Note: This CBD Vape Benefit Article has been co-authored by Dr Andres Maldonado M.D., in line with the ‘Vape and Juice Medical Review Policy’. See our Medical Editorial Team.
In this article, I’m going to share with you Cannabidiol / CBD vape benefits, along with a few other questions we’re often asked, such as pros and cons, dosage and more.
You can use the links below to skip ahead and see what is in store for you.
- What is CBD?
- CBD vape benefits
- Effects of vaping CBD
- Pros and cons of vaping CBD
- Does vaping CBD get you high?
- How to vape CBD
- Can you overdose on CBD?
- What dosage should I take?
- Is vaping the only way to take CBD
- Can you vape CBD oil?
What is CBD?
CBD is one of the main cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It is a non-psychoactive compound that has been extracted from the plant and used as an alternative remedy for quite literally thousands of years.
The legalisation of industrial hemp production meant there has been a huge CBD boom in recent years. More high street shops are stocking it and there’s much less of a stigma around using the plant as it grows in popularity and becomes more mainstream.
Another cannabinoid you will have heard of is THC. THC is CBD’s psychoactive cousin. The law in the UK states that CBD can not contain THC above 0.2% to keep it legal. This also means using CBD will not make you feel intoxicated.
What is meant by intoxicated?
- Increased Blood Pressure
- Increased Respiratory Rate
- “Red Eyes”
- Increased Appetite
- Slurred Speech
These are all known side effects from smoking or consuming traditional THC style Cannabis according to ‘UpToDate’.
Source: UpToDate Medical Referencing
We will keep it light here, but if you want something more in-depth about what CBD is and its history then read our “history of CBD” post.
What are the CBD vape benefits
Pharmacokinetics is the medical term for much of what we will break down now.
What are Pharmacokinetics?
Pharmacokinetics is the branch of pharmacology that is concerned with the movement of drugs around the body.
1. Fast delivery
There are more ways than ever to enjoy CBD’s effects. However, one of the fastest delivery methods is vaping. Inhaling the cannabinoid dose means that it enters your bloodstream within 3-10 minutes, which is on par with administering it intravenously.
When you inhale CBD it is more bioavailable. This means you can absorb more CBD from the same quantity you would from something else, such as gummies. These will take longer to have effect and you may well need more to deliver the same effect.
3. Easy and discrete
CBD eliquid is a high PG base. This just means that the ingredients within it mean that it is quite thin and will not produce huge puffs of cloud, keeping things discreet. As it is high PG you’ll be topping up a starter kit or pod device rather than a kit with lots of functionality, making it very simple.
4. Control the dose
Just as with all CBD delivery methods you can control the dosage. You might start with a lower dose and then increase as you discover your own tolerance for the cannabinoid. E Liquid dosage ranges from 250mg right up to 3000mg.
5. Variety of flavours
One of the CBD vape benefits which draw people in is the fact that you can get authentic cannabis flavours, such as OG Kush and Purple Haze. These earthy and woody flavours have a real raw and natural feel about them. Or, if you are into vape style flavours, like Strawberry, then you can get that too.
Side effects of vaping CBD
The majority of CBD vapors use the cannabinoid to help with anxiety, low mood, pain and inflammation. While full spectrum will contain small amounts of THC, it will not be enough to get you high or have any psychoactive effects.
2017 Studies, found that taking CBD in high doses can induce drowsiness, which is not ideal if you are using high concentration levels in large doses and are required to stay alert to operate machinery or functions that can affect others or your own health. Our CBD Dosage Calculator can give you some idea on what would be a high dose for you.
“Preliminary research into cannabis and insomnia suggests that cannabidiol (CBD) may have therapeutic potential for the treatment of insomnia”
There is a phrase known as ‘causation and correlation’. Sometimes, because X happens, we assume it’s because of Y. But it could actually be that what ever makes X happen, also makes Y happen too. There could be a third lever. So does CBD make you sleepy in and of itself? Potentially, but also it could be as a relief from anxiety, which had led to insomnia.
Does a well rested person experience drowsiness from high doses of CBD? This is something that we cannot at this stage answer. It’s just something to consider.
But, in short, drowsy driving is dangerous.
The CBD vape benefits users are looking for often include:
- Pain relief
- Reduced anxiety, depression and stress
- To help with sleep or alertness (dose dependant)
- Mood enhancer
- Help with inflammation
There currently have not been known adverse effects specifically of vaping CBD, but on a scientific level, this will be linked due to the absence of studies relating to the vaping of it. You can read further into this on our blog side effects of CBD – where some adverse effects have been found.
But on a broader level, tests on animals have shown adverse effects of CBD in general. These included embryo-fetal mortality, central-nervous-system inhibition, male reproductive system alterations, hypotension among others. Notably these were in doses far higher than recommended in human pharmacotherapies.
Human studies showed diarrohea, nausea, vomiting and somnolence (drowsiness).
“All drugs have side effects, even analgesics. Cannabinoids aren’t exempt from them.” Dr Andres Maldonado | Medical Review Team
Pros and cons of vaping CBD
- Fast delivery and effects
- Body absorbs more CBD than it would from the same quality of another method
- Works with simple devices
- Flavour options
- Convenient and portable
- Requires a little investment
- Addiction – while CBD isn’t found to be addictive and may, in fact, help with addiction, the act of vaping may be addictive
- Possible allergic reactions to PG
Does vaping CBD get you high?
To keep CBD legal here in the UK and across the world, THC content needs to be within legal limits. In the UK this limit is 0.2%. This is because it is THC that we associate with ‘getting high’.
Let’s put this into perspective. A joint that contains 1 gram of bud with a potency of 25% has 250mg THC. Now, that would get you high. 0.2% wouldn’t.
How to vape CBD?
If you smoke, have ever smoked or vape, then you will be familiar with the inhaling technique. As I’ve mentioned, CBD is high PG, so it is best suited to your M.T.L kits. This is a kit that replicates smokers inhale.
Inhale into the mouth, then the lungs.
- Read our guide on How To Vape CBD E-liquid
44 seconds into this video gives you a decent description and demo of how to properly vape, whether it is CBD juice or nic juice, it is all the same.
Can you overdose on CBD?
It is possible to take too much THC which leaves you feeling pretty sick. However, you can’t take too much of the non toxic cannabinoid, CBD. This is a CBD vape benefit as you can rest assured you will not OD.
There are some occasions where CBD might make you feel a little off, and that is if you vape too high of a dose on an empty stomach. However, it wouldn’t be harmful and you wouldn’t overdose.
What dosage should I take?
The dosage of CBD you take will depend on a number of factors. These include
- Your BMI
- Your gender
- Your tolerance
It is important to get it right to get the best effects. However, we always suggest that you start off on a dose at the lower end and assess how you feel rather than going high strength right away.
You can use the Vape and Juice CBD dosage calculator to work out what you should be looking to buy.
Is vaping the only way to take CBD?
Vaping CBD has its benefits, but it is not the only way to take the cannabinoid. In fact, new ways are cropping up each week with the popularity growing. We’ve seen CBD infused hot drinks and cocktails. Then there are foods that are being added too. Other methods include:
Can you vape CBD oil?
CBD vape is not oil, though sometimes it is referred to as oil. This can be confusing. We like to remind customers that you wouldn’t put olive oil in your kit, just as you wouldn’t put CBD oil in your vape either!
You need to make sure you are buying CBD e liquid that is designed specifically for vaping. Oil isn’t designed to move through your vape system, or your lungs for that matter!
CBD vape juice is made up of PG, VG, flavourings and of course, CBD.
Ultimately, robust studies are thin on the ground for a lot of new trends around vaping CBD as well as a lack of regulation and control on the production of cannabidiol products. A non-medical view, would be just try to buy responsibly from vendors who vend responsibly.
CBD vape benefits – final thoughts
There certainly are some good CBD vape benefits that may persuade you that vaping the cannabinoid is the right delivery method for you.
To recap, benefits include:
- Fast delivery
- Control the dose
- Variety of flavours
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