There are many different ways you can take CBD, and some methods are enjoying more popularity than others. Taking CBD oil sublingually is pretty much the standard. This refers to using a CBD oil or tincture that is dropped under the tongue.
While this method is considered fairly effective, even the most loyal CBD users will admit that it doesn’t taste great. To get around this, many people use flavoured forms of CBD, including edibles; but these are slow to take effect and have a low bioavailability due to our metabolism.
Vaping is sort of a compromise between the two. It is fast-acting (even faster than sublingual tinctures) and it tastes delicious. For this reason, it is becoming an extremely popular method of taking CBD. Plus, a number of UK residents are already vaping nicotine, and are turning instead to CBD cartridges as a way to kick the smoking habit.
Nevertheless, there are some safety concerns about vaping, especially when it comes to CBD oil. Is it even possible to add your CBD oil to an e-cigarette? In this article, we investigate whether you can really vape CBD oil.
Is Vaping CBD Oil Legal?
First of all, you may be wondering whether vaping CBD is even legal. The answer is yes.
In the UK, CBD is pretty much entirely legal. Although it comes from the cannabis plant, cannabidiol products sold here are produced using industrial hemp. Hemp is legal to grow in Great Britain as long as you have a license from the Home Office, and many manufacturers import hemp and hemp extracts from Europe. Currently, the law dictates that CBD must come from EU-approved strains of hemp (of course, Brexit does inject some fears about the future of our CBD sources).
These hemp strains are always low in THC, the psychoactive component found in cannabis. As a result, any hemp extract from these plants is guaranteed to be low in THC. In Britain, CBD products must contain less than 0.2% THC in order to be legal. When products are made from these approved hemp strains, they are almost guaranteed to fall on the right side of the law.
Vaping is also legal throughout the UK. In fact, there have been plans to outlaw cigarettes and move the smoking population toward e-cigarettes; the government plans to have Britain smoke-free by 2030.
With CBD legal and vaping being encouraged, you can rest assured that vaping CBD is legal. As the popularity of this compound grows, CBD vape cartridges can even be seen advertised in the windows of vape shops, so keep your eyes peeled.
Is Vaping CBD Safe?
Although vaping CBD is legal, there are some concerns about its safety. Health professionals and researchers aren’t entirely sure that vaping is safe at all, but it is generally considered to be a little better than smoking.
When you smoke a cigarette, the compounds within the product are burnt in a process known as combustion. This reaction produces hundreds of toxic chemicals which are then inhaled by the smoker. A number of these chemicals are carcinogenic, meaning they cause cancer.
The idea with vaping is that no combustion takes place. The e-cigarette heats the product to a certain temperature, enough to vaporise it without burning it. As such, the user should not be inhaling toxic chemicals, or at least not as many.
The fear relates to what is actually in these vape cartridges. The nicotine within them can lead to a nicotine addiction, but there are still issues with CBD cartridges. For example, many manufacturers use propylene glycol in vape products, and PG is known to break down into carcinogenic toxins when heated – even at a low temperature like what is used in a vaporiser.
There are other problems. The flavourings used in vape cartridges can cause health complications. Diacetyl, for example, was outlawed in the UK after it began popping up in a number of popcorn-flavoured vape cartridges. Diacetyl is known to cause a condition called ‘popcorn lung’, which damages the airways significantly.
While inhaling CBD is considered to be safe, vaping is not necessarily the recommended method for most users. The jury is currently out on vaping, and even the British Heart Foundation remains on the fence about whether it is harmful or not. As a result, it is not recommended that non-vapers start vaping just as a way of taking CBD.
Can I Put My CBD Oil in My Vaporiser?
If you already vape, already take CBD oil, and are wondering whether you can combine the two, then this is a question you need to ask. Before you go dropping your CBD oil into your e-cigarette, you need to consider whether that is safe.
Sadly, it is not. First of all, oils are not meant to be vaporised, and trying to do so could damage your vaporiser. You risk burning the oil, causing a bad smell and ruining the pen completely. We know that vaporisers don’t come cheap, so this is something you may want to avoid!
Secondly, there are lots of health risks associated with vaping a CBD oil. Even if you did manage to vaporise the oil cleanly, you would be inhaling substances which are not meant to be in your lungs. Oils are fats, meaning you are inhaling fat into the lungs. These fat particles can build up in the lungs, forming fatty globules and obstructing the airways, leading to a condition known as lipoid pneumonia.
So, instead of adding CBD oil to your vaporiser, it is best to find a product that is explicitly intended for use as a vape cartridge. Some brands sell products that can be used both sublingually and in a vape pen, while others sell CBD e-liquids fit for the purpose of vaping.
Buying the Right CBD Vape Products
It is important to buy a high-quality product, especially when it comes to vaping. The lungs can be sensitive and they are extremely crucial to our survival, so you should treat them with kindness. Considering that the flavourings and additives in vape cartridges are often what causes the health problems associated with vaping, you should be on the lookout for a high-quality product.
The CBD market is not actually regulated, so consumers need to be vigilant. Only buy from brands you trust, and always check out the lab reports. If there are no lab reports, steer clear! A lab analysis will let you know whether any chemicals are contained within the product, and this is something you need to be aware of.
If possible, we also recommend avoiding PG. As we mentioned earlier, propylene glycol can break down into carcinogenic substances in a vaporiser. Some brands are catching onto this and are starting to avoid its use. Since it’s possible to buy a vape cartridge with no PG, then why wouldn’t you try it?
It should go without saying, but always look for a product intended for vaping. Brands usually state that CBD oils are not intended for use in a vaporiser, but if it doesn’t explicitly state this then we still don’t recommend giving it a go just in case. Look for a product with ‘vape’ in the title, and you should be good to go.
Final Thoughts: Can You Vape CBD Oil?
Vaping CBD is becoming really popular. With CBD enjoying fairly lenient legal status in the UK, users can choose how they would like to take this supplement; vaping is just one of the ways you can do so.
Vaping CBD is legal, but it is not necessarily safe. Some experts suggest that vaping is a safer alternative to smoking, but there may still be health complications associated with long-term use.
It’s true that vaping is a good method for getting fast and effective CBD. However, you have to weigh up the health risks. A trend is taking place in which young people who would have never become smokers are now vaping, creating a wave of unnecessary nicotine addictions and respiratory problems that shouldn’t be occurring.
For those who have never vaped or smoked, we recommend using an alternate method of CBD consumption, such as a tincture, gummy, or capsule. If you already vape, then switching to a CBD cartridge could be better than nicotine. Just, whatever you do, don’t fill your e-cigarette with a tincture!