CBD oil is now used by 64 million Americans nationwide as a way to treat multiple physical and mental illnesses. It’s only set to grow, too – with Healthcare Weekly predicting it is set to become a $270 million market.
Multitudes of CBD products are now available on the market, ranging from gummy bears, oils, creams, and now, vapes.
You’re not alone if you mind CBD vapes a little complex, as I was the exact same. However, after a little research and experimentation, I soon found the perfect guide to vaping CBD.
Here are 8 quick points I can teach you surrounding CBD vaping.
A CBD vape is made in pretty much the same way as any other, complete with a battery, heating element (an atomizer), a mouthpiece, and a chamber to hold the oil.
It works by vaporizing the oil in the chamber using the atomizer, which turns it into vapor ready to be inhaled.
There’s two styles available: the typical pen-sized vape, and a larger tank style vape.
The pen style’s heating element is a coil inside the chamber which directly heats the oil and turns it to vapor. Pens are often cheaper to buy, however, the coils burn out much quicker and need replacing frequently. This usually costs around $20 each time.
The alternative, a tank style vape, uses e-liquid rather than concentrated CBD oil. This liquid is made up of propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, flavorings, and CBD. These pens are filled or wrapped with cotton, nylon or silica wick, which allows the e-liquid to be absorbed and vaporized.
If you’re completely new to CBD vaping, then the simple pen style is probably the best way to go. Using pure CBD without flavorings will stop the liquid from burning out the coil so quickly, too.
First, you’ll need to determine a safe yet effective dose for you. You will need to take into account your body weight, body chemistry and the severity of the condition you want CBD to relieve.
The best thing to do if you’re unsure is to start with a low dose and work your way up in increments to a level you’re comfortable with.
Your first few doses may take up to six hours to start working, so make sure to be slow and steady with doses.
Once you’ve figured out your dosage, read the manual that comes with your device to make sure that you’re using it correctly. Disposable CBD vapes don’t require any setup and they’re draw-activated, so all you need to do is inhale.
Refillable vapes require a little more set-up and help.
You’ll first need to connect the cartridge to the battery. Click the power device five times to turn the vape on, and press the button while inhaling, starting with small puffs.
Fill the vape pen with CBD, being careful to not go over the maximum limit. Allow five to ten minutes for the coil to saturate, then turn on and use in the same way as stated above.
Make sure to clean the vape tank regularly.
Unscrew the battery from the oil tank and top. Remove any excess oil or moisture left in the vape.
Set the steam upright in a bowl filled with white vinegar until the vinegar is just below the battery and leave it to soak in the filter for around ten minutes.
Once soaked, wiped down with a damp cloth to remove any excess dirt.
For heavier, tougher marks, use a scrubber brush.
Check over the unit and rinse and dry thoroughly before continuing use.
Cool Things Chicago has reported that CBD use has a long, colorful and storied history that dates as far back as 6000 BC in Ancient China.
However one of the biggest success stories of using CBD is the case of a young girl called Charlotte Figi who had Dravet’s Syndrome, a rare condition that conventional medicine was not effective in treating.
She was given a form of CBD which has reduced er seizures from around 300 each week to just two to three a month.
There are a fair few well-documented examples of how CBD has treated people with epilepsy.
CBD is also well known for helping with insomnia and anxiety by increasing the hormone serotonin in the brain. Regulating the mood of CBD users has also shown to be beneficial when it comes to treating depression and even post-traumatic stress disorder.
The anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD are also known to be great for reducing the risk of heart disease. Studies on rodents have shown the significant cardioprotective properties of CBD.
These anti-inflammatory effects have also proven to be beneficial when it comes to diabetes, pain relief, and even skincare.
Despite the huge numbers of benefits when it comes to CBD vaping, some health risks should be pointed out.
It is possible for metal nanoparticles to come off the heating element in CBD vapes and be inhaled as the coil oxidizes over repeated use. However, the amount actually reaching the body is thought to be negligible.
Some users may also find that they are more sensitive to vapes than others. People who are considered to be allergic to chemicals used in tank style e-liquids may experience sinus irritation, nausea or headaches during use.
Of course, vaping CBD is nowhere near the only option when it comes to reaping the benefits of the cannabinoid.
Alternatively, try CBD edibles, tinctures taken under the tongue or simple creams and ointments.
Discovering the best way to use CBD is a personal experience that often requires a little experimentation.
Once you’ve found the right product that works for you, you’ll definitely notice the difference.