The Ultimate CBD Vape Guide: Types, Uses, Methods & More

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CBD, aka cannabidiol, is the buzz word of the year in the wellness space, and you can find it in many health food stores today. But it doesn’t stop there, and you can also find vape stores selling it on most high streets and more or less across all of Europe and the US.

No longer can you enter a vape shop and ask for CBD, with the shop attendant reply “What is CBD?”.

Instead, you are greeted with a vast array of options, to which even experienced vapers can find themselves indecisive and overwhelmed. Ranging from flavourful vape juice to the new world of concentrates and dabs, the options are endless.

But do you know what all of these options are, how best to use them and what advantages each one offers? Well, fear not! If you have been wondering about if vaping is for you, or if you’re a veteran in the vaping world and just looking for some detailed information backed by science, you have come to the right place!

Let’s get started!

vape clouds

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, is a compound found in Hemp, a sub-species of Cannabis. 

Science suggests it has a heap of wellness-related benefits, and studies are currently examining its use across a variety of uses, including for anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, and much more. 

To learn more check out our post about the benefits of CBD.

Does CBD Get You High?

If you are new to CBD you might worry if it will get you high. 

No, CBD will not get you high!

It’s THC, another compound in cannabis which gets you high. Hemp is naturally super low (< 0.2% EU/ < 0.3% USA/ < 1% CH) in THC and you can’t get high from using CBD even if you tried!

What is Vaping?

sub ohm vape clouds

Vaporisation is a process by which a substance is heated to the exact temperature which allows for it to turn into an inhalable vapour without reaching combustion, extracting near all of of the active compound contained in the product effectively.

Crucially, as vapourizers do not allow for the product to achieve combustion, there is no smoke and often little smell.

While it was initially developed as a substitute to cigarettes, it has picked up momentum fast in cannabis and more recently, CBD in particular.

Generally, across the last 10 years, the world of vaping has boomed and it has taken off globally like a rocket ship!

rocket ship

Initially, cannabis vapes focused on the use of dry herb (raw cannabis flower) to optimise the usability experience of traditional cannabis. However, things have moved at light speed, and you can now find vapes for all things cannabidiol related.

Generally, vapes consist of a battery, charger, a cartridge (or vape tank) for the substance and a mouthpiece. 

These devices include e-cigarettes, vape pens (for cannabis concentrates and flower), dab pens (cannabis concentrates) and other niche devices

Benefits of Vaping CBD

Vaping CBD is enjoyed by many as it allows the user to feel the effects with near no delay, and secondly, it’s the most effective way to use CBD (or any cannabinoid for that matter) from an absorption perspective.

Research based on a study vaping THC, suggests CBD has a bioavailability rate of 55% when vaped (whereas using sublingual CBD oil has around a 30% absorption rate).

Meaning, if you consume 10mg of CBD via a vape, you would need to take use around 18mg of CBD in a sublingual oil for the same amount of CBD to enter your bloodstream (5.5mg)!

Vaping is also a highly discreet way to consume cannabidiol, with the right concentrate, you can consume it with no smell and on the go, with immediate impact.

Our customers tell us they like to vape when needing a larger dose and wanting immediate effects, often before bed or if generally wanting to feel the effects quickly. 

caution

Is Vaping Safe?

It’s not surprising that primary concern for non-smokers looking to buy a vape is around its safety. Especially as most vapers are traditionally ex (or current) smokers, their benchmark for safety tends to be a little lower than those who do not or never have smoked.

So is vaping bad for your health and how safe is vaping CBD?

When looking at vaping, it’s essential to distinguish the difference between traditional e-cigarettes and vaping. Traditional e-cigs are nicotine delivery systems, which in itself (nicotine) is proven to be highly addictive and bad for health. On the other hand, CBD vapes do not contain nicotine and CBD is not addictive.

While the jury is still out, Public Health England estimates vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking, and other research studies also indicate vaping is far safer than smoking due to the fact there is no combustion, carbon monoxide or tar, but if vaping is generally ‘safe’ long term is still up for debate.

We will dive further into the use potential safety concerns and related science associated to the using different types of CBD vapes later in this post.

How to Vape

man exhaling vape

Generally, it can be as simple or complex as you like. 

There are beginner devices which allow you to try vaping without much investment, such as a disposable vape pen, usually retailing around £20.

For experienced vapers, CBD also has a deep rabbit hole of product types to use, and related techniques to vapourise!

We will dive into these a little later in this post, but while there is no right or wrong way to vape, let’s first explain a couple of approaches around inhaling vapour.

Mouth to Lung (MTL)

It might sound odd, if you have never vaped or smoked you probably didn’t even think there was a specific technique to vape, just inhale right?

So what is mouth to lung vaping?

Mouth to lung vaping refers to sucking the vapour out of the device and into your mouth, holding it there for a moment before inhaling into your lungs.

Similar to how you would smoke a cigarette, new vapers moving from smoking to vaping, customarily prefer this method.

MTL is best via low wattage vapes, and in respect to CBD, most users will inhale via MTL (unless you are an advanced vaper with the correct setup).

In summary, if you’re new to vaping and using only CBD, you will very likely use a low wattage vape which you inhale into your mouth, and then into your lungs.

woman using vape pen

Direct to Lung (MTL)

With parallels to breathing, direct to lung vaping means you inhale directly from the device into your lungs.

However, DTL vaping means you are unlikely to taste much of what you are vaping and usually requires advanced vape devices called a sub-ohm vape; which we talk about in more detail later but it isn’t so important when it comes to using CBD.

Which is better?

When inhaling via MTL, the hit on the throat is softer than DTL and is reminiscent of smoking when vaping nicotine.

Albeit, when using CBD, if you are using anything but eliquid MTL is always the preferred route; as devices for concentrates are not usually suitable to MTL due to their potency, a MTL hit would be extremely strong.

Also, the ‘hit’ itself is usually much softer via MTL, and as such it’s just a matter of preference than anything else. Both are as effective in terms of their bioavailability rates.

man sitting with vapour coming out of his mouth

How Much CBD Should I Vape?

Figuring out your sweet spot with CBD is always a personal quest, no one person can tell you what the right one is as everyone differs (sorry I know that isn’t very helpful).

However, you can start low and go slow, meaning take a puff and see how you feel before having more. The great thing about when you vape CBD is that you can feel the effects in a matter of seconds, and re-assess if you want more only a couple of minutes later!

We cover the question around “How much CBD should I vape”? In much more detail with a vaping CBD dosage guide around tracking CBD milligrams and figuring your equivalent doses for other consumption methods too.

Product & Device Options

disposable vape pen

There are a huge assortment of options when it comes to vaping CBD, but at Nature & Bloom, we prefer CBD concentrates. 

Concentrates often only contain cannabinoids and terpenes. According to research studies cannabinoids and terpenes work more effectively together, also known as ‘the entourage effect’. Meaning, you likely need less to feel the effects and you might feel a broader set of effects.

We are often asked, “can you vape CBD oil?”

In short, yes you can vape CBD oil, but only oil which is designed for vaping! CBD products are split into usage type, and there are specific products for vaping as there are for using CBD under your tongue, topically, or for swallowing as capsules.

So let’s get on with defining the options and how they work.

CBD Vape Options

We will define the most common vape devices, and then run through each product type use case:

  • CBD eliquid vapes: The most common and popular devices. Beginner devices are simple vape pens with a cartridge which slots into a battery. Advanced eliquid vapes, include a vape tank, which holds more eliquid than the beginner vape pen cartirdge, and offers the ability to change wattage and coil resistance (increases cloud production). 
  • Dry herb vapes: Used for vaping CBD flower or other herbs. Device prices vary significantly dependent on battery life and portability, these vapes are most favoured by cannabis purists.
  • CBD concentrate vapes: Otherwise known as a dab or vape oil pen, similar to e-liquid vapes but often using a ceramic coil as a heating element. A dab pen does not need additives to dilute the CBD in order to function and soley uses cannabis concentrates, as we will detail shortly.
CBD Vape Juice Vape
CBD 510 Thread Vape Pen (Cotton Wick)
Vape Tank
Large E-liquid Vape Tank (Cotton Wick)
Dry Flower Vape
CBD Flower Vape (Conduction Element)
cbd distillate vape pen
CBD Distillate 510 Thread Vape Pen (Ceramic Coil)

CBD E-Liquids

You have almost certainly seen people vaping nicotine before, and these use purified nicotine in a diluting agent.

The first kind of CBD vapes on the market used e-liquids, which operate similarly to e-cigarettes and are still the most popular today. 

CBD Vape juice uses a purified cannabidiol base (99% pure CBD Isolate usually) mixed with a diluent, usually vegetable glycerine (VG), propene glycol (PG) or a mix of both, and less frequently MCT oil (medium-chain triglycerides). 

Different combinations of diluents provide varying levels of vape clouds and are a personal preference more than anything. 

e-liquid pens are also available in a disposable format, with a small amount of CBD often encased in a plastic vape pen which is thrown anyway when empty. 

A disposable vape pen allows for those sitting on the fence to dip their toe in the water, and try vaping CBD with little investment and know how.

Vape Juice
Vape Juice, Vape Tank and Vape Mod

What’s CBD Vape Oil?

CBD eliquid is also known by several synonyms: CBD vape oil and CBD juice; these refer to the same thing. 

The cartridge is filled up with vape juice, and off you go! You buy the eliquid in small bottles and top up your cartridge, although, you do need to replace the cart itself time to time as the heating element starts to fail.

Devices for vape juice are the most common devices, and the simplest ones are slim pens, known in the industry as a 510 thread pen.

A 510 thread refers to a battery connecting to a universal standard vape cartridge or tank connector, and having one of these devices allows you to buy different mods from multiple vendors, with the ability to use them all in the same vape pen. 

You can effectively have a bog-standard vape pen for e-liquid, and you can turn it into a concentrates pen by purchasing the right (ceramic coil heating element) type of cartridge with a 510 thread; we will talk about this further in our concentrates section of this post.

What is an Atomizer?

510 thread vapes also come in the form of a vape tank, which can hold much more vape juice, connecting to a battery, and it typically consists of five parts:

  • Drip tip
  • Top cap
  • Glass housing
  • Coil
  • Base

All of these parts make up what is called an atomizer, a fancy word for a device which turns liquid into vapour.

The coil is housed within a tank, the tank then connects to a power source (a handheld battery, known as a vape mod).

The coil often needs replacing across time, and it consists of cotton to wick up the liquid, a heating element (metal wire or mesh) to atomize the liquid, and housing to hold it all into place.

To fill the vape tank, you remove the drip tip at the top and drip in vape juice into the glass housing!

Using a vape tank also allows for you to control airflow, use a vape mod which allows for wattage control and much more.

Use a CBD additive directly in your e liquid

If you already use standard vape juice, you might wonder if there is a CBD vape shot you can use to complement your favourite eliquid? 

Good news is yes, you can buy an unflavoured CBD vape additive, specifically for adding to existing vape juice.

You might see it called a CBD vape shot, this is the same thing. Directly add it to your favourite eliquid as a CBD booster, to create a CBD vape oil as strong or weak as you desire.

Note – Nicotine and CBD don’t usually mix well, but a vape additive is made specifically to conquer this challenge! 

How to make CBD vape juice

If you are interested in creating your own CBD eliquid using PG/VG, and CBD Isolate or another concentrate then check out the video below!

Note – this method only applies to creating a vape juice with zero nicotine.

Vape Juice Safety

The question around CBD vape safety lies more so in device and eliquid/concentrate quality. 

Multiple studies have examined the connection between poor quality devices and unsafe contaminants, or vape liquids heated to dangerous temperatures potentially releasing cancer-causing chemicals. 

study from John Hopkins University analysed the use of at vape coils and noted a significantly higher presence of heavy metals in e-cigarette vapour when using poorly maintained vape coils which directly heat a substance. 

Although coil quality varies with the price point, and keeping your vape clean by regularly using isopropyl can help avoid the release of small particles of metal into the vapour. 

Some vape devices use ceramic donut coils providing indirect heat, which avoid the use of exposed coils as used in this study, but they still need to be cleaned nonetheless. 

Another study looked at the most common diluents, propane glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG), used in CBD vape juice (eliquid). Aligning with the research from John Hopkins, suggesting these compounds produce carcinogenic compounds when overheated. 

Relatedly, a 2017 study reviewed thinning agents used in cannabis vape juice products: PG, VG, MCT and PEG 400 (not so popular in Europe). Scientists recorded what happened when these compounds were heated to 230 Celsius.

Finding “PEG 400 produced significantly higher levels of acetaldehyde and formaldehyde than PG, MCT, and VG. Formaldehyde production was also significantly greater in PG compared with MCT and VG.”

Both formaldehyde and acetaldehyde are known carcinogens. 

The difficulty is more or less when you use a vape without understanding what temperature it operates at, which is often the case with new vapers, and devices which work with a click of a button but feature no wattage control.

To summarise:

– Vaping is recognised as being much safer than smoking, but is it risk free? Probably not, but is anything?

–  Only use high quality vape coils, frequently clean and replace them as necessary. We talk more about how to clean your vape coil a little later in this post.

Sub Ohm Vaping

Sub Ohm is a sub category of eliquid vaping, named afte a german physicist, Georg Ohm who invented Ohms law, the science behind why some vapes produce such big clouds.

So ‘what is sub ohm vaping’? 

The resistance of a coil in an atomizer is defined in ohms, which relates to how much current the coil will allow to pass through it. The coil and the voltage together control how intense the flavour is and in parralel how much vapour is produced. 

Sub ohm vape devices run at a lower resistance then standard vapes, but have a larger surface area, permitting for more substantial clouds and are used exclusively with vape juice (eliquid).

sub ohm vape clouds
Sub Ohm Vape Clouds

Moving on, you are probably wondering ‘what does sub ohm actually mean’?

While standard vapes run (i.e. 510 thread vape pens) run at between 1.5 to 3 ohms, sub ohm vapes operate at below 1 ohm; hence the name ‘sub ohm’ meaning when the coil resistance is <1 ohm.

The primary reason some people prefer these vapes is because of the flavour rich clouds they produce. That a typical vape image, of huge clouds (like the one above) is probably a sub ohm vape tank in action!

If you do decide this type of vaping is for you or you want to learn more, then do check out the full guide sub ohm vaping here, as it can be dangerous if not done correctly.

Which diluent is best for Vape Juice?

The best vape carrier oil is a debatable topic, and some people feel very strongly about which thinning agent they prefer!

Optimising fluidity is the primary reason to add a thinning agent to CBD, as the more fluid the vape juice is, the easier it is vapourised. Without it, most vapes will not operate correctly and are useless or at best inefficient.

In the US, MCT oil is becoming a more popular carrier oil given research indicating it’s safer than the other options at higher temperatures.

Other Vape Options

Due to a general rise in consumer interest for products with less or no additives, interest around CBD flower (where legal) is growing.

CBD concentrates are also moving up the ranks, giving an ability for vapers to consume high doses of CBD is a single puff!

Let’s cover these next below!

CBD Flower

CBD Flowers
CBD Flower

The raw flowers of the hemp plant, known as CBD flowers, are harvested to create CBD oil or concentrates and are also known as hemp flower.

Favoured by purists and those who use cannabis recreationally, CBD buds contain the majority of the CBD within the hemp plant and using CBD flower is the most natural way to use CBD.

Once the hemp is harvested, it is hung up to cure indoors for 3-4 months to dry out and develop the taste profile. Once cured, CBD flowers are ready to use and are usually vaped, smoked or turned into CBD oil or concentrates.

Hemp flower looks, smells and feels just like traditional cannabis, but in the absence of (beyond trace amounts) THC, using it comes without any of the high.

CBD Buds UK & EU

In the UK, the law works in mysterious ways, and CBD flower itself is illegal, but ‘processed’ hemp products which are imported (as CBD buds cannot be legally harvested in the UK) are legal in line with UK law given the do not contain THC.

Nonetheless, CBD flower is still widely available in most vape shops across the country and is also extremely popular in continental Europe.

US Hemp Flower

In the states, the approval of the 2018 farm bill, has skyrocketed CBD availability.

As long as it contains less than 0.3% THC and is derived from hemp CBD flower is legal in the US. 

Brands are capturing newbie interest with hemp flower pre rolls, while hemp buds can be bought freely!

Neutral Switzerland

CBD Flower package
CBD Flower Switzerland

The Swiss are also keen on it, and they class any form of cannabis which contains <1% THC as legal hemp and you don’t need a license to grow it!

This contrasts significantly from Europe (<0.2% THC) and the US (<0.3% THC).  

What may seem trivial is actually quite significant, as THC and CBD usually has an inverse relationship, thus permitting for super high CBD hemp strains to grow abundantly and legally. 

As a result, the Swiss hemp industry grown exponentially across the last three years, and is the leader when it comes to CBD wellness across this side of the Atlantic. 

Interestingly, the Swiss have gone even further, having introduced legislation treating CBD flower as a tobacco substitute and making it available wherever tobacco is! 

That’s right, in Switzerland, you can drop by your local supermarket and pick up some ground up CBD buds to add to your vape, or if you prefer, buy cigarettes containing 100% CBD hemp flower; although we don’t promote smoking!

Dry Herb Vapes

CBD flower can be vaped by grinding CBD buds and placing the ground down herb into a dry herb vapouriser. While it’s the most natural way to vape CBD, it is also the most ‘aromatic’ with hemp flowers giving off a pungent smell near identical to street cannabis.

Dry herb vapourisers vary significantly in value, and some of the most popular premium devices can exceed an eye-popping £200 ($300) each (PAX, Ghost, Storz & Bickel).

Flower vapes are great if you live in a country were CBD flower is legal, as you can consume CBD in its natural form and take advantage of the fact flower is rich in terpenes, flavonoids and other cannabinoids (i.e. a great option to feel optimum wellness benefits) without the need of any additives.

CBD Concentrates

CBD crumble in jar
CBD Crumble

CBD Concentrates are the gift of technological advancements in extraction, and often reach 90%+ purity. If you compare these to the other ways to vape, there is nothing as potent as a concentrate.

Only as recent as ten years ago, this cub-category barely existed. With the rise of cannabis legalisation in multiple US states, and medical cannabis taking off, in the US, concentrates are entering a league of their own. 

Led initially by THC extractions for medicinal use, these methods have been applied to extract CBD instead with great success.

You can now obtain concentrates which are split into two primary buckets:

• Solventless extraction (Distillation, freeze dried cannabis)
• Solvent derived extraction (butane, ethanol)

Solventless extraction methods are generally thought to be cleaner, as they do not expose the user to the risk of residual solvents in the end product, which if a product is not extracted correctly, can lead to harmful by-products entering the body.

Concentrates Safety

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While research is relatively developed when looking at eliquid safety, research around cannabis concentrates is still early and on-going.

While there are currently no studies looking specifically at the potential danges of vaping cannabis concentrates, it’s clear that there are issues of quality control in unregulated and black markets. 

Issues with THC vape cartridges has recently arisen in the United States.

In an effort to evade high taxes on legal cannabis, and a lack of availability in states where cannabis isn’t legal, consumers have turned to purchasing bootleg THC cartridges. 

These products haven’t gone through the rigorous third-party tests other (legal) products have to undertake before resale. 

Some of these vape carts have caused several people to become very sick, the signs point to contaminants, and in particular vitamin e aceate in the supply chain. Used as a cutting agent to thicken the vape oil, and improve reseller margins at the expense of the health of users.

On the bright side, these issues centre around product quality and content, but not the practice of vaping itself.

It reiterates the need for consumers to only purchase third party tested products and where possible, products which meet a defined regulatory benchmark.

To learn more about third party testing check out our post about CBD tests.

Vaping vs Dabbing

While dabbing has been around for a long time, it has changed drastically over time. Previously a very small sub-niche within the cannabis community, dabbing has picked up pace since cannabis legalisation in California/Colorado and is now a popular way to use a CBD concentrate.

So what is dabbing?

Dabbing refers to the act of placing a cannabis concentrate onto a super hot surface for it to vaporise into something you can inhale. 

Old school dabs consist of first superheating a quartz nail until it is red hot, via a handheld bunsen burner (like the image below). The concentrate is then dropped onto this hot nail for it to be vapourised immediately via a glass (water pipe) bong; this setup is known as a dab rig. 

While this process is similar to vapourising, if you are using an old school dab rig which depends on manual heat, it can lead to temperatures higher than those needed for vapourisation, which can lead to combustion.

bunsen burner

Electronic Dab Rig & Dab Pens

Science has evolved, and we now have access to electronic dab rigs which operate in a similar fashion as the old school versions, but the heating element is electronic and controlled to the degree, avoiding overheating. 

Electronic dab rigs appear to be taking inspiration from tech brands, and can even look apple-esque. However, they often lack stealth and generally make you look like a hardcore pothead (even if only using CBD concentrates) to anyone not initiated on dabbing.

Dabbing devices have become super portable and reminiscent of a simple e-cigarette, with the only difference being the heating element and cartridge itself (as it likely it uses a different cart), and this is where an electronic dab pen really shines. Unlike old school dab rigs, these products are portable and operate using accurate temperature controls. 

Some devices also provide an opportunity to switch between dabbing and vaping (eliquid) by just changing the type of (510 thread) cartridge on your vape pen or vape tank.

Concentrates can also be consumed using ceramic vape cartridges if they have enough fluidity. 

These are usually CBD distillate based liquid concentrates aka CBD vape oil, and we will dive into these shortly.

A wax pen usually uses a vape cartridge consisting of a ceramic coil, exposed and wrapped around metal, on which the concentrate is dropped, heated and then inhaled. 

More recently, ceramic coils which fuction more so as a heating plate are becoming more common for use with concentrates. These use a circular doughnut shaped ceramic surface, which is heated to vaporise the concentrate without direct heat. 

By not directly exposing the substance to a heat source, the end flavour and experience is improved, while avoiding any risk of overheating.

exposed vape coil
Exposed Coil
ceramic donut coil
Ceramic Doughnut Plated Coil

Our personal favourite is Puffco Plus V2. It uses an electronic ceramic doughnut coil, looks stealthy and provides superior flavour hits along with highly efficient vaping. It’s excellent with any CBD concentrate, and we have used it for CBD crystals and CBD Crumble with great results! 

Check it out in the video below!

Let’s run through the CBD concentrate products you can vape in some further detail:

CBD Distillate

CBD Distillate is a versatile form of concentrate and is prized for its potency and often lack of taste. 

Derived via fractional distillation, cannabis compounds evaporate into cylinders at different temperatures, permitting for complete separation of cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids at extremely high levels of purity.

These compounds can be combined to develop formulations for either CBD oils, CBD vape oil or edibles. Although, cannabis distillate is more often used in a CBD concentrates vape pen than anything else.

CBD Vape Kit

CBD Dab Pen
CBD Distillate 510 Thread Vape Pen
CBD Cartridge
CBD Distillate Cartridge

distillate vape carts are popular in the US, where a standard vape pen battery (510 thread) can be used with a disposable cartridge, forming a vape kit.

A CBD vape kit often consist of a ceramic vape cartridge, without an exposed coil, featuring hemp distillate with a 510 thread. These are attached to a battery and the carts are replaced when you run out of vape oil. 

These cartridges are also sometimes known as distillate carts, and the most popular versions use a brand called CCELL; featuring a ceramic heating element for a premium concentrate vaping experience.

A CBD cartridge like these permit for between 45% – 75% CBD content, diluted through natural cannabis or food-grade terpenes to add flavour and effect.

Often a cart will be reusable, but refilling them with distillate can be tricky, due to its viscosity, so it is sold as disposable. 

You can also find carts which operate in as a pod in a vape device. You buy the pen with an encased pod, and you then replace the entire pod each time you run out. These pods operate in the same way as a CBD cartridge. 

Using distillate cartridges, you can avoid cleaning your vape pen as the heating element is replaced each time you acquire a new cartridge. 

Buying distillate carts also prevents the need to mix VG/PG in with your CBD concentrate and only uses terpenes as an additive; highly favoured by canna-connoisseur.

CBD Crumble

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CBD Crumble

Often CBD crumble is produced by further processing CBD distillate. Usually beyond 90% purity and are often a form of broad-spectrum concentrate, containing 0% THC.

Dabbing crumble is the easiest way to use it, and users can do so discreetly, as it doesn’t have any smell unless it’s been infused with terpenes. 

When combined with terpenes, the crumble absorbs the flavour, adding an aroma but the scent isn’t anywhere near as strong as vaping CBD flowers.

To learn more about CBD crumble, check out our post here.

Wax and Sauce

CBD Wax
CBD Wax

CBD Wax is often made via the use of butane to pull apart cannabinoids from plant matter, or via supercritical CO2

Wax is soft to touch and needs a dabbing tool to up, like the image above/on the left.

CBD Sauce is the combination of a hard concentrate (usually CBD crystals, also known as diamonds), added to a liquid pool of terpenes and distillate; leaving a ‘sauce’ in which the concentrate floats in.

Sauce is popular in the states as it creates a highly flavourful dabbing experience, and it’s possible to replicate at home with any hard concentrate and terpenes/distillate in the right proportions. 

Live Resin

Live Resin
Live Resin

This is where things get interesting, live resin is relatively new to the market, having been developed circa 2013 by a couple of canna enthusiasts in the states.

CBD Live resin is obtained by harvesting fresh hemp and freezing it immediately, without curing it, preserving a much higher concentration of terpenes and flavonoids than any other hemp concentrate, for an elevated user experience.

Once frozen, cannabinoids are extracted usually via butane, resulting in some of the highest concentrations of natural cannabis terpenes without the need for any additives; i.e. one of the tastiest cannabis . extracts possible!

Live Rosin

Take live resin and remove solvent extraction from the equation and you have live rosin, well not exactly, but it’s a solventless and the least processed concentrate available.

Live rosin preserves the highest percentage of cannabis terpenes than any other concentrate, but producing it is a labour-intensive process.

Similar to producing live resin cannabis is frozen fresh on the day of the harvest. But the frozen material is used to produce the highest quality ice wax extract (a full melt extract) instead of adding butane to separate the cannabinoids and terpenes.

An ice wax extract is where ice and water are used to separate trichomes from the plant, and these are then collected, cured and dried; turning into a soft and terpene rich viscous wax.

It’s the most expensive type of cannabis concentrate and can exceed $165 a gram at a marijuana dispensary.

We are excited to see these methods applied to hemp, which is likely not far off given CBD live resin is already available in the US!

CBD Isolate

The purest form of cannabidiol, CBD isolate usually contains 99.5%+ CBD and 0% THC. It is flavourless and often comes in a powder form.

Isolate is frequently used in CBD vape juice, topicals, and in the US, it is also used to create CBD oil.

Useful for CBD DIY, for example creating your own CBD vape liquid. It’s also favoured because it has no taste,  so it can be added to anything without a problem.

CBD Crystals and Shatter

CBD Isolate can come in a crystal form. Usually, when isolate is extracted from full spectrum CBD oil, it turns into a slab form when isolated.

This slab is then broken into smaller pieces to form pure CBD crystals, dependent on who you ask and where it’s also referred to as CBD shatter.

When infused with terpenes, it’s referred to as terpsolate. As it takes on the flavour of the terpenes, it becomes a tasty extract to vape via a concentrate or dab pen.

How To Clean Vape Coil

While vaping is effective, it does require a little upkeep, as otherwise the internal mechanics can become a little gunky and depending on how dirty your vape is, you might use a different type of cleaning method. 

Vape coils in (eliquid) vape tanks can simply be rinsed under warm water and left to dry before re-use if they aren’t too filthy. 

Otherwise, isopropyl alcohol is your friend, it will turn even the hardest deposits of vape juice or CBD concentrates into a solution which is easily wiped or rinsed off. 

Depending on your exact situation, you might need some pipe cleaners and cotton buds (qtips) too (usually for flower/concentrate vapes). Dip these into the isopropyl and use to wipe away any deposits. 

Note –  If using Isopropyl alcohol, make sure to let it dry before re-using your vape!

Bottom Line

Vaping is certainly hot topic at the moment and while it isn’t for everyone it does have its benefits. Being effective, and felt near-instantaneously, it can be helpful if you need a high dose to feel the effects you desire.

Establishing the best route for yourself is somewhat a trial and error game. At Nature & Bloom, when vaping we like to stick with CBD concentrates, simply because we know precisely what is in them, and we are purists at heart!

Nonetheless, there is no right or wrong here; it’s just finding what you prefer given the information listed out in this article and finding a way which works for you!

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