Many moons ago, back in 1963, Herbert A. Gilbert created the world’s first electronic cigarette. However, it was not until the noughties that electronic cigarettes become widely popular and an alternative to smoking. Today e-cigarettes and vapes are widely used across the globe and have become one of the most popular methods for taking CBD (cannabidiol). If you’re new to vaping, it’s important to review how it works before looking at the process of vaping CBD. But first of all we should explain, what exactly is CBD.
What is CBD
CBD (cannabidiol) is a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant, this can often be confused with the marijuana plant, but the key difference is that CBD products do not contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which is what causes the psychoactive ‘high’ effect. Although vaping marijuana-based products are also an option, this article will focus solely on the process and effects of vaping CBD.
Built into the human body is the endocannabinoid system which is vital to many key processes which affect our day-to-day life, such as mood, stress, energy levels, and blood pressure. The endocannabinoid system is made up of CB1 and CB2 receptors which react when CBD enters the bloodstream.
How does vaping work
Vaping is the procedure of heating up raw plant extracts without combustion so that the release of harmful chemicals is minimized, and the plant’s intended effects are maximized. As the substance breaks down the molecules are inhaled and are absorbed immediately into the bloodstream.
There are two kinds of vape, the small and compact ‘pen-style’ vape which consists of a replaceable inhaler cartridge, a heating chamber, a rechargeable battery, and a circuit board. When you inhale a sensor is triggered which heats a small about of liquid to turn it into a vapor that is drawn into your mouth. Additionally, there are the ‘tank-style’ vapes, which are what produce the billowing cloud smoke effect; these require e-liquids.
For first-time vapers, a disposable vape pen may be recommended as it is simple and easy to use, with all the components built in.
The benefits of vaping CBD
To vape CBD there are several methods: a pre-filled CBD vape pen, CBD vape juice or a CBD vape cartridge. Choosing the correct one can depend on the type of vape you use.
As mentioned previously, the process of vaping breaks down the molecules for them to be absorbed into the bloodstream incredibly quickly, the effects of vaping are recognized by your brain in about 5 seconds. This is incredibly beneficial for those using it to relieve a sudden onset affliction, such as anxiety, short-term stress or a migraine. In these situations, one may not be able to wait 30 minutes to feel the effects via other methods of consumption.
In addition to the instantaneously felt effects, vaping CBD can be very practical in a literal sense. Carrying a vape pen or device around with you is small and discreet and there is no worry of it spilling or spoiling, as may be the case with a CBD drink or food product.
Inhaling CBD means that it does not have to make its way through the liver or digestive system in order to get to the bloodstream. Consequently, via vape CBD can be ingested in much more concentrated doses, which gives you a more accurate idea of how much you are taking and can also have a more beneficial effect (without risking taking more than your recommended dose).
The risks of vaping CBD
When it comes to vaping CBD, the potential health risks concerns can arise over the quality of the vape pen used. When the vape device heats up its liquid it uses a metal coil, health professionals are apprehensive that when heated metal nanoparticles are released into the vape liquid and then inhaled. To avoid this happening be sure to research your vape before purchasing and ensure that it is of the highest quality.
A small number of vape users are allergic, or may later develop allergies to the chemicals and materials involved in the vaping process. This may be due to propylene glycol which is found in the vape oil, this is an ingredient also found in many food flavourings so if you are aware of an existing allergy please exercise caution. If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are taking any prescribed medicine please consult your doctor before vaping CBD.
So, why CBD oil?
After having reviewed the benefits and risks of vaping CBD many people ask the question, can the relief from vaping CBD be found anywhere else? If you are vaping CBD for a sudden onset affliction then it is a method hard to beat, the rapidity with which you can feel alleviation from your ailment means that you can confidently continue with your day to day life. If you find that vaping CBD is not the best method for you then there are plenty of others you can try such as oral drops, capsules, and edible foods.