CBD vape oil – The ultimate guide
CBD vape oil and CBD have rapidly become the most talked about nutritional supplements worldwide. Unless you been hiding under a rock for the last 3 years you have probably read multiple articles and seen many news stories discussing the increasing popularity of CBD (cannabidiol)
Cannabidiol is one of the two main cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant, and unlike its sibling, THC, it is legal to possess and to use in most countries around the world.
The rise In popularity of CBD has been astounding, to say the least. Purchases of CBD and cannabinoid products are forecast to quadruple by 2021.
Due to the current wave of interest in cannabidiol, companies around the world have begun to produce many lines of products which are high in CBD and low in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
It is now possible to purchase a huge variety of CBD products including but not limited to:
- CBD oil
- CBD sprays
- CBD capsules
- CBD patches
- CBD water
- CBD juices
- CBD lip balm
- CBD lotion
- CBD cosmetics
And last but not least CBD vape oil.
All of the above products with the exception of CBD vape oil enable CBD to be absorbed either through the skin or through the mucous membranes of the mouth and the intestinal tract. When CBD is ingested it has the disadvantage of being broken down by the digestive system and is also subject to the “first pass effect” which is the process whereby cannabidiol is filtered out of the bloodstream by the liver. The first pass effect reduces the effectiveness and the efficiency of ingesting CBD oil. Likewise, when applying CBD to the skin it is difficult for the CBD to penetrate through the top layers of the skin and therefore only a very small percentage makes it into the circulatory system.
CBD vape oil, however, is an extremely efficient way to get your regular intake of cannabinoids. The absorption rate of CBD when vaping CBD vape oil is increased to approximately 60%. This is high when you compare it to the 7% absorption rate for ingested CBD and under 2% absorption rate for CBD applied to the skin. Using CBD vape oil also increases the speed of onset of the cannabidiol, effects can be felt as soon as 5 minutes compared to approximately 40 minutes for ingested CBD and 30 to 40 minutes for CBD applied to the skin. So when considering the above advantages of CBD vape oil it’s not surprising to discover the massive surge of interest is vaping CBD.
Let’s take a closer look at CBD vape oil to discover what it is, how it’s Made and the best way to use it:
What is CBD vape oil
At the risk of stating the obvious, CBD vape oil is made using CBD. A lesser known fact about CBD vape oil is that it isn’t actually an oil. Most CBD vape oils contain approximately 3 to 10 percent cannabidiol, due to the increased efficiency of absorption when vaping cannabidiol, it is not usually necessary to use a strength above 5% CBD as 60% of the CBD present in your CBD e-liquid will be absorbed into the circulatory system through your lungs. CBD vaping oils are manufactured using CBD, glycerine and propylene glycol and are usually flavoured for an enhanced vaping experience. CBD cannot be dissolved in water and glycerine and propylene glycol are perfect carriers for the cannabinoids, enabling them to be transformed into vapour and inhaled into the lungs. The lungs have millions of blood vessels very near to the surface so a large percentage of the inhaled cannabidiol is absorbed into the bloodstream. although the absorbed CBD still passes through the liver and is subject the first pass effect it takes more passes before the concentration of CBD in the bloodstream is reduced to low levels. for further information please check out our article what is CBD vape oil
How does CBD vape oil work?
When producing CBD vape oil manufacturers usually combine CBD isolate with vegetable glycerine and glycol. A 10ml bottle of CBD vape oil will usually contain approximately 300 – 500 mg of CBD. The CBD vaping solution is volatile which means that no residue will be left in your vape device when you vaporize your CBD e liquid and inhale it into your lungs. CBD vaping is basically a delivery system for CBD and a very efficient one. it also enables the CBD to be rapidly absorbed into your circulatory system to produce a rapid onset of effect. The CBD vaping oil is added to your vaping device and produces a fine mist/steam containing cannabidiol. For those of us who do not have the patience to wait 30 to 40 minutes to experience the benefits of cannabidiol, CBD e liquid provides a solution that boosts the level of cannabinoids in your endocannabinoid system very quickly. Its a fast and enjoyable method to enjoy all the benefits of CBD.
For a more in-depth explanation, check out our supporting article which explains how CBD vape oil works
Why vape CBD oil?
As we highlight in other sections in this guide, it’s important to note that you should never vape CBD oil. Always make sure you are using a CBD plus vape oil blend specifically designed to be used in vape devices or e cigs. So now we have that important consideration out of the way, here are some good reasons why you should consider using CBD vape juice.
- You experience the full benefits of CBD in a discreet easy to use vape device that can be used wherever and whenever you want.
- You absorb a much higher percentage of CBD into your circulatory system when compared to using CBD oil drops, CBD capsules, CBD sprays, CBD topical lotions or CBD patches.
- You have full control over the quantity of CBD that you consume and the resulting effects. As CBD e juice is fast acting, you get almost instant feedback by noticing how you feel and you can adjust your intake accordingly. Compare that to ingesting CBD and waiting 40 minutes to discover whether you have ingested too much, or not enough.
- Vaping CBD is convenient, and vape devices are portable and also act as a container for your e liquid. So you don’t need to carry around a bottle of CBD oil and find a private place to place drops under your tongue.
- Vaping CBD is an enjoyable way to relax and socialize without the negative consequences often associated with drinking alcohol or getting stoned.
- CBD vape oil is legal in most countries around the world and can be taken on holiday to most countries without fear of confiscation or criminal prosecution.
- CBD vaping is non-addictive and carries none of the risks associated with smoking cannabis or tobacco.
- Vaping cannabidiol is socially acceptable, take a look around, everyone seems to be using a vape these days.
- CBD vapour does not smell like cannabis(although it is available in a cannabis flavour), it can be purchased in many different flavours including fruits and tropical blends.
- If the above are not enough reasons to consider trying CBD vaping then please check out our extended guide on why vape CBD oil
How to vape CBD oil
If you’re wondering how to vape CBD oil, then the most important thing you need to know is this: DO NOT EVER ATTEMPT TO VAPE CBD OIL!
CBD oil is not the same as CBD vape oil. If you attempt to vape CBD oil you will most likely experience very negative consequences which may include a coughing fit and a damaged vape device. CBD oil unlike CBD e liquid is actually an oil and will not vaporize. It will burn, and you will experience what it feels like to inhale the smoke from from burning oil. Trust me on this one, I have tried it and I regret my foolish decision.
There is a much better and safer way to vape CBD oil, you can either purchase CBD isolate and make your own vape oil by mixing the isolate with vegetable glycerine and glycol, or you can purchase a ready made CBD vaping oil.
When you have made or purchased your CBD e liquid then you need to acquire a suitable vape device. Most standard vapes will work fine with CBD e liquids or you can purchase a purpose designed CBD pen designed to maximise the flavour and minimize the use of your precious cannabidiol.
Ok, so now you have your vape pen and CBD vaping oil, what next?
First, top up your vape with your e liquid, and here is the 2nd most important piece of advice: The coil in your vape is constructed using a wire heating coil surrounded by cotton wool and it is extremely important that you wait a few minutes to enable your vape juice to thoroughly soak the cotton wool. If you press the fire button on your vape too soon then you will experience the joy of inhaling burnt cotton wool. It’s a slightly better experience than inhaling burnt oil fumes, but not by much!
3 -5 minutes is usually plenty of time for your CBD vape juice to thoroughly soak the coil and then your good to go. Press the fire button while inhaling through the mouthpiece of your vape. Don’t over-do it though, just take one puff and hold the vapour in your lungs for a few seconds before exhaling. This gives the CBD time to pass into your circulatory system where it can begin to work its magic. Try two or 3 puffs the first time and see how you feel after 5 – 10 minutes. If you don’t feel the effects then try a few more puffs to find what works best for you. For further info, please check our full guide on how to vape CBD oil
How much CBD oil should I vape?
The quick answer to how much CBD oil should I vape is whatever feels right for you. Some vapers will find that a small amount of vape liquid will be sufficient for them to experience a feeling of wellbeing and other desirable benefits. Others may discover that a much larger dose is required to achieve the desired results. For example, if you are using a CBD vaping oil that contains 30 mg CBD / 1ml of vape oil, depending on the volume of vapour you inhale, you can expect a dosage of approx 1mg CBD per 5 puffs on your CBD pen. This can vary depending on the type of vape device and the power setting selected. The best technique is trial and error, but it’s far better to begin low and work up until you find your own perfect level. If your aim is to increase your feelings of wellbeing or relaxation then it’s advisable to wait for approx 10 minutes after each set of puffs on your vape to give the CBD chance to work its way around your systemic circulation. You can then judge the effects and adjust your next vaping session accordingly. You may also discover that after a few days use, you can reduce your intake due to the accumulation of CBD in your system.
Occasionally, some people may find they feel tired after vaping cannabidiol, this is usually down to beginning with a dose that is too large for your unique requirements and the physiological characteristics of your body and circulatory system.
The takeaway here is to ensure you start low and gradually increase your dose until you find your sweet spot.
For a fuller explanation please see our full article on how much CBD oil should I vape?
How to make CBD vape oil
A chemist or rocket scientist you probably ain’t. But you won’t be needing a masters degree in any subject to have a go at making your own CBD e liquid.
The process is fairly straightforward and can be undertaken in your kitchen using a few widely available utensils and ingredients.
But why would you want to make your own CBD vape oil? Some of us like to have full control over what we eat or inhale. When it comes to making your own cannabinoid vaping oil, you will be able to control the strength, flavours, and composition of your carrier liquids. If that level of control is appealing to you, then read on.
First, you need some CBD isolate which can be purchased in the form of a white powder at a cost of around £35/gram for a 99% pure product.
You will also need some vegetable glycerine, some glycol or a ready-made vape oil to mix with your CBD isolate.
You can also add food flavouring to add interesting flavours to your homemade vape oil. Alternatively, for a more authentic and natural experience, you may opt to use natural terpenes to flavour your vape oil.
When you have purchased all of your ingredients you now need to have access to some accurate scales, a mortar and pestle, and a low-level heat source(hot water works well for this).
The actual process is a little involved and comprises a few steps so we have created a dedicated guide which you can read here: how to make CBD vape oil
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