CBD Vape Oil FAQs
The seemingly endless rise of CBD appears set to continue as the industry grows year on year.
16:02 04 May 2021
It has become one of the most talked about arms of the burgeoning health and wellness industry and shows no sign of slowing down.
The true winners of this evolution have been the consumer. The proliferation of products available has led to prices coming down and the variation of delivery methods expanding enormously. While once faced with a choice between CBD oil or CBD capsules, consumers are now able to choose between a plethora of topical CBD products, dermal CBD patches, dissolvable sublingual CBD wafers and CBD vape oil.
CBD vape oils, or CBD e liquid as it is also known, have quickly become one of the most popular delivery methods. Their ease of use, as well as the normalisation of vaping itself are both legitimate reasons behind this.
There are of course a number of queries around CBD vape oil that many first-time users will wish to find the answers to. We will aim to answer as many of these as accurately as possible in this article.
First, let us begin with the basics.
What is CBD?
We are still learning a great deal about the cannabis plant on a near daily basis. The worldwide prohibition of cannabis has acted as a substantial roadblock for research. Thankfully attitudes and legislation is slowly changing, and research has quickly gathered pace.
We do know that there are over 100 different cannabinoids that make up the cannabis plant. The two most dominant of these are cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC. There is one major difference between the two, which can, at times, be confused.
THC is a psychoactive compound. It is responsible for the ‘high’ typically associated with cannabis in popular culture. On the other hand, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound. This means that it does not alter the function of the user’s brain and will not get the user ‘high’.
When it comes to CBD, there are three main terms that you will frequently hear about: full spectrum CBD, broad spectrum CBD and CBD isolate.
- Full Spectrum CBD – This is the only type of CBD that contains THC, but only in trace elements, which would not be sufficient to make the user high. The legal THC limit depends on the country you are in. The legal limit for THC in any CBD product is 0.2% in the UK and 0.3% in most US states. This type of CBD also contains a wide range of terpenes, flavonoids and cannabinoids.
- Broad Spectrum CBD – Broad spectrum contains all of the aforementioned cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids but does not contain any THC.
- CBD Isolate – Isolate is as it sounds. Pure CBD. This contains no other cannabinoids, flavonoids or terpenes. CBD isolate will usually come in powder or crystal form.
What is CBD Vape Oil?
CBD vape oil, or CBD e liquid, is made from vegetable glycerine (VG) and propylene glycol (PG) and then combined with CBD. Flavourings are also often added in order to enhance the consumption experience for the user.
CBD vape oil is then heated in a vaporiser and inhaled directly into the lungs. The user would then exhale the by-product.
Can I Vape CBD Tincture Oil?
It is very important to be aware that CBD oil in tincture format, designed to be taken sublingually, is a very different substance to CBD e liquid.
Perhaps misleadingly, there is no oil contained with CBD e liquid, as it is designed to be vaporised. On the other hand, CBD oil in tincture form can cause harm to both the user and the device when vaporised.
How does it feel to Vape CBD?
It is very difficult to pinpoint the exact feeling provided when CBD is vaped. There are so many individual differences at play and the subtle nature by which CBD works in tandem with the endocannabinoid system means that everyone’s experience is unique.
Many people will say that you are more likely to notice the effects of CBD when you stop taking it. This is because it works differently for every person.
That said, vaping CBD is one of the quickest ways in which CBD can be consumed. CBD oil and CBD capsules, for example, can take hours to take effect. CBD vape oil on the other hand, takes around 3-5 minutes.
Some users report a sense of relaxation and calm, others feel a relief from pain. Additionally, some take CBD and feel more tired, whereas others will report feeling more alert. This is largely dependent on the dose. When taking smaller amounts, the user is more likely to feel a sense of alertness, while a larger dose is likely to promote a healthy night of sleep.
What are the side effects of vaping CBD?
Further research is still required in order to uncover the full extent of CBD side effects and their associated prevalence.
What we do know is that CBD side effects are relatively benign and unlikely to cause major problems for the user. The most common side effects reported by users on an anecdotal basis are mild nausea, abdominal pain and drowsiness.
In terms of the risks of vaping itself, research is in a similar place to that of CBD in that we still require far more work. That said, the side effects appear to be fairly similar to that of CBD.
If you ever do feel any adverse reaction to taking a CBD product, then make sure you stop consuming it and contact your doctor at the earliest possible opportunity.
Will vaping CBD get me high?
As outlined earlier in the article, CBD consumed via any delivery method, will not get you high.
The legal limit for THC in any CBD product is 0.2%, which is nowhere near enough to get the user high.
For peace of mind, it may be worth seeking a Certificate of Analysis (CoA) from the manufacturer. This is essentially a record of the exact ingredients in the CBD product and should be provided by an independent third-party laboratory.
Will CBD Vape Oil make me fail a drug test?
Provided you are buying a product that contains CBD isolate or broad spectrum CBD and you have checked the Certificate of Analysis to confirm this, then you would not fail a drug test.
Drug tests typically look for THC in your blood. This means that those who are subject to drug test, such as athletes, or those operating heavy machinery, should avoid full spectrum CBD products as a result.
Even though the amount of THC in your blood as a result of full spectrum CBD would be negligible and, in some cases, not even appear on a test, it is best to err on the side of caution here.
As outlined in the article above, there are many questions to be asked around the use of CBD vape oil.
Both CBD and vaping itself are fairly novel and, as such, research is limited. It should be worth noting however that nobody has ever died from cannabis use despite thousands of years of documented use.
It is always recommended to contact your doctor prior to taking any CBD product. We also strongly urge you to always seek a CoA from an independent third-party lab in order to ensure a high quality of product, while also confirming the absence of any harmful additives.