What’s the point of all the hype about vaping CBD? Let’s explore the latest frontier in vaping and find out whether CBD vaping might be for you.
Guest post by Jason Artman
CBD: The Latest Frontier in Vaping
CBD is just about everywhere these days. You can find it in stores that sell health foods and nutritional supplements. Coffee shops are adding it to their drinks. Even Ben & Jerry’s briefly entertained the thought of making CBD-infused ice creams.
Nowhere is the explosion of CBD more evident, though, than at your local vape shop. On those shelves, you’ll find everything ranging from CBD e-liquid and vape cartridges to CBD oil drops and gummies.
The connection between the vaping and CBD industries is a natural one. CBD is something that you can vape, and it’s legal to launch a new CBD brand. A new e-liquid company, on the other hand, can’t launch in the United States without first obtaining approval from the FDA. Many companies that might otherwise launch e-liquid brands are launching CBD e-liquid brands instead.
So, what’s the point of all the hype about vaping CBD? Let’s explore the latest frontier in vaping and find out whether CBD vaping might be for you.
What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the active substances called cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. As you may already know, cannabis is the same plant as marijuana. CBD, however, comes from a type of cannabis called industrial hemp.
Hemp – already an important cash crop grown for textile production, biodiesel, hemp seed oil and more – contains less than 0.3 percent THC by weight. Unlike marijuana, industrial hemp isn’t psychoactive and is legal to grow in all 50 states.
The production of CBD involves exposing ground industrial hemp to a solvent – usually pressurized carbon dioxide – to extract its essential oil. The oil contains CBD along with other cannabinoids and terpenes. Some producers purify the essential oil further to extract pure CBD powder.
Why Do People Use CBD?
According to a 2018 survey of 2,409 CBD users, the most common reasons for using CBD are:
- Chronic pain
- Arthritis and joint pain
- Sleep disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
How well does it work? Of those who participated in the survey, 65.2 percent reported that they were treating their conditions either “very well” or “moderately well” with nothing but CBD. Many have extremely positive experiences using CBD for pain and inflammation.
What Are the Different Types of CBD Products?
These are the types of CBD products that you’re most likely to find in your local vape shop or health supplement store.
- CBD oil: This is the most common type of CBD product. You use it by placing the oil under your tongue for several seconds before swallowing it.
- Edibles: Edible products such as CBD gummies are tasty ways to get your daily dose of CBD.
- Topicals: CBD lotions and balms help you target problem areas of the skin and soothe sore muscles.
- Isolates: This white powder is over 99 percent pure CBD and mixes easily with foods and beverages.
- Vaping products: CBD e-liquids and vape cartridges allow vaping CBD and absorbing it through the lungs.
What Are the Benefits of Vaping CBD?
Crescent Canna discusses the benefits of vaping CBD in detail on their website. One benefit is that it’s a familiar experience for those who already vape. A pre-filled CBD vape cartridge doesn’t require any special equipment as it connects to the 510-threaded vape pen or mod that you already own.
The greatest benefit of vaping CBD, though, is the fact that inhaled substances can enter your bloodstream extremely quickly through your lungs. You already know that if you vape; quick absorption through the lungs is why vaping is so much more satisfying than nicotine replacement products such as gum.
If you want to use CBD in a way that’s fast acting and brings almost instant relief, vaping is the obvious choice.