I want to tell you what I think are the 5 things you should know before vaping CBD oil.
- What is CBD?
- What are the benefits?
- Is it legal?
- Why vape CBD oil?
- Which CBD oil should you vape? (Or, more importantly, which ones you need to avoid!)
1. What is CBD?
Also known as cannabidiol, CBD is one of the main phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis sativa (hemp) plant. Research has shown that phytocannabinoids interact with our own endocannabinoid system and can help it to do its job of achieving and maintaining homeostasis, or balance, throughout the body - which could lead to positive health outcomes. In fact, people have been using it for thousands of years to alleviate a wide range of symptoms and illnesses.
2. What are the benefits?
Recent research has found that vaping CBD oil has the potential to help people with their:
- Anxiety and Depression
- Heart Health
- Neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and MS
- Cancer-related symptoms and Chemotherapy side effects
But many people report that taking CBD oil simply helps them with their general wellbeing - it’s up to you to see whether it works for you.
3. Is it legal?
Because the other main phytocannabinoid found in cannabis sativa, THC, can get you high, the whole plant has received bad press over the years and was illegal here until 2016. THC is still a Class B controlled drug in the UK, but CBD is now classified as a medicine and is perfectly legal, as long as you buy from a reputable seller who extracts only from EU certified strains of cannabis sativa containing no more than 0.2% THC. And trust me, vaping CBD oil won’t get you stoned!
4. Why vape CBD oil?
As you may have noticed, there are many ways to take CBD oil: in oral tinctures and capsules, edible sweets, body creams - and of course you can vape it. With vaping CBD oil, you get quicker results as it enters straight into your bloodstream, but for a shorter duration, so its effects are more controlled. It’s all about personal preference really.
This brings me to the most important thing I think you should know:
5. What type of CBD oil should you vape?
There are plenty of CBD vape juices out there. Just make sure you avoid vaping an edible tincture/oil – these are often sold in bottles that look incredibly similar to vape juices – as these may contain MCT, which although coconut-derived is poisonous when inhaled.
And I think it’s vital that you check the labels before you buy if you want to avoid vaping the potentially harmful thinning agents PG and VG. Although classified as safe to eat, some studies have shown they’re carcinogenic when heated and inhaled (vaped).
I’d recommend sticking to vape cartridges which contain only CBD distillate as this has been extracted from the plant through either CO2 or solvent extraction methods and is chemical-free. Again, make sure you check the label before you buy.
Just to let you know, the World Health Organisation reported in 2017 that CBD causes no harmful side effects. But my advice to you is to talk to your doctor before you take any form of CBD, especially if you’re already on any medication, as this could lead to unwanted side effects.
Now I hope you’re ready to make an informed decision about vaping CBD oil. If you have any more questions that need answering, feel free to drop us a line below and I or one of my team will get back to you. And if you found my guide helpful, please go ahead and share.
Jamie Wood, Founder & CEO