If you’ve started taking CBD, or are still exploring the different kinds of products available to you, you may have considered vaping CBD e-liquids. In recent years they’ve been gaining popularity and more and more people are reaching for a vape to administer their daily dose. Whether you want to use CBD e-liquids alone or in conjunction with another method like drops, there are a few things you’ll want to know first. We’ll cover what’s in the liquids themselves, why people use them as well as how to use a vape kit.
Why do people vape CBD?
Like with any CBD product, there are a myriad of reasons people are using them. Your endocannabinoid system has receptors throughout your body, with CB1 and CB2 receptors performing slightly different functions. When you use a vape to administer CBD you’ll target both kinds of receptor which can support normal bodily function both mentally and physically. Vaping CBD may help with things like:
- Stress and anxiety. CBD molecules can be synthesised by the CB1 receptors in your brain⁽¹⁾ which help maintain mood, memory and regulate cortisol levels⁽³⁾.
- Sleep issues. Due to its naturally calming properties, largely to do with its ability to regulate cortisol levels, CBD can also enable you to fall asleep more easily⁽³⁾.
- Pain and inflammation. The CBD molecule is a natural anti-inflammatory so can help regulate pain from injury⁽²⁾. If you suffer from conditions like arthritis or soreness and muscle swelling post-workout, CBD can support faster recovery so you have shorter rest periods between training sessions.
- Nausea and vomiting. People may experience nausea and vomiting through motion sickness or as a side effect from other medical treatment. CBD has an antiemetic effect meaning it calms your body’s triggers which can help reduce these symptoms⁽⁴⁾.
What’s in CBD e-liquid?
CBD e-liquids have four ingredients, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, flavouring and CBD. They each perform a slightly different function to help you get the best out of your vaping experience.
- Propylene glycol: The main ingredient in CBD e-liquids, referred to as PG for short is a thin liquid which mainly serves to carry the flavour of your liquid. It also provides a vector for your CBD. CBD is more soluble in PG than vegetable glycerin so CBD e-liquids are usually higher in PG than VG (unlike nicotine containing e-liquids). PG is used in things like asthma inhalers, ice cream and flavour enhancers so it also helps you get the best flavour from your liquid too. It’s easier to evaporate than vegetable glycerin too due to its thinner consistency.
- Vegetable glycerin: Vegetable glycerin or VG is slightly thicker in consistency as has a naturally sweet taste to it. Its primary function is to create vapour from your e-cigarette and is used in things like toothpaste, soap and cosmetics.
- Flavouring: CBD vape oils may be naturally flavoured with terpenes and flavonoids from the hemp plant though they may also have extra flavouring added too. Different terpenes can be more stimulating or relaxing and of course flavouring serves mainly to give you a pleasant vaping experience.
- CBD: The main component you’re using e-liquids for is of course CBD itself. E-liquids will come in different strengths so you can choose the one that fits you best.
Other useful things to know:
- Due to the fact that CBD e-liquids are high in PG, the more easily vaporised liquid, you’ll want a lower powered device. If you use a higher powered vape you’ll evaporate more CBD than you need.
- If you’re concerned about THC, CBD e-liquids derived from hemp are THC free. This means you won’t be at any risk of failing a drug test.
- There are a range of strengths available, which one suits you best will depend on a few things. We recommend most people start at either 100mg or 300mg though you may want to go higher depending on your reasons for taking it. For more precise dosage information you can look at our dosage guide.
“Bioavailability - the technical term for your body’s absorption rate.”
One of the best things about vaping CBD is its bioavailability. It’s one of the most quickly and easily absorbed formats of CBD, taking effect within around 90 seconds and you can absorb as much as 60 - 70%. However, it does leave your system after a few hours (generally one to two hours after you’ve been vaping it) so we recommend using your vape throughout the day. This makes vaping CBD an ideal way to microdose if you want to just take a few puffs every 30 minutes to an hour.
How do I use a vape?
Using a vape is incredibly simple and most people get the hang of it after just a few puffs. Once you’ve selected your vape of choice, you’ll need to fill up either the pod or tank with your e-liquid. Each kit will differ slightly so you’re best off reading the included instructions but as a general rule you’ll need to either press a button to activate the battery or just inhale directly on the mouth piece.
Unlike conventional smoking, you won’t want to take super shallow sharp inhales. You’ll want to take a slightly longer more consistent and slow inhale to avoid e-liquid from spitting. Some devices are made so you can draw vapour into your mouth first then inhale down into your lungs while others you can inhale straight down like an inhaler.
You may find you cough the first few tries but after a while you’ll get the hang of it. If, as recommended, you’re using a lower powered device you’ll also have less vapour to inhale which makes it easier to get used to more quickly, even if you’ve never vaped before.
Vaping offers a convenient way to top up your CBD levels throughout the day as well as being a cost effective and efficient means of administering it. However, if you’re still not sure whether vaping is right for you, or you’d like to consider other options for administering CBD, read our guide for choosing the best product for you.
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