Before marijuana went mainstream, there weren’t many ways to consume it. If you want to medicate (or get high), your only option was to smoke it or lace it into edibles. But today, there are plenty of options available, including dabbing, smoking, capsules, edibles, tinctures, and vaping. In this guide, we’ll discuss more on the vaping aspect of it, particularly about CBD vape oil.
But before we dive into the details, it’s important to note that CBD oil can’t technically be vaped. It’s more of a misnomer. CBD oil is a form of concentrate that you take orally; you’ll actually be vaping CBD vape liquid. Most businesses and consumers alike use the terms “CBD vape oil” and CBD oil interchangeably, which is rather confusing.
For the purposes of this article, we’ll use both terms (including CBD oil), now that we’ve cleared out the meanings. CBD oil is broadly used to describe either oral CBD products or the vapable CBD oils.
Is Vaping CBD oil Superior to Smoking Cannabis?
Although there are benefits and drawbacks of each method, the benefits of vaping rather than smoking far outweigh the drawbacks. Here’s why:
• Vaping is much safer for your health
• The vapor produced is up to 95% free of carcinogens and smoke
• Vaping lets you absorb up to 95% of the CBD and THC within the first few seconds of inhaling
• Vaping won’t produce a lingering smell
• Since vaporizers are designed to operate at much lower temperatures compared to smoking, they preserve the beneficial compounds
• Vaping is certainly more discreet than smoking
• Save money, because vaping is more cost-effective
• Vaping lets you taste and enjoy the flavors and terpenes better
Of course, one of the most compelling reasons why you should consider vaping instead of smoking is your respiratory health. And while research suggesting smoking cannabis could cause lung cancer has been disproven, smoking anything irritates your lungs, and could lead to long term respiratory issues such as bronchitis and COPD.
CBD vape oil: What is it?
Vaping is short for vaporization. In simple terms, vaping CBD oil is the smoking method where a user inhales the vapor obtained from heating CBD vape oil. This oil is derived from the extraction of cannabinoid from cannabis flowers or “industrial” hemp.
When vaping Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, you ideally heat the active compounds within the oil, which produces a vapor. This eliminates the need to combust or burn the actual cannabis plant to extract the compounds.
Difference Between “Industrial” Hemp Oil and Cannabis Oil
Just as we mentioned earlier, the term “CBD oil” is commonly used as an umbrella term to describe the various oils available in the market. There are actually hundreds of different products on the market, and each oil is different from the next.
Some oils are cannabis CBD oils, others are “industrial” hemp CBD oils, and some are simply claiming to be CBD oils while they’re nothing of the sort. And while CBD hemp oil and CBD cannabis oil are both known to treat a number of medical conditions, they are different from one another.
There’s also pure CDB oil, which is also referred to as CBD isolate oil, that can be made from a variety of cannabis sativa plant, where the CBD is obtained from the stalks, flowers, and leaves of the plants, leaving a very potent vape liquid with up to 99% CBD levels.
Simply put, CBD vape oils can broadly be categorized into:
• Full spectrum oil
• CBD Isolate
The full spectrum Cannabidiol (CBD) oils can also be categorized into hemp CBD oils and cannabis CBD oils. Cannabis vape CBD oils contains high levels of THC and are typically found in marijuana dispensaries.
There are a number of cannabis strains that have specifically been bred to contain high levels of CBD and almost zero THC content. These strains are often used to produce incredibly high quality CBD vape oils.
Some examples of the CBD only cannabis strains include AC/DC, Charlotte’s Web, and Harlequin, though these are usually only found at licensed dispensaries in the states that have allowed the medical and recreational use of marijuana.
Nonetheless, if you’re planning on using CBD oil with high THC levels, it’s a good idea to check and learn more about your state laws, since some states have specified that CBD oil can only be used to treat certain medical conditions, like epilepsy.
Plus, so long as you hold a medical marijuana card, you should be able to access CBD products legally in a variety of CBD to THC ratios. People living in restricted states can only obtain CBD hemp oil.
Hemp CBD Vape Oils and e-Liquids
CBD hemp oil is derived from the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant. Most of the hemp CBD oils in the market are usually derived from the industrial hemp, which is bred for its nutritious seeds, tough fibers, and CBD rich flowers.
The main point here in terms of legality is that the industrial variant of hemp has essentially no THC content, meaning that the hemp CBD vaping oils and juices can be found in all the 50 states in the country.
And you don’t have to worry about potency. A number of studies have demonstrated that hemp oil is a good source of minerals and vitamins, and possesses almost all of the health benefits of the regular cannabis.
In December 2018, the US government signed a new version of the Farm Bill, which basically legalizes the commercial production/farming of hemp, so long as it’s grown under the regulation of the specific state that have been approved by the Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Of course, the FDA still has to develop regulations with regards to the sale and production of Hemp CBD products before they are 100% legalized in the country. Nonetheless, companies have been selling CBD hemp oil products for almost half a decade now.
Hemp Seed Oil Is Not CBD Oil
First, hemp seeds don’t have enough cannabinoids, such as CBD (cannabidiol), to have any noticeable effect. So, they are usually referred to as not having any CBD.
Second, CBD oil is obtained from the other parts of the industrial hemp or marijuana plant that does contain CBD.
Hemp seed oil is a food product, much like olive oil, only better. Although it has health benefits, it’s not the same as using CBD oil.
I have written an article on hemp seed oil and you can read it here.
Can You Buy CBD Oil At Amazon?
Yes and No. Amazon won’t let sellers mention CBD on their products or in the manufacturer/seller comments.
You aren’t supposed to be able to buy CBD oil at Amazon, because they won’t allow it to be sold through Amazon. IMHO that is because Amazon hasn’t come to understand that cannabis (marijuana) CBD oil is not the same as industrial hemp CBD oil.
So, what you will find at Amazon are products that do not mention CBD, but still contain CBD. Therefore, look for Full Spectrum Hemp Oil. The definition of Full Spectrum Hemp Oil is that it contains most/all of the cannabinoids which includes CBD (cannabidiol). About 40% of the cannabinoids in hemp are CBD.
Full Spectrum Pain Relief Cream
Full Spectrum CBD Oil
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How are Cannabidiol Vaping e-liquids Different from CBD Vape Oils?
With a basic understanding of CBD oil, and the key differences between cannabis and hemp CBD oil out of the way, let’s look at the differences between Cannabidiol vaping oils and CBD vaping e-liquids.
CBD vaping e-liquid, which is also referred to as CBD vape oil or CBD liquid, is most often used as an umbrella term to describe the form of CBD oil that’s specifically developed to use with a vaporizer device.
CBD e-juice or e-liquids is a general term referring to the cartridges that come pre-filled with CBD oil.
Contrasting the pure Cannabidiol (CBD) oils that you’ll find in bottles, these e-liquids are usually made with VG (vegetable glycol) or PG (propylene glycol), both of which are thinning agents used to make the juice viscous enough to work with the heater coils used in the vape pens. The cartridges are typically created using a CO2 extraction method, and are replaceable with a great variety of CBD infused liquids.
In the states that have recreational laws on the use of marijuana, you’ll find CBD vape liquids produced from cannabis, and you might even be able to buy pure CBD isolates. However, keep in mind that pure CBD isolate isn’t believed to be as effective as the full-spectrum CBD products.
Why? Because it’s been discovered that cannabinoids actually work better when they are present along with other plant-cannabis compounds, such as flavonoids, terpenes, and other phytocannabinoids. Once they are extracted, the oils can be added to other isolates and additives to make a whole range of products.
People who prefer the traditional form or smoking may add some nicotine juice, though companies that deal with CBD vape oil tend to mix in vegetable glycerin, which make the liquid compatible with any vape device.
Propylene glycol is the other substance that’s sometimes added to the CBD vape oil to thin it out, and allow for the mixture to wick easily. However, unlike vegetable glycol, propylene glycol is believed to have some potential health concerns, like the fact that it can form formaldehyde vapor when temperature reach 230 degrees Celsius. As such, most manufacturers tend to opt for the VG over PG.
Is CBD Vape Oil the same as CBD Vape Juice?
As you’ve probably found out, keeping up with the cannabis lingo is not easy or fun. Anyway, the answer to this question is YES… for the most part.
As mentioned earlier, CBD vape oil is used to describe CBD based products that are made to be used in a vape pen.
What you need to keep in mind is that there’s a huge difference between the CBD oils you ingest orally, and the CBD vape liquids that you put in a vaporizer for inhalation.
The two are used for two totally different methods of consuming CBD oil – putting it under your tongue and swallowing it compared to heating up a viscous liquid and inhaling the vapor. Although the end result is administering CBD oil into your bloodstream, the two methods are not interchangeable.
In simpler words, never try to ingest a vape-specific CBD vape oil or vape an oral CBD tincture – the results won’t be favorable.
Take Extra Caution When Shopping for CBD Vape Oil
Safety is one of the main considerations you have to keep in mind when shopping for CBD vape products. If you’re a patient vaping CBD to help in the treatment or relief of a certain medical condition, safety is probably not the first thing on your mind. The same goes for recreational smokers or vapers.
Nonetheless, you need to take a great amount of caution when choosing your product, since the current CBD industry is largely unregulated, and there are some quite questionable products in the market, both online and on physical stores across the country.
Keep in mind that unlike the tobacco industry, where the dangers of tobacco have been well-documented and widely known for years, the cannabis industry (which includes the CBD vape liquids) is not regulated in a way that allows the consumers to know exactly what they’re ingesting.
Although there are plenty of professionally manufactured, high quality CBD vape juices on the market that are probably very safe to consume, there are many others, perhaps hundreds, that are totally bogus and potentially dangerous to human health.
For instance, consider the CBD extraction methods used. Propylene Glycol (PG) is one of the most common thinning agents used to make the raw CBD concentrate a viscous liquid that can be used with vape pens. I’m no doctor or molecular scientist, but this stuff is not something you want to be inhaling, at least not regularly.
There are a couple of distillation methods that can purify and get rid of the concentrate material of the potentially harmful chemicals, but these methods can only be used by the most knowledgeable, sophisticated, and reputable companies out there.
Therefore, just as with the tobacco products, one needs to take great care when choosing a CBD vape oil for use in a vape pen, since the industry has resulted into the cropping up of rather sketchy products that have continuously made their way into the market. When in doubt, avoid buying the awfully cheap CBD products, and be sure to check the ingredients first.
What to Look for When Choosing CBD Vape oil
No matter the kind of product you’re looking for, there are a number of tips and strategies that you can use to make sure you’re getting a well-made, safe oil, and that the oil will actually work for you when you use it. Keep the following pointers in mind when choosing CBD vape juices:
- The Oil Milligram
The “milligram catch” is one of the key things you have to keep in mind when choosing CBD vape oil. It’s a confusing technique used by manufacturers about the amount of the CBD in the products that they’re offering.
For instance, when a bottle says 350mg, it doesn’t mean that it contains 350mg of CBD; rather, you’re getting 350mg of oil in total. There’s a huge difference, since CBD oil is a mixture of different ingredients, one of which is pure CBD.
As such, when purchasing your CBD oil, make sure that you can tell the actual amount of CBD oil in the bottle, which should ideally be labelled or written as a percentage of the content. When in doubt, don’t hesitate from calling the company to ask them. If they seem dodgy, can’t answer clearly or precisely, then just look elsewhere.
The marketing efforts of a company is one of the things that can tell you a lot about the company. For instance, if a company uses too much pop-ups and annoying promotions that try to get you to sign up or leave your details so that they can spam you even more with other promotions of products you don’t really need; that’s a red flag.
A good, reputable company won’t try to oversell its products. Furthermore, you should be able to shop around as you wish, compare different products, and make an educated decision on your own without being rushed into buying.
Anyone can claim to have the best product in the market at any moment, but the actual user experience can’t lie. And as we said earlier, the CBD oil industry isn’t currently as regulated as it should be, and it can be a bit difficult to tell the good products from the bad.
Since established brands already know this, they usually use third-party testing labs, who review the products and give out a report that’s publicly available to consumers. So, if you’re considering buying a CBD vape oil from a given company online, be sure to check if they have a third-party lab that tests their products, and that the results are publicly available to everyone.
- CBD Extraction
In the end, the extraction process will determine the purity and quality of the CBD vape juice. Though there are many CBD extraction processes out there, you want your product to have gone through the CO2 extraction process.
This is a rather sophisticated method that uses supercritical CO2 to extract the CBD goodness from the plant. At a certain temperature and pressure, the CO2 serves as a solvent, where it has the properties of both a liquid and a gas, which allows the CBD to be pulled from the plant cells at a near 100% efficiency.
- “Free Samples”
While the idea of free samples may sound enticing, some manufacturers use this as a way of trapping you and overcharging your credit card. There are many stories of customers online who claim they received a free sample from a company, only to get charged for the whole bottle at a later date, without their consent.
Other CBD oil companies will offer to give you a free sample and then ask you to pay for shipping. However, if you’re receiving a free sample from a trustworthy and reputable company, giving them your payment details probably shouldn’t be a problem.
So, if you’ve never heard about the brand, you should definitely think twice. Plus, if a company is willing to give you a free sample for any purpose, they should be able to afford the cost of shipping.
Getting Started with CBD Vaping
If you’re interested in CBD vaping, you should know the four most common options of what you need:
Pre-filled CBD vape Pen. CBD vape starter Kit. CBD vape Shot.
These have two components, a base and a cartridge they are generally inexpensive and easy to use, making them ideal for beginners. And when you’re done with the cartridge, just throw it away and swap another one in. You can also swap cartridges with different flavors and strains without having to finish one first.
Disposable CBD Pen
These only have one component, a standalone device around the size of a cigarette. They are cheap, convenient to use, small, and discreet. They also come pre-loaded, meaning you don’t have to recharge them between uses. However, their quality isn’t as what you’ll get with cartridges.
Tank-Style refillable vapes
These tend to produce thick vape clouds, and are therefore easy to spot. They come with three components, the battery, the vaporizer coil, and the tank.
They are most common among former weed and cigarette smokers who want to mirror the previous experience. Since you only refill the inbuilt tank instead of replacing a cartridge, they allow you to experiment with more blends based on what terpenes and flavors you want.
These are certainly the least popular, but that’s not because they are inferior in any way. In fact, they are probably the best device for vaping CBD, especially for those who love flavor. Nonetheless, they are bulky, expensive, and not portable.
Tabletop vaporizers come with a wide range of features that you typically won’t find in other vaporizers, and generally have more sophisticated technologies.
Other Options of Consuming CBD Oil
CBD oil can be consumed in a number of ways, though the most common one is the use of CBD oil tinctures, or drops. The tinctures usually come in a number of different flavors, and you only need to place a few drops of the product under your tongue to consume it.
The ideal dosage can vary between less than a milligram to over a full gram, though a single dose is usually about 5mg to 30 mg. For the dosage that’s best for you, it’s important to do your own research first.
Of course, our favorite way of consuming CBD oil is through a vape pen. When you do decide to use CBD vape oil on a vape, it’s important to check for online reviews about other people’s experiences on the product, since not all products are created the same.
Most CBD are made for the normal oral consumption, though some can be used for both. The CBD vape liquid needs to be added to Vegetable glycol (VG) to improve the viscosity of the liquid for use in a vape pen. The oil is then heated in the coils at a low temperature to produce a thick, stream of vapor, instead of a harsh smoke.
Eating CBD gummies is another way of consuming CBD. These usually contain anywhere between 5mg to 30mg of CBD per piece, and are easy to consume.