The ultimate guide to CBD oil vaping
Vape UK CBD stocks different types of CBD oil e liquid and CBD vape starter kits. But what is CBD? What are the benefits of vaping CBD? Can vaping CBD get you high? Is CBD Isolate better than Full Spectrum CBD? What the heck are terpenes?
This comprehensive guide should explain everything you need to know about CBD oil, and why it has become such a popular addition to vape juice.
Can vaping CBD oil e-liquid get you high?
I think that the first thing we need to clear up before we go any further is this: vaping CBD e liquid will not get you high! The EU certified strains of hemp that are used to extract CBD oil contain a maximum legal limit of 0.2% THC - the psychoactive element of cannabis. CBD e-liquid will have no negative influence on your mind or your behaviour. It has many amazing qualities (more on that later), but getting you stoned is not one of them.
If you are looking for a vape liquid that will get you high, you need to look for one that contains high levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). However, you won’t find any on our site as the THC component of cannabis is still classified as a Class B controlled drug in the UK, and therefore illegal to sell and to purchase. Our Full Spectrum CBD e-liquids fall under the legal 0.2% THC restriction, and our Isolate ranges contain only CBD.
Is CBD oil legal in the UK?
The law changed on 13th October 2016 in the UK to enable CBD products to be recognised as a medicine. Numerous studies have been carried out, and standards have been established to ensure the quality and safety of CBD, and protect people's health and well-being. Any licensed CBD containing product can now legally be considered by the MHRA (Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) to be medicinal. However, to date, no official licenses have been granted to CBD products and, as such, they are currently legally classified as food supplements.
What is CBD oil?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 100 active cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It is second only to THC for its abundance within the plant, and accounts for up to 40% of the plant’s make-up.
Let's get scientific - what is a cannabinoid?
There are two main types of cannabinoids. Phytocannabinoids are produced within the cannabis plant (Phyto being the Greek word for plant). Endocannabinoids are produced within the body (Endo being a prefix from Greek meaning ‘from within’).
Endocannabinoids are the clever little blighters that help to keep our body regulated and balanced. If you are too hot, it will cool you down. If you’re running low on fuel, blood sugar, or liquid, it will send hunger or thirst signals. If you’re stressed it will regulate your heart rate.
One of the fundamental concepts of biology is ‘Homeostasis’ - the maintenance of a constant internal environment. To achieve this, the body goes through a series of checks and balances; and this is all influenced by our endocannabinoid system.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is made up of a series of cannabinoid receptors throughout the nervous system and the immune system. A receptor is a protein molecule found on the surface of cells that receives chemical signals and, when it does so, it affects some form of cellular/tissue response. Receptors can only receive and respond to the chemical signal if it can ‘bind’, and for this to happen, it has to be a perfect match.
Cannabinoid receptors can bind to, and be activated by, the endocannabinoids (already present in our body), or external cannabinoids, such as CBD and THC. By allowing these plant compounds into your body, they can directly influence the areas that are regulated by the endocannabinoid system.
Keep your balance - the benefits of CBD oil
The cannabinoids found in cannabis have been shown to offer therapeutic benefits for numerous conditions associated with an imbalance in the body’s homeostasis. However, it has also been discovered that CBD, in particular, has the ability to influence a wider range of receptors than just the cannabinoid variety. This may be the reason that it is showing results across such a wide range of medical uses. These include:
- Anxiety and panic disorder
- Chronic pain
- Multiple sclerosis
- Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Appetite disorders
- Crohn’s Disease
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Type 1 diabetes
The clinical trials continue; and researchers are also looking into the effects of CBD on alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, obesity, epilepsy, respiratory diseases, and even cancer.
There is also evidence to suggest that CBD can increase the levels of the body’s own endocannabinoids, by obstructing the enzymes that break them down. As cannabinoid deficiency can be implicated in a number of age-related illnesses, this is particularly positive news.
Does CBD oil have any negative effects?
There is still little long-term data available on the negative implications of CBD. However, many short-term trials have found that CBD is well tolerated in adults across a wide range of doses.
To date, there have been no significant side effects to the central nervous system, or effects on the mood or vital signs of users.
Some people have reported feelings of tiredness and/or changes to appetite.
Where is the CBD oil in e-liquid extracted from?
The CBD that can be found in our ranges of CBD vape juice is extracted from the variety of the cannabis plant, known as hemp.
Hemp and marijuana are both members of the cannabis sativa family, but they are very different.
Hemp has a long history of use, including hemp seed oil and hemp fibres for rope and blankets. Unlike marijuana, it is not grown for its buds, bur rather its CBD rich stems and seeds. The buds of cannabis sativa plants are where you will find the majority of the THC compound. Since hemp contains much higher amounts of the required CBD, hemp is the perfect source of CBD oil extraction.
Why does CBD oil work so well in e-cigarettes?
The use of e-cigarettes is rising at a meteoric rate. CBD oil vaporises at approximately 200℃ which is perfect for use within an e-cig. It is nicotine free, and does not produce a high.
In conjunction with vaping, there is promising evidence that CBD use may help people to quit smoking. A pilot study posted to Addictive Behaviours found that smokers who used an inhaler containing the CBD compound smoked fewer cigarettes but did not have any additional craving for nicotine.
When you inhale the CBD vapour, you’re allowing compounds originally produced by a plant to enter your body, travel through your bloodstream, and enter your brain. Other than intravenous application, it is one of the fastest methods of getting the benefits from the CBD oil.
What strength of CBD oil should I vape?
When you first select an vape liquid containing nicotine to help you to quit smoking, the advice is to start with a dose that most closely resembles your smoking habit, and work your way down.
However, with vape juice containing CBD oil, the advice is entirely the opposite.
Start with a vape liquid containing the lowest dose of CBD oil (100mg per 10ml is the lowest dose we have available). Vaping CBD has an immediate effect, so you'll be able to tell whether it has the desired outcome. Be mindful of the effects of the dose before taking more - this will prevent you from raising your tolerance too quickly, and will allow you to figure out what the right dose is for you.
What is the difference between CBD Isolate and Full Spectrum CBD?
This is a question that we've started to be asked since we introduced a range of Full Spectrum CBD vape liquids into our range.
To cover it in full detail we've created a guide dedicated to the subject in order to help you make an informed decision about your CBD vaping requirements.
Are there benefits from choosing a CBD oil e-liquid with terpenes?
This is the latest addition to this guide as it's a topic that we've been exploring since we introduced a range of Terpene CBD vape liquids into our range. Certain terpene flavour profiles are famous in the world of medical (and recreational) marijuana, and can be found in both the sativa and indica strains of cannabis.
What on earth is Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome?
Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS), is an extremely rare condition that has been only been diagnosed in heavy, long-term cannabis users. Often mistakenly diagnosed as Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome (CVS), CHS is described as an uncommon form of cannabinoid toxicity that can develop from chronic usage.
It has yet to be identified in any vapers of CBD. To answer the question more thoroughly, we have published a specific post on the topic.
I still have more questions…
We’ve tried to answer as many of the most frequently asked questions regarding CBD oil eLiquid as we can within this guide. However, we’re always here to answer any other queries or concerns that you may have. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need any help.
The content in this article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your GP, or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a particular medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.