There are several ways to use CBD – Cannabidiol; however, vaping CBD oil may be the most effective for some people.
The guest post below by Sandra Ericson discusses some options and how you can start vaping CBD oil effectively.
Move over CBD capsules that make you burp and sublingual drops that take like grass, vaping CBD oil is all the rage now, and honestly, it’s easy to see why.
Why Vaping CBD Oil Rocks
When you vape CBD oil you will feel the effects fast, usually within 5-10 minutes. This is faster than any other application methods — it could take up to an hour before you feel the effects when taking CBD by capsule!
The Potential for Less Side Effects
While CBD oil has a much lower side effect profile compared to many medications it can replace, there is one major concern and that is its role in deactivating cytochrome P450 enzymes. These enzymes are found in the liver and are responsible for metabolizing around 60% of pharmaceuticals.
There is concern that CBD may delay the metabolization of these drugs, which could negatively interfere with the dosage of these drugs. Many pharmaceuticals are dosage sensitive as side effects occur much more frequently if the drug is allowed to build up in the patient’s body.
Fortunately, with different application methods we have different ways CBD is metabolized in the body. When CBD is ingested it will be metabolized in the liver and this will cause it to come in contact with cytochrome P450 enzymes. This covers things like CBD edibles, pills, etc.
When vaping CBD oil, however, it will enter into the capillaries of the lungs, quickly find its way into the bloodstream, and should mostly avoid cytochrome P450 enzymes.
Easier to Gauge Your Dosage
Because we can feel the effects of CBD so much faster when we inhale it, we can quickly tell if we’ve taken enough or not. This is important, because let’s say you take CBD for anxiety, but we all know that anxiety doesn’t come in the same package — it’s varies a lot in intensity!
When you vape CBD oil, you can quickly administer more if your first dose was not effective after 10-15 minutes. You definitely can’t do that with a capsule, and even tinctures may still take awhile.
Adding Flavor to CBD Oils
Directly tasting the oil can be less than delicious, but vaping CBD oil will help your taste buds, because often you can find flavored CBD vape oil.
Now that we know why vaping is the way to go, let’s actually look at how much CBD we should vape.
How Much CBD Should You Vape
Vaping might seem intimidating at first, but don’t worry it’s easy to get the hang of it. The first step is natural trial and error. You’ll have to see how much oil you vape in an average hit and compare it to smaller and larger hits. The average puff for most people is anywhere around 100 to 180 puffs per milligram.
Next, you’ll want to compare the milligrams of CBD in the cartridge to the milliliter of the cartridge. If you have 300 mg of CBD in one cartridge and you’re averaging 100 puffs a milliliter than you’re taking in 3 mg per hit.
Don’t worry about getting stuck on the math; figure out a guesstimate and work your way from there. I say this because a low dose starts around 10 mg so you’ll have to most likely take a few hits reach that level.
Average doses are between 15-30 mg either once or twice a day. With vaping, you’re free to adjust your maximum daily dosage however you see fit.
There is not much of a concern vaping too much because there is no known toxic amount of CBD. However, once you hit 100 mg you may start to feel tired. Vaping CBD oil can help with insomnia, but it requires a much higher dose compared to most other medical conditions.
Remember to start low your first week and try 10 mg a day for your first week, but again, don’t stress if you accidentally did 100mg — just maybe grab a pillow.
CBD Oil for Pets
Yes, even your pets can benefit from CBD oil too! Obviously your pet won’t be vaping CBD oil, but there are a few ways to add it to your pet’s daily nutrition program, like adding it to their food, water or treats, to help with a number of issues like anxieties and seizures.