The past few years have seen a huge increase in vaping. Part of this is that people are looking for safer alternatives to smoking tobacco. But folks are also enjoying the variety of vape flavors, the convenience of a discrete vape pen, and the joy of a good puff.
CBD vaping has become incredibly popular, certainly for all the reasons above. But vaping CBD is also very popular because it’s an efficient way to take CBD and enjoy its beneficial effects almost immediately.
How? Well, that’s what we’re going to discuss today. Join us as we take a deep dive into CBD vaping, including how to use vape kits and pens, an exploration of how vaped CBD oil interacts with the body, an extensive look at all of the incredible flavors that are available, and what the heck a VG/PG ratio is.
VAPING CBD: WHAT IS CBD?
Before we get into the vapes themselves, we should take a moment to talk about just what it is we’re vaping. CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of a group of chemical compounds that come from the cannabis plant, called cannabinoids. The cannabis plant generates cannabinoids on its surface to help protect it against the elements and insect predators, as well as to attract pollinators.
The human body, as well as those of all vertebrates, produces its own cannabinoids, called endocannabinoids. These are part of the body’s endocannabinoid system, a cell-signaling system that works to regulate functions throughout the body’s nervous system, as well as other systems and organs. Endocannabinoids are actually neurotransmitters that attach to receptors that signal to other systems and help them to maintain homeostasis, or balance. This has beneficial effects on such crucial functions as sleep, mood, memory, appetite, pain, stress, motor control, and more.
When plant-based cannabinoids, or phytocannabinoids, are introduced to the body, they act in much the same way, signaling to receptors to keep the body’s systems in balance. Different cannabinoids interact differently. For instance, CBN signals to receptors that help with sleep, making it a useful sleep supplement. THC affects sleep, mood, memory and other functions in such a way that it creates a sort of euphoria. This is commonly referred to as getting high. It’s worth noting that all of the CBD oil and CBD vape products we’ll be talking about today are derived from a low-THC form of cannabis, called hemp. Because of this (and an extra filtration process we’ll discuss shortly), your CBD vaping products will not get you high.
As for CBD, cannabidiol has positive effects on several of the body’s systems and functions, making it a great all-around wellness product. In addition to helping the body maintain balance and wellness in its various systems, CBD can also be a calming product. Often this calming effect is described as CBD’s “chill.” You don’t get high by vaping CBD, but you can enjoy a nice calming focus.
VAPING CBD: WHAT IS VAPING?
Hey, if we’re going to cover the basics, we might as well also talk about what exactly vaping is. Vaping refers to using an electronic device — such as a vape pen, e-cigarette, or some hookahs — to heat up a liquid, so that the user can inhale the resulting vapor. In the case of CBD vaping, that liquid includes CBD oil. It also includes liquids, propylene glycol and vegetable glycol, that give thickness to the vapor and help to deliver the flavor of the oil, and any additional flavors that have been added.
VAPING CBD: WHAT IS THE BEST CBD OIL FOR VAPING?
Facts You Need to Know About Disposable CBD Vape PensAs we dig into the ingredients of a good CBD vape, we should start with the oil. When you’re looking for the best CBD oil for vaping, you want to find oil that is organically grown and extracted from the hemp plant via clean CO2 extraction. This ensures that you’re not vaping harmful chemicals from fertilizers, pesticides, heavy metals, and residual solvents. Impure CBD oil can put any or all of these terrible things into your lungs. So, make sure to look at the third-party lab report of any CBD product you plan on purchasing. If the CBD company you’re ordering from doesn’t make this readily available on their website, move on to a more reputable company.
As for types of CBD oil, there are three that vary based on the amount of filtering done to the hemp plant oil.
FULL SPECTRUM CBD OIL VS. BROAD SPECTRUM CBD OIL VS. CBD ISOLATE
CBD oil is extracted from the buds, leaves and stalks of the cannabis hemp plant. The oil that comes from this initial extraction process is called full spectrum CBD oil. Full spectrum oil contains everything the hemp plant has to give: all of the cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and some healthy fatty oils. As mentioned, hemp has a small, non-intoxicating amount of THC in it. Full spectrum CBD oil allows the consumer to enjoy the Entourage Effect. This is the term used to describe the phenomenon that happens when multiple cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids are consumed together. Instead of working individually, in parallel with one another, the various compounds actually boost each other’s effectiveness. The result is a deeper, richer CBD experience.
Because many people don’t want any THC in their CBD oil, an extra filtration step takes place to remove it from the oil. The resulting oil is called broad spectrum CBD oil. With broad spectrum oil, all detectable levels of THC are removed, though the extraction process also takes with it some (but not all) of the other cannabinoids, terpenes and other compounds. Nevertheless, broad spectrum CBD still has a rich cannabinoid profile and allows the user to enjoy a slightly lesser, but still powerful version of the Entourage Effect.
CBD isolate is CBD with all other compounds removed. CBD isolate contains no other cannabinoids, terpenes or other chemical compounds. It is 99% pure CBD. As such, it does not induce the Entourage Effect, though it is still effective for therapeutic products like CBD Bath Bombs.