What You Should Know About Switching to CBD Vaping
Did you know that you can vape CBD? It’s true, and vaping CBD might have a host of benefits when done right (Grinspoon, 2020). But what exactly is CBD, and how can you get started when switching to CBD vaping? In this blog, we go over the important things you should know about vaping CBD.
Table of Contents:
- What is CBD?
- What CBD Products Can Be Vaped?
- What to Look Out For When Buying CBD Vape Products?
What is CBD?
CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, is the second most prevalent active ingredient in cannabis. It is extracted from the hemp plant, which is different from the cannabis plant, and more importantly, it does not cause any intoxication (Grinspoon, 2020). CBD has several alleged benefits that range from anxiety relief, anti-seizure and might even be effective against insomnia, among other things (Grinspoon, 2020). CBD can be used in various forms, including creams, tinctures, edibles, pills, and oils. CBD can even be vaped, and that’s what we’ll focus on today, how to vape CBD.
What CBD Products Can Be Vaped?
Many CBD products can be vaped, but the main products that are available to the public are the following:
- Refillable CBD Vape Pens: These vape pens function just like any other nicotine or cannabis vape pen. They vaporize CBD vape juice, which is sold separately. They are made up of the same parts that traditional vape pens are made out of. Mainly a coil and a battery that must be cleaned regularly.
- CBD Pods: CBD Pods are just like JUUL Pods; in fact, some brands make them compatible with the JUUL Device. But in essence, they are disposable cartridges that can be paired with low powdered vaporizers. They come with a set amount of CBD vape juice, and once they run out, you toss out the whole pod.
- CBD Vape Oil Cartridges: CBD vape juice cartridges, sometimes referred to as CBD vape oil cartridges, are cylindrical cartridges filled with CBD vape juice. They require vape pens that accept CBD vape oil cartridges and have 510 connectors. They can hold anywhere between .05ml to 1ml of CBD vape juice.
- CBD Flower Strains: Another product that can be vaped and contains CBD is CBD Flower, which also happens to be the most natural. Cannabis flower strains rich in CBD aren’t rare; in fact, they are pretty standard, and they can be bought as the flower to be vaporized in a herb vaporizer or as pre-rolls.
- Disposable CBD Vape Pens: Last but not least is perhaps the easiest way to vape CBD. With Disposable CBD Vape Pens, you buy them, use them and throw them away. There’s no upkeep or maintenance or the need to have other devices for them to work. You inhale right from the packaging, and you can get CBD into your system.
What to Look Out For When Buying CBD Vape Products?
In the world of CBD vape products, counterfeits are rampant. And there are plenty of reports of products that don’t contain the right amount of CBD or have damaging additives. That’s why it is so important to know and be able to understand how to determine if your products are authentic or not.
The best way to tell if a company is a trusted source is to check the third-party ISO lab results of their products or certificates of analysis. Companies in the CBD industry go above and beyond to prove the reliability and standards of their products. These lab tests check for CBD levels, THC levels, residual solvents, and contaminants and can be found on their websites. We recommend you only buy products from companies that provide transparent lab results.
How To Read CBD Lab Tests
Getting your hands on CBD lab tests of your favorite vape products should be the easy part. For example, our sister company Hemmfy has a section on each product page where you can find the lab results. This is the same in almost every other reputable CBD store and eCommerce site. Once you find the lab results, here are some things to look out for.
First, you need to look at the cannabinoid profile. Depending on what type of product you’re looking to get, whether it is a CBD full-spectrum, CBD broad-spectrum, or a CBD isolate product, the cannabinoid profile will change.
Full-spectrum CBD products will have CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids. If it only has one of these, then there is something wrong with the product.
Broad-spectrum CBD products will have CBD and other cannabinoids but no THC. And CBD isolates will only show CBD; if there are more cannabinoids (including THC), you should reconsider getting the product.
Next, you’ll want to look at the terpene profile. Full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD products will have some terpenes, while CBD isolates should have none.
Another big thing to look out for is metal screening. Some metals found in CBD products include mercury, cadmium, arsenic, lead, and others, but they should be found at deficient levels or none at all. If the lab results say they are found at higher percentages than the “acceptable limits,” then these are items you should not buy.
The test might also include microbiology screening, which checks for microorganisms. In short, you do not want E. coli, molds, and yeast in your CBD product.
Finally, the last two things to check for are pesticides and solvent residue. If there are any pesticides (which there shouldn’t be, but there might be), they again should be within “acceptable limits” or should be “ND” non-detectable, and the lab result will state if it is okay for human consumption.
Solvents are used when extracting the CBD from the hemp plant, but they should be removed and not found in the finished product after extraction. If they are found, they should receive a “pass” note or be at “acceptable limits” or “ND” non-detectable.
We want to remind you that this is a brief introduction to the world of CBD vaping. And that you should consult your doctor before taking any vaping CBD to see if it is okay for your particular situation. We also want to always remind you to get your CBD products from a reputable source and always check their lab results or certificates of analysis.
- Grinspoon, P. (2020, April 22). Cannabidiol (CBD) — what we know and what we don’t. Harvard Health Blog. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/cannabidiol-cbd-what-we-know-and-what-we-dont-2018082414476