The CBD oil that many have been discussing as of late is not a new phenomenon. Many know that the acronym CBD is derived from cannabidiol which is found in hemp oil. Unlike the plant it is known to come from, CBD has non-intoxicating properties. This means you can purchase CBD hemp oil from a variety of retailers in all 50 states without a prescription.
This comes as great news for people using CBD to treat seizures, chronic pain, anxiety or other similar ailments. Since waiting 30 minutes isn’t always an option vaping CBD has become a profoundly accessible option.
So Vaping CBD is increasingly popular because many users report feeling its effects more quickly than with other methods of taking CBD oil. Vaping CBD offers immediate relief for some users, as edible forms can take more than 30 minutes to digest and enter the user’s bloodstream and absorption is in question when may factors like digestion or effectiveness are variable for different people.
Vaping also allows users the ability to remain discrete and consume CBD in public. With a tank or a vape pen, a dose is never further away than your pocket or purse.
Many users describe an almost instantaneous effect when they first vape CBD. This is good news for those suffering from seizures.
Vaping CBD is one of the easiest methods available to consume this beneficial supplement. It just so happens that vaping this supplement gaining momentum in popularity
For many people with chronic pain or other conditions treated with CBD, vaping provides convenient and quick relief. However, getting started can be a daunting task for inexperienced vapers. With so many different types of vapes and CBD available, is that disposable pen vape at the headshop down the street really the best option? Probably not.
We want to emphasize the importance of acquiring a basic understanding of vaping and the components involved before making your first purchase. So let's discuss the basic gear to get you started if you're unfamiliar.
What Do I Need To Vape CBD?
Not every vape is the same, but they all have four basic components: a battery, a heating element (also known as an atomizer), a mouthpiece and a chamber to hold the material to be vaped. The heating element vaporizes whatever material it comes in contact within the chamber and the user inhales the vapor through the mouthpiece.
From here there are two distinct styles of vapes that we are concerned with for vaping CBD:
The first type is the pen-style vape which is used for concentrates. It consists of a chamber with a metal heating coil in the bottom that vaporizes concentrated CBD isolate placed directly on the coils.
The second style of vape is the kind that produces the famous billowing clouds associated with vaping. These are known as “tank style” vapes. Tanks require e-liquid, a mixture of propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, flavorings, and CBD. The heating coil inside is filled or wrapped with cotton, nylon or silica wick to absorb the e-liquid into the coils.
When it comes to tank style vapes, there are yet another two variations:
Disposable vapes (also known as “cartomizers” because they use prefilled, disposable cartridges) tend to be made with cheaper materials and are of questionable quality. Users add their own e-liquid to refillable vapes and the heating coils are replaceable on some.
For tobacco smokers, a refillable tank is the most common style of vape; however, for someone who has never smoked, a refillable pen style vape that uses CBD concentrates instead of e-liquid is the best option. These are typically sold as all-in-one kits and replacement atomizers can be purchased online.
All vaporizers have four basic components: a battery, a heating element (also known as an atomizer), a mouthpiece and a chamber or tank to hold the material to be vaped.
The main drawback to using CBD e-liquid over pure concentrates is that the maximum dissolution rate of CBD in e-liquid is about 33mg/ml without the addition of polyethylene glycol or vegetable glycerin. This means that to achieve a typical dose of 10mg to 30mg of CBD, nearly 1ml of e-liquid must be consumed in one sitting. To put that into perspective, a small disposable pen style vape has about 1ml to 2ml of e-liquid. So it takes slightly longer to deliver the CBD in an e-liquid than with a concentrate.
There are also more complex, rebuildable vapes for advanced users who want to control every aspect of the vape hardware. However, these require a higher level of knowledge than the average user possesses or is willing to invest. Check out our blog to further expose yourself to this kind of knowledge.
With disposable vapes, users have little control over the metal used in the coil, flavors used in the e-liquid, the quality of the CBD or the base chemicals used in the e-liquid.
Are There Potential Safety Warnings When Vaping CBD?
A small percentage of users are allergic or later develop allergies to some of the chemicals and materials used in vapes.
That is why it is so important to be informed before pursuing vaping. As technologies and regulations continue to evolve, these risks will become better understood and easier to mitigate.
With pen-style, concentrate vapes, the main material of concern is the heating coil. These are typically made from titanium, stainless steel, Kanthal (an alloy of iron, chromium, and aluminum), nickel-chromium alloy or pure nickel wire. Most commercially available vapes use Kanthal, grade 1 titanium or stainless steel.
A vape made from stainless steel and borosilicate glass could eliminate certain contaminants. The materials used in vapes are typically listed online and on the box. Using a vape with cotton or quartz wick and a titanium, stainless steel or Kanthal heating coil is probably the safest option.
Allergens Involved In CBD?
The main two chemicals in CBD e-liquid are propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin. It's important to know if you have a sensitivity to either of these chemicals. Individuals with more severe allergies can break out in hives, develop swelling or have difficulty breathing. Lucky for us, both chemicals are so ubiquitous in our everyday lives that it would be nearly impossible to not realize you have an allergy to one of them before you started vaping.
Propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin are common ingredients in smoke machine vapor, cosmetics, hair products, food, drinks, cigarettes, medicine and many more products.
Pure vegetable glycerin liquids are available, but because vegetable glycerin is such a viscous compound, it doesn’t readily absorb into the wicking of most vapes. Pure vegetable glycerin juice requires advanced equipment called a rebuildable atomizer, or RBA, which is delved into much further in our RDA Guide. As well, pure vegetable glycerin is difficult to use with CBD because it tends to precipitate out of the liquid into crystals. Polyethylene glycol can be added to the vegetable glycerin to allow more CBD to dissolve into the liquid; however, it is extremely bitter and harsh.
We hope you'll consider reading our many guides on the blog to get a solid understanding of the safety measures that should be taken when starting to vape. As always, practice safety and be considerate of those around you when vaping.