CBD is a compound that has been getting more and more attention over the last few years. It’s natural, it’s legal, and you can buy CBD products in all 50 states without breaking any laws! One of the most popular ways to consume CBD is through vaping. In this blog post, we will dive into what makes vaping the best way to consume CBD as well as why some people don’t prefer it.
What is CBD Bioavailability?
Before we go into how CBD is consumed, it’s important to understand what bioavailability means. Bioavailability refers to how much of a substance reaches systemic circulation after administration. For example, if you ingest 10mg of CBD and only 6mg shows up in your blood, then it has poor bioavailability, or actually, it’s oral (under the tongue) bioavailability is 6%. Anything below 50% oral bioavailability may lead to a loss in efficacy. This could mean that if 10mg was required for therapeutic relief, the best you will get from an oral dose is maybe 6mg!
Another thing to consider when trying to understand CBD bioavailability is how much of the CBD makes it into your bloodstream. Since we know that bioavailability refers to the amount of CBD that reaches the systemic circulation, think about what happens as soon as you “pop” a CBD vape: Immediately, some of the vaporized CBD is traveling through the lungs and into the bloodstream, where it can then access cells throughout your body. This point cannot be emphasized enough because not only does this increase in pulmonary bio-availability (absorption in the lungs) make for fast-acting relief but also bypasses first-pass metabolism, which makes it one of the most effective ways to take CBD!
CBD Products And Their Bioavailability
The amount of CBD that you get from each product varies greatly. Below is a list of some common CBD products and their bioavailability.
- CBD Oil – 5% – 15%
- CBD Oil Spray – 10%
- CBD Dabs – 30%+ (depending on the concentrate and consumption method)
- CBD E-Liquid/e-Juice – 40% -50% (better than CBD oil but still not optimal compared to vaping 100%)
- CBD Wax – 40%+
- CBD Shatter – 40%+
- CBD Crumble – 35%+
As we can see, vaping offers one of the best ways to take CBD and get better results than oil and pills. In addition to this, vaping may even offer more bioavailability compared to smoking CBD. CBD Dabs typically have higher bioavailability when compared with vaping, but there is a risk associated with dabbing as it could lead to a negative experience if the user is not well-informed.
Why Is Vaping The Most Effective Way To Consume CBD?
Vaping is the fastest-acting method of consumption because it delivers CBD to your lungs and then into your bloodstream. There are other benefits to vaping CBD compared with other consumption methods that might explain why it offers one of the best ways to take CBD:
- No need for solvents (dry herb vape pens)
- No need for heating elements (CBD vape oils)
- No combustion could lead to the inhalation of smoke or other toxins.
If you’re looking for a natural way to get the most out of CBD, then vaping maybe your best option!
How to offset CBD loss by vaporizing?
When you vape CBD, there is some loss that occurs. This is usually referred to as “burn off” or when the vapor dissipates in the air. There are a few things you can do to reduce this “burn-off.” For example, try lowering your voltage (if using a box mod) and turning it down over time. Another thing you could do is take shorter pulls; short puffs for no more than 5 seconds will limit any potential loss of CBD. When I vaped CBD oil with my dry herb pen at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, I felt the little-to-no effect, so keep in mind that vaping at high temperatures may lead to burning or charring, which could then lead to inhaling smoke or toxins!
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What are the Potential Side Effects of Vaping CBD?
There are very few side effects that may occur when vaping CBD oil or CBD vape juices. For example, dry mouth is a common complaint that people have which is why most companies offer their products in different flavors and with supplemental additives like MCT oil and terpenes to help reduce this effect and produce saliva. Vaping could also lead to increased heart rate, which could be concerning for those who suffer from low blood pressure or other heart conditions, but if you’re healthy enough to smoke, then it’s probably ok to vape as well.
What To Look For When Buying A CBD Vaporizer/Vape Pen?
When choosing a vaporizer, there are a few things that one should consider:
- Type of CBD oil used – Make sure to purchase pure CBD oil, which has no additives and little to no THC levels. High-quality, clean cannabis oil contains superior medical benefits without the added chemicals that are found in commercial vape oils. However, it is important to note that high-quality pure oils are not always cheap.
- Type of heating element – Depending on what you’re looking for will determine your ideal heat setting. Temperature can affect how much vapor is produced, the number of cannabinoids that are released, and the taste of each hit. As a general rule of thumb, lower heat levels (below 350°F) result in cooler hits that release more terpenes but less CBD, whereas higher heat levels (above 400°F) will result in warmer hits that release more CBD but fewer terpenes. Your choice depends on your needs!
- Convection or Conduction– Vaporizers could be heated using either convection or conduction, which refers to how flowers are heated up. For beginners, we recommend purchasing a vape pen with either an atomizer (for oils) or a ceramic chamber (for dry herbs). The reason why it might be best for new users to purchase a vape that heats using conduction is that it makes for an evenly heated flower.
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Vaping CBD is one of the best ways to take CBD if you’re looking for quick-acting relief. As we have seen, vaping offers a more effective way to get the most out of your CBD compared with oil and pills. Vaping has also been shown to deliver cannabinoids into your bloodstream faster than other consumption methods, which explains why it’s so popular among marijuana users! Let us know what interests you most by leaving a comment at the end before heading back up top again.