the smell of citrus fruits and can have an uplifting effect on mood. A terpenoid is a metabolite of a terpene.
THC is the psychotropic cannabinoid produced in marijuana which causes a feeling of euphoria. Hemp, hemp extract and CBD oil made from hemp extract do not generally contain THC.
A tincture is a liquid preparation such as CBD oil which can be administered sublingually.
A topical is a liquid, cream or balm that is applied externally to the skin and absorbed into the body. CBD infused topicals are used to treat skin conditions as well as to reduce inflammation and relax tense muscles.
A toxic substance is one that is poisonous or harmful to human tissue and organs. CBD is non-toxic.
A transdermal preparation is one that is applied to the skin via a patch. The active ingredient is then absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin. CBD can be administered in the form of a transdermal patch.
Vaporizer, Vape, Vaping
A vaporizer, or vape, is an implement which atomizes or gasifies a solid or liquid substance so that it may be inhaled and absorbed into the bloodstream via the lungs. Oils used in vaporizers are often referred to as vape oil. Vaping is the act of using a vaporizer. Vape oils can be infused with full spectrum CBD oil or CBD isolate.
A vasorelaxant is any drug or compound used for its ability to relax arteries, veins and capillaries for the purpose of lowering blood pressure. CBD has been shown in numerous studies to exhibit vasorelaxant properties.
CBD is known to help a variety of physical and mental health conditions in humans. Less well-known but just as great, our furry friends can benefit from the powerful effects of CBD, too. Like humans, pets can suffer from anxiety, lethargy, loss of appetite, aching joints and a variety of other chronic or situational conditions. Particularly in canine and feline old age, health problems may naturally arise. Giving your pet CBD products can help ease these frustrating symptoms and increase your pet’s quality of life.
What Happens with CBD Use
Unlike marijuana, CBD contains no THC, which is the component of cannabis that evokes the high sensation. CBD, on the other hand, causes no psychoactive effects and instead promotes general well-being throughout the body as it binds to the endocannabinoid system.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) acts like a regulatory manager in the body. There are many receptors throughout your pet’s body (and yours!) that respond to signals from cannabinoids, which can either be naturally produced within the body (endocannabinoids) or extracted from plants (phytocannabinoids). The cannabinoids bind with the ECS to give information about a variety of other systems in the body, which control everything from immune response to neurotransmitter release.
When your pet consumes or absorbs CBD, the phytocannabinoids communicate with your pet’s endocannabinoid system to promote healthy function within all the systems the ECS monitors. This is why CBD has such a widespread impact across so many conditions and symptoms — the ECS regulates throughout the entire body.
Choosing a CBD Product for Your Pet
When looking for CBD products for your pet, follow a few simple guidelines to ensure you’re getting a high-quality product. Take a look at the ingredients in any CBD product. If you notice a long list of hard-to-pronounce ingredients, it’s likely not an all-natural creation that your pet will be able to easily digest and metabolize. Take a peek at what oils are used in many products, as well. You want to pick something with natural, pet-safe additional oils like coconut or olive.
Ensure any product you’re considering is THC-free. THC isn’t good for animals and should be avoided. Look for products that have been lab tested to ensure zero THC content and also general purity of the product. If you have any products containing THC in your home for human use, keep them in a pet-proof place. Take a look at the CBD content in any product you’re considering, as well. You’ll want to note the dose in each serving of the product and whether it can be modified — a pint-sized pup needs far smaller of a dosage than a large dog, for example.
Before adding any CBD products to your pet’s diet, it is best to check with your veterinarian to ensure your pet doesn’t have any health, dietary or medical considerations that could be negatively affected by CBD. If you’re giving your pet yummy CBD treats, make sure to stay within the recommended serving range, and store anything your pet might want more of in a pet-safe place so they don’t get a case of the munchies.
Whether you’re looking at CBD products for a specific reason, like increasing your pet’s comfortability when suffering from osteoarthritis, or for general health support, find a CBD product that seems like a good fit for your pet and introduce the product slowly. It may take some trial and error to discover the treat or tincture your pet likes best. We’ve collected the top fifteen CBD pet products for you to begin your search with here.
Oils & Tinctures
Oils and tinctures give you control over how your pet ingests CBD. They can be mixed into your pet’s regular food or can be given directly into the mouth. This is helpful for dogs who are on diets as there’s no daily treats or capsules hidden in food to add to their caloric intake. You can also control how much CBD your pet is getting, unlike treats or capsules that come in preset amounts. The only downside of using oils and tinctures is the potential for picky pets to avoid the oily flavor or the struggle of trying to routinely convince your pet to open wide for their daily dose of CBD.
- Austin and Kat CBD Hemp Oil — Austin and Kat handmake small batches of this CBD Hemp Oil to ensure the utmost quality. Along with full spectrum CBD oil, this tincture contains wild Alaskan salmon oil, which is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Both acids play an important role in the body’s skin, coat, joint and heart health.
- cbdMD CBD Oil for Cats — Designed for cats, this premium CBD oil is 100 percent organic, non-GMO, vegan and gluten-free. Along with CBD oil, the tincture contains essential oils, amino acids and catnip oil. A full 5 mg serving can be added to your cat’s food or given orally.
- Healthy Hemp Pet CannaDrops Salmon — Made in small batches in Salt Lake City, Utah, CannaDrops contain only two ingredients — phytocannabinoid-rich hemp oil and omega-3 fatty acids. With CannaDrops, you can rest assured that your fur child is getting a premium product. The same oil can also be purchased in a spray bottle for easier administration.
- Healthy Hemp Pet Equine CannaDrops — While most CBD products for pets are made for cats and dogs, there are products that can be found for other animals. Healthy Hemp has created a tincture that is designed for horses, who can benefit just as greatly from CBD usage as our smaller pets. The Equine CannaDrops contain only phytocannabinoid-rich hemp oil and coconut oil in dosages large enough to help a horse.
- Joy Organics CBD Oil Extract —Based out of Colorado, Joy Organics is focused on creating powerful, quality CBD products for both pets and humans. The CBD oil for pets is organic and grown in the U.S. The CBD included in this tincture is phytocannabinoid-rich, which means there are many cannabinoids to bind to the endocannabinoid system. Joy Organics also ships throughout the U.S. for free.
Pills or capsules make it easy to keep your pet’s dosage even with a preset serving in each. Capsules also tend to have a higher CBD content in milligrams than other options, which makes capsules a great choice for pets that are larger and may need a higher level of CBD to achieve the desired effect.
- Pet Health Daily Wellness CBD Capsules — If you’re looking for general support of your pet’s body and mind, take a look at Daily Wellness CBD Capsules by Pet Health CBD. With one capsule a day — hidden in a treat or food — your fuzzy friend gets a full spectrum hemp CBD oil that’s dried for easier digestion. Their products are produced specifically for animals, so you know that you’re getting something that is designed with furry friends in mind. These capsules have 25 mg of hemp-extracted CBD in each pill, which can be too large of an amount for smaller animals.
- Pet Releaf CBD Hemp Oil Capsules — With only full spectrum hemp oil and coconut oil included in these capsules, your pup gets a powerful 15 mg dose in each pill. Ideally designed for medium to large breed dogs, the capsule can be hidden in food or a treat. It can also be broken open to mix with food. When designing a CBD product for pets, Pet Releaf created a specialized strain of hemp that is grown specifically for use in pet products.
- HolistaPet CBD Pet Capsules — Designed for animals of many species — including cats, dogs, horses and rabbits — these capsules come in a variety of dosages depending on the size of the animal. With the high standards to which HolistaPet holds its CBD products, which are GMO-free, gluten-free, vegan, and made without additives and preservatives, you can rest assured that your pet of any shape or size can safely and healthily benefit from CBD.
As pet parents know, many of our furry friends love treats. Treats that include CBD are an easy way to give your critter a dose, particularly if they react negatively towards pills or oily residue. When using CBD treats in your household, ensure they are stored safely where your pet can’t access them. While an excess of CBD isn’t toxic to your pet, it’s best to stick to the set dosages and a rogue pet with a powerful nose can do some serious damage to an unattended treat bag.
- Treatibles Small Pumpkin 1 mg Grain Free Chews — These pumpkin-flavored treats are an easy way to convince your pet to try CBD. Unlike oils, which can leave a residue on food that some animals may find off-putting, the CBD in these treats is masked with a handful of healthy, natural ingredients like coconut oil, turmeric and pumpkin. Turmeric (along with the cinnamon also included in these treats) is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. Pumpkin is good for digestion for pets and humans — although we’d recommend leaving these treats for your pets. An added bonus is the grain-free composition of the Treatible Chews, which helps pets with sensitive digestive systems.
- Joy Organics CBD Dog Treats — These delicious treats for your pup contain full spectrum, phytocannabinoid-rich CBD made from proprietary technology used by Joy Organics. They’re not only tasty, but also easy to digest — that means fast absorption and quick relief for your dog. Veterinarian-formulated and all-natural, these treats are made of only the best ingredients and filled with love.
- HolistaPet CBD Cat Treats — Cat lovers, rejoice! There are treats designed specifically for our feline friends. HolistaPet, who specializes in creating CBD products specifically for animals, has a salmon-flavored treat for cats with 2 mg of CBD in each treat. The treats are gluten, dairy, animal by-product meals and GMO free. Cats generally don’t have the same treat-loving reputation that dogs do, but these fish-flavored bites will have your cat begging for their healthy, daily treat.
- Austin and Kat Dog CBD Biscuits — Austin and Kat started when Kat (the human) wanted to help her dogs (Brady and Austin) live their best lives. Brady was elderly and experiencing pain as he grew older and Austin was a young puppy who could use some help calming down. Kat put her baking skills to the test and started making dog biscuits using CBD until she landed on the perfect recipe. You can get the small-batch, gluten and preservative free treats to try out with your pup.
- Cured Canine Dog Treats — Cured is a Colorado-based hemp company that strives to create great products for both humans and dogs while destigmatizing the reputation of hemp. These treats have only five 100 percent organic ingredients and contain 4 mg of CBD per biscuit.
Topical CBD products are used atop the skin instead of being ingested. Topical treatments are ideal for animals that have a strain or muscular problem. CBD has proven anti-inflammatory processes that can relieve pain or inflammation for pets with chronic or temporary swelling. Topicals can be applied directly to a troubled area.
- King Kanine King Kalm Soothe — This CBD-infused topical spray is designed to help dogs who suffer from a variety of skin conditions that result in itchy, dry skin. In addition to CBD, King Kalm includes natural ingredients that soothe and moisturize your pet’s skin like chamomile, aloe vera and tea tree oil. This is a perfect choice in topical product for animals who suffer from seasonal skin allergies and chronic conditions or pets living in dry climates.
- Pet Releaf Canna Care Topical — For a multi-use topical ointment, Pet Releaf has created an all-natural, plant-based product for dogs that helps relieve symptoms of skin irritation, arthritis, joint pain and inflammation.
When it comes to CBD, it may feel like there is an endless list of products in just as many varieties. Deciding which variety is right for you can be overwhelming. There are topicals and tinctures, edibles and CBD-infused drinks. Fortunately, it’s hard to go wrong with CBD products. It just might take a little time and research to determine what works best for your lifestyle and body. Here we’ll tackle one of the big names in the world of CBD — vaping.
While CBD oil is easy to use and a common introduction to CBD, vaping can be a little more complicated. Luckily, vaping isn’t actually difficult, it just requires a specific device that takes time to grow comfortable with. Like the many other CBD products out there, vaping oil has a plethora of studied and reported benefits for general health and specific conditional concerns.
What is CBD Vape Oil?
CBD oil is a substance extracted from a hemp or marijuana plant that is combined with other ingredients (usually another ingestible oil) and used in a variety of ways. When ingested or absorbed, it interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system.
Regardless of whether CBD oil comes from a hemp or marijuana plant, it can’t get you high. While hemp plants naturally contain minuscule amounts of THC, marijuana plants can be grown to have very low levels of THC and high levels of CBD. Any CBD oil you purchase or use should have levels of THC so low that they can’t get you high. It is important to note that oil that comes from marijuana plants can contain enough THC to register on a drug test, so it’s best to stick to hemp-derived oils.
Benefits of CBD
CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is something all mammals have. Our endocannabinoid system plays a variety of regulatory roles throughout our bodies, which is why CBD can be so beneficial. Studies have shown relief from symptoms of common health disorders like social anxiety disorder and arthritis.
CBD has been growing in popularity quite rapidly within the last few years. Maybe you’ve heard the praises sung by one of the many people who has noticed a positive change in their life with the use of cannabidiol products, or you might be the one encouraging all your friends and family members to try it out. Whether you are a CBD expert or a newbie, take a few minutes to read up on vaping oil and see if it is a version of using CBD that’s worth exploring in your life.
CBD Oil: Vaping vs. Consuming
There are a few different ways to utilize CBD oil. A common practice is ingesting the CBD oil in food or drink, or by swallowing it alone. CBD oil can also be used in a vaporizer and inhaled directly into the lungs. Both options come with the same result — CBD entering the bloodstream to interact with the endocannabinoid system.
The difference between consuming and vaping CBD oil is in the time it takes for the CBD to reach the bloodstream. With consumption, it can take around thirty minutes for the CBD to be metabolized through the digestive tract. With vaping, that time is considerably shorter as the CBD is absorbed directly into the webbing of capillaries in the lungs.
The amount of CBD reaching your bloodstream that can be used throughout the endocannabinoid system is called bioavailability. Basically, it’s how much of a substance is left for your body to use after being filtered through various bodily systems designed to process substances that enter the body. Depending on how you use CBD, the bioavailability varies.
When CBD is consumed, the bioavailability drops thanks to your digestive system. Before any of the substances attained through eating can be sent throughout the body via circulation, they travel through the liver to be sorted and detoxified. The liver breaks down CBD with enzymes, reducing the bioavailability. By the time the remaining CBD can be distributed, there’s far less than the amount or dosage you consumed. And the process of digestion takes time, which is why there’s a lag in relief from troublesome symptoms when CBD is consumed.
There are ways to get around the liver and its enzymes. This is where a vape comes in handy. When vaping, you can take CBD directly into the lungs, which bypasses the digestive system completely. Vaping doesn’t provide one hundred percent bioavailability of CBD — fat-soluble CBD doesn’t mix perfectly with our water-based bloodstream — but it provides a much higher level of usable CBD than consumption.
For CBD users looking for the immediate, powerful effects of cannabidiol to combat symptoms of chronic pain, migraines, anxiety, nerve pain, nausea and other acute mental or physical conditions, waiting a full half hour after each use of consumed CBD can be frustrating. Vaping CBD instead of consuming it can offer quick relief from symptoms.
Getting to Know Your Vape
When using CBD oil with a vape, there are two main types of vapes that can be used. One is a disposable canister that comes with pre-filled oil in a variety of amounts and dosages. The other is a reusable vape that has removable cartridges for CBD oil.
Either option works equally well and choosing between the two depends on your preference and lifestyle. Disposable vapes are cheaper, whereas a reusable vape is a more eco-friendly option.
Despite differences in cost, quality and appearance, every vape is made up of the same pieces. There’s a heating unit, called an atomizer, that transforms the CBD oil into an inhalable substance, along with a battery that powers the heating process. Each vaporizer has a chamber that holds the CBD, whether it’s in an oil or concentrated form. Then there’s a tube or mouthpiece for inhaling the vapor.
Choosing the right vape for you requires research. There are many reusable and disposable vaporizers available in stores and online. Look at vapes within your preferred price range and read reviews left for each vape you consider. Other users will give you a good idea of whether a certain brand or type of vaporizer will fit your needs.
Choosing a Vape Oil
The oil used for vaping doesn’t drastically differ from oil that can be consumed. Each company selling a CBD oil has its own product that can differ in ingredients from others. Oil purchased specifically for vaping is packaged accordingly in cartridges to be placed in a reusable vape or already included in a pre-filled, disposable vape.
When considering a vape oil for purchase, it’s important to do your research and follow a general set of guidelines that can be used for any CBD purchase. Like any healthy product you are putting in your body, take a look at the ingredients list. If there are unpronounceable and unrecognizable ingredients included, consider avoiding that product. The best quality CBD comes with products that include natural, non-GMO, chemical and pesticide free ingredients.
Ensure that any CBD product you are considering is THC free. An easy way to ensure you won’t get any THC with your purchase is buying CBD sourced from hemp, which naturally contains less than .03 percent of THC. You’ll also want to look for the words full spectrum and phytocannabinoid-rich when researching products. Full spectrum CBD oil contains a variety of phytocannabinoids, which are the plant version of naturally produced signals that bind to the endocannabinoid system.
After deciding on a vape and oil, start off slow and follow any suggested dosages included with your oil or vape. It’s best to begin with small uses of your oil and note any changes experienced in your body. If a smaller dosage isn’t having a desired effect, experiment with raising the amount of CBD you use. It’s easier to find your sweet spot when you take small steps rather than overdoing it the first time and running through your oil more quickly than needed.
To Sum it All Up
Vaping CBD oil is a quick and effective way to experience the effects of cannabidiol without the residue or taste from consuming oil. Vaping oil creates more bioavailable CBD for your body to use and at a much faster rate. For many people, it’s an easy-to-use pain management tool that can be taken for general health support as well.
While getting started with vaping can be intimidating with the ample options available for both vaporizers and oils, the benefits of vaping can be plentiful. A little online digging or conversations with CBD professionals online or at a local brick-and-mortar store can help to point you in the right direction. If you’re looking to use a vape for the first time, consider getting a disposable vape to try out. If vaping CBD oil works well for you, invest in a well-made reusable vape.
Vaping is just one of many ways to use CBD oil. Find the best option for you and enjoy the many perks of using CBD.