Is Vaping the Way to Go with CBD Oil?
There are many ways to take CBD (which stands for cannabidiol) oil. It can be taken orally, either by placing drops under the tongue or by eating it in foods or capsules. CBD oil can also be used topically, by applying it directly to the skin. And, finally, cannabidiol oil can be absorbed through the lungs, either by smoking or vaping. What do you need to know if you’re thinking about vaping CBD oil?
There Is a Right and a Wrong Way to Vape
The first thing you need to know, if you’re considering vaping, is that it’s a bit different than smoking. A lot of first-timers cough when they vape because vape oils don’t contain the cough suppressing anesthetics that cigarettes do. These chemical additives explain why someone can inhale cigarette smoke, but not bonfire smoke, without coughing when they are essentially the same thing: burning plant material.
For this reason, many practiced vapers often develop a technique that is a bit different than the way cigarettes are smoked. Instead of drawing the vapor straight into the lungs, like cigarette smoke is, the vapor is drawn into the mouth first. Once it has been held there briefly, it can then be inhaled into the lungs without producing a cough. Adjusting the oil concentration can also help reduce coughing.
There Are Many Types of CBD Oils
Cannabidiol comes in many different forms. There are flavored tinctures, which are formulated to be taken orally. Holding a few drops under the tongue, before swallowing, allows optimal absorption. CBD oils can also be mixed into foods or taken in capsule form. There are also topical oils that can be rubbed into the skin.
Vaping, however, requires a different type of cannabidiol product. The liquid, or juice, that is used to vape isn’t in oil form. It is a liquid that is specifically designed to be vaped. It is worth pointing out that, although traditional CBD oils can’t be vaped, cannabidiol juice can be taken orally. It is also worth noting that, although edible cannabidiol oils may be made from either female (marijuana) or male (hemp) cannabis plants, CBD vape juice is only made from industrial hemp.
Some Benefits to Vaping Your CBD Oil
There are benefits to vaping CBD oil, instead of eating it. When anything is taken orally, it undergoes something called first pass metabolism. Essentially, because the substance must pass through the stomach and intestines before reaching the bloodstream, a fraction of that substance is destroyed before getting there. Vaping allows the CBD oil to enter directly into the bloodstream without undergoing loss due to first pass metabolism.
There are also benefits to be gained when vaping instead of smoking. Whatever type of device is chosen to smoke CBD oil, the result is the same. The oil is heated to the point of ignition and the resulting smoke is inhaled into the lungs. This is not the case in vaping. Vapor is gentler on the lungs and doesn’t contain the carcinogens that smoke does.
It is also more discrete vaping CBD oil than it is smoking it. The smell will be less obvious, because cannabidiol vape juices come in flavor varieties similar to those for nicotine. Also, a lot of people use vape devices and there would be no way for someone to visually determine that you’re vaping something other than nicotine.