This article will cover everything you need to know about vaping CBD oil from its pros and cons, to how to properly do it, to the right dosage. Before anything else, however, allow us to shed some sort of light—so to speak—on the subject.
CBD is short for cannabidiol oil, which is a product derived from cannabis. It is a kind of cannabinoid, or natural chemicals found in marijuana plants. Although it comes from this type of plant, CBD does not produce that sort of “high” effect—or any sort of intoxication for that matter.
Indeed, the subject of recreational CBD use is still generally frowned upon in most parts of the world. However, there has been growing awareness about its possible health benefits. Speaking of which, let us first delve deep into the advantages and disadvantages of CBD.
What are the Pros and Cons of Vaping CBD
One of the biggest pros of vaping CBD, compared to the other ways, is its quick absorption rate. You will feel the effect of the CBD immediately after vaping because of the very effective absorption phasing. It also has the highest bioavailability meaning that more compounds are absorbed with other ways of use. Another advantage is the portability and the convenience, as you can simply carry your vaporizer or pen everywhere you go and use it very easily.
Now let us take a look at the biggest cons of vaping CBD. A big disadvantage is that some brands use harmful thinning agents in the vaping. When these agents reach temperatures, they can become very unhealthy and cause irritations and/or allergic reactions. The two most commonly used agents that you want to avoid are called polyethylene glycol and propylene glycol. To avoid inhaling these toxic agents, you always have to check the ingredients to make sure that you use CBD products that are 100% natural and from high quality.
Also, when you have a pre-existing health condition with your lungs, you should always be careful. Furthermore, another disadvantage of vaping CBD is that the effect lasts only two to three hours, which is shorter than other ways. Vaping CBD should be safe in general, but, of course, more long-term research is still needed.
How to Vape CBD Oil
Now let us take a look at how to vape CBD oil. There are multiple ways of vaping CBD, but for the sake of efficiency, we will just put a spotlight on the most common methods.
Disposable CBD pen
The first one is by using a CBD pen. You could use a disposable pen if you are a beginner since it is by far the easiest way of vaping CBD. It is also one of the cheapest ways, as tiny CBD pens are prefilled with vape juice and have a built-in coil and battery, so they do not need any special kind of preparation.
You also do not need to push any buttons or something, all you need to do is inhale like a normal cigarette. In addition, you can generally get a few hundred puffs out of these before you need to dispose of them.
Rechargeable CBD Pen
If you, on the other hand, are more advanced and vape more regularly, you could pick a rechargeable pen. Note that you have to fill these yourself with CBD vape juice. Rechargeable pens generally produce more vapor and flavor than disposables and are more cost effective in the long term. But rechargeable pens do require some more maintenance, like changing the coil and cleaning the tank and require more knowledge to operate.
Having said this, you need to read the user manual that comes with it carefully to make sure you are using it properly.
The second common method, which is the easiest after disposable pens, is using cartridges. Cartridges are vape tanks that are prefilled with CBD vape juice or distillate. You need to attach them to an e-cigarette battery or another compatible device.
They require little maintenance since the cartridges are disposable. Also, they are not too hard to operate, but you should still read the manual that comes with it.
CBD pods are similar to cartridges but they are compatible with a JUUL battery.
So now you understand the most common ways of vaping CBD oil, let us move on to knowing the proper dosage.
What is the Recommended Dosage of CBD Oil
The recommended dosage of CBD vape juice differs from person to person, since it depends on the reason for use, and every user reacts differently. Ideally, you should start low (like five milligrams or so) and see how you react and increase the dosage with five milligrams every time until you have reached the desired effect.
For disposable pens and cartridges, a single puff is usually one or two milligrams of CBD. For example, when you have a pen of 200 milligrams in total, it will be good for 200 puffs. You will have one milligram with each puff, but the strength differs per product. Most of the time, you can find this information on the product’s packaging. On the flipside, for rechargeable pens, you simply need to calculate it by looking at the percentage of vape oil you are using.
So now you understand the dosage of vaping, let us move on and look at the best brand for vaping CBD.
What are the Important Things to Know When Choosing the Best Brand of CBD Oil
There are a lot of different CBD oil brands. Some are good, some are bad. With CBD, it is important that you use a brand with high quality, especially when vaping. Here are some other important things you need to know about vaping CBD and CBD in general.
You cannot use the oil that is made for sublingual use in a CBD pen. You can only use the oil that is especially produced for vaping. Vaping CBD oil is not comparable to smoking traditional cigarettes. Since you are using an electric heating source and evaporate, there will not be any combustion. Additionally, you will not inhale any toxic substance like you do with traditional cigarettes. Moreover, it has no nicotine added like with normal cigarettes.
Considering you use vapor, there will not be any smoke as well. It will not produce any strong odor like traditional cigarettes do. Also, vaping CBD oil will not get you high when using, because they contain very little to no THC. Oils containing full spectrum will have more benefits than isolate since all the cannabinoids work together.
It is important to note that full spectrum has a chance of making you test positive on a drug test when using too much because they contain very little amounts of THC. So, if you have concerns of getting drug tested, you should pick an isolate CBD to which will never test your positive. Also know that you cannot overdose on CBD. CBD oil itself has a reverse tolerance, which means that you do not build tolerance to it, but it actually works better when using it for a longer period of time.
CBD has no real side effects at normal use. When using too much, you could experience some small irritabilities like headache, nausea, or dizziness—but no big side effects. CBD has a lot of benefits though. It is most useful when dealing with things like anxiety, stress, sleep, depression, pain, and certain diseases.
These are mostly the crucial things you need to know about vaping CBD. After reading this article, some of us can say that CBD can be considered as a medical innovation that might shape the future of medicine altogether. For now, however, let us just sit and wait for further studies to materialize and for the world to slowly embrace the positive effects brought by CBD.