Vaping CBD oil is becoming more common, in the US it’s one of the most popular ways to use CBD.
Walk down any busy street nowadays and you will probably see someone vaping instead of smoking a cigarette. The vape community is only getting bigger as the truths about the dangers of smoking hit home.
There are various methods to use CBD and vaping it is becoming more popular here in the UK too. As the most efficient way to consume CBD from an absorption and onset perspective it is easy to see interest around vaping CBD is increasing.
Customers ask us questions all the time, and lately we have noticed many of you are asking how to vape CBD. Before we dive into this let’s define the terminology to make things a little clearer:
CBD oil and CBD tinctures are terms which are used interchangeably to describe a CBD oil you use sublingually (dropped under your tongue). Although, technically a CBD oil is an extract diluted in an oil as a base, whereas a CBD tincture is an extract diluted in alcohol.
Realistically, these terms are used interchangeably to describe CBD oil. Tinctures are a historical term for using alcohol as a base diluent for other applications outside of CBD.
CBD e-liquid, e-juice, vape liquid and vape juice are interchangeable terms for a liquid which is only fit for use in a ecig pen. It is usually formulated using propylene glycol (PG) and/or vegetable glycerin (VG).
Concentrates are purified forms of CBD: CBD distillate, crumble and wax are potent forms of CBD which usually contain between 45% – 95% CBD content and are vapourised or dabbed.
Research indicates vaping CBD offers the highest absorption rate (56%) vs any other consumption method. It also delivers the dose quicker, allowing you to feel the effects usually within 4-5 minutes.
Consequently, more people are vaping CBD and other cannabinoids than ever before. However, for people new to CBD and potentially interested in vaping it can be quite confusing.
Which products are fit for vaping? Which ones are the ones i should start with?
These are some of the most common questions we hear everyday at Nature & Bloom and we will break them down below.
Firstly, let’s clear up the original question, can you vape CBD oil?
CBD oils such as Nature & Bloom CBD oils are not fit for vaping, they are used sublingually and if used in a vapouriser you might break it!
When looking at products to vape, you can break up the two related sub categories as noted below.
Also commonly known as CBD eliquid, ejuice or vape juice. These liquids contain a thinning agent along with CBD extract and are fit for use in an electronic cigarette (ecig). You add the liquid directly to an ecig and off you go!
Thinning agents used in eliquids include:
• Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
• Propylene Glycol (PG)
• Vegetable Glycerin (VG)
• Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
• Medium Chain Triglyceride Oil (MCT). Also used as a carrier oil in sublingual CBD oils.
Fans of ecigs usually search for liquids which taste good, offer the right dose and output the most vapour. If you are looking for big clouds, you want to stick with VG/PG based vape juices. Nonetheless, many people prefer to use products with no additives (Nature leaf included), which moves us onto our next format, CBD concentrates.
Concentrates are very strong forms of CBD, containing up to 95% CBD and usually 0% THC.
Within this category the products are known as CBD crumble, wax, winterized extract or distillate. All of these contain no additives (usually) and are fast becoming the preferred format of choice for vape enthusiasts. We have wrote a whole article on these products so take a glance here , or read the summary below.
The names give it away but CBD crumble is usually a soft rock consistency and yellow in colour, winterized extract and wax is softer still and sticky.
Either of these three product lines can be used sublingually or vaped but dosing sublingually can be a challenge due to the sheer potency. Distillate on the other hand is a viscous liquid, and it is usually bought in pre sized cartridges which you can just add to an ecig pen.
A little goes a long way for these sort of products and they often offer the most value per milligram of CBD. CBD crumble, winterized extract and wax are frequently used in dab/concentrate pens but can also be used in products like the dynavap and PAX 3 (using the concentrates insert).
Just ensure you clean your vape throughly before you use these items for the best experience!
Nonetheless, if you prefer vape juice you can create your own e juice easily and quickly using CBD concentrates such as crumble if you want. This is one of the most economical ways to use e-juice and you can make flavours which work for you!
You can find our concentrates section here.
Now you have decided which way you want to vape, you need a device which works for that specific format. Confused? Don’t worry let’s break it down:
Disposable Vape Pens: These are a good entry point into vaping as they are cheap and don’t require any instructions on how to top up a tank and so on. Usually, you don’t even need to press a button to start them up, you just put the pen to your lips, draw in the vapour and inhale. Disposables CBD pens usually contain e liquids, which are usually a mix of VG/PG and CBD isolate. They usually look something like the image right below this paragraph.
510 Cartridge Rechargeable Vape Pens: Basically the same as the disposable vape pens but they are rechargeable, the cartridge in the top is replaceable and you can either buy pre filed cartridges (usually for CBD concentrates, filled with CBD distillate), or you can just top it up yourself (usually vape juice).
CBD Pods/Juul Style: Working in a similar fashion to the 510 format but the pen looks different, its more stylish and has a cartridge which specifically fits that pen only (510 formats allow for universial cartridge interchangeability between pens).
Dabbing/concentrates pens: Simillar to the 510 format, these pens just usually have a higher wattage to allow for the more dense material to vapourise. Dabbing pens are great for vaping crumble and are economical too! Check our our post discussing the best dab pens to find the right one for you.
Adjustable Wattage Vapes: These are more customisable, the internal parts can be upgraded and adjusted. Wattage can be flexed as required, which permits for plumes of vapour or easier hits when drawing in vapour.
Pax et al: This refers to the most expensive class of vapes and are usually for CBD flowers but can also be used with concentrates with the right components. Companies include Pax labs, Storz & Bickel, Ghost Vapes.
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