Sublingual and oral consumption are the safest ways to consume CBD. Vaping is problematic because it can cause lung damage and what is known as “wet lung syndrome/ARDS,” a condition triggered by water vapor entering the lungs instead of air. That puts the user at risk of developing heart disease, infections, and other health issues explained below.
What is Vaping?
Short for vaporizing, vaping is a method of consumption that entails the use of battery-powered devices that mimic cigarette smoking. The device works by heating vape juice transforming it into a vapor that the user inhales.
Apart from wet lung syndrome, vaping may have the potential to cause lung damage, and some studies suggest that vaping could increase the risk of lung cancer.
In short, vaping is not as bad as regular smoking -but not as safe as ingestion.
Quick Take: Is vaping CBD safe?
- Vaping is safer than smoking, but it can cause health problems.
- Vaping products sourced from questionable sources may contain harmful chemicals.
- Sublingual placement is the safest method of consuming CBD.
- Sharing vaporizers can encourage the spread of disease.
- Avoid CBD products that contain vitamin E acetate or harmful chemicals.
What is CBD vape juice and how does it work?
The development of e-cigarettes has led to a relatively new method of consuming cannabis and nicotine products. E-cigarettes, and vaporizers, as the name suggests vaporize fluids, making the fluid easier to inhale. The problem is that the human lung did not evolve to store liquid.
To use the products, you need vape oil, CBD e-liquids, or other fluids infused with cannabidiol, THC, or nicotine.
How do you take CBD for the best results?
Sublingual consumption of CBD -that is- putting it under your tongue- or ingesting it directly are the safest ways to consume CBD. What happens when you place a few drops of CBD under your tongue is -the capillaries in your mouth transport the chemical faster to your bloodstream.
Other options include:
- CBD capsules. Unlike oils, CBD capsules make it easier to control dosage.
- Add it to food. Pure CBD oil can be unpleasant to ingest by itself. You may drown out the earthy taste by putting a few drops on solid foods or by mixing the oil in fluids.
Is it okay to share vaporizers?
No. sharing vaporizers puts you at risk of acquiring illnesses, including the flu, covid-19, mononucleosis, and other illnesses transferable through saliva.
Is it okay to mix CBD with alcohol?
The combined effects of alcohol and CBD include impaired coordination, drowsiness, or in some cases vomiting. Anecdotal evidence suggests that combining CBD and alcohol may make the user get drunk faster.
What is the safest way to vape CBD?
Vapes may contain chemicals that are harmful to your health. Consequently, only purchase from trustable sources and do the following:
Read the manual and manufacturer instructions
You want to avoid any product that contains vitamin E acetate (see below) or other harmful chemicals. The product manual should tell you everything you need to know about the product, including usage instructions.
The FDA regularly issues warnings to companies that sell CBD products. Check FDA warnings here.
The problem with buying CBD products from questionable sources is the product may also contain:
- Heavy metals and carcinogens, including lead, tin, acrolein (herbicide), and other chemicals.
- Harmful flavorants such as diacetyl.
- Ultrafine particles.
You should look for a product that offers users a mix of safety, reliability, and durability.
What does CBD vape juice contain?
Manufacturers in the US, UK, and Canada are required by consumer protection laws to only include food or medicine-grade ingredients in their products. If you prefer vaporizing, it is essential that you know exactly what you are consuming. The base ingredients include:
- Food grade flavoring. You want to avoid any product that contains Vitamin E acetate because the ingredient is known to cause the majority of hospitalizations. There could also be a mix of dangerous chemical flavorings in the product, some of which medical experts do not know the long-term side effects of consumption. Consequently, it is in your best interest to only buy from trustable local sources. Tip. If you cannot trace the origin of the product and are unsure what’s in it, it is best not to use it.
- Propylene glycol/MCT/Vegetable oil. When heated, the mentioned ingredients are less harmful than polyethylene glycol. The issue with polyethylene glycol is when heated, it can create formaldehyde, a known carcinogen.
- CBD extract. According to the World Health Organization, pure CBD is safe for human consumption.
What risks does vaping pose to users?
In 2020, the CDC reported a total of 2,807 hospitalizations, including 68 deaths. Dubbed the “EVALI outbreak,” the commonality was the use of e-cigarettes, vaping, and related products. As of today, CBD is responsible for zero deaths. So, what caused the outbreak?
According to the CDC, the culprit was, quote:
“Laboratory data show that vitamin E acetate, an additive in some THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products, is strongly linked to the EVALI outbreak.”
Post-outbreak, the CDC made the following recommendations:
- Avoid buying e-cigarettes or vaping products from questionable sources. The product may contain vitamin E acetate, putting the user at risk.
- Do not buy vaping products that contain vitamin E acetate.
- Avoid combining regular smoking with vaping. Choose one method and stick to it.
- Teens, young adults, and pregnant women should avoid vaping.
- Avoid using THC-containing e-cigarettes and vaping products as they have been associated with a wide range of negative side effects.
What is the difference between CBD oil and CBD vape juice?
CBD oil and CBD vape juice are both extracts of cannabis or hemp. The products contain less than 0.3% THC meaning, you will not get high if you vape or consume the product. The key difference between the two is that vape juice contains a less viscous carrier oil. CBD oil may contain carrier oils including coconut oil or olive oil. That makes the product too thick for vaping.
Can I vape CBD oil?
No. As mentioned, carrier oils contained in CBD oils are too thick to vape, meaning you cannot use olive or coconut oil-based products in a vaporizer.
Vaping facts you should be aware of:
Vaping is safer than smoking, but it can cause some issues
The FDA does not regulate CBD oils, meaning some products may contain harmful ingredients such as vitamin E acetate or dangerous flavorings that may cause memory loss, seizures, impaired cognitive skills, and fatigue when inhaled.
Full spectrum CBD may contain THC
THC will show up in drug tests, and it is psychoactive, meaning consumption may get you high. THC has also been linked to some medical issues.
Note. The label may say 0.3% THC but the content could be higher. Therefore, if you have doubts, we recommend testing the product before use. To that end, ingest the recommended dose and wait two hours. If you develop anxiety, panic, red eyes, distorted senses, delayed reaction times, and problems with coordination, the THC content in the product could be high.
It is worth noting that full spectrum CBD may contain THC and other components.