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.
What Is CBD Vape Oil?
CBD oil is a substance extracted from a hemp or marijuana plant that is combined with other ingredients and used in a variety of ways. When ingested, it interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system.
When CBD comes from the hemp plant, it’s very unlikely that it will get you high. This is because hemp plants must legally have less than 0.3% THC. If you’re looking to avoid THC or live in a state where marijuana is illegal, avoid CBD oil that comes from marijuana as it can have much higher amounts of THC.
Benefits of CBD
CBD supports 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.
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. Both options come with the same result — CBD entering the body to interact with the endocannabinoid system.
The difference between consuming and vaping CBD oil is how CBD reaches the bloodstream. With consumption, CBD must be metabolized through the digestive tract. With vaping, CBD is absorbed directly into the lungs.
The amount of CBD that ends up being 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 you originally consumed.
There are ways to get around the liver and its enzymes. This is where a vape comes in handy. When vaping, you can bypass the digestive system completely. Vaping doesn’t provide 100% 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 incorporating cannabidiol to support homeostasis of the body, waiting for a while after each use of consumed CBD can be frustrating. Vaping CBD instead of consuming it can help it reach your ECS a little quicker.
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 servings. 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 CBD vape 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 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 highest quality CBD comes with products that include natural, chemical- and pesticide-free ingredients.
Ensure that any CBD product you are considering has 0.0% THC. An easy way to ensure you won’t get much THC with your purchase is buying CBD sourced from hemp and verifying THC amounts with lab results on the company’s website. You’ll also want to look for the words full or broad spectrum when researching products. Full or broad spectrum CBD oil contains a variety of phytocannabinoids, which are the plant version of naturally produced endocannabinoids that interact with the endocannabinoid system.
After deciding on a vape and oil, start off slow and follow any suggested servings 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 serving 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 Up This Guide to CBD Vape Oil
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 tool for maintaining general wellness.
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.
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Hannah Smith is Joy Organics Director of Communications. She is driven by her passion for providing clear and accessible wellness and CBD education. In 2015, she received her BA in Media, Culture and the Arts from The King’s College in New York City and before Joy Organics, worked as writer and photographer in the Middle East and North Africa. Her work has been featured on Forbes, Vice, Vox, Denver Post, and the Coloradoan.