Should You Be Vaping CBD?

In February 2017, Business Insider reported that the sale of marijuana oil cartridges used for vaporizing, increased 400% from 2015 to 2016. The sudden increase in long streaming vape clouds among canna-connoisseurs is attributed to the ease of use, portability, cost, and the overall effect that comes with vaping cannabis oil. Also becoming more popular in the industry is vaping CBD rich oils and for good reason. In this article, we will dive into why vaping CBD has become so popular and why you might consider adding CBD vape products to your daily regiment.

How do Vape Pens work?

Through a heating system typically operated with a battery, when inhaled, vaporizers bring a CBD vape formulation, to a temperature just short of combustion, creating a stream of vapor, which is a gaseous state of a substance that is normally a liquid at room temperature.  Unlike heating CBD rich flower or bud, the vapor produced is free of toxins, carcinogens, and irritants that are associated with smoking. 

Benefits of Vaping CBD

To understand the benefits of vaping CBD, you must first understand the science of bioavailability, which is defined as the proportion of a substance that enters the circulation when introduced into the body and so is able to have an active effect. In layman’s terms, bioavailability refers to the percentage of a substance that will actually affect your brain and body. Cannabidiol’s bioavailability strongly depends on how it is ingested. When ingested orally, the amount of CBD that will actually reach your bloodstream is only around 15 percent whereas, when vaping CBD nearly 50 to 60 percent of the compound will enter your circulation. When vaporized, CBD enters your lungs and circulates directly throughout your bloodstream. When ingested in other ways, CBD must pass through the gut and liver. Liver enzymes break down the concentration of bioactive compounds during an occurrence called the “first-pass effect”. When vaporized, CBD bypasses the first-pass effect, thus delivering the desired results faster and more efficiently.

CBD Vape Solution Options

There are several options for the vape solution used in CBD vape products each with advantages and disadvantages.

MCT Oil

Triple distilled MCT is one option. MCT Oil (Medium Chain Triglycerides) is a colorless, odorless oil that can be extracted from coconuts and contain high levels of Caproic acid (C6), Caprylic acid (C8), and Capric acid (C10). Through a precise distillation process, these triglycerides are isolated and easily converted into ketones, a substance produced when the body breaks down fat and converted into energy. MCT is therefore one of the fastest ways of administering CBD throughout the body. Also, compared to other vape solutions, MCT oil is completely natural, providing vapers with an all natural, healthy, vaping option. A disadvantage of MCT oil as a vape solution is some people with specific health concerns, like Type 1 Diabetes, are discouraged from consuming MCT oil. Luckily, there is an alternative solution for these people.

PG & VG Oil

Both VG (Vegetable Glycerin) and PG (Propylene Glycol) are two ingredients that can be used for vape solution. Both are also odorless and flavorless and can be mixed with CBD isolate to formulate a CBD vape solution. Although considered safe and acceptable by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, some people are concerned that these synthetic substances can create toxic nanoparticles when ingested.

It is up to the consumer to decide what they want to put into their bodies. There are advantages and disadvantages to vaping CBD products, and as always, we recommend doing your own research prior to deciding to purchase CBD vape products.