The Best CBD Vape Oils in the UK

by for the Ageless Team April 13, 2019

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When buying CBD vape oil it is important to understand what to look out for. We’ve selected the best e-liquids in the UK market and will show you how to find the right one for you. We’ll guide you through third-party lab tests, isolates and full spectrum oils to find a great product that you will want to recommend to your friends and family.

Vaping and CBD are recent additions to high streets and websites all over the world. Vaping is a safe and convenient way to take CBD. It is also becoming known as the most cost-effective CBD delivery system.

The CBD industry has grown quickly giving you lots of choices, each with their benefits. By understanding exactly what you are buying and how it can vary, you will be sure to get a vape oil that matches your preferences and needs.

What makes a great CBD vape oil?

What makes great CBD vape oil stampsA great CBD vape oil (e-liquid) will have a flavour you love and be the right strength to suit your preference. However, there are many other factors that you need to consider to ensure you are getting the best for your money.

All CBD products, including e-liquids, must contain less than 0.2% THC. This small amount of THC means that it is legal and won’t get you high. The reason that they may still contain this very small amount is that the best vape oils are full spectrum.

Full-spectrum oils contain the full range of cannabinoids contained in the hemp plant. Keeping them all together gives an enhanced range of benefits. This is often referred to as the entourage effect.

It is easier to find products that meet these standards by looking for retailers who use strict selection criteria and reputable brands. To find one start from personal recommendations, review sites like Trustpilot or industry bodies like the Cannabis Trades Association.

When you make your choice Andrew Pham of CV Sciences advises using these final checks to ensure it is the best one for you:

1. Is the CBD e-Liquid homogenous?

Check to see if it is well mixed, the same throughout and with no obvious separation. This can often be a problem for e-liquids because of the types of ingredients used. CBD does not mix well with standard vape oil bases. It is important to look out for because a separating mixture will deliver you an uneven dose with every use. The best manufacturers have found ways to overcome this problem.

2. Is the e-Liquid cloudy or clear?

A great vape oil should be crystal clear with nothing floating in it. If it contains small particles or is thick or syrupy it won’t vape smoothly. Just as you wouldn’t accept a glass of wine that is cloudy with obvious residue floating in it, don’t accept this in your e-liquid. This should be easy to spot as soon as it has been placed in the bottle.

3. Does the product meet label claims?

Check to see if certificates of analysis from third-party labs are available. This is the only way you can be sure that the label matches the contents. The manufacturer’s costs are based on how much of the active ingredient is in each product. In a similar manner to unscrupulous pubs and clubs watering down alcohol, some producers try to pass off oils with less CBD than advertised.

4. Will it work in your vaporiser?

Using the wrong e-liquid for your vaporiser can cause problems with your vape tank and heating coil. Getting the right product will save you from having to replace your vape in the long run. If you are using a disposable vape cartridge make sure you only buy one that correctly fits your battery unit.

5. Is the CBD responsibly sourced?

Look for a vendor who is fully transparent about their products and practices. Check that the oil is free from microbiological contamination, pesticides, residual solvents, and heavy metals. To make sure that the vendor keeps the risk of chemical contamination very low, look out for products with a recognised organic certification. This shows that they have made oil using organic practices that have been externally regulated.

The difference between isolate and full-spectrum CBD e-liquids

isolate vs. full-spectrum CBD e-liquidsIt was first believed that the best form of CBD was CBD isolate. Isolate is created by extracting only the CBD from the hemp plant. It is not legal for ingestion in the UK but it is safe and legal for use in e-liquids. These products are found at the cheaper end of the market and are often highly processed.

A 2015 study from the Lautenberg Center in Jerusalem found that a full spectrum oil was actually more effective. This is when the extract contains all of the natural chemicals from the plant. This can be small amounts of over 60 cannabinoids alongside terpenes and other active compounds. In this form, the ingredients work together creating an entourage effect.

Advantages of vaping CBD over other ways of taking CBD

Vaping is the fastest and most effective method of consuming CBD (Paudel et al 2010). When you take CBD only some of it will actually make it to your bloodstream for use by your body. Different methods of taking it will allow a different amount to be used and may take a different amount of time to take effect. This is called bioavailability.

Vaping vs. Ingesting CBD

Man vaping CBD oilWhen you ingest CBD it goes into your digestive system and through your liver where it is broken down. This is known as the “first pass effect”. Ingestion can take up to 2 hours before any effect and only 4-20% (Huestis 2007) of the CBD will actually reach your bloodstream. This means that any method that doesn’t require ingestion is usually more effective.

Vaping CBD allows between 34-56% (Paudel et al 2010) of each dose to be absorbed and takes this takes an average of 10 minutes. Not only is this quick and effective but it still allows you to be incredibly versatile. Some users use more than one method of taking CBD to meet their needs. They might take a capsule every morning and then use a vape during the day and evening. 

Vapes are easily portable, discreet and give you a choice of flavours and strengths. You can even adjust the strength of your favourite e-liquid by adding a CBD additive. This is a high strength e-liquid that can be added in small amounts to increase the amount of CBD.

The Best Quality CBD vape oil in the UK: Pharmahemp's Premium Black

Pharmahemp's Premium CBD e-liquidsPharmahemp’s Premium Black e-liquid range is of incredible quality and great value. It is made from organic, full-spectrum oil and comes in a range of mouth-watering flavours, including vanilla custard and menthol blue.

As a company, they are committed to being 100% transparent with all their processes and provide certificates from third-party labs. They harvest all their hemp with traditional methods to ensure that they get the best from each crop. Following the harvest, they use supercritical CO2 extraction which is the gold standard method to remove the active ingredients from the plants. The product that this produces is a smooth and tasty vape oil that can be bought in either 300mg or 500mg concentrations.

The origin of Pharmahemp

Pharmahemp is a family run company that was established in 1965 to produce hemp oil cosmetics. They have been extracting and marketing CBD since 2011. Because of their long tradition in the industry, they are committed to providing the best customer experience and products. They use their own labs to research the best possible techniques and employ them to create the best e-liquid available in the UK.

The Best Quality CBD vape oil from a British company: Love Hemp

Love-Hemp-CBD-e-liquidsLove Hemp’s CBD vape oil is a great quality product made from CBD isolate crystals and full-spectrum, cannabinoid-rich hemp extract. It comes in two concentrations; 100mg in 15ml or 250mg in 15ml.

It is produced to high standards from Colorado hemp and is manufactured in London. Their supplier holds all of the State’s food and cosmetic licensing as well as other certifications. These include: GMP Certification, GPP Certification and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) licensing. Their extraction and purification facility is also FDA registered (Folium).

This vegan, additive-free e-liquid comes in a range of flavours, including the natural Mary Jane, and is fully third-party lab tested.

Love Hemp is considered to be one of the original British pioneers in the industry. The company was founded by schoolmates Tom Rowland and Tony Calamita in 2015. Four years is a long time in this new market. They truly believe in the life-changing potential of cannabidiol. This belief has guided them through a changing market place to remain a leading British brand.

How to use CBD vape oil

CBD vape oil is incredibly easy to use, even if you have never picked up a vape before. The best ones are quick to set up and straightforward to use.

Selecting your first vaporiser

Woman CBD e-cigaretteThere are two varieties of vapes to choose from. Tank style vapes and pen style vapes. They both work in a similar way but tank vapes are larger and always refillable. Pen style vapes are smaller, more portable and discreet. They can be refillable, have pre-filled cartridges or be single use and disposable.

A vape starter kit is a great way to get everything you need. They will usually have a battery to charge the coil (the heat source), a chamber or tank to hold the vape oil and a mouthpiece. To use any of these great e-liquids you will need a refillable vape.

Set up your kit and get started - Once you have your equipment you will need to follow the manufacturer’s simple instructions to prime the coil with e-liquid, fill the tank and assemble the vape. Once assembled, you are usually required to give a couple of inhalations on the mouthpiece before you turn it on to help draw the oil into the coil. Then turn it on and inhale through the mouthpiece. You may need to press a small button as you inhale. Once you’ve done this a couple of times it will feel more natural.

Mixing or adding to e-liquids

Love Hemp CBD additiveIf you change brands at any time it is important that you change your coil regularly to prevent any the oils mixing. Different oils should not be mixed because they can contain a range of different ingredients that could cause each other to separate.

However, there are products available that are suitable for mixing with e-liquids. Terpenes are naturally found in hemp and provide odour and flavour to the plant as well as being beneficial in their own right. Terpenes can be bought separately and added to your tank. They are also one of the many useful components of full-spectrum vape oils. You can also increase the CBD in your liquid by adding some drops of CBD additive.

How much CBD vape oil to take

CBD-smokeThe effect of CBD can depend on a number of factors for each person. Body composition, weight and metabolism can make a real difference. This means that a dose suitable for you may not be right for someone else.

With an e-liquid, it is a good idea to start with a couple of puffs a few times a day. When you feel comfortable gradually increase this until you achieve the effect you want. Don’t exceed 200mg per day, this is the maximum limit of CBD that can be used as a food supplement.

The final word on the best CBD e-liquids

Finding the best CBD vape oils available in the UK is down to retailer and brand standards as well as your own personal preference. When choosing your e-liquid, remember to look for clear, homogenous oils with labels that can be backed up by third-party certificates of analysis. Our chosen brands, Pharmahemp and Love Hemp, were chosen because of their reputation, their membership of the Cannabis Trades Association, their transparent processes and their top quality products.

Vape oil is convenient and easy to use even for a beginner. By choosing to vape CBD your body will take in more CBD per use than most other methods. This makes it one of the most economical and enjoyable methods available.

Puff out & peace out :)

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Paudel, K. S., Hammell, D. C., Agu, R. U., Valiveti, S., & Stinchcomb, A. L. (2010). Cannabidiol bioavailability after nasal and transdermal application: Effect of permeation enhancers. Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy, 36(9), 1088-1097. doi:10.3109/03639041003657295
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