With so many options for CBD consumption, it may make some people question why anyone would choose vaping. The answer is pretty simple: absorption happens much faster through vaping since the cannabidiol can then enter the bloodstream via the lungs rather than having to go through the digestive system. Research is also indicating that the bioavailability of CBD through vaping is greater than oil that is metabolized through the liver.
But the question remains, of course, is it safe? As with any CBD product–or any product that goes in or on your body, you want to be cautious of its origins. With the rise in popularity of CBD products specifically, it is wise to know your source. According to a study done in October of 2018 by Virginia Commonwealth University, many of the CBD vape liquids tested contained known poisons–some that are even illegal in the U.S. and others that are known to be present in some cough syrups and can cause various health issues and psychoactive activity.
An article posted in Tonic purports that there have been many health issues and even hospitalizations due to vaping but they also concede that the real issue is quality control.
“Experts and existing evidence largely agree, though, that CBD itself, even when vaped, is largely safe. But that is only if you can get your hands on unadulterated CBD tinctures to vape. The problem many CBD vapers have faced recently seems to stem mainly from poor regulation over the vaping market in general…”
Additionally, since CBD oil itself is too viscous, thinning agents are generally required in order to vape the liquid. Certain thinning agents are not proven completely safe although many argue they’re fine. Polyethylene glycol and propylene glycol, two types of thinning agents used for CBD oil, can potentially break down into carcinogenic compounds when they reach high temperatures. 100% vegetable glycerin is a much healthier alternative to the carcinogenic agents. The industry is still widely unregulated and therefore it is imperative that consumers research for the best sourced products out there.
When purchasing CBD oil for vaping (or any CBD product) you should look out for a few things.
- Where and how are the plants grown?
- What type of cannabinoid does it contain and what potency level is it?
- Does it undergo strict testing?
- Are there other ingredients included in the product and what are they?
You can read more about assuring quality here.
Effect on the Lungs
Many are also concerned about smoke being an irritant on the lungs but ccording to Dixie Botanicals, the respiratory irritants that occur by smoking are nonexistent with vaping. Smoking involves combustion which then releases toxins into the lungs as well as carbon monoxide, particulate matter, and other damaging irritants. But vaporizers produce a clean, CBD-filled, gentle vapor
“Vaporizers produce clouds of clean CBD vapor by heating CBD compounds to their vaporization point, a temperature cooler than the point of combustion. This means that vaping avoids the irritants and potentially dangerous toxins created when smoking and instead produces a lung-friendly vapor.”
By vaping CBD, consumers can receive fast-acting relief for various ailments. The calming effect of the oil can get into the bloodstream faster through vaping. Though there are potential risks, with a little research and careful purchasing from trusted and quality sources, vaping can be a healthy alternative for CBD consumption.