What is CBD vape oil? Is it anything like smoking pot? What are the health benefits and side effects? And is it legal? Learn more about vaping CBD….
As of the beginning of 2019, 10 states have legalized recreational marijuana use. Another 33 states allow medical marijuana. That’s good news for those living in those states that have frequent pain and inflammation.
That’s because marijuana has been proven in several studies to offer therapeutic benefits. However, not everybody likes getting high. And not everybody enjoys smoking.
And besides, smoking pot the traditional way (flame to weed) is not good for the lungs. So what’s a person to do if they don’t like getting high and don’t want the health risks of smoking?
Enter CBD vape oil.
Pure CBD oil has proven therapeutic uses. If you’re not familiar with CBD, it stands for cannabidol. It’s one of 100 different chemical compounds in marijuana. But unlike THC, it doesn’t get you high.
For people with chronic pain who don’t like getting high, CBD vape oil offers quick relief. It’s also easy to use.
Now, if vaporizer sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, fear not. A vaporizer won’t incinerate you into nothing. But it will extract the CBD without causing harm to your lungs. Well, at least not as much as traditional smoking.
What is a CBD vaporizer?
It’s the device people use to get the benefits of CBD oil. There are two kinds of vaporizers: electric and battery-powered.
Electric ones (which plug into a regular wall socket) are more suitable for home use; they take more time to heat up and use.
Battery vaporizers have become more popular. That’s because they are far easier and more convenient.
Why do people use CBD vape oil?
Besides convenience, people vape CBD because it’s more discreet than smoking. But the main benefit is that it works quickly. For sufferers of pain, this is a critical factor. There are several different ways to consume CBD. There’s edible snacks, drinks, tinctures and lotions. But vaping CBD oil, for some, offers pain relief in minutes. In comparison, oral CBD tincture can take 30-60 minutes to work.
What is a CBD Vape Oil Pen?
There’s no specific pen just for CBD. They can be also be used for THC oil (or a CBD-THC mix).
There are 4 main components of a vape pen: a refillable tank (or cartridge for single-use); an atomizer; software and battery.
Wait. Software and battery? That sounds like you’re inhaling a computer. Well, in a way, that’s how it works. The atomizer is the tiny heating element. It transforms the oil into droplets.
Where the technology comes into play is when you inhale. The most current vape pens automatically power on when you take a puff. The pen has a sensor (the software) and to power on, it uses a battery. That’s how the micro heating element gets hot enough in just a couple seconds.
To stay charged, vape pens come with a rechargeable battery that uses a USB cable.
Now all you need is some CBD oil to vape….
How does a CBD Vape Oil pen work?
In order to get the benefits of CBD (remember, CBD is just one of the at least 100 compounds isolated from marijuana), you need the action of decarboxylation.
Without decarboxylation, your body won’t absorb it. This is the reason why eating whole marijuana plants won’t get you high. The process of decarboxylation heats and converts inactive CBD-A into useable form.
Vape pens quickly heat up CBD oil. Within seconds, CBD compounds heat up to about 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, the CBD enters the lungs from the vapor. When you smoke marijuana, you’re inhaling hazardous combustible materials. These poisonous substances include tar, carbon monoxide and other cancer-causing chemicals such as benzene. [SOURCE 1]
What are the benefits of vaping CBD oil?
Vape enters the bloodstream rapidly. That means if you feel the therapeutic CBD vape oil effects, they will come on quickly. This is unlike edible marijuana, which must first travel through the digestive system and survive highly-acidic stomach acid.
The quick rate of absorption is ideal for people that suffer from psychological imbalance or stress. And, of course, chronic pain. Also, as noted above, when vaping, you’re not consuming the harmful substances from regular smoking.
What is the best kind of vaporizer for CBD?
If you’ve ever seen someone walking down the street blowing a huge waft of smoke, the device being used is a vaporizer. This particular type of vaporizer has a tank cartrigdge.
Are you curious about using CBD vape oil? Instead of trying a tank for the first time, use a vape pen. Vape pens are smaller than tank-cartridge vaporizers. If you live in one of the states with legal recreational marijuana, buying a pen device is easy. Just walk into a dispensary.
The “weed experts” at a dispensary can recommend a particular type of vaporizer as well as a dosage. (If you don’t live in a recreational weed state, some states allow hemp-derived CBD oil.)
And instead of using pure CBD oil, there’s also the option of using vape juice. Vape juice is a mix of water, food-grade flavoring and glycerin. One advantage of vape juice is experimenting with different tastes.
CBD Vape Oil vs CBD Vape Juice
Pure CBD oil is actually intended for oral use. You’re supposed to drop it (with a squeeze dropper) under the tongue. But the reason some purists vape CBD instead of using the oil orally has to do with chemistry. You see, CBD doesn’t react well with water. It’s hydrophobic. That means you need a lot of CBD oil orally in order to get a little benefit. Whereas, by vaping CBD oil, you get better and faster absorption.
In fact, vaping CBD may be four times more effective than taking it orally via a tincture.
CBD Vape Oil for Sleep
Just as amino acids are the building blocks of protein, terpenes are the building blocks of CBD. Terpenes are what gives CBD its scent, flavor, and most importantly, effects. Some companies offer effect-specific CBD vape oil.
For example, you can buy a pen cartridge filled with a CBD oil designed to help you sleep. Or, if you prefer, one that will help you just feel relaxed. While others are designed to help with focus.
Does Research Support Vaping CBD Oil?
Yes. One study says vaporizers “offer a promising application mode for the safe and efficient administration of medicinal cannabis.” [SOURCE 2]
But the news that CBD or other compounds in marijuana is therapeutic comes as no surprise to many. And, in fact, it’s ancient news. After all, cannabis has an unrivaled history of continuous cultivation. This cultivation dates back 6,000 years in China. [SOURCE 2]
Fast forward to the 1960s. That’s when CBD, along with THC, were identified. Since then, science has confirmed the location of CBD receptors in the brain and various other parts of the human body. These receptors play an important part in regulating many functions in the body.
And for many people, vaping CBD oil is a convenient and effective way to activate these receptors to ease pain, inflammation, anxiety and other problems.
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