Vaping is great for many reasons, but when it comes to CBD oils, this intake method has a different value.
It is effective, easy, and fast, which is everything you might want it to be.
However, for inexperienced users, getting started might seem like too much. Don’t worry, though, after reading this simple but comprehensive guide, you will be able to start vaping CBD oil right away!
What Is CBD Oil Vaping Exactly?
Let’s start with the facts right away. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a substance derived from either marijuana or hemp plants. It has a lot of peculiar properties, which we are going to talk about later.
For now, to give you a general idea of what vaping CBD oils really is, let’s look at some statistics and facts:
- Vaping is 95% safer than smoking since it does not release as many carcinogens and does not irritate the lungs as much as smoking does.
- Within the first seconds after inhaling, your body gets 95% of the CBD from the vape oil, which makes this intake method the fastest way to get the CBD compounds.
- It is more cost-efficient than smoking.
- Vaping allows users to appreciate the flavors more. And it prevents that unpleasant burnt taste.
- Unlike smoking, vaping does not produce the scent that lingers in the air for a long time.
- Vaporizers preserve the compounds of the substance since they operate at lower temperatures and do not burn anything (unlike smoking).
Now, CBD might seem quite confusing, especially for beginner vapers. You see, this abbreviation can be used to signify a thousand different products, including oils, pills, vape juices, tinctures, and so on.
While we are aware of CBD vape oil benefits, we need to keep in mind that there is little known about the long-term effects (potentially negative). Vaping is a new trend that’s being actively studied these days. You can see some news articles on this topic almost every day, and you never know if the next one is going to let us know that some dangers have been discovered.
So, if you want to start vaping CBD oils, there is one thing you need to understand:
You can’t actually do that because oils are not suitable for vaping.
They are meant to be taken orally, by dropping a certain amount on or under your tongue (different users prefer different methods).
So, what can you vape then?
CBD vape juices (also known as vape oils and CBD e-liquids). They are designed specifically for CBD oil vape pens and vaporizers and usually contain agents like Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerin, Polyethylene Glycol, etc.
The CBD Oil Effect: Pros and Cons
As a beginner, you surely want to consider all the pros and cons of CBD oil vaping. After all, some of these effects may be a real game changer for you.
Obviously, these side effects don’t seem that dangerous, but you should still take them into consideration. Also, keep in mind that because vaping is a relatively young phenomenon, we are not aware of its long-term effects. So, there’s no 100% assurance that it’s safe.
Why Is Vaping CBD Oil So Popular?
As each person chooses to vape CBD oils for their personal reasons, it might be hard to figure out why this method of consuming CBD is so popular. But it’s an interesting topic to research, which is why we made a small survey.
We asked 1,900 people about their personal reasons with a purpose to understand what makes CBD oils so popular. Interestingly enough, the majority of responders mentioned more than one reason for vaping CBD oils. Here are the results we’ve got:
- 84% said that they prefer vaping because it works faster than other methods (such as oral intake, for example).
- 65% chose to start vaping CBD oils because they considered it to be much safer than smoking dry herbs.
- 34% note that they vape because it gives them more freedom (mostly in terms of choosing a flavor).
- 28% choose vaping CBD oils because it is less intoxicating. Many of them noted that while CBD helped them with pain relief, they didn’t really need the intoxicating effect one typically gets from smoking marijuana.
Marijuana Oil vs. Hemp Oil
Now, when it comes to CBD oils, you might be confused about the source. You see, it can be either marijuana or hemp plant. And while marijuana products are illegal in most parts of the US, manufacturers use hemp to make CBD vape liquids.
Just to be on the safe side, start with the smallest CBD doses. Take one inhale, exhale, and then wait for a few minutes to see if you start noticing the effects. If nothing changes, take another inhale. And don’t hold your breath after inhaling: this might irritate your lungs.
When comparing these two oil kinds, one should know that there’s a huge difference. Marijuana oils contain high levels of THC (the psychoactive substance that makes users high) and low levels of CBD (cannabidiol). Hemp oils, on the other hand, contain high levels of CBD and minimal levels of THC.
Spectrum vs. Isolate
You might also come across such terms as spectrum and isolate, so let me help you understand their meaning.
Spectrum means that the oil was made from the whole plant.
Isolate means that the cannabidiol in the oil was extracted, purified, and isolated from the other cannabinoids, which makes such oil’s compounds a bit “poorer”.
How to Vape CBD Oil: A Few Tips for Beginners
If you are a complete beginner, you might think vaping is complex.
But it’s not.
Just follow these steps, and you will become a vaper in no time.
Step 1. Settle on your device.
With CBD vape oils, you have 4 options:
- disposable CBD vape pens (you need to throw them away once you’ve used all the oil and get new pens every time);
- pre-filled CBD vape pens (they come with pre-filled cartridges – once you are done with the oil, you throw the cartridge away and buy a new one);
- refillable vapes (they come with e-juice tanks that can be refilled every time you’ve used all the vape oil; they can be styled like pens or small boxes with those tanks on top);
- table-top vaporizers (these are large and heavy, which means they are not as portable as the previous types; usually, they feature either a hose-like mouthpiece or a bag that is filled with vapor).
As a beginner, it’s better for you to start with simpler devices. Familiarize yourself with pre-filled pens first and then move on to refillable vaporizers. It’s just a piece of advice, though – you are free to do whatever you want.
Step 2. Get to know your device.
Once you get your new device, read the manual thoroughly. It’s the safest and smartest way to know how your vaporizer operates. If you are using pre-filled or disposable pens, you can start vaping right away. For refillable vaporizers, you have to fill the tank with oil first.
When it comes to CBD oils (or even marijuana concentrates), vaping is still much safer than smoking. There’s no combustion with vaping, which means much fewer lung irritants, chemicals, and carcinogens.
Step 3. Experiment carefully.
Don’t get too crazy at first since you don’t know yet how much you need exactly to feel the effects of CBD. You should start with small CBD oil doses and light inhales.
If your device is regulated, control the temperature. You can start with lower temperatures and see how they work for you, then increase them if needed.
Step 4. Take time for regular maintenance.
When it comes to vaping, it’s extremely important to keep your vaporizer clean. After all, this affects what you let inside your body. Apart from health concerns, a clean device means a clean flavor, and we all appreciate that. Besides, a properly maintained device will serve you longer.
Now you can see that vaping CBD oils isn’t that hard at all! Just a few quick steps plus a thorough reading of the manual, and you are good to go.
How to Use CBD Oil in a Vape Pen?
Now, while disposable and pre-filled CBD vape pens pretty much allow for intuitive use and table-top vaporizers are a completely different story, using refillable vapes might require a more detailed explanation.
But the good news is:
There’s nothing too complicated about it.
Here’s what you should do:
- Charge your device. If it’s brand new, chances are its battery is close to dying. Just unscrew the tank part from the battery, plug the charger in (typically, a USB one), and wait for your device to fully charge. This typically takes around 2-3 hours. There also should be a light indicator on the battery, which lets you know when it’s done charging.
- Once your vape pen battery is ready to be used, you need to fill the tank with the CBD vape oil of your choice. There are vape tanks you should flip upside down to refill (in order to avoid spillage). You will need to unscrew the coil part to open the tank. There will be a little hole through which the CBD oil will get into the tank.
- Now, CBD vape oils usually come in dropper bottles, so the filling process should be quite easy. Just take the dropper and add the needed amount of oil to your tank. Then, screw the coil part back on, flip the tank, and voila!
- Keep in mind that different vape pen models have different filling systems. Some can be filled from the top. You just need to take the mouthpiece off, drip your CBD vape oil, and put the mouthpiece back on. As I’ve said before, it’s better to read the manual first to see how your particular device works.
- Now when the vape tank is filled with your precious CBD vape oil, you need to screw it back onto the battery. Make sure that all the parts feel sturdy and tight. You don’t want any of them to unscrew during vaping.
- Turn the device on by pressing the power button. If your vape pen has temperature control features, set the desired temperature and let the device heat up for a few seconds.
- Put the tip in your mouth and inhale. And that’s it, you are now a vaper! Enjoy!
Here’s a cool video guide by Catherine from Foods That Heal You in case you need some visuals to understand how to use CBD oil in a vape pen.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is CBD oil legal?
A tricky question to answer. You already know that CBD oils can be sourced from two plant types – hemp and marijuana. Hemp oils are legal and available on the market. As for marijuana CBD oils, only 10 states now allow for recreational marijuana use legally and 23 states allow for medical purposes only. In addition to those, there are three states where marijuana is completely illegal, while each of the rest of the US states has different requirements for legal medical CBD.
A quick note: the majority of manufacturers use hemp to source their CBD oils.
Is CBD therapeutic?
It depends on each user’s unique physiology. However, CBD oils are known to possess anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, and analgesic properties, which means we can call them therapeutic.
Is full spectrum better than isolate?
There’s no certain answer to this question. Both spectrum and isolate oils have similar properties and effects. Isolate oils, though, contain only CDB, while full-spectrum ones come with CBD, cannabinoids, acids, and terpenes, which means they have a stronger effect on users. However, isolate oils are a safer option when, for example, you need to go through drug testing at work. So, it’s actually up to every user to decide which oil type is better for them.
Can I vape just any CBD oil?
No. There are CBD oils designed specifically to be taken orally (they are often called CBD tinctures). They are not suitable for vaping. And vape CBD oils are mixed with other components so that they can work in a vaporizer (they are usually called CBD vape oils or CBD e-liquids).
How much CBD oil should I use?
Again, because of our physical differences, there’s no certain answer to this question. The safest way to vape CBD oils it to start with smaller doses and increase them gradually if you need. But make sure you wait for some time before increasing the dose (just to see how your body reacts to the current one). It is recommended to stick to one amount for around 3-4 days and then increase it if necessary.
So, what are your thoughts on CBD oils? Do you think that vaping is one of the best intake methods? Let us know in the comments!