CBD, Vaping and Your Options
There have recently been a lot of news stories and panic about vaping. When all of the smoke clears, it will be found that those that had adverse reactions were using cheap products cut with substances that were using fillers not tested for human consumption.
The facts are that when using products from reputable, tested sources, vaping is one of the most efficient ways to take CBD (cannabidiol) and offers the fastest route of absorption into the body. However, it’s not the most beginner-friendly method. But, with a dash of patience and some research, the first hurdle into vaping CBD is well worth your time.
In this article, we’re going to cover the basics of vaping and the information you need to try it for yourself. Like any form of CBD, vaping begins with a little trial and error to find what works best for you. However, unlike other options, vaping also requires a bit of research on the hardware end to get started.
But first, let’s talk about why so many people choose to vape CBD.
WHY VAPE CBD?
There are several ways to get your daily cannabinoid dose. Whether you prefer tinctures, ingestible options like gel, caps, vaping, or topical approach—there are no wrong choices.
You can also mix things up and combine a few throughout the day.
The biggest difference between options is how these hemp extracts are absorbed. That's what makes vaping different.
BIOAVAILABILITY IS WHAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE
Bioavailability, or the degree and rate at which CBD is absorbed, is a major factor.
Our bodies absorb essential nutrients and other substances from the food we eat, the beverages we drink, and any other vitamins we use to supplement our diet.
A portion of everything we ingest is then either absorbed into the body or processed as waste.
Naturally, we aren’t able to absorb everything we consume. That would cause some serious issues (to say the least). And as our bodies purge the excess or unnecessary, we inevitably lose some of that which is beneficial.
Digestive processes within the human body are incredible, but we aren’t perfect filters.
Most forms of CBD are absorbed during the process of digestion. However, when inhaled, CBD bypasses digestion altogether and is absorbed directly through the lungs. This method allows more complete absorption (and at a faster rate) when compared to tinctures or edibles.
And the biggest benefit of greater bioavailability?
SOMETIMES LESS IS MORE
Say you have two bottles of CBD, both are the same strength, but one is intended for vaping. Which lasts longer?
That’s not a trick question.
Vaping allows you to user less CBD because a higher percentage of the compound can be absorbed and used by the body.
So, when vaping CBD, less is more.
Just make sure you’re only vaping a product that’s compatible with vaping. For example, you should avoid vaping anything with an “oil” base. This includes MCT oil, hemp seed oil, etc.
KNOW WHAT YOU’RE VAPING
When shopping for CBD vape products—or any CBD for that matter—pay close attention to ingredients and third-party tests for safety and potency. These tests should be available online at the manufacturer’s website.
And if you can’t find that info? Steer clear. Questionable and downright dangerous products have been found in circulation, so it’s vital to keep yourself informed.
And after all the research, the brand that I most trust is Hemplucid. This, in part, is because each Hemplucid product batch is marked with a unique lot code associated with a Certificate of Analysis. These third-party results test for hemp compound profiles, residual solvents, and other harmful substances.
Hemplucid Vape products are made with high-quality, Whole-Plant hemp extract bonded to organic vegetable glycerin. Their Vape will never contain Vitamin E, synthetic cannabinoids, PG (propylene glycol), or flavoring additives.
And now that we've found the best CBD, what hardware do you use?
WHAT HARDWARE SHOULD YOU USE?
There are vape pens, pod setups, mods the size of bricks, and tanks of all shapes and sizes. New hardware is released at a dizzying pace. To add to this, not all vape devices will be compatible with thick hemp extracts or high VG liquids.
Most kits are designed to work with thinner nicotine products (the kind causing all the problems) and finding a solid hardware setup can take some time.
For instance, the Hemplucid Vape products are made with natural ingredients and are quite thick. These thicker liquids can sometimes “gum up” tanks and coils, resulting in a burned wick or extract. So when searching, look for high or "max VG" compatible devices.
Finding the best device for you boils down to your budget and individual tastes. While we can’t offer specific recommendations on a beginner setup, we can point you in the right direction.
First, start by researching tanks, mods, or vape starter kits designed for use with high or “max VG” liquids.
Read product reviews and get comfortable with some of the terminology. Or, if you live near a vape shop (which seem to be popping up everywhere), you might stop by and see what hardware the store employees recommend.
A device with variable voltage, variable wattage, or temperature control is ideal. These allow you to control the amount of power being supplied to the coil, or the temperature.
Pair this device with your high VG compatible tank and start at a low temperature/power setting, especially with a fresh wick or coil.
Before activating your device or “firing,” ensure the wick is fully saturated with liquid. You can fill the tank and leave it for a bit, or inhale through the mouthpiece without supplying power to help pull the liquid up into the wick. Allow the coil to saturate for at least fifteen minutes before vaping (this, of course, only applies if you’re using a product with a wick).
From there, take a couple of puffs every few hours or as desired.
Vaping CBD is incredibly rewarding and convenient once you’ve locked down your preferred setup.
And if you’re new to CBD, remember to start low and slow as you work your way up to a comfortable level. Everyone will respond to hemp extracts in different ways. Balance is the goal, and the path forward is unique for each and every one of us.