CBD vape side effects are something you will probably find yourself researching either before you try your CBD vape juice for the first time.
CBD comes from the cannabis plant, which might have you thinking about negative ways it may make you feel. As, after all, cannabis containing THC is illegal because of its side effects.
Here's a short video on what CBD is, just as a refresher:
However, CBD doesn’t contain enough THC in the slightest, if at all, to have any intoxicating effects. In this article, we will take you through the following topics.
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Vaping CBD does have some side effects, which is, of course, the reason why you may take it! Some of the most well known and researched CBD side effects include
When taken in larger doses, CBD may make you feel sleepy. This is ideal if you are struggling with sleep issues and want to fall asleep and stay asleep for the night. Research suggests you need around 160mg if you are suffering from insomnia.
Stay with us, this isn’t a typo or a contradiction. CBD has been found to actually make you feel more alert when taken in small doses.
CBD has been found to indirectly lower activity in the amygdala which plays a big part in our emotions. This may reduce anxiety and give you a sense of calm. If you are interested in reading further about CBD and anxiety read Does CBD vape help anxiety.
CBD is thought to block and bind to receptors. This interaction then changes the way in which we perceive pain. Whether it is headaches, period pains, joint pain or anything in between.
There is quite a bit of evidence to suggest that CBD may help those who suffer from epilepsy. There is even a pharmaceutical product which contains the cannabinoid.
At the time of writing this article, there haven’t been any reports of vaping CBD being toxic. THC on the other hand is. You can read all about the dangers of vaping THC on our post about Dank Vapes.
The most frequently reported negative side effects of vaping CBD include
If you have a liver disease then you may need a lower dose of the cannabinoid to those with healthy and fully functioning livers. There is a rare side effect of liver injury from taking too much CBD. If your liver isn't healthy, then you might want to chat with your doctor before you try the cannabinoid.
CBD is a non-toxic substance that will not make you feel ‘high’ or intoxicated or any of the feelings you may associate with smoking cannabis.
To make sure you are getting a safe product that actually is CBD, make sure you ask to see a certificate of analysis if it is not obviously available. This will show you everything you need to know about the vape product, so you can rest assured you are getting something that is safe.
You also need to make sure you are taking CBD correctly.
When vaping the cannabinoid you should be using CBD vape juice, not CBD oil. It is sometimes called vape oil, which is confusing. Just remember never to put oil in your vape kit. It isn't designed to move through your device or your lungs for that matter.
Vaping CBD isn't suitable for children. However, there are more suited delivery methods. You might find that CBD gummies are most palatable for little ones, just like a chewy vitamin.
There has been some research into CBD for ADHD and autism as well as anxiety. As CBD is a non-toxic, non-intoxicating product many parents do give it to their child. However, check with your Dr if they are being prescribed meds so you can know if there are any interactions.
We also would suggest that you start on a low dose to assess their tolerance.
It is advised that you do not vape CBD if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. While it is likely safe, some products may contain other ingredients which could harm the baby. Best to be of the safe side and avoid it until you have had the baby and they are weaned.
Vaping CBD is generally seen as a safe remedy. However, there is one thing to consider when it comes to taking CBD and that is interactions with medications.
The interactions may change the way the body processes and metabolise certain meds.
Let’s get into a little biology. In the human body, there are a group of enzymes called cytochrome P450, also known as CYP450. These convert foreign substances to allow them to be eliminated.
Some meds and remedies affect this family of enzymes by either slowing or speeding up the metabolism of drugs. This can then alter how your body processes these drugs or supplements.
These enzymes are also the ones that metabolise cannabinoids, such as CBD. However, during the metabolisation process, the CBD can infer with CYP3A4.
So, the CYP3A4 is the enzyme which metabolises lots of the prescription meds out there. If CBD is interfering and inhibiting this enzyme then it can’t do its job of metabolising the drugs as it may have without CBD in your system.
For one example, if your body starts to metabolise your meds slower than its usual rate, then you could end up with more in your system at one time. Giving you some unwanted side effects.
One suggestion is to look for the grapefruit warning. If your medication has a warning against eating or drinking grapefruits while taking it, then CBD may also not be safe. This is because grapefruits inhibit the CYP3A4 like CBD is thought to.
It is important to check with your healthcare provider if you are taking medications and also want to try CBD.
There are a number of conditions that have shown promise in CBD studies. Some of the studies are in their early research phases. These conditions include:
There are side effects to basically everything, even eating Marmite (heartburn for me). The side effects of vaping CBD are very minimal and don’t happen for everyone. The main concern is to check whether they interfere with any medication you are on by chatting with your doctor or alternative health practitioner.