Okay, so we’ve all heard the risks of vaping e-cigarettes. Some say they may be even more harmful than smoking traditional cigarettes, which is hugely off-putting. Question is, does the same go for vaping CBD and other cannabis products?
Getting real, the long-term health implications of vaping CBD are still unknown. At the same time, some studies support the idea that active vaping has no acute effects on lung function, indicating that these dangers are caused specifically by nicotine and other toxic fillers. Racking up the plus points, vaping CBD can offer big benefits for many reasons. The thing is, it’s up to you to find a safe, non-toxic vape product. Let’s get into it with our comprehensive guide to CBD vaping and how to find the right product for you.
The benefits of vaping CBD
Unless you’ve lived under a rock for the past few years, you’ll know that vaping uses a vape device to heat the CBD hemp extract. Hey presto, this creates a vapor that’s inhaled. There’s an aerosol byproduct when you heat the CBD though, sent straight through the mouthpiece and inhaled into the lungs.
The big take-home point here is that this form of intranasal CBD offers you the highest bioavailability possible. Other administration methods are significantly less in terms of bioavailability due to CBD’s hydrophobic nature and first-pass effect when taken orally. If that’s gone over your head, you can read more about the differences in administration bioavailability here. In a nutshell, better bioavailability means more accurate dosage, quicker effects, and minimized waste of product.
Back to vaping, since CBD enters the bloodstream directly from the lungs, it allows nearly four times as much CBD to enter your circulation for a maximum bioavailability of approximately 50% to 60%. This opens the doors to achieving the same medicinal properties with a smaller amount of CBD. Another benefit of vaping is that it considerably decreases the time required to become active in the body. The effects can kick in within minutes, and here we have the most efficient delivery method available.
At the same time, CBD vape products are also ideal for individuals that are turned off by the taste of CBD oil, have food allergies or dietary restrictions, or require a fast-acting solution.
How to find a safe CBD vape product
When shopping for a safe CBD vape product, our advice is to keep it simple. Keep your eyes open for formulations that ideally only contain two ingredients: hemp extract and terpenes. Never go for products that contain toxic thickeners or cutting agents like PG, PEG, VG, vitamin E oil, MCT oil, or other low-smoke point oils. Some CBD e-juices can also contain flavors, dyes, essential oils, and other ingredients that aren’t meant to be vaporized and inhaled. These are a big no-no, as they’re harmful ingredients that can cause inflammation, lung damage, risk of disease, and even carcinogenic effects.
Let’s make this simple with a handy checklist to minimize the risks of purchasing a harmful CBD vape product:
⬜ CBD sourced from US Hemp Authority-certified, non-GMO farms
⬜ CBD is sourced from farms raised with strict organic farming practices or certified organic
⬜ CO2-extracted CBD
⬜ Provides independent, third-party lab testing
⬜ COAs are from an ISO 17025-accredited lab
⬜ COAs are batch-specific
⬜ COAs include the following test results:
⬜ Correct cannabinoid content
⬜ No pesticide exposure
⬜ Non-detectible heavy metals
⬜ No toxic solvent residue
⬜ No mold or mildew contamination
⬜ Products manufactured in a cGMP-certified, FDA-registered facility
⬜ Only contains two ingredients: hemp extract and terpenes
CBD Safety and Research
We have to note that much of the data available on vaping (as well as CBD overall) is still in its infancy. If you’re worried about the potential risks of CBD vaping, know that there are other administration methods available, and these can still help you experience CBD’s yummy therapeutic promise. Also, remember that cannabinoid therapy impacts everyone differently, so it’s important to make choices based on your needs. But if you need us, we’re here to help! For more information regarding CBD vape products just contact our team.